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Cesario's

4.4
4.4
1167 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

11:30 PM


Booked 14 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 1,167 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I have absolutely no clue who the people that are leaving anything above a one star review could be. Maybe they have never eaten in a restaurant before or have only eaten prison or cafeteria food. First off the place is so run down and shabby that ALL the old framed pictures on the walls are faded from sunlight and the ceilings are covered in watermarks from leaks. The bathroom art work, cheap posters from the 70s are covered in graffiti. Even the fake silk plants are covered in dust and faded from age. Looks like a gas station bathroom. Which is inches from the kitchen and smells. The kitchen is old rusty and shabby and with equipment that looks like it was installed in the 50s. Now to the food. We ordered $16 dollar Caesar salads with old, limp and yellow lettuce, and watery flavorless dressing. When it hit the table my jaw dropped. Literally a boxed salad at the airport newsstand looks fresher and more appetizing (see picture) We then had so called garlic bread. Soggy pieces of the leftover cheap stale bread they serve with dinner, reconstituted with some cheese melted on it. No oil, no toasting no seasoning and no garlic. Like your child would make in a toaster oven. Actually worse than that. The rest of the meal, pastas were over cooked and left in the water too long it tasted like. The whole meal was nauseating and went mostly left over. I've had better food on an airplane. We only went because it had three stars and was close to the Curran theater. Which is probably 90% of their business. Honestly an Olive Garden is 1000x the quality and a lot cheaper. I'm No foodie and no snob. This place is a dive. Don't waste your money or time in this greasy spoon. One glance inside and we should have walked away. An owner who won't even spend a few dollars to clean or paint his place or remove graffiti from his only restroom is not someone who cares. Don't indulge them with further business.
  2. DM

    DianeM

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A lovely meal when it arrived had to wait 40 minutes between starters and main meal. It is very small and tables very close together so it feels like you are sharing a table. However, the food was excellent
  3. g

    golfgirl

    Sacramento

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cesario's has delicious food and service. Small restaurant but have some small tables outside too. Food delivered promptly on a busy night.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Da italiano mi aspettavo poco dal cibo invece abbiamo mangiato delle ottime bruschette e una rivisitazione della carbonara che è comunque risaltata molto gradevole. La cottura della pasta era perfetta Consiglio anche agli Italiani Alessandro
  5. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third time at this neighborhood gem. It's walking distance from the San Francisco Playhouse. The service and food are very good, and reasonably priced. This visit was the busiest we have ever seen it! Good for them. It's a small restaurant, so I would highly recommend reservations.
  6. B

    Bill

    Orange County

    266 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    266 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cesario's is a relatively small restaurants with tables close to each other. Private conversation is especially difficult. Not a restaurant for large groups. Food is good but not exceptional and the portions are amble. Price is reasonable. Conclusion is that Cesario's is a good restaurant for an informal dinner but do no expect a fine dining experience.
  7. CV

    CityVisitor

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious pasta dishes and appetizers. Our server was attentive and the food came out quite quick. We ate there before the theatre and the staff made sure we were done in time. It was a pleasant surprise.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there for the first time as the “dinner phase” of my nieces Bachelorette Party. The restaurant is small and intimate. All of our dinners were amazing! Stated with the polenta & crab cakes (my niece’s first time …had never had either…not in my watch!)… so delicious! Mains: One of us had meat lasagna, one had steak, one had fettuccine, and one had chicken Parmesan. OMG!!! All sooo good. We didn’t have time for dessert (dang it). The waitstaff was great & very accommodating of our time restraints (we had exactly one hour til our next destination). We made sure we tipped her WELL to show our appreciation of her thoughtful service. Would I ever come back to this restaurant even though I don’t live in the city??? YESSIREEEE…ABSOLUTELY….YES, YES, YES!
  9. CA

    CatA

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service! Food was great, but portions far too big. Cozy restaurant, but we were fortunate to be seated in a booth which made for a wonderful dining experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It was fine. The food nothing special, the service pleasant. Cheesecake arrived frozen solid - 'that's how they tell us to serve it', explained the maitre d'. There's little that's Italian about this Chinese-run restaurant, which is fine, just don't expect a restaurant with any kind of Italian atmosphere.
  11. TF

    TimFitz

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great wine. Great staff. Always a great time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice experience
  13. AC

    AntonioC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great place! nice friendly staff, good sized portions, very flavorful good. Close to garage parking (across the street) and the theaters -we were going to see the Harry Potter play and it's 2 streets away. We really liked it and plan to go again!
  14. EA

    EATS4BB3

    San Francisco

    299 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    299 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salmon Piccata, side of Shrimp and Cheesie Garlic Bread with a half Kenwood Merlot. They have started to rinse the Capers so the Piccata was NOT too salty this time. Food was good, service was GREAT.
  15. AA

    AnchorsAway

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Overall everything was good. Please be aware this place is TINY. We sat down and it felt like the 2 tables next to us were actually a part of our table. If you are worried about COVID there are two 2 seaters tables outside but that is all.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Been waiting very long time and late arrival groups took a table faster than us due to more people.
  17. c

    charlesf

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We had reservations for 5:30 we were seated and water and bread came immediately . It took a while for our server to come over . I notice serving staff has changed from the last time we were there. Weren’t the most friendly or willing to interact . We started with the clam and muscle appetizer . Delicious And the garlic bread . Delicious I had the Veal Marsala . Very good . Wife had the beaf bolognese. It was just ok . We finished with the limoncello cake which was fabulous . It’s a charming place . Hidden gem . I’ll be going back
  18. MK

    MadisonK

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is very good!! The alfredo with pesto cream was to die for.
  19. HG

    HungryGamesLA

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious and perfect place for our pre theater menu. Quiet and small restaurant and the food was delicious. Needed a little extra seasoning to make it perfect. Charming service
  20. JV

    JonathanV

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Italian off the beaten track.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and great size portions!
  22. DL

    DonaldL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious - my only issue was there were 5 things on the menu I wanted and I only have 1 stomach.
  23. c

    caligirl

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great meal! Will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had dinner here prior to a Broadway show. We loved the ambiance and how quiet it was. The food was outstanding and we’ll definitely be back!
  25. BC

    808BC808

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. The calamari was wonderful.
  26. AM

    AmarisM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I really enjoyed our meal here. It is a cute quiet restaurant with about 13 tables. The food was delicious , the wine list was a little wanting, but still have some nice gems in there. Service wasnt what I expected for the ambience, but it could have been an off day.
  27. CF

    CharlesF

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress… great food. Chef went out of his way to make lobster ravioli for me… even tho it was not on the dinner menu. Tasted amazing. My hubs had eggplant parmigiana and loved it. Limoncello cake for dessert … delish! We have always loved dining here when we stay at the Donatello. Never disappoints!
  28. G

    Gabi

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was really disappointed. We were turned away at the door because they were overbooked. I have no idea if the food is good, but it was our first year anniversary and it nearly ruined our night.
  29. N

    Napagal

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love this place. Delicious food. Great service. Always go when we are in San Francisco. It was packed.
  30. SF

    SFgirl

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There's not many good places to go for lunch downtown anymore so I was happy to find this place. The main courses are $19-22, but they have panninis and great sandwiches for $16-17 that were huge and came with a side. It's also very beautiful inside. We would eat here again.
  31. G

    Gary

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Most visit
  32. CJ

    CJ17

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We have 8pm reservations and had to wait 35 minutes to be seated. Food was good but very close to other tables and loud
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, House Red Wine was tasty, great service.
  34. N

    Nell

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server greeted us and made us feel welcomed. We ordered the Coppola Chardonnay, minestrone soup and the carbonara and Alfredo. All the items were delicious and hot. The ambiance was quiet so we could carry on a conversation without shouting. This was our second visit and we will return again.
  35. N

    Noodles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, etc was all top notch. A bit disappointed no cocktails were available. Related to boycott of Russian goods [since all contain vodka]?
  36. LP

    LoriP

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing evening. The food was flavorful and enjoyable to the eye as well. The service was impeccable. We can’t wait to return.
  37. RR

    RaeRae

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dinner we had in San Francisco!
  38. a

    apinlb

    San Joaquin

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Wonderful service!
  39. SL

    SamL

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    35th Anniversary
  40. KM

    KathleenM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner, near our hotel. Would go again when in San Francisco.

FAQs

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

Cesario's is rated 4.4 stars by 1167 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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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