Caffe Macaroni

4.7
422 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness.
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TK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VERY small restaurant with only a handful of tables. Great services. Specials are.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Seating is really close and service was on the slow side. Food was okay though.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time. It appears you get a lot of repeat business and that is a very good sign. Food was very good, the ambiance even better. Very friendly,too. Thanks

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SL
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this little place - great food and wonderful owners that make every meal special!

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TG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place for just a get together or a special occasion. We love everything about this restaurant from the food and wine to the owners.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, every time I get to San Francisco I make it a point of stopping by. Great food, a bit small so make reservations. But well worth it.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic North Beach. I've been going to this place for 25 years and it never disappoints.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing cozy place for dinner, the food was delicious! The service is great and staff are extremely friendly :) Would highly recommend!!

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SL
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place - great food and love the owners!

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EY
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited was grudging and bitter.
Food has gone Way downhill. Soup was good

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MP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Caffe Macaroni! Everything was delicious - from soup to salad to entree to dessert! Highly recommend!!

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall great but we did not appreciate the waiter telling us we could not have parmesan cheese over our linguine with clams... I appreciate them being particular about the end result of their dishes but the customer is always right.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

small place. rally good food. we would go back in a heartbeat.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend Caffe Macaroni. I took my wife and it is definitely a quaint restaurant. It is a little small, but that makes for an intimate night. Service was great and food was perfect.

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B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Ravioli was served cold. Sent it back and server returned it just slightly warm, still not hot. We were never asked if it was okay. Soup of the day was described, we ordered it, and it came as a completely different soup. Server just said sorry. Appetizers arrived at the same time as the main dishes. Very small portions for the price, especially the pesto pasta and salads. Their internet was down so we couldn't add the tip onto the credit card for some reason. When we gave all of this feedback to the Maitre D, he became defensive and blamed our entire experience on the fact that their computers weren't working. We have been to this restaurant several times with a great experience, but we will not be returning.

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H
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal. Our waiter, Claudio, made us right at home. We discussed everything Italy: coffee, travel, and food! Enjoyed a bite on the second floor in front of the BIG picture window with shared seating!

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many time visitor. Have enjoyed every occasion that I have been there. Owners, Steff and Mario, are gems and wonderful people.

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and have been going there for years. We are there every few months. A great little spot on the edge of North Beach.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-orchard as always.

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TG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been enjoying this restaurant for about 15 years. We have taken many friends to Caffe Macaroni
and no one has ever been disappointed. The food is always fresh and unique. We always ask for red wine recommendations and have never been unhappy. Desserts here are to die for!

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KH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable authentic Italian experience. My son and I were visiting San Fran for a few days and settled on this little gem after reading dozens of reviews for authentic old school Italian and we were not disappointed! Caffe Maccaroni is a tiny little place with room for 11 inside and four small tables outside. We started with Caprese and the best part was the amazing olive oil, very fresh and simple. I had a halibut special over al dente pasta with a light but very flavorful tomato sauce, all cooked to perfection. My son had a cheese and spinach ravioli and loved it. We closed with lemon cake very delicate, light and delicious. The staff here were all very good, all Italian, highly recommend!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We never miss going to this little joint whenever we visit SF. Seriously the best.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Promptly seated. Food was ok. We ordered a bottle of wine which was never brought. Probably a good thing. Overall just ok.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little gem! Make sure to reserve, small restaurant with few tables.

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A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They were very nice and attentive but the food was just average.

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Food was great, atmosphere welcoming and personalized by owners Mario and Stephanie. Definitely do again.

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Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food that was Awesome!! The sauces were incredible! Totally Great meal :)

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RH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot in North Beach. Picked this place off Yelp and we were not disappointed. Great food, great service, and memorable evening. Best spighetti and meatballs I ever had.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food great service low ceilings!!

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w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mario and Stephanie always provide a great meal, in a very friendly environment

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BP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great authentic Italian. This place reminds me of being in a cozy restaurant in Italy - great food, great wine and a friendly, entertaining owner/chef/waiter. Perfect.

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VN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I dined alone, as I often do and like to try new places but I like to sit by a window or within comfort level of other diners. I was placed upstairs in a dark room with low ceiling painted red and I was the only diner other than a group of six people facing the window from a curved table. I almost left because of the environment but I had read good reviews of the food so I stayed.
The bathroom, however, was NOT clean!! If I had known this before ordering I would not have stayed.
I did enjoy the "fifties" music and the authentic Italian vibe. It was a tiny place with its own kind of charm and I might have been happier seated in the downstairs environment.

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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Macaroni is always good - but I often don't go unless I'm taking someone from out of town. Decided to go for a carb-load dinner before a race the next day, and it was just perfect. Amazing food, great ambiance, lovely service, and a very special dinner date, even though we were just looking for simple pasta.

Highly recommend!

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar Service!!! Food and experience is authentic and all homemade. I cannot say enough good things. The owners are awesome people and really made it a special experience for our vacation.

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LH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place where the owner makes the patrons feel like family. I was shocked that we could get in as quickly as we did in a Friday night. The cheesecake was the best you will ever imagine and each dish we had was incredible. Super small place but you will feel like you belong there.

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

know the place since 20 years and its keeping its standards ans quality.
With Mario taken care of everything, there is not much more to add, besides coming back when being in town!
Mille Grazie Mario!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tiny restaurant but very good food. We were waited on personally by the chef. But that doesn’t seem to be unusual in this little hideaway.

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C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time! We celebrated a friends birthday, and he was delighted with the food and service. The staff made us feel special. Thank you.

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Y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were greeted outside the entry of the restaurant by Mario. If you blink you might miss it!
He sat us down at a quaint outdoor table for two. He immediately asked if we would like a glass of wine and promptly brought us his favorite - yum!

This restaurant might look like a tourist trap by all outward appearances, but believe me it is not. Authentic, fresh, & thoroughly delicious, the pastas & sauce were done to perfection.
The space is funky, tiny, warm, & fun. Casual is the vibe..

We thoroughly enjoyed the "local" guests sitting next to us (we are from San Jose) and also the feeling if eating over the hosts house instead of a restaurant.

Wonderful! We will be back!

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l
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to Italy several times and the meal we ate at Caffe Macaroni was one of the most authentic Italian meals we've had this side of the pond. Pros: attentive service and excellent food. The fish/seafood risotto was phenomenal! The special fish of the night (halibut) with bread crumbs and pasta was delicious too. A disappointment, however, was the bread. By that I mean 2 things; 1) when asked if we wanted bread, we were not made aware that there would be an extra cost. When ordering in Italy its typical to be charged for bread, but not often in the US does this happen. They charged us $9 for 4 slices. 2) It was ordinary, soft crusted, mediocre bread, the type you can buy at any grocery store. Despite the issue with the bread, highly recommend for a great meal

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