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Cafe Zitouna

Map & Directions 1201 Sutter
San Francisco, CA 94109
  • Moroccan, Tunisian
  • Sun, Tue-Thu, Sat 11am-9pm, Fri 1pm-9pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, cash
  • Catering, Delivery, Order Online, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Not Accepted
  • No Parking


SF Weekly's Description

This sunny Polk Gulch-corner restaurant, rambling and easy to spend hours in, is San Francisco's only Tunisian restaurant, which owner Najib brackets with Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes: Bright vegetable salads, turmeric-colored harira (lentil stew), and chakchouka, a tangle of caramelized onions and peppers topped with merguez and a fried egg. The couscous at Cafe Zitouna is a simple affair, the mound of semolina rising out of a thin, fiery broth with great chunks of vegetables and your choice of meat. Because the restaurant is halal, sweet mint-infused tea is the beverage of choise, and if you spot a tray of Najib's harissa (semolina cake) soaked in orange-blossom water, order at least one piece.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Jared F. on 07/05/11

    Chicken Tajine is amazing!

  • Andrew H. on 12/12/09

    for a sweet lunch chicken bastilla is excellent and a lot of food

  • SF Weekly on 05/31/12

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Halal Restaurant San Francisco has three times the number of halal restaurants — Yemeni, Pakistani, Afghan, Turkish, Chinese — it did a decade…

  • Joan R. on 01/24/12

    Get the Lentil Soup!

  • Grace T. on 05/26/11

    The mint tea is delicious and refreshing...get a large pot, it's worth it (and looks really cool :)

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