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Cesario's

4.4
4.4
1226 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Since 1991 Cesario’s has been serving fine Northern Italian and comfort food. We have an extensive global wine list. We are located close to the theater district and Union Square.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-9898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry

  • Catering

    We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (415) 624-9142

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Mason

  • Parking details

    2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.

  • Public transit

    1 block from the Powell/Sutter Cable Car stop. #2 & #3 Muni Bus Stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

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What 1,226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good. Great service and excellent food. A very nice lunch all around.
  2. DC

    DaveC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in Union Square. Outstanding service and food. The specials, deserts and wine were reasonable price for SF. Made a reservation in advance and the table was ready on a Friday night.
  3. JD

    JavierD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in SF for Thanksgiving and made reservations for Cesario’s. Out table was ready for us on time. The food was delicious. My son was happy they had a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
  4. JL

    JoLe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was excellent. A cozy location on San Francisco.
  5. m

    mtwalameda

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant is so lovely. Brilliant service. Consistently well-prepared food. A well-priced, small restaurant perfectly located for theater, shopping and sight-seeing near Union Square.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening! Great food and service. The food was fresh, ample and flavorful.
  7. t

    theater3

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After theater
  8. f

    fizbingirl

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had one of the most delicious meals on our trip here. We ordered a bottle of the Banfi Chianti Classico, bruschetta, split the spinach pancetta salad, penne bolognese, conchiglie gorgonzola and ended with the flourless chocolate cake (tasted just like the old Narsi David's chocolate decadence!) and spumoni gelato. They used very fresh and flavorful ingredients and the portions were generous. We had entree leftovers to enjoy the next day. Would recommend getting there when they first open or after the dinner rush. It was very crowded around 6 pm on a Sunday night. They have a small dining room and the tables are tightly packed. But well worth that inconvenience. The service was friendly and efficient too. Even though it was packed and people were lined up out the door, they didn't rush us.
  9. DK

    DeborahK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely outstanding!! The food was amazing the service great. Highly recommend and will be back! Small space but worth it!!! No full bar….
  10. k

    kirstyh

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Small Italian next door to our hotel - it was packed every night so we thought we would give it a go. They pack people in so it’s quite a squeeze but it was an issue for us. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was ok. Move place for a quick dinner but nothing fancy.
  11. J

    Jonathan

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I live in New Orleans and visit San Francisco 3-4 times per year for personal travel and relaxation. I always eat at Cesario’s on my first nite in town. I love the Food. I generally dine solo. The restaurant is so small and so crowded that as a solo diner I was not attended to with the frequency that the other tables were. I had to ask 2 people for an extra napkin and a drink refill. Overall it is a great restaurant. The food is fantastic. Thank you.
  12. F

    Foodie4fun

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. Awesome atmosphere. Fantastic service. A cozy little authentic Italian place in the heart of San Francisco. Should not be missed.
  13. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have come to really love this restaurant. The food and service are consistently excellent, and the prices are reasonable for what you get.
  14. m

    mm2018

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best Italian I’ve found this close to Union Square
  15. MH

    MelindaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the most delicious conchiglie with smoke salmon. The waiter suggested the house red wine and it was perfect with my pasta. I highly recommend this authentic Italian restaurant.
  16. A

    Abelardo

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Un lugar muy agradable, con buena comida y aprecios Razonables para estar en el centro de San Francisco
  17. l

    localdiner

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed lunch at this restaurant near my hotel. It's a lovely restaurant. I had a Turkey Panini and glass of wine. Food was quite good and decent wine list. Worth a future visit when in the area.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great service and excellent food. Most of the tables/seating is cramped and very closely arranged seating area.
  19. c

    carolync

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, service, very tight quarters…
  20. KA

    KALA

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot for dinner before a show. Service was attentive, food was good and nice atmosphere. I would certainly go back.
  21. R

    Roxie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cozy ambiance, great service and the food was awesome! Perfect portions allowed us to split their excellent house made tiramisu!
  22. ER

    EricR

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Neighborhood gem. Great swordfish special, fresh, seasoned and cooked perfectly. Highly recommend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our favorite place when we visit SF
  24. T

    Traveller

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Prices a bit on the high side like $15 for a caesar salad that we were told would be enough for two but really wasn't. Nice ambience where we sat but others were next to people as if they were together and weren't, tables were very close to one another but we were lucky to sit by the window. Overall between 3-4/5.
  25. TG

    TravelGirl

    Kansas City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming little restaurant with very good food and service. I had the Swordfish special and it was delicious! Every enjoyed their meal of chicken parmesan and gnocchi with mushrooms. If we lived here this would be a regular option for us.
  26. M

    Michelle

    Central Coast

    66 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The seafood pasta was lacking in flavor even though it was full of Manila clams and mussels. The seafood paella was more like a risotto- the flavor was better than the pasta. The tiramisu was awful!! We had dined here many years past - it was sooo goood - which is why we came back when we were in SFO. They must have a new chef. :( We will definitely not coming back here!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food and very nice staff. We got a nice rable for two and enjoyed the evening
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked to cozy feel and the food was great!
  29. J

    Joules

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Old school Italian restaurant with delicious food. Staff was very attentive, owner roamed the table checking in and ensuring we had everything. The restaurant was full and tables are fairly close together, but honestly that's what makes the ambiance in this little gem, coupled with good home style Italian cooking!
  30. KS

    KevinS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Take reservations and make you wait an hour. Owner aloof and cold. Not worth the effort.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pear salad was fresh and tasty. Happy to see they were agreeable to swapping out past/polenta for more veggies.. Tuscan chicken was overcooked and dried out but sauce with artichokes, garlic, sun dried tomatoes in olive oil helped . Service was excellent and value was acceptable.
  32. E

    Enjoylife

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is very small so we made reservations. They have an extensive wine list and great variety on menu. My husband had chicken parm, which he raved about. I ordered Tuscan chicken and it was delicious. We shared a tiramisu for dessert as the perfect end to our great dining experience.
  33. m

    mtwalameda

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is a lovely , small family owned restaurant. The service was perfect. The prices very fair. The owner is just so welcoming. Our food was very well prepared— traditional Italian fare—perfectly executed!
  34. B

    joelB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    The food was pedestrian. I had the lamb shank and the meat was stringy and tasteless. The food prices were good but that is probably because the food was poor.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw the play To Kill a Mockingbird and wanted a delicious meal and were not disappointed
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice food and characterful interior
  37. C

    Charles

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice solid Italian food, generous portions, very good service, leisurely dining for before the theater.
  38. CM

    CynthiaMoHill

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Intimate old school SF Restaurant amazing food carpaccio was great
  39. AB

    AlanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful little gym in the heart of Is San Francisco.
  40. EA

    EATS4BB3

    San Francisco

    321 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    321 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Training new staff, service was iffy. Food was very good

FAQs

Cesario's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Cesario's is rated 4.4 stars by 1226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Cesario's

601 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mason

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.

  • Public transit

    1 block from the Powell/Sutter Cable Car stop. #2 & #3 Muni Bus Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-9898

  • Catering

    We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (415) 624-9142

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