Zut Tavern

4.2
826 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.2
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarleneK
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Caesar and terrific mushroom pizza. Excellent service!

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vipmartinigirlyus
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The staff here is really nice and seem to try to a accommodate every request. The vibe is kind of a neighborhood place and feels very warm and inviting. We tried the coal roasted grapes over ricotta. It tasted like warm grapes over ricotta. It was fun nonetheless. The scallop salad was a little fishy smelling and a tad overcooked. The pork chop was cooked slightly pink and perfect. The pappersdelle with bolognese was also tasty. I think the food is basic and most dishes are good but I dont see grilled items in the $30 range.

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vipElaineD
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Haven't been to Zut in a while and don't know why. Lovely brunch menu with a variety of options. Service was attentive but he was great about letting us have our time to chat. I had the Salmon Nicoise which was a VERY healthy portion. Friend had avo benedict which she said was great. Will definitely go back for lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really awesome experience being a first-timer to Zut Tavern! The waitstaff was amazing and treated us very kindly.

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vipPaulD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Love the place for lunch, but a very disappointing dinner. Lumpy, sticky noodles and pasta sauce advertised as Papardelle with sumo sauce and some strange uncooked soupy rice dish they dared to call Paella!
Will not go back for dinner or recommend

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YunE
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The butter leaf salad with the goddess dressing was light and a great complement to it.

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craigj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This weekend my wife and I had dinner at Zut to celebrate my birthday--I have to say I loved it. We are vegetarians, by the way--we had the roasted brussel sprouts, mushroom ravioli, and fungi pizza. All were excellent. Excellent service from their attentive staff. 5 stars all around. I consider Zut a 'special occasion' restaurant. Great for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, graduations. Very nice interior + decor. Slightly noisy in a pleasant way. Highly recommended.

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ChristinaG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We love the atmosphere at Zut, but it's not fancy enough to not have salt and pepper on the table. My ceasar salad was watery and over dressed and the shrimp were still slightly see-through. Service was great and we will be back, but I'll order something else...

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Papi
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great service. Their seafood paella is outstanding.

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vipBill
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second time there, but quickly becoming a favorite! Everything was excellent, and it was Valentine’s Day! Busy, but service, ambiance and crowd management was seamless! We’ll be back!!!

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vipLongTimeFoodie
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the last time I dined out, a year ago. So much has changedI I just dined at out again, two weeks ago. But took a reservation, and seated the two of us outside at a table for 4. It was delightful to be back at one of my favorite lunch spots.

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MesiB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was exemplary! The food was also very good, though my Dungeness crab cake salad was a little disappointing. If only to be served by Luis again- I would happily return.

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cieline
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Jambalaya pasta was sub par

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vipcustomer
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice birthday lunch. But since Zut asked what occasion it was, I assumed one dessert would be on the house. It was uncomfortable to discuss in front of the birthday girl. Best not to ask if we’ll be going for an occasion if there’s no reason to let you know.

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BonnieG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to meet and eat on 4th Street. Friendly waiters, perfect service, delicious food... never disappointed.. my go to spot when I meet someone. I’m from the East Bay.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our son’s 23rd birthday

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Lisa5698
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Brussel sprouts, burrata, burger, pizza, and ice cream sundae. Very nice service.

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vipJamieM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent! He was accommodating and very kind.

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LRachel
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We used to like Zut but we had poor service, the food wasn't up to our expectations (although the brussels sprouts were amazing), and the staff knew it was the birthday of our friend and did not do anything about it, other than be welcomed by the hostess with a warm birthday greeting.
We were seated in the smaller room next to a large family celebrating a birthday and they received full treatment when the dessert was served. We noticed that the couple next to us was served their entire meal before we even got our entree. We asked the waiter where our food was and he apologized and offered to bring bread which we accepted but he never brought. We had to ask for small plates for sharing the appetizers several times. The best service was not from the waiter but from the extra helper who was really great and should be promoted to wait staff.
The ambiance and location are wonderful, and some of the dishes great, so it was a disappointment to not get great service, and not to be able to hear one another because of the noise level. More attention needs to be given to some of the dishes as well.
I'm hoping it was just a fluke experience because it has been great in the past.

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MaximumYum
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Restaurant Week special advertised was Cornish game hen. We were okay with the substitution of grilled salmon, except that we ordered it medium rare and it came medium which was a bit overcooked for our taste.

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westwind
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Noise level was high, food is not to write home about, drinks were innovative. Worth trying for the enjoyable ambience and good service.

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vipRudegar
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Salads were uninspired, mediocre at best. Don’t put things on the menu that you are not inspired to prepare well just to fill a category.

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BruceF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for grandson went off perfectly

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Honukulady
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The appetizer roasted grapes is awesome! It's a creative combination of flavors, textures and color. Yum!

