Zuni Cafe
Zuni Cafe

Zuni Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zunicafe.com/
  • Phone: (415) 552-2522
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:45pm, Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm Sunday Lunch: 2:30pm - 4:45pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Judy Rodgers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Piano

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Franklin & Gough
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for dinner only. Tuesdays - Saturdays from 5pm and Sundays from 4pm.
A word from Zuni Cafe
This James Beard Award winning restaurant with a clientele as diverse as San Francisco opened in 1979. A vibrant Parisian-style standing-only copper bar greets you as you enter on Rose Alley. Zuni's menu changes daily with dishes inspired by traditional Italian and French recipes. Nearly all of the produce, meat, and fish served at Zuni is farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner. Even without a reservation, bar tables are available on a first come, first served basis and the full menu is available. The bar also serves traditional cocktails made with top-shelf ingredients; refreshments at its best in an environment of effortless hospitality. Whether you dine early or prefer to dine after theater, Zuni is a welcoming haven. -Judy Rodgers, chef/co-owner -Gilbert Pilgram, co-owner
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Zuni Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
423 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (317)neighborhood gem (196)special occasion (191)great for lunch (124)hot spot (110)romantic (106)vibrant bar scene (95)notable wine list (94)great for brunch (73)good for groups (57)late-night find (54)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (11)Show More
  • HagopVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    location location location; three of us (with reservations way in advance) ended up being seated very very close to a couple. It was almost a communal table experience, uncomfortable situation for all involved.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food is great but the noise level is too high to have a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Edfel
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Roast Chicken was worth the wait. Our waiter , Steve, was cordial but friendly. Every inch of space was utilized here. It really gets crowded. Make your reservations early.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange experience
    Yoodie
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had a strange experience at Zuni the other night, after many successful meals in earlier years. Our server disappeared after taking our order and never reappeared. And this was after he'd neglected to take our drink order (we'd arrived at the table with a glass of champagne from the bar). The waiter we eventually flagged down seemed surprised to have to take on our table. Plus, our salads were overdressed with vinegar, and the legendary chicken was under-seasoned, with no crisp skin. I'll chalk it up to an off night but it was disappointing. Gotta step it up!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I don't live in San Francisco and hadn't been to Zuni in several years. It was as terrific as ever - wonderful good, great vibe and friendly, professional service. It was a treat to be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sous chef chopping greens loudly
    Sonoman
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    One of my favorite places that is still great after many years. Food very good and service excellent. Nice atmosphere but sous chef chopping greens loudly in the open kitchen almost entire time which was annoying
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner - Beyond Expectations
    Whydine777
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    There was nothing my palette did not enjoy!!! We ordered the signature dishes and was not disappointed. It was the best chicken I have ever had- exquisite presentation wither soaked bread with pine nuts and dried berry and greens. It was almost to beautiful to eat. We gazed at first and inhaled the succulent aroma. The Cesar salad- the best with the homemade croutons - and the dressing just spot on. We had polenta with cheese and just prepared with care and very comforting. The chocolate flourless cake melted in ones mouth ...light and smooth texture - just pure heaven. The service attentive, kind and genuine. As someone once said.....you can sense the love and care taken. Both my son and I agree...we will visit soon again. A memorable evening with a fantastic dinner. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old. Noisy. Crowded. Terrible Location.
    Bluotter
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Like the review hints state. This restaurant has a miserable location with absolutely minimal parking. Tables are crammed into each other, no space and the noise level is beyond bombastic. Food, salad and soup were good, but not worth putting up with the negatives.
