warm service and good food
There are a a lot of choices in this neighborhood. Lulu is just right--not too hip nor too formal nor too expensive. Just a pleasantly remodelled old industrial space with servers who want you to enjoy your meal. Very accomodating for our nondairy requirements and our 8 pm curtain. I took another reviewer's advice and had the three appetizer combo; my husband had the special swordfish. We were both happy.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place to share food
A large, high ceiling makes the space look large. Service before a show at YB was good, but not great. The menu contains many dishes that are made to be shared. We tried three and were happy, but not delighted. More a solid food place; not as creative as could be. Service was good.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wood Fired Oven
The wood fired oven gives a nice subtle flavor to food cooked in it. I often have the wild mushroom pizza.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant, excellent
Great restaurant, excellent food and exceptional wait staff... Can't ask for more.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun place for a group!
7 of us had dinner at LuLu. Very nice. Waitress was a little "scattered," but the food was delicious. Gnocci was average but the pork chop, roasted chicken, and lamb were fantastic! We sat by the wood fire oven and that was fun. Would definitely recommend it!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lulu's is lovely!
I always forget just how long Lulu's has been around, and when I go, I wonder why I don't go more often. Great food, good service, and you can even generally find parking around there! We had a special group dinner planned, and it was just perfect; good sized portions for sharing, interesting cocktails, and attentive service. The only drawbacks was that it was very warm in the room, and we felt that putting out dessert plates before we ordered dessert was presumptuous (and a waste of clean plates, since we didn't get dessert!)
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
For the birds!!!
LuLu features game birds frequently, done exquisitely on their rotisserie. It is rare to find them on menus, and more rare to have them prepared so well, flavorful and accompanied buy wonderful greens/veggies/etc. Call ahead to see what's on the menu, but we've never (in many years) had anything but a wonderful dinner at LuLu. . . and my husband lives to have their mussels/clams/oysters!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
LuLu has an eclectic menu with solid quality stuff - the wine list here is a real gem though and some good finds under $100. A nice Soma spot with a fun ambience and knowledgeable staff.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great meal
First of all, the food was incredible. The wine selection is very good with something to match every item on the menu. We each decided to have a different entrée and share with each other, which is the way to go as the portions are very healthy. The pizza is also a great way to start a meal. You will not be disappointed! The service was also excellent and not overbearing. Definitely a place that I will keep in mind for larger groups as they can accommodate many!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely outstanding evening...
Make sure to ask for Ray!
He was our waiter and gave service that
was unparalleled here in SF....
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites!
If we're in that part of the City, LuLu is our go-to place to eat. This last time, brought a visiting friend who loved it. The family-style service allows everyone to have a good taste of everything. Three of us shared two entrees, a small plate and the parmisian truffle fries. We were too full for dessert!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressed with LuLu
The food was really good. We had the potato leek soup as a starter and it was stellar. The wait staff is on the ball too. Great experience.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and Food were good
Service and Food were good but selection of vegetarian items was limited!
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Terrific, very creative food
Terrific, very creative food -- with a cookbook and promo condiments available. It's noisy, bistro-style, but that was OK for a great night out during a conference. Wouldn't have found it except for Open Table.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, perfect service
The menu and daily specials were all inviting and we were very pleased with our meals. Even though the restaurant had an "energetic" atmosphere (loud) I had no problems maintaining my conversation with the others in my dining party -- it's the perfect mix!
The service was genuinely friendly and helpful, from the bartender helping us decide on wine before dinner, the waitress describing the specials and telling us about specific items on the menu, or the just-present-enough bussers clearing dishes and providing us with refills on water: it was comfortable. Nothing was too much/over the top.
I would gladly return here regularly & even bring out of town visitors when I want to show them something special.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big space for groups, good food
It's deceptively big inside. Great for groups. Doesn't get too loud. The food is good, and deserves top rating. But it's not the fastest service.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last minute night out
Last minute plans had us changing restaurants for dinner. Went for the Sunday night special and at 7:45 they were already out. Ordered a few apps, they were good, nothing spectacular. Had mussels for dinner, delicate, but no flavor. They are consistently good but nothing ever wow's me. Except I did have the Italian wine flight which I thought was an excellent mix. This was my 3rd time dining at Lulus.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was awesome. Portions
Food was awesome. Portions were ample. Would def go back.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried three different entrees - one from the oven, one from the grill, one from the rotisserie. All were excellent.
And the creamy polenta was exceptional. Nice wine list with a few almost hidden bargains lurking within.
Nice ambiance with moderate noise level at the middle of the dinner hour. Definitely worth the effort for out of town folks not insistent on paying to look at the water.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My mom and I ended up here when we were both starving and in desperate need of delicious, clean food. It couldn't have been better, it wasn't crowded, we got right in, and our food was delicious. The ingredients were obviously very carefully sourced. Perfect.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
LuLu is as flexible as LuLuLemon
I used to love to dine here many years ago and decided to give it another go when friends were gathering at Moscone for a convention.
On this recent visit, the crew were very friendly and maleable: One of us arrived early, and they seated her. When I (the one who reserved) informed them that we would be six not the eight I had reserved, they weren't flummoxed and made me feel we helped them get more people in the door. 3) When we got confused about a dessert order (in which they interpreted an order as a double order, which in the next morning I understood why they misunderstood what we ordered), they were completely gracious about it. I have other stories about how they tried to accomodate us but I'm running out of characters!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. I had not been to LuLu's for a long time and I was pleased to find the food was perfect like I remembered.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have dined several times and have enjoyed each item I've ordered, pizza is always great. The friend that I took was really surprised that he works close and hadn't been He said that it was one of the better meals he's enjoyed lately! They also have a good happy hr and reasonable prices!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a business lunch
I hosted a group lunch for a new executive to meet the team. Service was terrific and the food was fantastic. High end comfort food I'd call it. Some nice, rustic dishes on the menu. The restaurant is quiet, but not dead. We didn't have any problem having a conversation. The only thing I would change is the automatic gratuity for a large group. If the server is spot on, then around here, you're going to get 20%. Have confidence in your staff's ability to deliver.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Their rotisserie duck was great.
They serve family style which is good. Service wonderful. Special rotisserie every day.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
overall, a positive experience
pizzas excellent and unique/creative
salad, though fresh, didn't match menu description (lots of ingredients left out)
very attentive and friendly service
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent All Around
Sunday brunch at LuLu was fantastic. I brought my family visiting from out of town because of the OpenTable reviews, and because the restaurant was walking distance from both CalTrain and the Marriott. The food was excellent (I had the salmon burger) and the manager was extremely personable. The wood-fired oven makes the restaurant smell heavenly, and the wooden vaulted ceiling adds character and warmth to the dining room's big space. Definitely visit!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accommodating to our
Very accommodating to our large family group. Everyone ( from 22 -25 y.o grand kids to 90 yo grandpa ) had a very good time and loved the food . Service was excellent and it was busy enough to feel like people liked going there but not so crowed that you couldn't hear people at your table. Wine was great too as were the complimentary birthday chocolate gooey cakes yum
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable food joint
This is a dependable food joint. I was in SF for a business trip but ended up not being able to make a reservation to places that were "trending." However, I did remember that I had been to LuLu's years ago back in 1999. Thankfully, I was about to secure a reservation and was more than pleased to take a business colleague who had never been. We enjoyed our meal which was very fresh and very tasty. He left happy to know another trusty restaurant which he is always looking for since he comes to SF frequently. Back in the early 2000s I held a business meeting there in the private dining room which was well outfitted with a projector and screen.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, expensive wine
Excellent food. My only complaint is the prices on the wine list. I know wines fairly well and their mark-up is ludicrous. For example, they had a Far Niente Cab 2007 for 210 and the Caymus special select (different years) for 250. One can purchase those for 1/3 to 1/2 the price or less from the winery. Profit I understand but that's ridiculous. Vegetarian selection was excellent, the duck extraordinarily good. I STILL highly recommend Lulu's for the food- have a glass or pay the corkage fee if you want great value.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter, her friend, and
My daughter, her friend, and I took my wife there to celebrate her birthday. We were a bit hesitant since yelp gave them a good but not excellent rating. To our great pleasure and surprise, we found Lulu to be a marvelous find. The food was scrumptious and innovative, and the service was most friendly, if not always prompt. We will definitely be going back.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a nice restaurant, with a diverse menu. Love the oaky aroma of the rotisserie !!
The pumpkin cake was soooo good !
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Food and Great Service!
I took my boyfriend here after he had a rough day and we both loved it. Super nice atmosphere, really fun and friendly waiters and amazing food. We split the spicy shrimp pizza with dried tomatoes and the squash or pumpkin gnocchi. Both were phenomenal. For dessert we split the chocolate fondant cake- pure bliss.
Absolutely going there again!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
When I smelled the oak wood grill the moment I walked in, I hoped the food would be as good as the smell. I was not disappointed. Wood grilled mussels and a grilled sliced ribeye for two made a meal fit for a gourmet Fred Flintstone. Everything was fresh, prepared perfectly and served efficiently. Food can be fancier but it can't be any better than this!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been going to LuLu's for years, mostly for business lunches and they always do a fantastic job for us! The combination of the quality of the food, excellent service and ambiance makes this restuarant a great value.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extremely good wood fire focus
Extremely good wood fire focus for great duck. We also enjoyed the very creative grilled calamari and Eastern Flounder.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice evening at Lulu!
Great food (gril!!) and perfect service!
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I brought a friend and his wife there for a birthday celebration. I found the staff extremely knowledgeable (Annarose) she was patient, helpful, friendly and professional . The food was delicious, served at the perfect rate of speed to allow for conversation and to enjoy the fabulous flavors.
Overall an outstanding experience and will return again. Best dish was the croissant bread pudding.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
After more than two years since my last visit to Lulu's, I was extremely pleased to find their food was as delicious if not more than I remembered. Their service was excellent without being imposing. Wine list extensive with unusual and delicious selections. Mussels and flounder outstanding; kabocha gnocchi delicious; portabella mushroom with polenta wonderful. Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Meyer Lemon Creme Brulee ended our meal deliciously. We would go back in a minute and will as soon as possible.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for family get-togethers
LuLu serves food family style, so it is perfect for family get-togethers. The food is outstanding. There is no children's menu, but there are lots of items that my kids like. Kids need to be well behaved, but this is a nice choice for families.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had been wanting to go to LuLu's for years. Finally made it this time while visiting the city. The waiter was outstanding...helpful and upbeat. The food was great....especially the chicken. Be sure to order the Brussels sprouts...Yum! The waiter suggested we save room for dessert.....he was right. The bread pudding with house-made butterscotch ice cream was the stuff of dreams.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brussels and Mussels
Lulu delivers each and every time! The Brussel Sprouts are amazing and will convert non-lovers in a matter of minutes, another can't miss are the Iron Skillet Roasted Mussels that come to the table sizzling like fajitas! The Parmesan Truffled fries were hot and crispy, just the way we like them. The Rosemary Scented Chicken comes out of their oak fired rotisserie oven, is amazing and a "must have". For desert, the chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon ice cream was fantastic and the provided the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Service is always very good, attentive without hovering. Can't wait to go back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
One reason the noise was low
One reason the noise was low and the ambience good was because we went at 6:00 (early). Otherwise, the room is very noisy.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great dinner, which was to be expected. It is one of our favorite SF restaurants. We even hosted a 50 person rehersal dinner here a few years ago.
Wine was also excellent.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent place for energetic group
Service was terrific, the food was excellent, a delightful event.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had lunch here on a Saturday. - 5 people. The place was pretty empty maybe 2 -3 other tables. We were very well cared for by servers. We had mussels, several salads, a meatball pizza and the truffle fries. All of the food was good. We had a very nice lunch, no complaints. If I lived nearby I might eat here on occasion. But - while the food was good and fairly priced it was not particularly special or amazing in any way. I would eat here again if some one else wanted to go but there are many other places to try I would not be in a rush to return.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than Ever
It had been a long time since our last trip to Lulu. We were pleased to see the many improvements in reducing the noise levels. The food remains excellent, the service was top notch. We will be back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
As usual, Lulu's was wonderful! The food was amazing! The staff was friendly and the wait staff was amazing. I have dietary restrictions that cannot be ignored, my server worked with me to find something that I could eat and I was very grateful for his attention to my meal and also the fact that he gave me several suggestions for things I could and couldn't eat.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My only feedback is to ask you how to unscribe to your website. You've made it so difficult that i'll never use Open Table again, or recommend to anybody.
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12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
All those attended felt their
All those attended felt their food was superb. We ordered the chicken, flank steak, salmon and the ribeye which two people shared.
Just a few downsides: We ordered coffee and it was served cold. Waited 10 minutes for new cup then was told the coffee pot or burner was broken. Switched to tea. Later another waiter actually was able to bring us coffee. Also, there is a lounge connected to the restaurant which was playing loud music. It made it difficult to talk.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM