Rocco's Cafe
Rocco's Cafe

Rocco's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.roccoscafe.com/
  • Phone: 4155540522x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:30am
    Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Don
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Whether it's a Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, or other Special Occasion, let Rocco's Catering do all the work! And remember, you also have these options:
    • Host your party here at Rocco's Café - on Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
    • We prepare the food - you pick up or we deliver
    • We prepare the food - we deliver, set up, and provide service staff
  • Private Party Facilities: Host your party here at Rocco's Café! On Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Don 4155540522x
  • Special Events: Rocco's Cafe was recently featured on Food Network Channel's popular TV Show "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives". The show aired on June 15th, 2009 and repeats often.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 7th & 8th Sts.
  • Public Transit: Three blocks south from Civic Center BART station and Muni Station.

    #19 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom inbound and 8th and Folsom outbound.

    #12 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom

    #27 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Harrison (one block south)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available on Folsom Street between 7th and 8th.
A word from Rocco's Cafe
Rocco's Café on Folsom Street is a neighborhood institution offering authentic, home-style Italian food with a taste of tradition. We have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with brunch specials served all day Saturday and Sunday. Experience the excitement of an open kitchen. Rocco's is great for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner.
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Rocco's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)great for lunch (17)fit for foodies (16)great for brunch (15)good for groups (9)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)romantic (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Food and New Friends!
    MalindaZ
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My husband and I went to Rocco's based on the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show. It was all we expected and more! The place is small and the tables are close and we enjoyed striking up conversation with a lovely man from Australia. Paula, the hostess was very friendly and welcoming. And Rocco's grand son , now at the helm came out and greeted everyone. Oh, and the food was great! Portions are generous! Can't wait to go back on our next trip to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Homemade Italian Dishes
    Texas2Steppers
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant was featured by Guy Fieri on "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives." It was a great dining experience for our first visit to San Francisco . . . homemade Italian dishes - we had one of the special features - Cheese Tortellini Alfredo topped with the house-marinated grilled chicken breast. It is a fabulous dish: mouth watering alfredo sauce pulled the whole dish together. We will do this one again and again. Excellent service!! This is a quaint cafe with a laid back atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater Crowd
    LJE2
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food, food service slow even during quiet times, wait staff so-so- no sense of urgency. Food was very good, I was extremely surprised. Party of 4 and everyone liked the food. Good portions. Will return, especially when going to theater.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ADBfoldem
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We chose Rocco's for a pre-theater dinner before seeing Motown. While the service was fine, the food was less than ordinary. The ravioli I ordered was nearly inedible and my daughter's pesto pasta was really ordinary. I can't understand all these great reviews.
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  • early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went here for an early dinner before a show. At 6:00 had the place to ourselves. The chicken marsala great as advertised. Fun with friendly service. Only complaint is no full bar but the Bloodhound next door is a fun neighborhood bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rocco's is one of my favorite places to take visitors who prefer good Italian and American food to more adventurous fare. One very hungry guest had an enormous appetizer of marinara-covered polenta with tomatoes and followed it with eggplant parmigiana and sauteed vegetables. She was happily full. A chicken caesar was enough for me, and pasta marinara filled up my other guest. Another very nice meal with pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    SkripDiningExperience
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We chose Rocco's based solely on the reviews on Open Table. We had no idea of restaurants in the area or where to go, so we felt comfortable choosing by 'Star Rating' Let me tell anyone out there in Open Table land, you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED with Rocco's. It is located in a trendy area of San Francisco within walking distance of our hotel in SOMA area. The chicken marsala was the absolute best I've ever had!! Make sure to put this on your list! Not fancy Italian - Not fancy surroundings - Just GREAT food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun @ Rocco's Cafe
    FoodPal2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My 2 friends & I went there for lunch, we had a fun time enjoying their food. We will come back for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was traveling my niece in SF and found this on the hotel website. I liked the big menu and proximity to our hotel. Food and service were great. Would recommend to a friend if in that part of town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roccos Cafe
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Although parking was a bit challenging, we were glad that we circled the block a few times. We decided on the fried chicken and the steak salad for our entrees. Although the chicken was a bit darker on the frying, it was actually quite tasty. The salad was heavy on the dressing which made it soggy so it might be a good idea to ask for dressing on the side if a salad is ordered. The tables are very close together and we actually bumped elbows with the person next to us as we were eating. It was also very awkward when any of us got up without our rear ends too close to the neighboring tables (+ visa-versa). I would go back to try some of the other dishes that I saw close up- they looked very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The 4 of us went to Rocco's after an art show opening. Chicken Caesars wonderful as usual. Filet of sole sandwich a winner. New Wednesday special was a choice of 2 pizzas. One of our party ordered the "cheeseburger" pizza (the other was like a margharita pizza). That delayed our whole order, and the crust came borderline too burnt - which explained the smoky smell in the restaurant. Otherwise a very pleasant evening at what remains one of our SOMA go-to places. We'll be back, hoping that other kinds of specials will reduce the smoke level and not take so long to prepare.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of my favorites
    renodeanVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    So, I've been going to Rocco's for YEARS. It's still great. I've had breakfast, lunch and dinner there several times over the years. I hope it never changes! I like to try their specials. I like ALL of their Italian and Pasta dishes. Sometimes I've just gotta have one of their great burgers! I love looking at all the photos of the different celebrities that have been there too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always wonderful
    mrB1VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We always have the best time and best food at Rocco's
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocco a hit
    Bubba
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went there before a Giant's game. Food was excellent. Fair price great service. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as advertised!
