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Cesario's

4.4
4.4
1196 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Since 1991 Cesario’s has been serving fine Northern Italian and comfort food. We have an extensive global wine list. We are located close to the theater district and Union Square.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-9898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry

  • Catering

    We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (415) 624-9142

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Mason

  • Parking details

    2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.

  • Public transit

    1 block from the Powell/Sutter Cable Car stop. #2 & #3 Muni Bus Stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

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What 1,196 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. m

    mtwalameda

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is a lovely , small family owned restaurant. The service was perfect. The prices very fair. The owner is just so welcoming. Our food was very well prepared— traditional Italian fare—perfectly executed!
  2. B

    joelB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    The food was pedestrian. I had the lamb shank and the meat was stringy and tasteless. The food prices were good but that is probably because the food was poor.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw the play To Kill a Mockingbird and wanted a delicious meal and were not disappointed
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice food and characterful interior
  5. C

    Charles

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice solid Italian food, generous portions, very good service, leisurely dining for before the theater.
  6. CM

    CynthiaMoHill

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Intimate old school SF Restaurant amazing food carpaccio was great
  7. AB

    AlanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful little gym in the heart of Is San Francisco.
  8. EA

    EATS4BB3

    San Francisco

    314 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    314 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Training new staff, service was iffy. Food was very good
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely sweet staff, yummy food, great value.
  10. CD

    ConD

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Cute place with friendly staff. However the food was just okay.
  11. TK

    TKIRK

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was a great low key location, busy and felt a little rushed, but really enjoyed the dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint local Italian
  13. BR

    BarryR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I’m from New York so maybe my standards are really high but I ordered the chicken pacata and was very disappointed. The chicken cutlet was thick and a little hard and the sauce was not clear it was brown and didn’t taste that good . This place had good reviews that’s why we tried it . I wasn’t impressed and would not be going back .
  14. e

    esky

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a 6:15 reservation. Wh4n I reached the restaurant on time, I was told there was a 30-45 minute wait for a table. As I had theater tickets, this was extremely inconvenient, so I left. There was no apology, just a shoulder shrug when told him I had a reservation.
  15. PN

    PerN

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Very nice host. Very nice and cozy atmosphere. One of our dishes were amazing and the other a bit under cooked.
  16. P

    Posey12

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great little gem in the city. The food was excellent. The service was great. Overall, we will come back. It was very good.
  17. C

    Cycy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Food was great but service was really poor. I booked a table at 8PM but there was a delay of 45 min. Why booking in advance then ? Finally the frontdoor was constantly open allowing the cold wind to enter in the restaurant…
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Das Essen war nur mittelmässig, im Lokal musste mann wegen dem dauernden Durchzug die Jacke anbehalten. Der Chef war eher etwas unfreundlich und wartete ungeduldig, bis der Tisch von uns wieder freigegeben wurde. Schade ☹️
  19. JM

    JessieM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy this restaurant. The food and service are consistently good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. We loved the whole experience.
  21. C

    Craig

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Very good food... when you finally get it. It's a very popular and busy restaurant, and they're struggling to manage their reservations for their very limited space. Really nice people, but stretched thin. Yes, we'll return for the delicious food, but never again on a weekend.
  22. PH

    PreHPDinner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredibly delicious, the service was superb and the ambience was cozy.
  23. CK

    ClaudiaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and big portions. The table water is allways refilled
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good. We had dinner before attending Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran
  25. SR

    SallyRip

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The absolute BEST Linguine con Vongole I’ve ever had ( and I lived in Rome for many years) ! I love this place. The quintessential neighborhood restaurant with a large dose of “elegant” thrown in for good measure!
  26. DS

    DeanS

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a nice meal in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. We selected Cesario's due to its proximity to the Curran Theater and great reviews and we were amply rewarded. I had the swordfish special, which was excellent, as was my wife's polenta lazagna. Couldn't resist some chianti and the desserts, which were wonderful. The service was friendly and top notch and they gave us a cozy table for two by a window. We'll be back again, for sure!
  27. G

