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Rose's Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Rose's Cafe

4.8
4.8
517 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Italian, European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:30 am–4:00 pm Breakfast & Lunch Mon–Fri 9:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-2200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Tzab

  • Catering

    N/A

  • Neighborhood

    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

  • Cross street

    Steiner

  • Parking details

    We are sorry, but we no longer offer valet. <br /><br />Street parking is available, Closest garages: 1) Union @ Buchanan (3 blocks away on Union Street. 2) 2055 Lombard @ Webster. <br /><br /><br />

  • Public transit

    22 Fillmore & 45 Stockton

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 517 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Californian

  • San Francisco

    Outdoor Dining

  • San Francisco

    Californian

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  1. PW

    PhilW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I used to go here every Saturday night for years, but have not been in at least 3 years. I think they are eliminating items from certain dishes and adding them as sides, but my memory is not great so I could be wrong. They do not seem to serve bread with meals any more, another cost-cutting measure. The Brussel sprouts are always spot on, as is the 1/2 chicken which is always perfectly cooked. All staff seems new.
  2. JA

    JACKB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    good wine list, good dining options, and always good service !
  3. M

    Marek

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Advertised as vegan/vegetarian, you won’t enjoy food there if not animal eater. You can choose some veggie sides to fill the time watching other people eating.
  4. OT

    OliveT

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was lovely overall.
  5. SF

    SFNative

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Rose's Cafe is a nice little spot on Union St. We went there to check out their Fall Menu for SF Restaurant Week. My husband chose from the regular menu and I had the prefix menu. He order the Grilled Local Calamari with Lentils, Braised Green and Paprika Aioli. We didn’t expect this type of calamari but it certainly WOWed us in a good way. We highly suggest this for anyone who wants to have fresh calamari that’s not fried. My first course was the Roasted Beet Salad. It was a good portion that was simply delicious. My second course was the House Made Fettuccine with cauliflower, leeks, chilies, tomato sauce and Pecorino. It was light and tasty but my taste buds would have been happier if the sauce was a bit more memorable. My husband was in the mood for burger and that’s what he got. Nothing special just something to fill him up. For dessert we shared the Dulce de Leche Lava Cake. It was sweet with a chewy outer crust. Not really to my liking as I was imagining something with a bit more chocolate in it but I’m sure others would disagree. Try it you might say I was all wrong. Oh, I did have the wine paring with each course. I highly recommend the Vinho Verde, Duinta Da Lisa, Portugal, 2020 to start. The Chianti, “Cetamuna”, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscan, Italy 2019 was light but I prefer a bolder blend. Plus, I wouldn’t recommend anyone having a dessert with the Tawny Port, Dow’s Portugal 2015. It’s just too sweet so either get dessert or the port but not both. Cheers!
  6. K

    Karen

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful find! Attractive space, good menu options and excellent service. It was Restaurant Week and they had a prix-fixe menu but we chose to order off the regular menu, as we didn't want too much food. The roasted chicken was huge, juicy and delicious. The fish was done perfectly. Highly recommend for 2-4 people.
  7. G

    ricahrdG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service was terrific. Ambience was great. Everything was amazing.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was WONDERFUL as always I just love it there service is always GREAT ….but this was even better….
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as usual
  10. NT

    NinaT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Two of had the roasted chicken. It was dry, tough and obviously overcooked. I would have sent it back but there were others at our table and I didn't want to delay their dinners.
  11. T

    Thomasc

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was good and the setting was nice... it was a Sunday evening and the atmosphere was very nice
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. We were seated outside in a protected area under a heat lamp. The food and the service were stellar.
  13. S

    Stones

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food most importantly. We sat outside and it was comfortable and quiet, very nice!
  14. MS

    MaryS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, limited choice of wines, great new pumpkin pie desert
  15. c

    chandler

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and ambiance, but the food was overpriced. Chalk it up to inflation, but there are other neighboring restaurants with better value. We’d return for a drink but not for a meal.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely! A tad chilly by the door but they really tried to work with us to shut it as often as possible. The food is always fab and the sweetest people!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my other kitchen. My bj-weekly visit to Rose’s Cafe is always a good experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Delicious steelhead and corn. Clam linguini was excellent flavor but super sand clam and a couple with a bit of sand kinda ruined it. The strawberry shortcake was perfect except it was more of a scone rather than a light pound cake or angel type cake. Perfectly baked scone tho. Flavors also good.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love Rose’s! Wanted to enjoy the nice weather with a drink outside somewhere- got lucky and snagged a last minute dinner res. The Bellini was refreshing, and exactly what I wanted in the heat. The spaghetti was creamy and delicious, and overall a very non-typical pasta. The skirt steak was perfectly cooked, and the green beans that came with it were well seasoned. The service was warm and efficient. I have been going to Rose’s almost my entire life, and every time I return it’s so nice to find it has retained the old school European feel- full of friendly people making quality and delicious food.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Viaje en familia
  21. JA

    JACKB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great salmon, a very good wine list and always good service. A neighborhood favorite !
  22. G

    ricahrdG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great in all ways
  23. DB

    DBSSF

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great Service! The grilled calamari was a particular favorite. Love Rose's Cafe - consistently a great experience.
  24. DF

    DebFink

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A casual and delicious outdoor dining experience. You can always count on beautiful food prepared with fresh delicious ingredients. I will keep coming back as I have for over 15 yeats.
  25. MM

    MaryMike

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together. We always love Roses. Good menu selection And everything is cooked just right. Such friendly and attentive service. I love how we can count on Roses to be deliciously consistent. They brought a dog biscuit and water for our pooch as well. ;). Thank you.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening with delicious food and very caring people.. We feel like it is our second home. So blessed to have Rose’s in our neighborhood & lives.
  27. PB

    PamelaB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful & welcoming staff! Delicious food, from appetizers through dessert! Quaint, fun atmosphere! We'll definitely return to Rose's Cafe!
  28. b

    bethb

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food is excellent and they accommodated us making a dish that was not on the menu anymore- very nice of them and delicious! LOVE the french bistro vibe.
  29. HK

    HKdinning

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I've been going to Rose's for over 20 years, but since moving overseas 10 years ago, I still try to come back once a year. What a fantastic place. The food is always great.
  30. KG

    KayGeeGee

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We opted for an outdoor table and enjoyed a nearly empty restaurant, probably due to people being away for the holiday. The staff was courteous and helpful. The food was delicious. Drinks were generously poured. I'd definitely come back for dinner here again and plan to soon.
  31. OL

    OLDvet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Rose's Cafe food was delicious except for the apple crisp dessert which was OK. The crisp apples were not cooked into a crust like one would expect and the vanilla ice cream portion was barely larger than a golf ball in size. I was expecting something like the McDonald's apple pie and a big scoop of ice cream. The Italian dishes were excellent such as the spaghetti. Soup and salad were great. Good coffee and excellent service.
  32. RL

    RandyL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent desserts! And service.
  33. KN

    KimiaN

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The restaurant is cute and cozy - the food is OK but. too expensive for what they offer. My ravioli dish was bland and the pizza was just ordinary
  34. R

    Randall

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is just outstanding, service too. Menu favorites: calamari salad with lentils, Rose Pistola pizza, rigatoni, and chopped salad. Ambiance was quiet and comfortable, the outside seating was warm and private. Thanks, Rose's Cafe, for making a friend's reunion dinner so enjoyable.
  35. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food has been great for years. Then the last few times not as good. Last night was fabulous again. Everything the 4 of us ordered was A-plus. Great to love this neighborhood cafe back on track.
  36. AF

    AndrewF

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting on the corner with outdoor dining that has a European cafe feel to it. We had the skirt steak and bolognese. Both were really good. The calamari was good when it had char/grill marks, but the pieces without weren’t great. Friendly service. It’s a good date spot.
  37. MM

    MarieM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely place, lovely service, and delicious food. Would highly recommend
  38. NH

    NelsonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a real treat to come here! Met all our expectations!
  39. o

    ollie

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My friend and I both started with the cauliflower soup, which was warm and comforting on a cold, windy day. She had the roast chicken, very good. I had the margherita pizza, which had a crackly-thin crust, plenty of cheese and a perfectly balanced sauce (not too sweet, not too acidic). We both had enough leftovers for another full meal.
  40. K

    yoKeho

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely to eat at Rose's again after so many years. It's still a very special spot. The food was excellent and my only complaint is that it was quite loud, not due to patrons or acoustics, but due to staff/cooks/busser going about their business with a lot of loud talking, banging, and clanging.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Rose's Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 517 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Rose's Cafe

2298 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Steiner

  • Neighborhood

    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:30 am–4:00 pm Breakfast & Lunch Mon–Fri 9:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Italian, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We are sorry, but we no longer offer valet. <br /><br />Street parking is available, Closest garages: 1) Union @ Buchanan (3 blocks away on Union Street. 2) 2055 Lombard @ Webster. <br /><br /><br />

  • Public transit

    22 Fillmore & 45 Stockton

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Tzab

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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