The Fly Trap
The Fly Trap

The Fly Trap

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.flytrapsf.com/
  • Phone: 4152430580x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER
    Monday – Thursday 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday - 4:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday - 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Happy Hour 3:00pm-6:00pm
    Monday-Friday
    Saturday all night
    Closed Sunday



  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Persian, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Hoss Zaré
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: info@flytrapsf.com x
  • Special Events: Meatless Monday: 3 course vegetarian menu $36

    Kufteh Tabrizi Saturdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 2nd and 3rd
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate the Valet Parking is available at the Courtyard Marriott located at 2nd and Folsom Street. There is a public lot located on Folsom Street between 2nd and 3rd. Street parking is also available.
A word from The Fly Trap
A word from The Fly Trap
Melding the modern and the classic, Chef Hoss Zaré brings vibrant flavors to the historic Fly Trap Restaurant. Chef Zaré’s menu draws inspiration from across the Mediterranean and his Persian/Azeri heritage to showcase ingredients from San Francisco’s local markets.
At The Fly Trap, guests can enjoy a bustling neighborhood happy hour, dine casually at the communal tables, or delight in the elegant main dining area. An artisan cocktail list, innovative desserts, eclectic wine list and a warm, genuine sense of hospitality appeal to the neighborhood and out-of-town guests. The Fly Trap is located in the South of Market area, just 2 blocks from the Moscone Center.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
The Fly Trap reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (38)special occasion (33)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (15)notable wine list (13)hot spot (12)late-night find (8)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was amazing, wait staff was wonderful. Our waitress suggested such a good wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining as it should be
    eater
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything about the Fly Trap is just right. We were greeted as soon as we entered by a very gracious host and seated immediately. The service throughout the meal was impeccable and the pacing of the meal was perfect. The food, was just exceptional, particularly the Pearl Cous Cous Cacciucco. This is dining as it should be. The Fly Trap focusses not on being trendy, but on serving great food, with great service in a lovely setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit too loud, but, good food.
    Jaimesey
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As long as you don't mind the noise, there is a little section in the back that's a bit more quiet. The food is tasty. Well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service Very good food
    GoodfoodStVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had dinner for two. Since we were not real hungry we request spitting a first course and entree. We started with a greek style salad which was good. For our entree we ordered the lamb stew, which was very tasty. Our server provide us each separate pates and utensils to service each dish. The service was outstanding, all without having to ask.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food, great service
    Marin2SF
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was impeccable and not snooty at all. Food was interesting and unique. Prices are high; I would like to see a few more moderately priced items on the menu. The sorbet dessert with persian noodles was incredible! Cocktails are expensive but very good, and unique ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flytrap, 8/28/14
    UnofficialCritic88
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Flytrap continues to provide wonderful food from appetizers, soup, main course to dessert. The menu is mainly Persian with some Italian-influenced dishes. We chose it for the former, and it was delicious. Our three-person group favorites were the cardamon-braised beef cheeks, the cauliflower smooth, grilled calamari with sausage stuffing was fresh blended seafood and meat well and tasty, the meatballs moist, and the baklava dessert was a revelation. The cocktails were innovative too. Service by Gabriel was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was excellent, and the service was quite good. when we first started dinner (7:00pm), it was very noisy, but as the evening progressed, it became better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was excellent - farm-to-table fresh. Well-prepared and presented. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had dinner there on Sayurday night. Had wine at the bar with appetizers (pistachio meet balls). Totally Amazong :). Then for dinner ordered the special Kooftah and the chicken. Totally delicious. The chef was nice and gave us complementary after dinner wines. Nice old resturant with new feeling and nice staff and great ambience. We will go again:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delilghtful !
