Rose's Cafe
Rose's Cafe

Rose's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosescafesf.com/
  • Phone: 4157752200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    AM menu: Monday - Friday: 7:00 Am - 4:30 pm;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 am - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm;
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Mark Gordon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Steiner
  • Public Transit: 22 Fillmore
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We do have evening Valet Service. Please pull in front of Terzo Restaurant directly across the street for dinner service valet. cost = $10
A word from Rose's Cafe
A favorite in the Cow Hollow neighborhood, Rose's Café is a hangout for locals who bask in the sun at sidewalk tables, duck inside for a cappuccino, or stay for a leisurely meal. Many customers are regulars who frequent the pretty bistro-café that offers table service and some of the most deliciously affordable food in San Francisco - Italian fare created using organic local produce, fresh seafood, humanely raised meats, and free-range poultry. Rose's artisan bakers bake a daily selection of pastries, desserts and breads. Menu highlights include: pizzas, daily soups and house made pasta. Accepting Reservations for Dinner Only! Parties of 6 or more may be charged an 18% gratuity.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Rose's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (19)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (15)romantic (11)kid-friendly (7)special occasion (6)notable wine list (4)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Must have been an "off" night
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dine here regularly and have always enjoyed the food and service. Friday night the pizza was at best ordinary. The server was perfectly polite and competent, however she didn't have the personality of servers we've enjoyed in previous visits. We'll give Rose's another try because of our prior experiences.
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  • Perhaps an off night...
    Diner110
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Have eaten at Rose's a handful of times over the years. It's always been pleasant, with attentive servers and thoughtfully prepared and presented good. This time, though, was a disappointment: Lost orders (I didn't know you ordered an appetizer), out of sequence service (salad, no app, then app, with salad left on table), poorly seasoned salmon, dry chicken, and nary an apology along the line for any of it. The seating hostess, however, was warm and welcoming to all who through the doors did come. She was the bright spot in an otherwise lackluster dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great restaurant.
    HKdinning
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is always a great place for a meal. Even though parking can be a hassle you will always end up with a good walk to Rose's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goodbye
    Chia
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My last week in SF I went to all my favorite restaurants. Rose cafe was obviously on the list. One of the first places I went to 16 years ago. When I visit Rose will be on my list! Great tasty comfort food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Cafe on Union Street
    MontanaTravelers
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We celebrated our 35th wedding Anniversary at Rose's Café on a Monday night. Since I had mentioned it was our Anniversary when I made our reservations, we were greeted with a Happy Anniversary from the hostess and given some (free) champagne. This really got the attention of my wife and made me look good. Although it was a little loud, we had no trouble carrying out a conversation, and the food was very good. It all helped to make a once in a lifetime vacation memorable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roses Rules
    Alexav2m
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Out server was exceptional, the food was delicious and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina area find
    Elf13
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was a short walk from the house we were staying in during our week in San Francisco. Our meal was delicious and met our expectations. Fresh and not heavy. I would definitely recommend .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it looks
    sflove
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Rose Cafe looks so cute and quaint from the pictures, almost like the perfect neighborhood cozy brunch/dinner spot. But the menu is limited and the food was incredibly greasy - I think I gained 4 pounds at dinner. And I ate the salmon - it was oozing with oil, as were the vegetables on the side. 2 of my friends couldn't even pick something off the main course menu and just got appetizers. Wine was pretty good but this place was an overall let-down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Rose by any other name...
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Time and time again we return to this neighborhood gem, even though it is not our neighborhood. Servers are very helpful in suggesting what might be especially enjoyable for a great dining experience. Kudos to the staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place to Eat on Union Street
    alanbillVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Delightful café style mostly Italian restaurant with a modern touch. Small selection of excellent wines with easy to navigate menu. We had a couple of young children who are relatives visiting and the waiter really sensed their special needs. It is a bit noisy but not bad by SF standards. The location on Union Street gives it a charming neighborhood feel. It is somewhat unique in having outdoor dining, although we sat indoors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AddieVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Love this place. Everything about it. Good food, great service, cheery atmosphere. Definite a repeat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Pretty place, limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the décor. They advertise themselves as Northern Italian, but, quite frankly the food tastes nothing like quality Northern Italian food, and their menu is super-limited! I ordered a gnocchi dish with 1 slice (1 slice!!) of zucchini minced on top, no sauce, and strips of cheese draped on top that looked, and tasted, like PLASTIC! The eggplant appetizer was presented in a watery tomato sauce with no particular flavor, and covered with a gooey layer of utterly tasteless cheese. It could really have been warmed industrial glue - not really sure. Cute restaurant though, with decent service. In a foodie town such as SAN FRANCISCO there are so many better choices for a good Italian meal.
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  • Excellent flavor blending
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The chef & staff put together a great menu the night we ate there! They blended the fresh ingredients perfectly to make a number of excellent dishes - we tasted 4 of them from salad to pizza. The peach, onion, ricotta pizza was the favorite of our group of foodies!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AddieVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Consistently good -- in all areas: food, service, just pleasant surroundings. Plus, they "take dogs," if you sit outside. Wonderful find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • dutchess
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    After looking at the menu of several cafe's on line we picked Rose's Café. This was our first visit and most likely our last. My daughter and I ordered the pork loin that came with kale and beans, which we expected to be green beans. What was supposed to be pork loin was a not too tender pork chop with kale and a large portion of brown beans. When we told the waitress we ordered pork loin she said the chop was cut form the loin. My granddaughter ordered the gnocchi which was not very tasty (she left more than half on her plate). A very disappointing dinner for what for the three us was a celebration.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Rose's Cafe reviews archive.
  • Hospitality at its best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Rose's truly is hospitality at its best: cozy atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and really delicious food. I love their thin crust pizzas in particular, and I like that they offer carafes (2.5 glasses) in addition to wines by the glass and by the bottle. An all around great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    thea
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A friend and I came here for a light, early dinner on our way to a show. We had salad and pasta accompanied by a wonderful wine. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the wine list and pairing with our foods and tastes. He also recommended dessert which was equally satisfying. I originally found Rosie's when on a romantic date. It's a small Cafe with a great atmosphere and super staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like Family
    mindmavenVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I eat there so often they consider us like family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Portlanders
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Delicious Italian food, made with local ingredients. We walked by the night before and smelled the garlic. Decided to try it for dinner and were wowed from the appetizer to the dessert. A nice touch is the option of a glass, carafe or bottle of wine. A great find away from North Beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rose's never disappoints
    mm0817VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    awesome solid food with excellent fresh ingredients and you can sit outdoors (under heaters if typical SF weather!). we love this place..can't get enough of it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint
    BellaSummer14
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Good offerings of popular bistro dining fare. Had the linguini with clams which was cooked just right and perfect for a warm night in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AddieVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Consistently good place -- on all levels. Def. a repeat.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Truly a neighborhood gem. Enjoy a return visit often.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely but a little bit expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    ambience was very good, the Gemelli weren't very delicious for the price!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their roast chicken is the
    regularcustomer
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Their roast chicken is the best, a good size serving with plenty to take home for next day's lunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lilacs, no. Rose's YES
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Consistently excellent preparation of delicious food. A most enjoyable neighborhood dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Wonderful Dinner at Rose's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Rose's is a neighborhood gem with both indoor and outdoor dining. The menu changes frequently but there are always a few favorites that remain. Ask the waiters about what they like and you will always get a good recommendation. Always a fun time. Enjoy !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The shine is off the rose
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    I've always considered this a lunch place and remember when it served lots of"lunchy" things that were pretty much bread based. Now it seems Rose is trying to masquerade as a dinner restaurant. It didn't fool us. Few selections but in a wide range of categories, antipasti, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, entrees. I ordered what sounded interesting--braised artichokes with prosciutto and goat cheese. Turned out the artichokes were braised long ago--before a mass manufacturer put them in a jar. My husband's pizza was poor. An Italian, he ate just about half and pushed it away. My companion's pork loin turned out to be a pork chop. She's a regular and wouldn't say much else about it. And wow was it noisy. A neighborhood place that is no gem!
