Cafe Zoetrope
Cafe Zoetrope

Cafe Zoetrope

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecoppola.com/cafezoetrope
  • Phone: 4152911700
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lidia Valledor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Zoetrope
Named for owner Francis Ford Coppola’s innovative film studio, American Zoetrope, Cafe Zoetrope is located in the majestic Sentinel Building, a San Francisco historic landmark in the heart of North Beach. Cafe Zoetrope is a European-style cafe that serves authentic Italian cuisine as well as international specialties, and features an expansive wine selection, including premium offerings from the award-winning Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County. A casual and welcoming setting inside, the cafe walls are decorated with one-of-a-kind mementos spanning Francis’s celebrated film career, while the awnings and heated sidewalks make dining outside enjoyable, even in foggy San Francisco weather.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cafe Zoetrope reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (16)romantic (10)fit for foodies (9)special occasion (9)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awfull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had diner on friday 12, 2014. The service was absolutely awfull, the entrees came whereas we were still eating the appetizers.... The waiter barely talked to us.... Worst restaurant ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok.
    RoadWarriorVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was a quiet night. Didn't have much to watch as I ate alone. Restaurant was empty and they put right next to the only other diners in the place. Soup was wonderful. Chicken dish was ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sheena
    Unhappydiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was ok. Service was not good. Our waiter brought our food but not once asked us how it was. My friend mentioned he never brought the cracked pepper to the table. Other waiters did to their tables. Never asked if we like something esle to drink like coffee or dessert. We ended up flagging him down and asking for the bill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Cafe Zoetrope!
    Like2eatout
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Located in a funky corner building and decorated with memorabilia from Francis Ford Coppola's movies, Café Zoetrope is a real San Francisco gem. Fantastic pizza and spaghetti and meatballs. We drove from LA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for affordable dining
    Pietje
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Luckely we made a reservation: the place was sold out. The historic background and special enterior created a very romantic scene. I skipped the cocktail and tasted 3 different red wines from the Coppola collection: all of them very good. Then The waiter offered me a free glass of the 2012 Pinot Noir, which was even better! We drank a bottle with our spaghetti/meatbal dish: great and very reasonable price!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate Italian restaurant
    Sbbigal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our second visit while in San Francisco for the weekend. We were running the SF half Marathon and wanted pasta the night before. Three of us shared several dishes, Caesar salad, Tortellini, pasta Carbonara, and a pizza. A bottle of Archimedes, which is a Copella wine you can only get from the vinyard, wine club or this restaurant. Great Cab. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is small , make reservations in advance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheek by Jowl Dining
    DorsetPiglet
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was good (but no better). Service variable. The tables were packed closely together - our neighbours asked to be moved as they had been put too close to a table of three. Enjoyed the wine a lot and it was reasonably priced.Great for relaxed dining - but not for lovers wanting a romantic meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance better than the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Coming from the Napa valley and wine interested, we booked this restaurant. Great ambiance with touches of movie histories and the Inglewood wines available. The food was moderate, pizza to soft.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best of the best
    Kappy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    quite simply our new favorite restaurant on the planet, anywhere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North beach novelty
    Roamer
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Located in a beautiful and historic building. Coppola memorabilia and signature wines. Very very small dining area with not much privacy. Food was pretty good. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Several of the entrees were quite disappointing, as was the wine, shockingly. Very disappointed considering how highly recommended the restaurant came.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool to see and eat
    Samjo1020
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This place is really cool to go to if you're a Coppola fan. The food is great, service a little slow, but it's all good. Very small and I liked that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Dinner
    UCBerkeleyGirl
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Cafe Zoetrope is such a lovely restaurant. The service was attentive and polite, the food was absolutely delicious, and the ambience and surroundings are beautiful and classy. I would definitely come here again for a nice date.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and wine but.......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service not so great. No one greeted us and the host was not very pleasant when we asked for our table. We sat for quite awhile until we asked for menus and drinks. The sad part was they were not even busy to excuse this bad service. Once our waiter came to us he was pleasant and did recommend some great dishes but we had to wave him down the whole time we were there. The host was the worse and the waiters were more interested in hanging out by the bar. I would give this place a second chance, maybe if they were busy we would have received better service. As far as recommending I'm not to sure yet.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We went for our moms 60th birthday the food was excellent I had re spaghetti and meatballs portions were plentiful and taste was authentic and fresh! Excellent service thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine and pasta
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    They have the best house wine and spaghetti. Hard to go wrong with this good authentic Italian restaurant. Francis Coppola knows how to gear this place to all audiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Always better than it needs to be. Comfortable, great staff. Just a pleasure to be there. No losers on small, focused menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Bistro Dining
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is my go-to restaurant for both special occasions and for friends from out-of-town. My boyfriend and I always have our birthday dinners here and visiting friends, whether a couple or a family with kids, always enjoy Cafe Zoetrope when we bring them here. The food is wonderful - hearty, flavorful, and fresh - and that chocolate mousse! The Coppola wine list is, of course, a highlight. The staff is warm and accommodating, too. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food + good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The atad feas great. As we walked in I told them I had a reservation, they called me and my date by our names and said " your table is waiting" in fact the table was waiting. When I made the reservation I asked for a flower to be placed on the table and there it was a beautiful white rose.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Cafe Zoetrope reviews archive.
