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Vault Room - Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge

4.2
4.2
214 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Ula means Gems of the Sea. Ula is an escape to the French Mediterranean. Ula restaurant and bar lounge is maximalist art deco with fixtures that depict jellyfish, oysters, and grand maritime vessels. The menu is seafood-centric, with a variety of raw, roasted, and grilled fish and an array of pasta, meat, and gluten-free options to go with an inspiring wine list and classic European riviera cocktail menu. Just a hop from Union Square, the delightfully vintage dining room begs to be paired with a nostalgic trolley ride and a stroll through the heart of the city. Dining is available inside only (and you wouldn’t want it any other way). Ula is OpenTable's 'Diners’ Choice' and 'Most Romantic Restaurant in San Francisco'. We look forward to serving you. From the Mediterranean with Love. All welcome.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Mediterranean, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 999-4950

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Thomas Horton

  • Catering

    Memorable meetings and celebrations all have a superb home at Ula. If you’re looking to host a dinner or cocktail reception around real hospitality, Ula is the best restaurant for catering in San Francisco.

  • Private party facilities

    Memorable meetings and celebrations all have a superb home at Ula. If you’re looking to host a dinner or cocktail reception around real hospitality and whimsical flourishes (the glass jellyfish chandeliers, the underwater murals), then this seafood mecca is for you. Ula is the best restaurant for private dining and group events in San Francisco.

  • Private party contact

    Krishan Miglani: (415) 999-4950

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    On Post Street in between Mason Street and Powell Street.

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Live Music & Dinner

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    There’s nothing quite like an evening filled with live music and well-balanced cocktails as you sip your martini and dine on oysters and lamb ossobuco. Ula Restaurant is a San Francisco jazz-happy staple. There are two seatings for dining with live music in The Piano Room: reserve at 6:00 or 9:00pm. To dine with the music, a $10 'Support Live Music’ ticket is requested. Tickets purchased for an experience are non-refundable. We look forward to sharing good vibes!

What 214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. i

    ig2ig

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, what a beautiful place, such wonderfully made dishes and what unreally magic ambiance!
  2. LL

    LorenaL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the food was fabulous. We love this location and are glad to see that the new owner has maintained the character and ambiance and that the service and quality of the menu selections still exceed our expectations.
  3. ID

    IraD

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for a special anniversary dinner (our 60th) service was impeccable ad the food was great - beautifully presented, excellent taste, good portions. We'd go back in a heartbeat, 60th anniversary or no.
  4. DS

    DarcySmile

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Impeccable service and delicious food. A must-do. Loved it!
  5. MB

    MadamaButterfly

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Ula is a GORGEOUS restaurant with fantastical nautical design from the famed Pat Kuleto back when it was Farallon. Applaud to new ownership for keeping the original design intact. However, both service and food could be more polished. Our waiter was not very warm nor welcoming and we had to wait a very long time between our appetizers and entrees as well as for paying our check. Food was plated nicely but flavors were lacking balance. My Roasted Pork Chop was overcooked and dry, the accompanying Truffle Polenta had no discernible fragrance of Truffle, and the Dried Fruit Compote had a strange taste. The Tuscan style Seafood Stew was abundant in Seafood but tasted too salty. The 12-hour Slow Braised Lamb Shank was ordinary. Only the Grilled Atlantic Diver Scallops were delicious but a bit too skimpy in portion. Ula just needs a better chef and it will be a dining destination once again.
  6. r

    roberthayes

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A unique experience with the decor. All the dishes but the tuna tartare were flavorful. A bit pricey if you don’t mind that kind of thing. Including tip, a few drinks and some apps were $320 for 2 people
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Despite a very small menu, the food was mediocre - tasted like something you’d get at a cheap convention venue. Service was quite good, though.
  8. A

    Angel

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy a chat with Krishan and our waiter Bruce. We stayed for 4 hours. Live music is so nice to have !!!!
  9. AG

    AakritiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful space and incredible food! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They suggested the perfect wine pairing for our dishes. Everything was delicious. Definitely recommend!
  10. KN

