Magic Flute

4.7
1213 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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SteveF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During these crazy Covid times it was refreshing to find a lovely patio to enjoy breakfast. Had the quiche and the Presidio Scramble, both outstanding. The service was friendly and not at all rushed. We enjoyed being outside, with heaters to keep the chill off, sitting in the sun. I would love to come back and try the dinner menu at this quaint neighborhood gem.

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Msladij
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated and they were very kind and our server was attentive. The food was so delicious! The only thing was that they kept reminding us they needed our table by a certain time which felt a little yucky. We had the table a good amount of time and were fine leaving by the time they said they needed the table. I don’t think they needed to continually do a count down for us. Just a little feedback. We still enjoyed our food, the service and the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The back patio was lovely.

KB
vipKathyB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and great food in a lovely outdoor patio!!
One of my favorites!!
Kathy Baxter

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Wmcwmc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Was disappointed with the quality of the burger but the beignets were fantastic and the outdoor patio was very romantic

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sorryipartie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best time!

JP
JenniferP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is my 3rd visit to The Magic Flute and my second time sitting on the patio, but my first time there in the evening. The patio at night at The Magic Flute is enchanting with its greenery and hanging lights. The food was very good (we had the date appetizer, the risotto, and the salmon). Our only, small, drawback is that it took a while for them to take our order and again when it was time to bring the check. I think they are keeping their staff small due to the pandemic and limited seating and that slows things down a bit. But overall, I would recommend this restaurant and will likely return

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vipRenegator1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

This was most excellent meal and the salmon was done just perfectly! Seared on both sides but just right in the center. It was served on a bed of Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Delish and the Sauvignon Blanc was really good too!

RG
vipRobfromGE
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set on the beautiful back patio and had an amazing shrimp pasta meal. Great wine great service and great ambience. Comfortable sophistication.

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PatrickRolfsen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff was great, do recommend. Good outdoor patio with heaters, +++

TE
vipTEDIS
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Overall, great dining experience and this restaurant is highly recommended! The only negative was the unpleasant interactions with our waiter. This is our second meal at this restaurant and the service was very different from our previous experience. We’re all entitled to a bad day and there’s no question we will return. The entrees were outstanding; we find it difficult to find a great pork chop and kudos to the chef for this preparation!!!

KB
vipKathyB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the Magic Flute.!Happy to be able to support it during this pandemic. Eating in the back deck is wonderful as is the food and service!
KathyB

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vipBigtrees52
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Outside dining truly enjoyable. Enjoyed a delicious afternoon lunch with my granddaughter, All Covid-19 precautions strictly observed.

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vipPete
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great adherence to Covid safety protocols. Plenty of outdoor dining in an enclosed interior courtyard so you didn't fear being run over by a car on the street. Delicious food, attentive service.

GF
vipGFNMD
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio dining always a winner. Food offerings are delicious, consistently well prepared, and the service attentive and friendly. Trying something new on the menu every time at Magic Flute. This time was the quiche which was very good.

HM
vipbestofHMB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor seating in San Francisco. Wonderful waitstaff and terrific food and wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cute! Food was amazing! Would go back for sure!

RF
RachelF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful for a covid-safe outdoor dinner. The staff took it seriously and expected guests to do the same. I truly appreciated it.

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mayd
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was quite excellent and the setting is gorgeous! Would definitely want to come back for brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice outdoor seating in patio. Very pleasant. Food & menu need upgrade. Very average. Service good. Parking easy.

JB
JujuB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughter had the fish with capers, said it was delicious and I had
Pesto Chicken Penne
chicken, onions, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto cream, very rich but very good, good portions! During this Covid19 debacle, this is a safe place to be!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at this restaurant. It is my favorite place!

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gradstudentlady
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming family-owned restaurant with a beautiful back patio. Got calamari (which was pretty good) and the salmon (great); husband got the burger and fries (great); we both tried some red wine by the glass. Good food, reasonable price for the high-cost area, and extremely attentive servers. We will be back.

The food isn't the MOST interesting/avant-garde; it's just nice Italian/American-style food with nice ingredients in a charming, romantic atmosphere. The patio has heaters and fairy lights and nice plants. Charming.

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SoniaS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great family run neighborhood spot. Everything is so well prepared and the outdoor patio is so peaceful and key these days. I love the fried olives and beignets! Support a family run restaurant that has been open for nearly 30 years. You will thank yourself.

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SandyO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful date night spot. Was needed and appreciated.

SB
vipSandyB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant, always enjoy going there.

TE
vipTEDIS
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dining experiences...great food and outstanding services. This restaurant is a definite add to my favorite list.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superior service and ambiance. Thank you! I want to keep this beautiful patio a secret.

JW
JillW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Magic Flute was perfect for our lunch with our friends for birthdays. The food was delicious and the service was also good. The quiche was creamy. The lamb burger was perfectly cooked. The steak for the salad and steak sandwich was yummy. They were happy to serve the cake that we brought, for a service fee, and to pack up the remaining cake for our two birthday friends. We were all very satisfied with our food. And, we stayed for quite a long time talking. It was a great day.

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vipHurricane
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice work, Phil!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great evening. Excellent traditional Italian food and very attentive service.

ST
vipST247
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant!!! Cannot believe I have never been here, especially since I grew up in the city. Will make up for it for the rest of my life! What a fantastic little nugget in the city - a darling patio tucked in the back with the most special menu and the best mimosa I've had in some time. Everything was prefect - the staff, the food, the service, the ambiance - we struggled to decide what to order, and will return to try what we didn't. Cannot wait to return. Exceeded expectations in every way. Thank you so much!

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vipShoshk
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of the restaurants I love to go to in SF. Food is always wonderful, it is always warm and inviting and parking is relatively easy. Charming place not to be missed.

CP
vipCPAFoodie
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I don't think I have been to the Magic Flute in over 30 years. It is a great neighborhood gem. It was nice not to be bombarded with super loud music or a din of other guests talking. Great replacement for the closed Osteria.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the outdoor seating, the service is always great and the food is really good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great location! I love the outdoor patio. We went at 11am and it wasn’t too crowded. The food was great! I got the Benedict Florentine. Would highly recommend and definitely coming back.

DR
DanielleR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Magic Flute never disappoints! Brought my mother here to celebrate a special occasion as it is her favorite place in the city. Fantastic service, food, and ambiance as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, delicious food, low noise level and great service. This is my go-to restaurant!
Linda Grant

JP
JoanP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely place. Would go back Would go for brunch and experience the outdoor garden area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

FAQs

Magic Flute does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Magic Flute also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 922-1225.

Magic Flute is rated 4.7 stars by 1213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.