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Zuni Café

New American Restaurant$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
296 Tips and reviews
  • roasted chicken
  • oysters
  • burgers
  • shoestring fries
  • salads
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    The brick-oven-roasted chicken, with its crisp skin, is fantastic, but it's the chunks of bread, arugula, and currants in chicken jus that makes it special. Share it with someone you love. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 19, 2014
    Grab a burger at Zuni Cafe tonight (it comes with their legendary Zuni pickles). If you're not in the mood for a burger, their roast chicken is almost just as good. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19
    Menus evolve daily with the season, but there’s no escaping the Zuni classics: the iconic roast chicken for two, the trend-igniting burger, and the bowl of polenta that is surely more dairy than corn. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    One of the staple, classic dessert items at Zuni Cafe is the espresso granita, which will come as a parfait with whipped cream if you don't ask for it without, but stands excellently well on its own. Read more
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BergerApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I always forget how killer their wine list is, and not at all badly priced. Try the Thierry Allemand Cornas with the Zuni chicken, worth the price. Or Domaine Huet chenin blanc with oysters.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    After Judy Rodgers took over in 1989, her roast chicken and bread salad became a classic and iconic dish; one that, once revealed to the world, sent home cooks' ovens up to ungodly temperatures. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    It's the utility belt of restaurants: good for brunch, for late-night dining, for oysters and a cocktail at the bar, or for a lovely sit-down meal with a date. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23
    The only thing you need to know about this food star is what to order: the roast chicken for two with bread salad and a good bottle of wine. It’s perfect for every occasion. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The food there is simple, honest and delicious. The location draws a crowd that is pure SF—artists from the Mission, politicos and Castro drag queens all tucking into something seasonal and wonderful. Read more
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueJune 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Two words: ROAST CHICKEN!!! Heavenly, ridiculously flavourful, tender, superb. Also loved the long bar and nooks and crannies this restaurant is built around. Top marks all round.
  • La C.
    La CjargneleJune 1, 2013
    Drake's bay oysters are the best in menu!Cesar salad is great as everybody says..Our waiter is the kindest you can find in town,his name is Ruben and he's from Mexico,treat him well, he deserves that!
  • Verna
    VernaOctober 30, 2013
    Everyone says get the roast chicken and you definitely should! It takes 1hr so order it ASAP. It feeds 3-4 so order the house Pinot Noir, Caesar Salad + gnocchi as you wait if you've got a group.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The copper-topped bar up front is the perfect spot to have a stellar Bloody Mary to begin brunch, or to polish off a dozen oysters and sip a glass of Champagne as the sun streams down Market Street.
  • static_signal
    static_signalAugust 7, 2014
    Order the roast chicken for 2 the moment you sit; it takes an hour. Then get a few light dishes to savor before chicken time. Truly the BEST roast chicken you will probably ever eat in your life.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EisenMay 14, 2015
    The burger and roasted chicken are both good but I would branch out beyond these Zuni staples. Possibly the best part about the restaurant is the decor. Beautiful space.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    Chef Rodgers’ now-famous combination of roasted chicken paired with a warm bread salad with scallions, garlic, mustard greens, dried currants, and pine nuts is a must-try at this Hayes Valley outpost. Read more
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BarelliJuly 29, 2013
    Great warm atmosphere with view on the kitchen. The chicken was delicious indeed. I had high expectations as a big fan of Poulet Roti, and it was delicious. And the stuffing inside was even better. O
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 19, 2015
    Fodors, one of our expert reviewers, says, "After one bite of chef Judy Rodgers' succulent brick-oven-roasted whole chicken with Tuscan bread salad, you'll understand why she's a national star." Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    We don't have a lot of fond hangover memories, but one of the fondest is sitting down to brunch at Zuni (Sundays only) and through bleary eyes seeing the Zuni burger arrive in front of us. Read more
  • JS1
    JS1August 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the chicken as soon as you get sat and enjoy some wine and small bites while you wait. Absolutely worth it. Also, recently they have gone with small batch spirits so try some.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 19, 2016
    “One of the most beautiful spaces ever, with the most delicious food—especially if you go there straight from the airport.” - Ignacio Mattos, chef/co-owner of Estela and Café Altro Paradiso Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 19, 2014
    The lunchtime-only burger: grass-fed beef served on rosemary foccacia with aioli and house-made pickles. Topping choices include heirloom tomatoes, Beecher's flagship cheese and grilled onions. Read more
  • Julie G.
