Ziryab
Ziryab

Ziryab

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ziryabgrill.com/
  • Phone: 415-5220800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Every night 5:pm to 2:am
    Kitchen open until 1 every night.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Khalid El Mourabit
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater for parties up to 100 people, but possibly more. Please contact us directly to discuss both menu and prices.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fell Street
  • Public Transit: Bus # 24 runs north/south on Divisadero, Hayes 21 runs west/east on Hayes St, only one block away from Ziryab, also #71,6 runs west/east on Haight St, only three blocks away from Ziryab.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. The nearby Shell gas station has parking for a fee.
A word from Ziryab
Ziryab started out as a traditional Mediterranean restaurant complete with a hookah bar. The hookah is gone, but the food and cocktails have expanded into new territory while still paying homage to their Middle Eastern roots. For instance Chef Khalid El Mourabit offers nicoise-style sardines with tomato confit and potatoes, or mussels with saffron mustard sauce. Everything is made in house, from the pita and falafel to the yogurt and spice mixes.

An example of one of Zach Taylor's many signature cocktails is the "Ziryab Manhattan" with date-infused Bulleit rye, vermouth, lapsang souchang-infused angostura bitters, and orange peel.
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Ziryab reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating2.9
  • Food3.3
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance2
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Now a Sports Bar
    extremehumanoid
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    With the multiple TVs and screaming, drunken sports fans watching a Giants game, we couldn't hear one another to talk. It's kind of sad. It wasn't like that the first time we went, a year or so ago. Also, the chicken kabob wasn't as good as we remembered it. Although, the meatballs are still great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but that waiter? UGH.
    Petunia123VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ziryab has been in the neighborhood for a while, but has spruced itself up with a full bar (great cocktail menu!) and even better food. There are 2 waiters - one is great, the other is terrible. The food is very good, but when the service is so bad, you don't want to stay for more! For the most part, Ziryab is a great neighborhood place. I'll return, but I'll make sure to get the better waiter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Drop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Maybe it was an off night, but the mezza plate portions were laughably tiny compared to past meals there and the tagine was oily. Staff was very sweet, but dishes went to the wrong tables. Seems a management mess there that night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, OK food, too loud.
    CleanairgalVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was OK. The prices were good. The service was excellent! It was so loud that my friend and I politely skipped dessert and went elsewhere for it. It was nice to try it but I won't be back only because it was too loud. I couldn't hear from friend who was sitting across the table from me and she was talking really, really loudly. We went to a quieter place nearby for dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance2.3
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 69 reviews are from the Ziryab reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Great food - flavorful and creative - especially for the price. It's a fun place - bustling and youngish. Our only complaint was slow service - friendly but slow. It seems like they had too few people trying to do too many things. It might have just been an off night. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    excellent food, very friendly service, we come every week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ziryab has Stood the Test of Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Ziryab's menu is middle eastern with california cuisine influences. Great place to share small plates. Food was excellent and the people watching on Divisadero Street was fun. Ziryab has been here as long (or longer) than NOPA. The grilled brussels spouts and artichokes were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before a show
    simon
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Was great place to grab dinner before a show at the independent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuvtoeatinSF
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food was good, the small dishes were exceptional. Good place to sit, eat and drink with friends.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Francis
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Delicious!Great service overall. I miss the Lentil soup :-(
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    MixalusaVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I wasn't expecting much, and I am quite a foodie, but this place was really wonderful! The food was so good, and the flavors were complex and vibrant. Especially recommend the artichoke, pastilla and tagine. Vegetable sides were really tasty as well. I will def return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    RudeDog
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    First date..dont usually review but had reservations and all tables were full.. but the possibly owner had the res list in hand, told us to wait shortly at the bar, and two free IPAs that we couldnt even finish before our table was ready. Again completely full tables inside and out, good food! Chicken skewers and lamb. Full bar. Only thing was the restaraunt should be bigger! This was on a saturday night..i bet during the week the ambience is cool too. Perfect for little dinner before a drink date..bars within walking distance.. price just fine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar addition is very nice, however.
    lauram
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    it makes the dining experience less appealing - very loud and very young, at least on a Saturday night. Cannot talk with fellow diners with the bar noise level. Food is good, some dishes better than others.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Consistently very good. Small plates to share or larger plates. Don't miss the lamb meatballs and the marinated feta. Terrific bread. Good wine list. I'd go here once or twice a week if I lived in the City. Tables out front if you prefer outside dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was staying in alamo square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    was staying in alamo square and wanted to check out something local. Had the beet salad to start and then the sea bass. Both were done perfectly, not too heavy and had a simple lebanese wine that complimented it nicely. Wine list isn't too diverse but the basics are there. My companion had the lamb and it was also delish. Would go back in a heartbeat. The area around is great for a fun night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10/10 would consume chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    10/10 would consume chicken skewers and brussels sprouts again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was good, service was good, but we were seated along the wall opposite the bar at a high table, so not very comfortable or good ambiance since we wanted to eat a restaurant not a bar. If you get a better table it will be worthwhile.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dude
    ClamsRus
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great spot in general. It was like 68 at 8pm so we sat outside and laughed our bums off. Great food and drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Renewed and terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I was so sad to see Ziryab closed a while back, but so thrilled now they've reopened. The new decor is modern and hip and the outdoor heated space in front is delightful. We had a selection of appetizers--mixed mezze, lamb meatballs, sardine tagine, moussaka-- if which were intensely flavorful and unfailingly ddelish. I wish I could have sampled the entire menu. We were a bit late for our reservation time and they were very accommodating. The only minuses *at all* were a TV over the bar area (not a feature I appreciate) and a fairly high decibel level ( though it was a Saturday evening and the place was hopping). Oh and a big plus that the kitchen is open past midnight every night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We went Christmas Eve evening and had several selections from the menu. Lamb meatballs, a mac-and-cheese special, a duck confit with greens special, caramelized pear salad, feta with oil and thyme (and the BEST bread). Great service. great setting, great cocktail selections. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Esperanza
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Excellent service; very friendly and helpful staff. The drinks were absolutely fabulous! The food was good with decent portion sizes. I'll definitely go back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Again
    Hadley
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    We took out-of-town friends to dinner and they loved Ziryab! Even though the regular chef was not cooking, the food was very good. Our friends liked the varied menu. There was a party of young women nearby making far too much noise, but we sat in the far back so the noise was not bad most of the time. Waitstaff was very welcoming and attentive, but not polished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    catwoman
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Waitperson was delightful-- friendly, fun, and offered great recommendations. Food interesting and delicious,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Quite enjoyable food and cocktails
    lsam
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Our group had dinner and cocktails at Ziryab before going to a show next door at the Independent. While the parking was tough (we found a pay lot nearby), everything about the restaurant and the service was wonderful. We got a great table just opposite the bar and felt in the middle of all the bustle of the busy night. The food and cocktails were top-notch. Definitely recommended.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mediterranean food
    Andrew
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Wonderful food - not overdone or over the top. Loved the fennel dish. Drinks from the bar were unique and well made.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad to see it change so much...
    JLawVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    It's too bad that this place has changed so much. It used to be a great neighborhood spot, and now after their remodel they've hiked up the prices and slimmed down the portions. When they brought out the chicken skewers entree it was laughable how little was on the huge plate. While the food is still tasty, not sure I'll be headed back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service....really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    Terrible service....really was a bummer and the food wasn't good enough to make up for it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had reservation 6:30 pm but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    Had reservation 6:30 pm but would not let us order from menu until 7:00 pm. Annoying and wasted time
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "I loved the coziness and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2012
    "I loved the coziness and a very homely feel of this place - very relaxed and comfortable. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Between the four of us we ordered three lamb dishes and we shared them all. All of them very tentalizing to a foody. It was very well cooked and tender meat, everyone loved the food. Service was well-timed and friendly."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent entrees. Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Excellent entrees. Server was friendly and attentive but not overly hovering. The outdoor front patio seating is great too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved it. I haven't been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    I loved it. I haven't been here for years, but have to say ...someone has made a great improvement on the lovely rustic food presentation I remember. Looked beautiful and tasted fantastic! Can't wait to go back now that I live in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good as always - love taking
    Tigger2003VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    Good as always - love taking friends or just when I do not want to cook
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there for a pre-show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/30/2012
    Went there for a pre-show dinner before heading to The Independent. The place is quaint and the food was decent. Wine list could use some more options. Service was great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very lovely find with a
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    A very lovely find with a nice variety of dishes, including some unique ones. My daughter had a salmon wrap that she enjoyed very much. I had salmon on a wonderful mix of vegetables. We split the mixed appetizer and enjoyed every bite!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super friendly staff, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Super friendly staff, great drinks and yummy food. This is a good place to go if you're on a budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've had a lot of Mediterranean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    I've had a lot of Mediterranean food in my life and Ziryab does it right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food good service - as
    Tigger2003VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Good food good service - as they were busy the food was a little on the cold side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good and very authentic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/20/2011
    Very good and very authentic! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing...
    msr666VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2011
    this place used to be decent, but sadly, no more. our waiter was nice, but not very knowledgeable about the fare he was serving. portion sizes seem to have gotten smaller (from ~1 year ago).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a party of 20 and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2011
    We were a party of 20 and they were able to accomodate us. All plates and drinks were on time. The food was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate