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Posted by Mark E. Sackett on 12/07/2013
I live in SF, NYC and LA and eat most every meal of my life in a restaurant. I also own a private event venue where we work and cook with some of the top chefs working today. So I do not review places lightly! I just received news that I lost a friend today, the restaurant was very kind to personally call me before I heard elsewhere. Judy Rodgers of the famed Zuni Cafe passed away and it's a day to celebrate food! What's curious about this is we were not really close but I have been a regular at her restaurant for over 26 years. Judy and Zuni are FOOD. Zuni is my second home, I have literally eaten there over 5000 times! I'm not kidding. I know most of the staff well, many who have worked there for decades. I have had family and staff parties, celebrations of every type or encounter there you can imagine. I have met some of my closest friends while sitting next to them as strangers only to end up sliding over and sharing wine together, I have shown off Zuni to my Celebrity friends and referred 1000's of people to it's doors. I am in love with Zuni Cafe and what Judy thoughtfully and passionately built over the years with her partners and colleagues. Judy did not like to be called "Chef"! I love that because I do not like to be called anyone's "Boss", but she led Zuni, and promoted from within. Bussers to Servers etc., and people stay at Zuni! I love the family of Zuni, I loved how Judy and her food have nourished my soul, my ideas and have allowed me a home away from home, each time I walked in it's doors. So here's to my favorite "cook"! My favorite restaurant, my favorite restaurant staff and to a lifetime of wonderful shared experiences. I will miss you Judy, as will the world for your style, grace and humility as well as the flavors you have given so many of us for so many years. I don't believe in heaven and all that stuff but I know that IF there was a place like it, it's better have an Oyster Bar and a Brick Oven waiting because things are about to get a whole lot more tasty! As for me, it's Noon in San Francisco and I'm going to Zuni for lunch! With Love, Mark E. Sackett
Posted by ally's dad on 06/07/2013
As I said in my review of Kokkari, after an amazing experience at French Laundry, wanted two straightforward places w good food in SF. Zuni Cafe has a rich history and remains very popular. Sat down five minutes after reservation after standing in jammed bar - no problem. Our server was from Brooklyn, an ex-pat for 7 years and had a big smile and knew what she was doing. Ally, Ally's mom and I had a many dished meal which was a good sampling of the menu. Renowned Ceasar Salad was perfect. Salumi plate small and nondescript. Polenta fabulous. Fried veg very good. 2 Pasta dishes gnocchi and bucatini were as Groucho Marx would say disappointing and such small portions. The roast chicken was nothing short of perfect. All and all a very good meal. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad
Posted by valtellina on 03/02/2012
I knew this restaurant as I ate there years ago: I took some friends there yesterday and.... we all have been very deceived by the burger, the pizza the orecchiette.....big change down from the good memory of previous visits to Zuni!
Posted by Matthew on 12/24/2007
Two words- Simply Delicious!!... Delightful atmosphere.
Posted by They don't lie... on 03/04/2007
People don't lie about the chicken. It's worth it. How do they get it to taste so good?!?!
Posted by jess on 02/13/2007
I finally had a chance to dine at zuni cafe last weekend with a few friends. we made the reservations about two weeks in advanced and had a very spacious table for 4 upstairs. two of us ordered the roast chicken and it was worth the one hour wait. every piece was juicy and flavorful. they had a meyer lemon ice cream on the menu for dessert which had just the right tartness to it. this place is a san francisco institution and i definitely will be back.
Posted by visitor from NYC on 07/15/2006
We came here after flying in from nyc that day, got a recommendation from a jewelry store owner, and came here to have a wonderful meal. Ricotta cheese gnocchi - the most wonderful flavors, light and airy. Roast chicken - just like what everyone says it is...wait an hour but worth it. Service was right on, timing was great - the atmosphere is loud, a little hard to have a conversation, but it's all about the food anyway. Would definitely come back. Thanks for a great evening!