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Zuni Cafe

4.6
4.6
6891 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
WE REGRETFULLY ANNOUNCE THAT ZUNI WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th. WITH AN UPSURGE OF COVID CASES WITHIN OUR TEAM MEMBERS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO PRIORITIZE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR TEAM, GUESTS, AND COMMUNITY.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE AND APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU BACK ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.


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 89 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

    Nate Norris

  • 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 6,891 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. K

    Kiwi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food, excellent service and great ambiance
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Disappointing for the reviews this place had. Not worth the money, not special on ambiance, there was only 1 server on the staff who was actually warm and knowledgeable. Only 1 out of 4 dishes was actually good. Would NOT go back here again nor recommend.
  3. t

    tferris

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the world’s great kitchens for nearly a half century now.
  4. A

    Avigee

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best time to go for lunch is 11-11:30. You have the best tables and a relaxed atmosphere. We had the oysters, which you had a large selection. We like splitting dishes and for salads they are kind enough to split. We had the Caesar salad. Delicious dressing. However it was overdressed and the romaine lettuce were the outside large leaves. We still enjoyed the sales. The highlight was the halibut wrapped in a leave from Mexico topped with salsa verde. The fish was excellent and the leave gave it a hint of a smoky flavor. The fish was so fresh. One of the best fish dishes I have ever had. Serves with a couple of potatoes and beans with carrots and a baby turnip. Loved it. Finished with a cappuccino and the biscotinis. The service was excellent. Zuni is one of my favorite places for lunch.
  5. M

    Martin69

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Didn’t want to believe the bad reviews as we had dined here many times before. The persimmon salad was a mix of pools of vinegar and olive oil and frankly inedible. Waitress took orders for olives and took away our menus and crumpled up one in front of our eyes because oil got on one. We didn’t get it back until all the olives were eaten. We’ve never been made to feel so bad by a waitress simply for eating out food. She then took orders for another round of drinks but didn’t bring one and didn’t even apologize for forgetting when we reminded her. The entrees were good but at this price we won’t come to Zuni again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Not great for kids. The kids cheese pizza had no red sauce…. And was $36!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our server was delightful. The hostess was incredibly rude and really set our dinner off on a negative note.
  8. LR

    LindaR

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We had a wonderful waiter, but the bar was hopelessly out of sync with the kitchen, and the kitchen seemed a bit chaotic as well, so our drinks and food arrived at odd moments and with not much relation to one another. It made for a somewhat disjointed dining experience. The tropical cocktail I ordered seemed to have almost no alcohol in it. My appetizer was not piping hot, and it needed to be. But my husband’s squid appetizer was delicious. I had light and delicious ricotta gnocchi as a main dish (it’s a little smaller than a usual main dish, which the waiter warned me about), and my husband had the pork chop, which was tasty but a bit dry in the middle. We had lots of attention from the waiter, but it was a very expensive bill at the end.
  9. MO

    MichelleO

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Zuni is one of my favorite restaurants in SF. It rarely disappoints when it comes to food or service. It is where most of us celebrate hard and good times. Many of the staff have been working there for years. I love the hostess she is amazing. The new servers struggle a bit but the food is still spot on. Thank you Zuni Cafe!
  10. NS

    NonnaSF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliable and consistent venue for a brunch with friends. Always delivers on quality food and drink.
  11. 1

    1808

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Zuni is one of our favorites. But the service has deteriorated under the new tipping regime. Servers were generally tuned-out and just going through the motions. The old crew of servers was always big on personality and big on hustle, making for an enjoyable and personalized experience. Now they avoid eye contact lest they be hit up for some silverware. Food was excellent though. The kitchen is still crushing it. Especially the women making the Caesar salads and the chicken for two. They were both working non stop and putting out great food!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Authentic Caesar salad, Zuni chicken, a martini, and great company. Is there a better way to spend a Friday afternoon?
  13. SG

    SusanGil

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly done pasta dish win my heart as did the lovely persymon and goat cheese salad.
  14. JL

    JudyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambiance and service were amazing, as always. When we got the bill we found they’d calculated the mandatory 20% tip AFTER taxes and SF surcharge. Tacky, and not how tips are traditionally calculated.
  15. S

    Sunil

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice food with very helpful and pleasant service. Was perfect choice for dinner after a show.
  16. BB

    BoBow

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, but be prepared for a big surprise when you get the bill. SF Mandate, service charge, and taxes add about 35%. Lots of hidden charges.
  17. JS

    JoneS

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always! However, The hostess tried to seat us at this tiny table right outside the bathrooms 😱 but I asked for another option since we have had these reservations for weeks. We have been going to Zuni since the 1980’s and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a table there! It probably shouldn’t be there at all, but maybe reserved for walk ins. Go late afternoons if you want to avoid the noise.
  18. FA

    FASZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing! Really balanced, excellent food, good ambience and not too pretentious.
  19. D

    Dinette

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We ate outdoors for Covid-safe reasons, on a chilly day, and while the food and service were their glorious Zuni selves, the outside seats were much less fun than indoors. Market St. is loud, there were little flies that kept landing in our drinks, and the metal chairs and small slate-topped table were not super comfortable. Not a lot that Zuni can do about the weather or noise or flies, but even some paper on the table or a pad on the seat would go a long way. But the food is just as good as it’s always been, particularly the roast chicken and the Caesar salad, and it’s well worth suffering some minor discomfort to eat it safely with a high-risk companion.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday lunch celebration!
  21. 9

    92118resident

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in San Francisco. This is a wonderful place with amazing food and amazing history. You won't be disappointed.
  22. IS

    IsaS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding, as always. I enjoyed the wine. The stellar performance by Rob Reich is the icing on the cake!
  23. c

    christier

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I traveled from Maine and were told to visit Zuni, and in particular, get the famous roast chicken for two dinner! It did not disappoint, nor did the drinks, service, and ambiance.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni has been a treasure for the over 40 years I’ve lived here. It’s always a pleasure to be there. Everything was perfect.
  25. B

    Berit

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding AS USUAL!!! The Zuni chicken is excellent and legendary! What a San Francisco treat!!! 🌟🌟🌟
  26. MA

    MaryA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I brought a friend to the cafe for a birthday celebration and we ordered the chicken, which we knew would take 60 minutes. Despite a lengthy delay (it was almost 90 minutes rather than 60 . . . ), the dish was perfectly done and absolutely delicious. I would have liked a more realistic update from the server regarding the delay in delivering the dish, but as often is the case, I'm sure he just didn't know what to tell us. The persimmon appetizer was creative and delicious. We each had a glass of rose with our meal -- the wine was bright and fruity, and the perfect temperature. If I were to get a "do over" on this meal, I'd order another appetizer to keep our attention while the chicken was delayed. Otherwise, a lovely meal.
  27. KM

    KarenM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    wonderful as always wonderful atmosphere great service Chicken too salty this time-hope that was a one time thing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good as always
  29. IS

    IsaS

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta with chanterelles, cream and lemon zest was delicious, especially since I had requested less zest and it was perfect! Service at the bar and table were top notch, as always. And, of course, it was so special to hear super talented Rob Reich perform!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!
  31. g

    gabrielas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food- fantastic service- and always the best atmosphere! I love Zunis Bustling din of a classic SF restaurant.
  32. a

    andrea

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt like the good old days! Food and service exceeding expectations. Thank you for a delicious and festive lunch.
  33. JA

    JosephA

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good.
  34. b

    bondjamesbond

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken is always amazing, but the ricotta gnocchi were the star last night!
  35. L

    Local

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been going to Zuni since the mid 90's. Typically the food is exceptional. This visit the steak dish was exceptional and creative but the Mushroom entree was disappointing. We understand it is expensive to run a restaurant with inflation and so the prices have spiked considerably but the serving sizes have also been reduced.
  36. R

    Ross

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The environment and the people out shined the food.
  37. WS

    WSmith

    New Mexico

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After decades, this place is still solid.
  38. JF

    JamesF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Not a fan of the 25% added service charge - noticlebly less diners than usual.
  39. H

    Hilary

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining experience this time even better than last. The roast chicken for 2 is excellent. Nice portion & taste. Did not take a hour to get as it states. Appreciate having a non alcoholic quality choice of beer. Drink selection is also adequate- not too long & overwhelming. We enjoyed the quaint table we were seated at & the noise level. Definitely one of our favorites. Happy to get the reservation last minute - will continue to try last minute reservations as an option.
  40. N

    None

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food here was way over priced and just not that good . one salad thinly sliced beet and persimmon with too too much olive oil . We are done with California cuisine. This restaurant is full of themselves food wise and a poor value . We will not return , Our waiter was extremely pleasant and attentive .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 6891 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 89 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

    Nate Norris

  • Entertainment

    Piano

  • Additional

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

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