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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 (108)
Good for a Date (100)
Special Occasion (92)
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Neighborhood Gem (80)
Local Ingredients (74)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Creative Cuisine (59)
Casual (50)
Hot Spot (49)
Authentic (48)
Great for Lunch (48)
Romantic (48)
Pre/post Theatre (46)
People Watching (45)
Fun (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Business Meals (40)
Notable Wine List (39)
Sunday Lunch (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Comfort Food (34)
Seasonal (31)
Cozy (27)
Healthy (26)
Bar Seating (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Late-night Find (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Organic (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Happy Hour (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Scenic View (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Waterfront (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Zuni never disappoints. It is worth the visit! Great food and great ambience. A San Francisco gem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Having been enthusiastic patrons of Zuni Cafe almost since its inception, we returned this week for dinner after a long absence. I am very sorry to say that, the quality of the food was not up to prior standards. I had a dozen oysters, which used to be heaven on earth. But this time they are inexpertly shucked, and a number of them were pierced. Some also tasted as thought they might have sat around a bit too long. My husband had the clam chowder, which was fine but not exceptional; and deep fried vegetables, which were too spicy. The wine list also seemed less well selected (we had one of the more moderately priced, a white Vezelay which was unremarkable). All their wines by the glass were Californian, not their prior mix of European and domestic. It was disappointing. Hope it was simply an off night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

California Classic Still Going Strong.

I've been going to Zuni Cafe for over 20 years and although San Francisco is constantly changing Zuni remains pretty much the same as ever (apart from the prices). It's a great choice for unpretentious, plain, simple, quality food.

The one thing that you need to watch out for is where you are seated. Upstairs is like a rabbit warren with lots of tables in odd nooks and crannies; it can also get very hot upstairs especially if you're near the downstairs wood burning oven.

Downstairs a lot of the seating is unconventional with lots of tables having bench seats where 2 diners have to sit next to each other because the other side of the table is a thoroughfare for busy waiters and diners wandering around.

The wine list has too much focus on expensive wines (the least expensive decent wine is about $70) and they have great cocktails and a nice copper bar to sit/stand at.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Well, everyone agreed that the Caesar salad was fabulous, as so many reviews have stated. We were, however, underwhelmed by a couple of the starters and one entree.

One appetizer was literally a piece (one) of garlic bread with a couple of slices if raw carrot and radish; it looked pathetic on the plate and would've been overpriced at $2 but it was probably $8 or more. Why didn't anyone in the kitchen notice this sadness?

Service was fine but nothing to write home about. Has Zuni list its soul, its joie de vivre, we wonder...the vibe was all good but the experience was not!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, great service, great vibe; overall a great restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

couldn't have been better. The black spaghetti with clams was memorable!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorites and the food and service never disappoint.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a wonderful treat

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The Zuni is my favorite restaurant. Great food, with daily changing menu and so comfortable with impeccable service and great people who work there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a 1 pm lunch reservation and were seating promptly. We were seated upstairs in an area with one side open to the first floor. It was extremely noisy. So much so that we could not hold a conversation. Fortunately, when we complained and asked to be moved, we were re-seated in a quieter area. Huge improvement and it was much appreciated. The food was very good but not exceptional. We ordered the roast chicken, which was delicious but nothing extraordinary. Service was excellent. Still, I probably wouldn't go back because of the noise level.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great restaurant. I always enjoy my experience at the restaurant. The wine list is a great deal...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Celebrated the holiday season with a festive lunch at Zuni. As always, great food and service. But it was bustling, and therefore so loud it was a little difficult to talk.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Was there for my wife's 60th B-Day. We had the Wood fired chicken for two which was so good even with the hr wait to cook it. The service was great and we were always attended too. Found free parking 2 blocks away which is always good.
I'd go there again and a nice thing about it was it was started in 1979 the yr we were married.
Nice place an I'd go there again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Have to get the chicken. Incredible!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 5, 2017

First visit to Zuni Cafe, had a great time! Guests loved the shoestring french fries, the oysters were delicious, and the duck breast perfectly cooked!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The chicken for two is one of the great American dishes — sort of the Platonic ideal.

It does take an hour so that order a few drinks and initial courses.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Zuni is one of my absolute favorite San Francisco standards. I first went there 25+ years ago and it was still wonderful last week (reminding me I need to go there more often!)

