Zadin Vietnamese Cuisine closes today

Zadin interior (photo: Lan N.)
Zadin interior (photo: Lan N.)

After 7 years serving Castro residents and visitors Zadin (4039 18th Street), the well-rated Vietnamese-style restaurant next to Moby Dick, will be closing today according to a note posted on their websiteWe sent an email to the owners to find out why they had to close, but have not yet heard back.

urban-picnic-logoThe good news is that the business will not be sitting empty for long. An alcohol license transfer request reveals that Urban Picnic, the California Vietnamese eatery located on Kearny Street in the Financial District, will be opening their second location in the soon-to-be-vacated space. Urban Picnic boasts the mantra “Eating Right” on their website stating,

Our ingredients, rich in Superfood antioxidants, are carefully selected to provide nourishing health benefits, while our menu delivers on delicious California Asian flavors.

We offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options with the majority of our menu being gluten free and always msg-free.

Our local produce is delivered and prepared fresh daily and our dressings are made from scratch with zero trans fat. We even pickle our own veggies.

You can even order ahead online for pickup.

We’ll let you know when Urban Picnic finally moves into the space. For now, we bid adieu to Zadin.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about politics, camping, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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  1. rblack says:

    It was Vietnamese for white people but we used to eat here fairly regularly and thought the food pretty decent and the staff super nice. I’m not sure why they would be closing – although I can’t really say why we stopped going either. Good luck to them.

    Im curious about Urban Picnic – it looks like it’s a lunch place, I wonder if the Castro location will be open for dinner. I would have preferred something a bit more ‘fine dining’ – we have enough of these ‘inexpensive/casual’ type restaurants as it is.

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  2. Matthew says:

    I liked Zadin. :-(

    I have eaten at the Urban Picnic in the Financial District. It is pricy for the amount of food you get. Nothing really special either as far as flavor. :-(

    I do wish them success however.

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  3. DerekSF says:

    I love Zadin, I would have gone much more often if the prices were slightly lower. I don’t know how Urban Picnic is going to survive in this location, it looks similar to Soup Freaks which was a failure, there’s not much of a lunch or grab and go crowed in the castro. I would say they might have better luck next to Fitness SF so you can get a quick healthy meal after a workout, but that didn’t work out for Beautifull either.
    Would love to see something similar to Sunflower in the mission.

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