Rose's Cafe

4.7
448 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!

Support Rose's Cafe during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 448 people are saying
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vipAlexK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was overall very good (I liked my pasta with mushrooms, friends liked the steak and calamari, but found the burger somewhat dry), the service was outstanding, attentive and thoughtful. But there were showers at night and the tents did not cover all four of us, unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciate having a simple eatery in our neighborhood, we keep to ourselves yet it feels like an extended living room for us..

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vipAmyA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy neighborhood restaurant with reliably yummy food and friendly service. Great dinner at Rose’s

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vipgary
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

neighborhood gem - delicious pastas and pizza and the chopped salad is great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So patient, accommodating; delicious food; lovely atmosphere

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vipTinaK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service and very good food. Pasta was tasty and Al dente, and the burger was very good. They were so accommodating to my dog.

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vipMartin
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They are very rigid on policies -- no substitutions, no ability to order items from set menu a la carte. I think they could loosen up on that stuff.

I applaud their strictness on Covid vaccinations -- they made one of our party go home to get his vaccine card before they would let him in.

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vipRoadrider125
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Rose's and were pleasantly surprised. Attentive service, knowledgable staff, good sized portions. My flank steak was among the best I have ever had. Liked the wine selection. Will go back!

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Pisces20
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner in Rose's Cafe. For an appy he had the crispy polenta and I had the roasted beets. Our entrees were Salmon and Pork Shoulder. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. Javier was very knowledgable, and pleasant. Almost forgot the yummy apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

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Jerry
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice food. But we told the server when we first arrived that we had a 8 o'clock performance to attend across the street. A full hour and a half to dine. She assured us that there would be no problem. But our entree didn't arrive until 7:45. Not a way to enjoy a meal. It was a busy night but you folks can do better!

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vipbethm
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner last night at Rose's Cafe! Service, ambiance and the food was amazing! I can't believe it took us so long to find this quaint neighborhood gem. The polenta was especially delicious! The wine list was a little limited for us, but next time we will bring a special bottle along to enjoy.
We highly recommend and will return soon!

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JDub
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A real local gem. They were gracious about seating us early. Attentive staff, without hovering. The outdoor seating has heat lamps you can control yourself (quite hot). The food was simple and tasty. Good small wine selection.

It was charming when a young family nearby celebrated a birthday and the whole restaurant sang to the girl as her slice of cake with a candle was brought over.

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vipEric
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently above average food, interesting Mediterranean influenced menu. Service was probably the best I have had a restaurant in a long long time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great!

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vipScubacat
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Reliable although not amazing. The menu is varied, the food is good, but our service was haphazard and slow. We had to ask for an ice bucket for the champagne we brought, it took 10 minutes to get the first bottle of water that we ordered and we never got the second, we had to ask for sufficient forks and knives.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rose’s. Wonderful people. Excellent food & wine. The cookies were exceptional. They baked a new one we had not tried. Yummy!!

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vipJACKB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. A neighborhood gem.

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Julie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Service staff was excellent! Try apple crisp...it was excellent!

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vipPresidio
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Food always outstanding. Service quite attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rose’s is our favorite local restaurant!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My Steelhead did not taste fresh. I had an upset stomach later in the evening. Everything else was excellent.

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Gabby
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rose’s was delicious! Everything was tasty and the service was fantastic. The restaurant was beautiful on the inside, and smelled amazing because it was an open kitchen.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed an early Sat. evening pasta dinner at an outdoor table w/our pooch before the Escape to Alcatraz triathlon the following day. Chopped salad, linguini w/clams, farfalle pasta and apple cobbler were all nicely done and service was attentive and thoughtful. Highly recommend this lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I haven’t been there in more than 15 years and it’s still as good as ever. Friendly and attentive service, everything I tasted was delish, especially the steelhead. The sidewalk/patio ambiance wasn’t ideal, but I certainly can’t fault the restaurant—pandemic times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I delightful place with lots of ambience. Food was delicious, all around a place I would strongly recommend for a traditional American.

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vipHKGuy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nicely prepared and tasty dishes. Good service in addition. Recommended!

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peterc
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous fresh trout dish, the chicken is delicious and the linguine w clams are my faves! Every server for so many years has been attentive but never hovering and super accommodating. Rose's us a go to always great dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated outside. The dinner was ok, not as good as I rememberer, but I think it may have to do with covid. I will try Rose’s again in the future.

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vipAmyM
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service. Delish desserts and espresso.

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vipKevin
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are outside, as we have a puppy. Food was great and they were very accommodating to our puppy

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vipBunny
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a very pleasant experience. We just did several appetizers (the polenta and beets were excellent). Service prompt and non obtrusive. The perfect little neighborhood spot.

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Zalophus
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pork shoulder tender and tasty, Steelhead (farmed) was delicious. Flourless cake also delicious. House Pinot Grigio very smooth. S

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ElviraG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rose’s is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants — we’ve been coming here for years.
Wonderful ambiance, great atmosphere & the staff couldn’t be friendlier or more efficient.
A real gem.
Kay & Sandy Walker

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vipMHTM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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AlexaL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a local's favorite that has everything: great food, good ambiance, suitable for couples and a menu that works for kids too. We love it here. Professional staff!

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vipTherey
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great but place could use some heaters in the tents are out on the street.

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vipMichelleE
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I usually think of Rose's for breakfast or lunch. Dinner is just as delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and my service dog Sadie had a great time. The staff were especially fun and engaging. Sadie really enjoyed herself soaking up everyone’s affection and the delicious aroma of great food. Even other patrons got in with some Sadie time. They seemed to enjoy themselves too.. Thank you for a splendid evening.

FAQs

Rose's Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.