    LuvtoeatoutAG79
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Second time to Rocco's after seeing it on the Triple D show. Had the Chicken Piccata and it was as good as the first time. I need to get here more often to try other things on the menu. I only get to San Francisco once a year, but make an effort to get here. Service was great and friendly. Food was fantastic. Sat at the bar watched the cooks do their magic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    LeeAnn
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Rocco's is my very favorite restaurant. I go here every chance I can. Whenever I run into someone visiting the city, even if I don't know them, I suggest they try Rocco's. Their Chicken Picatta is to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It use to be excellent, but this time the food was tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Taste of Italy
    AtlFoodie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have taken friends to Rocco's several times and have always had a delicious and filling meal. Chicken, fish, and pastas and their pairings are all excellent! It's a treat to sit at the bar and watch the chef and his assistants prepare the meals. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Mindizzledazzle
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    After seeing this diner featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I had quite lofty expectations and I was definitely not disappointed! The decor had my eyes wandering the entire restaurant and the food was superb. I watched as my linguine with clams and white cream sauce was prepared and it was like watching magic happen in front of my eyes. I loved being able to watch the food being prepared. The entire experience was amazing. I wish I could go back to SF just to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 539 reviews are from the Rocco's Cafe reviews archive.
  • Service was great, food not so much
    MykeTVVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The setting and the service were really great but the food was just okay. I had the sausage penne pasta which was supposed to be spicy, but was a bit bland overall. I tasted my husband's gnocchi which was also just kind of blah. My friend ordered the pepperoni pizza (served on wednesdays) which looked really yummy but I didn't taste it unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    laurtomVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Exceptional service, interesting menu, takes pub grub to new heights. A delightful dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    Devinediner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was not so good. Bread rather dry, dipping oil terrible taste, eggplant parmesan was the worst I have ever had and the spaghetti was just ok. Not likely to ever return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My breakfast place
    DenisVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is a great not expensive little neighborhood cafe. I always go there for breakfast meetings near the office. The coffee is good, the food is good, the price is good. The portion size is generous but OK. I like this place.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocca's - 2nd time
    ck94112VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I was there on a business dinner. Can't say enough nice things for this restaurant. Good traditional Italian food, very good portions (not over kill), deliciousssss! Will go back again anytime.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD Italion food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were going to Slims for a show and wanted to try a restaurant south of Market. Rocco's is like going back in time, it reminded my wife and I of childhood experiences in North Beach. The food was very good and we were assured there were not going to be vampires around that night because we both enjoyed allot of garlic!! We are going back!!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Made Fresh to Order
    SouthCarolinaResident
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. It's very small, but very personable with pictures decorating all the walls. You can see the cooks preparing each meal fresh to order, and you can taste the freshness and food quality in each meal. I ordered the eggplant parmesan and my wife got shrimp linguine. It was by far the best meal we had in San Fran, and we had a lot of good meals. Our hotel was not familiar with the restaurant, but some locals we trusted highly recommended it to us and we are glad we tried it out. I highly recommend Rocco's Cafe to anyone wanting a great meal in a casual, small setting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, energetic crowd
    Chris
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I had dinner with my husband and a friend and everyone enjoyed their food and service. The only draw back was the noise level and the smells from the open kitchen but otherwise a great place to eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to watch your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great place to watch your food made right in front of you, if you choose to sit at the counter. Food quality is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent, it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was excellent, it was served hot to our table. Every dish tasted fresh.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great food .Don is the owner great chef and a nice guy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaos, Great Food, Lots of Love.
