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Zuni Cafe

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$$$
Neighborhood:
SoMa
Mediterranean, Contemporary, Californian, Café, Fusion
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1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5949 (Between Franklin & Gough)
415-552-2522
Website
Today
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 272
    Excellent
  • 160
    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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
rommegrot
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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Zuni Cafe was as good as I had hoped. The Chicken for 2 was exceptional and service was spot on. Atmosphere was perfect for a date night or a night out with friends. Highly recommended.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Food was good but not worth the expense. I won't remember a thing about it in another two weeks. Good service

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had read about the chicken at Zuni for years. On a recent trip to SF, I was finally able to experience it. It feels like a little neighborhood bistro, but the service and food are truly outstanding. We didn't have a reservation, but we got the best table in the house. A little two seater right in front of... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

At the recommendation of the waiter, I ordered the special sirloin steak entrée medium rare. We were a party of four, and the other entrees were good but not memorable. The steak, however, was bad in an epic sort of way. It was a decoratively arranged set of thin "chips" almost, each of which was so full of sinew that... More 

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Berkeley, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We read a number of rave reviews about the whole chicken (for 2) at the Zuni Cafe that takes an hour to cook but is worth the wait. My wife and I went there, waited our hour, and then got what was easily the greasiest dish I've ever head. Tasty sure, but too greasy to finish.

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Friday Harbor, WA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Service, food and ambience are hard to beat. The roast chicken for 2 is out of this world. Good list of wines by the glass. Do ask your server to call a cab when you receive the check.

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Dublin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I liked the decor and buzz in the restaurant very much, particularly the large oven in the centre. the menu was limited in choice: the bread was delicious so I ordered a pizza, with interesting sounding toppings of broccoli and leek. However I was disappointed: there was an overwhelming lemon taste and service from our waitress was quite offhand. It... More 

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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I have fond memories of Zuni which includes meeting Judy many years ago. I have a doh eared copy of the cookbook and love the roasted chicken recipe. Having said that I was disappointed by a recent visit the first after Judy's untimely demise. Except for shoestring fries all dishes were disappointing - the burger and pizza were left half... 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>  > SoMa
  • Neighborhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: 415-552-2522

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Californian, Café, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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