Zuni Cafe

4.6
6675 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
In compliance with San Francisco's Safer Return Together Health Order, we now require all guests that are dining indoors to show record that they are fully vaccinated. Children who are not yet eligible for vaccination may dine indoors with their party.

Mask wearing is also required for all diners when inside the restaurant and when interacting with our staff.

Accepted forms of vaccination record include:

Any scannable digital vaccination pass
Physical vaccination card
Picture of the physical vaccination card

Diners without proof of vaccination are welcome to join us at our outdoor tables.

We look forward to seeing you, your guests, and your vaccination documentation soon.




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

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6675 people are saying
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viprgb123456
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

NOT MANY PEOPLE THERE. ALWAYS FULL FOR LAST 45 YEARS. IS IT 20% TIP

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LunchLover
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved spending our afternoon with you at Zuni!

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vipSultan
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to be at the incomparable Zuni…

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vipTraveler76
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Love the daily change in menu. Seasonal and local ingredients.

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vipKHN1
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had Caesar salads, "the" chicken, shoestring potatoes, trout and rabbit boudin. Espresso granita and bread pudding for dessert. All delicious. Worth logging on at 3:00 am in Atlanta to secure the reservation.

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sfgrandma
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni’s consistency is remarkable. The food, no matter what you order, is always perfectly fresh, perfectly seasoned, perfectly presented. On my latest visit, a friend and I both chose a frisée salad, served with two wonderful rabbit sausages and topped with medium boiled eggs, whose runny yolks were a deep golden yellow. We shared a desert, layers of cream, figs and strawberries topped with crumbled ginger snaps. PerfectIon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service and atmosphere are so amazing!

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Momby
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is still an essential SF dining experience. Service is professional and gracious. Food delicious, beautiful and not at all precious. Reading the wine list is educational. We would give Zuni 6 stars for the overall experience.

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KETA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than I remembered! Delicious and lovely.

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vipcwilson
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is always delightful in every way. The balsamic Bloody Mary is outstanding. I actually dreamed about it during Covid lockdown.

The menu always has both seasonal choices and mainstays. Yesterday the Caesar was my mainstay choice. The lettuce was crisp and the dressing had a slight lemon taste. We also enjoyed another Zuni favorite, shoestring potatoes, which are always perfectly crispy with a light salt flavor. We strayed from the roast chicken, a must have if your first visit to Zuni, and enjoyed the scrambled eggs (me) and polenta. (my partner) Both dishes were tasty. We had to pass on dessert but everything coming out of the kitchen was enticing.

We are so glad that Zuni survived 2020 and, since reopening last Fall for dine in service, has made Covid accommodations for which we are grateful. We are also big supporters of the living wage gratuity policy.

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vipSpycow
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Multiple friends told us it was a must do and we agree. Their classic roasted chicken dish was to die for. We had a great seat and view of the kitchen. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and personable. Cocktails were great as well. A must do for brunch, lunch or dinner if visiting SFO. We look forward to returning in the future.

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MARYV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. My out of town company loved it.

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vipJoneS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! The food is delicious - some new menu choices but the old standby chicken is always a good choice for sharing.

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MichaelL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant experience literally ever. And I eat out several times weekly. The service, food and ambience was awful. I ate at Zuni Cafe a decade ago and it was fine. I'll spare the gruesome details, but what a complete disappointment this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday experience! Thank you.

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RogerS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding as they have retained some veterans (our server has been there 29 years). The pork chop and the rabbit sausage were excellent, and the wine list is very reasonable. Zuni will always be a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was excellent

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vipTrixie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A longtime favorite, and they are taking lots of important precautions to protect us all. Love Zuni!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal back home in SF. Timothy was great.

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Snewton94024
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Zuni Cafe food is always well prepared and the oysters were very fresh.
On this visit the service was overall cold and unfriendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The wait staff seemed woefully inexperienced. Not a deal breaker. Everyone has to start somewhere. Rushed cocktails without a chance to relax and peruse menu.

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vipLovestoeat66
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Although the service was excellent, I wouldn't recommend sitting outside at Zuni. You're right on the street, two feet from people walking by including those talking to themselves, playing music, etc. Plus the noise from the cars, buses, and motorcycles going down Market St. Not sure what Zuni could have done differently to shield diners (maybe more enclosed tables) but I've had better outdoor experiences at other restaurants. The food was quite good but I thought my halibut was a bit dry although the sauce was tasty. I probably won't go back until I feel comfortable sitting inside where they have spaced the tables a bit.

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JJen
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in elegant restaurant with outstanding service

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vipPhilipS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the chicken

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vipReneeL
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The menu choices were limited. I have dined here several times and it has gone downhill.

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ToekneeFoodie
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zuni Cafe is our absolute favorite restaurant in SF! We were excited for our first visit in over a year. Pros: the roast chicken and shoestring fries were just as I remember - simply spectacular! Cons: the caesar salad was overdressed, the pasta dish was ridiculously small, the sole was meh, and IMO, charging for bread in this caliber of a restaurant is tacky. My friends, who've never been here, were unimpressed. I am ambivalent about the included service charge, but I suppose I would tip that much anyway. However, there was another line for "tip" on the receipt, which is absurd.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for our 34th wedding anniversary!

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viptravelerhnl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Caesar salad and roast chicken were better than ever. Our three-hour lunch was the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!! What a great experience!!
Keeps me coming back!!

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vipSusanL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed their signature dish of whole chicken on bread salad - which was delicious. We also had a Cesar salad which was very good. Not inexpensive - and they add 25% to the bill for their employees' living wage.

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honeeNmee
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Zuni!

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vipJoneS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni always delivers! We love the standards- the fries, chicken, but the lamb sandwich was amazing!

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AlisonM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always fun to introduce new people to Zuni. The food and service were on point, as ever. I particularly enjoyed the olive poached tuna this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Came for my husband's birthday and disappointed. We both grew up locally and he has always wanted to try this place...my prior experiences here were always very good up until now. This was by far the worst visit ever here...service was very slow and server seemed inexperienced. Noted that it was for birthday celebration in the reservation and server had no idea until I mentioned to her. The food was lukewarm when it arrived and not as good as I remembered from last visit a couple years ago. The server disappeared for long stints, forgot to bring my husband's coffee, and had to ask another server who wasn't doing anything to get us the check finally.

We were confused about the automatic service charge and accidentally tipped on top of it, made worse because the dinner wasn't even worth the mandatory service charge.

Will likely not be back.

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SusanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, but not special. Very expensive, not generous. Why ask diners to pay extra for bread? Or olives?

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Saritanan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni always great for date night, happy their back!

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vipgeraldL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great service in a wonder location!

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johnh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katlin, arranged a special table for us.

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vipTraceyB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

My once go to from the time I moved to San Francisco has officially lost its mojo. Very sad. There’s no love in the kitchen. The bar remains the best part—still serving a good cocktail with great service. I was with friends who have all been coming here for over 25 years. We had meh appetizers with overly salted fish mains, that the server decided to remove just one of from the bill. We insisted both be removed as we each had one bit of two dishes. They lose points for service. I know it’s Covid … even more reason to try harder. We will continue to patronize the bar. Nothing compares to the setting of Zuni with the floor to ceiling windows, the exposed brick and the vibe. Just don’t expect a good meal!

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You can order delivery directly from Zuni Cafe using the Order Online button.

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 6675 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.