Caffe Sport - San Francisco
Caffe Sport - San Francisco

Caffe Sport - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.caffesportsf.com/home
  • Phone: 4159811251
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: F-Sa 12:00pm-2:30pm

    Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm-10:30pm

    Dinner: Sun 4:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Caffe Sport - San Francisco
Caffe Sport, by Antonio La Tona is one-of-a-kind among restaurants. While North Beach is full of Italian Restaurants, not many actually embody the spirit or the food of their homeland. Antonio La Tona’s homeland is Sicily, and Sicilian food is the best there is in Italy.

Every square inch of the interior is adorned with elaborately painted furniture and woodcarvings. Come in once and you’ll never forget, and you’ll see why Caffe Sport is so famous.

Come and read the autographed photos and letters from celebrities throughout the world who are all Caffe Sport fanatics.
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Caffe Sport - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)special occasion (10)romantic (9)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    we frequently had to ask for things --food never came out all at once, wine was not poured, guess you should not expect good service on a Saturday night. also they won't split check on large parties.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caffe Sport Number One
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have been going to Caffe Sport for 23 years. My favorite Italian restaurant in The City. The wait staff are wonderful. The food and wine are amazing. I have taken many people to CS over the years. Great place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot night in the City
    SFNekKid
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    During one of those suddenly stiflingly hot autumn days, when San Francisco has what constitutes its summer season, on the spur of the moment I got some tickets to a show at Cobb's Comedy Club in North Beach. I had invited a friend of mine who had recently been dealing with a major health crisis, and was just getting back on his feet. I wanted to get dinner before the show in North Beach, and my first thought was that the warm evening would be perfect for dining outside. But once I left my air-conditioned office and headed on foot to North Beach, I realized that it was uncomfortably warm to eat outside, and that there was so much foot traffic on the sidewalks that dining while a crowd milled past would hardly be relaxing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was looking forward to our visit to this North Beach icon but was very disappointed with the food. It appears that they are surviving only on their past reputation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy Unique and Delicious
    mmmmmrrrrrrr
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    With its unmatched decor, you won't be bored nor feel like you're in a sterile place, like most other restaurants. The waiter is friendly, a polyglot, and recommended exactly the best things on the menu. It´s an adorable and romantic place to take someone you love. Only minus: can feel a little stuffy in the back room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun meal!
    ClaudiaC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Caffe Sport a number of times, but not in more than a decade (having moved out of the area). I thoroughly enjoyed going back again. The food was very good. The pesto could have used a tad more garlic, but the texture and flavor otherwise was great. The desserts (we had tiramisu and cannoli) were delicious. I had forgotten how quirky the interior was, but once inside it brought back lots of good memories. I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS
    FoodlatinloverVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My mother and I have been coming here for many years and really enjoy the food. The food is always fresh and never disappoints! WE actually drive an hour to come here to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will never go again !!!
    wolfpaq
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Worst dining experience we've ever had in North Beach. Service was horrible & slow, waiter very inattentive & forgetful. Place was not very busy when we arrived, which was strange because we couldn't get an OT reservation time until 8 on a Sun. night. Took over 20 minutes after we were seated to even get bread or offered a drink. Ordered meals and were served about 20 minutes or so after, so that wasn't too bad at all. Waiter dropped off our food, and did not come back to check on the meal for at least another 20 min +. When he came back I had to ask for Parmesan cheese and S&P because my Linguine with clams was so bland. "World Famous" Pesto Gnocchi was way overboard on the garlic and was inedible. No effort was made to make it right.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Style Dining
    Feistress
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Intimate family style restaurant with incredibly fresh, well prepared seafood. We were celebrating and the staff made our meal memorable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again a great meal with great service. Been going to Caffe Sport since 1979 . . . willing to fight the North Beach lack of parking spaces to eat at Caffe Sport over and over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gone downhill
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This used to be a favorite spot, back as long ago as 1982. On recent visit it's gone downhill, sadly. Food not particularly well prepared (pesto pasta notable exception). Stale bread. Surprisingly inattentive service given it was not busy. Seems to have lost its passion.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great eclectic dining venue
    pdougnort
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My second visit to Caffe Sport was as memorable as my first. Electric, full of energy with a smell of roasted garlic in the air. Fun spot for a late dinner with family, friends or just anyone the loves good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Sport takes Credit cards & Rez
    AnonEnthusiastic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been scheduling a meal at Cafe Sport whenever we're in SF for 15+ years -- it's one of our "must do"s. We miss Mr Tony, but now they take reservations & credit cards - no more surprises for initiates! The food is still great with great seafood options, and the atmosphere & decor unsurpassed. Sometimes a little noisy (everyone's happy & chatting) but we could still hear each other -- the wood carvings absorb the sound-- nothing like those awful "modern" places with no sound insulation! This time we waited too long to make a Sat pm Rez -- but so book early! We enjoyed our Sunday dinner enormously, as we knew we would. Buon Appetito !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • have had much better
    expectgoodfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    all items were brought at once, appetizer and 1st dish. The main dishes were drowning in the sauces, we ordered 3, and all 3 were over powered by garlic and way too much sauce. we were never asked if we wanted water or a cocktail. the taste of the sauces were good, but I like to have my appetizers first then my pasta, and I like to have the correct amount of sauce on the pasta, especially pesto. I also like to be asked if I'd like something to drink before my meal and during the meal with a follow up. Most restaurants operate this way.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    VictoriaQ1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Caffe Sport is a North Beach landmark. I HAD great memories of family outings there. Took my partner there for lunch. He had never been to North Beach, so I wanted it to be representative of a San Francisco experience that seems to have all but disappeared. The tiny restaurant was quiet (only three tables occupied, us being one of them). Gigi's Sotto Mare next door had all tables occupied and a line out the door. Bad sign. The Cioppino Bianco was well prepared EXCEPT for such massive amounts of raw garlic that I really couldn't taste the fish. I was regretting that menu choice for the next 24 hours, believe me. Service was very slow. Have to replace my fond memories of Caffe Sport with the sad certainty that I will not be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gutes Essen und gutes Gescheft
    Astrologue
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and company were great. The son is carrying on the father's tradition.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pesto Anywhere
    SueU
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Awesome authentic Italian food. Everything is fantastic but I always go for the pesto sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer worth the trip!
    DiscriminatingDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I lived in the Bay Area for a decade and used to bring friends to Caffe Sport for the great ambiance. On a recent trip back to San Francisco, we planned for lunch after sight-seeing in the city. OpenTable showed available tables until 2:30 that day and we took 2pm. When our tour ran long, I called Caffe Sport at 2pm and asked to change the time to 2:15 so we could get there by taxi. The manager said yes and we headed there. Unfortunately, he left a voicemail at 2:15 that he closed the kitchen on us. I called back right away when 1 block away and he refused to seat us. I'll never walk into Caffe Sport again. I'm sorry they seem to have lost their way over the years. It's clearly no longer about the customer experience. And that's a shame.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Old School Italian
    3happyharts
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food, great old school italian atmosphere, large family style pasta dishes. The garlic shrimp....soooo good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot with atmosphere
    penita
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went with a group of 7. Food was served promptly and was delicious. The restaurant is full of charm and decor. Loved family style way of serving.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
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