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About The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco

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.

150 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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

Cross Street:
Geary Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 249-2720

Website:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/info/restaurant.jhtml?rest=200010

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.

Parking Details:
Choose from 3 conveniently located garages.



- Union Square Garage

- Ellis-O'Farrell Garage

- Sutter-Stockton Garage

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).

Executive Chef:
Ruby Oliveros

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.

Private Party Contact:
Gabriel Valdez: (415) 249-2720

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.3

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4.7

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (104)
Special Occasion (101)
Afternoon Tea (89)
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Scenic View (88)
Good for Birthdays (69)
Sunday Lunch (59)
People Watching (56)
Great for Brunch (50)
Good for a Date (48)
Fun (41)
Afternoon Coffee (39)
Romantic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Seasonal (30)
Good for Groups (28)
Business Meals (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Cozy (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Healthy (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Casual (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Authentic (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Vegan (4)
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Organic (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

- Appreciate the increased options, and vegetarian choices on the menu
- The lobster club is no longer what I used to remember it to be. It's been downgraded in quality and presentation with higher price due to "mass production": bring back taro chips please, as opposed to mundane potato chips!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Always such a beautiful place to eat and the food is great. I will never tire of the Lobster Club Sandwich. Others had a Dungeness and Prawn Salad that looked wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated our wedding reception at The Rotunda. The special requested arrangements were completed perfectly and the serve stafff made the lunch enjoyable and welcoming. The food was delicious and orchestrated with ease. Even though the room was full, we never felt rushed or ignored. My expectations for a wonderful experience were met at The Rotunda.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were celebrating my best friends 70th birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere very special and memorable. This was it. We shared a drink and a lunch meal . It was awesome

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food and Service was great. View overlooking Union Square will be awesome once the construction on the square is all complete. Wife and I really enjoy coming here for her birthday brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great brunch spot in Union Square. It's fine dining but still casual enough to relax and enjoy a burger. All the entrees are very well prepared, service is professional and not rushed. Sit back, relax and drink a cocktail while the world keeps turning...

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Group of 5 friends had afternoon tea on a Sunday. The table setting was nice as was the Rotunda in general. We chose different teas and were all quite satisfied with our choices. The sandwiches and treats were just okay. It's a fun experience but the food alone would not be worth the cost. Our service was not to the standards that we expected. Our server started out very attentive, but by the end of our meal, seemed either agitated or overworked. The water servers also had to be called to our table and we sat waiting for a good 15-20 min before he returned. To sum it up, go for the experience and know that's what you're paying for. The food and service on their own would not be worth the cost.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

After coming here since I was a little girl service has slipped to an all time low. Everything took forever from water till my daughter’s birthday cupcake that arrived after dessert. If it wasn’t for the gentlemen delivering popovers and consume and the overworked server in the neighboring section, Im not sure we ever would have received our tea service. Sadly, this was all beyond disappointing.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is average and overpriced. You are paying for the ambiance, not the food. Good for people who like pretty places, are not food snobs and aren’t bothered by overpriced food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lunch with my nieces

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

An afternoon tea in the Rotunda is always a special occasion! This is my daughter's go-to for celebrating her birthday and has become a tradition for the women in our family!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I've always loved the iconic Rotunda for its ambiance, and well, also for its iconic popovers. The last visit was as enjoyable as every other visit, but I'll be honest in saying that this time the food was a bit lacking. The popovers were overdone, the breads on the chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches were dry, the desserts were pedestrian and everything was just rather bland. The egg salad and crab salad sandwiches were nice, but other than these two items no one at our table found anything to be stellar. Ar $45 per person we expect the food to at least be above average. The tea was delicious and the service was top-flight. Everything was great with the exception of the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Always a great atmosphere. Our waiter (Travis) was wonderful and made the time spent worthwhile. Love the Rotunda!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Three generations including a baby celebrating with a New Year lunch. FABULOUS food equally attentive service. We stayed three hours and our server never hurried us just saw that we were happy.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

My daughter and I have a tradition of going to the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus in SF for special occasions. She loves the popovers ( and food) , and we both love the ambience and being treated royally.
Our server, Charlie, made the experience this time outstanding.
He was so well versed in the preparation and ingredients of the menu.
When we received our meals, he answered our questions, about some of the items on the plate that were creatively presented. The food was delicious, of course.
We will continue to have more special occasion meals at the Rotunda.
Hopefully, Charlie, will be our server!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I just thought my good was okay. Older fruit served with it. Also price point high. $60 for two salads and coffee and soda plus tip? Not my favorite unfortunately!

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Annual pleasure around the holidays! Champagne and lobster Club - delish!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great Prime meat sandwich, the price is a bit on the high side

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The high tea service was mediocre today. Last year, the sweet and savory selections were more flavorful. Today, it was dry and cold.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It's with sadness that I write this review. Dining at the Rotunda for the holidays, whether it be Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve has always been a treat to look forward to, as we did for our visit this time. We'd booked in November for 12/31, and we were seated in the window on the far right side. One thing immediately noticeable was all the dust on the white wall behind us and the flooring edge outside the glass partition. It was distracting. We received our consommé, lovely as always, the popovers nice as always with the strawberry butter, thankfully this time not tasting of the refrigerator as it has on some past visits, our cocktails, a lovely smoky bourbon drink and a lemonade, and then our main salads. Both salads were a mound of torn lettuce, mine was to have had frisee , there was none, and minimal toppings. The oil poached salmon had been shredded as if it were pulled pork, and there was a minimal sprinkling across the greens, underdone bland potatoes, and an okay dressing. I had envisioned this dish with a filet of salmon on top, at best I may have gotten two ounces of shredded salmon. The Crab Louie didn't fend much better, the crab itself was very tasty as was the dressing, there were only three shrimp, and again, a pile of torn greens, a lot of money to pay for a plate of greens. We almost skipped dessert because nothing sounded that good, luckily our server mentioned a special warm ginger cake with caramel and vanilla ice cream, we ordered it, and it was very nice. Given this experience, perhaps there has been a change in the chef etc, we're not sure if we'll return again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service is always amazing at the Rotunda. The afternoon tea is just a delight and definitely a memorable event.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The tea was great, but food was mediocre today. Usually the popover is warm and the scores are warm. Both were disappointing today.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My reservation was for Afternoon Tea which was just okay. I’ve had a much more flavorful and creative assortment at other places that offer Afternoon Tea. The sandwiches were too cold for my liking. Certain foods need to be closer to room temperature for the flavors to come through. The scones, while tasty, were also cold. The biggest disappointment was the dessert layer. All the items had the same flavors and colors, brown. No items made with fruit, no chocolates. I did really enjoy the tea, fresh warm popovers, the champagne and the complimentary cupcake for our birthday guest. I’ve had lunch at The Rotunda and I enjoyed the lunch menu a lot more. I would return, but probably for lunch only.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had an early New Year's celebration with one of my BFF's and her lovely Mom. We were seated right in front of the middle of the bay window. Our servers were attentive but not intrusive. I had the lobster club sandwich and my dining companions had the burgers. Just wonderful! The popovers were a hit too!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Just ok. Soup was cold & the waiter did take it off the tab

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

View is superb. Definitely make a reservation in advance for window seating. Service was sub par for the area, and even more so for the swankiness of the restaurant. There were two unmistakable hairs in my boyfriends soup - which was subsequently removed from our bill. Overall, I would recommend if you’re visiting the SF area; just check your entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Attentive service. Consistently good food. Lovely holiday decorations. Our tea is an annual tradition that doesn’t disappoint.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

High tea was clearly inferior to past years. Sandwiches stale, sweets inedible, scones shrunk to mini proportion. Will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our waiter, Travis, is the best, most accommodating, knowledgeable waiter I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting here at Rotunda! Fun and full of life! He recommended the lobster fries, while on the pricey side, are delcious! Treat yourself, dining at this classy establishment is reason to celebrate. Lobster club is their most popular, but my favorite is the Dungeness crab melt! Fresh crab oozing with natural creamy juices and melted cheese is accompanied by lightly vinaigrette dressed greens. Rib eye steak is always a tasty fantastic choice! Dec seasonal salmon and halibut in miso coconut sauce with bok choy was phenomenal! Thank you, Pam, for highlighting that. Love the Nuit a Versailles French Dammann Frères tea with the signature tea service! Order a pot of this fragrant green tea with notes of peach, kiwi, bergamot, orange blossom, and violet blossom. Exquisite views (request window seating overlooking Union Square), beautiful architecture, such a sight to behold while enjoying lunch or afternoon tea past 2:30pm. Reserve early!

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I was very disappointed at the receptionist (Caucasian male) because there is no 3 or more people reservation via OpenTable or telephone due to Holiday. But I saw many tables were reserved for party of 3 or more. I am also the member of NM, but he told me the tables were already reserved for larger group.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I’ve had tea service numerous times at The Rotunda and left pleased , however , this recent visit was quite the contrary. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to visit our table and the water server clearly hated her job. She was extremely vigorous with her water pouring and got it everywhere (all three times she came by). When she brought the popovers , she may as well just thrown them to us from across the room as she carelessly threw them onto our plates. Later , our server was clearing the table next to us and dropped the silverware all over me where I was hit by a knife. She then says, “ that was close “, which left me wondering how much closer the knife could have gotten! The entire service felt rushed and with no attention to detail. The dessert portion of the tea service comprised of four “different” items which were clearly made from the same spice-flavor base mix, as they all tasted similar .Totally opposite from what a tea service should be. The service needs to be of higher quality for a $250.00+, tab for four.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Date with my twin

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service good as always. Love the popovers and consumeé

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This place has lost it's mojo.Mis steps at every point. 1) My reservation was not honored. My table was occupied and was not available even after waiting 30 minutes for it. 2) Took the only table available and it was too small for 3 people and 3 jackets, 3) They do not offer to take your coat, 4) They did not have the Champagne on my table with 3 glasses as requested 5) The meal was over $50 per person with two drinks, no appetizers, 6) The decor is looking shabby. For these prices they should have exceptional everything.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was delicious very spendy and small portions but we had a fun girlfriend lunch

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I go there as a christmas treat to myself, continuing a tradition that my Mom and Aunt started over 30 years ago. Mostly to window shop, but to treat myself to a wonderful meal. The food is incredible, starting with the small cup of chicken consomme, the warm, straight from the oven popovers to the dessert. My prime rib french dip was cooked perfectly and the french fries crispy. The wait staff is so nice, and attentive to your needs without being over bearing. Water glass is always filled, you don't wait a long time for your food, and they let you linger for as long as you'd like. The view is incredible as well.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were lucky enough to get a booth. We received poppers promptly and they were nice and warm. The menu had a large stain on it and the waitress was nice enough to replace it. The seasonal cocktail didn't match the photo, but maybe because they had to substitute an ingredient. Our lobster spring rolls came with lettuce with dirt visible on them. I ordered the seasonal soup and got a bowl of lobster bisque. When I pointed it out they brought me what seemed like a cup of soup. My husband's steak didn't look that great. A bit grey, but tasted ok.overall everyone was pleasant, the food was ok, presentation a bit sloppy, but what a festive room.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Overpriced, very cramped, terrible food. Venue not as magnificent as it seems and photos. Would not recommend for the price.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on December 28, 2017

High tea: tea was good, pastries was not. Regular dining looked like it might be better

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always an excellent experience. This trip, we had a surly/rude popover lady tho. Otherwise, fabulous, as usual!

Thank you!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch
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