Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.04mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.09mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.03mi
  2. Distance: 0.04mi
  3. Distance: 0.07mi
  4. Distance: 0.09mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Cozy (15)
Good for a Date (15)
See All
Authentic (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Business Meals (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Fun (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Sort by
S
416 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Really great food with a neighborhood ambience. It's the real deal with authentic Italian food. Good service too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined 6 days ago

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!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
·Dined on November 13, 2017

I don’t know why this restaurant got such good reviews. Bread was almost inedible (dry and plain) and pasta dishes were unremarkable at best. Service was good and quick, but food fell short.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value3

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

vip
·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food wasn't bad but not great. They do not know how to make Risoto.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Stopped in for a quick meal before a show and really loved everything about this place. Will certainly go back in the future to try more things on the menu. A gem and a find.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

Outstanding dining experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lovely food - massive portions. The area is cramped but adds to ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 13, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a very relaxing evening at this quaint restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was excellent we will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great ambiance. The food was good and dessert was amazing. We had the Lemoncello cake.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on October 3, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 29, 2017

We always stay near this restaurant when visiting San Francisco and eat here each time. Diverse menu and delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent food and service, we will definitely be back the next time we are in town. This was the best meal that we had on a 4 day trip to San Francisco!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

I liked Cesario's very much. I would definitely recommend it to those who love Italian food. I am very picky about Italian food and this restaurant's lasagna was fabulous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent service, we had our watress so concerned about initial seating she offered to move us to a more comfortable window seat before our dinner came. Will never forget that-or the food!

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
·Dined on September 4, 2017

Wir haben unseren Abend im Cesario's genossen, raus aus dem Trubel.
Man sitzt schon sehr eng an einigen Tischen, was uns nun nicht so gestört hat. Das essen jedenfalls war von gutem Geschmack wie auch von guter Qualität!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
·Dined on September 2, 2017

Just hope that the ambient temperature outside isn't above 90 degrees since they have no air conditioning.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had a 6:30 p.m. weeknight reservation and were glad we did. The place was almost full when we arrived. It's small -- seats about 50. Terrific pear salad on the menu and we both had a special: lamb shank provencal, quite good. We could see that all portions are large. Reasonable wine list. The kitchen is somewhat open to the dining room and some sound carries, but it wasn't a negative for us. Well run by the maitre'd and the service was warm and professional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 28, 2017

Over priced, below average food that was served on a cold plate meaning it cooled very quickly. I was also sat next to an open window that accelerated the cooling of the food. I was about to be sitted on a corner table (I had booked) when another server told a blatant lie to seat a couple there, who hadn't booked, not very impressive.

The only positive would be that the servers were very attentive.

I wouldn't go back personally, even the Cheesecake Factory would be a better option than this !

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service4
value1

vip
·Dined on August 27, 2017

Too cramped to be comfortable. Service is lackluster.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service2
value2

 
·Dined on August 23, 2017

Un italien sans plus. Un plat de pâtes avec un peu trop de crème. Des beignets de calamars corrects. Pas trop de bruit même si la salle est petite, venu en soirée.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
·Dined on August 22, 2017

We really enjoyed the small restrauant. The food was very good and reasonable priced. It was a little warm in the restaurant was are only complaint

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 16, 2017

Das Essen war lecker. Personal freundlich. Etwas eng.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 14, 2017

Good Italian food. The tables were a little small and too close together. I am glad that no one was seated next to us. we picked a couple of favorites for dinner ( Veal Saltimbocca and Veal Marsala) we were not disappointed in either case. Our server was friendly and attentive, assisting with the menu choices.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 14, 2017

YUMMY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTR
BBcccxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 12, 2017

Traditional Italian food with very large portions. Friendly staff and host.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 10, 2017

Best Italian food in the city. Salmon Piccata is amazing.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
·Dined on August 7, 2017

Nice ambiente. Good Service. Not noisy. Food and wine ok.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food, drink and service. 👍👍 Highly recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 6, 2017

Very attentive servers and owner/manager greeted us upon arrival. Food was delicious and wine was lovely. Great place for our wedding anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
·Dined on August 6, 2017

Tight place with only about a dozen tables. Food was great, service excellent. Good value, overall excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value5

 
·Dined on August 6, 2017

In walking distance of parking and theaters. We were seated right away even though we arrived earlier than our reservation.

Prices were in line with quality and quantity of food served.

Will definitely eat here again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 5, 2017

Italian restaurant with real italian taste and a well targeted (gentle rated 👍🏻) wine list.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
·Dined on August 2, 2017

Got there early for a lovely quiet meal. So nice to be able to talk.

Tags: Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.