Cesario's

4.5
936 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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vipBobS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tiny place with excellent food and service. We enjoyed every bite. We’d recommend it wholeheartedly.

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JJosO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and reasonably priced

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vipRichardR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cesario's is one of my favorite Italian restaurant - and in San Francisco that is saying a lot. It is small and can be (and was) crowded, but they handle the crowd well. The bar is limited. I had a very good veal marsala. They have good lasagna as well as piccata and parmesan dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Wonderful meal. Wonderful service. We will be back! I can see how they’ve stayed in business for 20 years.

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brandcran
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Ended our day exploring San Francisco and thankful we had reservations. They got us in right away and on time for our reservation. We ordered the bruschetta and caprese for appetizers and they were amazing. For dinner, we had chicken parmigiana, NY Strip and spinach ravioli and all dishes were delicious. Chicken parm was done if the best we have ever had! Service was ok at best. Had the service been better, this would have been 5 stars for sure as the food deserves 10/10!

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FranciscoG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Muy buena comida, un restaurante sin pretensiones, muy buen servicio, definitivamente volveré,

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Started with Parmesan Garlic Bread (cheesy and garlicy); had the Swordfish Special as recommended by EVE (she never let me run out of water) and the Swordfish (was not over cooked or dry); with the Wilted Spinach and Garlic (asked for extra garlic and got it) finished with the Lemoncello cake (interesting but good) I am not much of a desert person.

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Joey
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The restaurant was small but quaint, the sauce/gravy was ok. Dessert was delicious!

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vipblainh
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon piccata was amazing!!

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MikeT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was timely and efficient. Staff was friendly and attentive.

Food was very good.
Prices were great for the quality of the meals.

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vipChrisR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an incredible hidden gem in San Francisco. Small, cozy and the food was to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The lobster ravioli was wonderful.

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FamilyG
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Arrived for our 7:15 reservation to find a full restaurant and no tables open. After waiting outside for 30 minutes we were finally seated. Service was slow but polite. Food was mixed with my wife having lasagna that was cold in the middle. My penne bolognese did not have much flavor. My son did enjoy his linguine with clams.

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JPAS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner at Cesario's. Food and service were excellent. Ambiance was good, but not 5 stars. Had a good selection of moderately priced wines.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is very very small and does not practice social distancing in anyway. They had a different party sit right next to us like 2 inches apart(not even 2 ft). Also place is dingy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy place for dinner. Make reservations because its worth it. Veal Parmesan was really good. Gson had NY Strip steak. Loved it. Staff was attentive and checked on us Very often. Good food, good staff, good overall experience. Recommend.

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vipNavin
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had reservations, but had to wait a little. Small place. Was a little nervous as had tickets to a show, but told we had to leave by certain time and they made it happen. Overall food and service was great.

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vipLaurieW
Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live this place. Skip dessert. Polenta lasagne to die for.

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KathrynD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. Very cozy atmosphere. Maybe like 10 tables in the whole place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dishes! Loved the salmon piccata and butternut squash ravioli! Highly recommend

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vipJosephA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day. Great good. Ample portions. Wide selection of food. Quiet efficient service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Server was very nice. Food was really mediocre. We were very surprised given level of reviews. Only reason we don’t give higher for service is 30 min wait for our reservation and then trying to turn our table

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was wonderful. Had the chicken piccata and squash ravioli and was very flavorful. We have been to this restaurant on several occasions with a reservation and they have always been very good about seating my family shortly after the reservation time except today. We were a bit disappointed with the over an hour wait pass our reservation time and the food delay.

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vipGreg
Seattle
153 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great quaint neighborhood corner restaurant except it is in SF near USquare. Excellent service, extreme value and made food upon request off menu. A great cannot miss place

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KaySG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Stick to the Italian menu -- the salads were disappointing, as was the ministrone.

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Aptbroker1
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My first time at Cesario's, and I was super impressed! The beef strogonoff was the best I have ever eaten (and I have tried many versions, homemade and resto)! The mixed salad was wonderful as well. The atmosphere is really wonderful, homey and exotic at the same time. The owner and my waitron were both attentive and friendly. Overall, I was happy and satisfied by my meal. I can't wait to bring my wife with me the next time in San Franciso!

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lisaakio
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service. Sweet people working there. Make a reservation bc the place is crowded. The food was amazing and quick

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KathyS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had 2 amazing dinners here during our week long vacation in San Francisco. Super close to our hotel, charming locale, delicious food. Portions were generous and everything tasted delicious. Both nights we started with caprese salad- pure freshness! Just the right amount of basil and balsamic!
The 2nd visit I had minestrone and a chicken Caesar. Both were delicious. Soup was hot and veggie filled. Salad had lots of chicken and just the right amount of dressing. We finished off dinner with a fabulous fruit dessert- with a fancy name I can’t remember!

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vipAnnie
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good neighborhood find. Food OK, portions large. Place was cramped and very dated.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was terrific food and service.

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TomM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Cozy, locals favorite.

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FEFS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Bolognese, ravioli, parmesan, and desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and the ambiance were great. The servers were very friendly and accomodating. The only drawback is that the food takes too long to come out. Overall, the restaurant is cozy.

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RobinK
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful paella! Service was outstanding. We had a person in a wheelchair plus a baby in our party and the staff made accommodations in their small space. We had a great evening.

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EricaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Arrived at 7:45 for an 8:00 reservation. Had to wait until around 8:30 for a table. Service was fast and friendly and food was spectacular. You can get food this good for 3x the price in the city so I was very happy with our bill. I left my debit card and the restaurant returned it the next day. Thank you.

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Bette
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a charming "old Italy" place. The staff was very welcoming...great location! The food was delicious....one of our friends who was with us had the ravioli and said it was the best he had ever had in his life!! We had a great table, great service!! I had the vongole and had at least 2 doz clams...delicious!!

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Started with the Pear Salad (good), then the Truffle Gnocchi(outstanding), then the Tuscan Chicken(very good), finished with the Tiramisu (tasty)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
228 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised, have gone the the theater next door many times and this place was always crowded pre-theater. Finally got to try Cesarios as my after Burke Williams Spa Day eatery (Puccini&Pinetti) has closed. Had the Lobster Ravioli, Steamed Clams & Mussels, the Garlic Parmesan bread and the Limoncello cake. Have found a new after spa dining place. service was great, COVID-19 was followed. I will be back.

FAQs

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

Cesario's is rated 4.5 stars by 936 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.