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Cafe Zoetrope, San Francisco, CA
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Cafe Zoetrope

4.6
4.6
212 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Takeout Hours Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 291-1700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lidia Valledor

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Columbus Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    I was craving pasta, specifically carbonara, for my birthday. We went to this establishment with very high hopes only to find awkward staff, low quality food, and a highly boring atmosphere.

  2. BF

    BroadwayFan

    Los Angeles

    205 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fantastic overall experience: the place feels historic, there are interesting sights on every wall in every nook and crannie. Service was expert and friendly. Food was beautiful to look at, well portioned, and tasted great. Cocktails and wine paired well with everything. Felt like a truly unique and special place tucked into a corner space in a busy neighborhood - but the meal felt like we had been transported into a private European bistro and we loved it.

  3. C

    Cooper

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This eatery never disappoints. Food is always fresh and delicious and nicely prepared. The service is top notch. I appreciate the outdoor seating accomodations. My favorite place for a quiet, enjoyable dining experience.

  4. j

    jennifer

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely sweet little bistro, excellent drinks and delicious food. Thanks to our waitperson Kate, and everyone else. I know it’s not a family business but it felt like one.

  5. TB

    ThomasB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They made a special pizza for me that wasn't on the menu. I tipped accordingly.

  6. B

    Blair

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner

  7. TH

    TerrieH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This felt more like a neighborhood restaurant than a touristy one. Great food and cocktails. The wait for the pasta is worth it! I'm not a wine drinker, but my colleague enjoyed the selection that was available. The cocktails were exceptionally well done. Brava!

  8. P

    Petunia

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service, food and ambience and free stories from their magic story machine. Such an SF treasure in an historic building and they even have happy hours! Go...Enjoy...Live well...

  9. G

    Gidicovi08

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We had birthday lunch here on a Sunday and it was very pleasant, great service, beautiful and iconic place. Bread and pizza are delicious. We try the carbonara and unfortunately was a bit salty, we think it may have been the cheese but not sure. Otherwise we definitely recommend it.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A relaxed restaurant with great food and service. Character oozes from the minute you arrive.

  11. J

    Jack

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely excellent experience.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Muy buena calidad de alimentos, decoración del lugar muy bonita

  13. GP

    GaryPegSF62

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been wanting to dine here for years and finally made it happen. Monday lunch with two friends. Menu had plenty of choices. I selected that day's lunch special -- a tasty Arugala salad with cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and a viniagrette. My entree was the Lasagna, stuffed with mushrooms and cheese, covered in a rich tomatoe-based sauce. (Not on their regular menu, but it should be.) The BEST lasagna I have EVER eaten. I enjoyed the inside decor. Service was great! Located in North Beach, an easy walk from the Montgomery Muni Metro Station.

  14. o

    oldenoughtoknow

    San Francisco

    227 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good - and much better than I anticipated. The Coppola memorabilia was fun to look at.

  15. J

    Jerry3

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my first time eating @ Cafe Zoetrope since moving to SF. I have always admired the building walking by and Restaurant Week provided the opportunity. My friends and I were very impressed by the quality of food and service. We all decided we would return. Thank You

  16. SF

    SFFoodie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    SF Restaurant Week

  17. g

    geewhiz

    San Francisco

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Took a friend here for her birthday. They have a good wine list and nice variety of pizzas and pastas plus great salads. Their tiramisu is to die for! The manager sent a complimentary one for my friend’s birthday which was very sweet. I’ve come before for a light bite and wine. Enjoy sitting in their outdoor area.

  18. C

    Cooper

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This Cafe is stupendous. Food is so outstanding, service impeccable. I appreciate the outdoor seating during OMICRON.

  19. JM

    JenM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is such a great place, great food and the staff is amazing

  20. D

    Drfritz

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The menu is a good size; not too many or too few selections. The food was well prepared, but not “special.”

  21. C

    Cooper

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have eaten here multiple times and the food and service is impeccable. Very old school charm. I love this place!

  22. J

    Jill

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place! Very authentic Italian food in a very cool old building. Great service. I've been coming here for a long time.

  23. TC

    TimothyC

    Naples

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Disappointed in good. Wife had short ribs. Very dry .I had minestrone soup.Fifferent recipe but tasty. Wine very good and service good as there was only one other couple at 6pm To be fair they comped us for the short ribs. Probably should have gone the pasta route.

  24. GV

    GaredVascueCiagar

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tuvimos un retraso y nos esperaron, la comida y vino excelente, excelente chocolate caliente para mis hijos y helado de vainilla, el servicio fantástico y la atmósfera envolvente. Gracias

  25. p

    pts11

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    VERY average place. Look again if you want a special experience

  26. S

    Squeen

    Western NC

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The restaurant is fun and cozy. The wine selection is good. David, out server was great and answered all questions well. The food was generous portions. My portobello soup was really good and the meatballs were ok. Not spicy at all nor was the sauce.

  27. AS

    AnnaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very special place to have lunch or dinner. Excellent food and lots of memorabilia! Highly recommend.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Wait staff was polite and friendly, ambiance and location was amazing. Cocktails, salad and pasta were amazing, but the short ribs were inedible- tough, grisly, and hands down the worst I’ve ever had…. Which is bizarre, given that they are a “house specialty”. So go and enjoy, but don’t order the short ribs!!!

  29. C

    Cynthia

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a pleasant surprise!!!! Great service and the pizza was great as well as the salad

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Maybe due to Covid but the food was mediocre at best and not worth the price at all. Our server, though, was lovely. The place just seemed a bit tired.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    Unfortunately the quality of the food was very low. The ribs we ordered were extremely tough and hard to cut with a steak knife. The bread appear to be very store-bought in a bit on the Steele side. It just seemed touristy

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Wait staff was very inexperienced, food was average

  33. SA

    SeanA

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    WE were running late and they still help out reservation for us. When we finally made it were were promptly seated, unfortunately around the time of multiple other parties, so the initial service of getting our drink and food orders was a little slow. But the wait was worth it. The cheese and tomato appetizer was spot on, perfectly salted and seasoned and FRESH. The mushroom lasagna was AMAZING, the sauce is to die for. And of course you cannot go wrong with any of the wines on the menu

  34. MD

    MaryD

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an unexpected treasure of a dining experience! It was the first time for both my neighbor and me and we LOVED it!! We lucked out selecting Cafe Zoetrope during restaurant week and enjoyed THE BEST funghi lasagna dinner EVER!! We saved room for dessert because I LOVE tiramisu and we both agreed that it was the best we've EVER had!! We definitely plan on coming back next time we plan a trip to the City! Thank you to our server and all the staff for the excellent experience!

  35. T

    Timfromtheburbs

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We started our love affair 9 years ago here- and it is still as wonderful as we remembered it. A little jewel box inside, with great food, attentive service from David, and a quiet setting where 2 can talk and relax. As someone said very well below, "Attentive service but we did not feel rushed. I’ll definitely go back." We went for lunch during the SF Restaurant Week, and the lunch is not just a salad and lasagna- it is a delicious salad, and likely the best lasagna you have ever eaten- and great wines available on their wine list. Highly recommend.

  36. F

    Friendly

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    20 years ago it was one of my must-visit-favorite spots in the City. Not because it is God Father's Director's place, but also the place is very friendly. We enjoy the food so much! It has been good all the time! Salute to Francis Ford Coppola!

  37. DM

    DouglasM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service in a quiet corner of this cozy cafe. The pasta is fresh and there is a good selection of wines. Attentive service but we did not feel rushed. I’ll definitely go back.

  38. CK

    ColeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2nd time I have been in about a month. The food and service is excellent!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My parents were celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary. I made them the reservation and added a note. The restaurant sent over champagne and greeted them with a person congratulations. They also let me pay for their meal over the phone. Excellent all around.

  40. JK

    JinxK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    The ambiance is great with the history and pictures. We were asked to keep our forks which made it awkward. Can they not afford to wash forks? The plates cut corners with little cheese and basil on pizza and small portion of Caesar salad. The chicken sandwich smelled fishy. Hope it is better next time. Please notify Francis of this review since I know he cares and is very detailed oriented. Thank you.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.6 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Cafe Zoetrope

916 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Takeout Hours Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lidia Valledor

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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