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

Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge

4.2
4.2
286 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Mediterranean, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • 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 286 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. N

    None

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious but service could use some improvements. It wasn’t from a lack of trying just needs to work out the kinks. All staff was pleasant and accommodating.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Seated Jazz
  3. VM

    VidalM

    Puerto Vallarta

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We were a group of 6, the hostess was sweet and efficient, Eva the bartender made our night, friendly, interesting. The food service was not good at all, we arrived at 9:00 pm and by 10:45 our dishes were not ready yet. The waiter told us that it was her first night and she did not know a lot of things, at the end we undestood she knew nothing, not even about service. Rude and always with the excuse I am new… the worst part, she walked next to us talking to anoter waiter, I asked for another drink and her answer was, do not you see I am talking and busy… Really???? Jajajaja, we lost every hope she could get better.
  4. KC

    KatC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Ula for our first wedding anniversary. We had gone to the Farallon before for a 'treat yourself' date and we were so glad to see that the decor was still there. The ambiance is very inviting and all of the staff are very welcoming as well. All of this on top of exquisite food with filling portions made it a lovely evening.
  5. A

    Augustus

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was rock-solid. If you have a sweet tooth, the tiramisu is to die for.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    Maitre d'a are rude and arrogant. A big disappointment, do not waste your time. The waiters are good
  7. a

    abby

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a lovely evening. thank you. the food was quite good. service over all was great.. a few minor quirks.. once we were served our entrees all servers seemed to disappear. had to wait about 5 minutes to get knives which had been overlooked... one of us order grilled meats so it was a bit more significant. otherwise quite good all in all. thanks.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We got the seafood stew and steak- seafood was very over cooked but broth was good. Steak was cooked well but tasted burnt on the outside. For the price, these plates should have been better.
  9. W

    Wendy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed a romantic date night listening to live music. The food was delicious, started with oysters and the gnocchi appetizer. The pork chop and filet were delicious. Very romantic spot.
  10. TL

    TahoeLocals

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Walked into Ula and thought “wait, we’ve been here before” - it’s the space formerly occupied by Farallon. Ula’s menu is seafood forward, but with lots of choices for those who don’t like their dinner from the ocean. We shared the octopus carpaccio appetizer - nice and fresh and a good portion to share. The husband had steak and was impressed with how tender it was and thought the sides (potato “risotto” - diced potatoes in a creamy, risotto like sauce, and green beans) were tasty as well. I had the sole which was crispy on the outside and flaky in the inside, with roasted rainbow carrots and oniony polenta - also excellent. The price was very reasonable for San Francisco. Service was friendly and efficient. We’d definitely return.
  11. C

    Cheers

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Lovely restaurant. Great food. Not so great, cocky, unhelpful waiter and servers who constantly wanted to clear our dishes that still had food in them.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible ambiance and vibe! Food is out of this world good.
  13. RM

    ReneeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We arrived an hour early for our reservation and were greeted so warmly by the lovely hostess. We were planning on sitting at the bar, but she graciously offered to seat us early. While the service was slower than we would have liked, our waiter, Bruce, was personable, engaging and fabulous when he would come to check in. There was a very large party in our room, so that may have been part of the issue. After dinner, ordered an Irish Coffee that was served luke-warm, so that was disappointing, but all other courses - from oysters and arancini to filet mignon, pork chop and salmon - we were delighted with the quality of food and presentation. Thrilled to discover Ula and already looking forward to returning for more. Thank you!
  14. TL

    TLM1

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We thought the lighting was a bit too bright. Picky, I know.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful decor with an under the sea vibe. Upscale dining - steak was amazing. Went for my daughters birthday and they made it special with their message on her dessert. Great experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Opera night
  17. KK

    KristinK

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Mmmmmm, I wish I hadn't eaten here. I don't even know where to begin. We ordered a charcuterie board.... There was VELVETTA on it. Nasty, flimsy, velvetta. The prosciutto was stringy and tasted rancid. The bread plate, which we had to pay for.... Store bought stale buns from a grocery store. Hummus.... Definitely not homemade and had horrible conflicting toppings. The prices were ubsurd for what we were served. Auto 20% service charge for a party of two? No. This is not acceptable. Horrible plastic decor. Jellyfish chandeliers thay look like cheap stage props. Very awkward service. THEY CHARGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THE LIVE BAND????? $10/person. Sooooo can I have earplugs to save the money on the music that you decided to play? This makes zero sense.... Zero. Why why why did we waste our time and money here? Zero stars. Do not go here. Go ANYWHERE else. You'll get a better meal and better service at the McDonald's down the road.
  18. M

    Maidenlane

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Decor feels tired, food was just ok-nothing special.
  19. Y

    Yashar

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    What a disappointing experience. Greedy is what they, short on staff with inadequate tableware they continue to take reservations they cannot seat or service. Special occasion dinner reservations were made and the hostess scrambled to get enough table settings together to set the table for 3. Then she processed to seat a dining room reservation (me) at the bar. After asking about the dining room she said go look, we are full. Sat down at the table we were given by the restrooms and after 20 minutes drink order was taken and 20 minutes after drinks arrive. By this time we haven't even put on appetizer orders. Just had 3 menus tossed on the table. Horrible experience. At this point I can still see the restaurant is accepting reservations for tables for3, 4 and 5 on open table while obviously not being able to seat anyone or service. The server while we were waiting allowed another guests as walk ins wait for a main dining room, an option she never gave us. What a disaster of a place. When confronted she started blaming this on staff and problem with open table. At this point we left as we knew the evening at this place was only going to go further downhill. Shame on greedy management who lets greed take over their service to their customers.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Servers are wonderful! Good wasn’t worth the hassle or the wait. It all really crumbles at the host stand. The restaurant has the host doing waaaaayyy too much; she is part bartender, part busser, part server (yes she took a few orders) and honestly they overwhelmed the host and this resulted in the host forgetting about us; we waited a whole hour for the table even with a reservation and the host sat two walk ins before us!!! Again the restaurant has the host doing too much. Some people even left warning others to run because after being sat we unattended to for 40 minutes. Was it all worth it…… mmmm no not really. Y’all the host need to just do that, host. If that’s not possible maybe then reduce reservation openings and handle a smaller crowd.
  21. AB

