Rose's Cafe

4.7
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336 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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AP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place! When I come to SF, it's one of my first choices. Good food, good service, good ambiance, good atmosphere, good location.

Q
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rose's. Imagine stepping back to San Francisco, the way it was meant to be... Diverse clientele, affordable menu that doesn't require endless commentary, wait staff that are attentive and polite.

RC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After quite a while, I finally revisited Rose's Cafe for dinner; in the past, it had been a venue mostly for lunch.
The broccoli soup starter was excellent.
I had the fantastically delicious short-rib main course -- meltingly tender and generous portion of beef (it could be eaten with a spoon, which i also used to scoop up the flavorful sauce), baby carrots and mashed potatoes.
Steven, our server, couldn't have been more pleasant and accommodating.
A wonderful experience to be repeated again soon!

MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Usually a good experience at Rose's but I think they must have short-handed this time. Menus weren't ready for our 5:30 reservation and the food preparation took much longer than usual, forcing us to rush to finish eating in time for a 7pm event in the next block. Eaten here several times before; this time was not the best experience.

PW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this great neighborhood spot. I eat here often and love everything on menu.

LG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Rose's Cafe is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Delicious food, family friendly, and a great wine list.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Rose’s Cafe. They remember your name and what you like to eat!

EH
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
108 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful table outside

E
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

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
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal!

DF
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

4
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been disappointed here. Solid neighborhood gem

DC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classical neighborhood family restaurant. One we always enjoy.

g
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was very disappointing. The waitress was great.

SH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service, as always!!!

KR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service!

MG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rose’s!

PT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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