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Ziryab

Ziryab started out as a traditional Mediterranean restaurant complete with a hookah bar. The hookah is gone, but the food and cocktails have expanded into new territory while still paying homage to their Middle Eastern roots. For instance Chef Khalid El Mourabit offers nicoise-style sardines with tomato confit and potatoes, or mussels with saffron mustard sauce. Everything is made in house, from the pita and falafel to the yogurt and spice mixes.

An example of one of Zach Taylor's many signature cocktails is the "Ziryab Manhattan" with date-infused Bulleit rye, vermouth, lapsang souchang-infused angostura bitters, and orange peel.
20 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(20 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 20 reviews
5 stars
(8)
4 stars
(10)
3 stars
(2)
2 stars
(0)
1 star
(0)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(9)
  • fit for foodies(8)
  • great for outdoor dining(7)
  • good for groups(6)
  • vibrant bar scene(4)
  • romantic(3)
Ziryab Reviews List
Review 1 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/20/2015
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/17/2015
 2004
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2004
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2004
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Review 3 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Tasty Mediterranean fare in a neighborhood gem

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"In the mood for a nice little place that felt original and this fit the bill. Tasty Mediterranean fare and friendly service. The recommendations for this place were spot on. We had the mixed appetizer, mussels and chicken tagine and they were all excellent. The various ginger beer cocktails were also different and refreshing. I'm Glad we were in the area to "discover" it!"
Dined on 3/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great place with a few tweaks needed

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Remodeled bar looks nice, food is very good and moderately priced. Outdoor patio dining would be great for a warm day/evening in SF. The staff were very friendly and accomodating.
A few things about the service that would make it great: It took us a very very long time to get our drinks, the cooked appetizer actually arrived first. Our entrees came out separately instead of together, which was a little awkward at the table.
The food was really delicious: Chicken Pastilla, Lamb Shank, and Black Cod all excellent. However, the Lamb was completely unsalted. I was afraid to offend the chef, but I had to ask for them to bring salt, and once I added a lot, it was delicious. Minor snafus only. Otherwise great."
Dined on 3/13/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 5 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Zesty Zatisfying Ziryab

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Dined on 2/14/2015
 2004
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Satisfyingly spicy Greek red wine, hearty delicious food, cheerful accommodating service, happy friends, and a very reasonable bill. What's not to like?"
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, notable wine list
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Review 6 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fun, loud, vibrant, great restaurant and bar

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Was leery about eating here as my husband and I are vegans but the server was fantastic and made great suggestions and even on Valentine's Day had awesome service, food, cocktails and the tables around us were social and fun. Will definitely be going back."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2012
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 7 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great food. Nice people

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Aside from the fact that the food was super good, we were seated right away. It wasn't a hopping scene, but there were enough people there, dimly lit, nice bar, so it felt special. Cocktails were interesting and delicious. Would go back for sure."
Dined on 12/27/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for Ziryab
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great food.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The drink selection was great. Lots of choices for food"
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Ziryab
Based on the average of (12) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
8 out of 9 recommend this product
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic