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“Excellent Comfort Food, Great Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fly Trap

Fly Trap
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Ranked #585 of 5,645 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: SoMa
Cross street: between 2nd and 3rd
Description: Melding the modern and the classic, Hoss Zare brings vibrant Mediterranean flavors to the historic space that once housed San Francisco institution, The Fly Trap. Zare's bistro-stye menu is inspired by San Francisco's local markets and the traditions of Spain, Greece, Italy and Persia. At Zare at Fly Trap, guests can dine casually at the communal dining tables or enjoy the elegant main dining area. An artisan cocktail list, innovative desserts, eclectic wine list and a warm, bustling sense of hospitality appeal to the neighborhood and out-of-town guests. Zare at Fly Trap is located in the South of Market area, just 2 blocks from the Moscone Center. Now serving casual lunch for eat-in or takeout.
Tiburon, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Excellent Comfort Food, Great Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Excellent comfort food with a Mediterranean flavor. My wife had the Cacciucco (fish stew served over Pearl Couscous) and thought it was excellent. I had the Braised Lamb which was also excellent; a lamb ragu with small potatoes and chick peas. The turmeric and lime in the dish provided an interesting and zesty addition to the flavor of the ragu. Initially I thought the portions were a little small but quickly realized that there was more than a sufficiency of the ragu. We shared a side dish of crispy brussels sprouts, also extremely tasty with an interesting season that I cannot now remember.

I started with a glass of Verdicchio, very good though nothing notable about it. The red wine however was very different. It was called "Forlorn" (although that isn't very descriptive or helpful in identifying it precisely) and I think it is from a small winery in Napa. It was very unusual, with a strong fruit flavor and quite sweet, almost a desert wine. Clearly the restaurant has had customers balking at the wine as the server insisted I try it before committing myself. While I wouldn't enjoy simply sipping the wine it actually paired extremely well with the lamb, the seethes nicely offsetting the spiciness of the meat.

The service and server were both excellent, the hostess and server were friendly and efficient. The restaurant itself is not particularly large and is a little noisy but it has a friendly, bustling ambience. The total bill for two glasses of wine, the fish, lamb, brussels sprouts and a coffee (excellent) was $96.55, including tax and before tip. They don't levy a "Healthy San Francisco" surcharge.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
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“Zare at Fly Trap at 606 Folsom is great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

Apparently, there is a different restaurant called Zare on Sacramento. Don't get confused. I'm writing about the 606 Folsom St location, which was a wonderful late Friday night find. The fare is billed as Mediterranean and is good a label as others. There is some middle Eastern influence too. The house cocktails are swell, and the general atmosphere warmly aged with candlelight at night. The food we had was very good to excellent. I had a market fresh corn soup that was perfect in its texture -- neither too thick nor too thin. Overall, it was very good. A little extra salt to complement the sweetness was needed IMO, but I added it myself. The regular beet & flash-fried kale salad loaded with other goodies was perfection as presented. Also, they serve a fine iteration of the ubiquitous fried Brussels sprouts on every Gastro pub/ tapas menu. I would definitely return here and recommend it to all. Our waiter also was perfection -- friendly and helpful, always professional.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Dougananda
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san francisco
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“Simply Wonderful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

The Fly Trap is the entire package-- amazing food, incredible service, warm and unpretentious staff, and beautiful design. I have been here a number of times in the past five years and I always leave feeling satisfied and sated. Chef Zare watches over the dining room and makes his guests feel that they are eating in his home. Zare's food is unique and creative: Mediterranean with a dash of Nouvelle Persian thrown into the mix. Try the pistachio meatballs, the bone marrow and goat cheesecake for dessert.

  • Visited August 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Nice bar food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

We went with a group of friends after an event and it was a great place for a light meal. The bar menu is small but very adequate, with an emphasis on healthy, Mediterranean style dishes. They make a mean Mai Tai! A great choice if you are in the neighborhood.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Bookistan5
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Medway, Massachusetts
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“Big price / Little food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2012

This restaurant was in a great urban location of San Francisco, short cab ride from the Moscone Center.
Great yet cramped eclectic atmosphere inside and very loud.
The menu was very limited. We had appetizers that were not good, we disn't even finish them, for dinner, I had the only chicken dish on the menu which had very little chicken! A party of five everyone's dish was over $25.
We left the fly trap hungry and not impressed Sorry.
But I do think there is room for improvement, add normal items to the menu, price them more affordable and decide if it's a bar or a restaurant then focus on that appropriately.

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