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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
This was our first time at his restaurant. What a gem. Very small only 4 tables downstairs and same upstairs. The kitchen is open to dining area, the owner is the one who takes your order. They have a very wide varieties of Pastas, mostly with red sauce since, since this is a Neapolitan restaurant. I had Parpadele with wild mushrooms sauce. That was incredible. My husband a Mix Pasta with peppers, sausages in a red sauce. It was outstanding also. Make sure to reserve a table and get there, and if you can get there early I recommend that too.
I can't wait to go back there.
This is the best restaurant in San Francisco. Period. I’ve eaten high end, low end, local dive, tourist favorites, SF classics. None beats Caffe Macaroni. The menu always changes, the dishes are excellent but never have too much going on. The wine list isn’t crazy and has reasonably priced options. The desserts are fantastic. And the service and welcoming atmosphere are just awesome. Best. Restaurant. In. San. Francisco.
Caffe' Macaroni is our favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco! It is a small neighborhood gem, where the owners Mario and Stephanie provide amazing food and a wonderful experience. There is an extensive menu, as well as half a dozen specials every day that Mario will explain to you. There is also a great wine list with many reasonably priced choices. Highly recommended!!!
This was a wonderful intimate meal. The owner was right there answering questions and telling stories. Be prepared to share space with other couples, but that was part of the charm for us. If you want privacy, go somewhere else. If you want a fun personal experience with amazing food, this is the place.
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.
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