Caffe Riace

4.0
92 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Caffe Riace serves mouth-watering modern European cuisine. With its beautiful and vibrant atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a Sunday Brunch, unforgettable and amazing lunch or dinner with family or just a talk & wine with friends.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday through Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner Monday through Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
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(650) 328-0407
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
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Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Caffe Riace is a perfect place for group dining, meetings, wine tasting or any other special events. We offer private dining rooms for groups of 10 to 25 people, semi-private room for 35, and the most beautiful patio that accommodate up to 180 guests. Our menu brings european flavors to your party.

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AH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

If you want to eat on the terrace, be sure to call ahead and make sure the heaters are working! We reserved a table outdoors on the lovely terrace near the fountain over a month in advance to treat some friends for a special occasion. The ambience of the outdoor terrace, remarked on by many reviewers, was the deciding factor in our decision to choose Caffe Riace. However, when we arrived almost none of the (numerous) outdoor heaters were functional, and it was definitely too cold without them. The waiters gave us a private room instead -- okay but nothing special. Once seated in the private room, there were long stretches when nobody checked on how we were doing. The pasta dishes were homemade and quite good but also very expensive. There were no extra touches such as bread or side vegetables -- just the pasta. Overall this was a disappointing experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We've been coming here for years but probably haven't been in about 1 year. Between 6-830 Saturday night they served a total of 10 people. The food was ok. My pasta was not hot, salads not great. One of them the dressing was way off, the other so loaded with minced onion it was almost inedible. Have had both in the past without issue. Kitchen was not up to par at all! Maybe that's why there were so few people there on a Saturday. Wont be back anytime soon. Very disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again great food!!

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LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience I’ve ever had. Maitre’d/server was hanging out on the sidewalk. Got stained menus, no water. Completely useless for a good 20 minutes. We got up and left, went to iTalico, and had a wonderful meal at an establishment that actually wanted the business. No wonder there was only one table on a Friday night at 7:30. This place was wonderful when I was a kid. I’m in F&B myself, and it just blows my mind how this place went so downhill. Very disappointing, especially since it was a special occasion. I heard the food is still wonderful. Too bad we didn’t try it!

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this place. The food was amazing as always. Keep up the great work!

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful and spacious outdoor setting! Perfect for an August afternoon. I noticed plenty of heaters nearby in case of cooler weather! Great place to meet for business or pleasure. Fairly easy parking on the street. Great Ceasar salad and eggplant/mozzarella rolls. Everyone's meal (including cannelloni, risotto, and crab cakes) looked wonderful. Will definitely return for a special lunch or dinner with friends or for a luncheon meeting.

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JT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went to the restaurant with our friends Saturday evening. To our surprise the restaurant was not busy.
The food that everyone order was very tasty. It was warm evening and this beautiful patio with interesting sculptures and good Italian food make us relax and happy.

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I
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating is charming - a fountain as well as sculptures! It's as though you are actually in Italy or Sicily. Food is delicious - very Italian!

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

my husband had Osso Bucco. It was excellent. but the lamb from "special of the day was just OK with the vegetable having been overcooked and reheated in my opinion. The tiramisu was very good.
Also, the restaurant should update their prices on their website

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j
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We moved out of the area in 2010 and make a point of coming back when we are in the area. It is the nearest place I can think of to dining in an outdoor café in Italy! The food was excellent and the waiter was great and very well dressed!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great homemade pasta (all pastas are honemade and fresh) with nice outdoor seating and italian music. The decor outside is great: you feel like you're in a itqlian village square.

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J
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

wait staff had a very indifferent attitude. checked in with reservation for lunch; told to pick a table on the patio. 30 mins. later i had to walk into the restaurant in to order a drink and water. ready to order, had to ask for a menu. then had to flag down the waiter to put in order. only thing i didn't have to ask for was the check. i have come to this restaurant many times for dinner. food always delicious. if i come again it will be for dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, dessert and service. What more can you ask for?? We can’t wait to go back.

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A
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Declined since we were last there. Food tasted great but we were sick all night. Service terrible. Nice to be outside in pretty setting but will not return.

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LB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cafe Riace was unable to accept diners when we arrived because of a problem in the kitchen. However, they never contacted us to let us know, despite our having made a reservation with all of our contact information available. Very disappointed.

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JE
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Major disappointment this time. The steak came drowned in mushroom sauce rather than being a nice, dry, well seasoned filet. The wine list is really out of date and needs updating. The piped-in music is loud--- we asked twice for it to be turned down. The saving grace is that the patio is always a lovely place to dine on a summer night.

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were happy with the food. Our server was not pleasant, he was somewhat arrogant, and did not tell us that we need to pay extra for substituting the risotto with a small amount of pasta. We discussed this with him, he was not happy but did remove the extra charge. We liked the atmosphere and the food.

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DS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The menu had many options. What we ordered was good and we'll be coming back to check some other items. It's a huge open patio with eclectic Italian-familiar deco and surrounds a fountain, so it's certainly interesting.

Our server was also the host, I believe, and he was not good. Very unresponsive, slow, didn't even bring us water after asking. The other servers when looking around looked better though.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

It's not acceptable that we were able to reserve through OpenTable yet not get the associated points for dining.

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PA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always delightful on a pleasant evening. The al fresco setting takes one to Italy for the evening. Keep up the great work.

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s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was blown away at how fantastic this place is! The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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MH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I've dined at Caffe Rice a number of times before and have generally been pleased. This time was different. If I had to use a single word to describe the place it would be that the staff was "overwhelmed". We arrived for a 7 p.m. but it took us until about 8:15 to get our orders in and then another extremely long wait to be served. By the time they took our order, two of the entrees we were interested in were gone. In fairness, they tried to make amends by giving us a free dessert to be shared by the four of us, which we appreciated.

Frankly, we wonder if the place is under new management that is still working out the kinks. There are quite a few to be worked out.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was moderate, not great (had to get up to ask for more water). Gnocchi with pesto was delicious; others said their meals were great. Calamari lacked inspiration and sauce seemed to be simply bland mayonnaise (no, not aioli). Patio seating is AMAZING.

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R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We went for lunch on a Sat and everything that was served felt like leftovers cobbled together.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We had reservations at 7:00 pm. Even though OpenTable said the restaurant was booked many times that day, there was not one single other table booked the entire time we were there. It felt very strange to be the only diners there. Also, the inside seating was in a separate room to the side of the courtyard, which felt like an afterthought. Food-wise, the Caesar salad needed more dressing, as it was very dry.

I think there's something wrong with the ratings system on Open Table for this restaurant because it had very high ratings across the board, yet in person the restaurant didn't deliver.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice outdoor dining. Great place for a relaxed, outdoor meal. When the weather gets warmer, this place is one of my picks for an early night dinner.

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PH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant’s founder and longtime owner is a gracious and welcoming Old World host, and he is supported by a solid kitchen and an able and efficient wait staff. Riace delivers a dependable menu anchored in traditional Italian fare, and the large outdoor space, with the owner’s vintage Vespas “parked” by a fountain and his vintage Fiat at the entrance, evokes the atmosphere of a ristorante in an Italian piazza. Molto bene!

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A
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! We also thought the corkage fee at $20 was fair and just right.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Possibly the worst service I have ever experienced. We had to track down the waiter every time we needed something (including ordering drinks, dinner, and the check). The place was absolutely empty aside from my table and two others. One of us ordered wine from the menu, and 20 minutes later after tracking the waiter down, we were told that wine was unavailable followed by a flurry of excuses. It started getting cold, and we asked to have the outdoor heater nearby turned on. The one closest to us didn’t work, so they grabbed another and dragged it, metal on concrete, through the patio, hitting umbrellas and almost one of us along the way. This was a horrible experience, and the unfortunate part is that the food was not bad, by any standard. We will not be returning, regardless.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! All of the staff and owner Francisco were super friendly and attentive. We sat outside and the courtyard is beautiful.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic meal. Not crowded but such a wonderful place!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The manager insisted on opening and giving me a small bottle of mango prosecco, which I would never have ordered. I appreciated the gesture and was a good sport and tried it. Both my friend and I thought it was on the House, and were surprised to be billed $10 for the prosecco we hadn't ordered.

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Our servers were nice. However, our service was very slow (approx 10 mins before we received water, approx 25+ mins before we received drinks, 40+ mins before we were able to order food). The room was very warm and we ultimately had to open a window. The food was average and didnt offer the freshness Ive come to expect as an Italian and dining in the Bay Area.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Initially seated without menus, bad cork lead to challenges w/ wine, of the two entrees, one was wrong, and despite telling waiter no dessert or coffee, it took
forever to get the check. When we did, nothing was comped / discounted ...

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I have gone to Caffe Riace for years and we were delighted to bring friends for their first time! Everything was as wonderful as we have come to expect (though I was a bit concerned based on some of the recent reviews). The only thing that seemed strange was that several of the items on the menu were not available. My girlfriend had to try three different orders to get one that the chef had available. It left her thinking that Caffe Riace was maybe winding down, which would be a terrible disappointment to us! Thanks you for giving us such a nice evening!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always nice to be on the patio!
One of my favorites places

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l
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We haven't been to Caffe Riace in some time and were pleasantly surprised by augmentations to decor, sculpture in the garden. Our server aimed to please and the food and wine were delicious.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The outdoor dining was lovely with fountains and statues. It was quiet and serene. Wait staff were great. Food was OK. Thought prices were a bit high for lunch. We all ordered appetizers for the main course. There was enough to eat but flavor was just OK. Excellent expresso!!!

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place tucked away from crowds. Great food, service, and no push to turn over tables. Lovely place for nice, quiet outdoor dinner

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Wow!!!

What happened???

You guys need help, server was beyond bad, ruined entire meal...

Where are the owners??

No one is minding the ship, don't bother going

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