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For 2
Sun, 2/25
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Zuni Cafe.
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Zuni Cafe

5379 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Modern European
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  • Fit for Foodies (72)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Modern European
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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
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Phone number
(415) 552-2522
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rebecca Boice
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Cross street
Between Franklin & Gough
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Parking details
Valet parking available for dinner only.
Tuesdays - Saturdays from 5pm and Sundays from 4pm.
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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5379 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BettyW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

I hadn't been to Zuni Cafe in a few years, but was in The City to see a museum exhibit with friends so decided to visit Zuni for lunch. We had a 1:45pm reservation but arrived almost an hour early and were delighted that we could be seated (early!) within 15 minutes. We had a great table, efficient but unobtrusive waiter, and as I had remembered from the past, excellent food! Most of our party had burgers, but I had the sea bass; not a crumb was left behind on any of our plates. We also shared an order of shoestring potatoes that were the best any of us had ever eaten. Ditto for the bread and sweet butter that is brought to the table shortly after being seated. Besides the food, we loved the ambiance; people watching in the cafe and watching the urban sights on Market Street. I have already made another reservation for a birthday celebration next month!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food was mediocre. I had the rack of lamb, which supposed to be medium, but was delivered nearly rare and not hot. My wife had oysters and a salad. She enjoyed them. Beautiful place, they gave me what I thought was a great corner table, but a constant draft of air was our unasked for companion. I doubt that we’ll be back.

Penni (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Lovely dinner.
The house cured anchovies with celery, Parma & olives which was bland.
Arugula salad delicious.
Main dish: Ricotta Gnocchi with spinach and saffron butter sauce was swimming in what appeared to be water. NOT good. Passmore Ranch trout was amazingly delicious.
Bread: They bring two slices at a time. Really?
Dessert a bit disappointing too....a chocolate Gateau with delicious whipped cream but a bit dry. We've eaten here many times and still will.. Service excellent

likegoodfood (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

First vist to Zuni. Service was truly exceptional from the time we were greeted as we came through the door and throughout our entire time in the restaurant. Food was very good. If you have the time, the wood roasted chicken is certainly worth the time. Wine list is very good also.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

a San Francisco staple with impeccable service and hospitality.

hkfuey (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

I was looking forward to taking my Dutch friends to Zuni as I have heard so much about it in the past. We were greeted and seated against the window which was pleasant. Waiter came over and asked for our drink order, I had a lemonade and my friend had a wine, so far so good. I ordered the burger, my friend ordered a bowl or polenta and a salad and my other friend ordered the pizza. Food was just so-so, the salad my friend had looked like one you could get in a cafeteria. My burger was decent, but at the end of the day, it was just a burger but on a square bun. Pizza was just ok. Waiter came over once to see if we wanted dessert, but we weren't interested. Service staff felt a bit snooty for no reason whatsoever except for the guy that refilled our water, he was actually the most personable. Check sat there for about 10 minutes before we actually had to ask them to pick it up. Between the food and the service and the amount for lunch, we'd rather much be somewhere else. Zuni is a icon to sf, but that was like 20 years ago. Menu needs a serious update and so does the staff.

linda (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food, this as many times is a great place for a mother daughter lunch. Love it, love it love it. Also they always sear me at the table I request....

vipfarpointdive (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have a friend from Out of town who is gluten intolerant and pescatarian. She had the fish which was a bit overpriced and not that well seasoned. We had roasted fish a few nights ago which was brilliant and 7 less. Ambiance as always was lovely and service impeccable. Overall options r much better fir meat and wheat eaters.

PilarC (Naples)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I highly recommend this restaurant , the food , the ambience , the music, everything. I ordered a tuna that was amazing . I really enjoyed here , if you choose this restaurant I am sure you won't fail.

vipAlex (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Chicken for two - nothing is better. Amazing fries too.

vipFood4Thought (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Zuni is always a great choice when you can get a reservation. Consistently fresh and exciting. Hard to go wrong with the drinks or food.

Owetsu (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious rabbit dish!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Alyssa was lovely and helpful. We had a wonderful time!

Friends (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Staff was terrific. Food was great and really good wine list. Love this restaurant as it's a San Francisco gem!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I am giving one star for one reason. This establishment does not support the working class, nor it’s workers.

San Francisco has imposed a tax that enables the City to provide universal health care. Zuni Cafe could simply choose to treat this as it would any other cost of doing business, like buying toilet paper or paying rent, fold it into their bottom line and or raise prices, and carry on. they instead choose to passive aggressively call attention to it via a one line statement on the bottom of the menu whining about a 5% surcharge being added to the bill. This is a slap in the face to most of their staff whether they benefit from the Healthy San Francisco initiative or not.

Respect your workers, Zuni Cafe, and I’ll come back.