Restaurant Lulu Restaurant Review, San Francisco


Restaurant Lulu

816 Folsom Street (between fourth and fifth Street)

San Francisco, CA 94107


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Lulus San Francisco exterior decor

Restaurant Lulu is a classic San Francisco favorite that has been around since 1993. They are well known for their Oak Fired Rotisserie items and deserved a revisit. Lulu’s was once our favorite restaurant, many, many meals ago. We had last been here about five years ago.

Cuisine – Seasonal Provençal menu
Chef – John Hennigan
Location – Soma, near Moscone Convention Center
Opened – 1993

Lulus San Francisco interior decor

Decor, Vibe – Restaurant Lulu has a Cass Calder Smith designed interior hasn’t changed. Open airy ceiling, large rotisserie and wood burning oven in the back. The place was sparsely filled with tourist and locals.


Lulus San Francisco menu

Restaurant Lulu lunch Menu covers everything from salads to pizzas to pastas to sandwiches to entrée’s. They have a great Prix Fixe lunch menu deal too.

Signature Dishes – Mussels, roast chicken, roast pork.

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Lulus San Francisco roast chicken

Rosemary Scented Chicken with Warm Potato and Lettuce Salad ($17) is a classic dish and still top-notch. Perfectly roasted juicy chicken and accented with potatoes with an infusion of vinegar from the accompanying mixed green salad. Zuni Cafe still has arrival here!

Lulus San Francisco pork sandwich

Prix fixe lunch ($18) Braised beef soup, spit roasted pork loin sandwich, and trio of sorbet. A very beefy soup that was hot and perfect. The sandwich was solid with lots of watercress, sweet peppers, salsa Verde, and tender roasted pork.

Lulus San Francisco sorbet

The trio of sorbets were homemade and pretty tart.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Lulus San Francisco meatball pizza

House Made Meatball Pizza with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce ($14) was average with the soft crust and tasteless meat. Go next door to zero zero for pizza.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)

Service – Restaurant Lulu was decent but not superior. The server helped us navigate the menu and ensure we had refills. He did disappear from time to time even though the restaurant wasn’t too busy.

Value – Prices are very reasonable at lunch, this a very good value.

Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include Zero Zero, Osha Thai, Oola.

Verdict – Restaurant Lulu is in a time warp serving up almost the same food they were when they opened in 1993. The roast items are solid and deserve more attention. One problem still remains, our clothes smelt like smoke afterwards.

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Restaurant Lulu Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Hours:Daily 11:30 AM to Close
Parking:Street, Paid Valet
Prices:$9 - $18 (Lunch)

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