Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St (at Rose St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
New American
Tue–Thu: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–Midnight Sun: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM

Zuni Cafe showcases San Francisco Mediterranean cooking at its best. Although award-winning chef-owner Judy Rodgers passed away in December of 2013, her partner, Gilbert Pilgram (a Chez Panisse alumnus), continues to run the place, with Rebecca Boice now in the kitchen. Zuni has been an iconic California restaurant for what feels like forever, so it may be easy to forget that when it opened in 1979, it was dedicated to authentic Mexican food. It’s amazing, then, to think that restaurant critic Michael Bauer could recently dine there and write that it feels original, even after 36 years, “Zuni was so ahead of its time that even in 2015 it feels like it could have opened last week.” The seasonal and organic ingredients are always impeccable, and the fish and meats are sustainably raised. The whole, brick-oven-roasted chicken for two with warm bread salad, scallions, garlic, and mustard greens is among the emblematic dishes (keep in mind it takes approximately an hour to prepare) in this food-mad town, and the house-ground grass-fed burger on rosemary focaccia with aïoli and house-made pickles (lunch only) is epic.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips
The chicken for two is the best chicken in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition."
The Tastes that Make the City
Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:56
Still the best Caesar Salad and roasted chicken. Always consistent after 30 years. Great Location. - Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
Thu, 11/11/2010 - 06:25
Judy Rodgers iconic San Francisco restaurant has had a significant influence on me as a chef and restaurateur. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 08:19
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.
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 12:04
get the oysters and the chicken for two. it's my favorite meal in SF.
Sun, 10/04/2009 - 20:38
Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad and bloody Mary have all been called the best in the city. [Eater 38 Member]
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 13:39
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.
Sun, 12/06/2009 - 12:33
An SF classic: Great oysters, full cocktail bar, and the famous chicken-for-two!
Sat, 06/11/2011 - 08:53
Try the Burger
Thu, 11/18/2010 - 15:16
Get a side of shoestring potatoes!
Sun, 01/17/2010 - 13:17
1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni(from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die | http://tr.im/7x7list)
Fri, 04/24/2009 - 12:56
The roast chicken with bread salad is a must-have.
Wed, 11/09/2011 - 20:23
Get the roast chicken. Actually, everything i tried was good!www.grubcrawl.com
Grub Crawl
Sat, 03/19/2011 - 13:46
sit at the sidewalk tables mid afternoon on the weekend, have the phenomenal zuni burger, people-watch the san francisco crowds!
Mon, 07/27/2009 - 17:21
The Caesar Salad is the signature item here, and they will happily split it on two plates to share.
Tue, 07/14/2009 - 19:22
Try the Shoestring Fries
Sun, 11/28/2010 - 16:20
Two great options for full-bodied wines from great vintages: Casanova di Neris Brunello 04 (sangiovese from Montalcino) & Domaine la Boussires Gigondas 07 (grenache blend, from Southern Rhne).
Approach Guides
Sun, 11/21/2010 - 07:17
eat the slow roasted chicken.
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 12:05
Zuni's famed roast chicken for two is a sensuous experience: succulent, rich, and good enough that you'll be eating with your hands.
Serious Eats
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:36
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.
Mon, 07/16/2012 - 14:52
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