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  • Great ceaser salad and meal following
    WeirdHarold
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We visited Zuni a couple of years back on a day when San Francisco was having one of it's parades and it was a zoo. I was willing to give it a second chance and it was well worth the visit. Next time we are going to have the roasted chicken for which the restaurant has made it's reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a refresh
    Jeff7VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I know it's been around forever, and the roast chicken is still incredible, but the restaurant is tired. The average age of the patrons must be 90 and it has the feel of a retirement community's night out. Also, where service had been perfect, this night it was really spotty. The waiter didn't seem to care about much, although the rest of the staff was good. Zuni was always my place that would never fail me, but I'm not real eager to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Sense of San Francisco
    1HappyDiner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The ambiance of Zuni Café gives an air of sophistication yet informality/fun. I'd definitely recommend it for locals and tourists alike.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long wait for chicken
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I reserved at Zuni before the opera because I wanted the famous roast chicken. I called and offered to pay in advance if they would start the chicken before I arrived. They wouldn't let me order until I was seated and I couldn't wait the 1 hour they said the chicken would take to cook. Very disappointed! I make Chef Rodgers' recipe at home, and it takes 45 minutes in a hot oven. Maybe they should keep few extra chickens cooking to accomodate customers???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The chicken never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We ordered the roast chicken, yet again, and it never disappoints. Since we had 4 people at the table this time (yes - we considered just getting 2x chickens) we decided to order one chicken and break away to try other things on the menu. We ordered the steak to share alongside it and i would say that i would have preferred to order the original 2x chicken idea. The steak was came out undercooked (and for med rare, it was RARE) and then it overall was not a very tender cut - or maybe it was the way it was cooked? - it was just a little too chewy for me. Don't worry - We'll be back for you, chicken!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service and great food
    Violet
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our waiter Anthony provided us with the best service we have had in a very long time. He was attentive and really nice. Great roast chicken too!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the chicken
    JloplanryVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    It's all about the chicken because waiting an hour for it was worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken
    Dinner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Chicken and bread were outstanding as was the service...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Zuni's
    KMfoodiedocVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been to Zuni's many times before and loved it, but this time it was very disappointing. My entree was cold and rather flavorless. I guess Ahi tuna is not their thing. I'll stick with the chicken next time. I'm sure I wont be disappointed with that dish!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    DinerFamilyof4VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fabulous restaurant. Last time I was here was 15 years ago and the experience was as good as the memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Predictably awesome!
    GreatC00k
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We arrived early because we wanted to make sure we could make it in time for the symphony. They seated us in the bar until our table was ready and our waiter kindly ordered their signature chicken for us ahead of time (it requires one hour). We had a delicious persimmon, sunchoke, arugala appetizer and chose wine from an extensive list and sat in a cozy corner. Our waiter was superb. Relaxed but ON IT. Loved the high ceiling and tall windows in the bar area. We then moved to our dining area which was one of many cozy places upstairs which is impeccably, elegantly, and simply decorated. But we also could view the olive wood burning oven and chefs below!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM//////1
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The roasted chicken for 2 was sensational. The scene on the street was worth the admission alone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zuni still ...
    Open2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I had a lunch at Zuni cafe and the food was excellent albeit small in portion.. I had mini lamb chop for lunch, but it was the size of my imiddle finger.. It was delicious.. The chianti was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Impressions are Important
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I want to preface this by saying that I love Zuni, and I've been there many times. I decided to book a rezo for my sister who was coming into town to visit - she had never been. The four of us talked for awhile and got her all prepped for the food. Our waiter showed up and was a mess. In the middle of asking us what we wanted, he was staring at other tables. We had to correct him several times as he recited our orders wrong. Then he disappeared for what seemed like hours. When the order came, it was still wrong. I didn't want to wait for another hour so I just ate the wrong order. Dear Zuni, you need to hold this waiter accountable for the destroyed first experience my sister had. As we know, first impressions are the most important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I used to go to Zuni cafe all the time when I was living in SF 5 years ago. I went back there last sunday for brunch with my family and we had a really bad experience. service was below average food took forever to get to the table and it wasn't good the famous chicken was undercooked and it took 2 hours to arrive at the table. I hope to you improve your operations since I'd love to be able to go back to Zuni next time I return to SF.
