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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
Between Franklin & Gough
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available for dinner only.
Tuesdays - Saturdays from 5pm and Sundays from 4pm.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zuni Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Service was a bit spotty. We had to ask for bread plates, and they brought them, but only let us keep them momentarily because soon someone came and collected them. That person also decided to take my son's menu, even though we hadn't yet ordered. There seemed to be too many service people fluttering around tables doing all sorts of things. The chicken for two was amazing, and the bread salad as well. Almost a perfect compliment. We did not care for the articoke appetizer. My husband and I loved our cesar salad. Just the right hint of lemon. Their wine list is absolutely spot on. The acoustics were very noisy however.
I know I am going back and forth with this review, and overall we were very pleased.
While not a new restaurant serving the latest fads, Zuni's stellar food remains a national gem. With dishes based around the enormous stone oven that fills nearly a quarter of the space, the classics like Italian roast chicken served with frisee, toasted bread salad, pine nuts and currants remain mind-blowing long after you've tired of the trend-of-the-moment. Interesting dishes based on local in-season produce, like persimmon & fennel salad with fresh made ricotta, still grace the menu. The oyster tasting bar is always outstanding, and the wine list is good, with decent prices and quite a few value selections. The ambiance is cosy and inviting, with the same notable contemporary art against the bare brick walls.
Arrived on time for our reservations, but had to stand & wait 15 minutes for a table. No explanation for the delay. Requested in advance for a table in a quiet area (not possible now that we've seen the restaurant's layout) and away from high traffic area (got seated on second floor right next to waiter's station & staircase to the kitchen). Service prompt and friendly, but rushed. Ordered the 'Piccolo fritto: deep-fried romanesco and purple broccoli with onion rings' - was excellent; and the 'Chicken for two roasted in the brick oven' (takes one hour to prepare, but worth the wait) was more that the two of us could eat. Would return if I was up to an energetic evening.
Our 6th time to Zuni, and a usual stop when we are in SF. We always bring a nice Burgundy/pinot noir and always get the chicken/bread salad, which is arguably the best on the planet. Always enough for a cold lunch the next day. This time ordered off the oyster list as well, very fresh, briny, and typical of point of origin...great shellfish! Good waitstaff. Loud, but that's the way Zuni is, you go there for the food, not romantic ambiance. As good as ever.
Our experience at the Zuni Cafe was superb. Our reservations were at 6PM - When we were unable to locate the Cafe, we called for directions - mind you we were late for our reservation and very lost! The staff were very helpful in getting us to our destination and we were able, with the help of our lovely waitress, to enjoy a fine dinner and get to the symphony on time.
The meal was great if a bit skimpy on the food. I ordered the steak dinner and had to look for the steak w/a magnifying glass. Good though.See above. Also, as it turned out some friends had a reservation at the same time in the restaurant. When I called and asked if we could be seated at the same or adjoining tables the person who answered said that that would be hard but he'd see what could be done.
We were seated at different tables although the table next to us (a deux, perfect) was empty practically the entire time we were there. What was that all about
The chicken was to DIE for. You have to wait an hour for it, as indicated on the menu. It took exactly 1 hour from the time we ordered until the time we devoured it, and it was WELL worth the wait. I will be back over and over again for that chicken, no doubt.
As always, the Zuni roast chicken was worth the wait, and it arrived in less than the 1 hour predicted. There was a little bread stuffing that was flavored with vinegar which played off wonderfully against the smoky chicken. The terrific Caesar salad helped tide us over. Still a special place after 31 years.
$15 for a hamburger seemed a bit much until I took that first bite. It was the best burger I have ever eaten. The cesar salad was also high on my list of best ever.
This was a wonderful spot to have lunch before the theater. Make reservations! By 12:30 it was packed.
We arrived on a chilly,wet Tuesday night to find the restaurant packed. The hostess took us immediately to one of their small (4 tables) upstairs rooms. The menu is limited, but after having read reviews, we decide to try their brick oven roasted chicken. The menu did warn there was an hour wait for the chicken so we also ordered the ricotta gnocchi as an appetizer. The gnocchi came fairly promptly and was very tasty. But given the fourteen dollar price, the portion was quite small - about one dollar each small gnocchi. And then we waited. An hour and fifteen minutes later our chicken arrived. The chicken was good, but not any better than I could roast at home in my conventional oven. Don't know what the hype is about this place.
Every dish perfectly executed. I had the polenta with parmesan and the salmon, my husband had the tomato soup and the lamb. Very happy with everything we had.
Very lovely ambiance, with little rooms up & down small flights of stairs, giving an intimate feeling.
we were there for dinner for my friend's birthday and we couldn't have been happier. the food was fantastic, the ambiance was great and even the hour long wait for the roasted chicken seemed short due to the delicious and perfectly timed caesar salad and gnocchi. we've found a new favorite!
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