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Zuni Cafe
Zuni Cafe
  • Address:
    1658 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Modern European
    Price: $31 to $50

Zuni Cafe Details

  • 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-ownerContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "What an amazing night we had here this week while visiting San Francisco from DC. Everything was delicious but the roasted chicken for two really was spectacular. Service was so nice - really like being at a friends house. So glad we ate here as one of only a handful of meals we had time for in the city."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I joined a business associate for lunch. We both agreed it was excellent. By far the best Ceasar Salad in the City. The service was spot on and the host station even had matches."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was our first time at Zuni Cafe. It has been on my wife's list for a long time, and we had the opportunity to visit in the late afternoon for a drink and dinner. Really a delightful spot with big clean windows looking out at the vibrant hustle and bustle of the city. The cocktail was enjoyable as we unwound from a busy day. Upon being seated at an upstairs table with a white tablecloth we reviewed the menu and made some tough choices. I had the special, squab! Though I was teased by my wife, she really lit up after trying a bite, which I cautiously negotiated for a taste of her lamb! Wonderful food & presentation. Our waiter was excellent and provided us with answers to all our questions. Overall, the experience was fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Had a great late night snack with premium service...."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Always get the chicken. The ricotta gnocchi are like clouds. And if you're lucky to be there early or late - try the burger!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was fresh and tasted heathy. The chicken is the well known dish and, for chicken, it as quite good. The clams with the rock cod were also delicious, as were the oysters, but the scallop appetizer was small and it all felt a bit overpriced for what it was."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A simply horrible experience. Probably the worst meal of our lives - corn soup with no corn and too much chili oil (so much that it made us cough!), salmon that clearly had been sitting around, and a pork chop that was 1/3 meat and 2/3 fat - and I'm pretty sure pork isn't supposed to be as red as this was inside. A complete fail. Even worse? No official apology or accountability by the restaurant despite this feedback. There are SO many great restaurants in Hayes Valley, this is not one of them. The Zuni Cafe of the past is gone."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Zuni Cafe has been one of our favorite like many other San Franciscans. We finally got our chicken after over an hour and 15 minutes of wait, that was not cooked, red and bleeding. After trying couple pieces, we had to ask eventually, very politely to send it back to the kitchen, which they just put it in the oven. After a while, came back exactly as it was sent (still raw inside except burnt and dried vegetables and dried chicken outside). We sat right outside of the kitchen and could see our server talking to the chef and manager(or host in suit) and they looked at us but no one came to our table and said nothing even after we got raw chicken second time. We had to ask them to wrap it up, paid the full amount without any acknowledgement."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to Zuni's for years. It was great. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food always perfectly executed and with enough flair to be interesting without being overly cute."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service at Zuni was wonderful. And the food was great. I will definitely come back. Great Cesar, chicken, drinks."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Have been coming to Zuni for the past 19 years ... usually a special occasion place so only once or twice a year. In general, almost everyone I go with loves the bread salad that comes with the chicken the best. It is divine! Unfortunately this time the salad was mostly just that BREAD and it was HARD ... probably because there was so little of the other ingredients such as the pine nuts and currents that enhance and soften and give it that wonderful flavor. Sad :("
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been dining at Zuni since 1990. I haven't been since 2010. The food was good, not great like I remember. The service was less than remarkable, he was kind but not "on it". A dog that was at the next table snapped at a little girl at the table next to it. NOT GOOD."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took a friend here for lunch, and it could not have been a better experience. We sat next to a wall cut out and were able to look down onto the kitchen. The service was very good, and the chicken was amazing. I am not a stuffing lover, but I have not had anything like the stuffing came with the chicken. I could have eaten a whole plate of it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Only issue was with the service. The server disappeared during the meal. Then when he cleared the tables, he got oil on my friend's shirt."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "For many years, I'd been wanting to try Zuni on visits to San Francisco. Finally, I was able to do so. All 4 of us felt the food was extremely mediocre. One of us had been there a couple of times before and found it to be quite good. Something is just off...from the bread to the salads to the main courses, the food was OK to poor. The salad was the best part, but not terribly inventive, the bread uninteresting, the main course completely dried out for me and not interesting for any of us. We dared not risk dessert. All of us left very surprised and very disappointed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent brick oven roasted chicken. But must order right away as it takes one hour to cook. Was seated near the brick oven so it was very warm. This was the only downside."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Zuni contiinues to be one of my favorite SF restaurants. The food is excellent and I always have to get the roasted chicken as it is so delicious. The appetizers were great also. Kudos to the team for keeping the restaurant so current."