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Permanently Closed - LuLu

1770 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Lulu offers a seasonal Provencal menu featuring wood fired oven, rotisserie and grilled specialties. The 'family-style' cuisine is served in an impressive warehouse dining space. LuLu features an award-winning wine list and a wine bar offering over 40 wines-by-the-glass. Located in the SOMA district, just one block from the Moscone Convention Center, Lulu is the ideal spot for lunch, cocktails or a festive dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Provencal, French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - close, Saturday: 5:00pm - close, Light Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 495-5775
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Hennigan
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Private party facilities
Three private rooms are available for large parties of 35 to 150 people. We can accommodate standing receptions for up to 500. The Bis Room features roaring a private bar and oak wood fires. The Café Room features an oyster bar, skylight, and vintage French prints.
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Private party contact
Darla Parks: (888) 652-3310
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Off-site, full service catering is available. Call the 415-495-5775 ext. 203 for more information or email
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Cross street
4th & 5th Sts.
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Parking details
Luxe Valet now provides valet service for Restaurant LuLu. Download the app at and use the promo/invitation code LULU for your first park free.
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Public transit
Powell St. BART; MUNI, SamTrans at 4th & King
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Special events & promotions
Contact LuLu to plan for your next special event or private dining at 415-495-5775 ext.203 or email
Finders Keepers promo-50% off select wines daily.
Happy Hour Promo-50% off spirits, beer & wines by glass at bar 3-7pm daily.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Meh just ok and the chicken wasn't worth it, better at Whole Foods

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 26, 2016

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.

vipDanB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2016

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.

Movita (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

We introduced LuLu to friends and was not disappointed. The food was delicious as always.

Anne (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2016


viplovinLife (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2016

I have dined at Lulu when in San Francisco over the past 6 years. I love this restaurant. Wine flights and really excellent food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

Excellent roasted meets. Simple, top-quality foods. Perfectly prepared

vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

Service was excellent. Good was good and very flavorful sharing dishes is common.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

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.

vipSmmphd (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

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.

EmilyH (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

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!

penny (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

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.

vipCambriana (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

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.

kristinka (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2016

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!_

OpenTable Diner (Berlin)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

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.

vinelli (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2016

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.

vipdeed (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

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!