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Zuni Cafe

4.7
4.7
6958 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European

OUR HOURS:
LUNCH - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
DINNER - 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN UP TO 4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

DUE TO OUR VERY LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, TABLES ARE RESERVED FOR A 2 HOUR TIME LIMIT.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 552-2522

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Between Franklin & Gough

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Piano

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,958 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. D

    Diana

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was spectacular, from the oysters to the lemony fettuccine to the lemon dessert. Wines were great and the service was impeccable. Interesting people watching! Great SF long-time restaurant.
  2. JW

    JeffW

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walk in, be seated and have an amazing meal and top service on a Friday at 1pm, Zuni never disappoints and is always on point ❤️
  3. JS

    JoneS

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably excellent!
  4. m

    melenab

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious, and the service is always lovely!
  5. J

    Jamesl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the classic San Francisco restaurants. Great food, excellent service. The roast chicken is unsurpassed. IF only the parking was easier to manage! We treasure this place.
  6. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way, as always.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Zuni for friend’s birthday brunch. The entire meal was fabulous from start to finish. The food was divine - we ordered almost everything on the menu to share - oysters, Caesar salad, arugula salad, pizza, citrus salad, chicken, steelhead trout - every single thing we ate was spectacular. The cocktails were also amazing - the elderflower cocktail, the SF cocktail, the classic Bloody Mary. I highly recommend Zuni Cafe - a San Francsico treasure
  8. SO

    SusanO

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I simply love the Zuni Cafe! The service is outstanding. The food is scrumptious. I had a lovely bowl of creamy wild mushroom soup and steelhead trout and Eaton mess. All of it was fabulous. I am never disappointed at the Zuni Cafe. I have season tickets for the SF Ballet and I always dine at Zuni prior to the show. It’s a real treat.
  9. ML

    MLCM

    San Francisco

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I can always count on an excellent meal the service and food never disappoint.
  10. SD

    SuzanneD

    Naples

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Being from out of the country we hadn’t been to Zuni for several years and it was great as we remembered. The service was outstanding. Knowledgeable and friendly. We only had salads and their delicious frites,which were as delicious as we remembered.
  11. f

    foodluver

    San Francisco

    211 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We had a light lunch - salads. The house-cured anchovies were mild - tasty but nothing special. The persimmons were pleasant but not very flavorful. Both the Caesar and arugula salads were overdressed (and indeed, the woman at the next table sent her arugula salad back because it was too heavily dressed). Altogether, an OK lunch - but not what we expect from Zuni.
  12. J

    Jefecito

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is in top form, still. Lunch was perfection.
  13. AR

    ARixon

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST of the best! Would love to eat here every night!
  14. l

    ljse

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    As always, great food, well prepared. The wine list is pricey, very few bottles under $100. The wait service was excellent; the check-in process was a bit annoying as they won't seat you before 5:30; so if you arrive early, you have to stand while you wait.
  15. P

    Password1

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. We were sat at the tiniest itty bitiest table in the world! But even that didn’t detract from the consistent exceptional experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    Worth going to Once great ambiance Hopefully the staff feels taken care of with built in tips but always tip More if you can Wont go back Overhyped
  17. BS

    BackinShape

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They still have the best chicken dish in the Bay Area. The ambiance is beautiful and intimate yet lively. The cocktails are strong and wonderful. The service was good. The chicken is fabulous. The prices are standard and service is included. I’ll always come back to Zuni.
  18. HJ

    HungryJack

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vodka martinis. Oysters. The Chicken. Wonderful decadent Friday lunch.
  19. C

    Cookie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iconic San Francisco restaurant. Light & airy - yet warm ambience, great service, great food.
  20. GR

    GaryR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent restaurant. I will be coming back often, can’t believe this was our first time here.
  21. OT

    OT4fil

    San Francisco

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a classic San Francisco restaurant in that it is unpretentious but consistent in service and menus which emphasize wood burning stove meat and artisan breads. My wife and I are particularly fond of the chicken served with country bread soaked in drippings and served with currants. The service was great and the wine selection was varied.
  22. MR

    MrsRobinsonSF

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    thank you for always being there
  23. EB

    EllenB

    Kansas City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken for two and oysters. Can not do better than that anywhere!! Staff is friendly and extremely competent. Love the interior decor. The whole experience is California perfect!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni Cafe is wonderful place to catch up with friends & enjoy a delicious meal. I need to visit Zuni Cafe more often.
  25. CP

    CarolineP

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are longtime Zuni heads and knew that we had to celebrate our family being together after a few months apart. The food was superb and the service charming - perfect, actually. We started with Caesar and shoestring potatoes which proved to be as excellent as always. Nobody does Caesar like Zuni. We ordered a margarita, a Saucy Season, and the Chinotto non-alcoholic drink, all outstanding. We had the ricotta gnocchi with nettles and toasted hazelnuts - incredible. We had the Bavette steak with potatoes and Brussels sprouts - this list of ingredients fails colossally to convey the perfectness of this plate. For dessert we had the Gateau Victoire and the Eton Mess - revelations. Even the coffee was excellent.
  26. j

    johna

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and i live in NY and Zuni is an annual pilgrimage of ours. Simply outstanding!
  27. N

    Nefi

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Service was just ok - waiter didn't have suggestions to complement roast chicken salad and caesar salad, and didn't get two of our orders. I think he had us mixed up with another table.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Impeccable as always. The menu was amazing, filled with seasonal delights as well as a few classics. Oysters are a must to start the experience with and you really can’t go wrong from there!
  29. WJ

    WendyJ

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is a beautiful, relaxing spot for dinner. Great service and ambiance for conversation with friends and loved ones.
  30. p

    pablov

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, a superb experience at Zuni Cafe, consistently excellent. Every single dish was great, hard to improve. Highly recommended.
  31. N

    Nipool

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Austin did a great job and took good care of us. We sat in the bar area and loved our seats and view.
  32. P

    Paintedamy

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, never disappoints. Old favorites — polenta and Cesar salad — still rock, but fries, duck, other salads — can’t go wrong. Service excellent, as usual. Never stuffy. Prepare for 20% living wage gratuity built into bill. It’s not an inexpensive meal, but price seems right. LOVE ZUNI!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Ehhhh…. What happened to my favorite restaurant?
  34. J

    Justin

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magic as always! Chicken was the best its ever been! Caesar perfectly dressed and prepared. Anchovies amazing, Shoestring great. My wife had a fantastic special pasta and the balsamic bloody Mary's were superb! We are regulars, but it is always consistently good! Thank you!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Best Caesar salad!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful & delightful all around. Many thanks! 🥂
  37. E

    Elias

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I think the best dish on the menu is their oven roasted chicken for two. Unfortunately, it takes at least an hour to prep so we ordered other dishes. Food was ok, nothing special and the wait between appetizer and main was about 50 minutes. Our server had an attitude when we asked about our order. If you go order the chicken and fries. Anything else; better to go elsewhere.
  38. SR

    SonyaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We keep returning for the chicken: iconic greatness.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Always fun with friends and family. Food options do not make you feel that guilty. Refreshing cocktails. Note that their signature dish--the roasted chicken--takes an hour to prepare..so plan ahead. The pizza and pasta options are usually first rate!
  40. M

    Marg

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Cocktails and oysters were great. Service pleasant. Unfortunately the food was lackluster and uninspiring.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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Zuni Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 6958 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Zuni Cafe

1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Franklin & Gough

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gilbert Pilgram; Anne Alvero CdC

  • Entertainment

    Piano

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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