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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (104)
Good for a Date (96)
Special Occasion (90)
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Neighborhood Gem (85)
Local Ingredients (67)
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Creative Cuisine (60)
Great for Lunch (54)
Authentic (53)
Casual (53)
People Watching (49)
Hot Spot (49)
Fun (46)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Romantic (43)
Comfort Food (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Worth the Drive (39)
Business Meals (38)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (33)
Healthy (33)
Seasonal (32)
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Bar Seating (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
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Late-night Find (17)
Organic (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2010

Zuni Cafe has never disappoint diners. This time I re-realized the greatness of their hamburger. So juicy, so crunchy, just a perfect hamburger. For coffee, they don't refill the cup, instead they brought us another set of coffee. Very thoughful service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2010

Noisy, had an 8pm reservation and kept waiting to be seated till 8:20pm. On a Sunday evening no less. No one checked on us with any updates. Hostess seemed completely out to lunch. Not bad, but unremarkable given the many choices around for dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2010

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2010

Had the chicken. Very good, but maybe not quite up to the hype.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2010

You come here for their chicken, It's an hour wait, so be prepared. Enjoy their copper covered bar, look into their brick oven kitchen, scout out the freshest oyster catch- and order a couple appetizers to tide you over before you dinner arrives.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2010

Excellent example of California cuisine showcasing the best in local, seasonal ingredients.
Efficient, friendly service and a nice vibe - not too noisy but not too quiet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2010

Never disappointed with the quality of food and service. My go to place when I'm craving a great hamburger and "pile" of fries.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2010

The food and service were great! We were seated upstairs in a cozy spot which was perfect since it was my husband's birthday. I love the understated ambiance.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2010

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2010

Had a wonderful time. Quintessential SF

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 14, 2010

Zuni was recommended by a friend, and it was Fantastic! I will definitaly go again. The serrano ham appitzer with the goat cheese and chiles was divine. The pizza we had as an entree was heavanly. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Perfect place to go before the theatre. Never disappointed. Make sure to order a side of fries -- they go with everything ;)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Fantastic food and great atmosphere!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2010

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The portions were very small, however, that as soon as we received our entree, my dinner companion and I both said simultaneously, "we are going to need to eat again".

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2010

Food prepared so perfectly and in a way that honors it's origional essence. No pretense here... just plain, simple GOOD. please continue

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2010

After a long wait at the bar,which was ok because the service therewas friendly,we were seated at a terrible table up stairs.The salad and bread was good,but the service was awful and our entrys were horrible.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2010

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 10, 2010

The food did not quite live up to it reputation. Service was very good. The wine list very disappointing. Cocktail were very tasty but overall the list needs some sprucing up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2010

$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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2010

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 9, 2010

Back in town from Oregon and made reservations specifically for Zuni's for friends who had never been to San Francisco. Creamy Polenta is a must!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2010

Loved the restaurant. would be happy to go every week!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2010

The interior was a bit dated and run down. The waiter was not very polished nor experienced.
Dishes were bussed and deposited very noisily nearby.
Food was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2010

Zuni is AWESOME!!! It remains one of my favorite SF spots.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2010

The chicken for two is justifiably famous. We were seated at a table right outside the kitchen area and had a great time watching what was going on.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2010

As always, the best...the very best...of everything. Always a pleasure to dine there and the service is terrific! jmw

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 7, 2010

Another top restaurant in San Francisco. We ate lunch/brunch there and the Bloody Marys were out of this world. A small cafe with a great ambiance. Great Service and Great Food and not to be missed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Fantastic California cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

the chicken was excellent. the margarita was good. the appetizer and ceasar salad (wasnt anywhere near as good as i expected it to be after reading other reviews) were ok. service was ok too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

Zuni never disappoints!! If you like chicken then try ordering the roasted chicken, which is their signature dish-served on top of a panzanella salad. Yum!!! Reservations a must!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2010

Fantastic food and interesting menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2010

Food fell short of what was expected.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2010

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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 4, 2010

Great cocktails and appetizers, this makes for a great start to an evening in SF. Every dish we tasted was better than the next, loved the salmon.

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