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Zuni Cafe

4.6
4.6
6732 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 79 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 6,732 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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    In many ways Zuni continues to amaze. Price however is making the restaurant less attractive. Minor issues for us this time was a gin tonic with too much ice and not enough tonic water. The glass was too small. Desserts were disappointing.
  2. JP

    JenniferP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as usual!
  3. D

    Dtotah

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Haven’t been in a while, but didn’t feel like it was the Zuni I remember. Another casualty of Covid.
  4. M

    Maxi

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken fabulous as always!
  5. J

    Julia

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni never disappoints, from the superb martini to all of the beautiful and delicious small plates and scrumptious dessert. Attentive and friendly service. Perfect quiet corner table for one where I could take my time with everything.
  6. s

    shrinkrap305

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been eating at the Zuni Cafe since it opened in the late 70s. He proposed to me there in 1995. The food and the service have never wavered in their quality. It always feels like a special occasion to eat there, even when it's not our anniversary (we go to the Zuni every year to celebrate--last night it was 26 years). Everything is simple and perfect, and it's the simplicity that impresses me the most. Just a few ingredients in each dish that blend together delightfully. Friendly servers who know their stuff make the experience complete.
  7. y

    yumster

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni Cafe remains one of the best restaurants in a city known for great restaurants. Delicious food, beautifully prepared, and served (with aplomb) in a lovely setting, it's no surprise that Zuni Cafe has staying power. There is always a good variety on the menu and you can always count on their signature dishes: the Caesar Salad, the Chicken, and (for dessert) the Gateau Victoire or the espresso granita. The continuity in staff also contributes to the restaurant's ambience and dining culture. I live in San Francisco, and love trying the city's new restaurants. And I always return to Zuni Cafe.
  8. R

    Roxanne

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best dinner celebrating our anniversary. Get the roasted chicken and order it ahead of time. We will definitely be back!
  9. ES

    ElliotS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Scrumptious food, great service
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magical, as always!
  11. JM

    JackM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Wine list is very limited. Slightly noisy but not bad. Rather pricey with the add-ons.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal. Great table and our server Zoey was the absolute best! A+++
  13. r

    rcurtism

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were short on time due to tickets for a concert and the staff did a wonderful job keeping things moving and getting us out promptly. I'm still thinking about the heirloom tomato salad.
  14. JT

    JohnT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing!
  15. KR

    KimR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was perfectly prepared. The pepper and watermelon appetizer was a great combination
  16. k

    kwsf

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Iconic restaurant that still produces stellar food with a cool ambiance.
  17. LC

    LawrenceC

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is as perfect now as it was when we first went almost 40 years ago. It can't get better but probably will.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cafe was lovely. Food and staff and service as well as fellow guests were all wonderful. Would love to return. We ordered chicken and some coffee and some potato fries. All good quality and tasty. 🙌👍🙏🏿
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sumptuous!
  20. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Prices up considerably, Zuni Chicken now $72.00 from $52.00! Ordered Lamb Shank tiny,minuscule, portion for cost . Almost sent back due to portion /price ratio. Am willing to cut some slack do to inflation, ingredients and because it’s Zuni but… there are limits.
  21. H

    Hilary

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy here with consistent food & service. Desserts were amazing. Entree choices limited but my party enjoyed their dishes - we all had different -lamb, duck, vegetarian option (amazing!) & pasta. Should be easier to get reservations since it didn’t seem that busy at out 6:30pm time. Maybe shortage of staff. On the pricey side for portion specifically for apps
  22. JG

    JonG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    After waiting years to have a special dinner, I dined with a friend at Zuni. The food I ordered was wonderful, the service extremely attentive, great ambiance. I ordered a cocktail, split some bread with my friend, and ordered the lamb leg. We skipped salads and appetizers because our entrees were $38 each. My share of the meal was $80 with tax, including a 20% mandatory tip and a 5% mandatory surcharge for employee benefits. Did I enjoy my meal? Absolutely. Did I feel it was a good value? No. I’ve lived in SF for over 30 years, and I voted for the ballot proposition years ago that forced restaurants to provide benefits and livable wages to its staff. But I’ve never had the budget to afford restaurants like Zuni (I’ve eaten there about once a decade). And I think that given what workers deserve, this restaurant is for people richer than me. Their specialty is roast chicken—it takes an hour to prepare, and was on the menu $72. For chicken. So I didn’t order it. I’ve since bought a Costco Rotisserie chicken for $5.41. It was delicious but likely not as scrumptious as Zuni’s. But that’s what I’ll be buying in the future. So the food and service are wonderful, but the economics are not. Somebody is probably going to comment that $80 is hardly unreasonable these days for a quality restaurant meal, but it’s why I rarely eat out in such restaurants. It’s not worth it to me to spend that much.
  23. DL

