This was my third time at Lulus and I was disappointed. The food took over an hour to come, and when it eventually did there was no apology and some of it was incorrect. I had one of the salads, the amount I was given was minimal and the cheese was extremely sparse. People that sat at their table 20 minutes or so after us received their food 30 minutes before us and they received bread- we didn't. I would have to seriously consider whether I would come back and I doubt I would recommend.
We've been there 5 times the last several months and love everything we try on the menu.
Having not been to Lulu's in at least 16 years my wife and I were looking forward to what remembered as some great food. The mussel appetizer did not disappoint he was as good as we remembered. However our main meals were disappointing. I had the pork loin which contained a large amount of fat on it and she had what they called a New York steak. It was supposed to be 10oz of meat. It came cold and was of poor quality. They did take it back and heat it up but we were both very disappointed. Not what we remembered or were expecting. Having said this the service was excellent.
Came in with the wife and 3 kids for late dinner and got a great booth close to the kitchen. First couple of plates were awesome. Squid cooked a la plancha and the scallops were really good. Had the rotisserie duck special which was tasty but undercooked. Wine list was incredible. Great wine by the glass selection and splurged for a good bottle of aged Chateauneuf du Pape. Dessert was good too. Kids loved it, the wife loved it. Awesome.
Left my hat behind accidentally and they went out of their way to look around during prep the next day. Eventually was located and the called me up to reunite me with my favorite cap. Thanks LuLu, I'll be back.
I've gone to LuLu for years now and have never been disappointed until my last visit. I ordered their Saturday duck special and was extremely disappointed. There was hardly any meat on the duck and the skin was fatty as opposed to crisp. All in all a complete waste of $32. On the other hand, the skillet mussels were as good as they've always been, and the desserts were excellent.
The service was excellent, very attentive staff. The food was delicious and very timely. All in all an awesome experience.
Have been to Lulu's in the past and food and service was very good. This time food was good but service lacking. We were brought our check without asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. Waiter was not familiar with menu to answer questions.
After many years and probably several chefs following Reed Heron's opening of Lulu's, it is still a good choice for a Euro-inspired meal in a warm setting. The food quality is solid with a nice seasonal menu.
Unfortunately parking is horrendous due to the transit construction, but it is easily reachable for the conventioneer crowd and local traffic. They were willing to accommodate our special dietary requests with no problem. Food was tasty and prices reasonable for SF. Waiter even comped our Espressos as we were celebrating a birthday. Oh, and the sweet potato fries are some of the best I have had- delish- crunchy, light & yum- no oil aftertaste.
LuLu's is way off its game. The mussels were awful -- rather shocking. The service was adequate. There is just too much fresh competition for any restaurant to let things slide the way LuLu has. What a shame.
Location of Lulu's was quite good: walkable from BART and some of our favorite SF destinations (museums, Yerba Buena Center, Nordstrom.) The dinner menu had good variety, catering to traditional as well as more creative tastes. Our server pointed us to some terrific choices: the calamari starter, roast chicken, goat cheese ravioli, a suitable wine -- and a side of brussels sprouts, which they were unfortunately out of. Guess we'll have to go back!
Service is slow, but the ambiance and set up is great for groups. The drink and dessert menus were great. Pumpkin cheesecake is one of the best I've had. It is family style service, which I love. Everyone gets a chance to try everything ordered. Beat group appetizers were the pizzas and calamari. I could have ate them all night. Delicious!
the service was great, not busy, but our waiter took the time without being over anxious to clear our courses. Yes we did afternoon apps and lunch!
Lunch. I had all 3 French wine flights. They were all good. I also had the cheese plate, which was average, maybe below what you are used to at the neighboring hotspots. I didn't like their style of grain bread. It's a bit different. All in all, worth coming here. They have an open fire pit for cooking, grandfathered in, so I'm guessing it would make for some great cooking for dinner.
We had just arrived in the city and Lulu's offered a great, welcoming meal. Off the beaten path (at least on a Thursday night), nice atmosphere, good service, delicious dinner.
We were a party of 10 for a work related dinner. It's the perfect place for a business event. Spacious, courteous, lots of choices, and nice atmosphere.
I had the perfect salad with the right balance of dressing, toppings and added shrimp - hit the spot. The level of noise was perfect for a business lunch.
