Zarzuela

★★★★★
  • 2000 Hyde St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Cross street: at Union

    Map & Directions
  • 415-346-0800

About Zarzuela

Hours
Tuesday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM

Food

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I first visted zarzuela with some friends who are local to SF. I went up to visit and was treated to a great tapas experience. the sangria was so good and every plate we ordered was so full of flavor and adverturous.\r
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I first visted zarzuela with some friends who are local to SF. I went up to visit and was treated to a great tapas experience. the sangria was so good and every plate we ordered was so full of flavor and adverturous.\r
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I don't usually

Pros: great selection, ambience

Cons: cramped quarters, long wait

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Having passed Zarzuela on the Hyde St. Cable Car for the past two years, it was finally time to heed the raves from locals on the Cable Car. We met our friends from Portola Valley to plan a trip to Italy. Arriving early in the dinner

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Having passed Zarzuela on the Hyde St. Cable Car for the past two years, it was finally time to heed the raves from locals on the Cable Car. We met our friends from Portola Valley to plan a trip to Italy. Arriving early in the dinner

Pros: Food quality, ambience, staff

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I have gone to Zarzuela 3 times over a span of about 12 years since I only get to San Francisco occasionally. The food remains superb each time I go. I have eaten at quite a few Spanish restaurants in the US, and it is easily the best

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I have gone to Zarzuela 3 times over a span of about 12 years since I only get to San Francisco occasionally. The food remains superb each time I go. I have eaten at quite a few Spanish restaurants in the US, and it is easily the best

Pros: Excellent Spanish food, great variety

Cons: Very loud, no place to wait for table, closed 2 days a week

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With my girlfriend we were looking for a romantic tapas place, the name sounded nice. Food was good, but not amazing at all + portions were small, too small for the price (about $8 for each tapas), the lamb dish, was $8 for 2 minuscule

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With my girlfriend we were looking for a romantic tapas place, the name sounded nice. Food was good, but not amazing at all + portions were small, too small for the price (about $8 for each tapas), the lamb dish, was $8 for 2 minuscule

Pros: Nice location, service OK

Cons: Price, quantity

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A fabulous tapas joint with a lot of 'panache?! The first impression was the cozy dining hall behind the big bay windows, with every inch packed. Parking was an issue, but we decided to park a little far and take a cab. There are no

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A fabulous tapas joint with a lot of 'panache?! The first impression was the cozy dining hall behind the big bay windows, with every inch packed. Parking was an issue, but we decided to park a little far and take a cab. There are no

Pros: Tapas,Tapas,Tapas

Cons: Parking

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Took a taxi, so parking was not an issue. We waited for an hour, first outside and then inside in the tiny waiting area. Fortunately, the wait allowed us to work up a huge appetite. Our waiter was delightful, I looked forward to his

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Took a taxi, so parking was not an issue. We waited for an hour, first outside and then inside in the tiny waiting area. Fortunately, the wait allowed us to work up a huge appetite. Our waiter was delightful, I looked forward to his

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Love this place. Been there several times. The value for what you get and the quality can't be beat by any tapas place in the city. The service has been exceptional each time I have been there. I always reccomend this place to friends

3
★★★★★

Love this place. Been there several times. The value for what you get and the quality can't be beat by any tapas place in the city. The service has been exceptional each time I have been there. I always reccomend this place to friends

Pros: great food, good value, excellent service

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Went to check our Zarzuela after it was recommended by a ton of people and after reading Michael Bauer's praise of the restaurant's paella. Was expecting a great meal, which turned out to be decent, but nothing special. The paella was a

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Went to check our Zarzuela after it was recommended by a ton of people and after reading Michael Bauer's praise of the restaurant's paella. Was expecting a great meal, which turned out to be decent, but nothing special. The paella was a

Cons: parking is impossible

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Exceptional dishes at affordable prices. Wait, this can't be in San Francisco, and just a few blocks from Lombard street, can it? This is Spanish comfort food at it's best. With attractive prices and rich, soulful preparations, I find

3
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Exceptional dishes at affordable prices. Wait, this can't be in San Francisco, and just a few blocks from Lombard street, can it? This is Spanish comfort food at it's best. With attractive prices and rich, soulful preparations, I find

Pros: Value, Tapas, Service

Cons: Parking, Parking, Parking

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We had eaten here a couple of times last year, but had not been back for several months. This used to be the holy grail when it came to tapas and sangria... what the heck happened? I was more than mildly suprised to see that the place

3
★★★★★

We had eaten here a couple of times last year, but had not been back for several months. This used to be the holy grail when it came to tapas and sangria... what the heck happened? I was more than mildly suprised to see that the place

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This place is very good. They had a wonderful lobster bisque and everything that had seafood in it was delicious. Unfortunately for my dinner companion who's a vegetarian, Zarzuela's vegetarian options leave much to be desired. But if you eat seafood and enjoy good tapas, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to you.