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  • Rose's not good for a large group
    kateh2814
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Had a table for 7 on New Year's Eve, our server was having a bad night, didn't write down our order and had to go over it with us verbally three times. Asked for bubbly water twice and it never came and ditto for a few drinks. Ordered champagne and wine, had to ask three times. When food came it was plunked down in front of whomever with no regard to who ordered what so we rejostled everything ourselves. Our table was billed a mandatory 20% service charge, fair enough on New Year's Eve, but our server seemed to have that in the back of her mind as she chatted with other servers and watched the clock, virtually ignoring us all night. Food was great but I'll never go there with a large party again, very disappointing.
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  • Solid like a rock
    mindmavenVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Local neighborhood gem. Good pastas, pizza, chicken, salads, soups Quiet enough for conversation. Friendly and efficient wait staff. a regular place for quiet comfort.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Little Cafe
    KristenP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Loved the feel of this cafe from the minute we walked in. It had a nice charm to it and the staff was very welcoming. We dined early so it wasn't crowded or noisy, and the service was fast without being rushed. Great food, good wine...we loved it. Will definitely be back and will recommend this to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SmittymanVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Having been to this restaurant a few times and having a good experience, was looking forward to another good meal. Unfortunately, the experience on the latest visit was very disappointing. The 2 entrees ordered were mediocre at best, and well below expectations especially for entrees that were nearly $30 apiece. My wife had the snapper which was very bland, and the accompanying vegetables were barely edible. My dish was the skirt steak, which didn't taste bad but the serving size was about that of an appetizer. Way too small for nearly $30. Needless to say, we won't be going back or recommending this place to others.
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  • great all round cozy scene
    veggielover
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    very friendly, accomodating, relaxed, welcoming. Two of us had a pizza which was divinely crisp. The other two had fish and chicken entrees, which they claimed to love as well. Even though we were all pretty full after almost licking out plates clean we couldn't resist the pana cotta dessert with 4 spoons. No regrets there! It was light, tangy and a perfect closure to a lovely evening. Great buzz and cozy atmosphere. Soft lighting, but not so low that you couldn't really connect with your table. I hate dark restaurants. Would highly recommend to anyone!!!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kind of disappointing
    KimM
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The service here is great but the food was bland and overpriced. The furniture and carpet are getting tired as well. Pleasant but in San Francisco that is not high praise
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  • Last minute
    AliceVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    I've heard about this italian café and i was in this neighborhood with a friend, we were hungry so i've reserved a table for 5 minutes later. We've ate great ravioli and gnocci and drank a good glass of syrah, and the apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream is delicious! The service is nice, the atmosphere is pleasant, try it if you are nearby!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    NJKen
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Food very good. Only bad thing was the desert. Waitress hyped the bread pudding and it was awful. It did not have the texture of bread pudding at all and tasted like lemon cake.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NICE OUTDOOR TABLES
    LULU
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    THE FOOD IS FINE, THE SERVICE WAS OKAY - UNENTHUSIASTIC WAITRESS. WOULD BE NICE IF THAY COULD GET SOME FRENCH FRIES RATHER THAN "FIRED POTATOES".
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • roses is a neighborhood stand by
    shilaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    but coming at the hour of a performance at St. Mary's turned out to be more wait then eat..we had to RUSH but the food is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience...
    Hopk7791
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Enjoyed my recent dining experience at his establishment. The employees were so welcoming and obviously enjoyed where they worked...many times that makes such a difference. Food was good and the ambiance made you feel like you were in a cafe in France. We'll definitely b making another visit very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and not our last!
    ClarkA
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We had a great experience at Rose's and will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic