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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

5
4
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Authentic (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
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Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Comfort Food (10)
Casual (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We always eat at Cesario's after the tree lighting at Union Square. The food is excellent. There is something for everyone on the menu. The restaurant is very small, so reservations are a must.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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!!

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·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Outstanding dining experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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
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 (San Francisco)·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
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·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
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·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
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 (Charleston)·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
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 (Montana)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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
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 (Chicago)·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
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