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always wonderful food, service and ambience. Very friendly servers. Fun and delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing dinner! Great food, great service! Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I think I had really high expectations coming in and ultimately the food was worth it but 2 notes. The hostess was somewhat unprofessional. I showed up 10 minutes early to my reservation and she seemed completely preturbed. I didn't ask to sit down early or anything, was just there. Also the gnocchi was seriously dissappointing (almost gross even). The chicken was good and I think the wine was by far the most exceptional part of our meal. Would go again maybe at a lunch or brunch?

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

They forgot to bring out our food...

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great vibe and great food. A little pricey but worth it

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Been waiting to confirm that the chicken here is the best you can get, anywhere. Confirmed. Ain't nothin like SF's food -- sorry New York. If you're visiting SF and can eat at only one good restaurant, it's here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food, great service, a classic feel that left me feeling nostalgic for a simpler time. Do yourself a favor and get the roasted chicken, you will definitely, definitely not regret it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We have been to this place many times and this last time was my least favorite. First, we ordered a selection of oysters and they tasted fishy and old. Second we had the roast chicken. We usually love this dish but this time, albeit still good, the white meat was a little dry. Finally we had ricotta gnocchi. These were outrageous.
On this particular evening the service felt rushed and not very attentive.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

First time to Zuni did not disappoint! Our server was lovely and attentive. The chicken lives up to the hype and the bread salad is something out of this world! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My mom and I went here before the theater, which was perfect. The ZUNI pinot is one of my all time faves! I usually get the chicken, no brainer, but this time we got the gnocchi, sea bass and polenta. It was such a great meal, with great ambiance and our server, Antonio, was delightful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Normally I love Zuni but this time I wasn't that impressed. The food seemed so over-the-top salty. I like a healthy amount of salt on my food but -- except the under-salted polenta -- it was seriously over-seasoned.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The hostess was rude so started off poorly. The Cesar salad was too lemony and dressing was runny. Onion soup just ok. Maybe should have ordered the chicken but my friends did not want to wait that long.
The parking attendant
Was great. Sorry wish it were a better experience. Oh yes the Acme bread was delicious

Tags: Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

After living in the Bay Area for 35 years and trying many restaurants...I Finally made it to Zuni Cafe. Dining here was a complete pleasure- the menu is well executed, wine list is well thought out and there are many selections...overall ambiance is comfortable and upscale. I really enjoyed my meal and service and all else--my only regret was not dining here much earlier. I will definitely be back!
Food- I started with the sardines and was told they been on the menu for decades-its easy to see why- simply delicious! Then the pasta of the day with a Zin- a house made tagliatelle with duck , pork, and beef ragu with fresh spinach--all served with ample butter and Acme bread. I ended with a perfect espresso
Delightful place with excellent service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As always - FABULOUS ! Finally ordered the roast chicken - flavorful, juicy - FABULOUS ! I have been dining at Zuni for 25+ years and I have NEVER been disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I loved it. It was a perfect date dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I visited SF for our Thanksgiving vacation. When we booked our flight for SF in October, I immediately booked a reservation for Zuni. We were not disappointed. We have been there several times and it is definitely a favorite of ours. Great space; however, we wish we could have sat downstairs where the views are more beautiful (lots of windows) than our upstairs, small room, closed in space. Our chicken was incredible and the oysters were in season and yummy. This place is a gem! We will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love, love, love Zuni. I have been here at least 100 times and I hope to eat here 100 more times. Great food, environment, cocktails, wine list with just the right coziness. The Caesar salad is awesome, the Ricotta Gnoocchi is a melt in your mouth light entree and the chicken for two IS all the reviews say it is. Restaurants in San Francisco are expensive. Those who live here are use to this reality. If your looking for "cheap eats" in SF there are dozens and dozens of awesome places for that type of food venue. Zuni is upscale casual and therefore is priced accordingly. We eat out a lot and Zuni, by far is my favorite restaurant. Its consistient, fun, and I have never been disappointed.

Thank you Zuni!!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Disabled Access, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lovely catch-up lunch with an old friend, excellent lunch options, quick service. As I remember it from 20 years ago - it has kept up with the times in the heart of a quickly-changing city. Please always stay!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

$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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We really looked forward to an amazing caesar salad after hearing that it was one of the best anywhere... but we were disappointed in somewhat wilted greens and not enough anchovy flavor. For my husband, the anchovies are everything!!!

On the flip side, the roasted chicken was as incredibly perfect as we had hoped! And our server was considerate, warm, and helpful!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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