Caffe Macaroni

4.8
434 reviews
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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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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance in this small restaurant is a joy. We feel transported to Italy in the heart of North Beach. The food is tasty, old world Italian and the desserts are outstanding! The owners greeted us like old friends at only our second visit. We will be back! Caio!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time here. One of my favourite spots in the city.

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been going the Cafe Macaroni for over 20 years. It’s a tiny funky place, and we love it. The food is very good. We started with a glass of Prosecco and the burrata appetizer. The cheese was soft and fluffy, yummy!
We always get the squid ink pasta with seafood. The clams were particularly delicious. Our friend ordered the spaghetti and meatballs which was really good. The lemon cake dessert was also delicious. The waiter is chatty with a thick Italian accent which just helps the feeling of having been transported to a fun and special place. It always feels like a celebration

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner served us and was just the best!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Macaroni is a charming little Italian restaurant on the edge of North Beach, which is San Francisco's Little Italy. Chef/owner Mario Ascione is a warm, charming, down to earth host who welcomes his customers like they were guests in his home. His food is the real deal, like food you find in southern Italy, near Naples, which is his home. While you're free to choose what you like from the menu we put ourselves in Mario's hands, asking what he recommended. He brought us a delicious array of antipasti, a luscious bottle of house Sangiovese, amazing seafood pasta and a few deserts, all of which we shared. The evening ended with complimentary glasses of Orangecello. Our meal was delizioso and we eagerly await our next amazing dinner at Caffe Macaroni.

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KW
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Mario is the consummate host. The menu is vast for such a small kitchen and restaurant. Everything is authentic and delicious, no matter what you order!

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LL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic, excellent customer service, excellent food, good value,

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Austin
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant! Great Italian with lots of new special menu items every night.

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Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Neighborhood gem but the second floor height prevented me from standing upright.

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SL
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite fun place to go for dinner - food is excellent. It's like being in Italy - only better!

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KW
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner is always good at Caffe Macaroni. Owners are attentive as are the rest of the staff. I wanted to take an out-of-town guest to an authentic Italian restaurant in North Beach and we were not disappointed. The Chicken with Gorgonzola sauce was super and my guest enjoyed her mussels and pasta. Of course, we had to finish off the meal with tiramisu - delicious!

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VERY small restaurant with only a handful of tables. Great services. Specials are.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Seating is really close and service was on the slow side. Food was okay though.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great time. It appears you get a lot of repeat business and that is a very good sign. Food was very good, the ambiance even better. Very friendly,too. Thanks

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SL
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this little place - great food and wonderful owners that make every meal special!

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TG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place for just a get together or a special occasion. We love everything about this restaurant from the food and wine to the owners.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, every time I get to San Francisco I make it a point of stopping by. Great food, a bit small so make reservations. But well worth it.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic North Beach. I've been going to this place for 25 years and it never disappoints.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing cozy place for dinner, the food was delicious! The service is great and staff are extremely friendly :) Would highly recommend!!

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SL
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place - great food and love the owners!

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EY
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited was grudging and bitter.
Food has gone Way downhill. Soup was good

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MP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Caffe Macaroni! Everything was delicious - from soup to salad to entree to dessert! Highly recommend!!

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall great but we did not appreciate the waiter telling us we could not have parmesan cheese over our linguine with clams... I appreciate them being particular about the end result of their dishes but the customer is always right.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

small place. rally good food. we would go back in a heartbeat.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend Caffe Macaroni. I took my wife and it is definitely a quaint restaurant. It is a little small, but that makes for an intimate night. Service was great and food was perfect.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Ravioli was served cold. Sent it back and server returned it just slightly warm, still not hot. We were never asked if it was okay. Soup of the day was described, we ordered it, and it came as a completely different soup. Server just said sorry. Appetizers arrived at the same time as the main dishes. Very small portions for the price, especially the pesto pasta and salads. Their internet was down so we couldn't add the tip onto the credit card for some reason. When we gave all of this feedback to the Maitre D, he became defensive and blamed our entire experience on the fact that their computers weren't working. We have been to this restaurant several times with a great experience, but we will not be returning.

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal. Our waiter, Claudio, made us right at home. We discussed everything Italy: coffee, travel, and food! Enjoyed a bite on the second floor in front of the BIG picture window with shared seating!

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TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many time visitor. Have enjoyed every occasion that I have been there. Owners, Steff and Mario, are gems and wonderful people.

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and have been going there for years. We are there every few months. A great little spot on the edge of North Beach.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top-orchard as always.

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TG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been enjoying this restaurant for about 15 years. We have taken many friends to Caffe Macaroni
and no one has ever been disappointed. The food is always fresh and unique. We always ask for red wine recommendations and have never been unhappy. Desserts here are to die for!

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KH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable authentic Italian experience. My son and I were visiting San Fran for a few days and settled on this little gem after reading dozens of reviews for authentic old school Italian and we were not disappointed! Caffe Maccaroni is a tiny little place with room for 11 inside and four small tables outside. We started with Caprese and the best part was the amazing olive oil, very fresh and simple. I had a halibut special over al dente pasta with a light but very flavorful tomato sauce, all cooked to perfection. My son had a cheese and spinach ravioli and loved it. We closed with lemon cake very delicate, light and delicious. The staff here were all very good, all Italian, highly recommend!

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We never miss going to this little joint whenever we visit SF. Seriously the best.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Promptly seated. Food was ok. We ordered a bottle of wine which was never brought. Probably a good thing. Overall just ok.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little gem! Make sure to reserve, small restaurant with few tables.

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Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They were very nice and attentive but the food was just average.

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Food was great, atmosphere welcoming and personalized by owners Mario and Stephanie. Definitely do again.

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Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food that was Awesome!! The sauces were incredible! Totally Great meal :)

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RH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot in North Beach. Picked this place off Yelp and we were not disappointed. Great food, great service, and memorable evening. Best spighetti and meatballs I ever had.

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