    RichardDowney
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If you're looking for a quaint and quiet eatery to slowly sip and enjoy the ambiance, you're at the wrong joint. This cafe is a wonderful mix of making new friends - translated as elbow-to-elbow seating with complete strangers - yelling over the cacophony to place your order, and scents of deliciousness the likes of which are beyond mere words. The service is joyous and sincere. The attention paid by everyone from "Double D" to the bussers is only surpassed by the amazing food. The Chicken Marsala? I have never had better. Deep, rich, slightly tangy and wonderfully satisfying, be sure to use the crusty heels of your bread to get every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Weeknight Dinner
    Tracy
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had a nice family weeknight dinner - solid food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    Stef
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Made a reservation for 4 people, we arrived about 15 minutes ahead of our two friends who were joining us. There was an open table available and they weren't that busy, but we were left standing until about 5 minutes AFTER our friends arrived. That was kind of odd. Service was good except for the fact that no pre-meal bread was served until out actual meal came. Not a big deal, they just seemed to be having a bit of an off night service wise. Other than that, the food was delish as always. I had eggplant parm, my husband chicken parm (they don't have veal here, not sure why??) and our friends had chicken picatta and a yummy pasta dish with lots of scrumptious prawns. I always enjoy eating at Rocco's and look forward to our next visit.
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  • Best Sauteed Chicken Parmesan EVER!
    Fabulous
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    all of the people I take here love Rocco's... They have tried all sorts of things from the Polenta to the Chicken Pasta Specials.... But I just cannot go here and NOT get the Sauteed Chicken Parmesan. The chicken is perfectly done, the sauce is amazing and they put the perfect amount of cheese on top. So good. I have never tasted anything like it! LOVE ROCCO'S - the only thing better than the food is the fabulous staff. Friendly, smiling and attentive - they all very much seem to love what they do and what they put in front of you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocco's Rocks
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I live in the neighborhood and Rocco's is my go to place - breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu has solutions for any type of hunger. Watching the cooks dish out is like being at cooking school - you can watch what they are making, almost from scratch. The service staff are fantastic - they ensure you are well taken care of, and they are friendly. Rocco's has everything going - try it out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food experience
    Gourmetdds
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Had visited Roccos before. Great service, food quality excellent with innovative chef presenting items with gusto. Our cioppinno was rich, full of crab, fish, mussels, spicy yet totally comfortable. Don, the owner circulates with small talk and contributes to the family/neighborhood feeling. Tight little spaces but everyone ends up in conversation about the food anyway. Price was higher than a visit one year earlier. 40 bucks for a bowl of cioppinno is not moderately priced in a restaurant of this bar/cafe status. I would still go back as the food was great! Reservations are accepted, a bonus for our group. Other restaurants are dropping the reservation option. Increasing a wait that might be extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the friendly service. The food was plentiful and what we expected Italian food should be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Rocco's
    Andy
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Rocco's is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. The same waitstaff has worked there for years, which makes me especially happy because I believe that's proof the owner treats his employees well. And the service is always great--everyone is friendly, and I've never waited more than 10 minutes for a meal. As for the food...well, I always order the same dish, chicken picatta. Because it's buttery and lemony and a little salty from the capers. And it's my favorite Italian dish. Just thinking about Rocco's chicken picatta makes my mouth water, and I could eat it every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such value
    Trap41VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I love this restaurant. Not only is the food good but the service is the best I have ever received anywhere. Before our dinner, we each ordered the Rocco's salad with crumbled blue cheese and it was only $5.50. It was large and in any other restaurant, this type and size salad would have been $10-$12.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genuine San Francisco Experience
    philipf992
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    A great funky neighborhood treasure trove of excellent food and true SF memorabilia. Every square inch of wall space is covered with old family pics, old celebrities photos, local sports other San Francisco pictures. The food was superb and the quantities were more that generous. The house speciality chicken marsala was the best i've ever had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.