Zut Tavern

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Zut! Tavern is located on the popular Fourth Street shopping district in Berkeley, we showcase a rich array of regional dishes that embrace the spirit of the Mediterranean palate.
The Zut! Bar offers locally crafted spirits and wines. An extensive selection of apertifs and amaros as well as a focus on Italian, French, and Spanish varietals will complement the seasonal menu.
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GF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service, the ambiance are all good. the bar is more than adequate. But unless you sit outside or huddle at the bar, the noise level can be very high, especially in the room at the south end of the establishment, as happened to us this past sunday afternoon. there were no seats outside, ad we had to sit at the bar to hear each other's speak while enjoying our lunch.

KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch. We all had the delicious spinach salad with chicken. Excellent chocolate dessert!

SU
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Very accommodating staff, they seated me while I waited for my guest who was detained in traffic. They didn’t rush us while we finished the meal & stayed at our table to chat over coffee. Definitely recommend this restaurant for quiet conversation & comfort food, salads, sandwiches, good choice of wine & drinks. It’s geared to older adults, relaxed, quiet ambience.

E
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Server was really nice. Not too impressed with the menu but my sister liked the salmon. My tomato salad was ok and my soup too spicy to be enjoyable.

D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the food was delicious. My family had the pork chops which they loved. My ravioli was very good with a light cream and vegetable sauce. Cocktails were well made. The main draw back is that the dining room was very chilly. We all kept on our jackets through most of the meal. The room was quite noisy but quieted as the restaurant thinned our. Zut is reliably good and I will return

GK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Dinner overall was good. However at some point, the outside heater was shut off. Didn’t realize it until it became very chilly. Maybe it was a signal for us to leave although the restaurant was still open.

EC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An excellent place to bring a first date.
Good ambience and location.

DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, friendly, attentive staff, good food, prompt service, a bit pricey for what you get but hey, it's 4th St.

L
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Zut. My friend and I like to share so we had the brussels sprouts as an appetizer - excellent as always. We shared a salad and the salmon entrée. Everything was delicious. We started with two of their signature martinis and they were great too. Zut is a special spot on 4th Street in Berkeley - one of my go-to places in the East Bay.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delightful server who made the experience perfect. What a pleasure to have a smile, attention to detail but not someone who wanted to chat when you want to eat. She sure was a pro.

SA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I went here with my wife for our wedding anniversary. The interior is beautiful. We were seated next to the window, which gave us a nice view of 4th Street in Berkeley. Food was very good, and service was good. Overall, an enjoyable experience.

a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nothing fancy here, but pretty good food. We go here regularly, mainly for the quality of the food. Service is a bit sketch. Food seems to arrive out of order regularly and if there is more than one diner, the odds of everyone's order arriving within a reasonable interval are slim. Last visit, my daughter side order of broccolini was the first thing delivered, before anyone's starter or salad! Her main arrived 15 minutes later!! But service quirkiness aside, it is still one of our favorites. Feel assured ordering the duck breast, a pizza (margherita is one of my favorites), or even a hamburger. I always have the Kumamoto oysters which have always been fresh, as they must be! The menu varies but the pork chop and t-bone are all good. We have been for lunch a few times as well and we always find something good. Even you just feel like a soup and a salad it is a good destination to consider.

HE
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Bottle of Veuve paired with the Fig app and great service, landed me a second date. Thank you!

HG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice all around. I’d definitely return.

JG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun-we had lunch at the bar; great food and service. I enjoyed the BLTA panini and the Maltese cocktail was very good/very balanced. great service

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service, good food. Conversations can be a little difficult due to noise level.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brussel sprouts are worth the trip alone! But the rest of our lunch was high quality, beautifully prepared and presented. We loved it!

GG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I haven't been to this restaurant for a couple of years. Recently had a concert at Zellerbach and thought we would go back. It seriously has gone down hill! It used to be a delightful restaurant and good food. My recent experience with a party of 3 was terrible. We ordered pizza, salads, appetizers all tasteless and seriously terrible. They must have changed chefs because it definitely is not at the caliber it was a couple of years ago! I will never go back.

ML
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I recommend Zut reservedly because, although the pizzas are good, the overall quality and value just aren’t there. For example eight grilled rather skinny asparagus on a plate do not constitute a starter for nine dollars. Perhaps I ordered the wrong thing. Go for the burger or a large salad or pizza for an early dinner and call it a day.

