Zuni Cafe

4.8
6695 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 6695 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EastBayF00die
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious. Lovely experience at a San Francisco classic. So glad I made it there.

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TomasM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was drawn to Zuni for my first post COVID meal - though the limited seating meant a longer wait (a week) than walking in, it was well worth the wait: Zuni is as it was before, albeit fewer fellow diners (and no upstairs) & a limited menu. However, the food’s superb, and the table service low key. Per my request, we sat in a corner window. Despite the 2 hour limit, this was never mentioned and we lingered over out panne cotta & espresso. The appetizers (olives, Acne bread) and main courses (risotto, pork chop) are so excellent it’s hard to believe something this good actually exists. Also, the polenta with mascarpone & bergamot iced tea .. each element was perfect.

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vipcynbaz
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Although I’ll always love Zuni, you can tell the service isn’t where it used to be. Their new automatic 25% charge to the bill is annoying especially because they now can’t attract front of house staff. I’m worried this will be going downhill fast.

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vipbarbaras
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni was my lifeline during covid. I knew that if they cooked food for me, it was important that I have as close to the in restaurant experience as possible. Many restaurants tried to do this, but really only Zuni achieved it. The roasted chicken became the celebratory meal because it was prepared and delivered with the same care and love.

Getting to return, inside, yesterday was everything I wanted it to be. Nice service, amazing food….a real joy. I am glad they are thriving and support their working hard to treat guests and staff with the same level of respect and integrity. Good food is so much better when you know that every detail, great and small, matters.

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LKLK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I specifically booked an inside table. I waited until an inside table popped up on OpenTable (took awhile). When we get to the restaurant, we are seated outside and I'm told that if we want to wait for our inside table, it would be a "few hours". Super disappointed in this - not really into fine dining outside on market street. Food was great but service needs to be improved.

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Diane
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Zuni Cafe has always been a high treat. Unfortunately, with the pandemic and restricted diners, the lunch menu was seriously limited. I was disappointed in the limited and uncreative offerings. However, the desserts were excellent. I won't go back until they are fully open and have their fabulous menu again.

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ValerieV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was exceptional, as were all the staff! It’s not the restaurant’s fault that dining outside confronts the diner with Market Street traffic noise and the plight of the homeless. Zuni Cafe deserves its honored place in San Francisco restaurant history.

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AlisonM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was wonderful last night, as always. The food was perfect and the service was warm and wonderful. I'm personally not quite ready for indoor dining, which is a shame since the indoors is part of Zuni's charm, but at least I got most of the experience. They had heaters for every table, though mine blew out a few times because of the wind, but the servers were quick to re-light them. Outdoor dining on Market Street is not ideal, but they've done the best they could within the constraints, and I had a great time - their takeout was always excellent, but going in person is SO much better. Every time I eat here, I think I should go back more often. I'm also thrilled that they're moving to a more equitable pay model.

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MichaelM
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been coming here since 1988 when I first lived in wine country. I moved in 1992 but whenever I'm back in the city I always return to this great restaurant.
Always have the freshest and best ingredients and always a great selection of wines by the glass. Looking forward to next time plus things will be normal (post-COVID).

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Barbara
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant great service, caesar salad and melon cucumber salad were well-executed.

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vipGretchenS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is still a fantastic restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food wonderful, service ok. 25% “service charge” to supplement staff wages is ridiculous.

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vipTrixie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How splendid to be back inside Zuni! Such a treasured restaurant.

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vipJulieC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I had not been to the cafe for 20 years. I was a bit disappointed. I know Covid has hit every restaurant. The food was good but more expensive than I remember. The non alcoholic drinks were as expensive as the wine list. It was very cold and our heater kept malfunctioning. The wait staff did a great job. Just not sure we will return anytime soon. I’m sorry to see another iconic San Francisco restaurant go downhill.

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vipMiriamM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scored outside dining only, but I will take it. Any way to get a table at Zuni! Have been a fan forever!

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RicardoM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday and I had an awesome time. Service, was very good. Food was excellent we had osyters, Cesar Sallad and the Chicken the Lemon panacotta for dessert. It is our favorite now in SF.

