Magic Flute

4.8
1200 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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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vipPete
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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vipGFNMD
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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vipbestofHMB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RachelF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
vipJujuB
San Francisco
10 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!

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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
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful date night spot. Was needed and appreciated.

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

Excellent neighborhood restaurant, always enjoy going there.

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vipTEDIS
San Francisco
60 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Birthday brunch

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mg1936
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.

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vipJanet
San Francisco
107 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!!!

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BobP
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!!

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mellison45
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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
FranJ
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch!

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vipFood4Thought
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.

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LIttleBee
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.

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

Always great. Get the shrimp linguini pasta special!

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipHard2findjewel
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with six frjiends

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 4.8 stars by 1200 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.