My wife and I are visiting SF in early August. We are thinking of eating at LuLu, which is still on the SFGate.com Top 100 list. But the most recent reviews posted on CitySearch and TripAdvisor are, frankly, awful, especially as to allegedly poor, even rude, service.
Anyone eaten at LuLu recently and have any insight to share, whether this restaurant is still worth the time and money, or has it gone downhill?
My main impression of LuLu--I've eaten there 4 or 5 times over the years, last time a few months ago--is that the food is OK, not memorable, but the noise level is WAY beyond what I'm willing to put up with.
I was there yesterday. Two of us shared the skillet roasted mussels, which were pretty good, the asparagus and prosciutto pizza, which I'd rate very good, and the sand dabs, which were excellent.
Service was okay. And I'd say the sand dabs alone make dining at Lulu worthwhile.
Here's a link to my earlier post. (I hope.)
Actually, I think Lulu is in top form.
It's our favorite place to go for a bar meal of really great little pizzas and appetizers with interesting wines by the glass. If the anchovy pizza is back on the menu (a summer dish), get it. Ditto in the fall, the one with pears and prosciutto. The house-made merguez and mint is also very good.
The sand dabs are also indeed good, as is the rotisserie lamb with tapenade. They also change the menu frequently, especially re small plates, based on what's seasonally available.
We've never experienced any of the service problems (even when we bring friends and sit at a table) that some have reported. Yes it can be loud, but it seems like nearly everyplace is these days unless you go to one of the top-tier priced places or some little ethnic hole in the wall.
We ate there about two months ago and were very happy. No service problems whatsoever. No sand dabs that night but there was petrale sole and it was excellent. They have the best profiteroles in the city as far as I'm concerned.