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ShelbyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My third visit in thirty years. Zuni just keeps getting better. Kudos to the reservations desk for accommodating the addition of one more person at the last minute .

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Well prepared and tasty food. Very meager menu.

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vipLayla
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Zuni is always a great dining experience.

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vipRJEJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The chicken is delicious, a must have. The burger is a winner, also. Oyster menu was limited, but always excellent. The sole chardonnay by the glass was a perfect match. Outdoor dining on Market Street is a true San Francisco experience, but this isn’t Zuni’s fault. Service was spotty - it has been much better in the past. Easy to spend $300 for 2 at lunch.

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ddiner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first opportunity to return in almost two years. The Caesar salad was fantastic and the roast chicken with bread salad and a side of fries was as good as ever. It was great to be back!

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Linda
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Zuni’s for me. Highly recommend for super quality food and ambiance. Excellent service!

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vipSteveO
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni cafe has always been consistant and creative with "simple" dishes. Good ingredients and preparation. Service was commendable.

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BrentB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but high quality

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vipThomasF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience

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Zen4all
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service - we sat outside. Food and wine were good - but options are very limited, especially if you have dietary restrictions.

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vipNotGoingToZuniAnymore
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

25% tip automatically included and poor service. Ridiculous!

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viponlythebest
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dinner outside after the Van Gogh exhibition. Service was fabulous and friendly. Food delish. Ambience would have been a 5 except that it was (thanks COVID) outside and cold. Space heaters were provided and did the job for the most part — one slightly melted Patagonia was a casualty for the evening.

Looking forward to warmer weather and or indoor dining.

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JenniferP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zuni! We went again last night and had an amazing meal. Even though we opted to eat outside, it was just as lovely as being inside! Service was excellent, as usual- but most importantly— food was consistently good! We had oysters, and a Caesar salad. Amazing! For entrees my husband had a pasta w clams. I had swordfish w butter beans and asparagus.
We enjoyed all with wine and cocktails!
Feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit Zuni! Always just perfect.

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bb0314
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went to Zuni following the Immersion Van Gogh exhibit. We loved the wine, olives, bread, shoe strings and of course the amazing chicken. There were 3 of us and we still each had a little chicken to take home. I meant to ask about the 20% surcharge and why it had not been enacted yet. It got so much press last week. We left 20% regardless. Thank you Zuni staff for a lovely and tasty lunch.

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foodexplorer
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. One of best outdoor options given the difficulty of being outdoors.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend out for our first outdoor dining since last march. Food was perfect. We loved the soup & salad. I had the halibut and loved the flavor. My friend had the burger and he thought it was one of the best burgers he has had. Services were great. Hope to come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s clear that Covid has attempted to take down this SF institution, but I’m so thrilled Zuni has persevered. Excellent food, perfect service...I love any opportunity to visit this restaurant. Here’s hoping the inside will be back open again soon!

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vipCCT4
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and wine! A well planned covid/sidewalk setup and overall a pleasant night.

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JenF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors along Market street and honestly, it was nice to watch people out and about. It’s a nice reminder that life is beginning to return to normal. To add to the ambiance, Zuni had Rob playing accordion which is always a nice touch to dining. The service and the food were top notch just as they always are. It’s a relief to know that this classic SF restaurant has made it through the pandemic and continues on in an exceptional manner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Mother’s Day- we love this place. I usually take my husband here for Father’s Day! But I couldn’t wait!

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vipVanessaJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Will always recommend. Best of San Francisco.

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Khashayar
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

No vegetarian options

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Outside and food was ok, my order pricing and not great

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hi

We went there before we went to the van Gogh Mercer exhibit which is across the street. The food was good, however the choices were very limited. We were interested in the chicken but we would have to order and wait an hour, which we were not aware of.
We have the hamburgers which were delicious. I had the sesame cake for dessert which I really enjoyed. The only problem which I guess cannot be avoided, the outside dining is right on market and I could hardly hear my dining companions

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

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 6695 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.