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Magic Flute
Magic Flute

Magic Flute Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magicfluteristorante.com
  • Phone: (415) 922-1225
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Magic Flute offers passed hor d'oeurves for 25 to 150 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant is available for buy-outs or there is a beautiful private room for 25 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Phil LaCavera (415) 922-1225

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce & Locust
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Along with on-street parking, there is also public garages nearby on Locust and California and on Cherry and California.
A word from Magic Flute
One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, the Magic Flute, has a new and exciting menu reflecting California-Italian Cuisine. Located in fashionable Presidio Heights, the restaurant with sponge-painted walls and hardwood floors is reminiscent of a family-run trattoria found in a small Tuscan village. Sunlight streams in through large picture windows in the front dining room, and after dark, Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers, imported from Europe, infuse the room with soft light. The equally beautiful rear dining room looks onto a lovely, flower-filled patio with white Italian marble tables and large Italian market umbrellas that make the heated patio the ideal spot for al fresco dining. Phil LaCavera sees to it that service is personal and attentive. The staff also takes great pride in making each party and wedding a memorable occasion. You won’t find a more enchanting ambiance for your special celebration.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The neighborhood is very quiet and nice. We requested to sit outside in the patio which was "full" when we arrived. This was fine, the host told us it would be about a 30 minute wait. 10 minutes later he called our name and walked us back to the patio (without ever even looking at us). There was plenty of seating for 2 so I'm not sure where he got the "30 minutes" from. It took about 10 minutes for anyone to acknowledge we were there. A young server (not ours) noticed we had not been served so he took our full order. The food arrived in good time and it was great. We had 3 different servers/bus boys bring us our food. We received water halfway through our meal (only after asking)."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had an 11:30 am reservation but when we got there, one of the people in our party did not know that - so just asked for a table for 6. They told us we can only be seated for one hour (next group coming). I went up to host and told him that we did have a reservation but we felt rushed to finish. The host was unfriendly - though someone did mention he apologized for mixup."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have been to the Magic Flute 3 times and every time we enjoyed ourselves, the warm, attentive staff and Host/Owner (very charming). The food is consistently delicious, visually appealing and something for everyone! The quiche Lorraine is the best I have ever had! The desserts are wonderful! The portions are generous without being too much! The host/owner is always gracious, charming and attentive. We traveled 1.5 hours to dine at Magic Flute because its in a lovely neighborhood that is easy to access in SF and is away from the rat race of downtown. Lovely stores to walk by after a meal. We have had brunch and lunch and enjoyed it tremendously!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The Magic Flute has great outdoor dining for brunch. I would like to see more variety on their menu for breakfast items... Like scones and fruit pancakes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This was our first time having brunch at this charming restaurant and we understand why it is so highly rated. Service is friendly and impeccable and the food was excellent.The fresh cinnamon sugar beignets served warm with strawberries and cream are not to be missed. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I love being able to dine in my neighborhood and dinner is an easy table to snag. Service is attentive and friendly. On a cool summer night I loved the delicious beluga lentil soup to warm me up. The Caesar salad had nice plump anchovies. I enjoyed the lamb chops (a generous portion) and my husband enjoyed the special gnocchi with smoked chicken. There is a nice choice of reasonably priced wine including wine by the glass. We return often and are always happy with our experience which is never pretentious."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had 10 family members in town and they wanted me to organize a place for brunch on 4th of July morning and Magic Flute was the perfect spot! Very accommodating for out larger groups, and our server was incredibly attentive and enjoyable! Our group is not an easy one to handle either :) I will definitely be coming back here with friends, as the food was delicious and the outdoor patio is great for the sunny SF days."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "fabulous as always and lovely sitting in the garden on a beautiful day."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It had been years since I was at the Magic Flute and had forgotten how wonderful the place is. We sat on the patio for lunch and it was lovely. The food is excellent and such a large menu to choose from. The wine was also wonderful. I will be going back again soon."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I was very excited to go to Magic Flute, it had great reviews and I love brunch! I was pretty disappointed, my food was COLD! Not luke warm, but COLD! I ordered eggs benedict with avocado, and everything from the avocado to the hollandaise, to the english muffin was ice cold, and the egg was pretty cold too! My husband's egg scramble was pretty cold as well! Probably won't be going back, but the patio is very cute!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The soup was okay. Our server was scatterbrained. The chicken Marsala tasted like it was cooked in a microwave and the mashed potatoes were *gritty*. Not sure how the managed that. The dining room features tattered furniture and we were seated next to an outdoor curtain that was dirty, yellowed with tears repaired using packing tape. The table bread was good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a great spot in Presidio Heights to sit outside and enjoy a delicious brunch."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is one of those "secret" places that I don't want a bunch of other people to go to. So I probably shouldn't be writing a review. That being said, I think the restaurant and future diners deserve to know the tasty truth. Due to the location and ambiance, I thought this place was going to cost a fortune. After all, it's across the street from Spruce. However, I ordered a brie, mushroom, bacon scramble for only $12. The coffee was good (I believe it was sourced from a local roaster). They served us bread at the table, and the service was great. We ate on the back patio, which was set up really well for large groups. I'll definitely come back and bring friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I eat here frequently but on this aoccasion the service was less that its' usual level; items asked for not were not deliverede and others requested to be omitted were not. Woud give ths service a poor rating."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Magic Flute has not disappointed in the nearly four decades that I have patronized this restaurant. The food has been consistently fresh, tasty and prepared to the customer's preference. The service is flawless. The outdoor garden is absolutely enchanting. I highly recommend it for pleasure or business meals."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Flatiron Steak was delicious as was the tuna tartare. Our Wine Director was knowledge and friendly. Great romantic date spot, but not great for groups larger than 3."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Always a great place for brunch and dining outside when the weather permits is a treat."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love this restaurant, especially for lunch. One can go, have really wonderful choices for food and actually have a conversation without a lot of noise. One of my favorites for lunches. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "You can't go wrong for Weekend Brunch with attractive interiors and a nice courtyard patio. Mwnu offers varied choices of quality food at reasonable prices. They have been at this location a long time and you can always count on them . "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food was good. We had the homemade sausage sandwich and the sausage was tasty, but nothing to holler about. My companions had the hash benedict and salmon benedict and again it was good, but not the best. Service was spotty. I think the server was new and seemed to be flustered when we asked questions about the menu and drinks. The host was horrible! Grumpy, not very friendly and when asked to call a cab, he said he did but we waited 20 minutes and I had to knock on the door to check whether he called. He didn't have the courtesy of coming out and ensuring we were taken care of... I was a bit upset with myself that I added $25 to the already 20% tip they included on our party of 6. I probably will never return"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was really delicious - lamb chops and pasta. Also had very prompt service. Only disappointment were the wines by the glass. Seemed to be only one offer per varietal...would rather have two choices for pinot etc, but understandable and the bottles were a good selection. Would go again!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went there for graduation dinner. Food was great and the service/host was exceptional. They really made my family feel special. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've been having lunches with colleagues from USF there for decades. Phil is always the congenial host who remembers you and makes you feel special. It's always bright, friendly, warm, and delicious. Just quiet enough to discuss business, and vibrant enough to return to work energized."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Wonderful neighborhood gem, as good as when we lived nearby 25 years ago. Dined here with my newlywed wife in the late eighties/early ninties and returned with my daughter, aged 23 yesterday (5/4/14). Fresh, carefully prepared fare that will satisfy any pallet. Dine inside or out back in the patio, this residential restaurant in the Laurel Heights section of the city is a superb choice for brunch, lunch or dinner. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The only complaint is how noisy the restaurant's main room was. You could hardly hear others across the table. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at the Magic Flute, and surely will not be our last. The food was good, although the veggie omelet could have used some spicing up. My daughter had the quiche which was fabulous and a generous enough portion for her to take home and have as a second meal, which is always great for a starving college student. The service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "As always a perfect treat never fails to make everyday a special dinning experience"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our group enjoyed our Sunday morning brunch at the Magic Flute. I was worried that it would be a bit stuffy given the décor, but it was not at all. Its a garden type setting that seems like the Ladies Auxillary of some old school Lodge would frequent, but the wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was fine. It was pretty simple fare, but well done. The coffee was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The restaurant is very outdated and the decor looks very gaudy, the tea cup that I got was dirty, the champagne flute that I got was chipped, and the waffle that I was served was soggy and much worse than something that I could have prepared at my own home. I won't be back. The only positive was that it was quiet."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Although I have been enjoying lunches at the Magic Flute, this was my first dinner there. It was difficult for me to find something on the menu that I wanted to eat, and the steak I finally chose was overcooked--in spite of my request for "rare to medium-rare.""
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "There is nothing like sitting on the patio at the Magic Flute on a sunny Sunday afternoon enjoying brunch. The patio is beautifully decorated and heat lamps keep you warm when the weather gets cool. We tried the salmon salad and the shrimp Louis and both were great. We also tried the pizza which we liked. We were too full for dessert but the dessert tray had several tempting treats on it."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Server was very helpful accommodating a vegan in the group by creating a new entree item that wasn't on the menu just for them and by suggesting vegan appetizer options"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "a party of four seated outdoor which we didnt mind since it was actually nice outside and it was a pretty enclosed area. there was a baby shower so the noise level was a bit energetic and felt a bit too crowded. staff kept tinkering with the outdoor umbrella right behind my friend. it became a bit of a problem when they were serving our orders. the beignets were good. overall the food was good but nothing made us go wow this is really good...id come back for this again or id like to try other stuff on the menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was the first time we had gone to the Magic Flute for lunch and it was wonderful. We sat out on the patio which looks like a garden in Italy or France. Beautiful flowers, garden statues and a fountain. I tried the salad special - blackened wild salmon with blood orange, marinated cucumbers, tomatoes and a lemon vinaigrette. It was outstanding. My husband tried the shrimp louis, which he liked very much. The garlic bread was fabulous. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at the Magic Flute. We tried the garlic bread and two salads for appetizers and the salmon and a steak for entrees. Everything was great but the garlic bread was the best we ever tasted. We can't wait to go back. The Magic Flute has an amazing patio for outdoor dining and as it stays light later, it will be an enchanting place to eat dinner outside."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Always a treat! Lunch becomes a special event. Staff always so welcoming."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My family and I had Sunday brunch. While the food was good, I thought it was overpriced. Restaurant is a bit "tired" looking. Needs a facelift. Great location."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Totally enjoyed everything about Magic Flute. Loved the outdoor patio. The food was delicious--the beignets were particularly wonderful. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Perfect Restaurant for couples wanting a great meal in an evening. While the front dinning room can be a little noisy, the back area, covered the night we were there because it was raining...was perfect. Dates stuff with Point Reyes blue cheese, excellent starter. The Lamb was cooked just right. Deserts---too many to choose from Shall return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I love this neighborhood gem that never fails to serve up great food, for any meal or occasion. The service is fantastic and it is a family-run spot and a neighborhood institution. The best kept secret for brunch in SF - ample outdoor seating (and heat lamps) in a lovely garden make it a unique find as well. The wine list is good and reasonably priced (by the glass, mostly Italian and CA wines), and there's something for everyone on the (also reasonably priced) menu. It's remarkably easy/quick to get seated at Magic Flute and if you book on Open Table, they will always honor special requests. Food-wise, I recommend: steak salad, anything on the brunch menu (french toast is incredible!), ravioli dishes, seafood dishes."
    Dined on 2/23/2014