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Caffe Macaroni
Caffe Macaroni

Caffe Macaroni Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.caffemacaroni.com
  • Email: Mistermacaroni@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (415) 956-9737
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Organic, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Ascione
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lots of street space, garage facility (3) on the block.
A word from Caffe Macaroni
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Caffe Macaroni is an excellent choice for an intimate date night. The restaurant is very small (only 5 or 6 tables downstairs); there is additional seating upstairs. The food was very good (not the best I've ever had), but everything was well-cooked and really tasty. Our waiter was very friendly. The best part was the specials, which consisted of a list that seemed as long as the regular menu. It was nice to see so many added dishes, which made it seem more fresh (like they just made up dishes based on whatever came in from the market that day). The only complaint about this is that there were too many great sounding specials to remember, so having them written down somewhere might have been nice. The desserts were excellent as well!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "we recently took a trip to the bay and we ate in Chinatown, North Beach, did Dim sum, you name it we ate at a different restaurant every night and would consult with our concierge and my co-workers on the hottest spots to take the kids. On our last night we found a quant little restaurant in North Beach that had a 5 star rating on Yelp and rave reviews from all that had posted reviews and decided to give it a try. We were completely blown away. It's tiny but the food was amazing and the staff was incredible. This little gem turned out to be our favorite on our trip and one of our favorite restaurants of all time. We will make a point of going to this place every time we are in the bay. Get a reservation, only seats about 20 ppl total."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Caffe Macaroni is a true taste and feel of Italy. The owner and waiters are native to Italy, therefore the food is authentic and the vibe is truly Italian! Great Neopolitan seafood options, gourmet salads and pasta cooked to perfection. The garlic and vino are sure to please the senses. You must try the brioche con nutella for dessert! Truly an Italianissimo find in between San Francisco's North Beach and Financial District."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "5 tables inside, 5 out. Mario makes you feel like you are in Naples! A place you can go eat alone. 5 tables on sidewalk. Lots of fish! Loved it!! Thank you Mario!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We dined here prior to a show at the San Francisco Playhouse. The food was good, not great. The portions were decent. The service was fine, no complaints. We were seated in the very small street level area and were the only ones there for about 1 hour. After that, the place filled and became very noisey. We had a nice time but will not return."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Proprietors were rude even though I had a reservation and didn't seat us until 45 minutes after our schedule time...just left us hanging on the street without even acknowledging that they had messed up. And they did this to a bunch of other couples as well. Then when we eventually got in the staff kept forgetting orders and rushed us out of the restaurant. On top of that, it was clear the kitchen was rushing because the pasta was near raw. There are a bunch of posters with accolades of best italians in san francisco...from the early 90's. Clearly something has gone wrong. Avoid not just because the place is badly run, but because the people running it are obnoxious and have no concept of customer service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The charm wears off quickly. The waiters here, especially if you sit upstairs, play the character really well. they speak italian to each other because they are italian, and gesticulate alot, etc. However, they are completely disorganized and overwhelmed if there are more than 2 parties seated at any given time. order: it took 20 minutes after being seated for them to even acknowledge us... no water, no bread wine: after ordering it took another 20 minutes for us to get our bottle of wine (even though we were sitting right next to the buffet with the wine bottles and glasses). After reminding him for the third time, he plopped a bottle down on the table with two glasses and walked off to help somebody else WITHOUT OPENING IT! food was good"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "No hostess, worst service I have experienced in 10 years living here. Waiter did not give us water. Took over 30 min before he took our order."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food at Macaroni is very consistent, the freshest produce and seafood, excellent pastas especially the seafood en brodo over squid-ink linguini, all presented with warmth and charm. Put yourself in Mario's hands at this authentic trattoria and eat like an Italian -- appetizer, pasta, fish, meat and dessert, all accompanied by interesting, off-the-beaten-path, Italian wine offerings chosen to match the menu. Very reasonably priced for the quality of the overall experience. Our go-to Italian for years, on the outskirts of the North Beach carnival midway."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was fantastic, best Italian food in a long time. We will definitely go back; great, fun atmosphere, so very enjoyable"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "They've been there 23 years, and serve delicious authentic Italian food in a unique neighborhood setting. Not fancy decor, and be prepared to sit close to other diners. But you will be very happy with the food."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Very good small authentic italian restaurant. Excellent fish and pasta. A real gem. Comparable to NY or a excellent neighborhood restaurant in Italy."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went here with our out of town visiting family and had a great meal and a fun evening. The owners treat you like family and although it was our first time there, we felt like we were regulars who had been coming for years. Not a fancy place but the ambience is fun and festive and great for a group. My daughter said it reminded her of trattorias she had been to in Italy. Food is wonderful and the prices very fair. A great place to bring out of town visitors or when you are looking for great Italian food"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "The front seating area is really cramped, so be prepared if this is the only seating option. The mussels and clams were nice sizes, but tiny portion. We asked if the music that was blasting over the speakers could be lowered, but it was only turned downed a tiny bit. And alas, my pasta was way too salty. Service was great though as I felt like I was back in New York."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "5 workmates had our holiday dinner here. We have been long time Scuie Scuie diners but they lost the lease with new owners so this was our first visit to the original. It was like being in Naples said my. Roma wife; everything you would expect. We asked for a traditional Italian meal and so they owner picked out our courses and brought them family style. The sea bass was incredible, pesto very good, salmon very good, rissotto del mar incredible, excellent panna cotta; try the naples desert with chilli spice. Buon Appetito!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Caffe Macaroni was a great find! The restaurant is TINY, with four or five tables, so it's very intimate and cozy. The food was authetic and delicious (Do yourself a favor and try the ricotta cake!), and Mario and his staff were very personable. I'd definitely go back!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I will definitely return to this neighborhood gem. The food is excellent, the staff is very attentive and very pleasant, prices are great, the ambience is romantic and authentic Italian café style. Bravo!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The pasta with baby octopus was delicious. What made this pasta unique was that it had a little bit of saltiness. That is not a negative thing but a positive one for this type of dish. I would have given my rating a 4 star if it were not for one thing. When I ordered two dishes I was planning to have a pizza with the pasta and baby octopus. Mario suggested I order the bruschetta-like bread. After my lunch he stated he recommended this appetizer because if I had ordered the pizza that I originally wanted I would be too full to enjoy my pasta dish. I appreciate the fact that Mario stopped me from ordering the pizza. By ordering a smaller appetizer I did enjoy my pasta more. This act of good will from him makes me want to eat here more often."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Food was very good. Service was great. Not much of an atmosphere, great for an early dinner. Nice view..."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "Authentic southern Italian food. Very enjoyable, intimate and personable service."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "A little piece of Italy in San Francisco. Foid and service always consistent. We always enjoy ourselves, Friends and family love this too. Everything is fresh home cooking."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "There is more sophisticated Italian food elsewhere in SF, and also more polished waiters, and a "real" wine list, but if this place doesn't make you happy, stay home and be grouchy. The restaurant has 3 tables inside, 3-4 outside (so expect lineups ), the grilled peppers to start are delicious and so is the black linguine with sea food. Baby octopus over linguine also marvelous. All this, while you sit in what perhaps was a hole-in-the-wall diner sometime ago, a charming Italian owner who hugs all the regulars, and great people watching. Oh, and $ 100 for 2 people including a bottle of wine. Will return (if there is room ;-) )."
    Dined on 9/27/2013