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Zuni Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Hayes Valley
American, Contemporary, Fusion
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1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5949 (Between Franklin & Gough)
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hoboken, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Could be resting on its name at this point, our food was good, tasty and simple but with each dish, I can say that I've had better elsewhere. Service was nice if a little cool. Pizza was tasty but so thin it could have been a cracker.

Thank Kenbob
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I liked the space, hip, comfortable, good level of background noise, but conversation was easy to hear. Excellent service, even with a busy night and full tables. What really surprised was the food. My entree would appear to have been hanging around for some time with most of it being cold, the roasted vegetables were more dehydrated than caramelized and... More 

Thank Ian B
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151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The local restaurant reviewers prefer something new and shiny and trendy, over something that's old hat and reliable. Understandable, but we're tourists, so Zuni might be old to hat to the locals, but it was new to us. Which means, we could get a reservation 2 days in advance instead of a month in advance. Lucky for us. Now, the... More 

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Conifer, Colorado
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had not been to Zuni Cafe for a couple of years and wanted to get back to try them on a weekend for lunch. My birthday gave us an opportunity to revisit this icon restaurant. We made reservations a month in advance and had tickets for a concert in the evening after the lunch. Upon arrival, we were seated... More 

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Sacramento CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Two story pleasure palace of fine drinks and dining. Located just up Market from the Orpheum Theatre, make you reservations well in advance....and arrive early. The house specialty is a roast chicken for two...but it takes an hour. In a hurry, we had salads and a wonderful fall soup. Perfect service. Small but busy bar downstairs.

Thank brucereno
Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went along with high expectations on a Sunday evening. However, my excitement dissolved when greeted by the waitress serving the outside tables who had a dreadful attitude. We were then shown to our table (worst one in the restaurant), as I had already predicted to my partner. What we had actually done to upset the staff so much I... More 

Thank StuartMcB
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the roasted chicken which was good but it really should be accompanied with masked potatoes, wild rice or fiddle head ferns. The best dish was the creamy polenta. The ambiance is nice with a cozy with a very cool chandelier but unfortunately had a glaring light coming from the alley. Service was very good and pleasant.

Thank Lance11
Columbus, Ohio
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My niece has raved about this restaurant for years and it's always a required stop, when she visits the area. When planning a trip to the San Francisco area, this was immediately added to the itinerary. The food, starting with salad and the main course of Chicken and bread salad, were fantastic. Unfortunately, the attitude of the host, server and... More 

Thank AnnSG
Sydney, Australia
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took some customers there for fine dining, based on the recommendations of the concierge, the airline I used to come SFO (they had a virtual tour of SFO on board) and some friends. Well, 400+$ later, I left hungry, disappointed and seriously wondering what the fuss was all about. The place is loud, busy, noisy and swarming with action... More 

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Mariemont, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Supposed to be a great restaurant. During our visit, it was extremely average. My daughter and her friend had the brick chicken - a specialty. Made to order? Hmmmm... Should have been hotter and more tender if that was the case. I had some pork special. It was served very rare with a thin, water gravy? We had an assortment... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Contemporary, Fusion
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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