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Vico Cavone, San Francisco, CA

Vico Cavone

4.5
4.5
132 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Vico Cavone offers an authentic Neapolitan dining experience, the only one of its kind in San Francisco. With each visit, guests are transported to the warm city streets of Napoli. Our menu features traditional Neapolitan home-cooked “street” dishes inspired by family recipes and using house-made pasta, as well as an interesting selection of imported and domestic beer, a large wine selection and unique craft cocktails. Located in the diverse and vibrant Castro District, Vico Cavone is a comfortable everyday hangout for our LGBTQ family and its allies. Our mission is to offer the warmth, the hospitality and the comfort of a local Neapolitan establishment, and to run our business with honesty, compassion and a commitment to the community. Come join us!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 226-7800

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

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What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Great for Brunch

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  1. CN

    CNS1

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful people, good food, good wine and a very good value in a city full of insanely expensive restaurants. Great experience.
  2. M

    Michelino

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for a Saturday late lunch and had planned on ordering pasta from the lunch menu, but since it was the weekend, we could only order from the brunch menu, which was a little disappointing because pasta wasn't available. But the drinks and the food/paninni and the service were excellent and reasonable.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food but way too noisy! You can barely hear what your friends are saying!
  4. e

    eb140

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Has to ask to turn down music. Server was somewhat attentive and does not know how to read a table. Pizza was 70% dough. Eggplant parm mushy and greasy. Could not finish. Bummed as usually they are much better.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food is quite mediocre. The service was ok but not very consistent or professional. There are much better restaurants around. It’s basic and the food was not presented well at all.
  6. b

    benvolio

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this place. Good food. Good service. Good ambiance.
  7. ML

    MatthewL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prompt friendly service and hand made pizza's to die for.
  8. s

    sfeater

    San Francisco

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is a gem. There are many great Italian places in the city, but this one is a stand out. The pastas we tried were divine (one gnocchi and one with eggplant), the bruschetta was a cut above the rest and the table bread was home made , fresh and delightful with the olive oil that accompanied it. It also has the (almost obligatory) outdoor parklet option, which is very important to me. The servers were incredibly patient with the screaming banshee children at the next table (much more patient than I would have been). Thankfully, the "enfants terribles" left early in our meal, and we enjoyed a tranquil and delicious evening from that point on.
  9. KH

    KimH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were a group of 11 and they accommodated us and welcomed us with open arms! Alessandro was amazing! He told us stories about the recipes and described the dishes well. The drinks were PHENOMINAL - the best in our whole trip to San Fran. The Pear Martini and Aperol Spritz were the big hits of the night. The food was authentic and delicious. They brought out a flaming, delicious dessert for our birthday girl, which was so special. This place and the service was a highlight of our trip! Highly recommend!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Los camareros fueron muy amables ayudándonos a elegir la comida y el vino. La pizza estaba deliciosa pero la lasaña era pequeña y no estaba demasiado exquisita. Eché en falta alguna pasta al estilo carbonara o con alguna salsa a base de bechamel o huevo/nata.
  11. DJ

    DJLSFO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Give it time….
  12. b

    baba99

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The staff and wait people could not of been nicer. We felt our service was excellent. Our main was a potato, sausage, and cheese pizza. It was excellent. We started with a Caprese salad that was very good. The portion sizes were adequate and both dishes were very tasty. I started with a mandarin orange martini which was good but had too much mandarin orange flavoring and became a bit sweet for me. I had a glass of Primativo with the pizza while the wine was rvery good it was a bit warm. It would’ve been much more refreshing if it were served as red wine should be at a cellar temperature.
  13. MG

    MarieGia

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The service was okay (friendly waiters), although food was delivered before the ordered glass of wine. The food was just okay....calamari only minimally crispy with a dull red sauce, arancini with a dull red sauce. mediocre pasta. The back room was quiet and the hanging laundry was a cute decorating touch. We heard the owners were from Rome, but having been to Rome many times, the food at Vico Cavone doesn't being to compare. It's nice to have a small local neighborhood spot, but the food here is disappointing.
  14. s

    sffoodie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I shared with a friend the potato and sausage pizza and the pasta with potatoes and guanciale - we wanted the eggplant parmigiana, but they ran out. They were both good - overall we preferred the pasta dish. Good drinks list.
  15. J

    Jane

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A taste of Italy in San Francisco
  16. DR

    DRE1071

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for the monthly drag show and, as usual, the food and the service were excellent! I’m enjoying trying a different dish each visit.
  17. VA

    VoltaireAntonio

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Congratulations, Alessandro!❤️❤️ Love your restaurant!!
  18. MS

    MasoodS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience and it's getting better every time..
  19. JD

    JDub

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here all the time. Neighborhood gem. The parklet is great for outdoor dining. Love to try the specials: the sardines were excellent this week! Cocktails are the best. Great wine selection. We always have fun talking with the staff. They know so much about the food, culture, bevvys.
  20. s

    stoney

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent knowledgeable service. Server recommended a perfect wine. Food is well prepared. Friendly atmosphere.
  21. GH

    GinaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. We love the food, the decor and the owner and staff are warm and it feels like family.
  22. MP

    MichaelP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Pizza is the best!
  23. o

    oldenoughtoknow

    San Francisco

    229 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    229 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Italian addition to the gayborhood.
  24. g

    ger3sf

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good Italian cuisine in the Castro. Friendly service and reasonable prices. Outdoor parklet tables available.
  25. DR

    DRE1071

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Vico Cavone several times for brunch and it’s consistently fantastic. Even with the erratic nature during a drag show, the service was spot on and the food piping hot. I’m enjoying working my way through the menu to try everything. I look forward to my next visit. I have to have the Caprese again! For dessert we had the Mokamisu, which is creatively served in a Bialetti coffee maker. Delicious! The staff is phenomenal and takes great care of the clientele.
  26. r

    ronm

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I went to this restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday. When we got into the dinning room, there was only one other occupied table. Once we were seated, we waited 10 minutes before having a waiter recognize us as customers. I asked for water 3 times and finally received it. The dinning room was decorated with clothes hanging on clotheslines above our head. We saw a lot of employees walking around trying to look "busy", but actually not paying attention to customers. The one thing I did like, was that my birthday boy received a complimentary dessert with a firecracker decoration attracting everyones attention.
  27. E

    Emma

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The seafood pasta was cold when it got in. It was spicy even though I requested non-spicy. The gnocchi was clearly not house made, it tasted like it was bought in a supermarket. It was also cold and the tomato sauce had almost no flavor at all. Not worth 22 dollars each. Very disappointed.
  28. ML

    MichalL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very authentic. Tastes far better than it looks. Feels like Italian food back in Europe. Respectable original recipes and amazing service.
  29. b

    benvolio

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Better than I expected. Extremely friendly wait staff. I really enjoyed it!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the pasta e patate is exceptional.
  31. LP

    LukeP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The white lasagna was amazing! Please make it permanent on the menu!
  32. JD

    JDub

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local favorite. Charming staff. Great food. The wine & cocktails are fantastic. Parklet is very comfortable and the small tables along the sidewalk are nice if it isn’t too windy.
  33. KP

    KevinP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Wonderful staff.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food is ok but have had much better and authentic Italian in SF. Service was ok. The staff was very friendly. I wanted another drink but never got a chance to order…would not recommend if you are a foodie. Sorry.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us shared many dishes, all were a delight to eat. Service was friendly and warm. Highly recommend and will definitely be going back one day!
  37. MS

    MasoodS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience..
  38. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Best Italian in the neighborhood. We will be back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lugar tranquilo! Y comida muy sabrosa!
  40. BC

    BillyC

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Deep fried sardines were really good, as was the Agrodolce salad. Really enjoyed the pizza. The Limoncello sorbet for dessert was excellent.

FAQs

Vico Cavone is rated 4.5 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Vico Cavone

4248 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2410

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Diamond Street

  • Neighborhood

    The Castro

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

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