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Zuni Cafe in the Civic Center is still an icon, and it sits firmly at the top of our list of favorite restaurants in this town.

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About Zuni Cafe

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.
-Gilbert Pilgram, co-owner. **Please note that the menus listed on OpenTable are sample menus and may not reflect what is currently available at Zuni Café.

1658 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:45pm,
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday Lunch: 2:30pm - 4:45pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am,
Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Franklin & Gough

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-2522

Website:
http://www.zunicafe.com/

Entertainment:
Piano

Parking Details:
Valet parking available for dinner only.
Tuesdays - Saturdays from 5pm and Sundays from 4pm.

Executive Chef:
Rebecca Boice

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zuni Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (105)
Good for a Date (95)
Special Occasion (89)
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Neighborhood Gem (84)
Local Ingredients (68)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Great for Lunch (54)
Casual (53)
Authentic (53)
Hot Spot (48)
People Watching (48)
Fun (47)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Romantic (42)
Business Meals (38)
Comfort Food (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Cozy (36)
Notable Wine List (36)
Healthy (34)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Seasonal (32)
Bar Seating (23)
Great for Brunch (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Organic (17)
Late-night Find (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Live Music (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

There is nothing better than Zuni's chicken! It is Devine! Cocktails and wine are excellent and we love their Caesar's salad. What a treat to dine at Zuni's

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

$60 for a chicken for two?! If that’s the case it better be the best chicken in my entire life. Instead it was pretty dry. We also ordered the Stemple Creek appetizer. Four tiny slices of beef for $14. This place is pricey for what you get. Service and dessert were about the only good things this place has to offer. After spending $150 before tip, I think there are better values and better food elsewhere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server was wonderful and helpful making suggestions from the menu. The food was delicious. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been dining at Zuni for years when we visit SF from NYC after a week in Napa, probably over 15 years now, it was always our go to.. This past experience on 11/18/17 was not like all the rest. We were sat at a tourist table next to kitchen. Table 16, very distracting and not really appealing at all. Our server was not on his game, he forgot to bring a side dish we ordered, we had to ask for bread twice from other staff, when bread is typically brought soon after you are seated, and then the server abruptly dropped the check without asking us if we were interested in dessert, which we were. He stated when we informed him that we were not done with our evening, he just came back from being off and to not take it personally. Really? We were pretty disappointed, we never had an off experience at Zuni. We tipped the server accordingly, which is not easy for us, we are both in the hospitality business (food & wine). One other note, Zuni Caesar salad is always solid and dressed perfectly. Saturday night, the salad was soaked in dressing. Maybe just an off night overall, pretty disappointing though. The ratings above are based on this dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good but not a lot for the price.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Three of us always celebrate our birthdays at Zuni! Love the chicken!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Overall my experience at Zuni Cafe was underwhelming. After hearing so much about the restaurant, my expectations were very high, however our service was below average for the type of experience I was expecting. The food and atmosphere were great, but our server did not make us feel welcome or meet the standards I would expect for such an expensive restaurant.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loved the food and experience! Can’t wait to come back!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Great food, great service.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Memorable evening spent post SF Symphony to celebrate two birthdays and one inaugural performance. Staff was more than accommodating when we called to say that we would be arriving later than expected. Upon arrival, we immediately placed our order for the roast chicken, then settled in for a leisurely evening of sampling their sparkling wines and appetizers. Our party of five shared the roast chicken (moist and favorable), the pork chop (thick and juicy), the halibut (wonderful pairing sauce), and the beef bourguignon (so tender). The broccoli rabe and gnocchi helped to round out our tasting menu. Not a single miss amoungst the lot. Needless to say, we all left with food for several meals. Attentive staff, nice whiskey menu, and a corner table by the window. Could not have asked for a better way to celebrate our loved ones. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Judy Rogers’ Zuni cafe is famous for this chicken and it doesn’t disappoint. Holy moly it was amazing. Can’t wait to come back and try some of the other lovely options on the menu!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a performance to go to so got there at 6. The waitstaff checked in with us every couple minutes which was very nice. It may have been because we were so early but in my experience the service is always very good. I got a salad, which I always find too small in restaurants (I want more veggies), but the ingredients were very fresh and tasty. Overall, this place is always wonderful if you can get in!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I heard this was a great place to eat and was not disappointed. Beautiful presentation and fresh taste. Make reservations!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food and drinks were a bit pricey, but worth every penny because it’s that good!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on November 8, 2017

we like to restaurant and the waiter who recomend and explain their menu. Oyster was delicious. They have very nice wine menu as well

