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Cassava, San Francisco, CA
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Cassava

4.4
4.4
421 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Cassava is an intimate neighborhood restaurant located on the iconic corner of Columbus Ave and Vallejo St in the world famous North Beach known as Little Italy in San Francisco.

We serve 3 course prix fixe dinner with supplements and beverage pairing options from Wednesday through Sunday.

The owner chef Kris Toliao has been highly praised by critics including SF Chronicle and Eater SF for his unique combinations of flavors such as "blood orange carpaccio with smoked mackerel". Cassava has recently moved from its original location to this current larger space, and the Fall 2022 of relocation opening was one of the most highly anticipated one in the whole city.

Due to the nature of prix fixe menu focused around beverage pairing, we are inviting guests who can sit through and enjoy the entire 3 course dinner. There are no high chairs or booster seating at the restaurant but strollers are welcome at our heated sidewalk tables.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:15 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 640-8990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kristoffer Toliao

  • Private party facilities

    Cassava is available for large parties. Please email at hello@cassavasf.com or 626-419-2190 outside of regular business hours.

  • Private party contact

    Yuka Ioroi: (415) 640-8990

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Vallejo St

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Stockton St & Columbus Ave<br />MUNI 8, 30, 45<br />

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Day Time Prix Fixe

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Cassava serves signature brunch & lunch menu items in 2 course prix fixe for $35 per guest. There are fun additional items and dessert options to add to the meal. Please note that there is no a la carte or takeout option. Please also note that Cassava applies 20% service fees in place of traditional tips that goes to the entire team, 5.95% SF Mandates surcharge on top of SFCA sales tax. Per CA Publication 115 since September 2018, service fees and surcharge are subjected to sales tax.
  • 3 Course Prix Fixe

    $58.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for Cassava's signature 3 course prix fixe with fun addition and beverage pairing options. Please note that there is no a la carte or children's menu options. All guests taking a seat is required to participate in the prix fixe experience. Please also note that Cassava applies 20% service fees in place of traditional tips that goes to the entire team, 5.95% SF Mandates surcharge on top of SFCA sales tax. Per CA Publication 115 since September 2018, service fees and surcharge are subjected to sales tax.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner - $100 Deposit

    $100.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    $175/guest. Guests with no dietary restrictions only. Menu customization is not available for this event. Celebrate Valentine's Day with us with Kris' most innovative multi course dinner yet. Please view the menu ahead of booking at www.cassavasf.com/menu, as this deposit becomes non refundable and the credit will be applied to your final dinner check. Please note that Cassava applies 20% service fees in place of traditional tips that goes to the entire team, 5.95% SF Mandates surcharge on top of SFCA sales tax. Per CA Publication 115 since September 2018, service fees and surcharge are subjected to sales tax.

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What 421 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EL

    EenL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have been going to Cassava for years, but this was the first time for brunch at their new North End location. The food is still super - creative, well-balanced and really well executed, and the service is still excellent. The new location is great too!
  2. PF

    PickyFoodie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very personable staff! Welcoming and very homey. The food tasted very fresh, not overly seasoned, a "farm to table" feel and taste, presentation was clean and appetizing. The chefs and staff definitely provided a sense of "caring for their patrons" comfort and dining experience overall.
  3. AS

    AnneS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the atmosphere, the decor, the staff and the cuisine was just delicious. I’ll be back!
  4. M

    Muffin

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely overall experience, pleasing cheerful decor, excellent service, very good food, Except for salmon in the Japanese breakfast slightly overcooked.
  5. J

    Julia

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb experience. Food, service, ambiance, and impeccable cleanliness make it my new favorite dining destination.
  6. MG

    MarceG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The quality of the food was not to my expectation the quality of the rigatoni was not good with a lot of lime and the lamb belly had too much grease. The ambiance was nice and the serve was great but the food was not the quality we saw on the pictures.
  7. l

    laquintaladies

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal here was wonderful. It was almost too hard to choose between selections in each course because they all sounded so good. Do consider picking the beverage pairings with each course - even though we weren't sure that we would like them, we ended up being pleasantly surprised at how well they worked with each meal.
  8. HY

    HildaY

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit are very impressive with the Server. Jesus was very attentive and helpful with our choices of Brunch Prix Fixe. We definitely will return to Cassava for the next celebration.
  9. C

    Chinna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, clean and subtle and complex flavored dishes. So much eye for detail. Excellent champagne. Very attentive, personal and kind. One of my favorite places to dine in San Francisco
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was very good. The scallops are a must. Our supplemental dishes to entree time could’ve been a little faster but the lamb belly entree was great.
  11. EC

    EricC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    In general excellent food and a nice addition to North Beach Quality is high, ingredients are very fresh Execution is very good Concept of 2 course menu is good Pricing is on the high side, the menu itself is reasonable but when adding drinks taxes and service tip it adds up to quite a high amount for a lunch
  12. T

    Tripp

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    1) I was racially profiled by the female owner. I asked several of my friends after the encounter and they confirmed this is what happened. 2) Food listed on the menu was not served. I understand if you run out of items, but inform the customer. 2) Waited about 1 hour for food to be served after ordering, so don't come here if you are starving..

    CassavaResponded on January 17, 2023Thank you for taking the time to review your experience after a couple of weeks of your visit. As we are a company that stands very strongly against racism, I (the female owner mentioned here) is shocked to see the claim here. Please provide more details so that we can properly investigate. Many of our beloved guests and people in the industry have seen our hiring ad of "Absolutely no racism, classism, toxic masculinity, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia" and we live by it everyday.

