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

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zunicafe.com/
  • Phone: 4155522522
  • 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
409 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (304)neighborhood gem (190)special occasion (182)great for lunch (123)romantic (106)hot spot (103)notable wine list (95)vibrant bar scene (90)great for brunch (81)good for groups (54)late-night find (52)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (12)scenic view (10)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite restaurant ever
    GoGiants
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Zuni has consistently GREAT food! It's my absolute favorite restaurant in the city! I've gone here on special occasions or just to meet up with friends. It's the ultimate SF restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Fantastic meal at Zuni! We came for the chicken and it did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    chicken for 2 excellent but the salmon was disappointing---very small portion the caesar salad was ok but not great have had better
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rediscovering Zuni
    rshorensVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We hadn't been back to Zuni Café for many years(I don't know why) but stopped in for lunch before an opera matinee. We had delicious brunch items- I had fried egg with rabbit and avocado salad, while my husband had a smoked trout omelette. We also had the Piccola meringata dessert. The food was delicious, attractive, and served very quickly when we told our server we had to be at the opera in 40 minutes! We will come back for the famous chicken when we have more time; I want to see how mine compares with the original!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Years of Zuni Cafe
    knowingfood
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I came to Zuni Cafe when it opened many years ago and it was a very small space next to a cactus store. It has always been my Favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy and Delightful
    Muncher
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Unique and fantastic Italian tastes. But the tables we a little oddly situated, but I gues that is pretty normal in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    FoodieSteve
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What a great place! The house made scones and pizza's were great. All the things we tried, from the house sausage, French toast, pizza, and more were great. Zuni is a can't miss if in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great But...
    hopelessromantic
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Well, everything is great except that they have no wi-fi! I wasn't able to skype my girlfriend on her birthday because of that.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Zuni
    NewbieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Never disappointed with food although very crowded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    Pestygoat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went here for anniversary to eat famous chicken. Waitress was okay, but other staff was rude (one guy took my plate before I was done without asking). The arugula salad was drenched with dressing. Noise level was way too high. The chicken was good, but I've had better for less. Would not eat here again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • a gem since 1979...LOVED it
    KAMareeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have eaten here 3 times, once in 1986, once in 1998 or 1999, and this week. Always excellent, innovative, seasonal, and great attention to detail. Very attentive staff. I eat gluten-free and almost the whole menu was doable for us. Except that the salad dressing was way too strong (both the mustard dressing and the Caesar, which we figured was to hold up to alcohol better) Zuni is a foodie dream. Since the menu changes frequently I won't bother going into specific dish details but we were both very happy. If you drink, this is YOUR place to be (I don't but kind of wish I did). Bar is SRO (no stools) and a few tables. There were I think 3 alcohol menus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!!
    Patty
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We are huge Zuni fans and have enjoyed going there for years!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, But Dessert Disappointing
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    It had been a long time since I ate at Zuni Cafe so I was surprised that the large size of the pizza. It was good with wagon wheel cheese and bitter greens (too bitter for my taste). The gateau was a plain chocolate cake with a dollop of whipped cream. At $8.75 for something so simple and uninspiring it is very expensive. It reminded me of something out of a cake mix box.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perfect birthday...
    Industryinsider
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were very pleased with our first experience at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken to die for
    adorevoyager
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I can now understand all the rave reviews I had read regarding the roasted chicken that is the signature dish at the Zuni Café. It was perfect: flavorful, moist and with crispy skin. The best I've had, bar none. I will definitely return. The Tuscan bread salad served with the chicken was excellent as well. The interior of the restaurant was filled with light and very comfortable. The service was on a par with the quality of the food. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    and superb service. I was most impressed -- the roast chicken was divine. The service staff were top notch. Really loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    DTMVVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Zuni has been one of our longtime favorite restaurants anywhere. Our recent dinner showed problems in both the bar and the kitchen. We sent a drink back twice before it was acceptable, still not great but drinkable. The beloved Caesar salad and chicken were not up to their usual standards. And the espresso granita tasted like it was made without sugar. I hope this was a one time aberration and not a sign of permanent change in the wrong direction. The service was excellent as always.
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  • zuni cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always a favorite! Consistently good and interesting food. Great wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good good good
    ldgaffVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    the baked chicken is the way to go at this restaurant. The shoestring potatoes are also a great choice as an extra. Service is always outstanding here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great!
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Zuni never disappoints. A late-night dinner with their famous chicken and Caesar salad cannot be beat! Great service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very slow and unattentive
    JC502VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wow ate there a few months back and it was spot on. This time the service was horrible... Don't bother for this price on a otherwise delicious chicken.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WARM RECEPTION !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had a warm reception ,which set the tone for a pleasant dining experience !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Zuni!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Zuni was recommended to us by friends who live in the Bay area. Our visit was well worth the BART ride from Oakland. We sprung for the whole chicken and were not disappointed. Among the other memorable dishes that we had, the nioki really stood out. Service was wonderful. All in all, a great experience in a lively place. We hope to get back to San Fran soon and will definitely plan on returning to Zuni Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food for a hungry heart
    LKSSF
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    we had sazeracs, kumamoto oysters and the roasted chicken. we ate with our hands and fed ours souls. beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues as my all time favorite
    Lexy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've been going to Zuni Cafe since it opened and continue to LOVE it. I don't think I've ever had a bad experience. This time, with four girlfriends and they put up with our raucous behavior with charm. Food great, wine list great, some of the best oyster selection in SF. What's not to like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We were a bit disappointed with the service in the beginning of our meal. We ordered cocktails and they finally came so late that the 1st course came just after we received them.... Zuni is one of our very favorite restaurants in town and happily for them, always busy - but I had to comment as this is the first time we had an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    BastilleVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    First time for lunch. Delish and priced right. I recommend the burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Zuni...
    Coco
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love Zuni Cafe, the food and everything that goes with it. Lovely staff, polite service. It is my favorite San Francisco restaurant, nothing else I can say. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rosie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Enjoyed the Sunday brunch ambiance and cocktails. Service is excellent. Was a little disappointed with the pizzas, flavors flat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh!
    Calivisitor
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love the new daily menu. Keeps the place exciting and the servers excited about their work. We went pre-symphony and they accommodated our timeline perfectly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlackRhino
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ordered small plates while we waited for the roasted chicken dinner and its was well worth the wait. Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rudy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a very patient waiter, very nice. The three of us all enjoyed our orders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic