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“Delicious all around”
Review of Zarzuela

Ranked #209 of 5,708 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious all around”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were in the mood for something light and decided on tapas. This restaurant had great reviews and was close to our hotel, so we tried it and were very pleased with our dining experience. The front of the restaurant was packed, it was around 6:00. Luckily, there was no one in the back seating area and we got to be in a quieter part of the restaurant. We shared the grilled eggplant stuffed with goat cheese (my favorite), grilled dates with almonds wrapped in pancetta (also very tasty), and grilled squid with aioli (so fresh!). For dessert, we shared the chocolate cake, caramel custard, and rice pudding, all of which were divine!! Their sangria is the BEST, and my husband who visited Spain for a period of time, said it tasted exactly like what he had there. The owner is from Spain, and the entire meal exhibited his authenticity to the country's flavors. Can't wait to come back to SF and eat here again!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank travlnchic
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very good tapas”
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
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Thank georgepick
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British Columbia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
735 reviews
387 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“spanish tapas.”
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
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Thank jarmwr40
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San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Oh my freaking god. This place is AMAZING!”
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
Thank ryanscottlum
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San Mateo CA
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Really fun evening”
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
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Thank conlopez
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