Zuni Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Modern European
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.
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this classic. The Caesar salad and chicken can’t be beat and the service was great. But it was so loud upstairs that we could barely hear one another.

LG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal and evening, seated next to the kitchen which might bother some people but, we found it fascinating to watch the chefs team at work. Thanks

RZ
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lots of gluten free options. Well worth the Uber ride from our hotel

JR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love Zuni’s atmosphere & that it is an SF staple, however our server was standoffish, late to come to the table, & the burger overpriced. I eat out a lot for my job in sales & there are better restaurants for the $. Save this place for cocktails & apps at the bar.

e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Yesterday’s experience was not a good one. My 5th visit in over 15 years (I live in Portugal). The restaurant is still pleasant, great decor and brought back good memories. However, appetizer was good, and main course (pizza) was charred and greasy. Glass of water was chipped. My waiter was obviously not having a great day. I honestly expected more and wish them better luck next time.

LM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Overpriced and has declined in quality over time.

We arrived a few minutes early for our 5pm reservation (before a show at SF Jazz) and were told there would be no seating until exactly 5, even though many tables were empty. We accepted this graciously and went for a walk. When we returned at 5:02 we were seated at what must be the worst table in the house -- two people sit next to each other on a bench at the intersection of two busy traffic paths, facing a bread station. We got to watch some of the kitchen activity, including a guy sweeping the floor. Maybe some people like this? I don't.

My sea bass was significantly overcooked, dried out around the edges and tough. The accompanying red beans, however, were delicious. My date's yellowfin tuna was a pretty skinny portion and also a bit overcooked. Both the house green salad and the Little Gem salad were fresh but drowned in too much dressing. For dessert, the Gateau Victoire, which I remember enjoying in the past, was pretty dry and lacked flavor.

Our waiter didn't ask if we wanted cocktails. He didn't check back with us until we were 2/3 done with our entrees. He didn't ask if I liked the wine he recommended (I didn't), and he didn't appear to notice that I drank only a few sips.

Oh, and there was a 6% surcharge that you don't find out about until you get the bill. Yes, I know this is common but I find it sneaky.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes! Absolutely! It is a San Francisco classic and always delivers!!!

LS
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a place I would like to go back to on my next trip to San Francisco. Great food and ambience. Be sure and allow time for the preparation of the chicken.

A
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to Zuni for 29 years but it had been a while. Spectacular! Upstairs in a private-ish nook with wonderful other diners, fantastic waitstaff, knowledgeable about the cocktails, wine list and menu. The gnocchi was the best we’ve ever had and the chicken is a constant there and not to be missed (it feeds more than 2 btw). The anchovy starter was excellent...if you dine with more than 2 people I suggest sharing as many dishes as possible so you get the full variety. 5 stars.

CM
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe our 10th time for dinner...it’s been a few years, yet they remembered our favorite table! Yes, martini, clams and oysters, Sancerre and caesar salad, chicken and fries, all amazing,with great reception, bar, and table staff.

GT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was good but I was not impressed with the variety of dinner options. This restaurant is definitely on the more expensive side which is fine. I understand this is San Francisco and this city is full of bleeding heart liberals but I don’t like how they throw their political beliefs down your throat at the very end with what it says on their receipt. It just left a sour taste in my mouth. I also understand a lot of restaurants do this but I don’t like how they add a 6% fee to pay for their employee benefits. With what they charge for their food, they should pay it themselves without passing it off on the customer. Or else, add 6% to everything on the menu and pay your employee benefits that way.

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been meaning to go for years and we made it for our 3 year anniversary - it was perfect!

KB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was disappointed the gnocchi wasn’t offered on a Sunday but otherwise a fun experience

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing attention to detail and the chicken was amazing

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

FH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Zuni's for each others' Birthdays & Special occasions for the last 13 yrs. Consistently Great food & experience! Thank you

KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Zuni Cafe often. It may very well be our favorite SF dining-out choice. This was above and beyond our typically excellent experience with them. Always a pleasure.

HK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

it offered replacement level fine dining, i had very high expectations as this was on the most highly recommended restaurants by people i know and trust. i can’t say there is anything “wrong” but likely comes down to preference and that’s ok.

service was excellent, food was well prepared, but i can’t say i left a memorable tasting experience

B
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here once per year because it really is a special occasion kind of place, otherwise I'd come here more often. All of the staff are amazing, caring, courteous, and helpful. They'll converse with you as much or as little as you want. And it says a lot that there's very little turnover among all levels of staff.

The food is amazing. The craft cocktails are good too (I had a Japanese Soda -- tasty and refreshing!). You're not rushed to finish your drinks nor your meals because they're not in a hurry to turn your table.

Only thing that could be better is to let people order the chicken bread salad ahead of time! Or even the moment they arrive. Patxi's pizza lets you order their deep dish pizza the moment you arrive so that the long wait for it isn't so long by the time you're seated and ready to order. I'm sure Zuni's has its reasons for not allowing this but please consider the suggestion!

GP
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything always perfect in the San Francisco institution

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We were running late and called to give them notice, they told us to take our time as our table wouldn’t be given away. When we arrived and I apologized again for being late, the hostess assured me it was not an issue. Most restaurants make you feel so guilty when you are running late, it was such a wonderful surprise!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amelia, our waitress, was wonderful! She was knowledgeable and kind. Make sure to get the Cesar salad and Fries! Atmosphere is a 10/10. Can’t beat the exposed brick and open French kitchen

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zuni is a classic restaurant and never disappoints. Excellent food and service also delighted my visiting foodie friend from Chicago.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous !

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal and wonderful service. The chicken! Oh my god.

CA
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous spot in SF. We enjoyed a delightfully flavourful heirloom tomato salad, shoestring fries and the showstopper roast chicken, which was so succulent and tasty. Service was lovely and very informative. The host was kind and organised a cab for us. Would definitely go back!

RK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Overrated, terrible, thoughtless service. Never again.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was mediocre and the server was awful.....would not recommend this restaurant to anybody.

M
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Seats are uncomfortable. It’s defiantly past it’s prime. Food was good/ok. nothing memorable. It’s a decent everyday restaurant.

JL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zuni always impresses. We had the burger and the salmon, with the shoestring potatoes on the side. All was very tasty!

MM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious Zuni did not disappoint! The gnocchi was of the “melt-in-your mouth” variety. Service was impeccable. Just the best...now if they would just bring back breakfast with the wonderful scones!!

BP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always, and our waiter, Julianne, was amazing!

CM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our lunch at Zuni Cafe. It was really delicious!

OT
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and service good but restaurant was ridiculously warm even after 9 pm at night. It was an unusually warm day, but no amount of ice water could counteract the heat, which put a damper on the enjoyment of the meal.

R
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ususal, Zuni did not disappoint.

It was our 6th Wedding Anniversary and they were all so kind and celebrated with us.

Wonderful Champagne, incredible Zuni Chicken and a great welcoming atmosphere.

Our thanks to Rob and the rest of his professional team!

All the best, Robert L. Baker

F
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Person at entry not pleasant. Waiter excellent.
Pizza dull. Salad sublime.

t
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints. Stellar flavors. Wonderful cocktails.

G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great dinner for 1. It feels kinda touristy but overall great experience.

g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch, friendly and engaging!

NG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Even though I love the chicken, I was amazed that they actually charge me for the aïoli mayonnaise.
Let’s get real here, you pay almost $70 for a chicken and they have to charged me $1.50 for a little bit of aeoli mayonnaise?
In addition we had to order a second one because the waitress took the first one from the table when we are finished with our fries. It was only half consumed; you’d think they would mention at that point that there’s a charge.
It’s not the money, it’s the message that it sends.
I just think it’s not classy.

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