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

Ula Restaurant & Bar Lounge

4.2
4.2
238 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 21 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–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 238 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. CL

    ClemL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around - we enjoyed our anniversary dinner and will return when we visit SF.
  2. KG

    KathleenG

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Chose Ula to celebrate our 7 yr Anniversary. Ambiance was really nice. Great customer service. Food was overall pretty good. Bread was tasty. Butter & vinegar/olive oil. Oysters were good. Ahi tuna tartare was ok. Not special. Husband loved Pork Chop. It was good. I tasted it. I ordered the Lamb Shank. It was a little gamey. Didn’t expect that. But added a lit salt & that helped. Cocktails were good. We also had wine & a Port after dinner. We were served a wonderful Tiramisu as a gift for our Anniversary ( husband doesn’t like coffee do I ate the whole thing). It was good. As an aside I often wonder why restaurants don’t ask what people would want for dessert instead of deciding for us. We chose the day & time so we could listen to the entertainment, which was awesome. She was great. And sang our 1st wedding dance for me at my husbands request. Very special evening.
  3. VF

    VincentF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall, the restaurant felt tired, as though we missed its hay day as the Farallon. The food was okay, not great. Some dishes were way better than others. The soup arrived hot. The scallops were small and uninspired. The pork chop was phenomenal. The steak was good, but overall, nothing special. The desert menu felt like someone was forced to make it. Same old crap. Of course, the decor and visual of the restaurant was the highlight of our evening experience. It is set in a beautiful space. The service was good but felt like no one really wanted to be there. The main ingredient missing was love, from the food and the service. There are better high end options in San Francisco for the money. Side note: The food experience does not live up to the epic space.
  4. J

    Jacobsen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cosy and nice place. The food was excellent..
  5. RC

    RyanC

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The servers were lovely, just an over priced place for tourists.
  6. JC

    JordanC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The ambiance/decor looks amazing from the pictures, but is probably more of the fake facade you'd expect of a high end restaurant in Disneyland, rather than actual fine dining. The food was adequate for the price. Replacement level. Nothing was bad, except all of the unadvertised cilantro, but nothing was particularly good either. The servers were generally nice, but the place was absolutely dead for an event they charged a show fee. We had two appetizers, a drink, and bailed. The band seemed solid, but played with an enthusiasm reflective of the dead vibe in the place.
  7. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Decent food but slow / attitudinal service and they automatically charge for tip
  8. SM

    SebastienM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great ambiante and service, in my view slightly overpriced though.
  9. j

    jerryfromthehood

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an awesome place to dine. The ambience is well beyond 5. Suspended jellyfish, massive ceiling glass urchins. In the world of hip and cool Ula is truly unique. Food was great! Our server (without asking) split the beet and burrata salad. The Ula linguine was delicious ( and generously portioned). My friend ordered the petrale sole (great sauce, all gluten free). Very nice and reasonably priced wine list Desert selection looked amazing, but will have to wait for next visit. Many thanks to the staff and management!
  10. F

    Fancyfeast

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool decor. It was a little quiet for a Thursday, but the food and drinks were perfect. Bruce took exceptional care of us and made some recommendations for the remain of our trip.
  11. DN

    DeliciousandNutritious

    San Francisco

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked the table we wanted so we were very comfortable, and our waiter Bruce was most helpful and very pleasant. Bruce helped us select a wine which was very good. He also knew we were going to a play and he paced our meal very nicely so we were not in a rush.
  12. KT

    KimbirT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An amazing wine list, the octopus carpaccio is a showstopper. Excellent cocktails.
  13. m

    msms

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place with fascinating food. Filet of sole is not usually interesting, but this was.
  14. D

    David

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very pleased with the decor upon arrival and it only got better from there. The owner guided us to our table and the staff took it over. We love going to restaurants with professional serving staff. The little things go a long ways and our waiter Louis was very attentive yet not overbearing and so was the rest of the staff. We will definitely go back and recommend. The food was very well presented and keep n mind the gratuity is added on already I would only have a problem with this if the service was sub par and it was not. Enjoy!! We sure did !
  15. l

    lutke

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is the space formerly occupied by Farralon. The food is good and plentiful (portions can be shared). But it’s very expensive. Figure $100 per person without drinks. Service was outstanding but the place was basically empty.
  16. r

    robin95448

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was happy to see that ULA retained the decor from the former Farallon Restaurant that previously occupied this space. A unique and welcoming ambience, the food was tasty and reasonably priced. Service was efficient and friendly. I would definitely return for dinner and drinks next time I am in the city.
  17. m

    moniquer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good the portions are ver Europian (small) but enough. Service was very detailed aiming to meet your needs.
  18. SF

    SFFoodie550

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Stunningly beautiful interiors, truly one of a kind. Excellent service.
  19. MM

    MirandaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy decor, amazing food, great service! Definitely recommend the filet.
  20. O

    Objecting

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    I would never eat here again, despite the excellent food, very good service, and very pleasant ambiance. There is a mandatory--and as best as I could tell, service gratuity added to the bill--as best I can tell without any warning. (To be fair,perhaps it's written somewhere on the menu--I didn't see it.) I am a good, but not extravagant, tipper, but was dismayed to see that a very large, mandatory tip had been added to my bill without, I believe, any prior notice. The tip was somewhat larger than I normally give (between 15-20%,depending on service), but I object to it being taken out of my control. A tip should be an expression of gratitude from the customer to the waiter, for having received good service. In fact,the service we received was quite good and I would have tipped nicely --but I still strongly object to the restaurant requiring that I tip and determining the amount. On that basis alone, I would never eat there again, despite the very good quality of the food etc.
  21. J

    John

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A traditional San Francisco restaurant with an advertised French Mediterranean cruise. While there were some Mediterranean dishes, given the pastas, it seemed more Italian influenced. Not that that’s bad, as the food was del and reasonable for Union Square. They emphasize the cocktails and bar setting, and the cocktail I had was great, the Midnight Manhattan. I went on to a Tuscan red with my main course, the delicious pork chop, with a particularly great caramelized onion accompaniment. The appetizers were the deconstructed prawn cocktail and chicken kebab. Both are recommended, but the pork chop was exceptionally well executed, safely cooked through, but still juicy. I particularly commend my old-school waiter who was friendly and attentive, always endorsing my choices. Dessert was the bread pudding accompanied by Brandy Alexander. Recommended for both visitors and SF residents.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Date: June 30th. We used to go to this restaurant a lot when it was the Faralon. There was no acknowledgment of our anniversary, even though they were aware when the reservation was made. We arrived during happy hour so the hostess gave us happy hour menus along with regular menus to order from, when the waiter came to greet us he took the happy hour menu away. We ordered a couple drinks and an appetizer that were on the happy hour along with our meal. Waiter never came by to ask how our meal was. We said no to dessert and nothing else was offered other than we could stay as long as we want yet our drink glasses were empty. We had to ask and wait a bit for the bill. When the bill did arrive it did not reflect the happy hour pricing. The waiter who had been there since they opened (6 months ago) said he wasn’t sure if he could adjust the bill. When he did come back with the adjusted bill, he apologized for the issue but the way he did it was with denials he looked guilty as hell lying to us. We always start a restaurant service with a 20% tip that can go up or down depending on service. This place adds automatically a 20% tip to the bill (which we are ok with if the service is warranted). This server (Bruce, I asked what his name was 1/2 way through the meal cause he never introduced himself) gave me the gut feeling that he was only interested in getting the most $$$ out of us since it was a mandatory 20% tip. I totally get service is slower these days but the way the service was only warranted a 10-15% tip for a place that was not busy at all! There is absolutely no insensitive for a server to earn the 20% when 20% is mandated. Because of this experience, we will give this restaurant just one more opportunity cause the food was good. We visit SF several times a year, this trip for 2 weeks, ate at a lot of restaurants with and without the mandatory 20% where service was great and had no problem with giving 20% or more tip. Guess we will see if the service improves.
  23. ML

    MissL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We went to dinner very early so the restaurant was very quiet. Our server was wonderful and so attentive. The entrees were great and served hot. The ambiance is impressive. We enjoyed ourselves.
  24. i

    ig2ig

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

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

    LorenaL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  26. ID

    IraD

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    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.
  27. DS

    DarcySmile

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Impeccable service and delicious food. A must-do. Loved it!
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  31. 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 !!!!
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 238 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 21 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–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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