    Julie GauthierNovember 24, 2013
    Decent bread with butter! Great polenta, clams, and amazing spagetti! Don't forget to take the panna cotta (Italian desert they to with buttermilk instead of mascarpone), it's worth it!
  • Rory P.
    Rory Parness1 week ago
    The second the host/hostess brings you to your table, ask them to put the chicken up. In the meantime, order a few apps from your server to prime you for the main event
  • Krista H.
    Krista HarrisApril 16, 2012
    Get the upstairs corner table by the window, have a glass of wine turn around and look down into the kitchen for the perfect view to chose your menu items. Puuurrrfect view from there :)
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsAugust 12, 2015
    When you order the roasted chicken try not to fight over the crusty bread sitting at the bottom of the dish soaking up all of the pan drippings
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellJuly 8, 2015
    Yep that chicken is worth waiting for and if dining alone go ahead and order anyway as you can take it home and relive it all again.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Signature drink: The classic Bloody Mary ($11.25) from a freshly made house mix is in order, though the sweet-tinged balsamic version ($11.50) has its partisans. Read more
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SohnJanuary 6, 2013
    Get the chicken and ask the waiter to get it started as soon as you're seated bc it takes close to an hour to prepare. Delicious.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 4, 2016
    The roast chicken is a dish that never gets old, and once you've tried it you'll never want a chicken roasted in anything but a wood oven Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 21, 2014
    Zuni's famed roast chicken for two is a sensuous experience: succulent, rich, and good enough that you'll be eating with your hands.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MJune 17
    Get the roast chicken if you can handle the hour wait - otherwise go for the burger on a fluffy focaccia bun.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXDecember 1, 2011
    I am addicted to the polenta. Try it as a starter, then substitute an order for the salad, and ask for a side to accompany your entree. Polenta for dessert is a good idea, too.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 15, 2014
    Roast chicken is good but the bread salad that soaks up all the chicken juices is epic. Roast chicken takes about an hour to prepare and will easily feed 3 people.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 28, 2011
    you have to get the chicken for two roasted in the brick oven. I just about died, so good. Support restaurants like this one that focus on local sustainable ingredients!
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    It's like the living room for SF, somebody said before. It's a historical restaurant, worth to go. Get the roast chicken, have some wine, nice oyster too.
  • John T.
    John The BastardSeptember 2, 2013
    People say they love The Chicken. Actually, they love The Bread Salad that The Chicken comes with. But you can order The Bread Salad as a side without the hour wait.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranSeptember 24
    The wood oven chicken with bread salad is amazing. Make sure to order it first thing because it takes an hour
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinApril 30
    The brick oven chicken is fantastic, but it is too big for 2 people. Bring some friends and add some appetizers. Make reservations way in advance.
  • Bloompy B.
    Bloompy BonvivantSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Past 22:00 and you'll be able to order the burger that's normally available during lunch hours. Roasted Chicken takes 45-60 minutes to prepare. Many to choose from their fresh oysters list.
  • H K.
    H KOctober 24, 2015
    The chicken was succulent and delish. Munch on some great appetizers while waiting an hour for the chicken to be prepared.
  • Markus S.
    Markus SpieringFebruary 20, 2016
    So gooood! Get the chicken for 2 and put your order in even before you order drinks. It takes about an hour but it's so worth the wait.
  • jiresell
    jiresellOctober 5, 2016
    Came here because I saw it on the Eater 38 SF. Great bar. Get the roasted chicken and Caesar Salad!
  • Nicole
    NicoleDecember 11, 2016
    Roasted chicken and bread salad is out of this world and more then enough food for two people. The polenta was Devine and worth having over desert.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 16, 2016
    The espresso granita is icy and caffeinated with just the right amount of sweetness from a light whipped cream. Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Order wood-fired pizza (like pecorino, pancetta, and arugula) or a hamburger at lunch, the famous roast chicken for dinner. - Green Guide Editor
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 4, 2011
    The house-cured anchovies with celery, parmigiano, and Niçoiseolives, the Petrale sole, and the whole roasted chicken with bread salad for two are among the emblematic dishes in this food-mad town. Read more
  • Vandna
    VandnaOctober 13, 2012
    Chicken was amazing of course. We were able to get a table without reservations after hanging in the bar for about an hour. Great way to fit in both hh and dinner!
  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachOctober 15, 2015
    WHAT TO EAT: Oysters and periwinkles from the raw bar. Roast chicken, of course. The burger, the Caesar salad. For full review, click Read more. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2011
    Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad and bloody Mary have all been called the best in the city. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Lindsay B.
    What an incredible restaurant. Roasted chicken, duck, and Caesar salad are amazing. Worth every penny!
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineMay 11, 2011
    Instead of traditional cucumber pickles, legendary chef-owner Judy Rodgers accents her burgers with thin-cut zucchini strips pickled in apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds and turmeric.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleAugust 7, 2014
    A cocktail at the bar with some oysters before ordering the Zuni classics:chicken for two and Caesar salad... You can't go wrong.
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25
    Judy Rodgers, who passed away in 2013, knew how to fix a Bloody Mary, and her Market Street restaurant carries on that legacy. The not-so-secret ingredient: balsamic vinegar. Read more
  • Andy E.
    Andy EllwoodMarch 28, 2013
    The burger here is amazing. I made it even more amazing by adding 'cracklings' from the other daily special
  • Hailey C.
    Hailey CrowelOctober 10, 2012
    Loved the salmon (I was able to steal some chicken from friends), but definitely save room for the bread pudding or caramel ice cream!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RayMarch 12, 2016
    There's a table for two near the kitchen and the wood oven where you can see all the action. If you're into how food is made, nab it.
  • James H.
    James HSeptember 1, 2015
    Roasted chicken with warm Tuscan-style bread salad. Still the most succulent roast around.
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteilenFebruary 19
    Fantastic. Arugula salad was great and chicken, the signature dish, was outstanding. Solid, well priced wine list.
  • Laura C.
    Laura CNovember 17, 2011
    The menu at this classic restaurant changes daily but the delicious food remains a constant. The specialties here are the Roast Chicken and the Bread Salad.
  • Genesis F.
    Genesis F.February 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect spot for a cocktail or late night snack after your performance at the ballet, opera, symphony, or City Arts lecture. Don't skip out on the oyster bar!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    While Bay Area residents can't agree on politics—or the best burrito, for that matter—the general consensus is that this is the best burger. Read more
  • Jan-Nicolas V.
    Jan-Nicolas VandervekenSeptember 12, 2010
    The chicken for two is a must. Amazing wine list, great service. We drank a wonderful red Burgundy (Clos du Chapitre, Fixin 1er cru classé, 2007). A must in San Fransisco. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Hands-down the best burger in the Bay Area. Artisanal cheeses, rosemary-scented foccacia, and pickled zucchini ribbons help this cafe stand head-and-shoulders above the rest.
  • Ursula T.
    Ursula TudelaFebruary 22
    Chicken for 2 plus shoestring fries which are super thin and crispy. SO FREAKING GOOD.
  • Samaher
    SamaherFebruary 5, 2015
    Am a bit confused about their burger. It tastes like a burger but doesn't feel like one. Rosemary focaccia is delicious
  • Nicholas H.
    Nicholas HermanMarch 19, 2016
    old school SF and a lovely place to sit for a drink and/or food, though it's not located in the most desirable area.
  • Nik L.
    Nik LevenbergMay 4, 2012
    Totten Inlet Olympia oysters (aka The Tiny Pacific Oyster) are not to be missed. The oyster equivalent of really amazing caviar.
  • Thom M.
    Thom MahoneySeptember 13, 2016
    It's all about the oysters. The chicken is very good as are the shoestring fries.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 21, 2010
    Two great options for full-bodied wines from great vintages: Casanova di Neri’s Brunello ‘04 (sangiovese from Montalcino) & Domaine la Bouïssière’s Gigondas ‘07 (grenache blend, from Southern Rhône).
  • Rod B.
    Rod BannerFebruary 8, 2013
    Don't think twice. Order the Caesar Salad, the Chicken and the Bandol Rosé. You're in Rosé street.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BarkerNovember 17, 2012
    Have the roasted chicken and bread salad (for two)'s #2 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2012. Allow 45 minutes to prepare.
  • Vicki T.
    Vicki TranJuly 26, 2015
    Love their pizzas and Caesar salad! Friendly staff as well!
  • Damian B.
    Yes the chicken is delicious and it will feed 3. Pair it with the namesake Zuni Pinot Noir
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethMarch 4, 2014
    Roasted chicken for two is a must but today was snack time. Nothing like oysters, champagne and fries.
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldJanuary 7, 2012
    Fettucini surprisingly light and delicious. I had the great roasted chicken but next time I'm ordering the fettuccini.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 16, 2016
    The oysters and roast chicken with salad are always amazing
  • Ting S.
    Ting SDecember 4, 2015
    I go here for the great selection of oysters, the fries(eat with beer), and the roast chicken.
  • Jane M.
    Jane MaskellAugust 3, 2016
    Roast chicken for two is excellent. It could easily satisfy three people. Waiters are very professional.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SonderbyJuly 1, 2012
    Amazing chicken - trademark dish and very cool bar. Top drawer
  • Ogun H.
    Ogun HolderFebruary 20, 2013
    Try the Wood fire roasted chicken - Best. Chicken. Ever. Took an hour to prepare but soooo worth it.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GeeJanuary 9
    The roast chicken is supposed to be great but we didn't order it because it takes an hour to prepare. Reservations are a must.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LDecember 23, 2015
    The chicken takes about 75 minutes to prepare. Order something else or don't come hungry. Maybe also bring a 3rd person to share.
  • Pam S.
    Pam SinghDecember 11, 2016
    Food is good. Service not so good. Seating makes your back hurt as you are sitting horizontally next to the person. And, beer should not be served in a wine glass.
  • Leslie Z.
    Leslie ZieglerApril 12, 2012
    One of the best burgers in SF, not on the menu, order after 10pm. Otherwise, the chicken is the way.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    Still the best Caesar Salad and roasted chicken. Always consistent after 30 years. Great Location. - Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • SkeeterNYC
    SkeeterNYCDecember 19, 2010
    Shoestring fries were fun to eat, but not out of this world amazing. But I did really enjoy the burger. Meat was really well spiced and memorable.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChiesaFebruary 9, 2013
    Great place to stand up at the copper bar and have a martini before dinner. See and be seen! The food classic rustic Italian. Beautifully done year after year.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent drinks & service. Order a chicken for the table. Worth the wait.
  • S
    SMarch 14, 2015
    Get: chicken, shoestring potatoes. Order chicken right when you are seated. Its an hours wait
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The chicken for two is the best chicken in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GeeJanuary 6
    Reservations are a must. Their roast chicken is supposed to be great, but you have to have time because it takes an hour to prepare.
  • Ariel Z.
    Ariel ZachJanuary 10, 2016
    Lamb tagine and steelhead were excellent and the shoestring fries are a must.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.August 9, 2012
    Roast chicken and bread salad, Caesar salad, shoestring fries, and Zuni Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir
  • Inman News
    Inman NewsMarch 6, 2012
    Order the Gateau Victoire - it’s probably the best flourless chocolate cake we've ever had!
  • Perri S.
    Perri SilverDecember 30, 2014
    The burger is amazing and the shoestring fries are enough to feed an army
  • Byron T.
    Byron TangDecember 25, 2013
    Call ahead and order the chicken, it takes awhile but it is absolutely amazing.
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The perfect meal: genmaicha, the caesar salad and the roasted chicken for two.
  • Samaher
    SamaherAugust 8, 2014
    Known for its fried chicken and burger! Caesar salad is good too
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 21, 2010
    After grinding and grilling, the burger is served on foccacia with homemade aioli, fresh seasonal vegetables , and picked red onions.
  • Alison L.
    The chicken is famous at this much loved restaurant but my fave is really the gnocchi.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FindleyMarch 11, 2015
    MG says it's the best burger in town, but you have to go after 10pm
  • Min C.
    Min ChoDecember 21, 2012
    The caramel pot de creme is to die for. Save room for dessert!
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyDecember 2, 2012
    Have the chicken, duh. The Ceaser and French toast are solid as well.
  • Esther A.
    Esther AssaadSeptember 21, 2010
    The Chicken is worth the 1 hour wait. Order it the minute you get there. The stuffing is YUMMY. Anchovie app was meh...only eat anchovies at Delfina. 
  • Kyle V.
    Kyle Van AukerAugust 26, 2012
    Clams were incredibly flavorful and the house country bread was great for dipping.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CDecember 15, 2013
    The Caesar salad is everything it's cracked up to be. Just order it.
  • Maximilien N.
    Maximilien NguyenNovember 8, 2012
    The chicken is amazing! Don't forget the hidden gem - shoestring fries.
  • Daniel
    DanielFebruary 2
    Great dinner spot. Their pork chop was amazing. Good desserts
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoFebruary 12, 2016
    Best roasted chicken ever! But be ready to wait (1hr) and pay for it (60usd)
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the roasted chicken and bread salad is delicious. Yum!
  • quinn h.
    quinn hawkinsJune 20, 2011
    Best gnocchi I've ever had. Savory and light.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Great, a San Francisco institution. Order the roast chicken for the table
  • Christine N.
    Christine NgoNovember 23, 2010
    i will be the millionth person to tell you that you cannot go wrong with the roast chicken. however, note that it EASILY feeds 3-4, not 2, despite what your waiter will tell you.
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Judy Rodgers’ iconic San Francisco restaurant has had a significant influence on me as a chef and restaurateur. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
  • Tim B.
    Tim BFebruary 19
    Delicious clam linguine and shoestring fries (I love carbs)
  • Celeste
    CelesteFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Nothing beats sitting outside on a sunny afternoon with a bottle of wine. People watching at its finest.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroNovember 13
    The chicken is killer as well as the caesar and the burger. An institution.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Best seat: The bar has always been sans stools - slurping Kumamotos on your feet is a part of the Zuni experience. If you dine, bar staff will make a place setting by laying a napkin atop the copper. Read more
  • Jake L.
    Jake LewisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chicken on the planet! It feeds a hearty two people... Maybe even 3
  • Steven M.
    Steven MatthewsAugust 19, 2015
    The chicken, the Caesar salad, the wine, desert
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    SF institution! Oysters and, of course, the roast chicken for two. Swoon.
  • Leah B.
    Leah BellerjeauAugust 19, 2016
    roast chicken, oysters, shoestring fries, cocktails and wine
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 25, 2015
    They have a dog-friendly, dog friendly outdoor space!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Thomas McNaughton, chef of Flour + Water, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Roasted chicken for two. Read more
  • Bradley K.
    Bradley KamiskyOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you have never been here do order the chicken, but make sure to get a few other courses to tide you over while you wait
  • Christine M.
    Christine MarchuskaJanuary 5, 2014
    Chicken for two is delicious and one of their signature dishes!
  • Trumer P.
    Trumer PilsSeptember 2, 2010
    Zuni Café's famous roast chicken is a can't miss! Enjoy a Trumer while it cooks in the authentic brick oven, and savor a Zuni favorite - it's worth the wait!
  • Ian M.
    Ian MuligMay 28, 2012
    Visited from out of town the staff and food are FANTASTIC!! ThankYou ZUNI!!
  • Goldfish B.
    Goldfish ButtSeptember 11, 2013
    The chicken here's the best! Avoid the mahi mahi.
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BellintaniApril 24, 2014
    they should change their name to oyster paradise, really great.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BrooksDecember 3, 2011
    Have a bloody Mary, oysters and crab when it's in season (aka now). Fab.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJune 11, 2015
    Their signature dish wasn't as standout as I'd have hoped -- especially with a 45 minute wait!
  • Angelo S.
    Angelo S.October 25, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Do: bloody mary, caesar salad, oysters, ricotta gnocchi, roast chicken, pot de creme. Don't: put up with the attitude or the spotty service. Don't #2: Valet your Benz at your own risk.
    The Hamburger is served at lunch and after 10 p.m. only.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    An SF classic: Great oysters, full cocktail bar, and the famous chicken-for-two!
    House-ground hamburger (served in a grilled rosemary focaccia)
  • Sukhjit G.
    Sukhjit GhagApril 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the shoestring potatoes to start. They're heavenly!
  • Flora C.
    The trout was fresh and delicious.
  • Lian
    LianSeptember 16, 2012
    Going for the burger, 1 hour wait for the chicken.
  • Grub Crawl
    Grub CrawlMarch 19, 2011
    Get the roast chicken. Actually, everything i tried was good!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SmithMarch 7, 2016
    Caesar salad and roast chicken are a must
  • Rey F.
    Rey FerolinoApril 19, 2015
    Try the Chicken and Bread Salad (via @Foodspotting)
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Zuni Cafe.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningNovember 30, 2015
    Oysters, champagne and fries makes for an excellent dinner.
  • Angelo S.
    Angelo S.March 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Oysters. Martini. Caesar. Roast Chicken (if you opt out - that's your problem). Ricotta Gnocchi. Enjoy this SF Classic.
  • Torv C.
    Torv CarlsenMarch 28, 2013
    The Zuni Chicken will transform you life.
  • Richard M.
    Richard MeaneyNovember 4, 2010
    The Polenta is nothing special, but the sardines, gnocchi, caesar salad and spaghetti apps are all fantastic.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderJuly 19, 2015
    Can't go wrong with oysters and french fries!
  • Brian G.
    ...and the burger w/ value cheese had more flavor than prime aged ribeye!
  • jennifer
    jenniferMarch 15, 2013
    the burger. the chicken. WOW! loved both.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 3, 2015
    Salmon was awesome!! Wish we got the chicken!!!
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolAugust 16, 2016
    Great meat and pasta
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoNovember 10, 2011
    The roast chicken with bread salad is a must-have.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 10, 2016
    Must try! Famous for their roast chicken.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChanMay 24, 2016
    Roast chicken!! Omg!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 11, 2013
    Roasted chicken and bread salad is on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    7x7 recommends the Espresso Granita
  • jeffrey a.
    jeffrey arnoldAugust 19, 2016
    Oysters, cesar salad, chicken. A classic.
  • Ilian G.
    Ilian GeorgievJune 13, 2016
    Eat outside, get oysters.
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Miyagi, Kumamotoand Friends - Love Sunday brunch oysters
  • Derek K.
    Derek KanJune 19, 2013
    Awesome Chicken for 2 and Bread Salad. Start w/ Kumamoto Oysters
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    The addition of balsamic gives this classic bloody mary a sweet twist, while the pepper onion relish adds that spicy dimension that no bloody lover can live without. Read more
  • Rajiv D.
    Rajiv DoshiMay 8, 2013
    Try the Chicken For Two With Warm Bread Salad
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 13, 2016
    The roast chicken is amazing but it takes nearly 90 minutes.
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaAugust 28
    Food was ok, but reading the rest of the tips I was expecting more. I don't think it's a good value for money so wouldn't recommend this place
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernMarch 29, 2015
    Lamb, lamb, lamb and fries!!! Mmmmm
  • Dan G.
    Dan GurskaJuly 2, 2011
    Ask for Jenna as your server! She was incredible.
  • Caroline F.
    Caroline FaureNovember 7, 2014
    Roasted chicken is a must!!
  • Melea S.
    Melea S.January 7, 2013
    Get the ZUNI pinot noir. By the bottle.
  • Karla R.
    45 minute wait for the roasted chicken was so worth it!!! AMAZING!!
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanNovember 19, 2016
    Yeah, the chicken is the bomb
  • Tim V.
    Tim Van loanJune 10, 2011
    Get the chicken and ask for Nathan as your waiter- he rocks!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchlossfrauMay 19, 2016
    Only was there for breakfast and that was simply very good.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HakeOctober 20, 2013
    Chicken is good. Take an hour to make.
  • Lisa
    LisaJuly 28, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    sit at the sidewalk tables mid afternoon on the weekend, have the phenomenal zuni burger, people-watch the san francisco crowds!
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeFebruary 4, 2016
    The bolognese was really good!
  • KaRiM O.
    KaRiM OnTheGoAugust 19, 2013
    The chicken is a must...
  • Ken H.
    Ken HJune 24, 2012
    Chicken takes an hour o prepare so order fast
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken - The classic 45 minute chicken
  • B Z.
    B ZeidsMay 4, 2015
    Delicious espresso granita.
  • steen
    steenFebruary 3
    Roasted chicken & Shoestring Potatoes for dayssss.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChapaApril 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I actually like a bar made for ppl to stand at, makes me feel awake and invigorated!
  • David D.
    David DunhillSeptember 26, 2015
    Caesar salad and roast chicken. :mic drop:
  • Edison C.
    The roasted chicken is awesome.
  • Gonzalo S.
    Gonzalo SolisSeptember 1
    Let me be the first to say, get the chicken.
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoSeptember 6, 2015
    The crostini was good :)
  • Teresa W.
    Teresa WSeptember 19, 2013
    the salmon is perfection
  • Dian P.
    Dian PanAugust 5, 2013
    get the balsamiq bloody mary, so good!
  • Kris L.
    Kris LMarch 21, 2016
    Roast chicken and bread salad
  • Angie H.
    Angie HApril 18, 2015
    Came for the fancy brunch. Yaaasss!
  • Brian G.
    The Kumamoto oysters and balsamic bloody Mary - perfection!
  • Richard H.
    Richard HoAugust 15, 2010
    Chicken licking good. Zuni's chicken is thr brst. Everythung is!
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineJanuary 27, 2010
    Order the roast chicken and bread's #1 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010 Read more
  • Colin
    ColinJanuary 26, 2012
    Don't order any drinks except for water and watch the waitstaff squirm.
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanApril 13, 2015
    Nice place but a bit funny Service.
  • Niklas N.
    Niklas NordlofSeptember 4, 2013
    Everything is amazing!
  • Pam S.
    Pam SinghDecember 11, 2016
    Food is good but service not so good. Also, you should not serve beer in a wine glass.
  • Stephanie J.
    Stephanie JegatJune 17, 2012
    Hosts were jerks and giving tables to people who came much later and claimed tables. Who does that? Are we in kindergarten... Lost major points since used to be a favorite.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JonesMarch 12, 2012
    The gnocchi is fab-u-lous! It's a must have!
  • Nick C.
    Nick CadeDecember 6, 2009
    This is a great place to take an out-of-town visitor to eat. Feels like SF. Tastes like SF. Located on Market street in SF.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaApril 12, 2015
    I highly recommend the chicken for two.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JonesMarch 26, 2011
    Rumored to have one of the best hamburgers in the United States...
  • Kyle V.
    Kyle Van AukerAugust 29, 2012
    Judy Rodgers book for Zuni Cafe is on sale at Amazon for $26 right now.
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VSeptember 8, 2011
    Don't be chicken, get the chicken!
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoJanuary 27, 2013
    Roasted chicken and bread salad
  • katieparla
    katieparlaSeptember 14, 2010
    the pizzas are incredible. toppings vary with the seasons
  • Quy L.
    Quy LeDecember 11, 2011
    Must try the shoestring fries!
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YuzawaFebruary 15, 2016
    Tasty burger!
  • Fatima
    FatimaDecember 16, 2012
    Very disappointed - tried the Caesar, fries, and roast chicken. All overrated!!!!
  • Brian P.
    Brian PrusnekJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Teddy Kryger. Best waiter ever!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CaiOctober 27, 2015
    Amazing caesar salads
  • samantha
    samanthaApril 16, 2011
    eat family style and be sure to order the chicken!
  • Peter F.
    Peter FridayDecember 5, 2012
    A bit fancy, but incredible food.
  • DJ
    DJNovember 26, 2012
    Great seafood risotto here
  • Wilfredo S.
    The Caesar Salad is the signature item here, and they will happily split it on two plates to share.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BeamanSeptember 3, 2011
    The roast chicken is to die for!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe Condon6 days ago
    That chicken tho 💯
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.September 10, 2016
    Chicken is amazing.
  • silvio g.
    silvio guidoMarch 16, 2013
    Good food, small plates...
  • Herm S.
    Herm SinoyDecember 16, 2013
    Two words. Roast Chicken
  • Mary N.
    Mary NgAugust 19, 2010
    Get the chicken for 2! Do it! Best chicken of my life
  • Christmas H.
    Christmas Hdsn-EvnsFebruary 26, 2016
    I think about their chicken daily
  • Coby V.
    Coby VenableMarch 15, 2013
    After 10 burger. Uhhh yeah.
  • megan
    meganDecember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always the chicken for two.
  • Angela F.
    Angela FloresOctober 20, 2010
    The espresso granita is a great finish to the chicken dinner! Order It.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 26, 2010
    Try the Picola Merignata With Strawberries And Peaches
  • Eric T.
    Eric TanJanuary 29, 2011
    Start w. Anchovies, parmesan, celery + olives. Yummy!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaliwatApril 24, 2009
    1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni(from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die |
  • Eric D.
    chicken for two and fries
  • Diana A.
    Diana AspilleraSeptember 5, 2009
    bloody mary and really skinny frieds - its perfect if you're hungry but need a cocktail.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WintersAugust 10, 2014
    Chicken. Bread. Salad.
  • Christian G.
    Christian GerwigApril 13, 2014
    Great Burger here!!
  • William D.
    William DiazMarch 15, 2012
    Skip it. Only thing on the menu people talk about takes hours to cook and some salad. Nothing else impressed since its not my taste.
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightApril 24, 2015
    Ceaser for sure!
  • Catherine T.
    Catherine TreacyJuly 15, 2011
    The gnocchi is fabulous!
  • Madonna A.
    Madonna ArsanDecember 9, 2012
    Food was ok but the portions are quite small for what you pay.
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WJune 16, 2010
    Get the ricotta gnocchi. The Chicken is a tad overrated.
  • Brian G.
    Blue cheese, not value cheese. :-)
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LightApril 24, 2015
    Caesar for sure
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler ShewbertSeptember 25, 2011
    The smallest oysters taste like the ocean!
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Get the roasted chicken!
  • Frank
    FrankMay 16, 2012
    Have the Kelly Fleming sav
  • Mick Y.
    Mick YatesMarch 13, 2010
    Still one of my top 5 Bloody Mary's of all time ... epic
  • Megan D.
    Megan DeWittJanuary 9, 2016
    Chicken & martinis
  • Benny S.
    Benny SooAugust 2, 2012
    Brunch Burger
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriMarch 3, 2016
    Interesting brunch
  • Woowilbur
    WoowilburFebruary 16, 2013
    Chicken is fab.
  • Susan H.
    Susan HowsonApril 11, 2010
    Honestly, I've never had a better burger in my life.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PandelAugust 16, 2013
    The bread pudding is cray cray.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgJuly 25, 2011
    Rotisserie chicken is yum! Read more
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GilbertFebruary 12, 2012
    This place is great! Have anything!
  • Yasemin O.
    Yasemin OzcanNovember 19, 2013
    Sautéed petrale sole
  • Osahon T.
    Osahon TongoOctober 29, 2012
    Try the Calvados
  • Bobbi H.
    Bobbi HubbardJuly 8, 2011
    Great bread salad
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 29, 2010
    Try the Shoestring Fries
  • Matt P.
    Matt PaulSeptember 17, 2009
    Have a Balsamic Bloody Mary with spicy pepper onion relish
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the crab
  • Tim P.
    Tim PursellJuly 14, 2013
    peores And oranges with sAncerre
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PollockJanuary 25, 2010
    eat the roast chicken, it's on the Big Eat! Read more
  • Harry S.
    Harry SaalSeptember 3, 2009
    One roast chicken is easily enough for three people, maybe even four.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RonkoskeAugust 10, 2014
    Roasted chicken.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MartinApril 26, 2015
    (Timeout best)
  • Ramya G.
    Ramya GOctober 12, 2014
    Get the squab
  • Jason G.
    Jason GoldmanOctober 5, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the oysters and the chicken for two. it's my favorite meal in SF.
  • Roberto C.
    Roberto CosenzaDecember 23, 2015
  • Matt W.
    Matt WatsonJanuary 14, 2010
    Get the chicken for two. Totally worth the wait!
  • Omar P.
    Omar PerezMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken
  • Thomas B.
    French fries
  • Julianna
    JuliannaDecember 22, 2016
    Chicken for Greg
  • Summer A.
    Summer AndersonDecember 13, 2011
    This is Terry's Favorite restaurant
  • Paul S.
    Paul SalingerNovember 1, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    the chicken and warm bread salad is still great! so, is the Caesar Salad.
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline ToMarch 25, 2010
    The roast chicken was worth the wait
  • Lisa
    LisaFebruary 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Maple pot de creme. Definitely.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin H.February 11, 2015
    Overpriced. Not business friendly. Doesn't do separate checks.
  • William D.
    William DiazMarch 15, 2012
    Never mind, skip the salads too. Bare hands on ready to eat foods for 5+ minutes frankly grosses me out.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WNovember 16, 2009
    lamb tangine and roasted chicken. amazing
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 19, 2010
    Try the Burger
  • Elizabeth Elle D.
    Elizabeth Elle DuvalSeptember 20, 2014
    Bathrooms are nasty, boo
  • Dan K.
    Dan KadorMarch 23, 2011
    Holy shit roasted chicken
  • Nodar Gregory G.
    Cool place
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney P. KranzkeMarch 5, 2009
    Order the burger off the late night menu. Don't forget the gorgonzola!
  • Mbwana A.
    Mbwana AlliyNovember 15, 2009
    must eat out here- Angie foodie tip
  • Karin H.
    Karin HastikNovember 23, 2010
    Dr. Karin Hastik
  • John H.
    John HurleyApril 13, 2013
    Don't get the burger - so overrated.
  • John A.
    John AlterJuly 28, 2010
    King of the Caesar
  • Ben D.
    Ben DehanJanuary 19, 2010
    Epic Roasted Chicken
  • Laura P.
    Laura POctober 19, 2009
    Great fries
  • Tony D.
    Tony DeifellApril 17, 2010
  • Inbae L.
    Inbae LeeOctober 5, 2009
    eat the slow roasted chicken.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Zuni Cafe, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Jonathan N.
    Jonathan NolenApril 1, 2009
    Zuni cafe
  • Maria P.
    Maria PodolyakApril 14, 2013
    Даже ожидание длиной в час не смогло испортить пребывание здесь (зарезервируйте стол заранее!). Все вкусно.
  • Passa
    PassaJanuary 18
    A carta de vinhos é excelente!
  • Hiroko H.
    Hiroko HataApril 4, 2016
    ★★★★ ケールステーキサラダが参考になる いつか日本でも流行りそう をベースの内装で、大きめの絵が飾っており雰囲気よい
  • Spakeeva
    SpakeevaAugust 3, 2014
    Потрясающие бармены
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