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About Caffe Macaroni
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.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Italian, Organic, Sicilian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Download the ZIRX app to park with ease at Caffe Macaroni - ask staff to enter promo and your first park is free! Lots of street space, garage facility (3) on the block.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
Caffe Macaroni Ratings and Reviews
We used to dine often at Caffe Macaroni before we moved to the east coast. My husband remarked that their sauce reminds him of his nonni's (grandmother) sauce. So we made plans to come back since we were in town. Still as delicious as ever with friendly, prompt service! The olive oil with garlic dip they serve with the bread is worth the trip alone.
Inlove this place. Been there 3 or 4 times in the last few months. The burrata salad has been exquisitly fresh and the wine list tho short is good on variety and price. Usually quite a few specials and everything has been tasty. My favorite Italian place right now.
Disappointed because I specifically requested a table upstairs, but they refused and sat us in a crowded corner booth. I was excited for the ink pasta, but it lacked any flavor. I would be shocked if it wasn’t just premade dried store bought pasta. Was disappointed overall with the price and the quality. The owners were lovely though... I just wish the food was better.
I visited this place based on many positive reviews and I would give it an average rating. We made a reservation and arrived on time. I started to walk in the door behind a waitress that was waiting on a table outside. I figured I needed to check in. She turned around and rudely asked "can I help you" as though I was intruding or doing something wrong. I told her we had a reservation and she rudely told me should couldn't help me but the owner Mario would be down when he could to handle things. I'd have been okay with it had she been nice about it. It was an immediate turn off. It didn't take long and we were seated. The place is small both upstairs and down. It's very loud too so if you are trying to have a conversation, it may pose a challenge if you don't hear well. Our waiter was very nice and worked to take care of us. Mario and the rude woman were visible but were very focused on catering to specific customers and never came to our table as mentioned by many in the reviews. The food we had was decent but I sadly I can get just as good or way better at a local family run Italian establishment in my hometown. I would tell others who may be considering dining there is that it will be average and manage your expectations accordingly. It has been around for a long time so a bit of a fixture for that neighborhood. Definitely an interesting experience though I'm not sure I would make it a priority to return.
We love Caffe Macaroni! I can honestly say that everything on the menu is excellent. The owners, Mario and Stephanie are so welcoming and eager to make each dining experience one to remember. The chicken scallopini is one of our favorites but you cannot go wrong with any of the specials. Fresh fish and produce hand selected from local merchants. Be sure to save room for the in-house made desserts.
Love this place. I come up to work in SF once in a while and my producer introduced me 5 years ago and now make it a point to return every time I'm in town to this awesome little gem. Their food has always been spot on. Their pasta is like velvet and their gniochi as handmade. The choices of the sea are also amazing. The intimate environment is the best. Mario and Stephanie will welcome you and make you feel at home. I can't wait for the next time I'm back in town and have dinner at Caffe Macaroni.
A charming spot to have dinner. The people are all friendly and willing to make your visit perfect.
The pork loin I wanted for dinner was not available,so per recommendation I had the bronsino.
It was cooked perfectly and delicious! My husbands pasta with salmon was also wonderful.
The pasta dish with sausage was very good, but it said it would have peppers which it did not.
Tiramisu was the perfect end to a very tasty dinner.
Delightfully casual, authentically Southern Italian preparations with a menu written in the Neapolitan dialect, friendly owner and wait staff and good Italian red wine... What more could you want..."elegance?" I guess you can bring your own white table cloth! Just good, Southern Italian cooking.
What a terrific find!!!! Our waiter was hilarious.....a little hard to understand sometimes. After all, he was the real deal and so is this fabulous Italian restaurant. We felt like we were back in Italy. The atmosphere is eclectic to say the least but so perfect. It is a very small restaurant with some sidewalk dining in front and just a few tables on the first floor. We dined upstairs and what a unique experience. A tiny winding staircase leads you to a fair sized room with maybe 7 tables plus a half moon shaped "community" table facing a wall of windows. There was a soft breeze from the open windows....are you getting the picture? It was wonderful!!!! I had the ravioli which was devine. My husband had a special dish they were offering which was filled with clams, mussels, squid, octopus and shrimp in a delightful sauce serve over black linguine. I had to wrestle him for a taste. We both ate every bite and opted to follow it up with a shared piece of the lemonchello cake. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and they made it so special. Candles singing and lemonchello shots (which is made in house). The owner and staff are delightful and make you feel as if you're one of the family. If you are ever in the beautiful city of San Francisco please don't miss your chance to experience this delightful restaurant. You will be thanking me, I promise.
First I will say the food was exceptional, which is the main draw of a restaurant. The restaurant opens at 5:00 for dinner. Our reservation was for 5:15. The kitchen staff seemed surprised to see us. No other customers were present. They told us the waiter was not here yet and we could sit where we liked. No offer of a beverage or bread or menus. The waiter finally arrived at 5:30. I think he might have been the owner. No apology, not very friendly, but took our order. The food arrived promptly and I was amazed what came out of such a tiny kitchen.
We ordered the assortment of cured meats which arrived with good Italian bread and a house-made garlic and olive oil dipping sauce. All was outstanding and I would love a jar of the dipping sauce to take home. My husband, the wine snob, really enjoyed the Italian wine.
I can't recall the name. I had the gnocchi with Gorgonzola, chicken and radicchio. Excellent. My Italian husband ordered mixed pasta with sausages. Pasta perfectly al dente, tomato sauce exceptional. He was in heaven. No grated cheese was offered and it took some time to get the waiter's attention. We were too full for dessert.
Caffe Macaroni is a charming little place, little being the operative word. Inside seats about 10.
There is outside seating with very tiny tables and no heat for the cool San Francisco evenings.
There is an upstairs which we did not see but imagine is equally cozy. We sat on the first floor at the window and had a great time people watching. The background music of old Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin fit right in but it was radio with commercials which annoyed.
The price was right. Dinner for two with wine for $100 + tip in North Beach or anywhere in San Francisco is a bargain.
I said I would not recommend to friends because I don't think most of my friends would enjoy this particular experience. However, for the adventurous diner looking for authentic Italian home cooking, I say give it a whirl.
Really great place - went two times in a week just because the food was homemade and totally authentic. The service is like being at home with your father, mother, sister and brother! I love this place and will be back again - great owners and family run establishment.
Visited this little gem based on Yelp reviews. It was a great spot right on Columbus. The owners and their staff (family) were wonderful. My husband is Italian, and felt as if he had just met up with long lost paisans. Wonderful food, great wine and warm company. It's tiny, so we sat at outside tables and people watched and loved watching the owners interact with customers. Will definitely go again when in the city.
What a wonderful evening - truly the highlight of our family trip up the coast of California! After much reading about SF restaurants, we made a reservation weeks ahead and Caffe Macaroni exceeded our expectations. We had a window seat area for 6 - cozy but not cramped. The evening's menu was extensive and varied. And it was all fantastic - house salad, burratta, seafood pasta, pesto pasta, spaghetti meatballs, ragu, panna cotta, SOUR CREAM CHEESECAKE! And it all came out of a kitchen the size of my closet, served with such friendliness and joy!
We felt like we were just being treated to a family meal - nothing was "fancy" but we loved every minute of our dinner - from the warm welcome to the explanation of the menu items to the witty banter of the staff, the chatty foodies who took pics of food and were stunned silent when they tasted it, to the food itself and the cozy environment. Truly a top 10 dining experience! Go if you can get in!
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