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Zuni Cafe

4.6
4.6
6812 Reviews
$31 to $50
Modern European
WE ARE OPEN
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 104 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 6,812 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. CM

    ChristineM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was eclectic, our food was delicious, and the service was attentive but not overbearing. As an older person, I could have conversation with my family and hear them. The space upstairs was cozy and quiet.
  2. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Menu selection now extremely limited—essentially reduced to just a few things. One of the ones they are famous for is the hamburger. Ordered it medium rare. Came well done. When you reduce your menu to just a few choices it’s particularly inexcusable not to cook them brilliantly. Especially if you make up for it with very high prices.
  3. J

    Jill

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely sublime - the service, the table we had so we could watch the kitchen produce miracles every 10 seconds, the choices, the actual food,, even the price which was not stratospheric. We loved it and thank you for keeping on keeping on!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The chicken for two, the Caesar salad and the fries were beyond delicious! We will be back when we comeback to SF or we will be back again this week. Everything on the menu was tempting.
  5. BR

    BernadetteR

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and atmosphere
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    After being granted a change of tables, we were given great care by our servers. The food was great and beautifully presented. The wine choices are excellent. It was a wonderful dining experience.
  7. KH

    KatH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was fantastic. He read the table well and knew exactly what we wanted without us asking for it.
  8. m

    michaelm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fine preparation & presentation. Salad with a delicate oil, balanced just right. Green beans with grilled yellowfin tuna done al dente. The tuna cooked just enough. I could swim in the polenta with creme fraiche. The service was timely, intuitive, professional. Very pricey though especially if you are as hungry as a lumberjack.
  9. IS

    IsaS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hamburger was delicious and the server Joe was very pleasant and attentive! I tried a Kir Royale for the first time and loved it. The red wine suggested by Joe, served chilled, was top notch. Such a pleasure for me, I have to say, to enjoy the wonderful music played by Rob Reich!
  10. SR

    StephenR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was all one would expect of Zuni Cafe: excellent from beginning to end. The wait staff was helpful, calming, informative, and engaging to just the right degree. I had not been to Zuni in a very long time, and so was happy when my friend agreed to my suggestion. From the first sip of my cocktail to the last spoonful of Ganache, everything was wonderful, tasty, palate satisfying, and just short of unbelievable. (Nothing should be perfect.) I won’t wait so long for my next visit.
  11. IS

    IsaS

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ricotta gnocchi at Zuni is the best in the world! The margarita was spot on, and the French red wine, and house wine, were both excellent! Superb customer service is always provided at the main entrance, as well as during the meal (food and drink). My experience is always magical due to the amazing talents of pianist Rob Reich!!!!!
  12. WA

    WilliamA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great window corner table.. The wait staff was great..
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    This was a birthday dinner. We have been going to zuni for years and were not impressed this time for the first time. The food was tasty but the portions were much smaller than usual. The steak was cut up like for a child and really seemed like it was just a couple ounces of meat. Not enough for a full grown man! Quite an expensive dinner… not worth the value. The staff was nice enough.
  14. S

    Sanfranfan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A group of friends who try to meet once a month for lunch and go somewhere nice.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni did not disappoint! The shoestring fries are a MUST, but ask for the smaller portion (not the one listed on the menu; it’s HUGE). The latte was fantastic, although I was not expecting a 50oz bowl of latte ha! Definitely kept me going all day and night which is what I needed. The burger was so fresh, and the focaccia bun was divine. Also, where else can you go and get a variety of oysters for breakfast??
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating our daughter’s engagement. She and her fiancée were coming to town from Tx and NY for the weekend. We had carefully considered SF’s many great restaurant options and decided on Zuni for its trifecta of delicious food, classic SF ambiance and skilled bartenders. Zuni nailed it! All four of us loved the evening.
  17. ML

    MLiu

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I’ve always enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, never fails! Loved every bite and the service was excellent. Thank you.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service as always; first time dining upstairs, way too noisy for our tastes, we much prefer downstairs.
  20. BO

    BrookeO

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant wait staff, nice table and DELICIOUS lunch! A very pleasant experience!
  21. RH

    RichardH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni Cafe is classic San Francisco at its very best !
  22. P

    Peavey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni Cafe's iconic roast chicken has been on my bucket list for a long time, so my friends and I were surprised to find an available table at 8:15 on a Friday night. Our server was an excellent guide, confirming that, with a couple of appetizers (a dozen oysters, the heavenly house-marinated anchovies), the chicken (list on the menu as "for two") would easily feed our party of three.
  23. S

    Simpsioni

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been for a few month, Zuni has always been a favorite!
  24. NG

    NoraG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute.y fantastic restaurant. GO GO GO!!!!!!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food delicious but waitress forgot oysters and seemed out of it. Otherwise great. Always a treat here!
  26. MR

    MichaelR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience. I would go back in a heart beat.
  27. AF

    AnnaF

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual!
  28. MM

    ManuelM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! We arrived much earlier than our reservation time and they accommodated immediately.
  29. GP

    GaryP

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super great food and outstanding. Service. Good for any occasion
  30. SG

    SarahG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were top-notch. Keep in mind that they are no longer checking vaccination status, but the restaurant was well-ventillated.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great to be back here again after the pandemic. I’ll try not to make it another 2 1/2 years before I come back again to the city!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really good as always the food is wonderful the service is great. I was a bit confused by the Inclusion of service charge of 20% and was not sure if it was just for the restaurant employees and not the waiter or if it included all services including the waiters- like in Europe i.e. France. i’m very happy to leave a generous tip but when it’s not clear who gets it I can’t help but feel it should just be padded into the bill.
  33. b

    beenwaytoolong

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven't dined at Zuni in over twenty years, but I knew that Zuni Cafe on a Friday evening out in San Francisco before an event would be the perfect night out, and it was.
  34. DH

    DebHowP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant is well located, with easy walking access to SF Jazz, as well as to the symphony, ballet, or other events at Davies Hall and more. The ambience is what I'd call urban bohemian chic, with nice art on the walls and lots to look at: the kitchen staff are mostly visible as they go about their work. There's a big wood oven for their signature chicken (we didn't partake; we're more or less pescatarian), fresh baked loaves of bread ready for slicing, and a good variety of straightforward salads and sides. The fries looked amazing, skinny and sizzling, but we resisted that temptation and ordered the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi and king salmon. Portions are not huge, which means you can indulge in dessert! We shared the plate of cookies and a cappuccino. Service was great, too, very attentive and friendly.
  35. NF

    NatalieF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service—especially the pacing between courses—was perfect.
  36. BB

    BarbaraB

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable, fun service and wonderful food.
  37. j

    jena

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for our pre-theater lunch. Staff is so professional. Food was exceptional, as always.
  38. KK

    KevinK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is always a wonderful experience. The ambiance, service and food are consistently top notch!
  39. u

    umpactoe

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It simply was not very good. The burger was undercooked and the fries were not crispy. At the prices they charge, it should be better. I will not be returning
  40. P

    Paul

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Every time I come to San Francisco I go to Zuni. For over 20 years. It’s always reliable and comforting. But this last trip was just subpar in almost every way. The main issue was the staff. They were not rude, exactly, but they were completely inattentive and not at all interested in providing friendly and effective service. At one point, after asking two different people for the wine menu (with my entree sitting in front of me and no drink on the table), no one came to take the wine order. As I would’ve preferred to drink a wine with my entree, and the entree getting cold, I had to actually walk across the restaurant to the bar to order the glass of wine directly with the bartender. The bartender asked why, and I said “it’s hard to get anyone to come to the table” - a waiter (who had not been introduced as the waiter for my table) overheard this and said angrily to me “I’ve been there twice already!” Sorry, but this is unacceptable and, quite frankly, ridiculous. Otherwise - the duck leg was dry and almost no meat. I left hungry after appetizer, entree, and dessert.

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 6812 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 104 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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