    KimiaN

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The drinks were very slow to arrive and the smell of fried food was a bit too much from where we were sitting. The food was ok but nothing spectacular.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The hostess who greeted us was very rude and was not hospitable at all. No words of welcome or greetings as we entered the restaurant. The food took long and the service was at most subpar. Overall, ambiance was unique but the rude hostess ruined our dinner.
  12. TV

    TimVdontlike2complain

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was great. We had the prawns and tuna Tarte then the salmon for dinner and the filet steak with green beans and potatoes. 3 different people came to serve us,then never got my drink asked twice. Noone came and asked how's the food u need anything. And this guy who works there kept telling to people outside where food comes out. Our table faced another table. So yeah if we didn't sit in the cuts maybe we would have gotten better service. Won't go again to try 209¢ was too much for little servings
  13. KS

    KelseyS

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Ula's. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food and ambiance was amazing.
  14. KS

    KevinS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Owner adds 20% tip to bill but it does not go to waiter. I hate that.
  15. CM

    CristinaM

    San Francisco

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    the Bread was great! I love that it was served with both butter and oil/balsamic with roasted garlic! My wine was good, the bread pudding was yummy, and the service was attentive. However- the entrees were terrible. My petrale sole with potatoes was absolutely bland and tasteless. I tried adding salt and pepper, which I rarely do, but it didn't help. My husband had the lamb shank, and it was spicy hot like ash, yet somehow not flavorful. Unfortunate. Next time I will go and sit at the lovely bar and just have bread and wine!
  16. AR

    AizaR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I use to Like this restaurant, I think their change chef, the Scalops went horrible the pork chop was bad. Scallops it's old not fresh. Horribly wrong. What happens? To the owner you should change the chef, pls the quality become horrible.
  17. d

    dfox

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience4
    Food was excellent, service was perfect. The Tuscan stew was very tasty, and the sole was amazing- perfect sear outside and moist and tender inside. Bruce was a great waiter- definitely recommend this restaurant.
  18. M

    Marty

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Nice to see that Ula has kept the defunct Farallon's over-the-top whimsical oceanic decor -- which makes it instant fun. My beet salad and salmon were delicious. And one of my friends also thought his beet salad and pork chops were excellent. However, the other two friends complained their calamari was too fried and crusty, and one disliked his fettuccine with prawns. Everyone loved the desserts, though. The wine selection was also good. The maitre d' was exceptionally accommodating and friendly, and the busers were also professional and prompt. Alas, the four of us found our waiter almost surly, and plain rude a couple of times, which is too bad because the maitre d' and the busers were so nice and went out of their way to serve us.
  19. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This dining experience was exceptional and quality and elegance plus. Food was superb and prepared to perfection. Service was impeccable. A trully elegant and impressive.
  20. JS

    JScott

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venue is spectacular. I took out of town guest and they loved the decor. The food was excellent and the service superior. Grand slam. Definitely putting it our regular rotation.
  21. RP

    RPlanet

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Although the inside of this restaurant is beautiful, it had a very odd feel to it. The room itself is beautiful, but the food is definitely not up to San Francisco food standards. All of the food has been prepared, seemingly, hours before and had settled in on the plates. This is not an inexpensive place by the way. The calamari seemed to have been fried a few hours earlier and then once more to warm it up when we ordered it. The result was an over cooked and rubbery dish. We barely touched it, and our server didn’t ask if it was ok. My partner‘s lambshank dish was swimming in oil and even though it fell off the bone it was still tough, like it had been over cooking for days. The side of potatoes au gratin was RAW. My petrale sole taste like it had been cooked hours before and then just reheated under a hot lap. It was like very expensive nursing home food. When we told them about the potatoes they took $10 off of the check. When they found out we didn’t want dessert, the waitress quickly swiped up my husbands wine class when there was still red wine in it! The server had the demeanor of a diner waitress, which didn’t help. I cannot recommend this place whatsoever. Beware.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in San Francisco. So unique.
  23. P