  • Good food, horrible service.
    RenoFoodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Pizza was great, but the service was almost non-existent. They are taking customers for granted.
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  • Good Food Fair Service
    CatD2
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    My daughter and I had dinner her on Friday, April 18, 2014. Cafe Zoetrope has an intimate and warm feel with the bar as the hub of the restaurant. It might seat 50, maybe less. It seemed that most of the guests were locals. The wine I had was excellent: Frances Ford Coppola Diamond Merlot. The Caesar salad was excellent. The bread was average. We shared a main dish, spinach gnocchi, and it was good, not great. We order two deserts: an apple tart with ice cream and the tiramisu. Both were excellent. The service was fair to poor. The waiter took a break while we were dining. No one asked how our food was. I wouldn't go back because of the service and might recommend the place to a friend with a warning about the service.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    Marty
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Cannot reccommed this place enough - everything was perfect. Best meatballs I ever had. If I lived in SF I would be there all the time. Thank you for a memorable night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    tdgraves2VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    One of our favorite spots in SF - the food, the building, price and the atmosphere are all great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celeb spotting
    Mickey
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Cafe Zoetrope is what I suppose would be called the enoteca for the vineyards of Francis Ford Coppola, whose offices are upstairs and whose presence was at the bar when we were last in. Food is always good- not terribly inventive, but good, with sort of a traditional North Beach Italian flair. Wine pairings are also good, with a focus, naturally enough, on Coppola wines. We are Caesar salad-ed to death in San Francisco, but I must say that Cafe Zoetrope's is very, very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good little group meal
    CarolCVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Convenient to City Lights, this was our go-to place when a bunch of us were hanging out shopping for books. The pizzas and salads were much appreciated--tasty and fresh. Service was very good. The place was almost empty as it was early in the week, but that jus meant more servers working on our order! So good we went back later in the week. On our PLUS list!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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  • Very Disappointing
    Dennis
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Cafe Zoetrope is a beautiful space in a wonderful old building. Great design, gorgeous lighting, nice details. Comfortable and stimulating at the same time. Too bad about the service, which is very amateurish -- friendly but incompetent. I clearly asked for a "Picada Tray" to be served first, and it is obviously meant for that purpose for people to share before a main course, but they dumped everything we ordered on the table at once with no ceremony. The bread was not very fresh, and nearly stale. The "Pizza Originale" was quite ordinary, and was not even very hot when served to us. Dessert came without any utensils, promptly followed by inappropriate ones. Not recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice North Beach Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    You might think this is place that just caters to tourist, since it is near the heart of North Beach and has the Coppola fame behind it, but it really not a tourist trap. It has good quality Italian food. Its not that expensive, and not all that crowded at least on week nights. Service is good but not pushy . You don't feel like you are being pushed out for the next waiting customer, you can linger over dinner and drinks in other words its like a restaurant in Italy! Its also not too noisy you can actually carry on a conversation which is important if your there to talk and enjoy your company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A well-kept secret for lunch
    Bill
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    A well-kept secret for lunch - great food and atmosphere and NOT busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • this place used to be better
    Allijean
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We ordered Sophia Pizza (excellent) and the linguini with clams (good flavor, but the pasta was way TOO undercooked). I don't know how you get al dente pasta wrong when you are an Italian restaurant. I have been here several times and every time the pizzas are great but the pastas are too expensive to not be excellent. We were there for our 10 year anniversary (because we met at this restaurant!). It was an early dinner, so mostly quiet, but the wait staff were all standing around talking a lot right next to our table which felt awkward and took away from the nice ambience... our server was great though. Lastly, bread in the bread basket was mediocre and they charge you $3 for it.
