Magic Flute

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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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SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant, always enjoy going there.

TE
San Francisco
47 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
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JW
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.

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

Nice work, Phil!

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

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

ST
San Francisco
164 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!

S
San Francisco
10 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
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.

OT
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
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
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.

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

Birthday brunch

m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was well prepared.
The portions were small.
Ambience was good.
Surprised that bread not surved.

J
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was just so enjoyable. Lovely setting out on the back patio under the atmospheric lights, super friendly and enjoyable service - we were so well looked after, AND the food was just delicious. My quiche was perhaps the best I've ever had. I'm so happy I revisited Magic Flute after years since I was last year, but it will definitely not be years before I go back again!!!

BP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Superb fried clamari. love the salmon, they always get a thin crispy outside layer with melt in your month insides. Rather than have an extensive liat of selections, they have a modest list that is extraordinarily prepared. We have gone there for years including for special celebrations and private parties for 15-20 friends. Good wine list, knowledgable waiters, and impeccable service!!

m
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was able to accommodate half our party being late and shift our reservation to a better time. The food was great. The ambiance was lovely.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love to go to the Magic Flute. It is a wonderful San Francisco institution. The food is fabulous and the prices are reasonable. It is the “go to” brunch place for Pacific Heights gentry.

FJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at the Magic Flute has been an annual tradition for a friend and me ever since we met there 20 years ago. It never fails to delight. If you want to avoid the seldom onerous (but nevertheless there it is) conversational noise, choose an outdoor table.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Made my boyfriend’s birthday so special with amazing food and wine.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch!

FT
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a neighborhood favorite. I love introducing new friends to this little jewel. Always superb morning. Noon and night. It is also a little known treasure with outdoor seating year round.
I love the warm welcome I always receive from the owner and the staff.

LI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. I feel they are happy to see me again each time I come by. I love the blackened salmon, but everything I have tried is very nice. There are 4 areas to sit in, and each has its own great atmosphere.

c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Get the shrimp linguini pasta special!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magic Flute is a charming, well-priced restaurant with delicious food. If you're having dessert don't miss the chocolate cake. Amazing!

H
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with six frjiends

SF
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful place for brunch!

PR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely

n
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always dining at The Magic Flute was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is so charming and the service is excellent. Our waitress who we have had before could not have been nicer. She is warm and
friendly and does a great job at making you feel welcome. All four of us agreed that The Magic Flute is
our favorite restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was very attentive.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being Thanksgiving weekend, there weren’t a lot of people dining, which made our experience unique. The service was fantastic.
I had the ricotta and truffle ravioli, which was delicious and well balanced. Highly recommend the Magic Flute (get a table in the patio if you can).

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A fabulous neighborhood restaurant I frequent often. I was slightly disappointed this time to be seated at a less desirable location in the middle room. I also felt the servers who I did not recognize as regular staff, rushed our dining experience. I love the Magic Flute and will continue to patronize on a regular basis, but feel honest feedback will help keep this iconic favorite up to par. Food was delicious as usual.

MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This restaurant is exactly as it should be, a lovely, unpretentious, not-too-expensive neighborhood restaurant. Although not in a top category, the food is better than one would expect, with some delicious egg dishes, lovely beignets, and very good wine at reasonable prices. The owner/manager and staff are always friendly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magic Flute never disappoints. Phil the owner is always so warm and his staff is fantastic. A true SF tradition. Love this restaurant!

Thank you Magic Flute for your years of amazing food and service.

KA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Ambiance good. Waiters good. Very noisy - not good for business meeting.

BL
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very friendly service.!

G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a repeat customer and love this location. Parking can be the only problem.

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday. So accommodating. Excellent service. Same menu forever. Very delicious not stellar inventive but just yummy. Been here for forever. Obviously they know what they’re doing. Have eaten regularly here over the years.