Service was slow. Waitress took our drink and appetizer order and then disappeared for a long time. This left us with our menus still while our appetizers and drinks were consumed. When they finally came back to check in on us we had to ask to order our main course.
The wine list was outstanding. Staff were excellent, they did a great job. food for foodies.
I've been to Lulu's a number of times and I always enjoy it. This time, I met two friends I hadn't seen in a while and we had a blast.
I enjoyed my return to LuLu's. I had visited about 5 years ago and remembered a nice dining experience so I went back with some friends. Our waiter was great;. attentive, made excellent suggestions and got us a cab to a play. I only had creamed corned soup and a salad special but they were very tasty and refreshing. Nevertheless, I got to taste my husband's appetizer which was oysters and my friend's clams and both were delicious. I do not know if it was luck, the time or popularity of the place but it was nearly empty on a Saturday night. The bar was very robust though.
We did order a bottle of wine with our dinner that was recommended and thoroughly described by the waiter. I loved it. Overall, I would return to LuLu.
Restaurant was overbooked and slammed with inadequate staffing. Terrible waitress experience from beginning to end.
The food was excellent. It was very crowded due to a concert nearby, but the servers did their best to keep up. All employees were very friendly and courteous. I do wish they had told us it was "family style" when we ordered though.
Was informed that we would be seated in a side room due to a corporate event in the main room a couple of hours before our reservation leaving me no choice than to accept. Food was underwhelming. Asked for a salad without gorgonzola (I'm vegan) but still found bits and pieces of cheese. Further received the wrong main dish. The room was packed with people, very noisy, having us scream at each other.
made reservations on open table. it was 2 of my friends/ gf's bdays. it was a special occasion.. the restaurant called me 3 hours prior to it saying they are moving us to a back room. i was not happy about that but i love their food. we get there and didn't like our table so they moved us to a better one. the host/manager gave us happy hour prices since we were inconvienced with the table move. then all night the host and our server were amazing. above and beyond service. the FOOD was so delicicious and fresh. and they remembered when we ordered the dessert to put candles on it.. I LOVE THIS PLACE!! been going there since the late 90's.. now thats a great restaurant!!
This would have been a fine spot for pizza or pasta and an extra good bottle of burgundy as their wine list has some well priced and properly aged items. However, the salad and mains were overpriced and just OK, the salmon rather better than the disappointing rotisserie duck.
We've come to LuLu's for many years – the food is always good, sometimes really good. This last visit it was very good – everything we ordered was excellent, and the waiter was clear & careful about my partner's gluten allergy. So it was odd on a Thursday night to see how quiet the restaurant was (the bar was lively enough) – the trend must have moved on. The food is on the expensive side, but not out of the range of good SF places.
My niece (who was visiting SF for the first time) had dinner here one night and the food satisfied her kale-saturated Vermont yearnings for something that tasted very good. We had pizza with figs, arugula and proscuitto; gorgeous fish. And the melty-chocolate cake with ice cream was the perfect finish. Our waiter made one small slip when she forgot to bring one of us a second glass of wine; the manager was very solicitous (even though we did not complain) and we were very impressed with the attentiveness of the staff and management. Huge thanks to Lulu! We'll be back!
Returned to Lulu after some years because always had good memories of food and service. This time we were disappointed and seems Lulu's has slipped some. Restaurant was only moderately full so frankly everything should have been easy to execute but our food was a little cold and my rotisserie chicken (a staple here) was just OK. Cocktails were good and lots of variety on the menu just not one of the best meals.
One thing always stick out in my visits to LuLu is the smell of the woodsmoke that permeates this cavernous restaurant. The smoke comes from an open fire in the kitchen which is used to cook some of their signature dishes.
What the menu lacks in terms of quantity it makes up for in terms of quality. LuLu offers a family style dining experience and most entrees are adequate for two people, especially is you order a side dish.
They have a pretty extensive wine list, and there's also a long bar along one side of the restaurant which is a good place to hang out and wait for a table when the restaurant is busy.
They have a happy hour from 4-7pm with is very popular with people who go to AT&T park which is close by.
Our friend chose Lulu's for her birthday lunch. At 1PM it wasn't crowded. I loved the woody room with open kitchen and bar. It would be fun to come after work for drinks. Certainly I will be back for dinner.
