Rose's Cafe

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A favorite in the Cow Hollow neighborhood, Rose's Café is a hangout for locals who bask in the sun at sidewalk tables, duck inside for a cappuccino, or stay for a leisurely meal. Many customers are regulars who frequent the pretty bistro-café that offers table service and some of the most deliciously affordable food in San Francisco - Italian fare created using organic local produce, fresh seafood, humanely raised meats, and free-range poultry. Rose's artisan bakers bake a daily selection of pastries, desserts and breads. Menu highlights include: pizzas, daily soups and house made pasta. Accepting Reservations for Dinner Only!
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EH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rose’s is a classic SF Cafe. Both the food and service are excellent, and prices are reasonable. The decor is charming with several large mirrors and Murano lighting.

AT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The margherita pizza and salads were amazing, as usual. Rawb and Anthony took good care of us.

NJ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fine in door out door cosy neighborhood French style bistro in SF’s cow hollow / Marina.

Am institution, a go to.

Always a pleasure to dine at Rose.

B
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Better food quality tonight, our 3rd visit in 6 months, same pretty bad service. Small place but waiter missing more than present. So many staff, but where are they? On a Sunday @ 7pm even, lace only 1/2 full even. Sweet Serbian busser Girl was our fav. Hopefully Owner fixes this SOON...

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful table outside

E
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Relaxing spot. Very good food- loved the fettuccine! Also the pizza and pea soup were excellent. Friendly staff.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, wonderful food and not a long wait time for food to arrive...wonderful experience!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food took over an hour to arrive and werent told when we ordered that the chicken takes 30 minute..and came after hour.. Ordered dessert and she forgot two of the 3 desserts. We eat here often and this might have been a bad night but service was not good. Food is very good.

LX
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great relaxed atmosphere and good food. Had squash blosssom ricotta , clam linguine - really enjoyed both.

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood place where all ages gather for delicious food and a relatively quiet venue. A welcome respite from most of the Union St establishments that cater to the 20 and 30 somethings.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner - all superb at Rose's!

L
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Food not nearly as good as in the past. Main course at least 30 min after starters. Noisy. Won’t go back

AA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for everyday dining. Consistent, yummy, and nice people and atmosphere.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal!

DF
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Chopped salad was good.
Steamed mussels fair, the meat in the mussels were on the smaller side, not the best quality. Sauce was good.
Pizza with wild mushrooms, leeks and ricotta was fair. Mushrooms were generic and lacked flavor, they need to add more flavorful ingredients. Was disappointing.
Cappuccino and biscotta was good.

f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Rose's Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The food is always good, the service friendly, and the prices are fair. I'd recommend it for brunch, lunch and dinner! Go and you won't be sorry :-)

MZ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a superb restaurant. We will be back soon. Thanks.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rose’s is my go to neighborhood place. I always run into people I know. Great menu - had the mussels last night.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

celebrated my niece’s 21st birthday. we were treated to an amazing experience with friendly, engaging service (Stephanie was fabulous!) Brian and other staff went above and beyond with their friendliness, recommendations for extremely delicious menu items and wine/sparkling wine!!!! hats off to the chefs!! Thank you!! we will be back!

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Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant choice, very happy to have eaten there. Both our dishes were delicious, good service and nice ambiance. Larger portion sizes, took home leftovers of both our dishes.

JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been disappointed here. Solid neighborhood gem

DC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best roast chicken this side of Zuni, Pizza's fresh from the brick oven, and a small but well-crafted menu complimented by a similarly small but well-curated wine list all make Rose's a neighborhood favorite. Reservations recommended - download the OpenTable app and keep Rose's Cafe at the top of your list for Pac Heights eateries!

LS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

On our recent visit to San Francisco we stumbled across Rose’s, drawn to its overall European character (mostly a casual mix of Italian and French). The wait was a wee bit long, but granted it was lunch time. The food was so good we went back for dinner the next evening. We loved everything about it — the food (especially lunch) was creative and delicious, and the staff were helpful yet not intrusive. It was a delight!

F
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classical neighborhood family restaurant. One we always enjoy.

g
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! This visit my friend and I shared a few things and I have to say the roast chicken is outstanding! One of the best I’ve ever had and the watercress with a little lemon-flavored dressing was a delightful surprise too. Have never had a bad meal at Rose’s.

TS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat semi-regularly at the restaurant, so high praise for its menu, preparation, wait staff. Kudos!

DM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous chicken and great salad. Could hear perfectly! My criterion for SF restaurants. Going back on Friday!

l
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was very disappointing. The waitress was great.

SH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic service, as always!!!

KR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service. We shared most of the dishes and it was plenty of food! All tasty.

c
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever had. Capellini and skirt steak. Great decaf latte! Service perfect

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service!

MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Rose’s!

PT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my neighborhood 'go to' restaurant. The food is simple, cooked to perfection, fresh ingredients , and the service is friendly. We were greeted at the door as we walked in and our waitress was charming and helpful. We will see you again. Pat and Terry Daugharty

SE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had the soppressata pizza. It was one of the best pizzas I've had in recent memory. The staff was warm and friendly. I great neighborhood spot.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Would have loved this place had the quality of the food been a bit better.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SF restaurant week with wine pairing

JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - chicken and pork loin fantastic. Nice salads. Very good desserts God service and good value

JO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rose's always delivers on a great meal, excellent service and cozy atmosphere.

B
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our 2nd visit.

Food still very good.
Horrible however was the TIME of SERVICE.
Restaurant about 1/2 full upon arrival, with 3-4 busy all Latin chefs in mini-kitchen, but their rate of meal prep WAY SLOW. Were they all in training? Were they learning English? Were they just telling jokes? What were all these guys doing in there?

We had only 2 courses, 1 hour & 15 mins there...we had to be somewhere at 8:30pm. I begged our always disappearing waiter to please hurry by 8:15, with entrees served at 8:25 or so, we got out 8:35, no time for dessert or to chat during entree. We got to nearby destination only 10 mins late.

I shouldn’t have left a nice tip or any tip...but I was feeling nice with the “holiday environment”, yep, too many to count drunk & inebriated Santas & Santa Helpers out in front & all around Union Street & Cow Hollow...

EG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have being going there with family and friends for many years, and never been disappointed, but always better.

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