Zuni Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Modern European
This James Beard Award winning restaurant with a clientele as diverse as San Francisco opened in 1979. A vibrant Parisian-style standing-only copper bar greets you as you enter on Rose Alley. 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.

Even without a reservation, bar tables are available on a first come, first served basis and the full menu is available. The bar also serves traditional cocktails made with top-shelf ingredients; refreshments at its best in an environment of effortless hospitality. Whether you dine early or prefer to dine after theater, Zuni is a welcoming haven.
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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is truly one of the most wonderful restaurants in SF. They are consistently amazing with food and service - love love love this place

SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not a typical night ( March 15) They did a beautiful job of keeping distances with flowers on every other table. Our dinner was as excellent as usual, and the staff, though less social, were as kind as always. I hope the staff and purveyors can all weather this storm with a minimum of hardship, and we will all be back enjoying one of our very favorite restaurants.

D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as always fantastic
With only 30-50% of tables being used to allow for a safe distance, it felt less lively than usual, but definitely the right thing to do

SF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Standard, if you have not been to ZUNI, make a reservation!
Great service and ambiance.
I got the hamburger, would not order it again.
Caeser salad outstanding, pizza great, the panna cotta amazing.

This is a classic SF restaurant that maintains high standards with unique offerings.
You will not be disappointed. Consider the server's recommendations for what to order.

MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the Covid-19 event, we still decided to visit the classic SF place with our visiting nephew. Service was great, friendly and responsive. The food was solid. We had the Ricotta gnocchi, the fritto and the fries kept us busy while we waited for the chicken. We also had the pork with broad beans. Loved the pork! Desserts were the grapefruit Campari sorbet and the gateau victoire. Victoire was absolutely the winner!
Overall a great experience to share with friends and family.

MM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual! The oysters, drinks (martini, lemon drop, wine... apple juice for our son), Caesar salad, shoestring fries, gnocchi and roasted chicken were enjoyed by all. Thank you for a great birthday dinner & hope to be back soon.

u
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

45 years and still amazing. Service is superb! Thank you Teddy! Food absolutely delicious.

c
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I've always loved this place and always go when in SF. Not sure I'll return next time. The service was rude - terrible. So unlike them. And our vegetarian pizza was lackluster and not flavorful. Sadly not the memorable experience it used to be.

RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Only comment ,
My guest asked that her Bloody Mary have salt on the edge of hers [ like a Margarita ] and surprisingly , the waitress said no ... she seemed new and maybe thought the bartender would give her a hard time .
Actually , a simple request that would have been easy to do .
It did not spoil our lunch
Thanks again

KP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good food, the chicken was very good however the polenta was a little bland. The service was excellent and the ambiance was good.

KB
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni consistently is on "game"....the food, the wine, the people, we LOVE our evenings with everyone there, grateful to be able to go once a week, thank you all, Kim and Clarence Barker

SS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and impeccable service. Everything one desires in visiting a restaurant.

LS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was wonderful and creative. The pasta with clams was so much better than any Linguine con Vongole I've ever eaten. It was very noisy at first but as then lunch crowd thins out , it was perfect.

j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. My friend from Montana insists on Zuni whole roast chicken when in SF.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to in SF. Got a sweet side by side table for a date and it was cozy, romantic, and the food was amazing!

PV
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Exceptional dining experience at Zuni.

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The burrata and asparagus salad especially was so very perfect

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good drinks, appropriate service, right pace and timing of food courses.

g
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Didn’t have the best table (upstairs in a corner away from windows)but waitstaff was wonderful and friendly.
Order the Caesar salad! Pork was good but had more fat than expected. Wine was good. Fries are more like potato sticks. They were good but not what I expected.

MO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant and the staff are always personable and while also being professional. We had a great table and the food was amazing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The location of the table. Very poor.

RG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wood-fired chicken is everything. The hour you wait goes by in a second. worth it.

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My wife and I both ordered a Caesar salad. I also had 8 oysters and she had shoestring french fries. The salads were very difficult to eat, the lettuce leaves stuck out over the edge of the plates and the dressing was mediocre. The oysters were fine, The french fries were OK. We also had a bottle of wine.

The service was excellent. The noise level was moderate, but a nearby table had several loudmouthed people whose conversations we were forced to endure.

The bill, including a generous tip was around $230. Maybe our fault for not ordering differently, but we probably won't return anytime soon.

PV
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch and everything was perfect, as usual. This is my favorite restaurant. We always have oysters. My husband had the seafood ink pasta (awesome), and I had salad. The bread is to die for, a must have, as it is specially made for Zuni.

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I’ve been going since Billy West owned it’s always been “ My Special occasion place...
Since I am celebrating my Birthday month you will see me again .one suggestion pillows for
Those of us with bad backs,...I noticed someone took the cushion from bench to rest his back on.
I believe there use toe pillows.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been coming to Zuni for 35 years and I still think it is one of my favorites. I don’t like paying extra for a dipping sauce aïoli to go with my fries. It’s nickeling and diming customers especially since we are paying a6% health tax on top of the regular tax! They also tried to charge me three dollars for six extra croutons for my Caesar salad!

MM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect evening. Shoestring frites, Cesar salad, chicken... always delicious!

BK
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu always a good selection, and there is always something new for the season. Every time I am in SF I do try to come here for dinner at least once. Always a really solid meal and the wine list is also good.

e
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This was one of the most disappointing meals that we've had in a very long time. Zuni Cafe has been one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco for many years. We have eaten at Zuni every time we visit San Francisco. In the past, the food has always been great. This time, it was terrible!!! We had been looking forward to the roast chicken dinner for weeks before our trip to San Francisco. First of all, it took almost 90 minutes to get our food...which only enhanced our anticipation for our favorite meal! But, when it finally arrived, the chicken was overcooked, dry, and tough. The mustard greens and "bread salad" were soaked with, what tasted like, so much vinegar that they were inedible!!! I don't know what happened to such a great restaurant, but our meal was awful! I doubt that we will ever eat at Zuni again, and we certainly won't recommend it to anyone in the future!!! The price is way too expensive for such a bad meal!!!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Poor service from our waitress.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni has been a favorite place for a long time, it is always delicious and just feels like such an elegant city spot. I love Zuni Cafe!

r
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress was just “so so”. Not so friendly or attentive.

N
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teddy is the best!

OT
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted chicken is a must!!

JK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Nothing to write home about. Food was fine, but not great for the price. Drinks and food expensive, but nice ambiance.

EB
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Consistently outstanding menu options, food quality and menu innovations

Staff are friendly, attentive and a team of professionals

NS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends. None of us had been to Zuni in over 10 years. Turns out it is still great. Chicken is still fantastic, loved the citrus risotto, and service was very good. Even seemed like a good value compared to a lot of other top end SF restaurants these days.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect place for a family celebration. The food was amazing although it is pricey

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zuni was a special way to end a wonderful vacation. Their Caesar salad is excellent and I don’t give that compliment out lightly.
Very nice spot for special moments.

CJ
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great. The legend of Zuni continues!