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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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4.7

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 (96)
Special Occasion (90)
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Neighborhood Gem (86)
Local Ingredients (68)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Great for Lunch (55)
Authentic (54)
Casual (54)
People Watching (49)
Hot Spot (49)
Fun (48)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Romantic (43)
Business Meals (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Comfort Food (38)
Notable Wine List (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Cozy (36)
Healthy (34)
Seasonal (33)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Bar Seating (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Good for Groups (19)
Organic (18)
Late-night Find (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Music (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food is always good. Great service too. Very nice place to get together with friends for a leisurely lunch. The place gets crowded, so be sure to make a reservationn.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Zuni always delivers a terrific dining experience. This time the oysters were wonderful and all the entrees ranging from roast squab to salmon were lovely.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The most amazing dinner and time we have ever had. The best far delicious food we have ever had. Thank you for being as you're! I

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Love Zuni and always have had a great meal. This time the main course was awful. The meat was described by the waiter as slow cooked similar to Beef burgenon, and what was served was dry as a bone, sliced thin,no sauce ; it was worse than high school cafeteria "beef". Everything else was great , and they didn't charge for the "beef" dinner, which I did not ask to be comped for.
Will return , first time to have a bad meal here

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Unpretentious, excellent service and delicious, seasonal, healthy food. There is a reason why this restaurant has been popular for more than three decades.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I always love my visits to Zuni. While it's not cheap or quick, their roast chicken is so delicious and makes a great lunch from leftovers the next day, too! We had an amazing server on this visit who was very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Zuni Cafe is a can't miss when visiting SF - we had a great time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food is so wonderful. Our server, Alejandro was just amazing - so friendly and helpful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

For the Third time and again great chicken With super Zuni mount eden pinot noir
We Will return

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, even after all these years!
Consistently fabulous food, wine, service and total ambiance.
I love you, Zuni Cafe :)

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The chicken was delicious! We were warned how long it would take, so got a few oysters to start. It was the last night of our honeymoon, so I was hooong for a little treat, but I should have arranged for ahead of time. Then bread salad and greens make the chicken dish! Would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had a lovely, leisurely lunch here. Impeccable service and delicious food.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our meal was good overall. Our guests had the trout and the pork chop. I was disappointed in the portion size of the lamb dish with only one small piece of lamb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The only restaurant we make sure we have time for every time we're in San Francisco. Fantastic food!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We may have been the last seating at 9:00 pm, but definitely felt we were rushed. The waiter was friendly and certainly helpful with recommendations. The sommelier's recommendation was spot on as well. The problem seemed to be with the kitchen pushing dishes out too fast. We shared 4 dishes, and the first 2 came separately, with serving implements-- good so far. Then our soup and main arrived together! Very hard to manage on a small table, and why would you want to? The main was a seared tuna, but it was somewhat overlooked, and barely warm, both suggesting it had been cooked and held. Given the restaurant's long standing reputation and price range, this was not what we'd hoped for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The wrong order was brought to the table three times, the cuscus was undercooked and crunchy. We didn't even receive a simple appology for all the mistakes.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Worth waiting for years to have their famous chicken for two. A good reason to go to San Francisco.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I’m sorry I hadn’t tried Zuni sooner! We might come here after every theater date! Loved it! Great waitstaff - attentive yet not overly so. DeLishOus food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nancy was great waitress - just enough checking that all was good and not too much.
The wine list is silly expensive so just stick with the local beers. None appear on tap sadly.
Bread was nicely artisinal in style and the butter just perfect and not too salty.
We chose hamburgers and they were sumptious.
Overall the noise level is bit high even at lunch.
they need a checkin sign -we had to ask and didnt know to go till area at one end of the place.
I wont rush back but I wont not recommend the place.
Great for special treats and this visit was one of those.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Zuni is one of my favorite restaurants in the city because it is solid and hits on all levels every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food, great service, up scale casual and classically elegant all at once. A quintesentail San Francisco dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

If you told me my favorite part of the meal would be the croutons on the caesar (or "cracktons" as the waiter so eloquently called them!), I would have said you were silly. But they WERE! They were so good we had to order a second helping. Just part of a delicious and fabulously served meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent attention to service, presentation and overall freshness / quality!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Good food. Nice server.
Table was small, probably shouldn’t put 3 people at tables for 2. we were really crammed in there next to other people. Also All 3 of us got several mosquito or flea bite on our ankles. Generally I think it’s a good spot if you can get a better table and don’t mind bugs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Overall good, interesting food, but overpriced. Oysters are $3.50 - $4.50. Many other SF restaurants have the same quality and selection for $3.00 per piece. Their special Zuni-branded chardonnay is $70 per bottle.

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 (London)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Such a beautiful meal at Zuni cafe tonight. Food was incredible and service impeccable. Would thoroughly recommend it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Cold fish with very oily greens
Quite disappointing.
Stuck upstairs in one of the small rooms even though reservation was early.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Classic upscale comfort. Chicken is consistent and solid.

They were out of everything we tried to order, besides the chicken. Two apps and dessert, all we were told were out, after we ordered them. Disappointing beyond the chicken. Chicken. Chicken.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food and service was very good. A bit pricey but it. Was expected

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We love Zuni's! Nothing better than their chicken! It's a comfortable space with good people watching.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent overall experience.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Delicious food with an up scale atmosphere. The moment we walked in the door we knew we would be treated well. The cocktails were fabulous. The staff was right on cue. We left extremely satisfied.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Highly recommend the chicken for 2; always delicious! Service is spot on.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Got together to celebrate a friends birthday this past Saturday night. Dinner at Zuni never fails to deliver. Great food, service, wine and cocktails! Thank you for a perfect dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Dined at Zuni 5 years ago. It was so memorable I couldn't wait to come back. Introduced s friend to Zuni and she loved it. The food was amazing. Had the roasted chicken and shoe string fries. Cannot wait to come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

My friend and I greatly enjoyed the legendary roasted chicken. It made a regular day into a special occasion.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Authentic, Cozy, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Visit annually and we have always been pleased. Service is intuitive and impeccable, food and atmosphere are great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Zuni. I'll be back soon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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