Steven D Zimmerman, CBB, M&AMI, CBI, FIBBA

Broker License # 00976818

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


Indicates membership in The California Association of Business Brokers (CABB).


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.


Restaurant Realty Company


Restaurant Realty Company was founded by Steven D. Zimmerman in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. Since inception the company has developed into the largest California restaurant brokerage specializing in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and related commercial buildings with local representation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego markets. Restaurant Realty’s brokers and agents are well versed in conducting deals with independent restaurant owners, landlords, buyers, and lessees of businesses and real estate, as well as larger ownership groups and buyers of multi-unit operations, franchises and chains. Restaurant Realty’s current brokers and agents have had great success completing transactions with over 2,000 clients, selling/leasing over 1,200 restaurants, and completing over 4,000 valuations.

Services Offered

The company specializes in sales, acquisitions and leasing of restaurants, bars and clubs throughout California.
Restaurant Realty Company provides services to buyers, sellers, landlords, developers, franchises, chains, CPAs, attorneys, estates, and to other brokers.

Business Owners - Seller Services for restaurant, bar and nightclub owners

* Seller Representation for businesses & real estate
* Lease Renewal Representation
* Sales Packaging
* Restaurant Valuations

Landlord & Developers - Services for owners of real estate that is suited for restaurants, bars or nightclubs.

* Landlord Lease Representation
* Tenant Search Representation
* Market Rent Analysis

Professionals - Services for attorneys, CPAs, courts, estate managers and other professionals seeking a restaurant expert.

* Valuations
* Court Appointee

Buyer services for prospective buyers and restaurant investors

* Purchase Representation for businesses & real estate
* Lease Renewal Representation
* Unsolicited Offer Representation
* Valuations

Franchises & Chains - Services for owners of multi-unit operations, franchise companies and individual franchisers.

* Sales Representation
* Lease Representation
* Acquisition Representation

Commercial & Residential Real Estate Professionals - Services for real estate professionals looking to help clients with a restaurant expert.

* Referrals
* Joint Representation


Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1000 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. 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.

Steve 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 (CABB), the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation awarded by the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the Mergers and Acquisitions Mastery Intermediary (M&AMI) designation awarded by the Mergers and Acquisitions Source (M&A Source). Steve was awarded the Fellow of IBBA (FIBBA) for his leadership role in teaching courses and conducting workshops at IBBA educational events and he has been a Co-Star Power Broker recipient for multiple years.
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 IBBA Restaurant Sales, Valuation and Lease Analysis 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, Chairman of the Business Loan Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Additionally Steve 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 following organizations: California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, the JCF of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, the MJCC and the Northern California Cornell Alumni Association. 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

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  • AFFILIATIONS: * California Association of Business Brokers (CABB). Board member, Education Committee. * International Association of Business Brokers (IBBA) * Mergers & Acquisitions Source (M & A Source) * HFLA, a non profit lending institution. Vice President, Chairman of the Business Loan Committee, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. * Golden Gate Restaurant Association * California Restaurant Association * Cornell University Hotel Society * Cornell University Real Estate Council HONORS & AWARDS * Mergers and Acquisitions Mastery Intermediary (M&AMI) Designation Awarded * Fellow of the IBBA * IBBA Chairman's Circle Award and IBBA Deal Maker Award * CoStar Power Broker in 2015 and 2016 * Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) Designation Awarded * Certified Business Broker (CBB) Designation Awarded * ?Certified Business Broker (CBB) Designation Awarded??Jan 2000 * State of California Life Time College Teaching Certificate * LLoyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership? * Eagle Scout? - ?Troop 14, San Francisco, Boy Scouts of America? PUBLICATIONS: * Author of 'Restaurant Dealmaker - An Insider's Trade Secrets For Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club' * Author of 160+ Restaurant Rap Articles - website, Linkedin Pulse and Medium * WEBINARS conducted by Steve Zimmerman


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Los Angeles County, CA

Teri brings a unique combination of restaurant and real estate experience to restaurant brokerage. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied Communications and Business at University of Southern California. Upon graduation she joined the...

Los Angeles County, CA

As a licensed agent for 40 years Frank stands ready to provide solutions to restaurant owners regardless of the situation or problems you may face in selling your most valuable asset at the best market price.

Starting as a teenager 50...

San Diego County, CA

James is an associate broker with Restaurant Realty Company and has over 25 years of real estate, businesses brokerage, and finance experience. Mr. Courtney's passion is to help business owners and buyers successfully come together and facilitate 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Riverside County, CA

Craig brings a rich and diverse background to Restaurant Realty Company. Craig has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry holding several positions in everything from fast-casual in Denver and Pismo Beach to fine-dining...

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...

San Mateo County, CA

Giancarlo DiTullio is a high energy, motivated agent who has a passion for people and a love for the hospitality industry. Giancarlo's hands-on experience, and understanding of the sacrifice and a sense of pride around operating a restaurant...

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...

San Diego County, CA

Martin has been involved with the sale, leasing and management of restaurant real estate throughout his career. His expertise spans from leasing and sales of numerous restaurant spaces as a retail & restaurant broker to property and asset management...

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...

Shasta County, CA

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