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Zona Rosa

423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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Zona Rosa offers Mexican fusion eats in a hacienda-style location in the Rose Garden District that is perfect for date night or a fun time with family and friends. Diners can experience authentic dishes for lunch and dinner, or stop in on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Guests can start off lunch or dinner with antojitos like tres salsa, crab ceviche or empandadas. Entree selections at Zona Rose include callos and costillas tacos, along with specials, such as carne asada y hongos and chilaquiles.

Visitors can also choose from an extensive list of cocktails like the Margarita Classico, the Mexican mule or the Francisco libre. Zona Rosa also offers beer, wine, tequila and house-made sodas that are the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm

Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm

Brunch: Sat - Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 275-1411
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anna Zamora Pizzo
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Private party facilities
Please contact us to host a private event in our dining room.
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Private party contact
Susan Gentile: (408) 691-6111
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Please contact us to cater your next event.
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Cross street
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCrazyCrabb (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

Finally a place my young adult children like to go! The whole family likes Zona Rosa. Great for lunch or dinner.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

They told me that they didn't have my reservation because Zona Rosa is no longer using open table. I had to grab a seat outside for a chilly lunch. They need to close the loop with the open table folks, because according to the restaurant, open table reservations are no longer in their system.

Happy2dineout (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2016

I love going to Zona Rosa. The food is unique and very tasty. The staff is friendly and helpful. It's rare to find a restaurant that has such and interesting menu with food that is delicious. I'm always excited to try the next item on the menu. Worth the few extra dollars. So far my favorite dish is the salmon tacos.

Susan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

Small local restaurant. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Our server was efficient, attentive and friendly. Great neighborhood restaurant, should make a reservation or you may not be able to get in.

vipNOCA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2016

The food and service were fantastic. A small neighborhood Mexican restaurant with unique and amazing dishes. The sauces were so good and the food was fresh

FrenchFoodist (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2016

A really different Mexican menu with innovative dishes that are bursting with flavor. Every dish was perfectly prepared. My favorites were the Aguacate Frito, panko fried avocado sections with a chipotle dip; the blue corn enchiladas with sweet potatoes and poblano; and the dessert of pumpkin donut holes with Horchata ice cream. I can hardly wait to go back and I will probably have more favorites because everything we tasted was so good.

The service was very friendly and helpful and made the evening perfect.

srcastro8 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

Our second time at Zona Rosa & the food is just excellent. My husband really enjoyed the carnitas & I enjoyed the chimichirri carne asada tacos. Everything is fresh and very tasty. The drinks are very good as well. Our server was nice & genuinely wanted us to enjoy our visit. The place is very tiny and can get a little cold with the door opening and closing, so bring along a sweater. Also, the place is always busy, so definitely make a reservation & have a little patience, as there is only one server, but it is absolutely worth the visit. We will definitely return again soon. In fact, we can't wait to enjoy a meal there again.

ninguna (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Hicimos reservaciones y no tenian una mesa disponible para nosotros, el lugar es muy pequeño, creemos que no fue una experiencia muy buena !!!

Gokaren (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2015

Excellent spin on Mexican cuisine - just delicious. I have been here several times and always loved the unique ingredients that sound odd together, but never disappoint!

We started with the jalapeño margaritas and the guacamole topped with pistachios and bacon. These have to be the best margaritas period. I would come just for these!
The chips and guac were ridiculously crunchy, creamy and salty.

I usually have tacos, but this time I asked the waitress to suggest their yummiest item - she said the Carnitas plate. It was seasoned perfectly and it looked fantastic. I didn't give this 5 stars for food because the meat was quite tough, otherwise it was all delicious!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Zona Rosa is such a great place! They have some of the best tacos in the Bay Area. The restaurant is tiny so reservations are strongly recommended. I also love their horchata ice cream.

vipDelMarDiner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2015

Extremely creative food, amazing flavors, friendly service. The dining room is small and cozy. A unique and fun place for a gourmet mexican dinner!

AshleyGonzales (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

Zona Rosa was a fantastic experience. From the service to the quaint charm! The food was so authentic, yet fit to be called fine dining. I can't wait to go back to Zona Rosa! My husand and I shares 6 dishes and each one of them was incredible! What a great find! Thank you open table! Without you I would have never have known about this perfect downtown restaurant!

svento (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

This restaurant is very small, has a lot of cool character, but is very small. Because of that, the tables are all extremely close togethor and it can get very loud inside. There are no tables here where 2 people can dine without basically being a part of another group. Not a terrible thing, but just know there's no obvious way to avoid that except possibly sitting outside. Otherwise the food and service were excellent. We loved the very unique nachos.

viphmbfan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2015

Stopped in for a quick dinner and was sorry I didn't have a bigger appetite - there were so many items on the menu I wanted to try. We settled on the empanadas, the chorizo tacos and the scallop tacos to split between two of us. All were outstanding, but I have to say that the scallop tacos were my absolute favorite - great flavor combination! We will definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

This place is 6 stars!! Service was excellent! My husband and I always have questions about the food & our waitress was so sweet & patient. We loved the guacamole with the bacon (OMG!!) and the crab ceviche, the duck enchiladas, and the margaritas were unique & tasty! We will definitely be back!

vipYummmm (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

Our first time here. The nachos were delicious ! Service was a bit slow but the waitress at least informed us why. The place is really small so it's pretty loud and the tables are very close together. Makes you feel like you are a part of your neighbor's conversation but the good is worth it.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

I have been to Zona Rosa in Los Gatos on several occasions and have been very pleased with the menu, the service and the ambience. Absolutely love the ensalada temporada--a perfect balance of sweet and refreshing. My only complaint is the noise level--perhaps something could be done to help soundproof the walls a bit? It can be hard to hold a conversation when it's crowded.

watermoss (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2015

Best Mexican food ever. Very small restaurant. I had the chorizo, bean, sweet potato tacos and they were delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2015

I've been to Zona Rosa at least a dozen times now, and my experience just keeps getting better and better. This is food prepared with care and attention, and is the opposite of what most people expect when you suggest Mexican food. This is the type of meal you get when you venture off the beat and path in Mexico City. Fresh ingredients, incredibly flavorful sauces and warm hospitality. If you can withstand a bit of bus noise, sitting outside on The Alameda is a nice touch as well.

vipDanTheMan (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

I've been here 4-5 times, I'm a foodie, and I travel a lot. Zona Rosa is the best mexican food in San Jose and beats most of what I find in Texas and San Diego. Great food, especially the guacamole with bacon and pistachios. The carnitas and enchiladas are great too.

The noise level inside this place is ear shattering at times. Its an echo chamber. They need carpet hangings on the walls badly. Sitting outside is nice in the summer but the tables are chairs are below average.