We had a great time with a party of 5. Owner was very nice and stopped by and said hello and checked in on us a few times. Food was excellent. I would go back for sure or recommend it to anyone looking for a great little spot.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Great food & retro atmosphere.
Great food & retro atmosphere. Due to popularity you feel a bit rushed after dining to vacate your table for the waiting crowd. Understandable due to the restaurant's popularity, so approach with a dine & dash attitude for dinner and you will enjoy!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Just what we were hoping for!
Just what we were hoping for! One of our best dining experiences while on our trip to SF! Our waitress was superb and the food phenomenal!! We had dinner and looking forward to returnng to try their breakfast. Everyone must go!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
since we're new to the area
since we're new to the area we have to rely on reviews from others...
and while this place seems like it could be pretty generic at first look, all of the food was fresh, inventive and delicious.
the menu has a lot of options and some of the specials sounded amazing.
the service was super fast and friendly and everyone was pleased with their entree.
the portions were pretty generous as i took half of mine home!
definitely a great place to try in the neighborhood for delicious, fresh italian food or sandwhiches.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved thr food, wait staff
Loved thr food, wait staff and chefs, owner, whole atmosphere
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Every aspect our two evenings
Every aspect our two evenings here was outstanding -- the food, the service and the vibe. Do not miss the linguine with clams or the chicken piccata or the grilled polenta. What a great find!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second dinner
This was our second dinner in two nights and the repeat was as enjoyable as the debut. Great food. Great staff. Funky room with aterrific collection of old photos. Wish we lived in SF to get here more often.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
First discovered Rocco's Cafe on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives many years ago. We try to always eat there at least once during a visit to San Francisco. The Linguine in White Clam Sauce is the best I have ever had! Meatballs are EPIC as well!
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best SF breakfast spots
This is one of those places that you would LOVE to go for breakfast. Perfectly poached eggs; tasty seasoned red potatos; perfectly cooked bacon... Seriously, a place you would wish was in your neighborhood. Friendly waitstaff, and a spotless place, too. Never had dinner, but been going for years whenever I'm in SF. I have been known to schedule my flights around making their breakfast hour! Gotta love Rocco's! The only thing that I wish is that the sourdough bread was more Bodin's style than what seems like a grocery brand...
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food in a SOMA neighborhood
Great food in a SOMA neighborhood setting. We were on a time limit for the theater, and we made it with time to spare. Terrific pasta! Remember to save room for dessert ...
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seems to be a favorite with
Seems to be a favorite with locals as we saw the owner welcoming many friends to the restaurant and engaging with every customer. The atmosphere and great food at Rocco's is something many restaurants can only hope to duplicate. The blackberry pie was delicious and will visit this restaurant again when we return to SF.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Take my office to lunch.
Rocco's never disappoints. We were a group of 14 and for a small restaurant, we still didn't feel cramped. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the food is excellent. From fresh ingredients to generous portions, you can't go wrong at Rocco's.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Rocco's! Great and
We love Rocco's! Great and hearty Italian-American fare in SOMA. Terrific service and delightful specials. I highly recommend regular visits. I'm still thinking about that saltimboca!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and Atmosphere were great, made me feel right at home. I will be going back for sure and taking friends
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of my favorite
This is one of my favorite spots in San Francisco, close to SFMOMA and with the character of the city.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I am glad we made reservations
I am glad we made reservations for lunch...with few tables it was busy the whole time we were there. The food was great, a lot of Giant fans before the game..
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood find
Enjoyed everything about the dinner - food, service, atmosphere!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friends and I were in San Fran for the Diva's Half Marathon and needed a pasta place to carb up. I had seen Rocco's on Diner's, Drive-In's and Dive's and wanted to try it. The neighborhood wasn't great (I was glad to be in a pack walking to my car on 5th street afterward) but the food was A-MAZING! Some of the plates we had at our table were Eggplant Parm, Chicken Marsala, Gnocchi with pesto sauce. It was all great. Rocco even took time out to pose for a picture with us. Highly recommend.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just what I had hoped for
We wanted to have a pleasant lunch in San Francisco, and this was just what we had hoped for.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took an out-of-town guest
I had a friend in from Kentucky, and she had seen Rocco's on Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives, and wanted to go. I was a little wary, because sometimes these places can be a bit overrated (says the hipster in me) but it was a really good time! The service was amazing, and the crab cakes were second only to ones I had in Maryland (and that's saying something!). It's small, but the atmosphere is fun. Would definitely recommend.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visitor from Midwest
I saw this restaurant on Diners, Dive-ins, and Dives. I had to try it out when in SF. Well worth the effort. Very small with OPEN kitchen. Not real intimate, but a fun place to eat. The food was excellent. Especially the Chicken Marsala. A neighborhood type of gem. Not sure making reservations made a difference. Highly recommend.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
After seeing this on Guy Fieri's show, we decided to give it a try while we were in town. We had the recommended dishes of chicken piccata and a polenta appetizer. Both dishes were tasty . Bread was good dipped in the garlicky oil. Service was good, waitress was very nice and helpful..
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great atmosphere
4 of us wanted to meet for a family get together and took a chance, picking Rocco's from OpenTable based on other's recommendations. Restaurant is visually very appealing & it has been here a long time - lot of interesting photos/memorabilia on walls and kitchen is part of dining area. It was a fun place - probably not what you would want for a quiet romantic dinner. It might be a bit crowded for a large group but was perfect for us. We all had something different and each ended up very pleased with our choices. Lingered a bit watching end of Giant's game without being rushed out the door. We will be back - hopefully the blackberry dessert won't be sold out this time!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
You are a regular if...
You are a regular if your picture is on the wall .... there are plenty of pictures of the great and near great. Fun restaurant, good food and service. We were glad we had a reservation on a Saturday night in June.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
We chose this restaurants from the tv show on the Food Network while visiting San Francisco with our family. It was a fun dinner and we enjoyed several different Italian dishes, some with seafood from the coast. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Our family of five consists of three young adults (15-21) and we also checked in with Foursquare and I received a free glass of house wine and free beverages--a bonus!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow! Great food, cool, relaxing place to have a delicious meal. Did a search on San Francisco restaurants that have been on Diners, Drives and Drive Ins and came up with this restaurant. Had dinner on a Saturday night at 6:30 pm and there was not much of a crowd but by the time we left, it was packed.
Ordered the palenta fries with pesto sauce and that was very good. Also, their dipping oil for the bread was very good (olive oil, garlic, thyme, basil). Our group ordered Chicken Marsala, Chicken Picatta and a Shrimp dish. Everyone loved their dish and eat all of it!
Reasonable priced for great quality food. Spent $130 for four people with appetizers, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Must go and check it out, you won't be disappointed.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rocco's Café was terrific -- a relaxed atmosphere, lots of choices on the menu, an attentive staff, kid friendly. All four of us loved our meals. We will definitely return the next time we are in San Francisco. We wish we had a Rocco's in our neighborhood back home!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Rocco's
We were there (again) for a birthday group of four and had a great time. In fact, it seemed like there were three other groups there for birthday celebrations. The food is always great- seafood, steaks, pasta-and the service is fantastic. We had an original reservation at 7:30pm but were running late. They totally accommodated us closer to 8pm on a Friday night with a smile. I would recommend them over and over again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
as good as promised!
With only one evening in SF we looked long and hard at recommendation sites and decided to trust Guy Fieri and give Rocco's a try. The polenta with bolognese was out of this world good. House signature clams & linguine didn't disappoint either. The owner wandered the restaurant and chatted w/ tables which was very cool. Super nice staff, great food. Love it.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Walked in, seated right away. My girls got kids menus really fast.
I had the Garlic Rosemary Pork sandwich. Awesome!
The AuJus was the best I have ever had, perfect compliment to the sandwich.
Now to the best part!!! The fries! OMG! These were cooked perfect!
Crispy on the outside and perfectly done on the inside!
WOW! Rocco's is my new SF favorite!!
Chicken Marcela looked and smell wonderful! Always next time!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives show recommended this restaurant. A gem in an unremarkable-looking part of the city. The ribeye and polenta were 2 entrees we LOVED. Actually tussled over which of us had to stop taking bites with the polenta. Who knew corn meal could be so outrageous. Great ambience with vintage album covers, musician and film star photos everywhere, too. Mint service.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love going to Roccos. Food,
I love going to Roccos. Food, service and the whole experience are always excellent. No matter what mood you are in when you arrive-it is better when you leave-every diner seems to feel they are being treated special with extra service and attention.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Holy Chicken Marsala Batman!
So, I've never had Linguine and Clam Sauce in my life but the waitress set down an order at the table next to us and it looked amazing so I jumped in. Who knew I liked clams!?! Very good. My partner ordered the Chicken Marsala that she saw on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (the whole reason we went). I can't remember exactly, but I believe a faint light shown down from above, the air smelled sweeter and I could faintly hear Ava Maria playing off in the distance after my first bite. There was a bit of a scuffle as I scooped an entire cutlet off her plate - uninvited, but oh, was it worth it!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just great for a big party!
We had a party of 7 with many folks visiting SF from out of town. Rocco's is just perfect for this sort of thing. They saved us a large table in the back and couldn't have made it easier. The waitstaff is truly excellent. The waitress made sure all of our orders (appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts) came out as expected and the gentlemen acting as bussers excelled with keeping our waters full and the wine flowing.
Of course we wouldn't have been there if the food wasn't great and it was. It's a joy to watch the chefs work their magic just a few feet away and our assortment of seafood, pastas, and chicken dishes left everyone sated. On this night the special was a baked trout with risotto and brussel sprouts which was fantastic.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can always be assured of a wonder meal and great time at rocco's
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I learned about Rocco's via Drive-Ins Diners, and Dives and knew that I had to visit when I went to S.F. We ordered the Sauteed Prawns Gamberoni and loved it! It is a must-eat dish! We also ordered the chicken, beef, and spinach ravioli with homemade meatballs and Italian sausage. While the meatballs and sausage garnered rave reviews, the ravioli was not tender. The root beer is GREAT ROOT BEER! The Arnold Palmer was not at all what I expected. Sparkling lemonade? I believe that should be changed. But overall, I had an awesome casual dining experience. I love the open kitchen and the staff is wonderful and attentive. Go today!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable & tasty
Our group of 5 received very good service, and we were well taken care of, from the drinks to the food to the dessert and clean up. The comfort food was satisfying, with large portions enough for lunch the next day. The pasta dishes and italian entrees were enjoyed by all. My friend loves the hamburger and the special dressing which she enjoys on her fries. Dinner with beer and wine was a good value for the price.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there and recommended
First time there and recommended it to several people this weekend at the Cow Palace Rodeo. LOVED IT!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Chicken Marsala Hands Down!
I ate here with my husband who does not normally care for pasta but he finished his entire plate & the chicken Marsala was to die for! My 11 year old son loved it !
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rocco's in THE BEST
I go there with my work buddies and we meet up with ex-coworkers. I have made it known that Rocco's Sauteed Chicken Parmesan is absolutely Fabulous. The food is fabulous every single time... The waitresses and support staff are so nice and quick to bring bread, water, clear the table.. BRING ME A BOX! I love Rocco's... They love what they do and us customers can taste it!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rocco's is always a winner!
I've been to Rocco's Cafe many times and have never been disappointed. Always excellent food with very friendly and efficient service. I would recommend you trying them out.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
There are ample choices for Italian food in San Francisco, but the cream always rises to the top and Rocco's is at the top! Everytime I visit San Fran I make sure to go to Rocco's for diner. Every time! And each time I order something different, which isn't difficult as the menu is ample, but not overwhelmingly so. I have never been disappointed and can assure you that no matter what you order you won't be disappointed either. The prices are reasonable, the portions are sizable, the deserts are amazing and the wine selection is inspiring. You'll have the opportunity to meet Rocco, too, either when he seats you or stops by your table to see how everything is.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love crab cioppino and have had it at many restaurants but Rocco's was about 1,000% better than any I have ever had. There was such an abundance of crab, etc., that I had to take some of it home. This is the first time I have not been able to finish cioppino. Not only was it delicious but it was piping hot from beginning to end. I hope to be there every time they have it.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
wonderful and plentiful Italian
wonderful and plentiful Italian comfort food, lively atmosphere, love the chicken marsala and pesto pasta.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great service
Good food, great service, casual, moderate prices, not too noisy, street parking OK. That's about as good as it gets for a casual dinner out in SF.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM