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Zuni Cafe

4.7
4.7
7094 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European

OUR HOURS:
LUNCH - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
DINNER - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN UP TO 4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

DUE TO OUR VERY LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, TABLES ARE RESERVED FOR A 2 HOUR TIME LIMIT.


Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-2522

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Between Franklin & Gough

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Piano

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,094 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. Thomas

    Phoenix

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chicken that we both ever had… my wife is a Hugh chicken fan… best chicken she ever had..
  2. MicheleA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great table, great food, great service. Great night.
  3. TedT

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful spot for brunch before the theater. This historic restaurant is a must visit destination for visitors to the Bay Area.
  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good dinner experience. The starters were moore impressive than the fish and vegetarian main courses. Nice ambiance but relatively small space with people sitting very close to other diners.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Of course we ordered the chicken, it is what Zuni is famous for! The chicken was delicious, we were aware of the wait time so we ordered bread and olives as an appetizer to start and a bottle of wine. Service was very slow and the restaurant was not very busy at all. We wanted to put in an order for oysters but our waiter didn’t come back until our chicken was ready. We also came for our anniversary (which I noted in the description when I booked the reservation) and we didn’t get any acknowledgment until our server came with the check and she’s like “oh happy anniversary by the way”. I feel like Zuni is a one and done, try when you’re in the city so you can say you went. The chicken will not disappoint!
  6. tinak

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Overpriced lunch!! Overrated. Average food for SF at twice the price.
  7. Hilton

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Top notch cuisine and service.
  8. AmyS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, just like last time. This restaurant is such a pleasure, with very personable waiters and staff, who are courteous and friendly and spend time with you. And the food surprises me every time.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been dining at Zuni since the 90’s but haven’t been since the pandemic… lunch was Incredible as always. The chicken, polenta and fava beans with Lychee goat cheese with beets were divine. Lovely dessert of Eton Mess and a Pimms’s cup could not have been more refreshing. Lance, our waiter was very attentive and made sure our every need was met. A true treat indeed!
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here at 5:30p on a Wednesday and had a fantastic experience. I made a reservation on OpenTable and indicated that my party had to catch a Broadway show at 7:30 and that we'd like to order the chicken. We were pleasantly surprised when the waiter showed us to our seats and told us the chicken was already fired up for us! We were seated on the top floor with a view of the first floor and absolutely loved it. This is a great space for special occasions- I will say I've sat in their other rooms (it's a very interesting layout) and the seats on the first floor + balcony are the best. Some seating by the kitchen is side by side sweetheart seating. Our waiter was kind and super helpful with suggestions. Our party of 3 ordered: Acme Bread + Butter: you can never go wrong with Acme bread, it's very filling, feels hearty, and comes with 2 thiccc slices of butter Shoestring Fries: these were the absolute BEST! I love how impressive the tower of fries look and how small they are- you definitely need to eat them a handful at a time. Risotto: the clam risotto was delicious. It was luscious with butter and saffron and the clams were so tasty and not over cooked. 10/10 Zuni Chicken for 2: the star of the show was the Zuni chicken for two. This is an oven roasted chicken that takes a hour to make, but is SO WORTH IT. They roast the chicken over thick chunks of bread so the bread soaks up all of the drippings. The chicken is served over the bread with a light frise salad on top and pine nuts. We couldn't keep our hands off of the bread....it's seasoned with fresh olive oil too so it makes it extra irresistible. The chicken comes with 6 pieces and was more than enough for the three of us to share. Thank you Zuni for a fantastic dining experience! I'll definitely be back.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Quite expensive for a chicken and salad, though it was delicious. Personel not very helpful when I had problems with one credit card.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We have been to Zuni many times over many years and usually cherish the experience. This trip was sadly disappointing. The service was terrible, lackluster, no care or attention to detail. The food was fine but not remarkable. The price for lunch for two was nearly $300 Everything about it was a disappointment.
  13. UrsI

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. As always a great place for a meal.
  14. Nina

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great graduation dinner with my family-- a classic San Francisco institution!
  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The hosts were both grim and unfriendly. Otherwise the experience was great.
  16. RobertM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Zuni Cafe has returned to top form after a series of disappointing meals. The White Shrimp were fresh and succulent, paring well with the garlic aioli. The Shoestring potatoes were hot and crispy. The Caesar salad was a robust choice with its assertive dressing. The only drawback was the foursome next to us who consumed at least 16 cosmopolitans, which made it difficult to carry on a conversation.
  17. VeronicaT

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken got two never disappoints! It’s the tastiest!
  18. EricaB

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little noisy at times, but only because of a larger party next to us being rather raucous once and awhile.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    They don’t accept phone payments. No prior information
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    While the chicken for two remains Lu favorite dish in San Francisco, the service at Zuni has deteriorated considerably. My husband and I had a Friday night 8pm reservation last week. Upon arrival, the hostess didn’t welcome us and was very brusk in walking us to our table. Once seated, we waited 10 minutes before being acknowledged by our server - a staff member delivering drinks at the next table eventually asked for our cocktail order. Only then did our server come over, after passing us several times and attending to other tables, again without a single “welcome” or “I’ll be with you shortly.” Once he finally arrived, again there was no greeting, explanation of menu or asked if we had questions etc, just “are you ready to order?” He only checked on us twice throughout our 2.5hr meal - we ordered oysters and appetizers, cocktails, the chicken, a nice bottle of Pinot Noir, dessert and coffee. 20% Gratuity is automatically added, but that doesn’t mean that guests shouldn’t receive pleasant service. Sad to say that we likely we won’t be returning as a result.
  21. IsaS

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful evening at Zuni, from the drinks, service and excellent gnocchi! Of course, the highlight as always was Rob Reich and his playing the piano & accordion. Kudos to the excellent, unique and warm ambiance at Zuni and all the staff too!
  22. AndersP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't get more SF and authentic. Have the Caesar salad.
  23. DavidG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No one makes chicken like Zuni! And the service was just right --there when we needed it, not more.
  24. Justin

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always! Thank you! Caesar great, anchovies delicious, Bavette steak excellent, balsamic BM’s a treat!
  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience! Great food, great drinks and amazing ambiance. The chicken is definitely worth the wait 😊
  26. CREEIA

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    As much as it pains me to say- Really mediocre. Service was attentive, but not very friendly. Food was ok. Unfortunately we didn't have the Chicken -which is the staple here. Opted for Ahi- which was overcooked and Lamb- which was delicious. Been here a few times- this will be the last time. Nothing like dropping $250 on dinner (3 people -2 glasses of wine) and feeling so so, too many other good options to be had.
  27. LauraM

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere. Excellent food (beet salad, mushroom risotto, yum). Great service.
  28. AlliC

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Just not the same. Food was "fine" but nothing special. Service was cursory - not very warm and didn't feel sincere, especially after we asked the hostess to move tables (empty restaurant as our reservation was at 11:30am). Was always one of my favorite restaurants in SF since my first time in the 90s but not sure I will go back TBH.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It’s white ppl kinda chicken. I’d say it could use a sauce.
  30. AmyS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply wonderful. A big thank you to the Zuni team for making our meal so delicious and doing so with such professionalism, courtesy, humor and care. It had been 20 years since my first Zuni meal, we will be back again much sooner!
  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service Love this place
  32. gastronomemira

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Zuni since 1984, or so and it is one of my favorite SF places. The food is superb as usual, the ambience and service unbeatable. But the wine list could be much better, with better selections of more affordable wines. There are many California wines that are superior to the cheapest French wine on the Zuni list, and at half or even quarter the price. We end up drinking beer, even though we would have much preferred wines. The last one we ordered a Crozes-Hermitage at $61 was mediocre and undrinkable. Dont see why in wine-growing California we should be reduced to drinking such poor quality wines. The sommelier/procurer should check the wine lists of Poggio, Foreign Cinema, Piperade, Routier, etc for examples of well-planned wine lists with excellent wines at affordable prices. Hope this comment will be taken seriously. Love the cocktails, specially the irresistible Margaritas.
  33. Moffly

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The chicken was great as always, and desserts were amazingly light and delicious. Other dishes were mediocre (leg of lamb was tough - overdone). Waiter was super nice but completely unknowledgeable about the dishes and wines - had to read off our menu to check that he wrote the selections down right. Poor dear. We fully understand it is tough to hire and keep employees now.
  34. 1redhead

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the exciting, anticipatory moment we walk in, until we depart, nourished in body and soul, Zuni never, ever disappoints!!! …enormous gratitude to each and every one of the brilliant staff, front of the house and kitchen!!! Together you have created and sustained one of our most treasured experiences, time after time!
  35. PTJPTJ

    San Francisco

    484 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    484 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Zuni continues to excel as one of San Francisco’s best restaurants. It’s not fancy like Boulevard or Spruce, but the food is consistently excellent. We had the burger, the fish entree (lunch), the soup (which included a poached egg, a nice touch) and Eaton’s mess for dessert. Service was solid.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken was as good as I remembered from 10 years ago! Oysters were fresh, Caesar salad was perfect. Love the bright airy space. It was a lovely lunch with out of town family.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    229 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni never disappoints. Our server was delightful and all the food was delicious. One surprising standout was a pasta bolognese with kale that one of my kids ordered. It was amazing. The ambiance is timelessly fresh.
  38. HowardB

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One of the best meals that I’ve ever had. Vegetable dishes were tasty and varied.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in SF. Must go every time I’m in town.
  40. Katherine

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were very good. Unfortunately, it was very noisy and hard to have a conversation without raising our voices.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 7094 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 100 times today
Google Map for Zuni Cafe

1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Franklin & Gough

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC

  • Entertainment

    Piano

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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