  13. s

    sandrav

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The ambience is really nice and the experience looks promising. But the food is nothing special and the service is really long. It took us more than 30mn to be seated and the whole process was slow.
  14. KA

    KatherineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent in every regard. Will return again and again
  15. H

    Henry

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Very disappointing. Creative food for sure and good portions. But incredibly slow and poor service. Of course, all blamed on “understaffing” as the excuse for incredibly slow, unapologetic service. The food is ok. But the service problem makes it a terrible experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    This place had decent food. But our simple meal took 2.5 hours. It was wayyyy too long. So this made the experience miserable. We ordered 2 appetizers 2 mains and 2 deserts plus one side dish for three people & 2 cocktails + water. Our third person was a two year old. Omg it was a massive waste of time to be there for so long. Should have taken no More than an hour and a half. 2.5 hours you can enjoy a while Tasting menu!! Who has this much time For a meal.?? Not going back. Our meal Was over $180.
  17. K

    Kenza

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food delicious! Sommelier was knowledgeable and everyone was friendly and welcoming!
  18. JM

    JillM

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We went to Cassava based on the reviews. It was NYE, so maybe that had something to do with it, but we were very disappointed. The food was average, the service practically non existent. The gratuity was added on to our bill, which may be why they didn't really care about the service. We added the wine paring, which I would not recommend. For $36 the poured two very small glasses (3 oz) and a huge glass of Medeira with dessert. I would have preferred to have one glass of something I liked. The Fried chicken was excellent, the salads were also quite nice. My short rib was literally a slab of fat, which I sent back. The replacement was mostly fat, but had a bit of meat. I understand ribs are fatty, but this was not edible. I might give it one more try on a non holiday, but with so many choices in NorthBeach I might not. For 4 people it was $500, not at all worth it.
  19. P

    Peaches

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Pros: The food was good overall, and the service is great. People are friendly, and their North Beach location is much nicer than their Balboa location was. Cons: They charge a "gratuity sales tax", which I've never seen on any other restaurant bill. The food portion made up 73% of my total bill. To know that taxes, upfront gratuity, and this "gratuity sales tax" made up over a quarter of my bill seems excessive.
  20. GD

    GregD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Poor acoustics with two tables of six tucked in a corner over uncarpeted floor and hard surfaces made it impossible to have a conversation.
  21. HF

    HoustonFoodie

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic place. The food is better special. The fried chicken is a must have!
  22. k

    kylew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambience. Good service the lighting could be dim down a little but the restaurant looks amazing
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Flavor mixing was messy and not a good blend. Atmosphere was equally mixed.
  24. l

    lizzyh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The experience overall felt special. The wait staff in particular were helpful and friendly. The dishes were well conceived and offered a fair amount of choice. Though one of our friends was a vegetarian and her choices were very narrow. It was an overall very good experience. It was a little pricer than expected mostly because we did not see the extra charges for a particular dish.
  25. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food was good service /ambiance was not. Super disappointing
  26. a

    andrea

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are as wonderful as they were out in the Richmond… so nice to see Cassava now has more space to make magic!
  27. JM

    JasonM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas dinner
  28. PK

    PaulK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic dinner. Everything was delicious. Service was superb. We will definitely go back!
  29. t

    tatey01

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience from soup to nuts was great. LOVED the food and staff.
  30. HU

    HedianaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed my Xmas Eve dinner at the new Cassava@North Beach. Thank you for your suggestion re Lambrusco!
  31. JK

    JillK

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They were running 20 minutes late for our reservation. The service was slow and the entrees were tasteless. It wasn’t a good experience for a $500 dinner.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really an amazing and unique restaurant . The food was delicious and well presented, the staff always polite, available and knowledgeable and the proprietress really gracious. I would highly recommend for any occasion, but they made a holiday dinner into a surprising discovery. We cannot wait to go again.
  33. JC

    JohnnyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service was fantastic. Would recommend.
  34. R

    Rysiu

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Unfortunately one of the worst meals we've ever had not to mention a very long wait time. Just the opposite of what we experienced just a few months ago in its former location in Richmond District.
  35. LG

    LeyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday and had dinner at Cassava SF. We loved everything! Will definitely go again.
  36. AR

    AidaR

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new place, very tasty and creative dishes, generous pours of wine! We’ll be back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!
  38. C

    Chas

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gracious owner-host and her chef husband made the meal sublime. Dine here soon before Michelin discovers this North Beach gem. Prices are very reasonable given the superb quality of dinner. A true treat…
  39. HC

    HarryC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It would be a 10 if we had ordered the incredible fried chicken and glass of red wine and be done with it. The pairings of not careful include wine, hard cider and sake which are all good but together can melt one’s brain. Cod undercooked. Service was excellent but culinary too precious.
  40. d

    davidl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and ingredients. The wine pairing helps to take the thought out of picking in your own. The restaurant did a nice job pairing food to wine.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Cassava is rated 4.4 stars by 421 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cassava

401 Columbus St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vallejo St

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 11:00 am–2:15 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Stockton St & Columbus AveMUNI 8, 30, 45

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kristoffer Toliao

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 640-8990

  • Private party facilities

    Cassava is available for large parties. Please email at hello@cassavasf.com or 626-419-2190 outside of regular business hours.

  • Private party contact

    Yuka Ioroi: (415) 640-8990

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