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About Cesario's

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.

601 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Mason

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 441-9898

Website:
http://www.nobhilldining.com/Cesarios/Welcome.htm

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Henry

Private Party Facilities:
Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.

Private Party Contact:
Alex: (415) 624-9142

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

Cesario's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Authentic (22)
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Pre/post Theatre (20)
Good for a Date (18)
Casual (17)
Comfort Food (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Unpretentious Italian restaurant with good menu choices.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Business lunch. Great location and outstanding food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

MET NY EXPECTATION. HAD A BUSINESS LUNCH FOR TWO AND WE WERE BOTH VERY PLEASED.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Very friendly service. Fast and delicious. A good value for downtown San Francisco.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is a warm and inviting restaurant with excellent comfort food. Their bread with olive oil dip is is especially good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went here on NYE so expected it to be busy. We were sat within 5 minutes of our reservation time which was great. Service was fast and friendly. I had the chicken parm which was well seasoned and very flavorful. My wife had the smoked salmon pasta which she also very much enjoyed. Overall a great experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had dinner on New Year's Ev e with 6 of us. The place was packed (not unexpected) which was fine. Service was great. Food was very good. But they've got tables crammed into every possible space. Because our table was large, we were in a fine spot but some of the tables were tucked into spots not intended for tables. Anyway, food was good. Calamari excellent. Lasagna very good.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very small space with a lot of tables squeezed in! We were a party of 2 and out table was so close to the next table of 2 that you would have thought us a table of 4!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tables are too close together, food was average at best, definitely not worth the money.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous. The owner was very attentive and food great. Comfortable, good dinner music. We will return as we often do.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was amazing! We really enjoyed the food and service was great as well. You can tell the owner takes pride in his restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Absolutely fabulous. From the atmosphere to the service and the food. Everything great. Wonderful menu and a great local spot not far from Union Square. I visit here at least twice everyone I am in SF.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Not much atmosphere and a little crowded but very good pasta and tiramisu!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service and awesome food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Busy at first as we couldn't be seated at our reservation time. Delicious food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate here on Christmas Eve. It was the first time we dined here and we were very impressed. The food is excellent and the service as well. For such a busy night they were gracious and attentive. We will be coming back through out the year! And the manager was very accommodating as we had reservations at seven but wanted to come earlier and he got us in right away. The atmosphere is great- not too big and noisy but lively enough. It has a cozy feel to it- perfect for a special occasion or just a delicious meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is a little gem with superb food excellent wine and very friendly staff. It made for a memorable Christmas Eve

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Utterly fantastic. One of the best authentic neighborhood Italian restaurants in San Francisco. Every time I am in town I must visit this great place. The staff is friendly, genuine and the chef top notch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Everything was fantastic, but they first sat us down at a table we specifically did not want. Only when those occupants left, did we get the table we reserved and confirmed twice. Don't count on the table they promise.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Overall, was good, not great, & we arrived few minutes early, saw open table, they refused to seat us! That table sat empty for more than 30 minutes.
Cannot believe they made us wait. Food was on the bland side, but ok. Was crowded, but it was in central location. Our server was very good, but again, cannot believe they don’t move tables along, even when we arrived just before our reservation.
Coming from NYC, it just makes no sense how a business doesn’t fill every seat as their reservations enter, rather than let us stand & wait, while staring at an empty table the entire time. And to boot, there is no waiting area! You’re pushed outside.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

This restaurant had great service and even better food. It has been a year since I lived in Italy and this was by far the most authentic Italian food I have had in the States. Portions are not ridiculously oversized and it can be perfect for family or a romantic date.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Notify Cesario's if you are running late. I was recently 5 minutes late and found that Cesario's had given away my table and notified Open Table that I was a no-show, without attempting to contact me.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Servers were not friendly at all. The veal piccata, risotto and vegetables were bland with hardly any flavor. The latte's didn't even come with a biscotti.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was great. Had a nice lunch special menu. Small and cozy, quiet so 4 women could talk.
Had their lobster raviolis, yummy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Exceptional service and food. Make a reservation, space and tables are limited

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Cesario's is a nice restaurant, with good food and a convenient location. My friend and I each had a sandwich, not outstanding, but good. The French Fries were steak cut, I prefer them a bit thinner. Service was very good. I ordered coffee and it tasted old, so the server brought me an "Americano", a bit better. It was not overly crowded, but there were enough customers to make us feel comfortable.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We have been to Cesarios on many occasions. We are usually there on a weekend and it is usually packed and moderately noisy. This visit was on a Monday and it was not crowded and quiet. However, we go there for the excellent Italian food. And it was up to its usual high standards. Food is always excellent as is the service. If you like Italian food , if you haven't tried Cesarios, you are missing a great meal.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Not what it was advertised as romantic special restaurant. Sat at table in middle of room with another couple's table less than 6" away. Perhaps reviews come from those who get a booth (only 3 or 4)??

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nice place, only problem is it is small and we waited about 15 minutes even with a reservation. They were thankful for our patience though.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The pasta was delicious. The pasta and prawns almost had more prawns than my daughter could eat --- a first. The lasagna had an tasty twist --- polenta instead of pasta. And even the old standby spaghetti and meatballs was good. The salad was tossed with the dressing so everything was dressed, so much better than the blob on top. It's a small space and they fill it, so don't expect to spread out. The bread could have been better --- something more rustic and warm.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The Florentine ravioli were dry and pasty filling with no flavor and not good pasta or sauce
The seared prawn were very good, fresh and cooked just right with a delicious sauce.
Their oil dip was very good but the bread was plain flour and water soft bread

Tags: Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great menu selection, great food. Great price. Large portions. Friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It took quite a while before anyone came to take our drink order, but once we did get attention things flowed very well. We stopped here for dinner before a show. This is definitely old school SF Italian. The food and beverage is traditional and delicious in a guilty pleasure sort of way. I don’t know when I last had white bread that white and processed. The salads are large. Ask them to easy on the dressing. We had the spinach salad with pancetta and that could have been a whole meal if one wasn’t very hungry. We also had crab cakes, chicken parmesan, and spaghetti with meat balls. My husband likes that last dish. I didn’t. Overall, it’s a fine place to go if you don’t need a foodie experience. Avoid the table by the bathroom, the one by the front door, or outside.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Cesario’s is a small restaurant with many items on the menu. The fish entree was excellent , but the veal Marsala was bland. The dessert was excellent. Overall I would give it 3 and half stars

Tags: Authentic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Outstanding service and excellent food, we always visit Cesario`s when in San Francisco.
This time we had Penne Bolognese which was awesome, and Penne Ariabiata which were a little bit too spicy for our taste.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Small quiet restaurant, @ 12-15 tables. I am guessing that our waiter was also the owner. I can only describe him as a "elegant" gentleman. Great location-corner of Sutter and Mason. First floor but above street level. So good place to watch the street activities. I would definitely go back again and again !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was a very festive, inviting, quaint restaurant. There were four of us, two had veal and Lobster Raviollis and said they were outstanding, the other friend and I had the seafood salad, it was high disappointing. I know its an Italian place but this sounded good to us seafood lovers. I want to go back it was a fun experience, just will order differently.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant is a jewel, right in the heart of the Union Square and theater district. Every item was true to traditional Italian cuisine but with a modern influence of healthy and tasteful additions. The restaurant staff were always very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Ok food...wouldn't go again

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We make a dinner reservation at Caesarios whoever we are in SF. The food and service are wonderful, and you won't find a better value near Union Square. We leave feeling full, happy and looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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