Cafe Vitale

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$30 and under
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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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AP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food, ease, quiet/ ambiance! Recommend!!

RP
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ad always! We dine here at least once a week!

R
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our visit was good. We sat outside and it was nice weather and quiet. Our server was attentive and not overly. The food was good and not overpriced. We plan to visit again.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place.

D
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve enjoyed dinner there many times, and the food is always excellent.

N
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter had too much to do and forgot about us in the back.

BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The house-made pasta melts in your mouth. My husband told the waiter how much he had enjoyed the special the last time we were there; the waiter said they could make it for him again even though it wasn't on the menu-the most tender gnocci ever!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food took a long time to come to the table and it was just ok.

A
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful friendly place with excellent Italian pastas.

D
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends out to celebrate retirement and had a wonderful evening. We continue to come to Cafe Vitale, as their specials are always fabulous and they have a great wine selection.

L
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Nice neighborhood Italian restaurant with ample parking. The atmosphere inside the restaurants needs some love. The food is good, the price is reasonable, the desserts were amazing and well done,... overall nice and I would recommend this place to friends. The waiter was nice but she kept interrupting us in conversation and tried to speak louder than we would to get us to stop talking instead of just holding off for a few seconds while we finish our sentence.

b
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food in funky converted space....limited wine list but $17 corkage.....very good pastas on diverse menu...generous portions....a repeat for sure

JA
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service. My husband and son enjoyed their meals. We will come back.

LS
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Like going to dinner at your friend's house. All the restaurant personnel treat you like a long lost relative, it's really lovely. The food is very satisfying and the neighborhood location means you don't fight for parking.

SF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely fabulous! The service could not of been better.

S
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Large-about 30- loud group having party in same room so it was very noisy, wish we had been seated in different room. Otherwise pleased with restaurant. Our 1st time here, we will return

CD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Cafe Vitale. Great small business, excellent food and service. Terrific neighborhood restaurant. Love coming here because it is easy to carry on conversations with tablemates while enjoying great service and food.

DK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've eaten here several other times. The kitchen seems to be inconsistent with the food good on some days and only fair on other days. During our last visit I had the halibut daily special which was not so special. the portion was small and I'm not certain that the halibut had been previously froze. The portions of the vegetables that came with the halibut were tiny. My wife had the pasta special for the day which was only fair. I hope Cafe Vitale can get their act together.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always dependably good

JH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Vitale provides such an exceptional ambiance and dining experience that it has become my “go to” restaurant when I want to enjoy a meal with good friends and family!

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our go to place! Great food wonderful people! Can't wait to go back!

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My salmon was overcooked, but my dinner was hot. My table-mate's veal was also over-cooked. Both were edible and we didn't complain.

CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Great food. Great service. Great location. One of our favorites!

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Outside on the walk. Was perfect night

LW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, everyone enjoyed the meal and most had food to take home

KP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! On a Thursday night, not much of a crowd. Sunday night had a significant crowd and reservation made got us right in.

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have been here and it is outstanding. The owner is an amazing character who makes you feel like you're part of the family the minute you walk in, and greets everyone while you're here and when you leave; genuine excellent good time.

RP
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here at least once a week! You can even ask for half orders of their great salads - Rubino does not want to spoil your appetite for his great entrees! Best saltimbocca in town!

H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although extremely noisy we had a wonderful meal! The grilled ribeye was perfection!
Wish the French bread was sourdough but it was still very good.

DA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Vitale is a super restaurant, one of our favorites. Very friendly staff and great food. We love it.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Service wasn't rushed. Good selection of wines by the glass

ME
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Cafe Vitale! We are regulars there every single week! Reuben and his staff are terrific! Feels like home.

KW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

This was our first experience at this restaurant.
The hostess and server were cordial and friendly.
The main dining room was empty. We were seated in a small annex which seemed like a walkway, or the kid’s room: Uninviting and noisy. Probably the policy for early diners to be seated there, irregardless if couples wanting a nice dinner out or families. We had arrived with a different expectation for the evening...
We should have asked to be moved but we felt awkward to do so once we had sat down.
Employees were standing nearby conversing loudly among themselves which echoed into the room.
Wine was acceptable.
Risotto was a rice dish.
Sole was soggy.
Bread: toasted, stale bread.

We were hoping for a good experience at a neighborhood restaurant we could frequent but sadly this is not that.

L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food is good, but not great. The bread they use to make bruschetta is inadequate. It's too soft. They actually gave us a choice between a table by the window and one in the middle of the floor. We chose to sit by the window, but the sun light was too strong and I could smell the deodorizer from the restroom. We moved to the other table, but I could still smell the deodorizer and could not enjoy the meal. They brought our kids food first which is fine, but by the time they had finished half of it our appetizer came out. They had dessert while we were having out main course.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good pasta. Would have preferred more chicken or veal dishes for lunch.

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for RR, Ruben Ricardo. He is a delight. Ask for the Chocolate Souffle!!!!!!!!!!!

RP
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our once a week restaurant! Great Fettuccine Alfredo, and the Salmon risotto is to die for!

C
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of three with a Sat evening dinner reservation at 6:30p. We arrived on time and requested a quiet table as the main dining area was full. We were seated in a rear dining room with quiet and privacy. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable but the service was a little slow probably because the restaurant was almost full. We ordered Chianti wine (they do not serve hard liquor) which needed to breathe a little and then it was fine. The Chicken Marsala was very good although I would have appreciated a slightly larger portion. We enjoyed the experience and look forward to going back.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I have been to Cafe Vitale many times.However Friday evening the service was poor It took approximately one hour to get our food.Any explanation by the wait staff would have been appreciated but it never happened.I certainly will not throw them under the bus for this and will try it again.An explanation would have gone far in resolving the problem.

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