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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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Caffe Macaroni reminds me of the small mom and pop Italian North Beach restaurants I remember from the 1970's. The cafe is quirky, very red, and decorated in a whimsical manner. The restaurant is very tiny. We sat upstairs and we both ducked our heads. This area is intimate and cozy. You become quick friends with whoever you are seated by. The fennel and orange salad was outstanding. My husband had the tricolor salad which was also super delicious. I had the halibut on eggplant and my husband had the pork dish. The eggplant was sublime. The halibut didn't taste as fresh as I had hoped and my husband felt the same way about the pork. I side of "pizzaola" pasta was as good as my husband's Italian grandma made from scratch.
Limoncello cake split for dessert. Vermentino wine quite good. We will return.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Macaroni is always outstanding. The food in this tiny place is the best italian you will find in San Francisco and the atmosphere is always intimate and unique. Great place for a date, to take out of town friends or business associates, it never fails to impress.

JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interier very crouded

SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable place with excellent food. Particularly enjoyed the black pasta with mussels, clams, shrimp, and calamari. My friend had tuna and that was good too. Suggest reservations because the place is tiny.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food!
We were seated in the bottom floor and heard that the top floor was the place to be! next time ill have to request it

j
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Basic Italian food with a flair. Pasta done nicely. Seating a little too cozy being quite close to next party

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I like the quirky nature of this place, it's very small intimate but consistently good from a chef in an open kitchen cooking fresh food with specials daily.
Value for money, fun and seriously Italian

DD
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great local neighborhood place with real Italian food, wine and hospitality!

BP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and Stephanie are the absolute best. The food is excellent and they always make you feel like you are part of the family.

J
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A small but mighty Caffe! Authentic flavors made with love!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed and no one called or told us that our reservation was not set.

DD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Caffe M every time we are in town. Love everything about about it!

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, cozy place! We had the meatballs and the seafood linguine. Both were amazing. It would be hard to have more than 4 or so people, and a reservation is highly recommended. Especially if you must sit inside. But very cute and cozy. Great for a rainy December day!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful wait staff and an authentic North Beach experience. The black squid ink pasta seafood special was excellent. Very small restaurant that encourages you to talk to nearby tables; if that's ok with you, it'll be a good time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal at Cafe Macaroni. The service was excellent as well as the food. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxing.

a
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always enjoy cafe macaroni. If you are claustrophobic then this is not the place for you. I think it’s part of the charm. Food is always great

HK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
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 on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
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
38 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
10 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
21 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