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Cafe Zoetrope
Cafe Zoetrope

Cafe Zoetrope Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafecoppola.com/cafezoetrope
  • Phone: (415) 291-1700
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "One of our favorite spots in SF - the food, the building, price and the atmosphere are all great."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "A well-kept secret for lunch - great food and atmosphere and NOT busy."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I can't imagine this place will still be in business a few months from now. Went on a saturday night and was surprised by how empty it was. food was average at best. don't think this place will be in business much longer."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My son is very picky about food, but he thought this was the best pizza ever !! I had the gnocchi and can tell you it was amazing. The spaghetti and meatballs were fantastic. I highly recommend Cafe Zoetrope"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Italian comfort food. I imagine that this would be how my grandma would make it if she were Italian. Wines are straight from Coppola. Love this place. Found Cafe Zoetrope 10 years ago and two days ago. Celebrating our 10 year anniversary and it is just as fabulous."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We'd originally reserved a table at an oyster bar, but when a craving for Italian struck, made a last-minute switch to Cafe Zoetrope ... and we're so glad we did. The food was delicious, the ambiance inviting, and the service went above and beyond. If you enjoy Coppola wines as much we do, there is much to delight in here. The sommelier was knowledgeable without being arrogant, and we were richly rewarded by his suggestions. Our ample mains left no room for dessert, but they looked delicious from afar."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "As a big movie fan, the main draw of this restaurant was that it's owned by Francis Ford Copolla. Imagine my disappointment at hearing from our waitress 'actually, he only just left this evening...'. So close! The starter salad we had was actually a little disappointing, but we both enjoyed our main courses. My wife is very particular about her wine, and is not a fan of 'new world' wines. So was initially disappointed to see Californian wines being the only real option. However, as they were from FFC's own vineyard, she took the plunge and opted for the Pinot. She had to swallow her pride, and said it was one of the best wines she'd tasted in a long time, to the point we bought a bottle to take home to the UK with us!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Another fabulous experience here. Our new favorite place when we are in San Francisco. Third time here and it gets better each time, somehow. Wine, food, service second to none."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Could be just that I didn't order pizza. Other reviewers have said pizza is great. However, my experience is that they don't know how to make a martini. The soup I ordered was great. I'd order that again. I didn't care for the chicken. The martini tasted like salt water mixed with PGA and maybe some household cleaner. But the wait staff were friendly. The seating was quite comfortable. And it is a unique location. Go for the pizza. Have a beer or wine. Don't order chicken."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We had a nice finner and we think it was funny that the whole place is centered on Coppola - his movies and his wine"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "My husband and I came here on our first night of our honeymoon. He learned about it when he was researching Francis Ford Coppola's winery. I made a reservation through OpenTable and mentioned that we would be on our honeymoon. They were expecting us when we arrived. Service was excellent. We each got a flight of three of Coppola's reserve wines. I ordered the linguini and clams. My only complaint was that it was a tad salty... but I love salt. When we ordered dessert, our waiter presented us each with a complimentary glass of champagne and our desserts were also comped. It was beautiful here! Thank you for an amazing night!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The inside of the building has almost as much interest as the iconic exterior. One of my favorite buildings in San Francisco is now one of my favorite places to have Italian food. Italian Bread this good is a rare find. The pasta dishes I and my two dinner friends ordered were all excellent!! Service personnel were very attentive without hovering. I'm coming back for the pizza I saw being served to a nearby table!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "There are so many restaurants in North Beach and the area of this restaurant, it was hard to choose. The food was very good and the waiter was attentive enough and kind. Everything came out in a time manner. The dining room is small, a little tight so if there are any loud parties adjacent to your table in the room, it may get loud. Otherwise very much enjoyed the evening, but would probably venture out and try one of the many other busy restaurants in the area for variety next time."
    Dined on 8/30/2013