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Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Award-winning

Zuni Cafe

4.6
4.6
7558 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
DINNER:
Tuesday - Sunday
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

LUNCH:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

We are closed on Mondays

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN UP TO 4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

TABLES ARE RESERVED FOR A 2 HOUR TIME LIMIT.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 552-2522
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cross street
    Between Franklin & Gough
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    Piano
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,558 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Most Booked

7,558 Reviews
  1. DylanS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great spot to bring friends and family. Looking forward to our next visit.

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  2. Hillstar

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Finally made it to Zuni Cafe and it didn't disappoint. The service was impeccable and the food was fabulous. The chicken is to die for and I am still eating leftovers 2 days later. Can't wait to go back

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  3. MaryR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oysters and champagne heaven. Ambience and service sublime. The duck was superb and the broth it was in was even better -- and the veggies were still crisp and yummers. Only thing I'd change is the caeser salad had too much dressing on it (though damn, it was delicious dressing)....

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  4. AlexM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I dined solo here for a Sunday lunch/brunch. I had some high expectations for this famous SF restaurant but I was rather disappointed. I didn’t have any issues with the atmosphere and the food. The interior was bright and nice and the food and drink was good (if a bit pricey). My issue is with the service. Everything was fine when I checked in at the front and was seated. However because the actual menu was a bit different from the online menu, I asked my waiter for a bit more time to decide. But unexpectedly I was assigned a new waiter without explanation and the new waiter was a bit rude and pushy. I was only planning to get a cocktail and a main (which I did) but he was persistent in suggesting that I get a salad or appetizer and a second drink. Then instead of asking me if I wanted to see a dessert menu, I was tersely handed a desert and drink menu then asked for my order to which I replied that I just wanted my check. The waiter looked annoyed at this. I can sympathize that waiting for a single diner is more work and maybe a bit awkward but this was rather poor service considering the 5% surcharge and automatic 20% gratuity (which I did not feel was deserved). All I expect is to be treated decently and respectfully and instead I got attitude for deciding not to order certain things. Honestly, the food and drink was enjoyable but the overall experience was soured by the poor service. Considering the price and the reputation of this restaurant, I was dissatisfied to receive worse service than I have at less expensive restaurants.

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  5. ME4C

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Been a customer for 20+ years. It’s still a destination every trip to SF and every special event. Special shout out to the wonderful young man at the host stand. He was delightful and knew exactly what I meant when I arrived and asked him to order the Roast Chicken right away while my husband parked.

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  6. Frederickj

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve eaten at Zuni many times over probably 30 years. Excellent food you can depend on time after time  

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  7. Madison

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zuni always lives up to its reputation. We will keep coming back!

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  8. JohnP

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Zuni is simply and deservedly a classic. Long may it run.

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  9. Marshmellow

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mostly a good experience however, the ricotta gnocchi on the e menu was not great. Very bland. Fries and Caesar salad were good as always.

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  10. lynnm

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service cold fries $44 steak lunch bit up into tiny bits on rice ! Server pushed it No refills on drinks Had to ask for straws Caesar salad smaller thrown together no obvious Parmesan Terrible in all I’ll never go back and I’ve been going to years

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  11. RandyZ

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. The chicken is worth a flight from New York!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I started coming here in the early 1990s and Zuni Cafe has the best roast chicken on the planet!! Everything on our table was first rate. The meal and the evening was so enjoyable. Get the super-skinny shoestring fries to nibble before and with your chicken and you won’t be disappointed one bit. We washed ours down with an amazing Cobb Pinot noir. A truly memorable night! Thanks Zuni Cafe XXOO

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I normally love Zuni and made the mistake of not getting the chicken. I did get the halibut which the sauce was almost like a soup and the fish lacked flavor. The gnocchi was just ok. I would have expected better food flavor especially given the high prices.

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  14. VivanM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The leek appetizer was excellent but the halibut had zero flavor and was way too overpriced for what it was. The drinks were weak too.

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  15. LindaO

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very popular for good reason! Excellent food and ambiance but too loud for this person; in fact, everyone in our party thought it was too loud. We just couldn't hear each other.

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  16. Kinka

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were so disappointed in our experience. We’ve greatly enjoyed our meals at Zuni Cafe in the past before but nothing seemed to go right Wednesday night. We had a 5 PM reservation and arrived a few minutes early, expecting to wait, but were surprised when the greeter let in a couple ahead of us and then, without a word, the door locked in our faces. Crowd control, I guess, but not at all welcoming. The fellow who walked us to our table verged on surley, without a smile. Our waiter was very competent but not the least bit warm or engaging. He stepped away for a bit, and a wonderful fellow (friendly, welcoming, very nice smile, actually seemed pleased that we were dining there) took our order but that was the last we saw of him. We were seated in one of the small rooms upstairs, where we had sat another time and had enjoyed the coziness, but there seemed to have been some additional tables added and the noise level became intolerable, especially when a group of 6 men sat next to us and proceeded to yell across the table at each other. We actually skipped desert to escape from the noise.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! We've been coming here for years. It has gotten a bit expensive but it's still one of our favorites.

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  18. PeterH

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Ordered oysters-never got them. Drunk diner at adjacent table knocked over dishes and glass next to us. Caesar salad okay, but over-rated. Our waitress was very good but apparently dropped the ball on the oysters. This was a special occasion and the overall experience was hugely disappointing. Side note: you donate $1 for every $75 order of your signature dish?? Hardly anything to crow about.