    Plantwoman

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bruce was excellent and very accommodating. He was the best server we ever had
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I ordered two appetizers. The beets lacked flavor, but the burrata was very nice. The calamari was inconsistent. Some were perfect, others a little chewy. I’ll try this restaurant again. Maybe it’s still working out some kinks. The service was very good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Awful service. 0 points.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Work dinner
  27. VW

    VickiW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Ula also has a variety of cocktails to enjoy. For our entrees, we had the lamb shank and the seafood stew. The desserts were delicious as well.
  28. s

    stchucktom

    St. Louis

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new restaurant in space formerly occupied by Farallon. Enjoyed delicious food and attentive service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 10th anniversary, we had an awesome time in this artistic restaurant! Food was great, service was super!!! Ambiance was good. Our waiter (Bruce) was awesome and prompt on all the courses! We will definitely come back again soon! Music room was really nice and we will try that next time 🥰
  30. M

    Mahdeeyo

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Disappointing. I was expecting SF fine dining but only the prices resembled a big city dining experience. The hostess was rude. Our table was right under a speaker playing inappropriate loud dance music and combined with the loud pots and pans from the kitchen it was hard to hear each other’s conversation. The food was bland and even the bread was old. I would not know where to begin to offer advice on improving this restaurant.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bruce gave us great service. Food is delicious.
  32. k

    krissa1

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was not good. It wasn’t a busy night. We need to ask for water refilling. The server only refilled one glass while the other glass of my husband need refilling too. Our server never acknowledged that we celebrated birthday. Which was fine. But he hardly come around to check if we need anything else.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Service was very slow and not up to standards for a 400$ dinner for two.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were surprised how much we liked our experience at Ula. Atmosphere was fun and sophisticated, the food exceeded our expectations, and service was spot on. The prawn cocktail was spicy and fresh; the fried calamari was crunchy and crisp with a hint a jalapeño. The pork chop was tender and flavorful as were the sides of sautéed greens and polenta. The fettuccine Zingara was al-dente and perfectly dressed with the arrabbiata sauce. We will definitely return and hopefully stay for the live music. Wonderful experience!
  35. FM

    FoodieMe

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    I never appreciate when you get the bill and they already factor in a 20% tip and a fee for the healthcare of their staff. A tip percentage is based on quality performance…a restaurant should not be forcing a 20% tip when the service doesn’t match that level.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience2
    I showed up for my reservation with a friend, checked in with the hostess under my reservation, had our meals and left. The next day OpenTable contacted me saying I was a no-show, to which I replied with where I was sitting and what my friend and I ordered and they said it was resolved. A month later Ula charges me a $50 no-show fee, so now I have to go over this again because they’re disorganized. The food was average and not worth this hassle.
  37. F

    Fritz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Love the ambiance! Attended for birthday dinner. The service overall was good and the meal was excellent. I would love to experience the live jazz next time
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food but even better atmosphere!!! Will be returning!!
  39. B

    Blackburn

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It is clear that they did not do anything to update the decor. The bar drinks were ok. The food was ok, not great and service was terrible. Slow to get food to us, the waiter did not warm up to us and generally our experience was just ok. For the price we paid, we expected more. We will not be going back.
  40. e

    expectgoodfood

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food is over priced, 10$ for water service and 8$ for bread service? Gratuity included , I like to tip my own. I know it's post Covid but I also don't like getting ripped off, not impressed with the food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 999-4950.

Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge is rated 4.2 stars by 214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge

450 Post St San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On Post Street in between Mason Street and Powell Street.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Mediterranean, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Thomas Horton

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 999-4950

  • Catering

    Memorable meetings and celebrations all have a superb home at Ula. If you’re looking to host a dinner or cocktail reception around real hospitality, Ula is the best restaurant for catering in San Francisco.

  • Private party facilities

    Memorable meetings and celebrations all have a superb home at Ula. If you’re looking to host a dinner or cocktail reception around real hospitality and whimsical flourishes (the glass jellyfish chandeliers, the underwater murals), then this seafood mecca is for you. Ula is the best restaurant for private dining and group events in San Francisco.

  • Private party contact

    Krishan Miglani: (415) 999-4950

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