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Cafe Pro Bono

4.6
696 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (28)
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Mon-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Mon-Fri. 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun. 5pm-9pm
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Phone number
(650) 326-1626
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Rodrigez
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Private party contact
Akif Aydin: (650) 326-1626
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California Ave
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 696 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

We have eaten here many times and we enjoy the italian food (especially pasta) and casual atmosphere. On this occasion (Valentines day) the experience was very poor. The menu was limited, with few pasta choices. The salmon dish chosen was undercooked, and when requested that it be addressed, it came back with salmon now done and the other items (like vegetables) had cooled off and were over done. This dish should have been prepared again from start. The degree of normal salmon cooking in this dish should also have been pre-discussed with the customer (even though the actual was rather rare). When we complained, we discovered that there was no owner or manager on point that evening (we asked to speak with one), only the server who spoke only partial english. Therefore, there was no way for this issue to be properly addressed. That was a very big issue for us....no ownership for a customer satisfaction issue situation at all at the restaurant (on a special occasion, no less). Also, when we requested a Chardonnay glass of wine, the server did not review the two choices we evidently had, but rather just assumed and delivered the more pricey one. Again, this server did not and could not properly read their customer. What a really bad experience that evening for us, and therefore our low rating.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day. Made special

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Cafe Pro Bono exceeded everyone's expectations. I coordinated the evening for our party. None of us had ever been to this restaurant, so we did not know what to expect. Coincidentally, we were there on a very vibrant Valentine's Day evening, which was fabulous. Cafe Pro Bono didn't disappoint.

The owner, Akif Aydin, greeted each patron personally. He handed each lady a red rose. The service was first-class - smooth, accommodating and responsive. The appetizers, entrees and desserts were exceptional. The Italian wine list is superb.

This is both a charming neighborhood restaurant and a destination. It is highly recommended.

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vipDine4fun (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great night at Cafe Pro Bono. Nice decorations for Valentine's Day; filet mignon memorable; salads great, including fresh crab salad; and chocolate desert amazing. Wines pair well

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SelectiveDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Enjoyed our visit here. Yes, it was next to the courthouse. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Food excellent. Great wine list. Worth repeat visits.

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MeFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I ordered the Greek chicken with sliced potatoes and a small salad. My entire meal was excellent, as was the service and the ambience.

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JaehyenJ 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was awesome. Food was nice, staff was amiable, atmosphere was terrific.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Love this restaurant! Amazing staff and food is always delicious!

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vipJosieK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Always delicious. We were moved to quiet room and it was perfect for good conversation. A favorite!

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vipMiketheFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I've been to Cafe Pro Bono several times over the years. It is consistent in food and delivery, and has a very good wine list - exceptional for Italian wines. It's a busy place with wait staff hustling back and forth, yet the food is good, the staff friendly and courteous, and always a small line at the door during dinner waiting to be seated. A tad noisy. For family fare or fun, good food and a selection of great Italian wines, this is hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My duck was cooked just right and the vegetables were fresh and not overcooked

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was slow. Fettuccine di Mare with salmon was bland, duck sausage slices that were on top of a mushroom risotto were cold, even though the risotto itself was decent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

ordered steak special - overcooked and disappointing

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OOOO (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I visit this restaurant quite often and was disappointed the last two times I have gone there.
The quality of their food is slipping...good value but not the same. Am looking for a new venue to go to!

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Dick (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was very good and the service very attentive.

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