Zuni Cafe

4.7
6732 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
BEGINNING THURSDAY, MAY 27 ZUNI CAFE WILL BE OPEN FOR LIMITED INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY.

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.

This James Beard Award winning restaurant with a clientele as diverse as San Francisco opened in 1979. Zuni's menu changes daily with dishes inspired by traditional Italian and French recipes. Nearly all of the produce, meat, and fish served at Zuni is farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner, and the bar also serves traditional cocktails made with top-shelf ingredients. In an environment of effortless hospitality, Zuni is a welcoming haven.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 6732 people are saying
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4.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our 34th wedding anniversary!

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viptravelerhnl
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Caesar salad and roast chicken were better than ever. Our three-hour lunch was the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!! What a great experience!!
Keeps me coming back!!

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vipSusanL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed their signature dish of whole chicken on bread salad - which was delicious. We also had a Cesar salad which was very good. Not inexpensive - and they add 25% to the bill for their employees' living wage.

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honeeNmee
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Zuni!

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vipJoneS
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni always delivers! We love the standards- the fries, chicken, but the lamb sandwich was amazing!

AM
AlisonM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always fun to introduce new people to Zuni. The food and service were on point, as ever. I particularly enjoyed the olive poached tuna this time.

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SusanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, but not special. Very expensive, not generous. Why ask diners to pay extra for bread? Or olives?

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Saritanan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni always great for date night, happy their back!

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vipgeraldL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great service in a wonder location!

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johnh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katlin, arranged a special table for us.

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vipTraceyB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

My once go to from the time I moved to San Francisco has officially lost its mojo. Very sad. There’s no love in the kitchen. The bar remains the best part—still serving a good cocktail with great service. I was with friends who have all been coming here for over 25 years. We had meh appetizers with overly salted fish mains, that the server decided to remove just one of from the bill. We insisted both be removed as we each had one bit of two dishes. They lose points for service. I know it’s Covid … even more reason to try harder. We will continue to patronize the bar. Nothing compares to the setting of Zuni with the floor to ceiling windows, the exposed brick and the vibe. Just don’t expect a good meal!

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RobbiH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just absolutely wonderful ❤️ Everything is done with such care.

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vipKMfoodiedoc
New Orleans
51 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Right near the Van Gogh immersive exhibit, too.

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vipPfarrma
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like that Zuni's menu is small and you don't have to wade through 50 items to come to a decision about what you want to order. I had heard raves about the hamburger and was looking forward to eating that for lunch, but I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. I order my beef medium rare, expecting a lot of flavorful juice to be part of the taste, but that was not the case with this burger. Maybe the meat was too lean, but it just didn't have much flavor to it at all. Next time I go, I'll try something a little more creative.

I am happy that Zuni has moved to including the tip in the overall price of the meal...taking care of all their employees is a major reason that I'll come back.

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. Super friendly staff and the food is excellent!

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TomS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Having been coming here since 1990 every time we travel to SF, Zuni continues to deliver! Food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food just wasn’t worth its price. I was extremely disappointed in this restaurant. Its been more than over hyped by some of the reviews I’ve read. The chicken was extremely dry and flavorless. It reminded me of a rotisserie chicken you’d buy at Costco. Our waiter pushed the shoestrings fries on my table so we ordered it to try. When it came to our table it was a colossal tower of unseasoned strings. I don’t think you could grate fries any thinner than the way they were presented to us on the table. I honestly don’t recommend coming here. I thought me and my girlfriend would try something new and ended up extremely unhappy with a $120 bill and a 25% service charge they add because it’s “fair”. 1/5 stars. You’re better off cooking some chicken at home in the oven. It’ll come out tasting better and you’ll save $100

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FoodLover
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Though the food was good, the choices were VERY limited. The tables were TEENY and you couldn't fit your ordered items and drinks on there properly. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. We could understand the Healthy San Francisco 5% surcharge, but NOT the whopping 20% surcharge for the tip, I always thought the customer got to decide that.

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JackM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Certainly not Zuni of the past. Complete indifference by bartenders and wait staff. Food was definitely below the levels of my many years of experience here! I understand the 20% additional to the bil, but they very much encourage you to tip as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Zuni is terrible and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. First of the service was awful and the restaurant was half empty. Our waiter (older, grey-hair, heavy set man was a deusche bag. I guess he looked down on us because we are of a younger caliber. Secondly, the food was not what it was cracked up to be. $60 for a mediocre rotisserie chicken? I don’t see what the hype is for. Lastly, they would not serve my friends husband. Apparently they took it upon themselves to decide that he be cut off from alcohol. He did nothing wrong. They had just come off a plane and he had a few drinks. Big deal! They didn’t even tell us they wouldn’t serve him, they just didn’t bring the drink he ordered. Since when can a restaurant cut you off from an alcoholic beverage? I have never even heard of such a thing.

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vipDimiB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant with outstanding and thoughtful service and staging. Delicious comfort food with high quality ingredients. Great ambience. Perfect for lunch with friends, dinner with your significant other, family get-togethers or a business meeting. One of my favorite restaurants in all of San Francisco. Never disappoints since it started in the ‘70’s.

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vipBernadetteR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service

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NoelB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Hopefully as we all get back to work - we will get all the kinks worked out!

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WayneM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Zuni has fallen from grace. This was always our iconic must do as well as special occasion restaurant, that always had a consistent level of food and service. Our experience this time had little to be desired. The food was just ok, oysters and salad were good but the chicken and shoe string fries (which are their signature dishes) fell short from their typical preparation. Chicken not flavorful and the fries were undercooked. The service is also a problem as they are trying to recover from the pandemic. Our server was very new, didn’t know how to open a bottle of wine, missed items on our order, and didn’t know what Port was. While the server was very pleasant and trying hard, it just seems when you are offering your signature chicken dish for $68.00 and then adding a 25% “fair wage” adder to the entire bill you would have high caliber staff. Even those bussing the tables seemed disorganized. They would bring new plates and dishes without clearing the old ones.
Fingers crossed Zuni Cafe can return to its former glory but if you go, lower your expectations for everything except the price you will pay - in that department they will surpass your expectation.

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vipDavidJ
Central Coast
137 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been customers for years. Not back for a year and a half. Restaurant welcoming and food excellent. New art work during the closure. Good to be back.

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vipdbs12
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have no issue with tipping but choose 1 card or the chicken

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JonK
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great fun after all these years it still serving delicious food and drink.

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vipRobertG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Everything we ate was excellent.

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crosstown
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Zuni an old favorite of ours is just getting back its groove, in part because it is very short-staffed currently. Things will improve undoubtedly, despite our lack-luster experience this time.

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vipELGourmand
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great time at Zuni! Lovely staff, great food, lively atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipRMBPHD
Tahoe
29 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we are carrying the wonderful memory of another lovely meal at Zuni Cafe. Amazing dished with great depth of flavor. We started with oysters and ended with the panna cotta. In between , my wife had a lovely tuna dish and I the flank steak with “ cranberry beans” eggplant and Anaheim pepper.

So glad we were able to get in this trip.

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MarciaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, outstandingly friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipKate33
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The food is amazing and the service is attentive without being in your way. Everything from cocktails to dessert is extra-special.

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MelindaH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Father’s Day celebration and recognizing 30 years fo eating at Zuni

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city. The artwork, the seating, the food, the bread. All of it brilliant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and food!!!

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vipAredub
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food at Zuni is a great as ever, and it was so nice to be able to eat indoors. The service was friendly but for whatever reason it took way too long to get our food, and some dishes came out in the wrong order. But I'm loyal and will definitely go back.

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Zuni Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 6732 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.