Zingari Ristorante + Jazz Bar

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Zingari is a Ristorante with rustic Italian soul food around house-made pastas and roasted or grilled meats and fish. With a classic aperitivo bar and live jazz everyday, Zingari is a warm, lively place to sip your Negroni and dine on Pappardelle and Ossobuco. Our Ristorante is a place for you to restore and feel at home with your guests. With three distinct, contemporary Italianate dining parlors, Zingari is truly a unique event space for the most discerning guests and one of the best restaurants for private dining in San Francisco.

Zingari means gypsies in Italian, and refers to the people, or nomads, who live and travel through Europe and other parts of the world. They are renowned for their rich culture and dazzling aesthetic; their songs, poetry, and dance convey mystery and romance. The Zingari people remind us to travel light and carry a smile—to be open to discovery and new delights. ​Cheers, a toast to Italy, and welcome to Zingari Ristorante.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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3.7
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AJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Zingari for 15 or more years, and over that time the restaurant has been
consistently excellent.

K
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day

JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Wenton valentines night. But not “celebrating “. Prow fix was over price and food was adequate at best. Deserts dry. Service was fractured between teams. Have eaten here many times in past. Tonight was a disappointment

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

A little overpriced for what it is, and definitely not where locals eat, but overall a good spot for tourists.

r
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most sensational meals I have ever had. Exquisite food and simply perfect service. Then the jazz was amazing as well. Not sure there are enough accolades for this dining experience. I can't wait to go back and will make this part of every trip to SFO.

O
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good before Geary theater theater dining venue. Food very good, wait staff professional and solid wine list.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

20% service charge added to every bill regardless of party size. The cacio e pepe was the best dish. We ordered the scallops for an appetizer. Somehow the 3 scallops tasted fine but the sweet potato mash tasted like soap. Not a hint of sweet potato not sure how that was accomplished. Scallops were $28 :(

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The live jazz only serves half the restaurant. The other half is separated

DT
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful beet burrata salad followed by delicious salmon ragout and shortrib pappardelle. Staff is very friendly and courteous and the location can't be beat. Zingari is a great place to dib=ne before Theatre.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Bad, overpriced food. Kinda felt robbed.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Wine choices by the glass and carafe were limited but reasonably good. Our server, Nikola, was excellent!!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Fresh, great presentation. They accommodated vegan and gluten free choices for me too. We started with a vegan appetizer trio of roasted veggies. We gene Brussels sprouts could taste good. I had the butternut squash risotto and my husband the lamb. We share a yummy chocolate mousse torte for dessert.

We went to see a play at Curran theatre. The restaurant is only a block away so very convenient if you are going to the theatre.

CS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, the food was excellent, the service delightful. My friend and I come here before going to a play down the street at the Geary (ACT), and we've never been disappointed.

L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great place with live music, wonderful staff, and incredible wine list!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Really enjoyed our time! Part of 6!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Unfortunately, in my opinion the restaurant is too expensive for one food not good enough.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service received from jelena the host

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great time dining at Zingari. Service was excellent and personable. We also enjoyed the live Jazz band. The wife and I truly enjoyed our date night thanks to the staff and good vibes from the other patrons visiting Zingari.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service1ambience2

They placed us directly next to the band so it was abnormally loud. Service was slow, appetizers came out before our drinks. Main dish of pasta was good, came out hot. Servers overall were pretty slow to respond to our requests (more drinks, more bread, water).

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience!!! Awesome service & great jazz!!’

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night or dinner in the Union Square area.

m
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Like everything in San Francisco, you pay dearly, including the lovely mandatory 20% tip (gee, remember in the good old days where the consideration was based upon the food only and not the bar tab??).
That being said, the small dining area overlooking the street was crowded and very noisy but the service was friendly and the food....ah the food - still the best oso bucco in town, and the mousse cake was heavenly, as was the ahi appetizer and carpaccio - so.... if you are into the food and don't mind the noise or the prices - yes, then I would recommend Zingari.

AB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My team of 17 loved this restaurant. They said the food was delicious and the live jazz music was far enough away to be very nice background music - not too loud to talk over. Thank you!

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great. The food was very good. It was more expensive than I anticipated. I wasn’t impressed that they added a 20% tip to the bill then offered to allow you to give more. I don’t plan to go there again.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the jazz ensemble! Great food & wine. Delicious after dinner drinks!

K
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Everything was great other than the table location. They have tables down this hall. The hall is very noisy and echos others conversations. Making it loud and hard to have your own private conversation

SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First of all - the service was top notch. Very attentive. Took our order right away for appetizer (very small mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto) and then came back to take our dinner order. Coming by to refill the water and wine glasses often. Food came quickly. I had the braised short rib in pasta and it was so good. Big portions for the main course. My husband had the lamb chops and he really liked those too. The only issue is the setting. We were seated near the bar area and the tables are really close. We could hear the conversations next to us. Not an intimate setting at all but the food and service were excellent.

RB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Dining rooms (yes, there are several) are ”sterile” and have no ambience. But food ls top-notch and staff friendly and very service-minded. I can recommend the fish soup.

j
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Inattentive service. Lack of attention. Bread was forgotten, tap water mixed with sparkling in the glass despite bottle at table...
The automatic inclusion of 20% service may have resulted in disregard to clients needs.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were not told there would be a $50 charge per head when I made the reservation and would have like more transparency on Open Table reservations or on the website with a note about JPM.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The chicken tasted like plastic. Very disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Ridiculous pricing. Took 15 mins to seat us. And we were only there for 35 minutes. $560 bill for 8 people for buffet which was meh. The coffee drinks were not included in the $50 per person buffet. Ridiculous.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Charged $280 for a dish without explaining why. Apparently minimum $50 charge per person

DJ
Nottingham
60 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very busy in spite of booking had to wait to check in.

A levy of minimum $50 plus fixed service charge plus taxes.

A very over priced lunch !!

Food mixed - one pasta dish not fully cooked.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience2

the food was more than great but the experience was extremely unpleasant. the staff members were rude and extremely unprofessional.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The food was excellent, but the ambience felt like I was in a diner... cold and unfeeling. Thank goodness there was music!

g
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Italian that's reasonably priced (especially given the location) and attentive, friendly service. It's not the best Italian but it's good Italian and a great location to go for a pre-theatre meal if you're headed to ACT or Curran or other events in the Union Square area. Good for groups too.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is outstanding. Food was delicious. I’m not from San Francisco, so price was higher than what I’m used to, but I also know this is what dining is in SF. Can’t say enough about the waitstaff - attentive, made great suggestions, two of them shook my hand as I was leaving and seemed genuinely glad to talk to me. Only improvement - if I had been sitting with a view of the harbor - but the restaurants along there were booked out until later. I was able to get in immediately which was why I decided to try Zingari. Great experience.

A
London
34 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food simply wasn't up to scratch for the price. There was a sprout starter that included bacon bits which were hard and overcooked, when we said this to the waiter he simply said that's the way it should be! Haven eaten in Italy frequently I completely disagree. The mains were average. So poor service and ok food at hefty price tag, disappointing.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The choice was not incredible. The food did not leave us a memorable experience. It seems the owner/ manager gives more importance to his regulars than to his first time customers- which is fair- but it should not be that obvious. Overall good but pricey and there is better alternative out there.