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  19. Scotdoc

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated quickly and cocktails very good. Wanted scallops to start but run out - one of the risks of a late (8.45) booking I suspect. But onion&sorrel soup and piccolo fritter very tasty. Had the shared roast chicken which arrived in 45mins ( good as warned it could be 60 in the menu) Lovely taste and well cooked. Bittergreen salad refreshing but the warm bread base did nothing for us - just a stodgy mess?! Would be better with some plain veg in our opinion.

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  20. JamesB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been dining at Zuni every time we’ve been in SF since 1987. This time they were out of multiple items on the menu and the service was a bit confused. We will still go again the next time we’re in town out of tradition and because my wife loves the roasted chicken, but I think it needs a little bit more pep in its step.

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  21. greenwithenvy

    San Francisco

    88 reviews

    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So amazing, make sure you have a parking garage (Grove/Gough) or you're having to be driving for days to find a parking space.

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  22. ChristineG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for lunch. The restaurant is very chic and the service is professional. We had a great time!

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  23. CharA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    As usual, food was well prepared and service was timely. we had a table in the bar that stood by itself as if an afterthought. The bar was empty. We had a late reservation as it was the only one available but our table was not ready when we arrived. we had three different servers and none of them seemed to want to be there and we were made to feel as if all the servers and host just wanted us to leave so they could go home. They were out of the oysters we ordered. we had two courses and left even though we typically get dessert. Not sure I will go back there

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  24. RocStar

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak and frites were wonderful. We also liked their drinks Loving Cup and San Francisco. Service was very good, and we had good seats to watch how the kitchen operates. Very French chic and we’re planning another visit soon. Thanks Zuni!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the brick oven roasted chicken, very good, moist tender, but nothing special to the seasoning. Takes an hour to prepare, so plan on a cocktail or two with appetizers. Shoestring potatoes and white asparagus did it for us. Would definitely come back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quintessential San Francisco restaurant.  And although we’ve been there many times, it is always one of the most wonderful experiences. Gracious staff, fabulous oysters, and always order the silver margarita to start.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Chicken was a bit overrated Scallops were exceptional

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  28. Cositanto

    Portland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at Zuni. We loved it! Food and service was impeccable.

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  29. CathyC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our local friends recommended Zuni as their favorite spot for out of town guests. They suggested we order the shoe string potatoes and order the famous chicken as soon as we sat down. The food, ambiance and service lived up to the hype. We had a wonderful meal and evening

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  30. designlife

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had an outstanding experience at Zuni. I requested a table upstairs and we were given the loveliest table by the window. The service was excellent and the food was divine!

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  31. KarenD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our daughter who is on the east coast for college was out visiting for a long weekend. We took her out for a nice lunch to catch up and then the ballet with parents and grandmother. Zuni never disappoints. Perfect special day outing.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is extremely over rated & staff is constantly grabbing plates and cups from your table while you take final bites. I heard it was a SF classic but I unfortunately wouldn’t recommend coming back.

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  33. DaveM

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn’t been to Zuni since living in San Francisco several years ago and we were happy to discover that it’s still on top of its game. Excellent food and service, beautiful dining room filled with early evening light through the oversized windows. Fish and beef dishes were excellent — we had the amazing shoe string fries, too. Wine list is a bit pricey but the French Chardonnay was a good choice. Will definitely return.

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  34. JERS

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    1st time eating here. Service was outstanding from all staff. Felt very well taken care of. Food was outstanding especially the Cara Cara/Navel/Barrata Appetizer. Was seated at a lovely table for 2 upstairs at a window. Much quieter there yhan on the 1st floor. Can't wait to go again!

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  35. SharonL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Zuni used to be such a great restaurant, but now it's a shadow of it's former self. The lunch menu is very limited and overpriced (as expected and would be ok if it was good), we had salads that were blah and an order of fries that were under cooked and soggy. Service was spotty. We left hungry and felt we had gotten very little for our money.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Zuni and it lived up to its reputation! We loved the service, food, and ambiance. We started with oysters, followed by the fava beans (delicious), ricotta gnocchi (perfect), and chicken. (I never order chicken at restaurants because I can make it well at home, but heard it was the dish to try so went with that and am so glad we did! PLENTY of food for 2 and so flavorful and juicy. All around excellent!) I also had the best dirty martini I’ve ever had, and the waiter helped us select a great wine pairing for with the chicken. We finished with the pavlova (divine!) and gateau victoire (again, wanted to try the classic and am glad I did!) 10/10 and would def come again.

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  37. SFLeslie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always love Zuni Cafe. To start with their delicious Balsalmic Bloody Mary can't help but put you in a good mood. We had the chicken (always delicious), and the steak. Service was very good too.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I often like to have dinner here. My husband wasn't happy with the chicken for two but I was.

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  39. AlisonE

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time at Zuni. Our first visit. Great drinks and food

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  40. MTC94709

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It never disappoints. Food always excellent and service always attentive without being overbearing and intrusive.

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FAQs

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 7558 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Google Map for Zuni Cafe

1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Between Franklin & Gough
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC
  • Entertainment
    Piano
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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