Dessert first! We split one chocolate ganache with a scoop of ice cream. Best ever! The ganache melted in our mouths. The ice cream tasted homemade.
Two of us split the perfectly done Wild Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich on thick, tasty bread with a side of thin, crunchy fries. Two others split a Wild Mushroom Pizza, which they thought was ok.
The waitstaff was pleasant and attentive, but a little disorganized. Our waiter was very good.He put a candle in our dessert without being told it was a birthday, very sweet. But when other staff came to our table, they did the opposite of what we had just requested (iced tea instead of water refill, etc.) But everybody was very nice.
Next time dinner!
I ate there for lunch with a friend for a business lunch. The place was not busy (we were there about 2 PM). The staff was attentive and didn't bother me even though I got there early. The food was great. I had the mushroom and grilled cheese sandwich which was a very interesting combination. My friend had the chicken which was prepared well. I couldn't tell the noise level since the restaurant was quite empty but I would imagine that it gets fairly noisy when it is completely full since it is one big room. This is a good spot to eat in the SOMA area, somewhat away from the crowds.
Perfect happy hour at the bar followed by dinner. The happy hour here at the bar is superb. Half priced with friendly people and bartenders. The restaurant space is beautiful and open. I always get one of the wine flights to accompany dinner. good size pours and good variety at the reasonable price for the flights. Brussel Sprouts are a must. Large portion - very tasty. Sausage pizza with thin crust is amazing. Salmon was perfectly cooked. Open air kitchen. Couldn't ask for more. We've been here several times and it never disappoints.
Lulu is a safe bet. Not a great value nor is it a real find but it is consistent. They plate the food well and its prompt with plenty of seating. You could do worse.
The food is good here but I was expecting more. I had the rotisserie pork which was cook well, juicy with a really good Cabernet sauce. The rotisserie chicken was good. The grilled salmon for $30 should have been more than just a piece of salmon on top of corn with tomato relish.
We went to Lulu because it is close to our hotel. If you're in the area Lulu has good food, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.
This is a nice spot for dinner, but not an extraordinary experience. The food we had (Brussels sprouts, pesto linguini with prawns) was tasty and well prepared but not especially inventive. We gave the pots de creme a try, even though the layer of butterscotch didn't seem like a great idea (it wasn't).
Ordinarily, I appreciate a place with high ceilings, but the open floor plan of LuLu seems to take away from any intimacy a dining experience might have there. Maybe they should add some walls and divide up the space?
I do recommend their basil-infused martini!
I've been going to Lulu's for years. It's a great spot before or after a show at YBCA. This time I met a group of girlfriends. I love the shared plates format. The service, as usual, was friendly and attentive. The special heirloom tomato and burrata salad was a stand out. So, of course, was the slow roasted chicken. But the real star of the evening was the Basil Gimlet cocktail.
Went for a business dinner a few days ago. Bruchetta was very good - great mushrooms on top, but a little too rich. I ordered the steak and was expecting a whole piece of grilled meat, but it was sliced over very creamy (too creamy) mashed potatoes and peas. Meal was good, but could have been less creamy and pretentious. It's worth checking out but not one of my faves. Perhaps I should have ordered the chicken.
For a Saturday night, the restaurant was pretty quiet, but that made the dining experience even better. In addition to being able to enjoy our conversation without having to shout, we didn't feel rushed at all, and ended up being the last to leave for the night.
With the large wine selection, we went with 2 flights to split, all of which were quite good. Food was harder to narrow down, but went with the appetizer special (duck salad), the prawn pizza, pork loin and a side of brussel sprouts. It was wayyyy too much food for just the 2 of us, but even when our waitress tried convincing us to cut back we went ahead anyway.
Service and ambiance were great, and can't wait to try the desserts next time.
The place was very empty. The dishes were uninspired. It feels like everyone has abandoned the restaurant. It was eerie to be able to pick from almost any table in the place at 7:30 PM.
This place is a real pleasure for lunch, the centrally placed wood-fired oven creates a lovely atmosphere and homey scent. The food is consistently good, the staff helpful and polite. They often an extensive assortment of quite lovely wines and will offer a taste (as good restaurants do) of a wine you are pondering to make sure it's a good fit.