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Permanently Closed - Kuleto's

4075 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Kuleto's serves distinctive California ~ Italian cuisine featuring ingredients prepared in unusual combinations.
The atmosphere is a combination of old San Francisco aura, Italian conviviality and contemporary vitality with high vaulted ceilings, genuine Italian marble floors with dark wood and warm lighting.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am;
Lunch / Dinner:
11:30am-10pm (Sunday-Thursday)
11:30am-10:30pm (Friday-Saturday)
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Phone number
(415) 397-7720
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Cassady
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Private party facilities
Kuleto's Italian Restaurant and the Villa Florence Hotel offer three beautiful private dining rooms to accommodate groups as small as 8 and as large as 64 for seated dinners, and up to 100 for standing receptions.
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Private party contact
Daniela Diaz-Packard: (415) 951-9330
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Kuleto’s offers four beautiful private dining rooms to accommodate your Private Dining needs. All of our private rooms capture the elegance and ambiance that is unique to Kuleto’s. Each private room is decorated with traditional Italian artwork, elegant mirrors framed by rich mahogany walls and Pat Kuleto’s renowned, sophisticated lighting.

Kuleto’s is the perfect location for your private lunch, dinner or reception. The restaurant’s private dining rooms can accommodate groups as small as 10 and up to 72 for a seated dinner and 20 – 100 for a standing reception.
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Cross street
b/w Geary & O'Farrell
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Parking details
Union Square Garage is the closest option other than valet
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Public transit
Bart @ Powell & Market
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Special events & promotions
Join our newsletter and stay up to date! 2013 Meet The Maker wine series is our newest event. Meet the wine maker, try highly allocated wines and some wines so rare they never make it to the public market!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dwest20 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

The menu had plenty of different options. There is something for everyone. Food was amazing. Portion size was a little on the small size, might not be enough for some people, however my halibut was perfect for me. Service was great.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

We had been here before and had good food, but we were very diappointed in the service by both the bartender and our waiter. Neither were particularly attentive. The waiter did not stop back and ever even ask how our food was, and the bartender was quite unfriendly...not a good feature for a bartender. The food was good but we will not go back...too many other restaurants we can chose offer both food quality and friendly, good service.

vipshirl (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

an excellent choice, especially one for before going to the theatre. the food was outstanding and the service gracious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

I had never been to Kuletos and needed a nice lunch spot in Union Square to meet some good friends. It exceeded my expectations; the food was amazing and I loved the look and feel of the restaurant. I will absolutely come back!

vipLosttexans (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

We walked down Powell past bustling Union Square to find Kuletos on our first night in San Francisco. We were seated promptly (even though we were early for our reserved table). For starters we enjoyed the Tuna Crudo, the Bibb Lettuce salad (with a terrific light vinaigrette). My wife loved the halibut special, and I had the duck. we loved it.

misslacie82 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

We were given a gift card for here as a wedding gift.
There wasn't enough non-pork dishes and vegetarian options.
Services was exceptional and they do help you try and find something you can eat on the menu and will make changes to the items on the menu to accommodate you.
The food we ordered was okay.
The complimentary bread was great
The dessert - tiramisu was amazing!!!!
The salad was average and so was the vegetarian pasta.
My husband said the chicken was alright.
If I were to go again I would go for dessert only.

Yerfdog (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

My daughter and I split the calamari, beet salad, penne special and the filet.
The calamari came with a tasty marinara but was a bit overcooked as can happen all too often with calamari.
The roasted beets with goat cheese was predictable but good.
I really liked the penne with lamb sausage in a spicy red sauce. My daughter isn't much of a lamb fan so.......
But the filet mignon with gorgonzola butter was outstanding! It came with mustard greens and rissoto which made for a great combo.
The server was attntive and animated which was fun. Though the beets would have been a challenge without the flatware we took from an adjacent table.

vipVeronica (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

Food was flavorless as in not seasoned and they rely only on sauces with we're either to salty or to sweet. I hadn't been in years and was hoping to have a great dinner, very very disappointed. Not worth my hard earned money and yes I send my food back (duck) and then got special and it was worse. Took my Mom and her Short Rib meal was terrible she felt bad and didn't send back, we paid for what we had and went somewhere else to eat.

Repeat5diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

The service was really off and inexcusable for this restaurant. We only saw our waiter once, when he took our order. Food delivery was slow, had to ask where our orders are, despite the fact there were sufficient staff and the restaurant was not at full capacity. I had to request our dinning tap twice; could have walked out in discuss ! I have dined at Kuleto's many times and had good food and service.

vipOmnivore (Denver)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

We arrived at 7PM and it was very crowded and busy. Our waiter was rushed and the noise level was too loud for comfortable conversation. My entrée was great and the others liked theirs. Toward the end of the evening when the crowd had thinned, our waiter was more accessible, and the noise we figured out why many people love this place. Go early or late!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

The service was very good but very slow in getting the food out to us. I had let it be known we had theater tickets when I made the reservation and the waiter knew but the entrees were not delivered to the table until 30 minutes before we had to leave. A bit hurried for a nice meal.

Rand (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2014

The food sounded great and was presented well. Very attractive and cooked perfectly (Halibut), but there was virtually no flavor. The waiter described it as coming with a lemon aioli, but the ailoli was suspiciously green and I detected no lemon. Very disappointing. The same can be said of the appetizer (yellow fin crudo). Simply lacked any flavor at all, even the tuna was bland. The wine was very good (Super Tuscan, $15/glass). If you decide to spend a $100 on dinner, with tip, I would look elsewhere. However, the huge glass room overlooking the hotel lobby is beautiful and may simply impress less sophisticated out-of-towners. It was also convenient for my purpose which was dinner before the theatre.

vipPS12 (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on June 24, 2014

It was almost an hour from the time we sat down at the table and ordered food to the time that we had both been served our first courses. Kuleto's appears to me to be a restaurant that has expanded its seating beyond the ability of its kitchen to prepare food in a timely manner. We had less than ten minutes to eat our main courses before having to leave for the theater, although we had arrived in the restaurant 1 1/2 hours earlier.

vipEATS4BB3 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2014

Kuleto's lived up to my previous experiences, though I had not been there for a while. Shared the Pizzetta with Roasted Garlic and French Blue Cheese on Rosemary Flatbread, along with the Roasted Beet Trio on Arugula with goat cheese salad. Both were tasty. I had the Shrimp and Scallop Risotto and my dining companion had the Straus Veal Scaloppino, with a side of Spinach and Pancetta all were excellent. Only drawback was...we could not find a wine to our liking so we ended up with a bottle of Vine Cliff Cab we brought with us.

vipJimJ (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 22, 2014

Apparently the chef (of 28 years, all at this restaurant) prepared the wrong meal and decided to begin again...after about a half hour of patiently awaiting service of our order. The food was very good; however, we had arrived at opening (so there would be no wait) as we had a very busy day planned. We would have gladly accepted the wrong meal (salmon rather than chicken) rather than being held hostage for an additional half hour.