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Cafe Zoetrope

4.5
172 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cafe Zoetrope is now open for take-out and delivery from 12pm – 6pm.

Taking its name from the production company of legendary film creator Francis Ford Coppola, Caf� Zoetrope in San Francisco, CA is tucked into the landmark Sentinel Building. A European style caf�, it offers authentic Italian fare in an unforgettable setting. It also serves up wine from Coppola's vineyard to work perfectly with the dishes.

The menu at Caf� Zoetrope is perfect for a family or group of friends, including shareable starters like the picatta tray full of cheeses and meats. There are many large and amazingly fresh salads, panini sandwiches and impressive house specialties at Caf� Zoetrope. Plenty of pasta options along with pizza and calzones keep things casual, and there are many fun cocktails to savor if you prefer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 172 people are saying
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4.5
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4.2
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The clams linguine was Luke warm to almost cold. This dish would have been amazing if it was hot. The rest of our meals were wonderful.

AL
vipAngelaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Love all the Coppola wine selections. Service lagged just a bit.

JG
JoG1
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I loved the food, we also had a dog and the patio seating was great for us. Their service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place, love everything about it!

JW
vipJosephW
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like they can pull down their vinyl shades to shield the wind for the outdoor dinners. And they have heat lamps and hand sanitizer for each table! Our server was attentive, friendly, and charming. I like their wine flights, so we were able to try three different wine.

AV
AlyssaVP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The drinks are always wonderful! The salad was good and the bread delicious. The main dish, lasagna, felt like it was made before and microwaved. Huge portion but a bit mushy.

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Jojo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch on the patio with great service and great food.

MN
MichelleN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour after 2pm and great service. Love the Calzone, Linguini Vongole, Chicken sandwish

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Candamonium
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Zoetrope is an excellent choice for "outdoor pandemic" dining in North Beach. The Parklette is a nice size and is on the sidewalk as opposed to the street so we felt quite safe. The service was excellent and very cordial. The food was well-prepared and promptly delivered. The restroom was well-kept and clean. Parking in the Portsmouth Square lot is close and reasonably priced. I would be happy to return again for another meal and would not hesitate to recommend others to do the same.

TC
TomC
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply an outstanding dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way! (Except for the street noise which can’t be helped!)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Zoetrope is always a great place to dine. Staff, food, and atmosphere are always top notch, even during these trying times.

JR
vipJodyR
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The prices listed on Open Table are not correct (not a big deal, but something to keep in mind). The bread and foods based on bread (sand which we and calzones) were great! The salmon was massively undercooked on two meals.

AL
vipAnnaL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was superb, food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Loved the ambience , my wife's food was very good, my short ribs were very tough and hard to eat, salad was very nice

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vipwfsf16
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Particularly delicious homemade tiramisù and panna cotta.

DD
DianeD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were greeted and taken to the nicest corner table. The menu was varied and interesting. We appreciated the service of our waiter and their willingness to let us sit at the table for awhile. Very interesting decor and setting!

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SteveP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not a bad place, just not what you'd expect for North Beach Italian. Food was ok, service ok, ambience pretty nice but next time will look elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good spot, pizza Orginale was great,thin crust , simple, delicious, lovely pizza! Listen to your waitstaff, they are in the know,...it is $$$ tho..
The bar is best for wine as it being FFC. Cocktails are limited (at least in my visits). There are wine tastings, but we didn't partake, however, the offerings sounded nice. After prime lunch hours are the way to go, however, there isn't a happy hour or a decreased price menu. In my and the waitstaff opion , do not order the cannoli,the tiramisu is MUCH better. So good ordered another to go, but sadly we left our to go box at the table... Wow it it was fabulous, so bummed...

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MarianellaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything: the building, what it means to cinema lovers, the menu, the ingredients, the wine, the interior design, and the kind attention of waiters. I had pizza, pasta, cafe, wine, dessert... loved it so much, that I visited 4 times in less than a week. The Coppola brand means a lot, so I knew it was a great chance to enjoy the vibes of this great director translated into food. Malfatti... I have no words to describe Malfatti.
I know I´ll go back to San Francisco, and this will be my first stop. It´s MY place in SF.

DK
DavidK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every time I am in San Fran this is a "must go" for me and anyone with me. This time my family got to go and we loved it. Excellent food and great atmosphere. The pizza is top shelf (Sofia) and was loaded. Pasta cooked el Dante and the sauce is fresh and delicious. I could eat here every night.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre race dinner with friends! Food and service were excellent and had very friendly servers and neighboring tables full of great advice for our next stop in Wine Country!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for cinema lovers and Coppola fans. Great pizzas and ambiance. I would like to come back when I come back to San Francisco.

SR
vipSharonR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the short story vending machine!!!!

NJ
vipNicoleJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The restaurant was very crowded and very very noisy. I could barely speak to my date as it was so loud and the tables were so close to each other. This is a very small restaurant. The food was delicious though and we wanted to go there for the architectural and cinematic significance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great staff and nice location. Went here for a friend who was visiting and sadly it really is just a tourist destination. I would not jump at the chance to go back.

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SamanthaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent! A great time! Would go back again and recommend it to all my friends and family!

CC
vipCrusinColemans
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was top notch and prices were pretty reasonable compared to most. Seeing the Coppola memorabilia was interesting too.

GD
GeraldD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest restaurants I've ever visited. I highly recommend the mushroom appetizer and caesar salad.

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Alex
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went to Zoetrope for Father's Day. Place was not totally full but service was very slow. One table for two walked in, ordered after us, and got their food, finished it, and left before we got our food. Took over an hour from ordering to eating.

Waitress offered free drinks due to the slowness of the food. Nice gesture, but still slow.

The food itself was very tasty. Maybe it was because we were hungry.

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NovaGene
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. If you are looking for a nice comfortable place for a good meal where you can have a conversation without yelling this is the place. Never disappoints.

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DirkV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was very good but the service was very poor . The waiter and host acted very hautain and it was as if we had to be grateful tot have the opportunity to have diner with them .Very customer unfriendly . For this reason we would never go there again .

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LaGourmande
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dine here fairly frequently and it's always a great pleasure. The food is wonderful and the wines are from the Coppola winery - equally delicious and so complementary to the hearty Italian fare. On this occasion four of us who were friends in college (UC Berkeley) got together to eat, drink, and converse (a bit raucously, I might add.) Two of us hadn't seen the other two in almost 40 years. What better place than Cafe Zoetrope for this reunion? Welcoming, relaxing, comfortable, with a full bar and the best chocolate mousse. Always my go-to restaurant.

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DanK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The lasagna was outstanding, chicken cacciatore and clam linquini were good. We had a late Saturday night dinner, and it appeared that the wait staff were ready to leave, and declined our request to contact a cab. Still - it's a very cool restaurant, great ambience and decor, and good location in North Beach, and I recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the great service.

The roasted potatoes and salad were wonderful. The wine even better. I was a little disappointed with the ribs as they were a bit tough.

Our server, Erin, was outstanding.

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VictoriaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately we expected more given the "Coppola" hype plus the history of the building (former "Hungry I") location once owned by the Kingston Trio, et al.) Sadly food was very disappointing. Would have been happy with mediocre. Fell below that!

BM
vipBrianM
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's hard to tell if Cafe Zoetrope is modeled after every other Italian cafe or the other way around. It's full of vintage movie posters from "The Godfather" and others. There are no shortage of reminders it's Francis Ford Coppola's place. Fortunately, the guy has a taste for the good life, so it's not done in a schlocky Planet Hollywood style. The bottles of Coppola wine everywhere is the only thing lacking subtly.

It's a little touristy, but don't let that stop you from going. It's in a decent location. The service was warm and welcoming, and the food was solid Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this place, we go often
We are Coppola wine club members so we get a discount when we dine, but I'd go anyway

Love the wait staff and the no rush feeling, the prices are great too! The building is amazing and I tell everyone from out of town to have lunch or dinner there.

SF
yumSF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The pizza was delicious - thin crisp crust, not too much cheese, and yummy toppings (I had the Four Seasons, which they made meatless for me upon request). Also had the classic Caesar Salad, which was yummy. We were there at an odd time @ 3pm, so it was quiet, which was really lovely. Server was very friendly and helpful - my only complaint is that we were left with empty water glasses several times with nobody checking on us. All in all I really like Zoetrope and will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would always see the restaurant and felt a connection and wanted to have a romantic dinner with my wife. We tried Zoetrope on our own with no research or recommendations, just completely based on the connection I felt. We were not disappointed at all and would go back.

FAQs

Cafe Zoetrope does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cafe Zoetrope also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 291-1700.

Cafe Zoetrope is rated 4.5 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.