Zuni Cafe

4.6
6651 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
In compliance with San Francisco's Safer Return Together Health Order, we now require all guests that are dining indoors to show record that they are fully vaccinated. Children who are not yet eligible for vaccination may dine indoors with their party.

Mask wearing is also required for all diners when inside the restaurant and when interacting with our staff.

Accepted forms of vaccination record include:

Any scannable digital vaccination pass
Physical vaccination card
Picture of the physical vaccination card

Diners without proof of vaccination are welcome to join us at our outdoor tables.

We look forward to seeing you, your guests, and your vaccination documentation soon.




LUNCH - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
DINNER - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

DUE TO OUR VERY LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, TABLES ARE RESERVED FOR A 2 HOUR TIME LIMIT.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6651 people are saying
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gastronomemira
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great as ever. Unfortunately, Zuni needs a better selection of good affordable wines. They have been relying too long on their wine procurer, who does not seem to understand the zuni clientele. The offerings in the moderate price range are not all that good. There are many California wines that are much better and much more affordable than what Zuni currently offers. I'd even volunteer to help them select a few to include in their list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back inside Zuni, since COVID. Worth the wait, if missed!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Zuni brunch menu has some unexpected and remarkable combinations, with a "fallback" for the less adventurous to a lovely hamburger.

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LuisC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Service and food great. This is a minor criticism: for an establishment of this level, bar uses glassware more appropriate for a dive bar. Poor quality of drinks. They had 3 people behind the bar and drink ordered required a cocktail shaker, bartender simply poured the alcohol directly into the serving glass and stirred. We went there only for the amazing chicken dish for two. Next time I will stick to drinking water only.

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ClayR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first course arrived before the wine, and we had to go looking for the server to track down the wine. And then she delivered something to the table that we hadn’t ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great cocktails. The chicken absolutely lived up to the hype.

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Hgry
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always exceeds my expectations. The food is delicious. We had the roast chicken dinner and it is literally the definition of comfort food. Also excellent cocktails.

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LeslieG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat - going out to lunch with my sister! From the moment I walked into Zuni, I felt welcomed. From the hostess to the waiter, to the bus people to the bartenders, everyone was warm and friendly. The food was delicious, as were the margaritas and dessert! We walked out very happy and satisfied.

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ConstanceN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch at Zuni. The food was great and the service was spot on. Sitting outside an watching the passing streetcars was delightful.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Wine was overpriced considering quality: 14$ for about a third of a glass of tepid, sour rose. Other diner sent back chicken dish as under-cooked, but didn't try it myself. Fennel sausage dish seemed as though it had been sitting in the kitchen awhile, maybe waiting for chicken dish to get cooked. Caesar salad a bit soggy, croutons hard and not too tasty. Shoestring potatoes not hot and also a bit tasteless.
Don't understand why it was so hard to make a reservation when so many tables were unoccupied when I was there.
Liked it better when had lunch there October, 2019.

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AndresJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The menu was extremely basic and the food was not good enough. All the prices are sustained in "how organic is the food" but not in its quality.

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robert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Micheal was a wonderful guide.

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AndreaW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food, drink, and service! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic SF restaurant. Everything you would want: great food, service, ambiance and character.

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grizzledguy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

First of all, I’m in the hospitality business - I grew up in a restaurant and worked fine dining back of the house for years. I don’t do reviews and have always ignored prompts to do so. We always preached ‘solve the problem while the customer is still there’ - of course to do that someone has to be aware there is an issue. I get it - later seatings can be a different work environment that don’t happen at the beginning of service or during the rush but 9:00 is different from the universally despised party five minutes before closing. Management doing checkout tasks and chefs off the line I understand. I used to work for a chef that said ‘last table as good as the first’ but that is harder than it sounds a lot of the time.
Some dishes aren’t to my taste and I also get that and I can usually tell if my criticism is design or execution. I usually order several appetizers and sides just to try them out. Cost isn’t an issue but perception of value is. Unfortunately my judgement of Zuni is that with the exception of the persimmon appetizer the meal was half assed. The cheese on the anchovy app was quite good and the Caesar the old classic. The sole dish was properly cooked but listless and the duck was just ok (the turnips were great). Cocktails were good.
There it ends. Service was end of shift diner. Our waiter left dirty silverware between courses (I was a little surprised at paper topped tables at that price point) which irked me and no one came to check on anything until a few minutes after we finished our entrees. Wine would have been ordered if anyone bothered to ask. When she got around to clearing plates she told us someone was supposed to take care of us while she was on her break. No desserts. No one asked us how our meal was or thank you or goodnight. Had they done so I would have complained and not written this.
I expected better.

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vipBWooster
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dislike the forced 25% “service charge.” To then ask for an additional tip is a bit much.

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SummerC
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love that they are spacing diners at every other table due to the pandemic. The ambiance for lunch was relaxed and perfect for talking. Loved the Caesar salad, bread, and of course the roast chicken. The chicken was moist and flavorful! The hot bread salad was tangy and a perfect compliment.