    DavidL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! Met high expectations across the board. Atmosphere, food and drink, and service!! Can’t wait to go back!
  24. SM

    SusanaM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I have been dining at Zuni since it opened. I have always enjoyed the food and found it to be fresh, simple yet delicious. My dining experience this past Sunday was below par. The flavors did not come together well, my salmon was over cooked. My husbands Romano beans with his steak were over cooked, the Caesar Salad (my personal favorite) was over dressed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place can get pricey if you let it but it was mainly us just wanting to try a few different things! Drinks are great food is even better! Went for lunch on a Saturday and it was such a great ambiance. Service was attentive and what can I say about the chicken…. Worth every penny. Hey rider it as soon as you sit down as it takes 1hr to prep!
  26. KT

    KimT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chicken ever! It went really nicely with the sparkling Vouray. Staff was attentive and friendly. The Caesar was dressed too heavily but was delicious nonetheless.
  27. FA

    FarahA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service We ordered the chicken and it was well worth the wait!
  28. PS

    PSJason

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zuni is the San Francisco institution. We’re not for being on the pricey side, I eat here every day.
  29. B

    Bend

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food is good but nothing that will amaze you. But, the ambience of the place is special.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a small lunch with a friend who had never been to Zuni
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    Food was good. But, did not like the added 25% which was also included on our bottle of wine too! Bottle of wine was $103 dollars plus 25%! I suggest bringing your own and pay for $35 corkage fee. This is a once every 1-2 year place. Chicken is good.
  32. FF

    FrequentFlyer

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, an amazing meal!
  33. CE

    ColleenE

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal and wonderful service. We started with oysters--yummy. We ended with dessert--also yummy. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and the service was top-notch.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Came to try high-reviewed hamburger…nothing special unless you add blue cheese, which elevated it. Dinner menu has more options and much tastier.
  35. K

    Kokkarifan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Service was just stellar from every single staff member. Just wonderful
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quintessential San Francisco restaurant. I’ve been coming since the 80s and it never disappoints. Consistently great every single time!
  37. e

    elizaio

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alas, I love Zuni but chicken for $69 is just not happening. The espresso granita will always have my heart though!
  38. m

    marysuz

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around. The service charge is confusing, so should be explained by the server when presenting the check. That's my only complaint. This is an amazing San Francisco dining experience
  39. t

    theresa

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the place but the more explanation on the tipping policy would be appreciated. 25%? included and I dont know how much of that goes to the server? if i tipped more would it go to the server?
  40. A

    Aragon

    San Francisco

    248 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    248 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    This was a miss and I'm a fan of Zuni Cafe. It was lunch, we went specifically for the hamburger, and mine was a disappointment. My companion's burger was cooked as we both orderd: medium rare. My first one was medium-plus (which I returned) and the second one was well done(!) and rather than waste food, I attempted to finish it (with help of my companion), but the taste was awful. Oh well. [My hamburger was removed from the bill.] A discussion with a manager indicated that the quality of grass feed beef might be seasonal. OK. Then, if it's a "not so good" season, why serve it? Maybe that's why this Burger King burger looked so deflated and overcooked? Nothing like previous visits: a rising mound of juicy, medium rare beef. Sigh... Nothing lasts forever. The fries were good; though, I failed to notice any hint rosemary. Is that no longer an option? And the flavor of the ice tea was off - couldn't put my finger on it, but it wasn't good tea Just a very disappointing meal. The good news? Service by Jared was fine. Sat upstairs near a window so plenty of light. And, had a great time visiting with my friend.

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

FAQs

Zuni Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 6732 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 79 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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