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was a celebration of our wedding. Great place for that! Thank you Ruben for being a great waiter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

If you dine here have oysters, clams, white shrimp from the raw bar AND DO NOT PASS UP THE ROAST CHICKEN ON WARM BREAD SALAD!!!! That is THE signature dish!!!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Our group had salmon and ahi tuna entrees that were delicious. The flourless chocolate cake, Gateau Victoire, May be the best chocolate dessert I have ever had.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I hadn't been to Zuni in over 30 years and it is still as good as it was then. I highly recommend it!

Tags: People Watching, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great experience with after Broadway show dining. Food and service were excellent

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

One of my faves! Always top notch

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food and service were both exceptional. We had a reservation for 2 and called at last minute to ask if a friend could join and they were able to accommodate. Also Lyft ride took longer than planned due to wrong turn; I called to warn we would be about 10 minute late and they were very nice about it. Servers knowledgeable, friendly, never rushed us. We had a leisurely, multi-hour meal that was phenomenal. Highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This is a top-notch San Francisco restaurant. We started with butternut squash soup and an arugula salad with manchego cheese; both were superb. I had pizza and she had the roasted chicken, spectacular on both counts. The pavlova dessert is incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Its remains the classic SF restaurant, always good, delicious and fun

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was divine. We were told the chicken was fabulous and a must. It was worth the wait(60 minute)!
Service was excellent as well!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Pretty much perfect. The food remains a standard that defines the origin of San Francisco as a culinary wonderland. Just go. I dare you not to dream of the bread & chicken salad days later.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

You can't go wrong here. The service is personable, the food is reliably delicious with an ever-changing seasonal menu. A great place to get a feel for the original San Francisco (well, original for my gen X/Millenial generation). I can't wait to return. Get a cocktail beforehand at Martuni's down the street for that extra San Francisco flavor.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Second visit to Zuni and loved it just as much - wish I didn’t live an 11 hour flight away!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Unfortunately, it seems as though the quality here has gone down hill. Their famous chicken this time around was dry and kinda ordinary. Not sure I'll be going back any time soon.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A San Francisco classic! Spectacular fresh bread, delicious cocktails and attentive, friendly service. I do wish they served their thin, tasty pizzas for dinner, but that just gives one a reason to enjoy both lunch and dinner at this fun spot.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Great food, wine and service!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

W made a reservation at the only time allowed online 11:30 but when we arrived the restaurant was empty and when we left at 12:20 the restaurant was still not full.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always terrific cuisine -- great service I've been often and will continue

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The chicken was too salty and the polenta had no salt. The wine choices were good though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

outstanding restaurant for many years wonderful food service atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I've been coming to Zuni for over 30 years. Never get tired of it; great food, impeccable service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Organic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

2nd visit and we were underwhelmed. Our waiter was below average. If you pay AUD 100 for a bottle of wine, I don’t expect to top our glasses EVERY time. The salad appetiser was poor value. We decided to not have the chicken as we had it last time....bad choice! My wife’s squab was ordinary, my steak was OK. Dessert was the best dish. Won’t go back.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I was disappointed. Food lack flavor and pop. We tried steak , pasta with clams and a few apps. Felt sloppy and rushed , I was returning after 7 years and expecting much more. I was with a local and she said the locals know Zuni has lost its mojo.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was fantastic all around. Attentive service, delicious food, and great ambiance. Would definitely be back sometime soon!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

High quality food at reasonable prices. Very good wine list at reasonable mark-ups.great for either lunch or dinner

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