Zuni Cafe

(415) 552-2522 | View Website

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94102

37.773633 -122.421478

Open Hours

Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM

 
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More Cuisine: Hamburgers, Mediterranean

Price: $$$

Tags: Brunch, Business Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Organic

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Travelers Check, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central East, SoMa (South of Market), SoMa

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Reviews for Zuni Cafe

Recommends

A favorite for their simple favorites like pristine oysters and roast chicken.

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Recommends

A San Francisco institution, Zuni Cafe does not disappoint! Everything from the atmosphere to the service to the cocktails to the food was perfect. Even the much hyped about roast chicken was phenomenal.

Recommends

The one, the only, the classic. Oysters are always on point here, as is the famous roast chicken and caesar salad.

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Recommends

One of my favorite spots for a late-night bite, late lunch, or weekend brunch. It's all about the oysters, Caesar salad, gnocchi, and of course the roasted chicken for two (it's spendy, but damn that chicken is superlative).

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Martinis and Great Food – This place is great. You can’t go wrong with food or drinks at this SF staple.

Went here with a couple of friends from work so we go a wide variety of dishes and we all loved them. Our server, Stacy, I think was quick, knowledgeable and friendly.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Never miss dining at Zuni Cafe when in San Fran – I have been to San Francisco 12 times over the years and was introduced to Zuni Cafe about 18 years ago by a good friend who dines there several times a week. After hearing him rave about the food before he took me there the first time, I can say he didnt do the place justice. I have always concidered myself a major foodie, but Gene puts me to shame in that area. So since that night, I always make sure I visit Zuni for at least one meal everytime I visit the city. My favorite of thiers is Chicken for two roasted in the brick oven; warm bread salad with red mustard greens, scallions, currants, and pine nuts. Were headed back to SF in a few weeks and have plans to dine at Zuni, looking forward to my foodie girl friends first adventure at Zuni.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Zuni is a zero. Bad food and bad service. 1 hour wait for – Zuni is a zero

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst restaurant in san francisco – This is by far the worst place I've ever eaten. Who ever recommends this has been duped into overpaying for mediocre food. Service from matredi to wait saff are snooty and stuck up. If you look up rude on wikipedia you see a picture of the staff.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Nothing Special – This place did not live up to it's reputation. The best thing we had was the ceasar salad. We waited over an hour for the baked chicken, which is supposed to be their signature dish, and it was nothing special at all. Very disappointing and very expensive for what we got.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

fair at best – "Fair at best" is an appropriate description. Hate that we spent 175 with a bottle of wine and tip. Service was mediocre, very non-intursive to be polite. chicken served with a slight pink hue, which I am not accustomed to; combination of flavors was to be commended with the fried sweet potatoes and bitter greens. Tuna was a bit strong and not much flavor and too much char on the veggies. too many other good establishments to choose from. they must have comp'd the fodor's et al reviewers.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food, great vibe – Zuni Cafe has been around soooo long, and yet it is still so very relevant as a culinary destination. We arrived on a Thursday night and the place was packed. It was around 8pm. We were given a table in a smaller room upstairs, not bad considering we had no reservations. The server was incredibly friendly and very attentive without being overbearing. He made great suggestions and did not become negative when my friend ordered two appetizers. My friend had the polenta with marscapone and a Caesar salad. I had the rabbit salad and the flat iron steak. We split a bottle of Qupe Petite Syrah. There were other items on the menu I wanted (the beat salad, the sole, etc), so you should be able to find a selection of items that will appeal to most tastes. This place has a very sort of New York feel to it. I love it. We will be back!

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Decades after its 1979 opening, this San Francisco classic is still at the top of the list. – The Scene
Tucked into a narrow corner building shaped like a slice of pie, Zuni is ideal for people-watching. Expansive gallery windows, exposed-brick walls and a coppertop bar set the scene. The quieter second-floor loft is perched above an open kitchen, where chefs buzz from the old-fashioned brick oven to the sparkling oyster bar. Although most of the tightly packed tables seat a dapper business crowd, Zuni also attracts the occasional affluent family with well-behaved children.

The Food
The French and Italian inspired menu changes daily and offers a few menu staples. The entrees come with a twist; here, "meat-and-potatoes" means perfectly cooked Grimaud Farm guinea hen on a bed of buttermilk spuds, juicy seared carrots and crumbled house-made pancetta. A major draw is the fresh and richly flavorful oyster bar, with exotic choices from British Columbia to Cape Cod. All-ricotta gnocchi, cured anchovies and oven-roasted chicken for two are some of the popular standards on their daily rotating menu. All meat is organic, and the legendary Zuni burger is seasoned 24 hours in advance--with nothing but salt.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not worth the money. – My husband and I chose to go here after noting the 5-star review on CitySearch... Wish I had read the review right before mine first!

We had reservations for 10. We were seated where I thought was a terrible spot - in a hallway-like bottleneck right across from the waiter's station, looking into the kitchen. My husband thought it was neat to watch the food being prepared, but I would have much preferred a seat by the window, especially since we had reservations!

Our waitress was friendly - when we saw her, which was hardly ever. You'd think that being by the waiter's station would mean she's be around frequently, but nope. She took our orders, and about thirty seconds after the food was served (by someone else), she asked how it was. Our menus, bread, salads, food, and drinks were all brought out by assorted mute staff.

Had anyone cared to ask how the food was after we actually had a chance to taste it, my husband would have said his pork was amazing, and I would have said my "baked" salmon was raw. Literally. It was cooked through about 2mm. If I had wanted sushi, there are plenty of other places I could have gone. I picked around the green bean salad seasoned (too) heavily with cilantro, my husband finished his pork... and 20 minutes later someone cleared our plates. Didn't ask how it was, nothing, just grabbed the plates and silverware and took it away.

To summarize, if you choose to go, get the pork, and don't expect any kind of service from your waitress.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

A Must Miss! – A recommended SF resturant on our visit we were anticipating a great culinary experience.

Our reservation was at 10 pm due to their high demand but the host were very accomodating to seat us at 9:30 since we got there earlier than expected.

We had a slight wait at the bar where the atmosphere was very uninviting. Bartenders ignored us and the cocktails we did have were poorly executed and the wait was long at an uncrowded bar. I asked if they had a specialty cocktail and she threw me the menu and walked away neverr to return!

Once at our table, again the service was not friendly or hospitable. Seemed to be a bother to serve us. No friendly greeting or suggestions on the menu, only that the chicken (their signature dish and was so raved about by a friend) would take 1 hour to prepare. You wouuld think being a signature they would have a better grasp on preparation and demand. Another signature the ricotta pasta was also unavailble after we placed that order. We settled for an uneventful duck substitue for their steak special again unavailable after placing that order, and halibut (which was passable at best).

The oysters were good and fresh. Their "specialty" caesar salad was bland and watery. (boring)

Desserts were pretentious uninspired and limited. We passed on them.

Be aware of a 4% surcharge for a community services donation? We had that removed. The coulple next to us was duly unimpressed.

We saw our server only once after the food was dropped when we flagged her down for a vegetable substitute in place of the bitter kale that accompanied the duck. No sign of server after that and was giving our check from another waiter without even a thank-you. The hostess did thank us on our way out.

Poor service, unviting and unfriendly and pretentious atmosphere, limited menu and poor presentation. Everythjing that makes up a MUST MISS! Would have had a better meal at In and Out Burger! Avoid this place. We wasted our evening here.

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