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Zarzuela

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Russian Hill
Spanish, Tapas
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2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1718
415-346-0800
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5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Good for:
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, mediocre service

A group of us went to Zarzuela to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the friends. I've been there a few times in the past and love the food. This time was as good, if not better, than the previous visits. At least the food was. The exceptional dishes are the quail (the sauce is out of this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Douglas A
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San Francisco, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, United States
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A group of us went to Zarzuela to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of the friends. I've been there a few times in the past and love the food. This time was as good, if not better, than the previous visits. At least the food was. The exceptional dishes are the quail (the sauce is out of this world),... More 

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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This small restaurant serves authentic Spanish food in a casual, enjoyable atmosphere in the charming Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The staff is unbelievably skilled and hospitable. With a chef from Madrid and a menu that offers the best of traditional Spanish cuisine, you simply cannot go wrong. Reservations are not accepted so go early, kick back, enjoy a... More 

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Orinda
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141 reviews 141 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My husband and I went to this popular Spanish restaurant dispute our son telling us it was terrible. Every evening there is a crowd inside so I thought I would give it a try. Well, my son was right. It took too long after we were seated to get an acknowledgment from the waiter. Once we ordered we had to... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's about a 15 minute walk from fishermen's wharf and right off the cable car line (bus route 19, with 5 min walk uphill on unions). There are lots of small local restaurants in this area. This one is very good and we enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Take the time and do like the locals, you will enjoy... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Never knew how much we enjoyed Spanish food!! The service here was impeccable and the wait staff seemed happy to be doing their job, even though it was Christmas Day! The explanation of each tapa and meal was thorough. The portions were perfect! We were given plenty of time to enjoy each course even though there were some waiting for... More 

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San Francisco
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I lived half a block from Zarzuela for 12 years, and have loved eating there. I never get bored of the selection of tapas. So many favorites.... the dates wrapped in bacon are delectable, the anchovies are subtle and juicy wonderfulness, the Spanish pie of the day is always yummy. I also like how the staff have stayed with the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I always prefer my own home made cuisine but when I go out, my priority is to get fresh food instead of frozen stuff. My Italian/French palate can tell when it's home made style with love and maybe someone singing to let it cook the right way. This place got my attention :O) Anton

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Budapest, Hungary
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a place I can call home because of ambience, outstanding food, great selection of Spanish wines and warm, family atmoshere. Every meal is prepared to perfection, exceeding your expectations and satisfying every taste. This is gem of Hyde street and Russian Hill that you'll always remeber, and you'll keep coming back. Thank you Andy, Luis, Arturo, Carlos.... for... More 

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A great spot! As another reviewer mentioned, dont let the non descript appearance of this place fool you- they have a great menu, great wine list and great service. We really enjoyed ourselves and will return!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I had the best time at this restaurant, I believe the food is the best Tapas in the Bay Area. The ambience is incredible, from the singing waiter to the decor. The food is spectacular. The Tortilla Espanola (Potato Omelette) was just like my Grandmothers. If the Padron Peppers are in season they are not to be missed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighborhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-346-0800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 35
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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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?

Staying in Russian Hill

Neighborhood Profile
Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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