Magic Flute

4.8
1031 reviews
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$30 and under
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One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, the Magic Flute, has a new and exciting menu reflecting California-Italian Cuisine. Located in fashionable Presidio Heights, the restaurant with sponge-painted walls and hardwood floors is reminiscent of a family-run trattoria found in a small Tuscan village. Sunlight streams in through large picture windows in the front dining room, and after dark, Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers, imported from Europe, infuse the room with soft light. The equally beautiful rear dining room looks onto a lovely, flower-filled patio with white Italian marble tables and large Italian market umbrellas that make the heated patio the ideal spot for al fresco dining. Phil LaCavera sees to it that service is personal and attentive. The staff also takes great pride in making each party and wedding a memorable occasion. You won’t find a more enchanting ambiance for your special celebration.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Great service. Delicious food. Wonderful afternoon

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ME
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, and a very festive atmosphere; very attentive and knowledgeable server. We were there on an extremely busy Friday, and my clients were elderly. We had a very hard time hearing each other, so we probably would opt for another lunch place for that reason. I will bring other clients, though, who may not mind the decibel level.

:) Melinda Lee | Zephyr Real Estate

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best lunch experience in Pacific Heights.
First rate service, food, ambience, go here!!

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great; Warm greeting on arrival, nice staff and great food. This place is a gem in every regard.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phil is a very gracious host - warm and friendly - staff excellent -it's a repeat for sure.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service, great food

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 3rd time at this fabulous restaurant. I went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary and the brunch was absolutely exquisite. The service was great and the different flavor profiles of all the food was amazing!

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P
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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SO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always a great spot to go for brunch. Try snagging a seat in their patio area.

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BF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality food and service. Friendly comfortable neighborhood restaurant

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OT
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every item order was absolutely delicious! Customer service was excellent. The ambience of this restaurant is as quiet as they come. Don’t forget to order the French toast with strawberries if you go to brunch. The best I’ve ever had!!!! Definitely worth the visit. 🤗

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice service and food ! Been there lots of times always good!

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LI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We three ladies enjoyed a great lunch (the salmon salad was wonderful) and were treated really well by the owner and the waiter. They knew just when to engage and when we wanted to visit with each other. The dessert tray was tempting, and we each selected a different one. They were all very good. We loved this restaurant.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place for a nice, calm brunch atmosphere. It's quiet and soothing, and the staff is great. They are welcoming and the food is very good. Big portions.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perf toon in the neighborhood!

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KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I asked for a quiet stable in the heated patio area since we would be having a private conversation and the server was accommodating.
The heater was on when we were seated but the timer had turned off about 20 minutes after we were seated.
The clam chowder was tasty, the arugula caprese salad was good but the arugula was not the fresh and was wilting.
The pork chop with fig compote, Brussel sprouts with bacon and fingerling potatoes were delicious. The Brussel sprouts were a tad over cooked but the potatoes and pork chop (medium) was made perfectly.
The fruiti de mare was good but nothing that stood out. The mussels were small, calamari was over cooked/tough/chewy and the salmon was over cooked. The pasta portion was very small, hidden underneath the seafood.
Our champagne cocktails were delicious.
Although I asked for privacy I did not expect the server to not check in with us.
Thankfully he came out to check on the heater and turn it back on at the right time as it started to get chilly.
Overall a decent dinner but as slow as the evening was (Friday, January 4, 2019), service could have been more attentive.
I recognize I asked for privacy but a peep or 3 more quick glances to the patio area to see if we were doing alright would have been welcomed.
Thank you.

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VI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent food quality and service. Every bit as delicious and memorable as it was when they opened many years ago!!!!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I last visited this restaurant 5+ years ago when I came in to SF. Happy to say it's still the lovely place I remembered. Great service, cozy, delicious food. Somehow one feels transported to another world. It is especially inviting during Christmas time!

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Adorable restaurant. Great service. Definitely my favorite brunch spot in the city!

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darling neighborhood eatery! We had the salads and chicken pesto sandwich very delicious

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phil was very friendly and welcoming when we arrived and it only got better and better! Great service by David and incredible food for brunch. My Presidio scramble was absolutely delicious while quiche and chicken hash were equally splendid according to my companions.
Magic flute is a wonderful spot. Thanks!

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LL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food provided variety. We all had a different dish and they were all excellent. Oh wait it was very attentive and helpful. Overall the experience was wonderful

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lunch with a friend and we both had salads. Everything was delicious and fresh.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden gem in the neighborhood.

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D
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit with friends- from the warm greeting to the warm Beignets we had for dessert the whole experience was wonderful.
Our brunch started with the fried olives which were crispy with a soft and salty inside - delicious.
Our table had the quiche, steak salad, chicken hash and the awesome lamb burger.
Sat in the yard by the fountain- great first time experience and we will be back.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch on a beautiful day in San Francisco! The patio was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the day.

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RP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambience, food and service! Must-visit in SF!

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m
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed by the food or service

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great, like visiting family. Staff is super attentive and the food is top notch!

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there when we go to the deYoung Museuum

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always, delicious and fresh food

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A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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SF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Magic Flute many times over several years. This most recent visit for lunch surprised me with an upgrade to the bread and the Cobb Salad. Good job Magic Flute!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Case in point. A table of two, without a reservation, sat down next to us. We’d been waiting for several minutes for coffee, water, Etc. The coffee we ordered went to the table that had just sat down. I flagged down a waiter and wondered aloud where our coffee was.

I found the service was lacking considering the money we spent.

But the food was amazing. French toast, MAmma Mia pizza, and Beignets, all stellar. The person at the counter who I assume was the owner was very cordial. And really the waiter was too. But it seemed disorganized and they were overwhelmed.

Maybe we caught the front of the house on a bad day.

We’d still go back, this is our 2nd visit.

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j
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best and most delicious brunch/lunch in San Francisco. Outdoor patio is great and inside sitting, especially the front room is lovely and comfortable. Terrific service.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent job accommodating diet restrictions!!

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J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends for Sunday brunch and they still got it! Everyone enjoyed their meals!

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CE
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been dining at The Magic Flute for 30 years, and it has been great every time. Phil does a great job greeting and seating customers and is always available at the front desk if you have questions or need assistance. The service is very professional. At brunch, our latest dining experience, there were a number of interesting appetizers (the stuffed Medjool dates were excellent). The breakfast-leaning items include eggs Benedict, two very tasty scrambles, omelets and French toast. We always end our meal with beignets that are served with a mascarpone cream and fresh strawberries. The bellini and bloody mary are very good. The back garden is a nice change of pace, and with heaters it is pleasant even on a cold day.

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A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Magic Flute for years, but less frequently since we moved away from the area. Last weekend we met two other couples and had a super experience. The food was excellent (particularly the evening's special), it was quiet and cozy, and Joe was an outstanding host. Highly recommend dinner and our old favorite of sunday brunch. Always a good experience.

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