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We returned to FlyTrap for the first time in about 2 years and were very impressed. One of their signature cocktails Agave's Inferno is totally memorable--easily the best spicy margarita concoction we've ever tasted, i.e. perfectly balanced. As to the food, it tasted like all the ingredients were absolutely fresh, and the combination of spices unique. The lamb stew a knockout. All in all, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW Service
    joank
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    So I went here for a friend's birthday dinner. We ordered the grilled spiced nann & summer spreads-DELISH! So fresh & light! We also ordered the meatballs & the pomegranate sauce was AMAZING! Additionally, added an order of fries & dipped them in the pomegranate sauce (recommended by the waiter) & the fries were devoured! So my friends ordered the grilled lamb & hated it!!! When clearing the table the waiter noticed that my friends didn't touch the lamb & was soooooo apologetic about it--he took both meals off our bill without us even asking! GREAT SERVICE!!! I ordered the seafood stew & it was hearty and rich in flavors. Overall, we still had a great experience! The service is definitely a reason to return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint and personable
    PseudoMichael
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Knowledgable and friendly server; very accommodating host; bussers were very on top of changing out plates and cleaning table in between courses; would gladly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The fly is flying
    MoSi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It's a wonderful Restaurants with very friendly servicepersonal. You can Drink und eat and meet very nicke People.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Romantic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've always wanted to go to this restaurant and I was so impressed with the ambience, food, and service. I highly recommend going!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you haven't been to Fly Trap for awhile, it's time to return. Pleasant experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Yum12
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    After The Inferno I didn't remember much until dessert but I can absolutely vouch for the hummus appetizer and the not too sweet cheesecake. My husband is still talking about the beef cheeks. Would go back in a NY minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but not mind-blowing
    anastasiara
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a friend based on some food she tried that was catered by the restaurant. It was decent and a good meal, but left something to be desired. I would go back, but would not bring city guests to impress.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We checked this place out before we had out of town guests that we were planning on taking here. While the food and service were both very good, the noise level is almost unbearable. It gets difficult to carry on a conversation without shouting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting but not pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I love this place. The staff are friendly and the food is awesome. Dishes have unique components but they are also accessible and just plain delicious. I enjoy fun unique cocktails, too, and their selection makes a quick choice difficult!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fly Trap
    Scorpio54
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A very welcoming spot with a charming atmosphere and good food. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    HungryInVA
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I took my staff here, while in SF for a conf. Great find! Very friendly staff, great service, and what a (bizarre) menu! Eggplant jam?!? It was oddly delicious. The goat cheese cheesecake is not to be missed. Yummy Brussel sprouts. I would have enjoyed a few more choices on wines by the glass, but the (limited) offerings were very good. Enjoyable evening all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Innovative food and drinks! Great service relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adventure in dining
    MSinmontclair
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    So many original choices I wished there were a sampler menu so I could try everything. Glad I had trout with grapefruit and mixed greens. What wonderful complex flavored. Next course was stuffed Eggplant and peppers - healthy lentils and rice and complex flavoring. Husband's lamb burger good - nothing imaginative like other dishes. French fries could have been better. Cinnamon ice-cream with whipped cream and cardamom and fresh fruit in rum a winner - never mind the hard poached apple which should have been focal point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be returning.
    Bk1792
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was amazing. Chef Zare is a San Francisco gem. The pistachio meatballs, kebab, ahi tuna, cucumber yogurt pudding and baklava were to die for. Great for a date night, night out with friends, or to wind down after a long day. The service was great and the Chef himself usually brings out the food. This is a must try for any SF locals and visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flytrap ... Quirky, noisy, fun
    K8ls
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Flytrap is a quirkly restaurant and bar. With its wall papered walls, metal ceilings, mirror dividers and garden outlook, it is understated cool. Dish of the day for us was the flat iron steak kebab... Juicy steak served with mint, radish, yoghurt and warm lavish bread ... Delicious. We also tried the filled spiced naan and summer spread. The warm naan and the pea dip were tasty. The grilled stuffed calamari was nice but not spectacular but the black cardamom braised short rib made up for it in spades. The meat fell off the bone - tender and juicy with great accompaniments. The service was attentive but the restaurant was really noisy. To be fair the staff asked if we preferred to sit out the back, but we chose the front room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • susanhendriemarais
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Fly trap is fantastic. The food is creative and delicious, mixing interesting variations of standard middle eastern fare (sure a hummus ) with Classic American and European cuisine. I cannot recommend this place enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in San Fran!
    Mandi
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This restaurant has some delicious choices that should make it so it's added to a commendation list for tourists! Also, management and the chef were involved with speaking with the customers throughout the night which was a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some of the Best. Service. Ever.
    WhateverHere
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was quite good, especially all of the vegetable selections. I feel they fell down a bit on the lamb burger, though the bun it was on was amazing. The service is uber attentive, without being intrusive. VERY attentive waitstaff. It's quite the experience dining here. On Thursdays, try to go after 6PM to avoid the Happy Hour crowds. Order the brussels sprouts with melted parmesan. Try the cauliflower and don't leave without the naan. Pay attention to the service and see if I am not right!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must visit
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I used to frequent Zara, the chef's previous restaurant in Napa many years ago when I lived there. Fly Trap captures a better ambiance but with the same amazing and thoughtful food. Great restaurant, inventive dishes combining traditional french cuisine with Has Zara's Mediterranean influences and does so to perfection. Why its taken me so long to come back I have no idea, but I won't be making that same mistake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Dinner Experience
    TheBeam
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    When we went to Fly Trap, it was fairly crowded & our table wasn't available. The staff were very apologetic, & worked hard to seat us as quickly as possible. After a moderate wait we ended up in a side room (much quieter than the main one). The staff were friendly & attentive. The menu was not large, but had a variety of excellent choices. My braised short ribs were among the best I have ever had. The wine list had a nice selection of French, Italian & CA wines (we had a Dolcetto D'Alba). After we finished eating, Hoss Zaré, the chef/owner came to the table with complimentary glasses of wine. He is a very charming fellow, & spent 5 minutes chatting before giving each of us a farewell hug. Definitely a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 735 reviews are from the The Fly Trap reviews archive.
  • Totally Disappointed
    foodiefan
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Given many of the reviews, my expectations were high. First, they were unable to seat us in the dining room. We were seated in the crowded and noisy bar area. We could barely hear one another across the table. The food was mediocre. Even their signature dishes failed on many levels, just plain boring. I will never return to this restaurant nor recommend it to anyone. I honestly don't understand all of the positive reviews for this place. The best thing was our waiter, Gabriel. He was friendly and attentive. Other than that I wouldn't bother with this restaurant. There are just too many other good choices in SF.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Chef, Food & Service - 5STAR
    facebookowl
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We frequently dine at the best restaurants in SF - this one is special. The Chef and Staff prepare great food. They care about their guests as if you are family. Our family dined at The Fly Trap for the first time on May 13, 2014. My wife had been familiar Chef Zare by reputation but I was unfamiliar with his food. Great Blood Orange salad..perhaps the best in my life. No kidding. The main course of beef checks were outstanding. The desert of bitter coconut sorbet with chutney was unique and fantastic. The Chef has great skill. I am not a critic but trust me you will enjoy the food. The service was attentive, knowledgable and experienced. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yournicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food, service, and ambience were excellent. There were interesting twists on standard dishes with the subtle use of middle eastern spices and ingredients. Our waiter was great and Manuel, the busser, was charming and seemed to anticipate our every need. And we were seated by the chef himself who also came out during the meal to make sure that everything was as good as it could be. It was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't Stay Away!
    3fromPhilly
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We dined last week at Flytrap and canceled a reservation at a well-known upscale SF spot to return to Flytrap. Couldn't resist the braised lamb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Standout in SF
    3fromPhilly
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The Flytrap continues to surprise the pallet with the creative expression of chef Hoss Zare. Don't miss the braised short ribs or lamb. Pair it with a well-matched Bekaa Valley red. Lebanese food doesn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always A Pleasure & Wonderful Meal!
    DeeKevVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    As always we had a w'fu dinner here with out of town guests. This is our favorite go to restaurant whenever we have guests. Not only the food is absolutely fresh, w'ful, interesting flavors, & presented beautifully but the Chef Owner Hoss always takes time to come out & walk around the restaurant & talk with his guests which makes you feel at home. Will always be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect girls night out!
    Awesome
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything was great from the ambiance to the food! Our waiter was absolutely perfect and I would request to sit in his section the next time to guarantee the same service. The food was amazing; seasoned to perfection. My friends and I had such a great time laughing and enjoying one another over great food. I have no complaints, definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing host and a great spot
    kathVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Love seeing Hoss and love his creative approach to sustainable and fresh fusion cuisine. Highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We loved this cozy, romantic gem from the friendly service to the dessert - very delicious!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    GSDFamilyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have always heard about Fly Trap, but never made it. Glad we finally had dinner there. Service was friendly and fabulous, and food has an Iranian/Persian twist. We were introduced to new flavors that the entire family enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.