R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant manager greeted us and folk us to our table. A few minutes later he sheepishly returned and asked if we wouldn’t mind changing tables as he had a large group come in. he offered us our choice of tables and said that for our agreement to move, that he would comp us our drinks! That is beautiful customer service! Especially when the cocktails were delicious!
So we sat on the patio surrounded by twinkly lights and We shared several dishes: roasted Brussel sprouts, figs on a bed of lemony ricotta, a fresh salad of smoked salmon and caprese. All of which were prettily plated and very tasty! Finished off with a cappuccino - the night was lovely !

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was a particularly loud table near us tonight, but usually when we go in the noise level is a bit lower. They changed the house Manhattan recipe recently, and I didn’t notice until I started drinking it. Not so good this version. But it’s a great place with nice folks, generally awesome bar program, and good food. One of our local faves.

s
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good bar abd bartenders, lovely atonosphere on 4th St; locatiobn great.

SD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very solid good food, a perfect place for lunch. Bright and airy with very friendly and efficient staff.

VS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there and we can’t wait to go back. Definitely worth the trip from Marin. Wonderful waiter, exquisite food, innovative and so delicious!

MJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu changed. I came for Filet Mignon, their famous roasted grapes and their most incredible flourless chocolate cake with ice cream. All three items had been taken off the menu. So disappointed. I had pizza. It was ok.

SV
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor bistro feel. Not a culinary juggernaut

JC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New jobs celebration. Everything was perfect.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Speaking from the vantage of many years international travel/restaurants Zut Tavern ranks right up there with the best ... although the name didn’t inspire my confidence the experience was memorable.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We have been dining there for more than two years now

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is our usual stop when coming in from out of town. The food is always great as are the servers.
Highly recommend!

S
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - got a table at the end on the patio for the fur babies and the food was delicious as always! - fig with lemon ricotta for starter and the fungi wood fired pizza - all their pizzas rock btw!

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

Well, it was all delicious and super friendly service. But our very expensive dinner ended badly with digestive issues as soon as we arrived home. Someone didn’t wash their hands or the produce, and we’re paying for it now. Too bad, so sad.

JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service- we had a wonderful time on the terrace.
Beautiful spot

J
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

For whatever reason, Sunday night was very quiet at Zut. My friends and I met there and were greeted by our waiter. We asked for water and a minute to decide on drinks and food. He came back too quickly for us, but then we had to wait for him to return. The restaurant wasn't busy, but we were tucked in the curtained room so perhaps he didn't see us. I asked about the soup of the day and he said, "It's sweet potato soup. Like sweet potato puree." That sounded like baby food or something not too good. But, then we heard a different waiter tell another party that the soup was sweet potato soup with a creme fraiche. My friend ordered the duck and had to flag down the waiter to ask for a sharp knife. Generally speaking, the service wasn't the usual attentive service we get. The manager did stop by several times and chat with us and that made up for the MIA waiter. As soon as we declined dessert, our check arrived and they began putting the chairs on the tables to get ready to close. Needless to say, we felt a bit neglected and then rushed out. The food was good, but the burrata and tomato salad could have benefited with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar. The salmon was bland. The spinach salad was delicious.

t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced limited unimaginative menu with food that was very slow to arrive. The wine list was poor so I ordered a martini which was not good. There was an argument over where we could sit and only when I declared the corner where the manager wanted to seat us as “unacceptable” were we seated at a decent table. I would never return.

P
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, not too expensive restaurant with a varied menu and opportunity to dine outside.
Their Proscuito and pear pizza was awesome and they make great burgers and have an interesting cocktail menu

C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Zut needs to pick up its game and pay more attention to the lack of flavor coming out of the kitchen! The spinach salad and grilled chicken had not been given the benefit of any seasoning at all. I like Zut and it has been our 'go to' place for a burger and martini in a pleasant atmosphere. Perhaps if I stuck to that formula it would have been fine.

MR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’ve always had great service at Zut and love coming here when we’re in the East Bay. My only request would be to add a grilled or roasted chicken dish to your entree menu.

p
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous. Food and cocktails were very good. Arrived early for the reservation and still got seated right away.

JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like Zut a lot and will return regularly. Good food. Nice service.