Zuni Cafe

4.8
6665 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
ZUNI CAFE IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR OUTDOOR DINING WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY.

LUNCH begins at 11:00 am and our last seating is at 2:30 pm.
DINNER begins at 5:30 pm and our last seating is at 6:30 pm.

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

TOGO ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DINNER ONLY FOR PICK 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. PLEASE VISIT ZUNICAFE.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION AND MENU.

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 6665 people are saying
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foodexplorer
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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CCT4
Denver
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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vipAnnG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample space between tables and a very wide sidewalk area provide safe seating. Accordian music added a festive air. Sunday brunch included a wide range of lunch options as well as egg dishes. The halibut cheeks and clams in a light creamy broth was particularly delicious.

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williamo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

MY FIRST TRIP OUTSINCE THE START OF THE SHUTDOWN.
I CHOSE ZUNI AND I AM GLAD I DID

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were impressed that even with Covid restrictions Zuni served an outstanding lunch.

Lunch on Market St reminded us of Paris cafes !

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vipRodneyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. I love Zuni.

DJ
vipDJ617
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seating is outside and managed very well

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TenyQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable!

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vipDeniseP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Zuni chicken is legendary for a reason. So delicious. Yes, it’s expensive for chicken and it takes an hour so be sure to order it as soon as you sit down, but it’s so worth it and is a lot of food. We enjoyed the oysters as well as the French fries (mound o’fries). Service was attentive without being hovering. Sitting outside for lunch on a sunny Wednesday afternoon was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the chicken for two, shoestring potatoes and caramel pot de creme. Simple but delicious food. Excellent service. We will be back for sure!

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TeachermamaBB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason everything wasn't 5 stars is a function of COVID restrictions. The food was delicious and served promptly, as were the drinks. Our server was attentive and helpful. Zuni has created the best outdoor dining experience possible on that stretch of Market Street and I am thrilled they have survived the pandemic closures. This has been my favorite restaurant for 30+ years, and I was not disappointed on this visit.

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RobinC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Zuni cafe has been a stable for San Franciscans but my favorite meal did not make it through the pandemic. The caesar salad was overdressed and the chicken was dry. However the service was delightful.

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Frenchie
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Zuni continues to be a superb choice for delicious options beautifully presented.
A must for every time we're in the city!

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MarkS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Covid forced outside dining only but Zuni’s willingness to open under these circumstances is applauded; and, all issues from weather and pedestrians were overcome by extraordinary food and service.

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mimi
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visiting California so I wanted to end the trip with a bang. Zuni did not disappoint! We were able to have lunch, and although we didn’t dine inside I felt as if I got the true spirit of the space. The best Bloody Mary ( balsamic) I ever had! My husband and I had the chicken for two. Wow amazing. My son had a burger, my niece a beautiful pasta dish. We had all the desserts and several cocktails, apps.. etc. Service was outstanding and I would definitely return should I go back to visit again.

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vipmaggiefi
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Zuni Cafe is my favorite restaurant in SF. I think I was last there in 2019 so I was really looking forward to it. I was disappointed that we had to sit outside, as I thought SF was in the "red tier" and could have limited seating. The murals on the wood panels covering the windows of the restaurant were fun, though, and I did appreciate the graffiti-like art on display. The food was amazing, as usual. Our server was good but not great. She seemed nervous or uncomfortable. Our brunch bill was $138 (without tip) for two people who didn't drink alcohol, which I think is the most expensive brunch I've ever had, but I'd certainly go back once they are doing seating inside again.

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AnnH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so wonderful to experience Zuni again! It normalized life for me.

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vipAnnG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Din d outside on a lovely afternoon. Lots of space between tables made me fell more comfortable .Service and food were as outstanding as always.

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vipBencruzsf
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Being outside was a treat due to the weather but still better to be inside when it is safe to do so. The food is always excellent and it is great so see familiar faces. What a joy to see a San Francisco dining institution open up again!

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AngieG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love love love zuni chx, panzanella, champagne, shoestring potatoes!

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MircallaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zuni is always a wonderful experience and even a pandemic doesn’t change that.

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vipcheryl
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best place to experience a debut in going out to brunch in sf. this was the first fine dining restaurant in a year

had a caesar salad and oysters zuni has not lost their skill. oysters perfectly chilled and salad divine.

andrea the hostess was the first person i saw when i arrived. even with her mask on she welcomed us.
wow what a treat.
very safe

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Lirapoe
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Zuni is the best experience in town. The accordion player was such a nice touch. I felt as if I was at Campo Di Fiori in Rome.

Love Zuni so much!!!!

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Juniper
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was stellar, as usual...while it was nice to be outside (or at Zuni at all), the table was small for four and the street was busy/loud...looking forward to dining w/you again inside and/or once the windows are unboarded so we can enjoy the views (whether inside or out). ❤️

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Jjp7
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great Food. Great service. Unfortunately, even with an awning, it was hard to stay dry while dining outside on a rainy day. Will definitely return on a sunny day or when we can dine inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Zuni; the food was great. Service is top notch.

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Unfortunately, outdoor dining created by COVID takes a lot away from the Zuni experience. We’ve been going there for many years, it’s always wonderful. Despite the rave reviews about the chicken, I wouldn’t have it again. Delicious but not really anything extraordinary. Service impeccable. Wines overpriced. Terrific Cesar salad. I love Zuni and will definitely go back but indoors when it is available. Over the years the food has been fantastic so give it a go!

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vipdorik
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is ALWAYS the best!

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SarahH
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for opening outdoor dining. It was perfect! We loved our whole experience! 🍴♥️

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Was my friends bday, our server wasn’t very engaging. We would have ordered another bottle of Rose but was never asked nor did we see her very often. Bread never came out once we ordered it and had to ask for it from the support staff, still water was empty and had to ask for more water. Still wasn’t delivered sparkling was. We have been coming to Zuni since the day you opened. Always a fabulous experience. This experience wasn’t memorable and was a waste of $350.00. Server would have gotten a 30-40% tip however I gave her 18% and felt she didn’t earn that! However being a DOO for a restaurant group I know we all have bad days. I’d highly suggest additional training on customer service from our server and support staff. Management was super kind and seated us right away.
I’d suggest taking the art off the windows and or share with customers that the ambiance of what I once knew as Zuni Cafe, brilliant windows, amazing service etc. The owner was dining across from us and our server was more about his table than ours. Our lack of service and the attention that was paid to their table was night and day. Unfortunately we won’t be back! To many choices in the city.

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vipsuzanne
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food as always though it’s a limited menu these days. Warm and friendly service. Looking forward to getting back inside of Zuni! But always a great experience!

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vipdorik
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Zuni and look forward to being there again when you reopen!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni always delivers! I love this restaurant.

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Zuni Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 6665 OpenTable diners.

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