Caffe Macaroni

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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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HK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Macaroni is a delightful restaurant. Cozy in all the best ways. They know their food and cook it just like you were in a grandma's kitchen.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tiny but cute restaurant. Both food and service were excellent! I would definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the food was amazing. brings me back to my childhood. finally have found a best italian food in the city! highly recommended

JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent; food, service, fellow patrons. Next time we’ll request the main dining room instead of the upstairs though.

CG
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owners Mario and stefania are the real thing. They provide authentic Napolitano cuisine. Even the menu is written in Napoletano dialect.

f
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food we have had in San Francisco. Small and intimate place

FC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great owner, excellent service, fish a bit salty for my taste. Would return though.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous family run, tiny, authentic, delicious! Can't wait to go again, I reccomend the pasta with venison ragu if they have it

MB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful memories of everything about Caffe Macaroni from years of being able to just drop in after work or at lunch. Now it's a destination choice for us but just as charming and delicious as previously. Mario and the fellows that back him up are just great.

Recently there was an article circulating about the sad state of affairs for restaurants in SF -- just based upon how busy Caffe Macaroni was from 5:30p to 7p -- clearly they've risen above the fray!

A happy happy place!

SL
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot to get together with friends - great food and service!

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my neighborhood go-to restaurant. I’ve been here dozens of times. It never disappoints.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service! Highly recommend.

MH
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a garlic bread dish, seafood (Linguini di mar), boar (Rugu di cinchiale con pappardelle) paired with a great wine (Scarpeli) and Peroni.

Attentive service. A local gem.

If you want a quieter experience, ask to sit upstairs. If you want to be in the heart of things, ask for upstairs or the sidewalk.

LA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Caffe Macaroni. It is best to make reservations as it is such a small little place. I would suggest that you not waste your money on the glasses of wine (go for a bottle or no wine at all) as it is really poor quality. Perhaps the worst wine I've ever had. But the food is absolutely delicious!

j
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food in a low key environment. Great Value and great service.

G
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The proprietor (Mario) knows what he is doing. Didn't need a menu. He suggested the perfect pairing for the Barbara we were enjoying. Please support this AWESOME bit of S.F. culture!

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario the chef's Neapolitan food is spectacular: many Napolitan' specials like shellfish risotto, baby octopus pasta, and various fresh -- very fresh -- fish combinations, several with pasta and Calabrian chilli pepper. Also, he somehow gets calamari so fresh that it melts in your mouth served as an antipasto with white beans, lightly sauteed (not deep fried!). And some of the dessert cakes are made by patronne Stephanie, are fabulous. I sound like an advertisement, but I'm just a regular local patron who thinks Caffe Macaroni is a treasure.

LP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every time we come to SF. The food is fantastic and the wait staff superb.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make it hard to choose your meal. All of daily specials sounds deliciouso

PG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Sicilian restaurant, it is a gem! The food, service, and atmosphere are fantastic.

RG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Extremely small place. We ate in room upstairs with low ceilings. Very unique. Food and service superb. Venison ragu pasta excellent. Entrees came out piping hot.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice service, I like the small cozy ambiance where the food smell of food from kitchen reached our table. Good wine selections. Awesome food !!!

KM
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The chef was extremely friendly and made rounds of the tables and gave us shots of Limoncello on the house just because, no reason. Everything was great. A little loud for a first date.

PR
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place with great food. Steak was delicious and so was the pasta. Really good bread and dip. Service was attentive and very Italian! Loved it

D
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes were great!

CG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely on of the best Italian meals I have ever eaten!! I’ll be dreaming about the Panna Cotta for days 😂 The waitstaff and owner were very attentive and pleasant...which made the experience a great one as well! We will be back!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This whole-in-the-wall continues to give an authentic Italian experience that makes you long for another trip to Italy. For such a small restaurant, the menu is very broad and the food is excellent. Fresh made pastas are a highlight.

H
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I came for an item that was specifically on the menu; A sardine pasta dish. It is a dish that my Italian grandmother often cooked. They did not have it. The owner said that he would substitute another fish for the sardines but that the rest of the dish would be the same. The food was delicious. However, in addition to the portion being quite small, he charged me $11 more than what was printed on the menu! Not acceptable. (Also, the bread was as basic as it comes. Like something one would buy from Walmart...)

P
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best little neighborhood restaurants in the world! The food is great, the prices are reasonable, the service is perfect.

SC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love Caffe Macaroni. It would be easy to assume it's just a tourist trap, but do not be fooled. This is authentic Italian food made by knowledgeable chefs and served by true Italians. We come here almost every year for my boyfriend's (an admitted Foodie) birthday. Our mantra is always to never order from the main menu. We exclusively order the "specials." This year for the first time, the specials were actually on a menu, rather than told to us by our waiter. We started with a delicious burrata and caesar salad, followed by two pastas - one with squid, the other with venison. Both were amazing, mostly because of the rich and balanced sauces. Our main was an antelope steak and it was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The only disappointment this particular evening was the very loud party near us that were doing a lot more talking than eating, and having some sort of altercation. But otherwise, as every year, Macaroni did not disappoint!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat on the second floor and the space was kind of cozy. The service was good and our appetizer and dinner out in a reasonable time. My husband loved his black ink pasta dinner. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner there.

Z
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had dinner here about half a dozen times and the food and service is always great. It’s what an Italian restaurant should be. When my mom, who is from Italy, says “this is the only restaurant in SF I want you to take me to when I’m in town” you know it’s good.

MP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for over 20 years, and it NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

H
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Macaroni is delightful, a tiny gem in a box of the semi-precious. The food is excellent, the owner and staff are charming and helpful, and the wine list is truly interesting. We let them tell us what to order, and everything was superb. Tutto bene cui.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice restaurant. Owner is ready to let us know about the specials he has for the day. Lots of great fresh fish and pasta. Excellent service. Thank you.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is superb and reminiscent of my tasting heaven in Italy many years ago. Mario and Stephanie, the owners, and their entire staff are warm and welcoming. I have been eating at Caffe Macaroni for years and have recommended the cuisine to friends in Australia, England, France, Germany and around the world! Unfortunately, the restaurant is very small, but eating outside on Columbus Avenue is like being in Italy! San Francisco, open your Golden Gate and keep it open to all.

C
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Greasy and flavorless. Stale Bread. Cramped and loud.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted immediately and given the option to sit outside or in. Drinks came quickly, walked thru the menu and appetizer and entrees ordered easily and we were excited to try them. Both the appetizer and the entrees were well-timed to the table and everything was terrific. Wonderful kind prompt service in a great location with part of the charm being how small and intimate the space is. We liked all we had and the service, likely to return.

FT
Minneapolis
41 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feels like being in Italy. We loved the food, the recommendations from Mario were fantastic. This is a small cozy place with absolutely great food. We enjoyed it immensely.

OT
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A San Francisco institution. This tiny little restaurant has been around for quite some time, and over that period, the quality has never slipped. The owner walks the dining room, engaging with everyone. The upstairs dining room, with it's low ceiling and huge window to the street, is the best place to sit, eat and watch SF go by.

The sauces are unreal. Simple, fresh and flavorful, you cannot go wrong with any selection. Wine by the glass is an excellent value, with a generous pour and full choice of varietals. Prices are fair and in line with other establishments in the area. Service was friendly and fast. We enjoyed a very good meal and will certainly return again.