Just a little tip, eat the chicken five hours later at room temperature and it is divine and still so tender! We didn’t think the shoestring fries was all that good- it wasn’t crunchy and needed salt. But everything else was excellent, including our waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great to be back after 25+ years - as god as I remember.
loved our darling waitress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We’ve been long term customers for two decades but it was very different at Zuni today. Can understand the impact of the pandemic but the usual excellent Zuni hospitality was not there anymore. We were friends with many of the servers and have met with the owners many times before the pandemic.

Today we’ve experienced dismissive and arrogant attitudes from the chef and the server Edward when we tried to offer some compliments and constructive criticism. We waited almost 30 minutes for the main dish and we were told by the server to “wait and enjoy”. Wasn’t sure what to enjoy??? Especially when we were waiting and saw the chef walking a dog outside the restaurant, really??? It was a huge disappointment!

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HadarR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hosts, great food, Kevin provided us with a first class service. The crayons were a bonus!!

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BrooklynBound
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni has a warm place in my heart. The Ceasar salad, anchovies, heirloom tomatoes, pizza and pan fried petrale sole were all delicious. Our server was gracious. It was a perfect lunch.

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down favorite SF restaurant. They were able to accommodate our changing plans. The service is always incredible and the menu, inspired.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The pasta dish I ordered did not seem to be freshly made.
The Pappardelle was dry

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JenniferC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as amazing as I had heard! The service was good except one thing, I felt a little rushed. Which is hard to imagine since the chicken takes an hour. The chicken is worth every second of waiting! The stuffing, the chicken and salad all together and then the fries! Everything was delicious! This was a must do for me in SF and I'm so glad it met all expectations! Thank you!

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Foodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch outdoor. Love that Zuni always has both signature and seasonal dishes on the menu. We shared the halibut ceviche and endive salad. My friend, again had the burger. He continues to think it’s the best burger he has ever had. I had the steak. Services were excellent.

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Prosgal
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE Zuni Cafe. Predictably delicious, perfect service and really like being on a 2 hour vacation, which is especially great during a global pandemic.

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lmmm
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Zuni since they opened. I lived nearby. We continue coming back when in SF. It’s consistently awesome with good food and great service. Love their polenta, oysters, Caesar salad, chicken and pot de creme. Always a winner

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vipLola
Acapulco
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

UGH! Zuni Cafe, what happened to you? Did the pandemic impact you that much? Even during the pandemic, I got take out from you on a monthly basis and loved it; however, our in-person dining last night left me wondering how the bill was justified given the bland imagine-less food. Even though the service was nice and welcoming, I nearly sent back my main meal and the other two people in my party were also dissatisfied with their main course. It pains me to write this review because I've loved dining there for so many years but it was more painful to have to pay the exorbitantly high bill after a disappointing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service and menu has been thinned out from Zuni’s storied past.
Still lovely, but fading into a nostalgic shadow of its old self.

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viprgb123456
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

NOT MANY PEOPLE THERE. ALWAYS FULL FOR LAST 45 YEARS. IS IT 20% TIP

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LunchLover
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved spending our afternoon with you at Zuni!

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vipSultan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to be at the incomparable Zuni…

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vipTraveler76
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Love the daily change in menu. Seasonal and local ingredients.

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vipKHN1
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had Caesar salads, "the" chicken, shoestring potatoes, trout and rabbit boudin. Espresso granita and bread pudding for dessert. All delicious. Worth logging on at 3:00 am in Atlanta to secure the reservation.

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sfgrandma
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni’s consistency is remarkable. The food, no matter what you order, is always perfectly fresh, perfectly seasoned, perfectly presented. On my latest visit, a friend and I both chose a frisée salad, served with two wonderful rabbit sausages and topped with medium boiled eggs, whose runny yolks were a deep golden yellow. We shared a desert, layers of cream, figs and strawberries topped with crumbled ginger snaps. PerfectIon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service and atmosphere are so amazing!

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Momby
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is still an essential SF dining experience. Service is professional and gracious. Food delicious, beautiful and not at all precious. Reading the wine list is educational. We would give Zuni 6 stars for the overall experience.

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KETA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than I remembered! Delicious and lovely.

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vipcwilson
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is always delightful in every way. The balsamic Bloody Mary is outstanding. I actually dreamed about it during Covid lockdown.

The menu always has both seasonal choices and mainstays. Yesterday the Caesar was my mainstay choice. The lettuce was crisp and the dressing had a slight lemon taste. We also enjoyed another Zuni favorite, shoestring potatoes, which are always perfectly crispy with a light salt flavor. We strayed from the roast chicken, a must have if your first visit to Zuni, and enjoyed the scrambled eggs (me) and polenta. (my partner) Both dishes were tasty. We had to pass on dessert but everything coming out of the kitchen was enticing.

We are so glad that Zuni survived 2020 and, since reopening last Fall for dine in service, has made Covid accommodations for which we are grateful. We are also big supporters of the living wage gratuity policy.

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vipSpycow
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Multiple friends told us it was a must do and we agree. Their classic roasted chicken dish was to die for. We had a great seat and view of the kitchen. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and personable. Cocktails were great as well. A must do for brunch, lunch or dinner if visiting SFO. We look forward to returning in the future.

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You can order delivery directly from Zuni Cafe using the Order Online button.

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 6651 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.