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Had to try the famous roasted chicken with bread salad. It was worth the wait and worth the money. It truly was the best chicken I have ever eaten. Yes, the restaurant is very overpriced but all in all the service was great, the food was fantastic and our son had a great meal from the leftovers!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've been coming to Zuni since 97' and can honestly say that I won't be coming again. I started with a drink at the bar before dinner and was greeted by a bartender who couldn't be bothered by my questions about bourbon. Dinner portions that all my quests ordered were tiny and I had to grab a slice of pizza afterwards. Sorry that Zuni is no longer the place I once loved. So many better places to eat in San Francisco!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The BEST oysters. We tried 2 appetizers and the skirt steak entree. Both appetizers (burrata and octopus) were exceptional. The skirt steak was great, with fabulous sauce and a side of greens. Watch out --- Their signature chicken for two is really large enough for 4 people. Atmosphere is comfortable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "One of the better meals we have had in our dining experiences in the Bay Area. The chicken was the best we had ever eaten. Superb!!! All the other courses we ordered were very good. We definitely will be back. Service attentive and knowledgeable, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Proffessional staff! We had a chicken that Was ovenbaked with fillings!, wonderfull!, pricy!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have lived just blocks from Zuni for nearly 9 years. I'm so glad I finally made a reservation. And went. From the super attentive friendly wait staff to the amazing wine and food it was all just superb. I'd recommend this place to anyone wanting to go to a special place and have a great time."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "An excellent experience-had not been here for a number of years--seems even better now than on our last visit."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I was so disappointed in lunch at Zuni. The service was lackluster and slow and the food portions were scant and unattractively plated. In addition, my hamburger, which was ordered medium rare came to the table well done. Overall quite disappointing. It will be quite some time before I return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great desserts. Wonderful service. Love the frites!!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I always regarded the Zuni Cafe to have top notch food. This time a disappointment. The waitress recommended a pork dish--it was slices of pork shoulder which turned out to be dry. I know this is not an expensive cut of meat but was expecting a great preparation for the $29 price tag. Another recommendation was a fried panko encrusted vegetable--they mentioned what the vegetables would be such as mushrooms and they were not there. Cheese polenta had no marscapone cheese in it as it was advertised. When the waitress recommended a glass of wine it turned out to be 1 glass for $18. Lots of hype about how the dessert pastry was Kneeded 1000 times!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "While waiting for our chicken dinner to be prepared we shared several appetizers, all delicious, especially the shoestring potatoes!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Lively atmosphere and happy people in a great space. The food was delicious. Roast chicken for two is clearly the preferred dish, and for good reason. We also had oysters, salad, a fettucine "side dish," drinks and dessert, and it was all excellent. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "On a downward slide. A real disappointment, after years of quality."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was so disappointed to have our out of town guests treated with disdain. Plus they brought the wrong entree ordered by one of our guests- It is great to have good food, but there is no excuse for service with an attitude…this is one of our favorite restaurants, and I will think twice about bringing out of town guests again."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "A staple for many years, we were expecting a great meal we didn't get. To be fair, however, the overall experience in the restaurant was diminished by the indifferent table service we received."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We particularly appreciated the way the staff met the specific dietary needs of our group."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Order the roast chicken. You won't be disappointed and it's worth the wait. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Order the chicken as soon as you arrive - it takes at least an hour to cook, but it is well worth the wait. It's crispy and very moist - served on a bread salad with the best bread soaked in chicken juices and olive oil - more than enough for two. There were three of us and we also tried the skate - the burrata with squash - the delicious asparagus soup and a wonderful tart for dessert. The restaurant was booked on a Wednesday. We couldn't get reservations until 10pm. But it was cozy with the wood oven and a group of French tourists at the next table. I highly recommend this intimate, but popular restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very loud restaurant. Excellent risotto. Chicken was good but nothing really special as advertised."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We chose to go to Zuni Café prior to the symphony because of the many great meal we had experienced there. This dinner was quite disappointing. The highlight was the champagne we had at the bar and the nice bartenders. The food was simply not up to the standard we are used to, especially since we live in the wine country. The pork prime rib was a very poor, small piece of meat. It consisted mainly of bones and fat. A better cut is available at Safeway. The server seemed quite disinterested in his job and never inquired as to our satisfaction with the meal. It will be a long time before we frequent this restaurant again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've never had a bad experience at Zuni. The food is always delicious and the waitstaff and bartenders are always friendly and wonderful."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was great about this place. The food, the atmosphere and the service were all perfect. The chicken is worth the wait to be cooked. It is a full chicken and we could have split it 3-ways. Definitely will go back on my next visit to San Fran."
    Dined on 5/23/2014