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Magic Flute
Magic Flute

Magic Flute Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.magicfluteristorante.com
  • Email: sfmagicflute@yahoo.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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Always a treat! Lunch becomes a special event. Staff always so welcoming."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food selections are prepared well, the staff is professional and gracious, and one can hear a conversation across the table. One is almost "transported to Tuscany" while enjoying a good Italian dinner!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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 found Magic Flute on Yelp when looking for a brunch spot near Kanbar Hall. It was very good. The bloody marys were excellent as were the sandwiches and eggs benedict. Only complaint was the policy that all party members have to be there to be seated. I understand why this rule is in place, but one of our party had a flat tire and the others needed to wait 30 minutes before that person arrived and they could be seated."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food and service consistently excellent, great ambience, just an all-around good place for couples or small groups. Delightful outdoor heated terrace shielded from wind."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Such a comfortable dinning spot, inside is delightful and the patio is a special little romantic area. The menu is appropriate for all, with a nice wine list. I have been a happy guest there several times, food is always good, and hot or cold accordingly. Wait staff has always been excellent, and willing to let you take you time dinning. That is always a big factor for my return to any restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived for our reservation of 6 people (5 + 1 baby) and were initially sat at table for 4+1. The host seemed annoyed that we would actually want the right size table but did move us to the right one. The waiter seemed confused with our order and came back to confirm the number of crab benedicts for the table...then proceeded to forget the order entirely which by that time we had to cancel. The food was good but nothing to rave about in my opinion. The backyard is lovely and if the service and seating experience had been better so probably would have been the review."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were able to make a reservation here with only an hour's notice to restaurant. As we were celebrating two recent weddings, we were looking for a place for brunch that was a notch above our usual weekend hangouts. This place fit the bill admirably. We ordered mainly lunch entrees so can't really speak to egg-related brunch items but our party of four was satisfied with our steak sandwich, burger, pizza, and waffles with strawberries. Patio dining worked out perfectly for us as indoor table spacing was a little cramped. Most impressed that we were able to show up and be seated on a busy Saturday with so little lead time. Recommended."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I wanted to write a longer review but since space is limited, here are the basics: Ambiance: Not as romantic as expected even in the patio. Good but not great. Service: Good overall but needs polishing. This is from experience since I worked in the industry for 20 years. Food: Major disappointment. Crab Cakes were pre-cooked all the way through (came within two minutes or ordering) and tested as such. For the entrees, we had made a request to spice up if possible the Sea Bass that we had ordered. A spicy salsa looking sauce was made but the risotto that came with the dish had no flavor and the dish was disappointing. My beef was missing the sauce on it and I had to ask for it. Desserts did not appear to be homemade."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was pouring rain and we sat outside in the court yard. Odd, but it was warm, dry and quiet. like a private dinning room. good food, wonderful service and unique atmosphere. we will go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "noisy! We sat inside in the front room and it was considerably noisy. Could do with a bit of sound baffling or such. Besides that, the room itself was lovely and the service was very friendly and timely. Food was good too with a menu selection to please everyone."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "What a disappointment. Food and service good as usual. If the owners have turned the place into a brunch place for misbehaved children at the weekends, they should let diners in the neighborhood know?"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our dining experience at The Magic Flute could not have been better. The food and service was wonderful. Since it was such a beautiful day in San Francisco, we were able to sit on the back porch. It was perfect."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Love this restaurant!! Always the best, friendliest service, wonderful food, and great ambience. I have been to The Magic Flute several times and highly recommend it! It is in a wonderful location on Sacramento Street (except parking is always a challenge), a cozy neighborhood restaurant. The owner is very personable, at least one of the waiter's has been there a long time and always delivers excellent service. On my most recent visit, I introduced this restaurant to two of my friends who were highly complimentary of their experience there. They greatly enjoyed the blackened salmon, and I loved my shrimp louie. I don't think you can go wrong!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Loved having Sunday brunch here! Adorable back patio makes for a great ambiance. Food was delicious. I got the Hunter's Scramble and my friend got the Eggs Benedict, and we shared the beignets. Definitely get the beignets! Service was fantastic--our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The outside patio is lovely and also a great place to take well behaved children"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I can only comment on their brunch service, but it is top notch. The service is attentive and speedy, and the food is original and well executed. The coffee could be improved (relative to some of the superior french press options we have in SF), but otherwise everything here is spot on, and the place has a sweet, homey atmosphere to it."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Once again completely satisfied with our dining experience at the Magic Flute. Food was yummy and the service was excellent. Can never go wrong when dining here."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "You just can ever go wrong here! Attention to every detail! Phil the owner is a gracious host, so personable! Try it here, you'll love it and won't go away hungry!!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I took a friend to lunch for her birthday and she wanted to stay in the front of the restaurant, which is a lot noisier than the back or the patio, which I prefer. As usual, the food was excellent, as was the services and ambience. I've also used this restaurant for a dinner for a major international academic meeting and everyone was very happy with the choice - comments were that it was the best choice restaurant that they've ever had."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Never disappoints, great service. Terrific, classic menu. The outdoor space is really sunny and warm. It's like having lunch in someone's fabulous garden."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "I brought my staff for a holiday lunch. We sat outside on the patio and had a great time. The ambiance was very nice, the waiter was attentive, and the food was tasty. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The staff was very hospitable for our party of 6. Food and drinks came very quickly, which we appreciated with our large party. The outdoor dining space in the back has heating lamps, and the space itself is great for large and small groups alike. We didn't feel like we were right up against any other brunch party and could chit chat in peace."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The Waiter was a snob. the other wait staff was good. The food was good but not exceptional. The back room was cold!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "It was the first time at the Magic Flute. Our daughter recommended the restaurant to us; we had friends from southern California who we always try to find a great place to have dinner; the Magic Flute made our return list. The owner Phillip LaCavera and Elizabeth who waited on us were very friendly and delightful to talk with. The food was the best and Elizabeth very helpful. Defiantly a return visit is in order soon."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Nicely decorated, but ambience was ruined by loud banging of pots & rattling of dishes from the kitchen all dinner long."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "As usual we had gracious service when celebrating my birthday with a lunch that included my 92-year old mom. Salads are always delicious and filling and the blackened salmon was perfectly cooked, seasoned well and a generous portion. The sausage sandwich was also a winner. To start we indulged in the wonderful combo of dates stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in crispy prosciutto. Our coffee and tea were constantly replenished. It's always a relaxed dining experience at the Magic Flute."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Always the perfect place to take out-of-town visitors - a hidden side of older San Francisco not everyone knows about. Never fails to please"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Everything great about Magic Flute ....excccccept, potatoe leek soup yesterday was like dishwasher. Brownish in color, thin and no taste....at all. Otherwise, quishe delicious and the marscapone with fresh strawbetteries was wonderful. Building 3 doors down started on fire, so there was lots of great people-viewing, activity and entertainment. This is a darling little cafe that you'll love.....next time we'll send the soup back....."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Gracious host, Great comfort food. Charming atmosphere..and low key!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "It's is in the heart of the vibrant Laurel Heights. We ate inside but understand that there is garden seating in warmer weather. I think that we were the only customers who didn't know the owner and there was a large party going on in the back. We both had pastas from the regular menu and they were excellent. The specials included a fig appie which was also wonderful."
    Dined on 11/6/2013