Caffe Macaroni

4.9
548 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 548 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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5.0
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4.7
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner and amazing service

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vipDoug
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Run by a really nice couple, the food and service were outstanding. All the dishes were authentic Italian food simply presented. It was my first time (even though the restaurant has been there 30+ years), but it won't be my last.

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vipkristinw
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in SF! Be sure to try the fresh gnocchi. The owners make you feel like family

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NeilY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous time!

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vipMaxine
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from the hosts that make you feel like you are at home, to the tiramisu that is not to be missed. In between, the meatballs are amazing, the caesar was the best I've had in the City, and the pappardelle was the perfect al dente'! We will be returning for years to come.

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NinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Caffe Mac as often as we can with our family. Feels like a place you’d find in NY, feels like home!

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was outstanding! We love the outdoor, urban atmosphere and how welcome we, and our dog Archie, always feel. Thank you again Mario and Stephanie!

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vipJenK
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This place had great reviews so our expectations were high. This is clearly a neighborhood spot where a lot of the locals go, and the servers seem to know them. We shared a Caprese salad, which was delicious. We each ordered a special, him, the boar spaghetti and the fish linguini for me. Both of our orders were very bland and unexceptional. The spaghetti had very little meat in it and the sauce was thin. A boar pasta calls for a heavier sauce. My fish was okay, although the one bite of mussel I took, I spit out immediately. I asked the server for some cheese and he told me I could not have cheese because I was having fish, which I thought was odd.
On another note, this is not in North Beach, which is where I was hoping to go, and where I searched when we made the reservation.

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vipSFFoodie
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s day

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vipLorieN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute favorite! Not only is the food great, but Mario and Stephanie make you feel like you are part of their family.

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johnm
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is the focus. The fresh anchovies as an appetizer and the wild boar and shrimp/sea bass pastas were excellent. The wine list is short and wines tend to be older vintages, and (as my wife is a wine cougar - likes her wines young) we requested and got a recent 2019 barbera which was very good. I personally would like to know how well some of these older vintages are. The ambiance of street dining is somewhat lacking and might actually be charming on a warm day. The 3 of 4 dessert wines we ordered were not exactly as advertised, but we were accommodated and the characters and personalities of the waiter and owner compensated for this. We've eaten here 4 or 5 times over the last several years and have always been pleased.

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SueR
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic Italian, well prepared and friendly, efficient service. Don’t miss it

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NinaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Between the wonderful service, deliiiiicious food, and huge selection of great Italian wines, we always have the best experience here.

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WG2016
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love how they customize my pasta ingredients for me.

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gianni
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tiny restaurant with good Italian cooking, nothing too fancy, just well-prepared honest meals from friendly staff. Great location near the TransAmerica Building, Financial District /Jackson Square/North Beach

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NatalieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for good authentic Italian food, you have to try Caffe Macaroni!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it and the owners are awesome! They make you feel like you are dining at their home

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Mark94115
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! The hosts/owners are truly welcoming and the food was outstanding.

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hockeypucks
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I come here almost every anniversary. It was tough missing out on it last year. It felt like going back home when we were able to return this year.

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kenc
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a few appetizers which my wife and I liked, my wife had one of the dinner specials (rock cod over spaghetti) thought the fish portion could have been bigger but flavors were good, I had the pork tenderloin, it was okay, Limoncello cake was fantastic! Waiter gave us a shot each of Limoncello, classy. Next time I go, I will have a pasta dish.

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abby
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable, beautiful staff/owners...friends they are and the food/wine was so far above average you could not possibly have enough stars to rate them....

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vipHoney
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous off the beaten track experience in North Beach. No tourists. No crowds. Willing to modify to meet my paleo, low carb preference. Extra wild mushrooms with greens and salmon..no problem. Restaurant owned by lovely couple who made us feel like family. I asked what the other outdoor table ordered because it looked good and the man said, oh you want to try? I bring you some! Same with wine..you like red wine? I bring some for you to try? He bring two full glasses at no cost. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent - beyond friendly, almost familial. We sat outdoors next to a large heater. Dog friendly.

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Amyw
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful. Seafood pasta was delicious.

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vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and stephanie and Izzy rock!

RM
vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario, stephanie and Isabella are wonderful! We enjoy them very much!

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vipJeff
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Mario and Stephanie as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming !!

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ChaseSFs
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine's dinner. Great host and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ingredients, great ambiance. They make you feel at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in the city!!!

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and Stephanie are the best hosts and we always have such an amazing meal at Caffè Macaroni. Sometimes we don't even order off the menu; we tell Mario what we're in the mood for and he always brings out something delicious!

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vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!! Mario and Stephanie rock

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. Owner is really friendly, great energy and service

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and the staff was attentive the entire time. If we’re in the area we will definitely go back!

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StephanieH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cute!!! Stephanie is the best and the food was delicious, fresh, classic exactly what we wanted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Northbeach!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so nice and the food is fantastic. Great place and great value

KM
vipKevinM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine choices delivered with amazing energy and warmth.

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Emqu
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people. What more could you ask for?

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KellyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Mario at Caffe Macaroni and the kids and husband had a blast. Highly recommend this spot for simple wine and fantastic southern Italian food.

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vipbobg
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pasta and everything else. All made fresh. Great atmosphere, fun and delicious

FAQs

Caffe Macaroni offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 956-9737.

Caffe Macaroni is rated 4.9 stars by 548 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.