The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco

4.6
3500 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
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
Linda Stiles: (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
What 3500 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, impeccable service. Thank you Rotunda's team!

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LV
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Can't beat lunching on a beautifully-prepared delicious meal under a guilded, glass dome! Service was top notch, and selections abundant for all sorts of finicky tastes.

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J
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I tried the new watermelon salad. It was very good but not filling so order something else with it. Expensive too.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous; the service was exceptional and afternoon tea is a delight. The atmosphere is stellar and not to be missed in San Francisco.

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g
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable and we really enjoyed our afternoon tea! The server also must have overheard it was my birthday because she brought me a cupcake to celebrate! We truly enjoyed the afternoon there! I would highly recommend going to enjoy a relaxing tea with this restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, as always! The service is always impeccable. Delicious food and the best view in the area. One of my favorite lunch spots!

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M
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to the Rotunda for afternoon tea as a birthday treat to myself. I have been going here since I was a little girl and thought it would be a nice treat for myself. It did not disappoint as usual.

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i
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The Rotunda is living on its legacy. Its prices have soared to extraordinarily high levels for food that is uninspired and unremarkable. The popovers were never quite warm. The chicken salad was flavorless. The shrimp/crab Louis salad was bland. Our server was pleasant but inattentive; various requests went ignored. We flagged down a manager for help; she said "I can't do that for you, I'll get someone to come over." Nothing. I'll continue to patronize Neiman's ground floor cafe, but I don't think I'll be returning here any time soon.

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AM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent sercice, our bus boy Raphael was constantly checking to make sure we were comfortable. Our servicer was Elle and found he very personaable and very attentive to our needs.
A truly wonderful experience.
We will back, next time in San Francisco.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Bread was the best thing about meal. The salads were disappointing. Quality has gone down here. Used to be amazing and worth the price. Is still a beautiful place to be.

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LV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rotunda restaurant at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco's Union Square is always most delightful! The service and the food never disappoint.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow - not the place for an hour power lunch. Great food and beautiful views. Pleasant and airy ambiance.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Ambiancebis very nice.
The food was good but not exceptional.

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BR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful experience! However sitting next to the windows can get quite warm.

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D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Rotunda and use it as a SPECIAL day place to come. Jay was our waiter and he was amazing!

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T
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food mediocre, but can’t beat ambiance and location.

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BW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The chef may not be tasting the food. There needs to be more spice used. A tad more salt/more dressing/mayo etc. compared to NM cafe in Walnut Creek- Walnut Creek is amazing! The girl who served us was not good. We couldn’t put our finger on it. She brought us the right stuff but with ZERO flair. It wasn’t that she was rude but felt snobby.

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R
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the view, enjoyed the uniqueness of the restaurant and enjoyed the food. The popovers and consommé were very nice touches. The chicken salad was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was overall a good experience! Love the complimentary bread.. I opted for ahi salad which was pretty good!

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GA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Popovers were served cold. In the past they were served hot or warm. Seating could be arranged better. Still overall worthwhile doing.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, especially from waitress named Megan. She was impolite, looked annoyed the entire time and was plain rude. I’ve come here at least four times with out of town guests. Never again.

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V
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , welcoming and great service and able to have s conversation w a friend in a charming setting

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E
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very special place for downtown San Francisco. Expensive but festive.

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a
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

nice ambience
food is good
only time is not good after 4 the restaurant closed😖

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely time celebrating my 35th birthday here with afternoon. Everything from service to food was delightful.

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s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and attentiveness. Cute cupcake for the birthday girl. Very, very nice indeed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

i always love to stop by every time I am in SF for their puff over and the amazing warm seafood salad is one of my fav!!

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c
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good - I found something Keto friendly. Our server was fantastic - attentive and super friendly

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing better than the popovers they serve as bread for the table. Irresistible!

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OT
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impeccable service, and the meals are consistenly good! My SF goto spot!

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SK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service- Raphael did a great job. Food was good. A really nice environment to celebrate a birthday and visit with friends you don't get to see often. Beautiful spot. Very SF!

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j
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Rotunda is beautiful. Great for a date or a lunch meal old friend. Service is very friendly.
I love their bread. But the food is okay (not amazing) and I don't blame it since everything else is perfect.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

We were so disappointed in the food that the whole experience seemed like a 1 even tho it’s a beautiful place with a kind waiter. Also because the food was so expensive for the quality and furthermore we were there for a special ocassion. :(
Granted we are spoiled in Healdsburg with our world class restaurants that use the freshest local ingredients creatively and artfully. But 4 of our 5 meals with you were almost inedible. The prices you charge should not be just for the real estate. You should take pride in the foods you prepare.

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p
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Rotunda ❤️ The food and service are always great.

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a great location. perfect for a weekend lunch and then browsing through the stores nearby. Park your
car at the Sutter/Stockton garage and walk only 5 minutes to the Neiman Marcus store. We'll do it again
soon.

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AD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was wonderful - great selection of teas and small bites. Classy environment and very enjoyable experience all around. Would recommend for a special date or for an engagement party.

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LN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the location and restaurant setting! I feel that they should step up in the quality of their food. The Rotunda has always been a special place for me.

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TM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I have been a customer since I was young. We have always loved coming to have lunch here but this visit was extremely disappointing. They lost my credit card! We sat waiting (unaware of the loss) for more than 20 minutes before our waiter came and told us they were searching for my credit card and then walked away. Another 20 minutes and the manager came over to say they were still looking for my credit card and then walked away. Nobody seemed that concerned. Nobody offered us a free beverage while we waited for them to look for my credit card that they lost! We could not wait any longer as we had an evening event to get to. We were late to that function because we ended up in Friday commuter traffic. I know accidents happen, it is the way they handled it that really disappointed me! This IS Neiman Marcus, upscale establishment. We were truly shocked at how they dropped the ball. By the way, they eventually found my credit card but I was home by then. I think Denny’s could have handled it better than they did.

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LS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Atmosphere with a fabulous view of the city. Had already been here with friends but this time brought my Mom for the first time. Cherish this memory!

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LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This is a beautiful venue but the food was pricey and underwhelming. The pastries were stale and very stodgy, instead light and flaky. It should be the “go to” place for high tea but, at this price, everything should be made fresh and be of high quality.

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