Meh just ok and the chicken wasn't worth it, better at Whole Foods
Had dinner here for NYE, and we were pleasantly surprised by the amazing food and service. Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating, and the food was delicious. Definitely coming here again!
You know how sometimes you order a few items and when the bill is presented, you say, "What happened? What did I get for all that money?" Lulu was like that -- we thought the prices were elevated for what we received. The service was nice but not remarkable, the venue was a bit loud and not climate-comfortable, and the food was OK, but not worth going back for in a city with so many bona-fide dining choices.
Unfortunately dinner for our party of six was something of a disappointment. I have not been to LuLu much in the past 5 years. Maybe twice. I was more frequent before that. The menu is solid-- pretty middle of the road with a few eye catching touchs. The food was was fine overall if unexceptiobal. The pork loin was praised by all. The fresh prawns and spaghetti was another high point. Everything was oversalted, however-- a classic restaurant cheap trick.
The glaring defect was the wine. I ordered a white chateau neuf ($59) it was dead. No debate about it. A good two years past it's pull date. Our waitress was good though and took it back. Playing it safe I then ordered a 2015 ZD Chardonnay($66). Completely standard predictable CA wine. Right? No. It smelled of paint thinner. No finish. I've had this wine several times. And this bottle was defective.
I've ordered 100s of bottles in restaurants and have probably sent back three before.
Getting two bad bottles in a row means the wine is being mishandled. Lulu's lacks someone in control of the cellar. The prices say they are serious about their wine. But the lack of quality control shows otherwise.
So if you go, enjoy the ambience. The food is okay. Skip the wine.
I took my team out For a holiday lunch and was so disappointed! That space is usually filled with tons of people; when we went, it was dead. Very disappointed because I expected a more festive atmosphere. Food was fine but I was sisappointed.
We introduced LuLu to friends and was not disappointed. The food was delicious as always.
THE FOOD AT LULU'S IS CONSISTENTLY GOOD AND REASONABLY PRICED. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR YEARS AND HAVE NVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED.
I have dined at Lulu when in San Francisco over the past 6 years. I love this restaurant. Wine flights and really excellent food.
Excellent roasted meets. Simple, top-quality foods. Perfectly prepared
Service was excellent. Good was good and very flavorful sharing dishes is common.
Still cookin' after all these years. Had the LuLu staple of the roasted chicken and platter of grilled veggies last Saturday night. It is always a crowd pleaser. The staff was excellent and the dining room has such a comfortable and well spaced feel to it.
Not as crowded as it used to be. I think this is due to the proliferation of other fine restaurants, not due to a decline in LuLu. And it's nice to be able to get a table on relatively short notice.
A little worn but still wonderful! I remember back when this was a real hot spot. It no longer is, and the interior seems a bit warn. But the service remains strong and the food was excellent.
The hostess was a bit short and rude when she welcomes us and showed us to our table. It was a sort of special occasion with my fiancé and parents, and she sat us at an awkward table right off the bar. When we asked if we could sit at one of the nicer booths, she rudely said "those are reserved" Mind you it was 9pm. Sure enough, not all those booths filled up, and we felt a bit like "not good enough" or something. Our waitress and servers were really nice however and the food is amazing!
My husband and I met our son and his girlfriend on a Friday night for cocktails and dinner. The cocktails were good. The mussels appetizer was very good. The entrees were kind of ho-hum, not too inspired. We did order the molten chocolate cake and that was spectacular. Not sure we would go back, and definitely don't understand all the stars in the reviews. This was just a B restaurant, nothing outstanding.
The appetizer and salad were average at best. The chicken, our main course, was pink in some places, and my dining partner and I both had upset stomachs the next day. The apple pie dessert almost made up for a very disappointing dining experience. The apple pie was by far the highlight of the evening.
Lulu has a new fall menu, which we truly enjoyed. For an appetizer we had the mushroom risotto and pear bruschetta, both truly divine. My entree was the prawns with spaghetti, spaghetti squash, Meyer lemon and Aleppo pepper and it was mind-blowingly delicious. My dinner mates also enjoyed their lovely entrees (both meat and vegetarian). Then the desserts were a special surprise: pumpkin cheesecake (oh my God), apple torte (delicious), and creme brulee that way you want creme brulee to be served every time, with just the thinnest layer of carmelized sugar at the top. Service was great from beginning to end, and we couldn't be more appreciative for a lovely evening at Lulu. (Oh, and thanks to the bartender for an excellent selection of white wine!_
The restaurant was quiet - the food was good. Our sever was amazing, I didn't catch her name but had short black hair and was super friendly and nice.
Following an afternoon of much walking at SF MOMA and a rainy slog through construction detours we finally arrived for our reservation at LuLu. It was worth the trouble. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. The food was very good. We started with a delicious country pork pate - two generous portions but served with only two toasts. Four would have been better.
We chose the rosemary chicken and the pork loin, both cooked on a wood fire rotisserie. Both dishes were well prepared , tender and juicy. We finished with a wonderful apple pie with cinnamon ice cream.
LuLu has an extensive wine list and good selections by the glass, plus a full bar.
Have been to LuLu a number of times over the past decade, but but not in the last 3 or 4. Quiet place now that seems to have lost its luster. Service was very good, but food mediocre.
this was our second visit and the food was just as delicious. the staff was great. sound level great. worth coming into the City for!