Cafe Pro Bono

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$30 and under
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Italian
Cafe Pro Bono is a place for taste conscious people. We serve a wide variety of traditional Italian dishes at reasonable prices with a freshness you can see and taste. Our menus include delicious, attractively presented appetizers, fresh pastas, fresh fish, steaks, chicken, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and wines to complement your meal.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner ! We are open from 3:00 pm to 8:30pm

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 950 People Are Saying
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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite dish at Cafe Pro Bono is called Susan's Downfall. Don't get the appetizer, splurge and get the entree instead. I promise you won't regret it. The service here is great too. Has been as long as I've been eating here, some close to 15 years now.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! Service and food were impeccable!

DH
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good casual dining spot. Friendly service. Food was reasonably price and of adequate portion size.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue for the retirement party I organized. Everyone loved the food and the atmosphere.

B
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for over 20 years and it remains one of my favorite restaurants ANYWERE. Great food, ambiance and atmosphere. A gem.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went here for a business dinner. Noise level is fine so we were able to get a bit of disicussion going. Staff was excellent. Beer selection was limited. Very surprised, no italian beer like Peroni. Food was o.k. Specifically asked for the chicken to be well done in my fettucine w/chicken. Waiter said its smoked but cooked but sometimes people think it's raw. I should have taken that as a warning. Both my colleague and I ended up picking the chicken out of the dish. It was disgusting. Others in the group said their food was o.k. but no one was raving or planning a return trip. Hard to recommend.

WP
Cleveland
64 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most definitely. This is such a great neighborhood gem--totally fit for foodies! Found Cafe Pro Bono on OpenTable...so glad that we found it. Great homemade pasta, outstanding cocktails, best wait staff. Veal was outstanding! Susan's Downfall (a must), Tagliatelle with smoked chicken, Braised rabbit--- all of it was to die for. We almost went back the second night to have it all over again. Desserts: get the Panna Cotta, smoothest ever! Our part of 6 ate it all up!

NC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has a nice variety to choose from. Their nightly specials are particularly good. The service is A-1. We were seated promptly. Desserts were delicious. Wonderful ambiance. Couldn't had a better dining experience.

TL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a good experience at the restaurant. Ordered salmon pasta, linguini with clams, and veal. All were done well. Portions were right size.

Wine selection was good.

NM
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. The pheasant and steak are always excellent.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience. Staff were amazing, courteous, kind. Food was delicious

KO
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The entrees were generous portions, beautifully presented and delicious. Had Susan's Downfall pasta as an appetizer to share for 3 people, then a frizze salads with beets, veal marsala, veal picatta and duck entree. Service was gracious and efficient. We love this restaurant. They also have spumoni for dessert.

O
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is ok but expensive for what’s it’s worth. Good wine list.

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We have never been disappointed in the food or service. The staff is very friendly and attentive without making you feel you have to hurry.

PC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This has been our go-to Italian restaurant for over 20 years, and the rigatoni tastes just as good today as it did the first time we tried it. Salient feature of Café Pro Bono, aside from the food, is the service. The our waitress congenial, efficient, and witty. We will stop by the next time we're in town.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was elegant and attentive and warm.xxxx

DC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was packed on a Saturday night and waiters hustling. 3 of us loved our paso, one not... tasteless. Service was slow but they did the best they could all considered. Applause to friendly welcoming staff.

NS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal. I had the Greek chicken and it was lemony with a crispy skin. Everyone enjoyed their meals, the rabbit was delicious as well. I highly recommend this restaurant

PS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always dinner was terrific, the staff as always was helpful, but on Saturday evening the noise level prevented conversation.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just love the friendly staff and the great food

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience dining at Cafe Pro Bono. The staff was super friendly and gave us great service and the food was amazing! We had a business dinner for 9 people and everyone was very satisfied afterwards. I can really recommend dining here

W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Perhaps our expectations were too high! Cafe Pro Bono gets so many great reviews that we were excited to try it. Overall the food was just average and the wine list, while well priced, equally average. Server was very good however.

NH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pro Bono is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent, and you never walk out hungry. We never fail to order the delicious wild boar sausage, and Susan’s Downfall ravioli appetizers. The wait staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. It’s obvious they sincerely care that their customers have the best dining experience.

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Café Pro Bono is always a reliable experience. We have been going there for many years.

SP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time to Cafe Pro Bono. The food was very tasty and had a good presentation. The service was great.

JO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reliable neighborhood restaurant with consistently good food, excellent acoustics (ceiling tile and carpeting) and friendly, warm service. Perfect spot for a quiet dinner with my wife.

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have had lunch and dinner there several times with husband and/or work colleagues, and have always been extremely pleased not only with the quality of food, but also the service provided by the entire staff. Truly a "go-to" place for business as well as personal gatherings.

GG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for my bus husband’s bd. The ambience was pleasant: menu is interesting (rabbit!) : service was right on.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pro Bono is consistently a wonderful dining experience: excellent Mediterranean cuisine done in a fresh healthy style; attractive intimate ambience; exceptionally gracious and responsive service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We like Cafe Pro Bono. We have noticed, however, that prices keep going up.

JE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I took my mother out to celebrate her 87th birthday. a small restaurant That had a very comfortable vibe every Employee that we came in contact with was friendly and professional our server did a great job and all the food from the bread to the appetizers main courses and dessert we ate was very good we also enjoyed some of their specialty cocktails that were delicious I would recommend this restaurant to anybody

PS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was fabulous. My wife and I had the salmon on a rice dish which was as good as we had ever had. Our daughter had a perfect lamb chop and got to take the bone home to her favorite dog. Our son and his partner were happy with their choices. The service as always was discrete but all one could ask, and as always we were not hurried to leave.

JH
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always good. They really care. The old world wine selection is fantastic.

RG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in a group of 7 to celebrate a birthday. For a Tue evening, it was quite busy, and it took a while for our server to get to us. But once we got started, it was an awesome experience all around:
-- Drinks were good (bellini, martini, wine)
-- we pigged out on the pastas, and each tasted wonderfully fresh with herbal flavors: rigatoni, tagliatelle, cappelleni, buck wheat pasta; we ordered the ravioli for appetizer and it was super-rich but also super-tasty
-- desserts were just right (cheesecake, chocolate decadence, panna cotta)
-- service was very friendly

On the way out, we noticed Condoleeza Rice was dining at the next table, and our server told us she is a regular. Another table has been labeled for a regular who has been dining there for 25 years!!

Really enjoyed the experience, and will definitely be back...

LL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it very much. Service was excellent.

B
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service handled with perfect timing before evening show at TheatreWorks Lucie Stern.

b
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pro Bono was an excellent experience in every way. The meal was the best we had had since we were in Paris three months prior. The drinks, food, service and ambience were all top notch. The heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad were extremely fresh. The lamb skewer was the best lamb I've eaten in ages and perfectly prepared. There is a good cocktail and wine list. The desert of vanilla gelato in a berry sauce was a perfect finish.

JE
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server was attentive, answered questions about menu. Karina was very pleasant.

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us enjoyed our experience, from the cocktails to the main courses and ending with desserts. The food was all delicious! We will be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pro Bono is always awesome...great food + excellent service

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