    AlexanderB

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    While service and food are quite good there are several misses. 1. there is no excuse for such caliber restaurant not to have espresso machine especially if the theme is Mediterranean\ 2. octopus carpaccio did not have any octopus taste and overall was disappointing 3.We were not asked on how well done the beef should be (it arrived medium well) we would prefer medium rare but it was still good. recommendation lamb shank is very good we were seated originally next to very load party - we appreciated the fact that the restaurant was able to re-seat us. The price is on the high end - almost a michelin level.
  22. D

    Dariab

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was disappointing, and the risotto came out as diced potatoes in a sauce (huh?!)… was confused to see an automatic 20% tip added for a party of 4, so probably won’t be back. The hostess was nice and the ambience of the decor was pretty cool (the lighting in the pictures is way better than in reality sadly)
  23. W

    Will

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    It was fine. The food was fine the $120.00 bottle of champagnewas warm. Our waiter was also the bartender, for some reason, so je got busy with the bar once a larger party arrived. We had plenty off time to wait around for the champagne to chill in the bucket so the slow service worked out I guess.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is really nice and the service was very good, too! Would definitely go back.
  25. JB

    JimB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, a delicious and artfully presented meal. Service is excellent, efficient and polite. It is a great post-theatre option. Highly recommended for union square neighborhood.
  26. LH

    LauraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely outstanding service! The maitre’d and our waiter took amazing care of us, as we celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary! From start to finish, we felt like we were treated as family! Bravo!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service. Delicious food.
  28. NF

    NatashaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very nice place to eat. The food was delicious. It's a little on the expensive side, but worth it. Great for a date night!
  29. JH

    JHans

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited Ula before going to the Curran for a show. Wonderful dinner with fabulous service from our server Orlando and only steps away from the theater. We will visit again!
  30. MB

    MarieB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Ula was beyond exceptional! We were celebrating a birthday, and truly felt celebrated by the whole staff. Everyone was thoughtful and went above and beyond to help us feel special. The ambiance is exquisite, with a ton of history, original details, and artistic touches. The food is divine and timed perfectly for a true culinary experience. The wine selection includes both local and global vintages for perfect pairings with any dish. We highly recommend it and are already looking forward to another visit!
  31. TA

    TimA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and environment. Cannot wait to go back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The service was great, but the food wasn’t very flavorful. My fiancé and I got the lamb shank and while perfectly cooked, wasn’t very tasty.
  33. SR

    SimonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous, and Bruce took excellent care of us. Not a cheap night out, but definitely worth it for a special occasion!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar for the jazz band on Thursday night. Everything was great from the food, to the music, to the service. Eva, the bartender, was amazing. I own three restaurants myself in Arizona and Eva personified what I like to see in my service staff. Eva cares deeply about the people in the restaurant and it shows. When we visit San Francisco again, we’ll be back. Thank you, Eva!
  35. JM

    JimM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice - good food, service, ambience - will be glad to go back another time, Thanx
  36. JF

    JFoodie

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food and drink was extraordinary. Our server was very friendly and efficient, but he make us feel rushed.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time, the location is old and might look like its had its best days, but the history of the building is really interesting and makes up for it, that being said it is really beautiful our server - Bruce was amazing and made our dinner extra enjoyable, definitely ask for him. Would go again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Overall is good. Other staffs were so nice except our Server who made us feel uncomfortable. Please treat all customers the same
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The hostess who seated us in an lovely and attractive booth in the pool room was charming and sweet. Our server Orlando was very polite and took good care of us. Our three shared dishes were uninspired in flavor, but the presentation was nice enough. The food was not bad per se — just unremarkable. Prices are high for what it is, even by SF standards. At this price point, my taste buds want to be excited. Drinks were fine, but also overpriced and undersized. The tacky and automatically included gratuity of 20%, in addition to other mandated costs and taxes takes your meal cost up by nearly 40% from the bottom line. Government mandated costs are expected, but please let your guests reward good service—don’t mandate tips on a party of 2, for crying out loud. And I literally had to LOL when the bill came complete with a “Farallon” pen in the check holder and a request for “additional gratuity”. We missed the Farallon experience, but the space is still beautiful and I’m glad we can still enjoy the enchanted space Pat Kuleto so masterfully assembled.
  40. L

    Luna

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Was not what we were hoping for:( We came here for our anniversary dinner (which we noted in the reservation) nothing was said to us, which wasn’t a big thing, but would have been nice, as every place we go to always makes it special. Once they sat us, it took the waiter over 15 minutes to say hello, didn’t get water for over 20 minutes - service was basically non-existent, which was odd as the there was barley anyone there. Luckily they had fantastic live music - best part of the night! The food was very meh, my fish was hard and didn’t taste fresh. For spending over $250 I’d expect a little more from a place. Do not recommend.

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 286 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 22 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 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • 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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