PROS: good tapas, great seafood
CONS: lack of good vegetarian options

4
★★★★☆

This place is very good. They had a wonderful lobster bisque and everything that had seafood in it was delicious. Unfortunately for my dinner companion who's a vegetarian, Zarzuela's vegetarian options leave much to be desired. But if you eat seafood and enjoy good tapas, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to you.

PROS: good tapas, great seafood
CONS: lack of good vegetarian options

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After reading all these reviews I was so excited to go to there!
We were seated as promptly as they could...but then the service was really slow....

the food was just ...well generic! nothing new...the same old goat cheese with

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After reading all these reviews I was so excited to go to there!
We were seated as promptly as they could...but then the service was really slow....

the food was just ...well generic! nothing new...the same old goat cheese with

Pros: non alcholic pinot

Cons: ambience, service, parking

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You can't go wrong with any of the dishes at this tapas place. It's worth the long wait. I didn't think i'd every find a tapas palce in the states that beat the ones in Spain... This one does. I was pretty bummed after sharing 5 dishes

3
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You can't go wrong with any of the dishes at this tapas place. It's worth the long wait. I didn't think i'd every find a tapas palce in the states that beat the ones in Spain... This one does. I was pretty bummed after sharing 5 dishes

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Ambience, Seating

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Everything on the menu is delicious. The servers are so friendly and excited about what they're serving. The sangria is good and inexpensive. Love it!

3
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Everything on the menu is delicious. The servers are so friendly and excited about what they're serving. The sangria is good and inexpensive. Love it!

Pros: Food, Service, Everything

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This place has the most wonderful tapas - rivals anything I've had in Spain. The service was delightful and helpful. Try the gambas alijo (sp?), chorizo in wine sauce, roasted peppers, tortilla espanola... really, all of it. Everything

3
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This place has the most wonderful tapas - rivals anything I've had in Spain. The service was delightful and helpful. Try the gambas alijo (sp?), chorizo in wine sauce, roasted peppers, tortilla espanola... really, all of it. Everything

Pros: service, sangria, authenticity

Cons: none!

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Zarzuela has it all - wonderfull food, attentive waiters, beautiful atmophere. There are many small plates to the choose from and the ones I have tried are fantastic. The paella is pretty good but I usually stick to the small plates. This

3
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Zarzuela has it all - wonderfull food, attentive waiters, beautiful atmophere. There are many small plates to the choose from and the ones I have tried are fantastic. The paella is pretty good but I usually stick to the small plates. This

Pros: excellent food, excellent atmosphere, excellent service

Cons: no reservations

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This is a wonderful, quaint tapas restaurant located in the heart of Russian Hill. The wait staff is so friendly, the food is delicious, there is no 'attitude'. The downside is that they don't take reservations and so the wait can be long. It's ok though, and worth the wait. It is also very affordable overall and never breaks the bank. A great place! (Don't sit downstairs or in the 'side' dining room - it's cramped - wait for a table in the main room)

PROS: Good prices, Nice Staff, Quaint atmosphere
CONS: Long waits, no reservations taken

4
★★★★☆

This is a wonderful, quaint tapas restaurant located in the heart of Russian Hill. The wait staff is so friendly, the food is delicious, there is no 'attitude'. The downside is that they don't take reservations and so the wait can be long. It's ok though, and worth the wait. It is also very affordable overall and never breaks the bank. A great place! (Don't sit downstairs or in the 'side' dining room - it's cramped - wait for a table in the main room)

PROS: Good prices, Nice Staff, Quaint atmosphere
CONS: Long waits, no reservations taken

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This little restuarant tucked on Russian Hill in SF is one of my favorites. The tapas are exceptional and the staff is so very friendly. It is the perfect place to meet up with friends and share a glass of wine and many of their delicious dishes. It is vegetarian friendly as well as offering numerous meat dishes. I enjoy eating in the front area and looking out as the cable car passes by, however, there is a nice back room that is cozy and a bit more intimate.

PROS: Reasonable prices, vegetarian and meat lovers friendly, charming
CONS: none

4
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This little restuarant tucked on Russian Hill in SF is one of my favorites. The tapas are exceptional and the staff is so very friendly. It is the perfect place to meet up with friends and share a glass of wine and many of their delicious dishes. It is vegetarian friendly as well as offering numerous meat dishes. I enjoy eating in the front area and looking out as the cable car passes by, however, there is a nice back room that is cozy and a bit more intimate.

PROS: Reasonable prices, vegetarian and meat lovers friendly, charming
CONS: none

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This is by far and away the best Spanish restaurant in the City. I believe that most of the people here come from cities that are very close to each other. The tapas are authencitally prepared and cooked to perfection. The service is

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This is by far and away the best Spanish restaurant in the City. I believe that most of the people here come from cities that are very close to each other. The tapas are authencitally prepared and cooked to perfection. The service is

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great clientel

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Excellent spanish tapas, fun atmosphere. The octopus and potato dish is terrific.

4
★★★★☆

Excellent spanish tapas, fun atmosphere. The octopus and potato dish is terrific.

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I've been to Zarzuela easily 10+ times with my husband and it is truly the best tapas place in town. I've lived in Spain before, so I can say it is truly authentic. The delicious tapas my favorite gambas al ajillo "garlic shrimp", pan con

3
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I've been to Zarzuela easily 10+ times with my husband and it is truly the best tapas place in town. I've lived in Spain before, so I can say it is truly authentic. The delicious tapas my favorite gambas al ajillo "garlic shrimp", pan con

Pros: Good prices, Excellent Food

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The best paella in the city. Great selection of tapas, with can't miss chorizo and try the pepper dish (several varieties of lil green peppers, I forgot the name but describe it they'll knwo what you mean, it's a seasonal special so). And

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The best paella in the city. Great selection of tapas, with can't miss chorizo and try the pepper dish (several varieties of lil green peppers, I forgot the name but describe it they'll knwo what you mean, it's a seasonal special so). And

Pros: waiter is fantastic, chorizo!, paella

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This is my favorite restaurant in the city. Everytime I come here, the service and food are exceptional. My boyfriend and I even brought his parents here and they loved it as well. The tapas and sangria are the best in the city and the

3
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This is my favorite restaurant in the city. Everytime I come here, the service and food are exceptional. My boyfriend and I even brought his parents here and they loved it as well. The tapas and sangria are the best in the city and the

Pros: food, price, service

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The seafood selection is really fresh. Really liked the prawns, scallops and fish dishes. The complementary olives and bread basket was a great touch. Liked the different flavors of olives with cinnamon added to the brine. Service was

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The seafood selection is really fresh. Really liked the prawns, scallops and fish dishes. The complementary olives and bread basket was a great touch. Liked the different flavors of olives with cinnamon added to the brine. Service was

Pros: Great food, Service

Cons: , No reservations

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Arrived late on a weekday night so seating was prompt and service good. Had a seat near the window where views of the passing cable cars and quiet neighborhood put a nice touch to the meal. Ordered the paella with a few small tapas.

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Arrived late on a weekday night so seating was prompt and service good. Had a seat near the window where views of the passing cable cars and quiet neighborhood put a nice touch to the meal. Ordered the paella with a few small tapas.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Menu choices

Cons: , Mediocore food, weak drink (sangria)

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I went with a large group of people so I was able to sample a fair number of tapas, and frankly I thought the food was pretty mediocre. Nothing was particularly great, and some of the tapas were even a bit bland. The paella and sangria

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★★★★★

I went with a large group of people so I was able to sample a fair number of tapas, and frankly I thought the food was pretty mediocre. Nothing was particularly great, and some of the tapas were even a bit bland. The paella and sangria

Pros: nice servers, good bread

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Great food, great prices, lovely service, friendly atmosphere, NEVER disapoints! Thank you for staying year after year in Russian Hill - you are a gem, Zarzuela!

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Great food, great prices, lovely service, friendly atmosphere, NEVER disapoints! Thank you for staying year after year in Russian Hill - you are a gem, Zarzuela!

Pros: atmosphere, prices, service

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I've been to several different tapas restaurant and this is by far the best I have eaten in the bay area. The waiter was a sweetheart to us and the food was great. It's a must try, especially the dishes with goat cheese.

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I've been to several different tapas restaurant and this is by far the best I have eaten in the bay area. The waiter was a sweetheart to us and the food was great. It's a must try, especially the dishes with goat cheese.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Parking, Wait - weekend

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Me and my boyfriend went here and couldn't wait to come back! We ate enough for a group of people and even though we were stuffed, the food was so good we ordered more. The service was just as good as the food . . . amazing experience

3
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Me and my boyfriend went here and couldn't wait to come back! We ate enough for a group of people and even though we were stuffed, the food was so good we ordered more. The service was just as good as the food . . . amazing experience

Pros: service, food

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I will not return to this restaurant. My date and I arrived at Zarzuela's at 7:30pm Friday, and were told to wait about 45 minutes. People who arrived after us were seated before us, and we finally got seated at 9. Even when the host

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★★★★★

I will not return to this restaurant. My date and I arrived at Zarzuela's at 7:30pm Friday, and were told to wait about 45 minutes. People who arrived after us were seated before us, and we finally got seated at 9. Even when the host

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I highly recommend Zarzuelas!!! An ex-girlfriend of mine introduced me to this restauarant back in 1998 and I have been coming back ever since. With respect to the food, I tend to lean toward the tapas (e.g., Gambas al Ajilio). They are

3
★★★★★

I highly recommend Zarzuelas!!! An ex-girlfriend of mine introduced me to this restauarant back in 1998 and I have been coming back ever since. With respect to the food, I tend to lean toward the tapas (e.g., Gambas al Ajilio). They are

Pros: Tapas and Sangria, Service, Vibe

Cons: No parking, No reservations

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After walking out of an empty Fina Estampa (very disappointed after the reviews), we taxied over to Zarzuela. Wow. Our waitperson was fantastic. We had spicy grilled shrimp, grilled lamb tenders, potato, spanish sausage, and a stuffed

3
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After walking out of an empty Fina Estampa (very disappointed after the reviews), we taxied over to Zarzuela. Wow. Our waitperson was fantastic. We had spicy grilled shrimp, grilled lamb tenders, potato, spanish sausage, and a stuffed

Pros: Service, Inexpensive

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This place is the best and is one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Bay Area. Whatever you order you can't go wrong. The only thing I would recommend is that you go extremely early as the place fills up fast.

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This place is the best and is one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Bay Area. Whatever you order you can't go wrong. The only thing I would recommend is that you go extremely early as the place fills up fast.

Pros: GREAT food, GREAT selection, GOOD value

Cons: No parking, Always crowded

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Trust me, disregard the other ratings. This place is simply WONDERFUL. Everything on the menu is brilliant - and the sangria is perfect. Get there early - for there is always a wait - but it's well worth it. My favorites - the paella,

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★★★★★

Trust me, disregard the other ratings. This place is simply WONDERFUL. Everything on the menu is brilliant - and the sangria is perfect. Get there early - for there is always a wait - but it's well worth it. My favorites - the paella,

Pros: Wonderful Food, Fun

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Everything was mediocre, if that. The pisto was the only redeeming dish. They ran out of potatoes.
The service was par. The place is cute. I really don't get the hype. Prices were ok. But the food-it was like cafeteria or cruise

3
★★★★★

Everything was mediocre, if that. The pisto was the only redeeming dish. They ran out of potatoes.
The service was par. The place is cute. I really don't get the hype. Prices were ok. But the food-it was like cafeteria or cruise

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Have been to this restuarants a handful of times and the servicve has always been pretty good. The food is always served hot and the waiters make good recommendations but never **push** anything on you. When they think you have ordered

3
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Have been to this restuarants a handful of times and the servicve has always been pretty good. The food is always served hot and the waiters make good recommendations but never **push** anything on you. When they think you have ordered

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Wonderful place great food. The Veal is very tasty!If you go ask for Artuto the waiter, he really cares about the food and the customers. Great place!!

3
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Wonderful place great food. The Veal is very tasty!If you go ask for Artuto the waiter, he really cares about the food and the customers. Great place!!

Pros: great food, on hyde cable line

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Chef-owner Lucas Gasco created what could be taken for a bustling tapas bar in the heart of Madrid's Old Quarter-and it's certainly one of the best tapas spots in San Francisco. Almost anything is good, but the croquettes (either chicken…

 

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