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Russian Hill
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2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1718
+1 415-346-0800
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This quaint restaurant (30'x40') is a favorite of locals who are greeeted with a hug by the manager. Here is the routine: 1) sit down (no reservations, but tables turn fast. Come by 6:30 if you don't want to wait) 2) order Sangria. It comes immediately 3) order Paella. It is a must. It takes half an hour. Order now.... More 

Thank Wheelchair-Trvlr
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been going to this restaurant for 19 years, since we moved to San Francisco, and it remains not just one of our favorite places, but one for all our visitors - it's a must! It has and remains a restaurant that showcases delicious food and outstanding service. We've known every waiter for 19 years - what a testament to... More 

Thank Melany W
Fiddletown, California
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92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Our first visit to Zarzuela's was shortly after they opened 20 years ago. It was superb then and its superb now. It wonderful seeing the same gentlemen each time we come. The food is very authentic Spanish. The service is impeccable and the food exquisite.

Thank BrownsEnglishToffee
Shingle Springs, California
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This was our first dinner of an incredible weekend getaway in San Francisco. The service was impecable and friendly. Arturo is a seasoned and welcoming waiter. He suggested great wines and tapas. We had the Jamón Serrano, the Shishito Peppers, the Gambas al Ajillo, de Pulpo a la Gallega and the Tortilla de Papas. Everything was delicious!! What a great... More 

Thank sail4peace
New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I always loved this place, always my first choice when I'm in San Francisco. You might have to wait a while before you are seated, but totally worth it.

Thank BasciaV
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I enjoyed myself. The service was attentive and entertaining and the ambiance is fun. I found the food to be rather basic although the shrimp in garlic/lemon was excellent! I found both "fish specials" to be bland and the fish didn't taste fresh (strong tasting). It could have been an off night. While the place doesn't take reservations, there are... More 

Thank P1386YUmaryc
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Luckily managed to eat at Zaruela without a reservation at 7pm on a Friday evening. I say lucky as plenty of people were queuing when we left and we saw quite a few walk away as the place was full. The food was delicious and the staff incredibly friendly. I'd be sure to make a reservation next time.

Thank Prop19
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Really good restaurant serving Spanish tapas and paella. Had Grilled Squid tapas, Stuffed Eggplant tapas, and the Paella a la Valenciana. The food was excellent. Paella takes about 30 minutes to prepare (and they tell you that) but it was definitely worth the wait. The Sangria was good although I've had better. The service was excellent. Waiters were very knowledgable... More 

Thank nwduke
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We've been going to this neighborhood restaurant for years. Besides the warm welcoming from Andy, the owner and his staff, you are treated to some delicious Spanish-type food with nice Albarino wine. The Paella is delicious. Besides that -- the atmosphere is a pleasure as you watch the Hyde Cable Cars go by...so "San Francisco." No wonder the restaurant is... More 

Thank Judy C
Boerne, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Nice neighborhood restaurant feel near Russian Hill off Hyde street. Excellent service. Good variety of Tapas. All were good but nothing stood out. Great wine prices. Fun dinner with friends.

Thank 236jefferys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, Spanish
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1718
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-346-0800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Russian Hill

Neighbourhood Profile
Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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