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  • Amazing
    youknowme
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    That's all that need be said. I will add however, the BEST service I've ever experienced EVER!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too popular for own good
    EastBayAdventurer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Zuni Cafe on weekends is packed due to fantastic food, excellent location, and well-earned reputation. Unfortunately, this success has not been coupled with greater staffing levels. Our oysters were never served, waiter took order, but only service was bus boy refilling water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat
    toms
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A little on the pricier side. However, service and food were great
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the pioneering restaurants in the locally grown, California cuisine movement is still performing at a world class level. Everything is of the highest quality and served expertly. it's incredible that they have managed to do this consistently for so many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeppermentVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Zuni is an establishment in SF: however in the last few years the prices have gone way up & the portions way down. There is creativity coming from the kitchen however I was disappointed in the bland and conventional halibut dish I had: the portion was extremely small (about 4 oz).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FootLooseVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Roast chicken is worth the hour's wait. Just content yourself with shoestring potatoes and a Caesar salad. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unlucky Experience
    TorquayFoodLover
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Had been looking forward to Zuni and had booked a month in advance to enjoy our last night in SF, but disappointed. The food was pretty good, the wine list excellent, but let down by being stuck at a table in an upstairs corridor, with a server who, unusually for the US, was just not interested. We missed out on the ambience and felt ignored; it spoilt what was potentially an excellent evening. Oysters ridiculously small, but highly recommend the home cured anchovies, parmigiano and celery as a light starter; the roasted quail was very good and the Zuni Pinot Noir excellent value. Good cheeses and dessert wine choice. To be fair I think we were unlucky, and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rotisserie Chicken is amazing!
    SkippingScones
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Get the chicken - it takes an hour to cook so get other items to eat while you wait. The chicken definitely feeds 3 people probably 4 or 5 if you get some apps beforehand. The bread salad that comes with the chicken is equally amazing. The wine list is wonderful, lots of choices and reasonably priced bottles. If you are visiting SF it's definitely worth a trip for dinner. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent superb cuisine
    Swumd
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I make my usual trek to Zuni whenever I am in San Francisco, it never disappoints. I always ask for a seat near the kitchen where I can watch " the action" the preparations are extraordinarily consistent and always superb. The choices are limited but each are prepared individually and with care. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treasure!
    SFinsider
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Returned to Zuni after a bit of a hiatus and we had a perfect lunch experience on all fronts: delicious, interesting, tasty food; great fun and informed service; fantastic "only-in-SF" ambience - not stuffy, just fantastically consistent. To top it all off, the server proposed a bottle of champagne (it was a special occasion) that was unpredictably delicious. It just made for a perfect afternoon. We ended up sharing the bottle with the adjacent table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The chicken for 2 was incredible. I would recommend that to anyone. The atmosphere was lovely and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and overrated
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went for brunch, so that we could sit outside. Outside eating with a dog was its only virtue. We had the hockey puck-like hamburgers, tough, dry and overcooked and very, very small. The bun had nice flavoring. The shoestring potatoes were cold and tasteless. To charge $16 for this hamburger is an outrage. I hope I never have to darken their door again, but I have never been a fan. Other than Alex, our waiter, the staff is icy cold and on the edge of rude. Wouldn't make that extra effort.
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  • Classic SF restaurant!
    Prosgal
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Zuni Cafe never fails to please. The staff is always friendly and accommodating and the food is always predictable and delicious. I love it at Zuni Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The most special of occasions
    K2foodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We enjoyed a leisurely birthday meal with our daughters. The food and service were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A San Francisco Classic
    TTSFVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Zuni - as always - is a San Francisco classic. This visit on particular was to show some relatives from Seattle a "quintessential San Francisco restaurant" (their request). Where else to go but Zuni and the famous roast chicken? We ordered all the appetizers - the bresaola was a standout, and the fideus were outstanding. Of course, order the chicken when you sit down - even if it's just for the table and you get other entrees. It's an absolute masterpiece. Desserts were also wonderful - we shared a couple cheese plates and the persimmon pudding. Truly delicious. We'll be back, of course!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Francisco Classic
    DrFoodsnob
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    On my latest trip to San Francisco finally made it to this restaurant which has been around forever which for unknown reasons I had never been to. They may have been around forever but they are definitely still at the top of their game. The oven roasted chicken for 2 was the best chicken I have ever had. The cocktails are very creative and super tasty. The service was fantastic. Overall a great time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Restaurant
    ChambolleMusigny
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is a classic San Francisco gem. Zuni Café is an institution, other restaurants in San Francisco would not be at the high quality they are if it were not for Zuni. Always amazing, always over-delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic