Good place to eat; unpretentious
The restaurant feels welcoming, intimate, and unpretentious. Noise level got a little too high in the curtained area because of a large group but it was manageable. The beef cheeks entree in parsnip puree with pickled cauliflower and mushrooms was delicious; so was the chocolate dessert! And the price was not prohibitive, although for my budget, it is definitely a special-occasion kind of place worth coming back to.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zare' is a good place
Nicely done! Enjoyed every appetizer and entrée. Happy with the experience.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Innovative and Delicate
Chef Hoss is an immense talent who executes an innovative, yet familiar, mediterranean cuisine to perfection. His flavors are bright, delicate and perfectly balanced. I frequently dine at Zare's with out of town guests and clients and always delight at their excitement over the restaurant's wonderful food. The service is friendly, professional and efficent. I keep going back to this restaurant afor a reason...
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique Mediterranean dishes
Unique Mediterranean dishes that are tasty. Also the staff is quite wonderful....and all super tall.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Food and Service were
The Food and Service were wonderful. We will be back! We ordered small plates and loved them all.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
GO! Great food.
Excellent food with special flavor. Loved the croquettes starter, you have order it. I had the beef cheek, really tender and tasty. My friend enjoyed the salmon and she saId it was perfect. Love the decor. Wonderful service. We will definitely go back.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
as always love eating here
Chef Zare runs an awesome restaurant, always good to be back here. the menu has been refreshed recently, lots of new items amid old favorites. one of my go to places in San Francisco for sure.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous! Can't wait to go back
This is a real gem. Wonderful flavors that you know are coming when you walk in the door. The braised Lamb was a special treat.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
nice casual fusion restaurant
This is a great little place - casual, friendly, neighborhood feel. Great service, friendly waitress. Good drinks. We all loved the Middle Eastern- Mediterranean fusion feel to the food. Pistachio meatballs, smoked trout, eggplant appetizer - all winners. But the real stars of the night go to the entrees - braised lamb, beef cheeks and even the lamb burger. All juicy, delicious and flavorful. Everyone was swooning til the last bite! And even though its a bar with good food, it wasn't too loud, so we could talk. Would definitely return.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great overall experience!
Great food! Friendly staff and amazing chef! He comes to each table to make sure everyone is pleased. The desert was awesome especially the Baklava.
I would recommend ordering pistachio meatballs and smoke trout salad.
Will go again for sure ;)
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exquisite balance of ambience/ food
We were early for our dinner reservation and had the restaurant to ourselves. Bar was beginning happy hour. Our waiter Fernando was attentive and made great recommendations of the notable dishes of the chef. My wife had the kufteh tabrizi stuffed with duck and I had the lamb sirloin. The rose preserve in the baklava was very memorable. We'll be back soon!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
another amazing evening at Zare
The great service and amazing food always makes for a great evening with friends & family at Zare's. From the appetizers to entrees and dessert, it was delightful. Wonderful pairing of flavors and textures.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Zare for the first
Went to Zare for the first time this week and loved it. Service was great, they have a decent by-the-glass wine selection, and they have a good mix of share plate and main options. I'll be back!
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time. We went with
Our first time. We went with friends who are Persian so that helped. They did the ordering. We were not let down. The food is tasty. The lamb was gorgeous, full of flavour, melt in your mouth. Look forward to going back an d trying more.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot!
The food was amazing and the wait staff was attentive, but not overly so. The flavor combinations were original and inspiring. The meatballs, Brussels sprouts and diver scallops were all delicious! I would recommend this place to foodies and anyone looking for a great dining experience. I will definitely be back!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little place
This restaurant was very cozy and inviting. I had seared scallops it was a light and tasty dinner.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
New favorite restaurant in soma
Everything was solid. Came for wine and snacks, especially enjoyed the trout salad, kale, and French fries. Service was great and is one of the cutest little restaurants in town.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My kind of restaurant
Wonderful food that I would never think of making at home is what I look for in a restaurant. Hoss Zare delivers. The service is good and easy street parking is the icing on the cake.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eclectic sounding food
But a little bland. I've been twice in the last 5 years and both times I felt the food was a little lacking in the pizazz I was expecting after reading the description of the dishes. The first time I had the salmon and the second time I had the pearl barley risotto. Both felt like there was one one note midway through the dish. But we had the bulgur croquettes and reall enjoyed those for the starter. The cocktails are actually pretty good too. I would definitely go back there for after work drinks and a couple small dishes from their starter list. The ambiance is very nice and could be romantic later in the evening.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the lamb burgers, as well as the rest of the menu! The bartenders are friendly too!
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Stop readings the reviews. Book a reservations and you will surely enjoy a nice meal. What was ordered:
Lamb tongue with falafel
Goat milk cheesecake
To top it off, they were gluten-free friendly. Service was attentive without being overbearing.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lamb's tongue, feta and herb dip, Kakamata olive tapenade with hint pomegranate, hummus medley, goat cheesecake. Wonderful, different, great. Helpful, inviting staff.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Iron Chef Material
Hoss is an Iron chef caliber chef whose food is jazzy and innovative and yet has the sensibility of your parent's cooking. Service was excellent and made the whole experience exceptional.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful and flavorful as always!
The food was delicious and service classy and efficient. Really loved the beef sliders: so flavorful! The "somewhat deconstructed" Baklava was absolutely devine - so delicate and delicious!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another winner from Zare @ Flytrap!
I love how perfect dining at Zare @ Flytrap is! The food, service, ambiance, all under the guidance of Hoss Zare, are always right on target and it becomes a very secial occasion even if it is a Wednesday night dinner with a great friend. I love going here!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had the most incredible meal - especially loved the pistachio meatballs! Everything on the menu is exquisite - just can't go wrong. Cocktail menu is varied and drinks are yummy. Wine is good as well. Will be going back again!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food, Charming Ambiance
My friend and I dined here on a Thursday evening. The only thing that I did not enjoy about this restaurant was the noise level. It was a bit noisy for me. Also, a bit of light music in the background would have been nice, but I suppose that might only contribute to the noise.
We ordered a few small dishes and shared them. The stuffed heirloom tomato was phenomenal and the hummus trio was delightful. The cocktails are amazing too. Very cute place for a date or small celebration. Also great for an after work drink.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wait staff were super attentive.
Wait staff were super attentive. Flavors caressed and complimented each other. 'Wines by the glass' selections had variety, intrigue, and seemed carefully chosen. Fun, tasty, I'll be back soon
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading previous reviews and on the recommendation of a friend, we walked over there to try it out. Everything we had was bursting with flavor. The pistachio meatballs were everything they were touted to be and more---not dry, just right! Next time I would probably skip the trio of hummus because there are too many other wonderful things on the menu. If you love brussel sprouts, this is the place---------I have never had better. The service was terrific and very friendly. Noise level was high so it was a bit difficult to have a normal conversation, but the food and service were worth it.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This roster aunt was across
This roster aunt was across the street from our hotel. Wow what a find, the food was great and they called me by name from my online reservation.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out.
This is a lively restaurant that is clearly a favorite of locals but is also accessible and welcoming to a first time visitor. The lamb was phenomenal.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The second time was even better!
Our second visit to this Middle Eastern restaurant was truly memorable. We shared many small plates, all of them delicious. The service is outstanding. They never rush you.
We will be back!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is a personal reflection of the owner/chef Hoss Zare's. My brother heard an interview on NPR with Hoss and found his story compelling and wanted to try out his restaurant during his visit to SF. The experience we all had was beyond expectations. Thank you Hoss and your staff for a wonderful evening....we will definitely be back again!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for dates
Took a first date to this place on a recommendation and we both loved it. The food is very good but it's the staff who make this place very special and make everyone feel welcome. I will definitely be going back.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Do you want the best? Zare is it!
San Francisco is known for its amazing restaurant choices. Inundated with choices, my wife and I chose Zare for our 10th wedding anniversary based on three key things; 1) Location, 2) Excellent reviews, and 3) Intriguing menu. To summarize in a short, we were absolutely blown away by the food, the service, and the vibe. It is safe to say, we have never had a better experience anywhere. The hostess was incredibly helpful when we arrived. Being a bit early we sat at the bar. The bartender took time to understand our preferences before recommending. Once seated, our waiter, Fernando, was amazing and knew the menu top to bottom. The head chef Zare himself even checked on us. There is no better find than this local spot. A must dine in SF!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recommended - good food - in line with the style of the restaurant.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience. Very
Great dining experience. Very unique gem in SF - there's not too many persian influenced restaurants and this one hits the nail on the head!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed this place. It is not showy or spectacular in any obvious way, but the food is high quality. Mediterranean with Persian influences is an accurate description. Two small rooms (the one with the bar is slightly noisier) prove an intimate setting for either a romantic evening or for conservation with a friend.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful Hidden Gem
Amazing food. The kohlrabi soup is unbelievable as well as the bone marrow. Great service, wonderful place, easy to get into.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding food and great service
Can't wait to go back again! Food was amazing and service was great.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a fantastic, romantic date here.
Highly recommend the bone marrow appetizer.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A nice jem in the city. Excellent food, beautiful presentation, very attentive service, nice ambience. Highly recommended!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A gem of a restaurant
Lovely dinner and excellent service. Delicious dishes at our table: kohlrabi soup, bone marrow, lamb, squash pasta, black cardamom short ribs. Terrific dinner. We will be back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is a little over rated,
Service is good and food is little bit over rated for the price.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our experience was one of a kind. We enjoyed every single dish. The Chef & the staff were very hospitable & friendly.
We are very glad that we went there for our reunion. Without a doubt we will go there again very soon!!!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as always
Went there this time for their meatless Monday menu.
We were all mesmerized by the beautiful, artful presentation (always leaving us wanting more), portions were perfect for our group; our taste buds were left to tap dance after each bite/dish
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Evening! Run to eat here
Our bartender, was great- had an interesting & yummy POM daiquir.
Ate in the back dining rm-quiet & intimate, Nathan & Nina were charming & very knowledgable about the menu. We decided on sharing 2 dishes-the seasonal autumn spaghetti-OMG-the flavors were so deelicious & the Saturday night meatball-we recommended this dish on the spot to 2 other groups that came in...the spices were perfectly combined & is the owner/chef's mom's recipe with his twist on it. We ate every morsel of both dishes-had planned on eating only half so we would not be stuffed at the theater...we could not quit eating either dish and cleaned our plates!
Eating at Zare is like going to a friend's for dinner and having a wonderful evening! We will go back again!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was good, but a little overpriced for what it was. And I was still hungry afterward. I went to kokkari the next day - paid less, ate more, and the food was better. So, while I enjoyed my trip to zare, I probably won't do it again.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef Haas, goes above and beyond. Knew him at Zare and the food has always been so good. This restaurant is beautiful- and he surrounds himself with the best staff. Wonderful experience again!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Incredible service and food!
Due to bad traffic, we were very late for our reservation and they were very gracious about it. We had an event in an hour and asked them to expedite and boy did they! We were in and out in 30 minutes, and yet the service was done with a smile and we never felt short changed. The food was delicious too- everything we had was tasty and perfectly cooked despite the rush.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM