The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco

4.6
3418 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Scenic View
We invite you to take part in a time honored San Francisco tradition and lunch at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. This spectacular restaurant sits underneath a stunning glass dome constructed of more than 2500 pieces of colored glass. The room curves around a central atrium four stories above the entrance. Be sure to request a cozy private booth or a window seat overlooking historic Union Square. Indulge in a glass of bubbles while noshing on our signature Lobster Club or savor delicate sweets and tea sandwiches with our Afternoon Tea.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday 11:00am - 4:00pm


Thursday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm


Afternoon Tea 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday - Thursday


Afternoon Tea 2:00pm - 5:00pm Friday - Saturday

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Phone number
(415) 249-2720
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Payment options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ruby Oliveros
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Private party facilities
The Rotunda can accommodate up to 160 seated guests with a dance floor, 200 seated and 225 standing for evening events. There is a private elevator on Geary Street that takes guests directly to the restaurant after the store is closed.
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Private party contact
Gabriel Valdez: (415) 249-2720
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Catering
The Rotunda specializes in evening events including wedding receptions, corporate and convention dinners, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners and holiday parties. Holiday parties are especially beautiful with the four story Neiman Marcus Holiday Tree rising up through the restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows offer guests an intimate bird's eye view of Union Square.
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Cross street
Geary Street
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Parking details
Choose from 3 conveniently located garages.



- Union Square Garage

- Ellis-O'Farrell Garage

- Sutter-Stockton Garage
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Public transit

- Powell Street BART station.

- #30 Stockton Bus (Stockton/Geary stop going south, Kearney/Geary stop going north).

- #38 Geary Bus (Stockton/O'Farrell stop going east, Geary/Stockton stop going west).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
3,418 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
72%
Very Good
18%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

As usual, the Rotunda was fabulous. The service was perfect and the server was right on with his recommendation of the Impossible burger. Wonderful dining experience. Will continue going back....

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

A lovely and delicious lunch--Peach Sangria Cocktail, Pan Fried Salmon with fingerling potatoes and tiny little mushrooms, Strawberry short cake for dessert. Beautiful service, exquisite food and a fun location. NM Rotunda Restaurant NEVER fails.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Lovely experience. magnificent venue. Most enjoyablelunch.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Lobster club and lobster rolls mediocre. Service and atmosphere excellent.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Service took incredibly long, waitress was very rude, then she charged us $90 over our bill price. When I pointed it out to her she unapologetically told me she must have not closed the previous table out. How is that possible?
I will never go back. Way too many other good restaurants in the city.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I can always count on a good (and sometimes great) meal at N-M...this time at The Rotunda, a beautiful, airy and elegant venue for lunch. As always, the popover is sublime; I started with a glass of rose sparkling wine then the superb lobster bisque followed by the pappardelle with braised beef...this last dish looked good and the noodles were perfect but the beef, a very generous portion, was nothing special. I had expected more after experiencing the perfume of truffle oil...perhaps the portion was too large and I became sated. A glass of EnRoute pinot noir was excellent, finished off with their VG coffee. All in all a fine meal but I expected just a bit more for $111.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Afternoon tea was a bit disappointing. The service was excellent, but the dining space was cramped and packed full of people. The food was also disappointing as it tasted no better than a mediocre hotel tea service. The meal started with a giant popover and demitasse of chicken consumme. Tea that followed included a sweet and savory scone, each of which were dry and rather tasteless. The sandwiches were the best part of the fare served, and had more taste than the scones or pastries. Crab, turkey, egg and bacon were nicely served. The pastries were also disappointing and were more sweet than anything else distinctive. The $47 per person price was not justified based on the mediocre food quality. The tea was quite good and far overshadowed the food.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

When I made the reservation, I requested a table by the window. Got a table by the window! Staff is friendly and attentive. The food was excellent! My friend had the warm seafood salad and I had the pan seared salmon! Both delicious!
A cupcake was served gratis, because it was my friend’s birthday!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent service. Food was piping hot but not nearly as tasty as I remembered it. Having dined at The Rotunda for over thirty years, this was the most disappointing meal yet.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Always good. Great location. Interesting menu. Yorkshire pudding tradition

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

charlie is the best waiter / man ever. love him. ask for him if you go

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Lobster fries at the next table smelled rancid...otherwise a great meal.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The popovers were the best part of the meal. Love the room, service fine, food just fair and overpriced.

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

The food used to be fantastic, now is mediocre. It is a lovely ambiance and atmosphere, but the food was very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

It was my first experience as I came from Las Vegas to take a friend out for her birthday. Chicken broth was on the saltier side. Popover and strawberry butter was amazing. Tea was good. The tea sandwiches and cakes were subpar. The shrimp cone was not crunchy but soggy. The flavors of the sandwiches did not stand out. The desserts I only touched the carrot cake and the flavor had more of a pungent herb after taste. The only thing I liked was the cherry scone with the butter and strawberry jam. As for the service, beginning was great but the last 20 minutes or so we did not see our server. He never came back to check in on us to where I had to walk to the hostess desk to ask for the bill.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Outstanding service and food. A great place for lunch in the Union Square area!

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I have been coming to the Rotunda every year for several years now and have always enjoyed the High Tea food and excellent service. But yesterday was very disappointing. The High Tea food was so AWFUL and not special in anyway. The sandwiches were dry and had no flavor. With exception of the savory and sweet scones, the desserts looked unappetizing tasted awful. The coffee flavored cannoli tasted bitter like there were coffee grounds mixed into the filling. When I made the reservation I indicated I was celebrating my 55th birthday. I also mentioned it at check-in. But it was never acknowledged by any of the servers at anytime during our meal. I usually recommend the Rotunda to everyone but now I cannot. The servers were cheerful and pleasant and did their best to make up for my disappointment.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Lobster everything: bisque, BLT... sublime. Everything was absolutely delicious, service was impeccable and the setting was breathtaking!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Rotunda is one of my go-to weekend spots for brunch/lunch with girlfriends. Love their warm seafood salad and lobster bisque, among others. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Enjoyed ourselves as usual. Food was great. Our server almost spilled a very hot pot of tea on me because the teapot was too full.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

N.M. Should go back to the traditional tea sandwiches which had better taste. These new ones are not good and lack any flavor. The scones are smaller and the sweets are basic. It was a huge disappointment!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Old-style quiet spot.

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2018

I had enjoyed the last two lunches at The Rotunda but this one was a terrible disappointment on all levels. It started out great, first time at a window view table. Willing to overlook the construction site below. We were one of the few early patrons, arriving at 11:45am. However, our waiters transitioned shortly after our arrival and seems never put our order in. We watched everyone that arrived after us get served and we finally asked about our lunch (having waited 45 minutes) only to be told they were just very busy. We corrected them by saying, doesn't fly for an excuse, we were one of the first guests here. Contemplated leaving but didn't (and should have). The food came and it felt like two-day late leftovers nuked in a microwave to rush. Dry meat on a ribbon pasta no sauce or juice at all, very uninteresting. I had the french dip and it was just okay, fries not crispy. You think after waiting almost an hour they would have apologized and comped the wine, at least. We ran out of time. Won't be back. It's overpriced for the service and food. The view is currently a construction site at Union Square.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great experience as usual. Staff was attentive. Food delicious. We were treated kindly. We will be back

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very nice venue with glass dome ceiling, but only some seats have a good view and lighting. Did the afternoon tea. The hors d'oeuvres were good, but I didn't feel they were anything truly special, especially for the high price tag of $45. It's also not enough if you come expecting to have a lunch portion.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Sunday brunch for pre-theatre matinee. Beautiful rotunda and all glass openness made for a nice dining experience. The crab sandwich and warm salad was perfectly executed. The complimentary warm broth pre-brunch was delicious. The service was very good, did not intrude during our conversation but was efficient at filling our water, tea and coffee. The overall experience was delightful for pre-theatre but the $95 brunch for two (no alcohol) was a little extravagant.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It is such a beautiful space and we were given a table with a fabulous view.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Never disappointed. Always a great experience and meal....

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Horrible service. In fact the only time I have ever really had top notch service is with Charlie C. All other waiters entirely inefficient. The menu didn’t correctly reflect all ingredients so I had to send back dish as an unlisted ingredient I was allergic too. The prices now grossly inflated and quality of food no longer there.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I’ve noticed the last few times that the NM chicken salad lacks flavor.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Civilized way to enjoy lunch. Consomme, popovers, good wine and cocktails plus the always delicious food.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Took my wife to the Rotunda for afternoon tea. this place never disappoints, the tea, food and bubbles were exceptional as always.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Our servers outstanding. The woman that seated us was not cordial and did not respond well to a question on busiest times of the year.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The Rotunda is a quiet and beautiful place to dine. The service was attentive and accommodating, a cut above other restaurants, and it is a good place for well-behaved children. The popovers are always delicious, but the afternoon tea sandwiches and scones, while creative and attractive seemed a bit stale. We ordered a Caeser salad as well, but it was rather mediocre. The loose tea selection by Daumann is high quality, and our teapots were refilled frequently. The Rotunda also has delicious and creative cocktails, but it is a pricey venue.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Went for afternoon tea. It seems the afternoon tea food has changes since last time we went. Sandwiches were just open faced, tradition sandwiches were no longer there. Disappointed in the changes. Won’t be returning.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

It is an expensive, but lovely lunch. Always love the popovers and chicken broth to start. Salmon was perfectly cooked and served with tasty pea puree.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

So disappointed. Been there many times and loved it. 20 minutes for my drink, a Gibson, and got a margarita with onions...martinis ordered on the rocks with a twist, came UP with lemon peels on a napkin. 1 guest asked for more bread, never came. C'MON...If we are willing to fork out $300 for 4 people for lunch, match the service. Train the bartender or get another one or two. So sad.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Beautiful building and pleasant atmosphere but the food simply isn’t very good. It’s not bad but the popovers are the only reason to eat therebb

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The seafood has been over frozen and has no taste. Everything else was lovely.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

I have a Guest visiting from Connecticut and I wanted to take her somewhere special.

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