About Zodiac at Neiman Marcus - San Diego

Appetite for excellence. Take lunching to the next level at The Zodiac®, our elegant restaurant at Neiman Marcus San Diego. Retreat to a fine-dining atmosphere with an innovative menu selection. Taste one of our exquisite seasonal entrée selections or experience the famous Mandarin Orange Soufflé. Enjoy beautiful San Diego weather on our charming outdoor patio. It's the perfect choice for any special occasion or for turning an ordinary day into something wonderful.

Let The Zodiac® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We have the perfect menu for you and your guests.

7027 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;

Cross Street:
Fashion Valley Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 542-4450

Website:
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/restaurants/san diego/ca/the zodiac/san diego?geoLocation=&prev=restDir

Parking Details:
Valet is available Friday to Sunday on 2nd Level of East parking structure. Self-parking available on-site.

Public Transit:
MTS - West side of Fashion Valley Mall.

Additional:
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zodiac at Neiman Marcus - San Diego Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.5

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4.2

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Henry continues to be a star Server for me. This is my 3rd time to Zodiac in 2 months, and will continue to be a Sunday lunch spot for special occasions and the like. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. The ambiance is great, and does not disappoint. Already have our next Sunday lunch planned, can't wait. Would be remiss in not mentioning the very tasty popovers. YUM.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful service. I was able to get the soup and sandwich and they tailored the sandwich for me. Loved the kids menu. My daughter is quite tired of sliders, chicken nuggets and spaghetti for kids so it was nice to have a menu that gave her healthy, tasty choices.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We love the food at the Zodiac restaurant and the service is always perfect - Even had a vegan option for my daughter

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

I dine at the Zodiac mainly for birthday lunches. The food is consistently good and the service is wonderful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Had a quiet lunch enabling two busy women to have a conversation. The salmon tacos were perfect and our server was very polite and unintrusive!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I am becoming a regular. I only recently learned of this gem from a friend who invited me here a few weeks ago. I told another friend about it, and we met here for another Sunday lunch. When we arrived, there was just a few other people seated, and it remained this pleasant number by the time we left. The peaceful atmosphere coupled with attentive server and staff, makes this a new go-to favorite. We started with the complimentary small cup of soup, which was very tasty. We each had a popover, which was fresh out of the oven, and so good! I ended up ordering the same chicken milanese dish, because the first time was so memorable. The flavor and presentation was excellent. We were there to celebrate my birthday (earlier this month) and my friend celebrates hers in November, so we have reservations to return then. I plan to (of course) visit a few times in between. Such a hidden gem. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I always enjoy Zodiac at Neimans. I usually go with my girlfriends. I take my mother-in-law there also because she can hear the conversation since it is on the quieter side--she has a hearing impairment.
The service is always excellent with very good food. And you can always shop a little on the way out OR in if you like.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Hi...my friend and I had a lovely time..our lunch was delicious....my only thought was the trout I ordered could have had fewer capers....looked like a rabbit ran across my plate😉. We will recommend and enjoy again....if I order trout I will ask for the capers to be on the side😊.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Five ladies on a monthly luncheon date! Always perfect place to visit and be able to hear. Great food and service with humor.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

A nice place to take my elderly mom for Mother's Day. The food is a but overpriced for what you get but it's an enjoyable atmosphere for a nice lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Came here for Mother's Day lunch and had a lovely relaxed lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Good for Birthday

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I dine here all the time as I shop a lot at Neiman Marcus.
Food is good, decent price, it does get expensive dining here with drinks. Ambience is always nice and quiet

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 11, 2017

More vegan options

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Popovers are great! A little pricey and service slow otherwise very good. I like it that they will split entrees

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2017

I celebrated my birthday with my mother and daughters. Amazing service & food. What a beautiful lunch & afternoon. Sooo relaxing.🎉😊😊

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My friends and I regularly meet at Zodiac for lunches, laughs and relaxation.

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2017

A friend invited me to lunch at Zodiac at Neiman-Marcus. I had no idea it was there and had been for 30 years.

Our wonderful server Tony had only been there two months so with the two of us it was like baptism by fire, lol. He did make my first experience memorable and we had a great time.

After crispy popovers and berry butter, we split a starter, the pan-fried lump crab cakes on arugula with daikon radish a delicious remoulade and lemon.

Then we both ordered salads, she the pine nut-crusted chicken salad with sautéed lightly breaded chicken breast, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and a pine nut garnish. I had the crab louie salad with what looked like a ½ lb. of jumbo lump crab meat on a romaine wedge with heirloom tomatoes, egg, avocado, cucumber and louie dressing. The presentation was amazing and the taste simply delicious, wow, so much crabmeat.

Of course my friend asked to see the dessert menu and Tony brought it saying there were two items not on it. Since I got to pick I decided on the lemon cake, one of the non-menu items. Well when he brought it out, wow incredibly beautiful, layers of lemon cream and sponge cake with lemon cream icing and garnished with white chocolate and strawberries and cream. Mighty fine!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2017

My reservation didn't show up at the restaurant

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2017

This was my first time at the Zodiac and I can't wait to go back! The food was DELICIOUS and the customer service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Have gone to Zodiac for over 20 years but not for a few years.
The food was so disappointing.
Still the wonderful popovers and broth before the meal
But our chicken salad that used to be fabulous was nothing more than chicken and mayonnaise
The bread was stale, the presentation like a coffee shop and the prices like a five star NY restaurant. The fruit was cut up in tiny pieces as if for a 3 yr old.
Over a 40 minute period, I asked our waiter 3 times for more water and he never brought it.
I finally got up and asked someone else.
The dessert for my friend's birthday was ONE NM cookie cut up in fourths and a squirt of
Ready Whip on either side! The cookie was not fresh.
So disappointed- used to be such a pleasure.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Quiche was cold last time I went so thought I'd give it another try. Still not good food for what you pay. Stick with Nordstrom Cafe which is still 5star overall compared to NM Zodiac.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2016

Been going there for 30+years . Lately service has been very poor. Food is excellent as always.
I would guess it's a management issue because service had never been this bad

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2016

This is the only place I eat at Fashion Valley. My young adult son and I were Christmas shopping and had a lovely lunch. We both had the salmon. Service was great as always! Tables for two diners are a little close together but for a lunch while shopping, it's fine. May be awkward on a date.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Good lunch. It would have been nice to have choices of hot meals.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2016

I had lunch with a special friend while visiting San Diego. I'd never been to a Zodiac (just a Mariposa, Neiman's other brand) and loved it. Half the menu was salades composees. Delicious.
Our server was charming and attentive. We loved the experience.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Good food and a nice place to have a quiet conversation with someone.

Tags: Quick Bite, Disabled Access
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2016

There were four of us. We had a wonderful lunch. The beautiful model with designer clothing was a real treat. Food and service were great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2016

Loved the Crab Louie Salad. Best in San Diego! We had a luncheon meeting, a group of friends, who enjoyed our time together, not rushed and great food.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I feel the quality of food has suffered. My salmon salad was as pricey as a dinner item and not very tasty. Neimans has done away with the little cheese scone that came with the broth. Popovers are still delicious!!!

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Awesome salmon tacos!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2016

Food and service were as always, perfect and the presentation beautiful.
Their pop-overs are incredible.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 19, 2016

Service and food were outstanding-- lovely place for a special lunch!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2016

I haven't been to a Neiman Marcus based restaurant in 30 years-San Francisco is the last. Zodiac did not disappoint. It has continued all the high standards of excellent service I remembered.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Excellent service, a quiet table location and good food. We always love the small cup of warm broth - what a nice welcome - and of course the popovers and flavored butter are great. The warm, gooey chocolate cookie served as a birthday dessert just sinful.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2016

We always enjoy lunch at the Zodiac. The food and service is consistently good.

Thank you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The venue offers such promise. It is special upon first impression. Unfortunately, our waiter was not accurate on describing the dishes we inquired about. He was not prompt or attentive. We experienced long waits from beginning to end.
The menu needs some zippy additions and the cook needs to be introduced to seasonings.
En sum, disappointing experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Outdoor patio needs redoing.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2016

The special chicken salad was not as good as it used to be and neither was the orange souffle. Too bad, I used to look forward to having that meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2016

Zodiac never fails to serve delicious food and with great service. Thank you to Jose for your efficiency and humor! Love those popovers!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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