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Condor
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. Somewhat pricey for what's provided, especially the drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love Zut for its great food and attentive without being overly annoying service. I especially love their pizza and the Brussels sprouts are a must!!! I would give it five stars but the chairs aren’t the most comfortable.

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RobinV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The restaurant looked nice when entering. The food was just marginal. We have four different entrees, an appetizer, and dessert. The server was not attentive and just took the order and not much more than that. We were surprised on the bill be charged an extra dollar for a refill in which we had to request along with water multiple times. We found a charge for a refill ridiculous after ordering multiple $30 entrees and cocktails. So overall not a great experience. One and done. Wouldn’t recommend it to a friend either.

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ZOEC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast duck breast meal possibly ever. Good drinks. Lovely setting. Highly recommended.

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vipsherrae
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zut is welcoming, has enough space between tables, classy (not motel) art on the walls. Servers are very pleasant but not intrusive, good beer on tap, complete wine list and food you actually want to eat. The sandwiches at lunch come with a side salad and are satisfying and delicious--and reasonable for what you get. I like bringing people here because they are surprised.

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vipTrishS
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic, and I am excited to go back!

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NancyS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love having dinner at Zut before going to Berkeley Repertory Theater. It's fun to do a bit of shopping at 4th Street, then eat an early dinner, then off to the theater. The food is tasty, there are many options and it's easy to accommodate limitations: I am dairy-free and paleo-ish and I easily find lots of yummy food on the menu. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. This is my kind of restaurant.

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vipcjtfood
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic place to catch up with friends!

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vipOLDfriends
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Recommend only with caveats ... gets noisy and hard for wait person to walk beteen table to pour water etc. Waiter not very attentive overall. Food seems to have gone downhill from a few years back..

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Anonymous
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Zut was disappointing. The service was very slow. When two tables that had arrived 20 minutes after us were served, our 80-year-old guest asked our waiter why that was. He replied, “that doesn’t matter.” He added it was lunch time and that our food would eventually arrive. When it did, our garlic fries (the best part of the meal) showed up 10 minutes after our entrees. No explanation was given. My spouse’s salad nicoise with grilled salmon looked like it had been thrown together in 10 seconds. The big chunk of fish on top was overcooked and very dry. The bill for thee entrees, two glasses of mediocre chardonnay, one iced tea, and one order of garlic fries was more than $100. The noise level in the room was horrendous. We won’t be returning to Zut any time soon.

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SusanH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zut is a fabulous place to meet friends and take family! The food is consistently delicious and satisfying. This time I was taking out my 92 year old mom to meet up with my friends. It did not disappoint. We had appies to share, great salads, tasty pizzas and delicious main dishes. Best of all, mom could have her martini, me my classic Manhattan, my friends their wine, beer or other well drink. I seem to always go here and close the place too!

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ClarissaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I called Zut because I made an error booking the reservation. While we came to an agreement on a solution before I arrived, when our party did arrive the high chair was a foot from the table - making it impossible for our baby to eat. I asked for a different 6 top - not a bigger table beyond the reservation I made in error - and the hostess and the manager were beyond rude and would not listen. Again - I made an error but could not cancel bc of the $30 charge per person which was not clearly stated before I made the reservation. I was happy to squeeze onto a six top, but one where my child could have also eaten.
Beyond that, the food was overpriced and bland. Our server was nice and helpful but the manager and hostess had already done enough damage. I do not plan to ever return.

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CAM123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Zut offers a great location for a last minute celebration dinner. Tends to have reservations left for grad night, Xmas eve and other occasions when other restaurants are booked.
Downside - food can be hit or miss. Risotto was a disturbing Pepto Bismol pink and poorly seasoned. Other dishes were enjoyable. Pizza tends to be a safe pick.

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vipAlanC
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Ignored by staff after seated outside. Had to approach Maitre D’ to request a server who then repeatedly failed to perform at minimal levels of expectation. Examples: 2 entrees served while 2 others weren’t ready and served much later, side order requested 2 or more times and finally arrived at end of the meal(it was comped), rack of lamb was literally served as near raw- blood red meat, pasta was mushy.
We dine here frequently and were very disappointed in this Christmas Eve meal. The staff looked unfamiliar-maybe a backup crew?

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Maplover21
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat lunch or dinner while visiting Berkeley.

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vipFormerOrindan
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Each couple shared an appetizer and a main course and no one went away hungry. We had the sausage pizza with a caesar salad. The salad was mediocre but the pizza was good. The other two couples had pasta dishes and brussel sprouts and crab cakes. They all seemed pretty happy with what they had. Service was fine. The ambiance was lively (which means noisy) but you could carry on a conversation. The selection of wines by the glass was good. Fourth Street was decorated so prettily for Christmas that was an extra bonus. We went to this restaurant for dinner after a Sunday theater matinee and it was perfect for that.

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Zut Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 826 OpenTable diners.