Cafe Vitale

4.9
153 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cafe Vitale was born out of a passion in 2010 to offer fresh, high quality food to our local community. We wanted to create a place where friends and family could meet, relax and enjoy a wholesome meal, a healthful snack or a cup of coffee together. Whether it’s a casual meeting or a special occasion. We hope to create a hometown environment with an upscale flare. Our mission is to become an asset to our community, offering great food at competitive prices and extending excellent customer service.
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4.9based on recent ratings
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vipJoeB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a little gem of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Great in all aspects.
When you go there say hello to Ruben.

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Daveinmtnview
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside in front with another couple. We've ordered take out three times and the food was great, so we decided to eat at the cafe. Server was masked and very good. Again, the food was delicious. Low noise level except for a motorcycle that took off from the nearby traffic light. We love this place and the people who work there.

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CateB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Vitale. The food is amazing and I love the staff. All so friendly. It’s our favorite place to eat.

JB
vipJoeB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Italian restaurant around.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Nice dining experience

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Memo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our outside table faced moderate traffic passing on the street but nice weather made for an enjoyable experience.

JB
vipJoeB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood restaurant.

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urgelblitz
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal on their back patio. Felt very safe.

JB
vipJoeB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great neighborhood restaurant. Real jewel.
Italian food, good house chardonnay.
Limoncello to top it off.

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EllenT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are new to the area and are trying out some new restaurants to eat at. We have ordered to go food from there once and ate outside at the actual restaurant the second time. The food is delicious. The servers were very nice and attentive. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and will continue to go there

JJ
JoyceJohnsen
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipGILLI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my 'go-to' places for any friends get together. Friendly staff, amazing food, they have expanded their outdoor seating and told me they are planning to also get heaters for the winter. The tables are far enough from each other and are not clustered. I always loved this place and right now, Cafe Vitale is doing everything they can to keep customers safe.

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Markie
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love this resturant. Friendly and professional staff. The food is wonderful comfort food, Italian style. A nice place for lunch or dinner with reasonable prices.

GI
vipGILLI
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I LOVE this place! Great food, great service!

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Scotty
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally reopened after COvid. Had old favorites. Next time will try specials and chocolate lava cake

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vipElizabethT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the outside dining area and were thrilled that calamari fritti has returned to the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anytime dining for this superb restaurant. Great food, fantastic personnel and above all, the best of the best Rubin the owner.

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VivianK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We dined outdoor in the patio. It was a lovely and private space. Our waiter took very good care of us. The food was okay but the overall experience was very good.

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lmnop2020
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was amazing and service great! A great meal at a great value.

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DouglasD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Terrific spot, especially for locals--been going there for years. A real convenient treat when we have out of town guests. Try their coffee to go too!

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vipSusan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. The perfect neighborhood gem and the most charming host in the business.

Ciao Bella!

MM
vipMrsM
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite local restaurant especially during COVID. Quiet back patio with a gas fireplace! Always friendly service and delicious pasta dishes.

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vipSusan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our number one selection for any event, casual to noteworthy. The warmth, ambience and service are unparalleled. We are all so grateful that this lovely neighborhood restaurant is surviving these difficult times and will do all that we can to support them.

JC
JerryC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raul chef at Cafe Vitali had his own restaurant prior to becoming a partial owner. His skills preparing Italian cuisine is exceptional. Ruben does a terrific job as manager

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Sassy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait person. Excellent food!!

JG
vipJanelleG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to get a table outdoors during the pandemic. The only "noise level" was from traffic, which was not much at all. It was a beautiful evening, as the smoke from the wildfires had subsided a bit. This is a favorite destination whenever I am in Los Altos. We ordered the special, Petrale sole, delightfully cooked. My only quibble was that it was prepared with a batter, but I should have asked for pan-fried, so it was really my fault.

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vipStevenN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Vitale is a solid, dependable neighborhood restaurant for excellent Italian food. The staff is very friendly, and the food is consistently good. We're looking forward to indoor dining in the newly renovated restaurant. It looks great!

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vipbolgerjohn
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

high quality experience.....real Italians involved...…..very good menu.....limited wine list

if you buy from list and bring your own bottle, the corkage fee is waved.

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DandC
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant! We've eaten here several times and it's always been good. IWe're looking forward to eating on the outdoor patio once it's warm enough.

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vipSusanN
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dry nice dinner
Great service

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vipElizabethT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Vitale is one of our favorite places. They offer excellent food in a comfortable ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent experience- very welcoming neighborhood feel. Food was excellent. Definitely a repeat .

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Roberto
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The manager with Ciao Bella is obnoxious and thinks he is funny. He should be more professional. I don't think I will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Delmy was the sweetest server, she provided excellent customer service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good and service was very good. It’s a very pleasant restaurant with nice ambiance.

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FayeC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

SF
vipStanfordFan
London
182 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I split a Caesar salad. He had the veal marsala and I had the crab pasta special of the evening. Everything was delicious. We were in a hurry to get to a concert, and the wait staff were great about getting us out in time in spite of the restaurant being quite busy.

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vipNMDe
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Expanded seating area decorated as if you were in/amongst Italy's street trattoria and ristorante. Expanded dinner menu options included daily specials - salad, fresh fish, pasta/soup of day, meat choice. Appears comparable prices to other Italian restaurants and food quality as well. Antonio dealt with bustling patrons during the two-seatings while we dined - kept water glasses full, and checked on need for other libations. Had penne with house made sausage. Enjoyed chunks of tomato, garlic and enough sauce to cover penne. Other meals were special lamb chops (at least three medium sized) glazed in plenty of demi-sauce, chicken caesar salad, and special meat wrap dish drizzled with tomato cream sauce.

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Markie
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there several times to eat both lunch and dinner and they have never disappointed.
The food is well prepared and the service is spot on.
It is one of our favorite places to eat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Half of the restaurant was under construction which was too bad. We were sat at a table in the back close to a bunch of noisy kids, not exactly how you want to spend dinner but not entirely the restaurants fault. We ordered two seafood pastas and a pizza which were all good but nothing fantastic, pretty average. The afogatos for dessert were good too and the house red Pinot was a good dinner wine. Overall pretty average experience, the service was attentive and probably their best attribute. Decor was lacking a bit, wish it was just a little bit more enthusiastically Italian.

FAQs

Cafe Vitale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 559-1500.

Cafe Vitale is rated 4.9 stars by 153 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.