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Cesario's

4.4
515 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 4:00pm, Friday - Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 441-9898
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Henry
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Private party facilities
Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Alex: (415) 624-9142
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Catering
We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.
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Cross street
Mason
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Parking details
2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.
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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
What 515 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Found on open table. Got a last minute reservation Before a show at the Curran. Got us right in. Food was fabulous! Our server was sweet and prompt. I was so happy to find this hidden gem!!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Found this place on Open Table. It had good ratings so I gave it a try. I really loved this place! It is a small little restaurant with an old school vibe. It is on a corner so is nice and light inside. The tables are close together but it is quiet and easy to talk while eating. The food was delicious! My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The service was prompt and the servers were helpful in making suggestions. I will plan to go back the next time I attend a show in the area.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is an awesome restaurant! We wanted to try a restaurant that was not a chain restaurant. This place is cozy and the atmosphere was the best. The service was great! They never let your water stay half empty and the food was delicious. The staff was very courteous and friendly.

We absolutely will go again!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I was very pleased. The menu offered a good selection of basic Italian dishes. Service was prompt and excellent. In spite of being full and crowded, the noise level was reasonable. Prices were very reasonable. I will return.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

What a fun neighborhood Italian restaurant! We were pleasantly surprised by this little gem!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We always enjoy Caesario. The food is delicious and stars are great!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

great food & service. On my way to something close by and having lived in the neighborhood for years I have never eaten here so glad I was able to experience this neighborhood Jewel!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent dinner. Clam/mussel appetizer was delicious. Almost ate too much bread soaking up the sauce. Entrees were very good. Boneless lamb shank special was tasty and filling. Definitely would return to this restaurant on another trip to SF.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We dined here just before walking next door to the Marines Memorial Theater.
I had asked for a tale off tot he side due to a hearing issue and it was waiting for us...right next to the windows. The wait staff was lovely, The food was great. The location for our evening was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Excellent Italian. Kids loved ravioli florentina and spaghetti with prawns. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love this place. Quality food at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We were in San Fran for one night, and found Cesario's on Yelp. Fortunately, we were able to get a reservation with only one hour's notice. We were seated VERY promptly. The carbonara is the BEST I have ever eaten. The bread is disappointing. Prices were reasonable for a big city. Will definitely return.

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2.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Eggplant was awesome, the other dishes were good. ..We came in and the owner/host was friendly and asked who had reservations; we did and were sat immediately.
Our server had a little bit of a tough time speaking English which is totally fine with us since she and all other servers and entire cooking staff are all Asian. The only person not at this Italian restaurant is the owner/host.
Now for some cons..
I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan and as my side I wanted Polenta.
She said no because it is 2 vegetables & told me I am not allowed to. Which is odd because they have the list of sides below the entrees listed all together.(pasta/polenta) So then I said I would just have the eggplant with Risotto.
She said no because and I quote “Risotto is a vegetable & you can’t have 2 vegetable”
I think the entire human race is aware that Risotto isn’t considered a vegetable but I settled on the angel hair.
Our carpaccio was tough and I didn’t have a knife to cut it so the entire plate sat there until it was removed about 7 minutes after we were seated when the food came out.
My daughter wanted a Shirley Temple but they said they can’t make it.
So she ordered a coke and was brought a sprite.
The meatballs had a meatloaf flavor not an Italian meatball (veal/pork) flavor.
But hey we love Meatloaf so whatever. My Mom’s spaghetti & prawns was awesome and my eggplant was some of the best I’ve ever had in my life.
We brought our own Champagne which we left almost 1/2 bottle because when we didn’t want Desert the bill was immediately brought.
This is an in and out place, I understand because they only have about 12 tables in the entire place and 8 if those only seats 2 people. They have a line of people out the door at all times waiting to come in.
Our entire experience from the door until our uber picked us up was about 50 minutes.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It's a good restaurant near Union Square with a friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great little place to dine in not a fancy place at all felt comfortable enough to enjoy great food

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A great find! Excellent food. Inexpensive wine. Was lucky enough to get the window table for two. Great people watching. Definitely go there again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I loved the polenta lasagna! The veggies with it were crisp and fresh. My friend had the paella and loved it.The service was excellent! I drink a lot of water and my glass was refilled immediately. It's a small restaurant with really good food.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A small, intimate restaurant in Union Square. The food was delicious!! Lovely wine list and very reasonably priced. The Alfredo sauce was the best!! Owner and the staff were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always enjoy eating at Cesario’s when visiting San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

A gem in San Francisco. Superb food. You will not find a better Bolognese sauce in California. Tiramisu was the best I've had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We come to SF every year for 5 days the past 9 years for a conference held at the Marine's Memorial Hotel right next door. We always have at least 2-3 of our dinners here as well as sometimes lunch. I have even ordered food to my room and the manager delivers it! Everything is great and we have had several things on the menu...always fresh, hot and nicely presented. Service is very attentive but not over bearing. We always look forward to coming here! Very highly recommended!
Sharon & Brian Masterson

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

the food was good and the ambiance was cozy. the waitress had a couple of mishaps, but overall did a good job: I think she was training someone but didn't tell us that so it was confusing when the other person brought the dessert menu while we were waiting for our main dishes. also, they didn't ask if we wanted dessert at the end, they just brought the bill. also, my cocktail didn't taste nor seem like it had much nor any alcohol in it. I kept thinking about what was wrong while I was there, but didn't put my finger on it until after we'd left.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Traditional Italian menu produced well cooked food in generous portions at fair prices, good wine list with local &Italian wines

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

As always my favorite place in San Francisco for great Italian food. The service was a little slow tonight but in fairness there were new servers.

Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Wonderful small restaurant. The service was fabulous and the food even better! A pure delight! Highly recommend for couples and friends

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Nice small Italian restaurant near Union Square. Good regular menu and excellent special.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants and because there are only about 12 or so tables, you must make a reservation. I would say to stick to the pasta dishes which are great. I ordered a veal dish this time and although the piccata sauce was very tasty, the veal was a little tough. With the meat dishes though, you get a choice of mashed potaties, risotto or polenta.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great service, delicious food.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Visit at least once per year and always enjoy the tasty food, cheerful staff and good service. The wine list has real bargains. WE both had veal dishes this week. The portions are large and yummy. Look forward to another visit.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Had a reservation for 1 on a Sunday night, quickly seated and terrific service. Veal Parm was great and very reasonably priced. Awesome meal all around.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Always a solid choice in the neighborhood. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cesario's for good Italian food in the Union Square area. We've been going here four about 5 year, and have never been let down.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great chicken parm!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was classic Italian with fresh flavorful sauces .. Excellent pet tale sole.
Love the warm ambience of a small place in the center of town so easily accessible. My guests were impressed !

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was wonderful. The portions were not overwhelming yet not too skimpy. The atmosphere was busy but the seating arrangements allowed for table conversations. We will definitely return when visiting San Francisco next time.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Una cocina de los mas normal. Sin gustos especiales. Niguna sorpresa. Cualquier cocinero amateur cocinaria mejor. Como conocedor diria que a este resto le falta un cocinero con pasion por dar de comer a gente como un regalo con amor y profesion. Absolutamente normal! No volveria

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Small but cozy place to have a comfortable dinner with friends

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great Lasagna and ravioli brought by a friendly wait staff

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Cesario's is a gem of San Francisco. The owner and the wait staff are warm and friendly. The food is outstanding - the best comfort food in town. It's our go-to neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

We were visiting from Vegas and the food was fantastic!

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