Chef Judy Rodgers has made Zuni Café one of the best places to eat in San Francisco, serving rustic Mediterranean cuisine of the highest mark for over 20 years in the same location. The restaurant itself, with its copper bar extending from the tiny cocktail tables up front to the art-filled dining room in back, feels like a rambling house. Along with the Caesar salad, the dish everyone loves is the roasted chicken for two with Tuscan bread salad with pine nuts and currants-it’s worth the one-hour wait. Servers are friendly, professional, and know what they are talking about. The Zuni style crosses all borders between people. From young hipsters to suburban couples to the affluent gay and lesbian crowd, everyone feels at home. Whether you stop in for a weekday lunch, a weekend brunch, an evening cocktail at the copper-topped bar, or one of the finest Mediterranean dinners you’re likely to find anywhere, you’ll always find a relaxed but sophisticated crowd in high spirits at this local institution. Most nights a smart-looking crowd gathers at the bar and around the cocktail tables, while couples and groups fill the labyrinthine dining areas, where some tables are so close you’ll get to know your neighbours. Parties of three should request table number one: At the base of the staircase near the front door, you’ll be privy to the comings and goings of Zuni regulars-a stylish mix of hipsters, star chefs, and socialites.