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Cafe Pro Bono

700 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
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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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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Cross street
California Ave
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 700 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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stretch (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We've been to this restaurant many times. The service is always friendly and attentive, the food is yummy and it's a very nice restaurant. You can come dressed up or jeans/nice shirt and not feel uncomfortable. There are some vegetarian options on the menu but I'm not sure any of them are really vegan...would need to ask. But we've really enjoyed every meal we've had here. We highly approve of this restaurant and hope you will try it out too.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Pro Bono is a consistently nice restaurant. We have been there many times and we love the food, the place and the people. They recognize us. They focus on all the details. Even the bathrooms are beautiful and clean. So many restaurants decay over time--this is NOT the case with Pro Bono. It is as good or better than 20 years ago.

vipStageman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My date and I had pasta dishes that were excellent. Service was very good. Cute place that has been around for years. Consistently enjoyable.

Dormouse25 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our group of eight loved this place. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was upscale without being snotty.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day. Made special

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipDine4fun (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

SelectiveDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

MeFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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.