Steven D . Zimmerman CBB, CBI

(415) 945-9701

Restaurant Broker with agents in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County & Sacramento


Indicates membership in the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). The IBBA is the only certifying organization for Business Brokers and Intermediaries who assists people in buying or selling a business.Indicates membership in The California Association of Business Brokers (CABB).


Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) is a professional certification awarded to Business Brokers and Intermediaries that have achieved stringent requirements. CBI's work by an ethical code of conduct when working with business owners and buyers.The CABB Certified Business Broker (CBB) certification distinguishes its holder as a seasoned professional who has a solid educational background, proven accomplishments in completing deals, and an active membership in the CABB.

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The company specializes in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars and clubs throughout California.

Steven has personally sold/leased over 900 restaurant, bar or club businesses, sold many commercial buildings and completed over 3,000 restaurant valuations since 1996. His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Although based in the Bay Area when specifically requested Steve will personally broker and co-broker with clients throughout California. Steve is also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon.

Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and Chief Executive officer of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steven is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and University of San Francisco’s School of Business. He holds a California State Real Estate Brokers License (License #01310250), State of California College Teaching Certificate, and he has earned the industry’s top designations for advanced education which include: the Certified Business Broker (CBB) designation awarded by the California Association of Business Brokers and the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation awarded by the International Business Brokers Association.

Steve has lectured at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, taught management courses at San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant School and the former School for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Golden Gate University. Steve has been a regular guest lecturer at the California Culinary Academy (CAA) in San Francisco for several years. He currently teaches the CABB Principles of Business Brokerage Course and the IBBA Restaurant Course to real estate brokers and agents.

He is a member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) and is on the education committee. At HFLA, a non profit lending institution, Steve currently holds the following positions; Vice President, Co-Chairman of the Business Loan Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Additionally Steven is a member of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, California Restaurant Association, Cornell University Hotel Society, Cornell University Real Estate Council, the International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA) and Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source). Steve's non-profit work has included participation on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), the Marin JCC and the JCF of San Francisco, the Peninsula and Sonoma Counties. Additionally Steve has participated in the Marin Homeless Coalition Lunch program for over 10 years.

Steve has extensive experience as an expert witness and works regularly with many attorneys and the courts regarding valuations, leases and acquisition and disposition matters.

Areas Served

  • San Francisco County, CA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • San Diego County, CA
  • Riverside County, CA
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • Alameda County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Sacramento County, CA

Established Businesses For Sale

Sacramento County, CA

Keith has nearly 40 years of restaurant and catering experience, mostly in the United Kingdom. After graduating from the London College of Hotel and Catering and working as a chef in London restaurants Keith’s experience elevated him to cater for the British Royal family and heads of the British Government for a period of 10 years. Since moving to the US in 1996 Keith owned and operated 3 successful restaurants and a catering company in California. Keith has consulted for numerous restaurant...

San Diego County, CA

Jonathan’s grew up in a restaurant family in Pasadena getting exposure to to the restaurant business at an early age. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from UCLA he began his 30 year commercial real estate career. He started with Grubb & Ellis in San Diego where he specialized in the sale of investment property before moving on to a real estate development company in Pasadena where he was responsible for leasing the company’s retail and office...

Los Angeles County, CA

Abe Skaletzky has been actively involved in the Los Angeles Real Estate Restaurant Business brokerage industry for over twenty years. His expertise is in restaurant site selection, and lease / sale negotiations for the food service industry in the metropolitan Los Angeles area. Abe has an impressive list of credentials that include considerable restaurant business brokerage transactions and a large and loyal following of independent restaurateurs as well as corporate clients across the nation...

Napa County, CA

Bruce is a native of San Francisco, attended the San Francisco City College Hotel and Restaurant Program, worked in a number of Bay Area French restaurants, and has hotel and restaurant experience working in Switzerland. This was followed by twelve years at Kenwood Vineyards and Winery as Warehouse and Bottling Line Manager, Restaurant Wine Sales and Events Catering. Since 1989, Bruce has been a successful restaurant owner and operator. Bruce holds a California State Real Estate License (Lic...

Marin County, CA

If you are going to be buying a restaurant with Restaurant Realty then you will be communicating with Nancy. Nancy interacts with all of our buyers, screening, setting up appointments, and providing additional information when necessary. Nancy is also involved with various administrative functions of the corporate office.

Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company Nancy has been a real estate salesperson for Lake Tahoe Distinctive Properties and Chase International at Incline...

Santa Clara County, CA

Judy has been with Restaurant Realty Company since 1999. Judy is a highly experienced agent and specializes in liquor license transfers for restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Judy also oversees marketing, advertising, and day to day operations of the business. Prior to joining Restaurant Realty Company, Judy was the President/Owner of Bay Marketing Company, which sold millions of dollars of merchandise to large retailers throughout the west coast. Judy also previously worked with Macy's as a...

Los Angeles County, CA

Since relocating to Los Angeles from his native Long Island, New York, Todd has been active in the real estate business. Todd has held his California real estate license since 2004 and has been involved in the listing, marketing and selling of residential and commercial real estate, including hotels, restaurants, car washes, and many other types of businesses. Todd has many years of teaching experience teaching several different subjects to students in the K-12 level. Todd is the founder/CEO of...

Sacramento County, CA

Nancy has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. She worked at El Caballo, Hungry Hunter & Scott’s Seafood in Oakland, was the district manager for 5 "Muffins Muffins" units in San Francisco, and was the manager of Fat City Restaurant in Sacramento, one of the most well-known restaurants in the area. Most recently, she owned an Italian restaurant in Sacramento for several years. Nancy has owned and managed many successful businesses over the last 22 years, during which she developed...

Monterey County, CA

Richard has 25 years experience in brokerage, 20 years experience in the Hospitality Business, and has personally owned 2 successful pizza restaurants (Prima Pizza on the West Coast and Giorgio's Pizzeria on the East Coast). This hands-on experience gives him a unique understanding of the sacrifices and work involved when owning your own business; thus enabling Richard to address the needs of sellers and buyers. His brokerage experience includes Business, Commercial and Residential Leasing and...

Orange County, CA

Angelo has a diverse background as a former restaurant, bar and club owner for over 35 years including building many restaurants from scratch throughout California. He has also worked as a restaurant consultant opening several restaurants for others in addition to his years of experience in restaurant sales and leasing. Angelo’s past operating experience coupled with his years of restaurant sales experience is very helpful in assisting new and experienced restaurant owners find the right...

Los Angeles County, CA

Teri was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied Communications and Business at University of Southern California. Upon graduation she joined the sales staff at Rykoff-Sexton (which is now U.S. Foods) and worked with numerous chefs while calling on restaurants, hotels, country clubs and caterers throughout Southern California. In 1997, Teri joined Chocolate Creations, a start up Chocolatier in Los Angeles, securing real estate and setting up a commercial kitchen. For 10 years, as the...

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