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Zuni Cafe

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Hayes Valley
Californian, Café, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion
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1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5949 (Between Franklin & Gough)
415-552-2522
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Today
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 277
    Excellent
  • 163
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Scrumptious!

I eat here 3 times a week. It's THAT good. Get the Chicken Conquistador. It's one of the best sandwiches I have ever had!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Theo F
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Savannah, Georgia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I eat here 3 times a week. It's THAT good. Get the Chicken Conquistador. It's one of the best sandwiches I have ever had!

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I have been to Zuni Cafe a number of times and have had exceptional food with exceptional service each time. It is definitely worth the wait for their signature oven backed whole chicken (45 mins), so order right as your seated. They also have amazing bread, cocktails and oysters. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys amazing food!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Myself and my sister were stopping on Market Street during our trip to San Francisco. Only being a few doors down from Zuni we decided to give it a try. We had not made a reservation but the friendly lady who greeted us upon arrival was more than happy to show us to a table. The service throughout our meal... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A beautiful space on a depressing stretch of Market Street. Attention to detail in both cuisine and service.

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Oakville, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We went to try a San Francisco staple. We decided to dine family style and share appetizers , mains and desert. We had an outstanding server. The beet salad was good but nothing exceptional as was the arugula salad.The two orders of gnocchi were very light , airy and delicious - the sauce was a little on the sweet side... More 

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Carmel, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Fine wines and excellent food. Had several dishes and shared. Great variety, all superb. Fresh oysters and special chicken dish.

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Santa Rosa
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130 reviews 130 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Well, the 4-star review means that the chefs and owners need to try very hard to maintain Judy's standards, which were (if you ever watched her work) pretty unforgiving of anything less than the best. But last time I went, the oysters were to die for, the champagne was -- if not as great as it sometimes has been --... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Great service and decor. We had the whole chicken - and it was exceptional. Reservations are hard to get so try to book in advance!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Saw polenta with mascarpone on the online menu. Went there at 2:30PM and ordered just that, along with a Bloody Mary from the bar. Polenta prepared just right, with a dollop of mascarpone on top. Asked for an extra serving of mascarpone and waiter instantly obliged. Enjoyed the ambience of late lunchers.

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Carlsbad, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Who goes to a great restaurant and orders chicken? We did. We were told to order the whole chicken and that it was worth the one hour wait. Well, it was. First, we were there on a weekend when there was a big food conference was in town and the city was filled with people who know food, and of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5949
    (Between Franklin & Gough)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: 415-552-2522

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Californian, Café, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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