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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

ambience

4.7

value

3.8

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (90)
Special Occasion (90)
Afternoon Tea (79)
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Scenic View (74)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Sunday Lunch (52)
People Watching (47)
Good for a Date (43)
Great for Brunch (40)
Romantic (40)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Business Meals (31)
Fun (31)
Afternoon Coffee (30)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Bar Seating (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Groups (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Seasonal (23)
Cozy (20)
Healthy (17)
Casual (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Authentic (12)
Quick Bite (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

it's always a great to go to the Rotunda for a festive occasion with someone special and has become a regular Christmas tradition for us. It seems everybody else has the same as its very difficult to get a reservation around holidays, so plan ahead. Their popovers are such a special way to start and the rest of the meal is always good. it's the only way my wife can get me to the City for some shopping....

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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful time at the Rotunda Restaurant! Great for a holiday lunch!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Normally a wonderful place for great, well executed food and good service. Must have hit an off day for our server and the kitchen; server inattentive and my chicken dry, almost scorched. Past experyhave been memorable and stellar. Will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Our annual get together at The Rotunda never disappoints. My friend and I enjoy sitting by the window and watching the skaters on Union Square. The meal was delicious as always and our server was very attentive. Will definitely recommend to others and will go back again and again and again.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service and absolutely yummy tea time, Christmas time is so festive here, I think I will have to make it a tradtion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and atmosphere for any occasion but especially for celebrating a special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Too expensive for quantity. Holiday cocktail was nothing special.
Service was good however.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The Rotunda Restaurant on the 4th floor of Nieman Marcus is a circular gem with old style service and panache. Ladies who lunch will be happiest here where they are served martinis and bellinis promptly with a smile. And forget the calories, its a fun place for dungeness crab melt, club sandwiches, many salads and elaborate desserts. A classic and classy City spot that we visit once a year to view the 86 foot tall gorgeously decorated Christmas tree. Dress up, relax, have fun and be sure to make reservations.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Fun
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 5 days ago

Management is always nice and treats everyone special!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Always elegant with a relaxed atmosphere. The staff wants you to enjoy your meal and the selections are varied. Perfect place to enjoy a holiday lunch and meet friends for a celebration. Perhaps because of the holiday crush the servers did not clear the dishes as often as they have in the past.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fun, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I feel like the Rotunda is SLIPPING big time. They used to be amazing, with the real wow factor but the last few times, the food was under-whelming and small in portion size. The presentation is really lacking as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

:) excellent always love coming back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Set a date table of three at table for two. Made for a tight table. Slow service and not filling up my wife's glass while the table next to us had a full glass of tea.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Another fabulous time eating, talking & enjoying my dear fiends on our annual "Holiday in the City" reunion. We always try to make our first stop "The Rotunda" so we can first enjoy the taste of the amazing popovers & strawberry butter! Everything is so delicious and the foodpresentation is worth taking note of!
This year our waiter was "the best ever" he was knowledgeable, professional, upbeat , smiling and so fun to share a laugh with, he made the experience even better and more festive!!!!
And of course the the other part of our experience is the visual experience. Everywhere your eyes go there is something so amazing to see! The view of The Union Square, is phenonemal. And the decor inside the Rotunda is a site worth seeing over and over again.
The Christmas tree, took our breath away......every decoration, every Christmas light, every window view a visual experience.
The Rotunda brings with it a feeling of " Comfort and Joy". Too beautiful to do justice with just my words & description.....
Thank you for this beautiful holiday gift to myself and my friends.
Lisa King

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful restaurant, great views of Union Square, nice interior view. Wonderful for a nice luncheon, a break while shopping.
Popovers are terrific, well worth the visit if you love them.
Have come here for decades, always order the hamburger, which has been larger and juicy, but no more. Have watched the $22 burger get smaller and thinner to the point that really In-and-Out is far better.
Will still come back for the ambiance and popovers, but just have to give up on the burgers.
Order one, and you will find out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It is so very noisy that it interrupted our conversation . The tables are too close together.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus is a classic. Great food and a beautiful Christmas venue. This has been a tradition for us during the holiday season, sharing the delicious Lobster Club (it is huge), French fries, and a bottle of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine. There was some delicious Consomme, compliments of the chef, and the Rotunda's delicious popovers. A wonderful meal and experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Fun, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Love the Rotunda! we go for an annual girls holiday lunch. The view is incredible and so festive. Service is okay but it’s because this restaurant is extremely busy during the holidays. Great place to celebrate the holidays in union square

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

We have been going to Rotunda for YEARS, and I'm so sorry to say that the service has gone down hill. Our server, while pleasant, was very overwhelmed. Our drinks took 20 minutes to arrive, he didn't take our order for another 20, the table was never scraped clean, the menus were tattered and dirty. Just not the special, festive environment it used to be.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

