Zuni Cafe

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Details
1658 Market St (at Rose St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
New American
3
8.90
Hours
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
Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad and bloody Mary have all been called the best in the city. [Eater 38 Member]
Eater
2011-07-27 17:39:55
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.
Nick
2009-12-06 17:33:28
1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni(from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die | http://tr.im/7x7list)
Chris
2009-04-24 16:56:34
The roast chicken with bread salad is a must-have.
Joel
2011-11-10 01:23:04
get the oysters and the chicken for two. it's my favorite meal in SF.
Jason
2009-10-05 00:38:57
Get the roast chicken. Actually, everything i tried was good!www.grubcrawl.com
Grub Crawl
2011-03-19 17:46:06
Still the best Caesar Salad and roasted chicken. Always consistent after 30 years. Great Location. - Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
Bravo
2010-11-11 11:25:57
sit at the sidewalk tables mid afternoon on the weekend, have the phenomenal zuni burger, people-watch the san francisco crowds!
Lisa
2009-07-27 21:21:01
The Caesar Salad is the signature item here, and they will happily split it on two plates to share.
Wilfredo
2009-07-14 23:22:54
Judy Rodgers iconic San Francisco restaurant has had a significant influence on me as a chef and restaurateur. -Monica Pope, Top Chef
Bravo
2010-12-02 13:19:12
Try the Shoestring Fries
Foodspotting
2010-11-28 21:20:32
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
2010-11-21 12:17:20
eat the slow roasted chicken.
Inbae
2009-10-05 16:05:22
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.
SFGate
2012-07-16 18:52:31
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.
Laura
2011-11-17 09:46:47
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.
Christine
2010-11-22 21:52:16
Order the roast chicken and bread salad...it's #1 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010
7x7 Magazine
2010-01-27 15:05:03
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."
TripExpert
2015-05-19 15:42:53
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
2014-04-21 12:36:18
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Maria
2013-04-14 18:32:15