Zuni Cafe

4.7
6650 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 6650 people are saying
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vipEyeneyedoc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I always enjoy Zuni. Great ambiance and reliably good food. Caesar salad was great. This time every other dish was too salty. The fish, the soup, the veggie plate. It’s expensive and more so now. I will return but hope the chef gets his taste buds in check

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BrianB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food worth paying attention to, each and every time.

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bdaygirl4
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The wait staff were lovely and the interior of the restaurant is lovely. The food is highly disappointing. Very expensive for tasteless food. Seasoning was bland, portions for salads very tiny. The salad on top of their signature chicken tasted like straight olive oil with no seasoning. Food is lackluster and does not live up to its reputation. All of the dishes our party of 5 had lacked any flavor. I would avoid spending your money at this restaurant. I had known about this restaurant for years, and the folks who were with me said that over the years they had less than stellar food here. Not worth it. So many other better restaurants to choose from.

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vipFoodieatheart
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came fir a lunch with family. Great service and food. Can be a bit pricey.

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vipJeffW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best of the best, perfection in every way!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our cocktails at the bar to the dessert, everything was excellent. The Caesar salad was fresh, crisp, beautifully dressed and the croutons delicious- we split it and the half portion was so generous I couldn’t even finish it. My entree was swordfish cooked perfectly with a fresh grapefruit sauce

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vipHughT
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Reception staff was not friendly. Food was mediocre at best and considering the price, very overpriced. This used to be a favorite of ours but no longer. One of the dinners was served lukewarm. Meat was tough.

It is too bad!

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vipCLR68
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service!

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NMNM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The upstairs seating on the little patio facing Market Street is a little awkward.
The ventilation system shakes the built-in seating and if you are not sat on the edge of the balcony then there is no ambience and there's limited ambience even when on the edge of the balcony.
It doesn't compare with the atmosphere downstairs, or feels like the same restaurant.

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vipmscrabtree
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service and great meal as always. I ordered a lemon drop martini and it was delicious!!!!!!

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JeffG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and welcoming staff. Food was unique but limited selection and dessert was disappointing.

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vipDora
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I’ve been going to Zuni for years and the quality has diminished considerably. Alot of fanfare and mediocre meals at this point. They also now add a 25%!!!! Fair wage charge to the bill without communication about that policy .This is misleading and unfair to the patrons of Zuni. And all with the expectation that we would tip on top of that charge which we did. Feels like trickery to us. Goodbye to a once wonderful SF establishment.

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ErinM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zuni Cafe, and it was wonderful to come back for the first time since before the pandemic. Service and food are as lovely as always, and their Covid precautions make you feel safe and comfortable. One of the city's great restaurants for sure!

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FrankT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although my experience was basically positive, I was disconcerted by the 25% surcharge imposed. Zuni is hardly inexpensive, so with this additional charge the bill was quite a bit more. Unfortunately, this necessitated my leaving a small tip which truly did not reflect the excellent service I received from the waiter.

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vipCharlesB
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This is an active bar scene. Great if you don't want to be heard or have any discussion with your dining partner. Food was good, but service was so so. Won't be back.

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great, Covid precautions very reasonable. Got super loud as dinner progressed. Service good but loads of hovering. Thrown off by the 25% service charge and that all tips or shared.

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vipDaveJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Happy to be back for the 1st time in 2 years. Food was great, but service was the best in years. Grazie! We'll be back.

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vipKellyR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back. Service was careful and gracious; food outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Everything was OK. Many other equally expensive places with better food and service.

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Pajarita
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back after the pandemic arrived. It is still, OUTSTANDING!
Wonderful family brunch celebrating birthdays. So glad we are able to eat there again.

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Foodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zuni is now my friend's preferred choice whenever he comes into the city. Again food was excellent. We loved the kale soup & chicory salad. tried the rabbit dish and it was excellent as well. Services were again great.

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ShazD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great timeless spot for a refined,classy get together.

The food is amazing and the staff is super attentive

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vipRichardAlexander
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening again at the Zuni Cafe. Come, eat, enjoy the oyster, roasted chicken, great potato stick fries and wonderful deserts. This is the quintessential great bistro experience to be savored. Thanks to Jeff for making our dinner party a memorable evening. Hats off of Zuni!

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SFNYlocal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great dependable meal with fantastic ambiance and great service. One of my favorite restaurants to dine at in SF. Good for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was incredible…food, service, experience. Parking is a challenge though.

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vipWadeH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch outside and the food was excellent especially the pizza and salmon. Best meal in ages. Bravo!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great dinner, not the service I was used to at Zuni. Felt careless and they missed the big giant note on my reservation that said it was my moms birthday. And I let the host know as well and they still missed a candle. Food was excellent

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SheilaW
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Makayla was our server, AND, she was amazing, fun, beautiful and very attentive. She would keep checking back to see if there was anything more that we needed, without being intrusive. She was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary meal. Wonderfully professional staff. They’re a beautiful, fun to watch, well-oiled-machine, with an abundance of personality. Kumamoto Oysters, Wild Arugula Salad, Shoestring Potatoes, Orecchiette alla Bolognese. All delicious and memorable. I’ll certainly be back next time I find myself in the city. Thank you Zuni!

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PeterP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted chicken for two must be eaten to be understood. There are lots of descriptions of it but the bottom line is it is the best chicken dish I have ever had. If I could choose my last meal on earth, this would be it. The wait for it to cook only builds the anticipation.

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elisabethm
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved the inviting space and warm welcome on arrival. Service was exceptional and personal throughout the evening. Both the food and the cocktails were exceptionally good.

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PavoL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was all excellent, especially since the place was quite and not crowded at all due to the unusually generous spacing of the tables. (This must have been an odd and about the only benefit of the "damdemic.") It felt wonderful to be back at Zuni for the first time in about eighteen months. The one thing that we had a problem with is the fact that you are informed you will be paying extra 25 percent of your bill right off the bat, whether you like it or not. This is BEFORE tipping. What a disincentive to tip! It creates of course an unpleasant situation of feeling very uneasy to add the tip to our (excellent) server. The dilemma left a rather bad aftertaste in our mouths.... Pun unintended.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The chicken for two was terrible. Disappointed that the chicken was bland and the bread was soggy.

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TedT
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Classic, heritage establishment. A must visit destination when in San Francisco. Dining is always a treat, visit was enhanced with our lovely server Makayla who was professional, friendly, and attentive without being intrusive.

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StefanieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunch @ Zuni is such a treat. Caesar salad was the best We'd ever had. Chicken was fantastic. The Parm and dates for dessert were just the absolute best. Highly reccomend sitting outside if you can

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vipJoJoBean
Richmond
103 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to return to Zuni Cafe after so many years. The food was just as wonderful and perfect as always, especially the world famous whole roasted chicken with the amazing bread salad. There was even a talented accordion player who played “Hqppy Birthday” for my husband. Really worth it!

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vipseboxner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Didn’t like to be tucked in the small room with all the table busy when the rest of the other area were empty. But the chicken rock as usual! Service was good .

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vipJimM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic and consistent over 25 years

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FiveTastes
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to be back at Zuni after a long time away! Our Saturday lunch was perfect: a selection of oysters, the kale farro salad, the new potatoes and coppa, and then the juicy burger with small order of addictive shoestring fries. All with pear cider. Our server was training a new person, and we could see the attention to detail and patience. It made us appreciate the careful and thoughtful service always provided at Zuni, which matches the quality of the food in excellence. We never felt rushed or ignored, just happy to be enjoying such a fine meal. A joyful return to a San Francisco classic!

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Zuni Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 6650 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.