This City institution has been around for years, and its great reputation is well earned and deserves repeating. It is my “go to” restaurant for special occasions, or when friends or family visit San Francisco.
The roasted chicken dinner (for two) accompanied by shoestring fried potatoes (be sure to ask for some aioli!), the Zuni Caesar salad and a good bottle of white wine is a treat I tend to reserve for birthdays…but on a cold, showery San Francisco winter night, enhanced by the nearly floor to ceiling views of a rain-slickened Market street and a table near the wood fired oven, there are few places more romantic or cozy in San Francisco…possibly the world. During more pleasant weather, a table on the sidewalk is the place to be; change the wine to a refreshing rosé and you’re good to go.
Zuni also offers extensive cold seafood options, notably fresh oysters from nearby Tomales Bay and around the world, and brunch on the weekends. They keep the smaller tables by the door open for walk-ins, and the copper-topped bar is an enjoyable place to wait for a table, sip champagne, chat with fellow diners-to-be, or listen to piano music from a piano topped by huge, sometimes bizarre floral displays. Zuni is among my top favorites – and a perfect way to enjoy California cuisine at its best.