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.View Private Dining Details
It's not acceptable that we were able to reserve through OpenTable yet not get the associated points for dining.
Always delightful on a pleasant evening. The al fresco setting takes one to Italy for the evening. Keep up the great work.
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.
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.
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.
We went for lunch on a Sat and everything that was served felt like leftovers cobbled together.
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.
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.
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!
Food was delicious! We also thought the corkage fee at $20 was fair and just right.
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.
Great place! All of the staff and owner Francisco were super friendly and attentive. We sat outside and the courtyard is beautiful.
What a fantastic meal. Not crowded but such a wonderful place!
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.
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.
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 ...
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!
It's always nice to be on the patio!
One of my favorites places
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.
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!!!
Great place tucked away from crowds. Great food, service, and no push to turn over tables. Lovely place for nice, quiet outdoor dinner
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
Thank you OpenTable for introducing me to this lovely place, the outside seating area was great with a beautiful water fountain, the service was amazing and each dish was perfectly made.
I'm marking it as my new favorite.
Wonderful food and ambiance. Terrible service. We were ignored for twenty minutes, forty until a bottle of wine we ordered came out and two hours for our entrees to arrive. After having enjoyed this restaurant for years, we were highly disappointed in this experience
A really great restaurant. Romantic, great food, the patio is lovely and the owner or manager is spot on personable. It's worth trying to find...
Even though the restaurant was not crowded, our service was awful and ruined how great the food was.
We arrived at Caffe Riace for our reservation last Sunday. No one there, door to kitchen locked with a chain, one table still had wine glasses but nothing set for dinner. Several other dinner groups of guests arrived and were surprised like us that the restaurant was deserted...no notification of why. Will probably not go back.
We have been at this restaurant several times and haven't been there in over a year. Unfortunately either they changed management or servers, our server could barely smile at us and it was over 40 before we received our bill. There were only 5 other tables of other guests.
Great Sicilian restaurant. Food is high quality and very tasty--a real value. Wine list is a nice selection of wines from the south of Italy and Sicily. Outdoor seating is special.
Open early (5 pm), easy street parking. Friendly, accommodating wait staff. Serene setting for outdoor dining. Excellent crab cakes, ragu, fish fillet.
I have been to Caffe Riace a couple of times before and it has easily become one of my favorite dinner date spots. However, I made a reservation for this past Sunday at 7:30pm for an anniversary dinner and was surprised to find the place closed. I'm not sure if there was a change in business hours and even if there was, a courtesy call would have been nice to know that we could not be accommodated that day. We had to scramble to find another place that was open and could take us without a reservation. As I said earlier, we sincerely love this place but better communication would be appreciated.
I hestitate to write this review as I have had many great experiences at Cafe Riaace over the years but this latest meal was terrible. The service was non-existent. There was a party going on and it appears that most of the other orders got lost. After an hour the waiter came back to us and asked us what our order was! I had to ask for refills for my water!
We called over the manager and while she was apologetic she just gave my husband a free glass of wine. So, after a frustrating evening the food arrived and was fine but it seemed that the incovenice was lost to the owner. The waiter had checked out a this point.
Anyway, we won't be rushing back there for a while. I will try again so make sure it wasn't a one off. Very disappointing.
Service was terrible. There was a large party on the patio and the wait staff seemed preoccupied with that event and the regular customers were highly neglected. Service was slow. Had to ask multiple times for items. Some requests were never filled. Saw our waiter among the party guest most of the time. Had to ask others for service. Salad arrived AFTER entree. Reservation was for 6 PM. Had theater tickets for 8 PM. Almost didn't get there on time.
Very nice ambience. Food was good. Service was ok. Servers seemed to be fairly inexperienced but were very responsive and eager to please
We arrived on Saturday evening on time for a 6:45 reservation. Around 7:00, we ordered a bottle of red wine ($45). Around 7:25. we were told that they were out of that wine. No food order taken yet. Then we ordered a different bottle of red wine (around the same price), and we were told that they were out of that one too. There was only one waiter that we could see and a waiter trainee. We looked around and saw other people who were seated and looked unhappy. So, we gave up and left, and then walked to another restaurant and had a good meal there. The ambiance of Caffe Riace is very nice, particularly in the summer when you can sit outside. However, they have to get their act together before we will give them another chance.
The courtyard setting was lovely, particularly on a warm night. The staff was helpful: when we expanded the group size from 8 to 10, they immediately accommodated it, although the service was not very attentive. Regrettably, the one Rose on the wine list was not available on this summer evening; and it turned out the food left something to be desired: the lobster in Fettucine Aragosta was tender and sweet, but there was not much of a sauce (couldn't taste the tomato-cream nor the tarragon); two people who ordered the Petrale Sol found the fish 'not delicate' and the risotto mushy; the lamb chop was over-cooked. It's too bad since we really like the setting...
It was not open when we arrived. No phone call that day or next day to explain or apologize--the least they can do.
Made a reservation, only to find out that the cafe was closed. How hard is it to put correct hours on the webpage, as well as on the OpenTable?
Such a special place with great service and delicious food. Connie is the best!
Food was great, service was friendly except they were not willing to drag heaters over as the sun went down and we all got cold!!!