    Grelly666

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We visited from Canada. The ambience is very nice. The service was good. The food was good. Overall I would recommend eating here. Only note is the area of the city is a little rough.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious meal
  29. k

    kelly

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cessario's is the perfect spot to go before a play at the Curran! Food was delicious and moderately priced, great prices on wine, and the menu selection was wonderful! I highly recommend the polenta lasagna and the lemon mascarpone cake!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I have absolutely no clue who the people that are leaving anything above a one star review could be. Maybe they have never eaten in a restaurant before or have only eaten prison or cafeteria food. First off the place is so run down and shabby that ALL the old framed pictures on the walls are faded from sunlight and the ceilings are covered in watermarks from leaks. The bathroom art work, cheap posters from the 70s are covered in graffiti. Even the fake silk plants are covered in dust and faded from age. Looks like a gas station bathroom. Which is inches from the kitchen and smells. The kitchen is old rusty and shabby and with equipment that looks like it was installed in the 50s. Now to the food. We ordered $16 dollar Caesar salads with old, limp and yellow lettuce, and watery flavorless dressing. When it hit the table my jaw dropped. Literally a boxed salad at the airport newsstand looks fresher and more appetizing (see picture) We then had so called garlic bread. Soggy pieces of the leftover cheap stale bread they serve with dinner, reconstituted with some cheese melted on it. No oil, no toasting no seasoning and no garlic. Like your child would make in a toaster oven. Actually worse than that. The rest of the meal, pastas were over cooked and left in the water too long it tasted like. The whole meal was nauseating and went mostly left over. I've had better food on an airplane. We only went because it had three stars and was close to the Curran theater. Which is probably 90% of their business. Honestly an Olive Garden is 1000x the quality and a lot cheaper. I'm No foodie and no snob. This place is a dive. Don't waste your money or time in this greasy spoon. One glance inside and we should have walked away. An owner who won't even spend a few dollars to clean or paint his place or remove graffiti from his only restroom is not someone who cares. Don't indulge them with further business.
  31. DM

    DianeM

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A lovely meal when it arrived had to wait 40 minutes between starters and main meal. It is very small and tables very close together so it feels like you are sharing a table. However, the food was excellent
  32. g

    golfgirl

    Sacramento

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cesario's has delicious food and service. Small restaurant but have some small tables outside too. Food delivered promptly on a busy night.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Da italiano mi aspettavo poco dal cibo invece abbiamo mangiato delle ottime bruschette e una rivisitazione della carbonara che è comunque risaltata molto gradevole. La cottura della pasta era perfetta Consiglio anche agli Italiani Alessandro
  34. M

    Mike

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third time at this neighborhood gem. It's walking distance from the San Francisco Playhouse. The service and food are very good, and reasonably priced. This visit was the busiest we have ever seen it! Good for them. It's a small restaurant, so I would highly recommend reservations.
  35. B

    Bill

    Orange County

    266 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    266 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cesario's is a relatively small restaurants with tables close to each other. Private conversation is especially difficult. Not a restaurant for large groups. Food is good but not exceptional and the portions are amble. Price is reasonable. Conclusion is that Cesario's is a good restaurant for an informal dinner but do no expect a fine dining experience.
  36. CV

    CityVisitor

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious pasta dishes and appetizers. Our server was attentive and the food came out quite quick. We ate there before the theatre and the staff made sure we were done in time. It was a pleasant surprise.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there for the first time as the “dinner phase” of my nieces Bachelorette Party. The restaurant is small and intimate. All of our dinners were amazing! Stated with the polenta & crab cakes (my niece’s first time …had never had either…not in my watch!)… so delicious! Mains: One of us had meat lasagna, one had steak, one had fettuccine, and one had chicken Parmesan. OMG!!! All sooo good. We didn’t have time for dessert (dang it). The waitstaff was great & very accommodating of our time restraints (we had exactly one hour til our next destination). We made sure we tipped her WELL to show our appreciation of her thoughtful service. Would I ever come back to this restaurant even though I don’t live in the city??? YESSIREEEE…ABSOLUTELY….YES, YES, YES!
  38. CA

    CatA

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service! Food was great, but portions far too big. Cozy restaurant, but we were fortunate to be seated in a booth which made for a wonderful dining experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    It was fine. The food nothing special, the service pleasant. Cheesecake arrived frozen solid - 'that's how they tell us to serve it', explained the maitre d'. There's little that's Italian about this Chinese-run restaurant, which is fine, just don't expect a restaurant with any kind of Italian atmosphere.
  40. TF

    TimFitz

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great wine. Great staff. Always a great time.

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Cesario's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Cesario's is rated 4.4 stars by 1196 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Cesario's

601 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mason

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    2 parking garages within 1/2 a block of the restaurant. 500 Mason and 660 Sutter garages.

  • Public transit

    1 block from the Powell/Sutter Cable Car stop. #2 & #3 Muni Bus Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Henry

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-9898

  • Catering

    We offer a selected menu for all occasions. Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Available to book entire restaurant for private dining. Available for up to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Alex: (415) 624-9142

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