Zaré at Fly Trap

Here’s the buzz on Zaré at Fly Trap. It manages to be whatever you want it to be: a favorite watering hole for a workaday reprieve (the restaurant is about equally divided between bar and dining room); a historic space, with a pressed-tin ceiling and vintage prints and antique hand-stenciled wallpaper; and an exciting culinary adventure. The food is Mediterranean but the flavor profiles and ingredients have a strong Persian pedigree. The thick burger patty is made with lamb seasoned with sumac and is accompanied by french fries served with aioli brightened with saffron. Several familiar dishes get Middle Eastern transformations. Meatballs dotted with pistachios wade in a tangy-sweet harissa-honey-pomegranate glaze, and a rich, Flintstones -size lamb shank is counterbalanced by torshi (Persian-style pickles). Even insanely sweet lime sorbet becomes a foreign affair with the addition of rice noodles, pistachios, preserved cherries and a dash of tequila. So step off the gray concrete surrounding SoMa’s Howard Street and into this lively oasis.

menu musts*

Sourdough bread and lavash with feta walnut spread
Smoked trout with cucumber “linguine” and trout roe
Moroccan-style wild salmon with charmoula
Filet mignon with gorgonzola, dates, and watercress
*menu changes frequently view full menu here

sweet seats

The bar is perfect for classic old-school lingering, the cocktail tables serve for spur-of-the-moment drinks and noshes; or head for the banquette seats in the dining area.

chew on this

The original Fly Trap dining establishment, on Market Street, had multiple strips of fly paper hanging from the ceiling owing to the horse traffic outside. The name stuck.


dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 4 PM–10 PM; Fri.–Sat. 4 PM–11 PM
bar: Mon.–Sat. 4 PM–1 AM
closed Sunday

price range

$14 (lamb burger) to $27 (filet mignon)