Zuni Cafe

4.7
6257 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
9.5

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.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
What 6257 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulously prepared fresh California cuisine, great oysters and a comprehensive wine list. Zuni is a classic place but the vibe is priceless. We lived in the City for years and this place has adapted beautifully.

MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two days in a row for lunch, both meals & company were perfection!

RD
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

While the roast chicken met expectations, the soup of the day was a bit disappointing. The soup seemed like an afterthought using yesterday’s vegetables and was a little greasy. The service was great with regular follow-up by the waiter. The upstairs corner table was a bit cramped.

GM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful and the service was excellent. We will be back.

CE
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was great at Zuni Cafe. We had the Sunday Brunch and everyone enjoyed their meals. Started with oysters that were sweet and yummy, shared a beet salad and drank champagne. Lovely.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Portions were satisfying. The ambiance is quite beautiful especially the floor to ceiling windows.

BE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

much better options for the price, not bad but overrated

SS
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zuni continues to be one of my favorite restaurants when visiting SF. Consistently great food and service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the same!
Pure and beautiful food and well chosen wines!

CO
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The biggest problem encountered was parking. Otherwise the service and menu are outstanding.

JP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always absolutely unique and amazing! Everything on the menu is exceptional.

RC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant with attentive service. The service was even a little fast since I was ready to linger over dinner - but it was a late seating and not too busy so I would judge accordingly. the second floor was the nicer surrounding for a dinner - drinks on the main would be nice.

H
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was, overall, pretty good...but fell short of expectations. Nothing was “terrible” or even “bad”-but there were “misses”...enough to be slightly disappointing at times

PT
San Francisco
423 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Service is almost always superb and the food is consistently delicious. I had tomato soup, strawberries, pizza and Eton mess for dessert. I wish pavlova was on this dessert menu. Decor is eclectic and stylish.

BR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zuni never disappoints.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately, the chicken was dry.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son’s 16th birthday. He picked Zuni last year, too, and was thrilled that squash blossoms and panna cotta were on the menu. I think he cried a little when he had only one bite left of the squash blossoms.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food with expensive price tag. Skimpy Caesar salad.

WD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The roasted chicken is worth the wait! It was perfectly done and the bread salad in the middle was amazing. We also got some oysters and the arancini which were fantastic

E
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So lucky to have scored a last minute (after theater) reservation this past weekend. The service was very professional and attentive. The inspired menu had breadth and something for everyone in our party. Probably the best Caesar Salad and stuffed squash blossoms I've ever had. The Bavette steak was a bit under cooked for me, despite asking for a higher temperature - but the cook knew what he/she was doing as I thoroughly enjoyed every tasty bite!

KK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our fist time there and we simply loves it.

H
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful shoestring fries, roast chicken and Caesar salad, wonderful service and ambiance. Loved the gin cocktail. Too noisy for us, though.

B
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice restaurant
Have been coming here for many years
Recently change prices
Vine list does not have any selection below $55 per bottle
Totally overpriced!!!
Need to have better selection with better value!

AB
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Get the chicken - it is famous for a reason! Overall, we enjoyed our meal and would return.

TM
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Chicken overrated. Nothing really special going on. Kind of dry without any kind of sauce. $64 for a roasted chicken? I guess I’m the fool. Weird seating on concrete planks with nothing to support one’s back. How is that better or more space efficient than chairs? I’m baffled.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It still lives up to its stellar reputation. Excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Zunis is a “little” expensive so I don’t go there that often but the food is always superb and the staff is always friendly and knowledgeable.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always come back for the roasted chicken. It does not disappoint. Great service.

W
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster selections were bountiful burger spot on.

Cocktails were delightful.

Cheers

TT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

After many years of anticipating a visit, we finally made it last Sunday. I think we ALL have our off days, maybe we hit Zuni on one of their lesser days. Many service glitches from distracted waiters, food was fresh and flavorful - but not what we expected. Even as we were leaving the two hostesses were too busy to say good night or come again. With all the other restaurants to savour in San Francisco we will not return.

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zuni Cafe is a San Francisco tradition. The Oysters and the french fries are must haves. The service is among the best in the city. The food is amazingly fresh and we even loved the fresh bread. It is best to go early or late. Early they are still in stock of all of the oysters and late the vibe is a little more SF.

DT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the dressing and the croutons on the salad were beyond perfect.
the chicken was as expected and we expected perfection.
Alex's service was charming and efficient.
we loved every minute of the meal.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have being to Zuni many times and have always had a nice evening

BR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table for 1 was a fine. 10th time I was there. A must stop for me every time I’m in SF. Great California farm/table cuisine. If you want a new world wine, head to the bottles, not by the glass. Which works out as you can take it to go... :)

AS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! The chicken, which they are known for, and what we went for was everything we hoped it would be and more! Best chicken I've ever had! And it's so simple! The warm bread salad in the middle of the chicken made it that much better! The fries were also amazing!

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire meal was fantastic - and the roasted chicken lived up to my memory and my grand expectations. The raw oysters were delicious, too. The staff was friendly and thoughtful and able to engage with my 14-year old and 10 year-old kids. A lovely afternoon was had by all!

c
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, even if they couldn't get my husband's burger cooked to medium. We had a great waiter who made everything right and an overall good experience. I would return the next time we are in the area.

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Zuni. Yes, the chicken and Tuscan bread salad is outstanding! Great wine list too!

t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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