At Christmas, the Rotunda is beautiful and festive for a special lunch. It’s also very popular and busy. I suggest making the earliest possible reservation and then arriving early to get the best table and prompt service before the room becomes crowded and noisy. The price is high and people dress nicely. Ladies shopping in San Francisco make up most of the diners. The menu items are creative and delicious, and the wine list has many choices.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We always enjoy The Rotunda at Christmas time with the huge tree the centerpiece and the food is excellent. Overall a beautiful experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A festive tradition during the holidays. Sandwiches have been better in the past. But we go for the holiday fun, food isn’t as important. In the past food was very good. This year it was ok.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very festive! Delicious food. Extensive beverage offerings.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Disappointing. We have been coming to the Rotunda for several years to have a Christmas lunch. I was not impressed last year, but we came back. This was our last year. We waited about 15 minutes for our drinks, the food was mediocre, and overpriced. Next year, we're trying another venue. It is a shame, because the setting is so lovely, but they clearly are riding on that, not the quality of the food or the service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The bartender was friendly and the drinks were expensive but very good. The hostess accommodated us with a great seat. We had an appetizer, salad and main course. The shrimp cocktail was very tasty and the flatbread was really good. My wife had the pappardelle with short rib. It was tasty but a little dry. A little sauce would’ve gone a long ways. I had rib eye steak. It too was a little thin and dry. All in all it was a pleasant experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Popovers are divine, and the location is quite special. The quality of the food has declined substantially, and is now overpriced. The glass ceiling is gorgeous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I always have a great time here. Food is good, ambiance is great especially during the holidays. Staff is always friendly and attentive. Never any complaints!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lunch at the Rotunda is an annual tradition for our family at Christmas time. We live 4 hours from the City, but would bring our daughters to go to Union Square, visit Santa at Macy's, and have lunch at Neiman Marcus. This year I continued the tradition with my 5 year old granddaughter. The staff was very kind to her and put us at a table by the tree and overlooking the ice rink. She was thrilled and loved every minute of it!! Excellent lunch, service, and ambiance. Of course, we will be back! Thank you Rotunda for another 5 star experience and making a little girl very happy!

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, People Watching, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Holiday tradition

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The ambiance was romantic and upscaled.
The meals were excellent. Mom had the steak while sis ordered the burger, all of it was delicious. Making reservations already.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Afternoon Tea was tasty although for the price, I had an expectation that there would be more creativity in the fillings for the sandwiches.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent service for a special birthday afternoon tea!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent service despite the slight delay with the bar order to arrive. Very professional and courteous with an excellent culinary menu. A very special treat for those memorable occasions.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Disabled Access, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Hostesses were excellent. They were apologetic that we couldn't be seated right away even with our reservation, but took care of us once we were seated. Our complimentary lobster bisque was amazing! Our party of three ordered tea service. The tea sandwiches looked inviting but were bland and tasteless. The scones were excellent however, as were the delicious desserts. We requested a table with a view of Union Square and even with the major construction going on, we still enjoyed the view of the festive holiday decorations across the street. Our waiter, Walter, was excellent! I look forward to returning.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The Rotunda is one of San Francisco's most beloved classic venues. It survived the 1906 earthquake and a demolition. The Rotunda is a wonderful place for lunch, great for tea, and a excellent place to celebrate - yes, with champagne!

My family and I have dined here countless times (and when it was City of Paris) - with groups, on separate occasions, etc. we come often. We always make it to The Rotunda while the christmas tree is around. This year we made it early. We made a reservation, came before our reservation time, checked in, and had to wait almost 30 minutes past it. We were a little disappointed but I was also expecting it as I have previously spent 5 years hosting at the busiest restaurant in San Francisco - it's a nightmare.

We requested a window seat which we got but honestly no one wants to sit next to a pole especially when they have a reservation! My guest was upset. We have been experiencing this restaurant for days like today to start off the holidays as well as special occasions like Mother’s Day, Birthdays and other celebrations.

Long-review-short we enjoyed our consomé, popovers, strawberry, butter lobster bisque soup and lobster sandwich with housemade chips. At the end of the meal I was successfully surprised when sorbet and a candle came. The HBD song was appropriately not sung! 2 lovely servers helped us out and they were definitely the two servers who have been around for years! Obviously we'll be coming back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fun, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Pricy but wonderful. Good spot to bring out-of-towners. Great views. Delicious food, small portions, as would be expected.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We enjoyed our 25th wedding Anniversary at the rotunda. The meal was spectacular, service superb, the whole experience was wonderful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Lobster Bisque is one of the best in Bay Area. We then had the Crab Melt and the Lobster Sandwich which both had room for improvement. House Chardonnay for 12/Glas is a fair wine. We were lucky to get el primo table with view of Union square.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was excellent. Very hard to get reservation close to Christmas but the atmosphere is fantastic with the huge beautiful Christmas tree in the rotunda.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The afternoon teas here are always a delight. Pricey but great atmosphere, food, tea options and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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