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Caffe Macaroni

4.6
368 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Italian, Organic, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 956-9737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mario Ascione
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jackson
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Parking details
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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 368 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.6
value
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service. Very authentic Italian cuisine. Not touristy and quiet enough you can actually have a conversation with your party. Great to take friends or just a delicous meal out.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We totally enjoyed the entire experience. From the food to the ambiance and the service it was just fabulous.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Caffe Macaroni is charming, authentic and the food is delicious. Mario is the perfect host and the restaurant is a genuine North Beach treasure, with unique southern Italy cuisine and great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Awesome!! The food, service and atmosphere were all fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We had wonderful service and delicious food here. I love that this is a stalwart neighborhood staple with great southern Italian food. We were greeted in such a friendly way.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was just ok. Ambiance was below expectation.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great little place, and I do mean little - not the place for large groups as there are only 5 tables downstairs and an upstairs that I didn't see. The food was delicious, but the best part is the owner - he takes orders, serves and even crafted a dish on the fly for my friend who couldn't find what he was looking for on the menu. Very enjoyable experience!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Recommended to us by a close friend and we were so glad that we went. Food was fresh and delicious and the service was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Met up with friends and dined upstairs. The only warning is for the ceiling height upstairs (if you are over 6'-0" you will have to duck!!!). Kind of fun though. They don't have a kids menu, but spaghetti and marinara or their Margherita pizza works in a pinch!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

service was real good small space but food was real good
Very Old school San Francisco just a blast from the past like the godfather movies

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Caffe Macaroni is a tremendously personal experience. The food is fantastic, of course. But what sets it apart is the intimate setting that brings patrons and owners together, as if eating at a close friend's dinner table rather than a typical restaurant.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love this place

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very nice Italian restaurant very close to a Italy adventure. Enjoyable solid evening.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Smaller than usual restaurant, but a great place with great food and service.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Fabulous, a memorable spot dripping with character. Very special one of a kind feeling. Thank you Mario for a beautiful evening.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Food and wine was absolutely phenomenal. Authentic dining experience with an amazing chef and server. Would recommend to anyone who loves homemade Italian food.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

A North Beach friend recommended Caffe Macaroni- a hidden gem we might not have otherwise enjoyed. Tiny, cozy and delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

The food is always killer here and the restaurant is so darling! Mario is the perfect host of his restaurant!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing place- amazing delicious top notch food, great ambiance. great owners - they make it:) all around 💃🏼

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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!!!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

A small, superb restaurant. Our favorite restaurant, by far, in San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

cozy, you absolutely feel you are in Italy and the food taste that good!

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

The proprietor was friendly, the food was fresh tasting and we sat outside on a gorgeous San Francisco night. Who could ask for more?

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

So much fun! The owners and staff are amazing and the food is unreal. Order all the desserts.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Fantástica comida. Música mexicana de muy buen gusto.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredible

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and I have to say the most romantic restaurant in the City, with the most wonderfully authentic Italian cuisine. Highly recommended and will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was amazing!! Mario, the owner, was exceptional and his lovely wife as well definitely have the Calamari’s they are out of this world! Everything else is just as good!!!!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Incredible. Nothing could be better. Perfection.

Grazie

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We loved our experience! Everyone was speaking Italian, the atmosphere was cozy, and the food was delicious. Be warned that it is loud, but it has great people watching, and everything we ate was fantastic... especially the lentil soup and gnochi.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food, congenial host, authentic cuisine. Try it, you will not be sorry!

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