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“Very good tapas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zarzuela

Zarzuela
2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1718 (Russian Hill)
415-346-0800
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Ranked #237 of 4,595 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very good tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The tapas here are the best we could find in San Francisco. Not everything was perfect, though. The shrimp in one of the dishes did not seem fresh, but rather frozen. Overall very tasty food. The location is very nice as well.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
British Columbia, Canada
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440 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“spanish tapas.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

we found this recommendation on trip advisor and came along one night, walking from our hotel. no reservations accepted, so we came around 7:00 and were seated right away. mixed crowd, young and older. all older, male servers, we were looked after well. we shared a salad, and from a cast iron pan, mushrooms, sausages, pork tenders on a skewer, all good. also had bread and olives before and coffee after. the décor looks quite dated and is not that attractive. nice high ceiling and tall windows. this place has been open for 19 years and obviously has a formula that keeps them so popular with locals and tourists alike. it felt a bit "stiff", formal? possibly just my mood.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
“Oh my freaking god. This place is AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Small restaurant with authentic spanish feel. The food is amazing and I'd recommend the 'Calamares A La Plancha Con Aioli'. It is absolutely PERFECT. The service is wonderful and the ambience is magical. Great food, good date spot. Mind-blowing tapas!

Visited July 2013
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San Mateo CA
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70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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“Really fun evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

My wife took me here for my birthday at the recommendation of our son in law and daughter ( who joined us and did the ordering). It was great fun and a new eating experience in the city. Tucked away on Hyde Street it was packed to the gills and they do not take reservations so we had a bit of a wait. Tip. Be patient and wait for a table in the front of the restaurant.

It is loud and busy but that is part of the charm. We shared about five different taps and finished it off with paella.....excellent. A carafe of sangria was the perfect beverage to go along with this casual, fun and very San Francisco dining experience.

I, sure we will be back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hempstead, Texas
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Tapas in San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Great food and sangria - busy place, you may need to wait on a table becoming available. A bit on the noisy side though

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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