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Permanently Closed - LuLu

3.8
1770 reviews
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$30 and under
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Provencal
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Off-site, full service catering is available. Call the 415-495-5775 ext. 203 for more information or email catering@restaurantlulu.com.
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Neighborhood
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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 luxevalet.com 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 party@restaurantlulu.com.
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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!_

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Lulu has great food and the cavernous space provides a terrific sense of openness. The crowd is lively and well heeled, without being pretentious.
I spent a three and a half hour dinner with a friend and never felt rushed by the excellent service people. I particularly appreciate the half priced drinks until 7.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Consistently great food and service. I keep promising to order something other than the rotisserie chicken, but it's so good, I can't help but order it every time. The night we were there, it was quite loud, mostly due to an active bar scene and big conference at Moscone. Still, totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Lunch..chicken was perfect. Service was over the top. Good value for the money.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2016

Tasty food, good drinks and wonderful service - as usual.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Perfect evening near the wood burning oven since it was cold outside! Our meals were all delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2016

This was for my wife's birthday party, and the restaurant happened to be virtually empty. We had the place to ourselves. The food was really good -- particularly the steak for 2 (or 3) and the appetizers (fruit de mer platter, calamari, and mussels all stand out as being particularly good).

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2.0Dined on September 24, 2016

We had a large party of 14 people and to my surprise there was no one in the restaurant on a Saturday night. It was very quiet and that should of been my first clue but these reservations were made a month prior. The food was fair and overpriced. The waitress ordered more than we asked for so we had to send a few things back. She forgot to add the Mac and Cheese and when we got it i swear it was from a box. One salad looked amazing but was made with Romaine lettuce....for $15 and it could feed 2-3 people. It was family style and you would think they would make enough food for at least half the people on the table. The salads fed maybe 3 people. I would not go here again.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2016

I liked the ambiance - nice but still comfortable and casual. The food was good but nothing amazing and definitely overpriced. My main concern was the service. The waiter took forever to take our orders and said "I'll come back to you" when someone said "Um..let me see". He forgot to bring water after being asked and never refilled the glasses. When our plates seemed close to done, they were immediately taken from our table. The check came immediately after we got coffee. It was fine for a short business lunch, but I wouldn't come again on my personal dime.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2016

Great place to pop in. Came here for a "Post Giants Victory " celebration. Nice menu with a great variety to choose from. Generous wine pours, friendly service.

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2016

Was one of my favorites when visiting San Francisco. Food preparation was boring, not much flavor. Was virtually empty. Servers go out of their way to accomodate and are very helpful. Hope this was just an off night.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Food was excellent. We divided the large steak between 3 of us and with 2 appetizers it was ample. Very similar to a steak I had in Florence, Italy last year.
Desserts were also excellent.

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2.0Dined on August 16, 2016

Big disappointment. Was there for a late lunch at 2:30PM. Now we know why the place was empty: not the LuLu that I once knew. The bread on the BLT type sandwich was burnt, they were out of decafe coffee (no thank you on an Americano), service was slow: we had to ask for the bill & refills on the sodas. So slow that we couldn't have desserts. We were treated as more of an annoyance, rather than welcome guests. Not what San Francisco dining is about, especially for one person who's from out of town and another who's local. The positive was the sweet potato fries: so light, fluffy, hot and very good!

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Great food and portions. Kids friendly. Dinner went along with good pacing. For some reason there was significant delay for desserts. And the kids started were getting cranky so it didn't help. But overall a good experience.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Food was great, price was very reasonable. Wife and I had a wonderful quiet dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2016

Always a great place!

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2016

Still Good but has been better – the scene seems to have passed Lulu by. My partner's prime rib seemed good; the blackened brussel sprouts were fine but I've had better; ditto the pizza which was not really as good as my neighborhood pizza joint's. The waiter was a little frazzled; the host, nicely, stepped in – she was great. Prices seem high for value. Very quiet at Sunday dinner time. Still enjoyable (and peaceful) place near the Bridge on the way back to the East Bay, a pleasant treat.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Were were looking for a lunch spot near the SFMOMA. We booked a 1pm reservation for lunch. The place was empty. Our waitperson did not understand a classic martini order and when she delivered the cocktail she did not bring a cocktail napkin. I asked for one and she brought me a dinner napkin. The food arrived so fast we did not have time to enjoy our cocktail prior to the meal. The food was very boring. The salt shaker was clogged and I was brought another one that was clogged. The menu was not creative. It is overpriced for the value of the meal. I do not recommend LuLu. Sad, I wanted to like it.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2016

LuLu's best feature is it's proximity to Moscone. I was there for lunch with a business associate. We both had salads and agreed that it was only OK - far from bad, but nothing special.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2016

A little disappointed with the food and prices. Plus, the place was empty! Not the hip SOMA eatery I was expecting.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2016

I have been to Lulu many times since it opened. In a VERY quiet hour with few other tables busy, we had a server who looked literally, like an unmade bed. He was efficient and friendly, but was unshaved, had a very wrinkled shirt as if it came right out of the dryer, unbuttoned at the top with a loose tie and simply looked bored.
In contrast, the person refilling water/iced tea was immaculately clean and professional. Perhaps he should become a server.

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