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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.
2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.
1 block from the Powell/Sutter Cable Car stop. #2 & #3 Muni Bus Stop.
Private Party Facilities:
Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.
Private Party Contact:
Alex: (415) 624-9142
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine
Cesario's Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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 !
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.
Very busy night with Black Friday and in the fabulous shopping district of San Francisco. There was a back up with reservations but the owner did a great job of getting people seated and was concerned that we had to wait a little bit and even discounted our bill. The food and service was great and a great neighborhood find.. I recommend it!
Very happy with our dinner.
We had reservations however on a busy evening. Unfortunately they were overbooked and we had to be seated outside where there are just two small tables. Normally fine but there were people standing everywhere and vehicles traveling fast right next to us.
We had a great family get-together here. The place is not large but we had an excellent table. I had the butternut squash ravioli- really, really good. The veal piccata and fettuccine Alfredo were excellent as well. The salads were big enough to share and the drinks were tasty.
We were quite satisfied with our first visit to Cesarios. Comfortable atmosphere and the dishes we selected (Veal Marsala and Broiled salmon risotto) both were outstanding and delicious. We'll add Cesarios to our top priority list of Union Square/Theater district restaurants of San Francisco.
My husband and I have been to Italy many times. Cesario's reminded us so much of restaurants we've enjoyed in Milan and Florence. The atmosphere, the food - even the owner - authentic! We both ordered the salmon with white wine and capers, served with risotto and sauteed spinach: excellent! For dessert, my husband had a wonderful Tiramisu, and I had creme brulee'...Yes, it's a well-known French dessert: but it, too, was absolutely delicious! So, if you're looking for an authentic European dining experience (as opposed to one the many "ethnic-inspired-cooking-show-eateries" that are sweeping the nation) - then do visit Cesario's. Real Italian, right in San Fransisco.
This resturant is conveniently located close to Union Square, and that is where we are usually staying. It's nice to be able to walk and not have to find parking or pay for Uber. The food and service are excellent, but it is quite pricey for our family of five. Regardless of the price we will be back!!
We were 10 minutes late which I understand, but first they denied I had a reservation, until I pulled it up on my phone. Then they did not seem to know what to do until they finally offered us a table that seemed to include two other guests who were already sitting at the table. It was clear they had given my table away and said we would have to wait even though the restaurant was not very full. So we left and found another restaurant that would appreciate our business. I will never return.
Although I've eaten lunch here several times, this was the first time I had dinner here. The lobster ravioli were still excellent; I ordered seafood risotto which had lots of seafood in it but the rice was not as creamy as I would have liked - a little dry. Usually their canolli are great but I found the shells a bit had this time (they don't make their own). I will always go back though as it is right next to Marines' Memorial so is very convenient for programs there. There are only about a dozen table in the restaurant so make sure you make reservations or you will have a long wait!
I've eaten here several times. The food is always authentic and the staff always friendly and helpful. It's a small restaurant in San Francisco, which means they have to turn around tables and fit in as many as possible, so it's a little tight spacially and sometimes you may have to wait even if you make a reservation. All in all, this is not a restaurant for uptight foodies, it's for people who like a lively atmosphere, authentic Italian quality food, and not caring about the small stuff.
We were staying at the Marine's Memorial, and also seeing a show there on a Saturday night. We hadn't made dinner plans, but this corner restaurant is in the same building and it looked absolutely charming. We had no reservation and the restaurant was filling up. But, we were warmly welcomed by the Maitre d and felt lucky to get a corner booth. I am vegan and they were very helpful with that; I had vegetables and pasta and my husband had a classic Italian veal dish. We will definitely go again but this time with a reservation!
Hey thank you Cesario's. We returned to your restaurant twice during our holiday in San Francisco and had great meals both times. We had been to Cesario's on a previous trip a couple of years ago and found the service, atmosphere and food to be as good the second and third times around! We will be back again. Thank you. Regards, Ally and Mike
Actually dined here twice during 5 days in SF. The first time because it was late (9:50 pm) on Wednesday night and we could see it from the hotel door. Restaurant closes @ 10:00 pm. We were jovially greeted and assured of no problem with late arrival. Food and wine were first rate, service was amiable and efficient. So we came back three days later and als had a very nice meal.
What a lovely downtown restaurant. Staff was attentive and food was freshly prepared and very good. A problem with my entrée (which might have been my fault) was rectified swiftly and with a smile and lots of concern. We enjoyed a very lovely meal before heading to the Hotel Rex for a cabaret show.
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