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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.

59 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Jackson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 956-9737

Website:
http://www.caffemacaroni.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Mario Ascione

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Love this place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 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?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Late-night Find, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Fantástica comida. Música mexicana de muy buen gusto.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredible

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Incredible. Nothing could be better. Perfection.

Grazie

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We enjoyed a great dining experience. This quaint Italian restaurant was relaxing and the food was delicious! There aren’t many tables, so make a reservation just to be sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Authentic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Really fantastic meal - the best we had in San Francisco! Local, quaint, authentic - would definitely put this on my must do list for our next visit!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I love this place!!!! It's my favorite spot in North Beach. Don't miss it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Husband and wife team were great. We had a great time, was surprised how small it was but an advantage.

The person I was from Boston and they loved the accent!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We've been coming to this place for 15 years. Love the food, always a fun time.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Awesome food, great ambience. Mario is a great host. Michaela is the best waiter ever, sit upstairs and have fun.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Healthy, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, People Watching, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Visiting San Francisco from the East Coast. We enjoyed our meal so much the first night, we went back the next night! Enjoyed talking with the owner and his wife, as well as the local repeat customers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Ai love this place. Great food, great staff & owner.
You feel like you are in Italy.
GO?

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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