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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
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Casual (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Comfort Food (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Great chicken parm!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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service4
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·Dined 4 days ago

Small but cozy place to have a comfortable dinner with friends

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Lasagna and ravioli brought by a friendly wait staff

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

We were visiting from Vegas and the food was fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

One year anniversary dinner. Wish we got a window seat but instead we were by the kitchen despite making reservations. Food was good. Prices were high but par for the city. Flourless chocolate cake was good. Good service.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Four of us dined at Cesario's to celebrate my birthday. We all enjoyed our meals and left nothing on our plates! My Chicken Marsala with Risotto was delicious. My husband had the Chicken Parmesan which I tasted and it was also very good. Our waitress was cordial and service was great. I am pretty picky with food because I consider myself a good cook. The only thing that I could say was not perfect was that my chicken could have been more tender. There were three of what I would call cutlets of breast meat that would seem to be of that size due to pounding them which would have made them more tender. So I'm not sure why the chicken was a little too firm. But the Marsala was so delicious that I was able to put that aside and enjoy the meal.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Supurb food and service. Chateau St Jean Chardonnay should be listed as California not Sonoma as on the wine menu. Still a good value.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great service , great food and nice quiet atmosphere ( we were there early though at 5:30 on a week night) Chicken Picatta was some of the best i’ve had... smooth, great flavored sauce.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had an early dinner before Theater. We are locals, but somehow had never eaten at or known of Cesario’s; we will definitely return. Loved the small neighborhood feel, generosity us portions and tasty Italian entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

i always enjoy this restaurant. I go to the theatre in the neighborhood and it is convenient and good food.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

We were in San Francisco for a conference and decided to go to a play at the San Francisco Playhouse and we wanted to get a little dinner first. We made an excellent choice! Dinner was quick and delicious!! i had the butternut squash ravioli which was delicious and my sister had the Eggplant Parmesan which was also delicious!! i had the house Pinot Grigio. We were happy that we had booked our reservation on Open Table as the dining room filled up quickly. It was a little loud when it was full but we were fine and we made it to our show on time. Thank you for the delicious dinner and wonderful attentive service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great menu selection, all our meals were delicious, good service, reasonable prices.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always a great dinning experience. The food is the best in the city. The staff is great and as always, my go to place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cesarios' never disappoints whether for lunch or dinner. Right next to Marines' Memorial so very convenient for events there. Service always good - even if the staff is a little harried as the place is tiny but very busy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

They don't make them like that any more. Unfortunately.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Dinner at Cesario Brasserie on a Friday evening was a delightful experience. The restaurant is relatively small with a modest decor and a friendly staff. The resulting environment is that of a small family operated village restaurant. The meat lasagna was excellent. The price was reasonable considering the location near Union Square. Recommended for a comfortable and enjoyable dinner, but do not expect a fine dining experience.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Unpretentious Italian restaurant with good menu choices.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great Italian neighborhood restaurant, service is efficient and friendly. I ordered pasta which I loved and portion was generous. Tables are a bit close together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·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 7, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 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 27, 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 25, 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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service and awesome food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 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 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 20, 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 18, 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 16, 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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