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Zuni Cafe

4.6
4.6
6682 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
In an effort to keep our guests and staff safe, we require all indoor dining guests to show proof of their COVID vaccination. Children who are not yet eligible for vaccination may dine indoors with their party.
Accepted forms of vaccination record include:
Any scannable digital vaccination pass
Physical vaccination card
Picture of the physical vaccination card
Diners without proof of a vaccination are welcome to join us at our outdoor tables.

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

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN UP TO 2 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

11:30 PM


Booked 44 times today

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  • Order online

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 6,682 people are saying

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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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken is really worth the wait 😋😋😋
  2. DM

    DonM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried something new instead of the chicken. Fish sole filet was excellent.
  3. AH

    AHAH

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Zuni has lost its specialness. The food is decent but nothing else is write-homable. The added 25% service fee is a little presumptuous. Perhaps give me 20% worth of service and I won’t think twice, but that wasn’t the case. My overall score is: Meh. Which is really unfortunate.
  4. KB

    KBHanson

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni Cafe remains a San Francisco icon… an elegant gathering spot favored by artists and legends. Delicious food and drink in a beautiful setting never disappoints. Thank YOU Zuni.
  5. m

    mainguyen

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The lamb & eggplant & the gnocchi were excellent! I guess the sausage in the lamb dish gives a bit of different texture, but not as remarkable. We opted for the plum shortcake which could have used more of the fruit & cream for how big the shortcake was.
  6. DT

    DonnaT

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Nice place. Great food. Waiter didn’t refill coffee without asking. He could have been more attentive.
  7. FS

    FoodieSF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  8. C

    Chiz

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every single dish was absolutely delicious. Will definitely return.
  9. U

    United3millionmiler

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant for over 20 years. Outstanding food and service. Vaccination card needed to ensure safety for all. Fair wage charge of 25% in lieu of tips. There are a few outside tables along Market Street.
  10. JM

    JessicaM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni never fails - always a wonderful time, whether it’s a family occasion or a romantic date. My favorite restaurant in SF
  11. P

    Paris

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We asked multiple staff what the additional service charge was, all were reluctant to explain that it includes tip, so we added an additional 20% on top to find out later that tip was included. Be honest, we probably would have tipped extra, but from now on probably won't!
  12. s

    sfgrandma

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We return again and again because absolutely everything on the menu is prepared and served to perfection and service is always wonderul.
  13. CK

    CandaceK

    Fort Lauderdale

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. Each course was beautifully presented and delicious.
  14. JA

    JoshuaA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Awful. This place is not what it used to be. My fish was severely undercooked . The waiter was nice but rushed and not attentive. We had to wait until the food came out to get a fresh round of drinks. The hostess placed us at a terrible table upstairs in the back facing a wall. Ridiculous as the place is more than half empty. Overpriced, small portions, mediocre quality, and plated poorly. Stemware was very cheap low grade machine glass you would find at target. They literally don’t give you any plates for bread either. Way way way better options in SF. Finally as others commented - 25% is also added to the total. Definitely avoid Zuni. Sad.
  15. EM

    EmilyM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Chicken was all I dreamed it would be. So good and worth the wait. Caesar salad was good but not next level at all.
  16. C

    Chloe

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Be aware that Zuni adds a 25% (!!!) “Fair Wage” charge to the bill (which is taxed) and includes the SF Employee Benefit mandate. You get the feeling from the staff that you should also leave a tip. The bill is hard to decipher; it is not clear what charges are included. That said, the service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The Piccolo Fritto was overcooked and the gremolata was an afterthought with no flavor. Zuni used to have one of the best Piccolo Fritto’s- light, cooked perfectly and the gremolata was amazing.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!
  18. Z

    Zach

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing environment, the food was great and the staff was super helpful.
  19. EB

    EastBayAdventurer

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    1.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    25% “Fair Wage” charge added to entire bill, even bottle of wine. Just raise all prices by 25%, or be clear that we do not have to tip. This is double-dipping to charge Fair Wage fee then expect 15% tip. So, your food bill PLUS 40%.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service needs some work
  21. TK

    ThomasK

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding restaurant and has been outstanding for so many years! Delicious fresh food, beautiful corner setting and sharp staff! Love this place. It’s a winner!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25th anniversary meal. Exceptional. Classic Zuni choices—shoestrings, Cesar, roast chicken. Satiated. Chefs kiss.
  23. JA

    JuanitaA

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance - San Francisco feeling. Friendly, knowledgeable service. Very good food especially the Caesar salad.
  24. NF

    NapaFoodie

    San Francisco

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. You have to order the Chicken for 2. Teddy was superb. Highly recommended.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were excellent. The hard surfaces made the restaurant noisy so we had to shout to hear each other. The location was sketchy and there was no safe parking in the immediate vicinity for us who drove into the city.
  26. TT

    TonieT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! The signature chicken salad was amazing, as usual.
  27. UI

    UrsI

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. Started with the soup and then had the famous hamburger. Cookie plate for dessert. Also a shout-out to Teddy for the outstanding service.
  28. C

    Congratulations1

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect for celebrating a birthday.
  29. SB

    SusanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Fabulous cocktails, Wonderful ambiance, super friendly host/hostess. It’s a must!
  30. K

    Kent

    New Mexico

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I’ve loved Zuni in the past but tonight was a major disappointment. Ordered drinks before dinner and instead of the old fashion that I ordered they brought a Manhattan. I decided to just roll with it. Then I ordered a Nebbiolo for me and “the Santa Cruz Pinot Noir” for my wife. I knew that she would not enjoy the burgundy that they also had by the glass. They brought my Nebbiolo and a glass of white wine for my wife. I told the waiter that we ordered the Pinot Noir and he said “oh, I poured the wrong wine”. So they brought her a glass of Pinot. As I finished my wine I asked her if something was wrong with her wine as she was not drinking it. She told me “I don’t really like it”. I smelled it and it was obviously the French burgundy and not the California Pinot Noir that I ordered. Two drink orders and two errors. The food was good and they did a nice job of splitting the dishes that we shared but this was a very disappointing experience. I won’t be in a hurry to return anytime soon. Too many other great options ins SF
  31. C

    Cicci

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch. The oysters were superb and everything else was fresh, flavorful and delicious. We had the pizza margarita, the salmon and a burger, and a few of their delicious cocktails. We definitely recommend Zuni!
  32. EK

    EmilyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is a classic that always delivers great food, great service, and great memories.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the appetizer through the aperitif, it was a top-notch and flavor-filled experience of excellence. I highly recommend trying the “whole chicken for two” at least once while at Zuni! And let the server guide you in helping you make choices for foods and/or beverage pairing. They won’t steer you wrongly!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience
  35. J

    Jennifer

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni never disappoints. Our waiter, Ivan took great care of us. And of course the food and drink were amazing
  36. TV

    TorreyV

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was outstanding!! Our table was on the second floor overlooking the street near an open window!! Zuni’s restaurant continues to maintain its stellar reputation for serving delicious food.
  37. DL

    DLI55

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Still reliable but somewhat tired, and the 20% SF health/tip charges add up. Better psychologically to add the health/tip charges to the food itself, as it makes the prices more accurate in the aggregate (while ordering). Best to go for drinks and appetizers, with the exception of the chicken.
  38. ML

    MattL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I lived in SF over 22 years ago and Zuni was one of my very favorite restaurants. I was so amazed that years later, they had some of the same staple items and the same exquisite cuisine and service that I had grown so accustomed to. They are still on top of their game and the food and wine was so delicious that I almost cried. They completely accommodated my GF and DF dietary allergies and our fabulous server clearly expressed regret about the 25% fair wage gratuity that was added to the check. I would have tipped her at least that so I actually added a bit extra. The recipes are so unique and they put their own special spin on classic dishes. I could gush for hours about how fantastic Zuni is, but suffice to say, I recommend it unreservedly!
  39. PD

    PamD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We have been coming to Zuni for 15 plus years. It is always a must go when we visit San Francisco. Our dinner this time was a disappointment. The waitress lacked service. (I must say the waterboy was over attentive he must have filled out glasses 50 times !!!) we ordered 2 appetizers. Which came 40 min apart. The Caesar sals was dripping with dressing and very heavy with anchovies The piccolo grotto For 18$ was mostly onion rings and broccoli. No aioli ever showed up. Dry and cold. The shoestring potatoes again were served cold. We had to ask twice to get ketchup. We also ordered salmon very heavy on the olive topping - it was okay. And the signature chicken- the serving size has shrunk. What uses to be served in a platter is now in a small dinner plate. Very heavy on the greens and very little bread salad. The chicken itself was so flavorless lacking the traditional flavors we have come to love. So bad that my husband resorted to putting ketchup on it😡. We have learned over the years if you are going to order the chicken that is usually the first thing that the waitress asks is “are you having chicken ?” Let me get that started. People at the surrounding tables who were seated well after us were served before us. Their waitress was always standing nearby. Leading g me to wonder what was the distraction! Needless to say the much anticipated trip to Zuni after not traveling for 2 years was a sad disappointment. Also anticipate a 25% fair wage surcharge. No negotiation (don’t get me wrong I understand coat of living but just pay your employees what the deserve. We did order a 75$ bottle of wine for 3. But the total bill was 350$. For what we got we felt totally ripped off. We will be looking for other options for that special meal. The city is full of options. LOOK elsewhere. Sorry Zuni you disappointed!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food but a little disappointed in the seat assignment at the front door given we were 10 mins early and made a reservation 4 weeks ago. Everything else about this long-awaited experience met and exceeded expectations.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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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 6682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 44 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
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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