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  • Found Cafe Zoetrope to be
    WorldTourer
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Found Cafe Zoetrope to be fairly average. Service was decent; not particularly warm or friendly. Food was OK, nothing spectacular. Room was typical bistro type; nothing special. Overall OK, but have found better food/ambiance/service combos elsewhere in the area.
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  • Excellent wine bar and restaurant
    NovaGene
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Whenever i'm in San Francisco I make a trip to Cafe Zoetrope. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is excellent for actually being able to have a conversation with your dinner party without yelling, the wine is very good and the service is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Sauce Italian
    fdthirdVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    At the end of a 2 week trip, my wife craved red sauce Italian and she found it. A small cozy cafe in a historic building was just what we needed! Interesting apps, nice wine, and then my wife had spaghetti and meat balls while I had great carbonara. A couple of coffees with Amaretto, and piece of tiramisu ended a nice meal! Nothing fancy but good food!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Francisco-Italian
    Jett
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Wait staff is very, very accommodating. The design has made the most of the limited space within. The historic building is one of San Francisco's most unique. The food was very good and the desert menu offered some unique and delicious choices. Make reservations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite places
    Robert
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My sister and I started coming here over ten years ago and finally got our husbands to join us. Located in the North Beach area of San Francisco, it has a charm all its own. There may be more famous italian locations up the street, but this is still our favorite. Don't forget to try the Espresso Martini.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coppola should stick to the movies.
    cloudy
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This is basically a wine bar featuring Coppola wines, quaint setting, reminisent of Italian enotecas but there doesn't seem to be a real kitchen. It felt like the food was pre-made and reheated, a real disappointment.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inglenook
    JPDirish
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    After touring the Inglenook winery in Napa earlier that day, this was a very nice place to have dinner. We like the feel of the restaurant and location was walkable from our hotel near Union Square. Food was hot; we each got a different pasta and would get it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • From traffic to food satisfaction
    FromLAtoSF
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    My girlfriend and had been to this gem before, and on our next trip to SF we made it our first stop.This time it was at the end of an eight hour drive from LA through crazy traffic. We pushed back the reservations twice due to the traffic and they were accommodating. When we arrived with our car stuffed to the roof with luggage, it took us a moment to navigate to the underground parking structure across the street and back. The hostess informed us that the garage, unafffiliated with the restaurant, closed at ten. We had amazing meals; she had the gnocchi and I had the meatballs, the directors cut wine and a chocolate tartufo desert with coffee. We sat at a table outside beneath the heat lamps, loving the city. Old style charm great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful holiday lunch
    McVootie
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My wife, son and I were greeted warmly on a Christmas Eve visit. Loved the arugula salad with farro, and the chicken cacciatore, I think a Coppola family recipe with a wine/stock reduction versus the standard tomato sauce. My wife had the grilled short rib, very different from the ubiquitous braised short ribs one finds around, more like a thick, heavily marbled steak. My son's potato and spinach gnocchi were excellent as well, in a style I've seen described as gnudi, like luscious ravioli filling without the pasta shell. The ambiance of the flatiron building is very nice, a sense of history and an intimate feel. And staff were friendly and genuine. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Traveler
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We were excited to visit the place, being film and moderate wine fans. The place was interesting, the room and building were charming in their ways, and the service was friendly and absolutely excellent. But the menu is decidedly boring. I guess we should've expected just pizza and pasta, and maybe that is profitably what tourist visitors eat. But we were really unimpressed with the selections and the food itself. Nothing interesting to see in that regard. On balance, we left disappointed, even for the fine people working there who have great attitudes.
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  • Good and reliable
    Gman
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    This is a very good, reliable Italian neighborhood restaurant. Went there on my birthday with my niece and her 7 year old daughter. The service was really good - excellent in fact. Drinks were superb - they showcase Coppola wines. We bought a half case of a reserve Chardonnay. The food was good too. I will say that the meat balls seemed slightly overlooked and the spaghetti was slightly undercooked but we ate our fill and took the rest home for later. The anti pasta ,soup and Cesar salad were all spot on. I still can't say enough about how good the service was. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.