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Rocco's Cafe

4.2
718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

Rocco's Café on Folsom Street is a neighborhood institution offering authentic, home-style Italian food with a taste of tradition. We have a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with brunch specials served all day Saturday and Sunday. Experience the excitement of an open kitchen. Rocco's is great for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:30am
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 554-0522
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Don
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Private party facilities
Host your party here at Rocco's Café! On Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
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Private party contact
Chef Don: (415) 554-0522
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Catering
Whether it's a Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, or other Special Occasion, let Rocco's Catering do all the work! And remember, you also have these options:
• Host your party here at Rocco's Café - on Sunday or Monday nights you can have Rocco's all to yourselves! (Minimum number of people 30, Maximum 50)
• We prepare the food - you pick up or we deliver
• We prepare the food - we deliver, set up, and provide service staff
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 7th & 8th Sts.
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Parking details
Ample parking available on Folsom Street between 7th and 8th.
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Public transit
Three blocks south from Civic Center BART station and Muni Station.

#19 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom inbound and 8th and Folsom outbound.

#12 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom

#27 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Harrison (one block south)
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Special events & promotions
Rocco's Cafe was recently featured on Food Network Channel's popular TV Show "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives". The show aired on June 15th, 2009 and repeats often.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
4.4
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 2, 2016

Always welcoming, always spotless, always delicious!

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2016

Nostalgic photos all over the walls, very interesting of days gone by. Large portions, lively, great spot for breakfast and lunch. Staff and service were very good.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Good food but not great. Very friendly staff, nice vibe. Let us sit and talk for a long time without rushing us, which was great. Big portions, lots of vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

This restaurant is AMAZING!!! Extremely good value...I would have been happy paying more! The quality of the food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The chef/owner came out for a chat and our table was well taken care of. We had a person with strict dietary restrictions and they made sure she had options available to suit her needs. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Best real breakfast going! Can't live without it!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Excellent!! Was there for a business lunch and two breakfasts...fantastic food and great service!! Can't wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Excellent food, nice small place to grab a bite before the Giants game!

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

The food is awesome. One of those whole in the wall diamond in the rough kinda places.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2016

Reliable, excellent dining. Took my spouse there, upon request, in order to get his favorite meal. I also have a favorite meal (Clams!) and as usual, a perfect result. Delicious flavor that stayed with us for several hours after our dining ended. We'll be back again very soon.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2016

We love the place! Will go back .

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

Old style American Italian food.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent service. Personal attention from the owner. Food was as I remember. Excellent deep fried polenta and calamari. Two of us had the house chicken piccata. One went for the salmon. Just outstanding and we all had to go boxes

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

A friend and I had already had dinner at Rocco's once and we had really liked it, so when my cousin came to town, I didn't have to think twice. The food is always great and the dessert (this time it was banana and coconut pie) was awesome.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Ecclectic neighborhood Italian eatery filled with historical photos
We had lunch of manicotti and chicken parm. Only drawback is limited parking with a free one hour limit. Fortunately for us, it worked out. Great blue collar restaurant!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2016

I had been raving about the food at Rocco's for a while to people at work and decided to take a co-worker there one evening. We arrived just before our 6:00 p.m. reservations on a Thursday evening only to find that the power was out in a 2 block radius and they were not sure if they could cook. The chef decided there was still enough natural light for him to cook, so they graciously allowed us to order. EVERYTHING was amazing. My co-worker said it was the best linguini and clams she had tasted in a very long time. The eggplant and chicken parmagiana were outstanding. Not having power actually added to the ambiance and made the evening even more special. As we were leaving, the power was restored. I don't know many restaurants that would have accommodated the customer without power. It was an amazing night.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Rocco's is my go-to SOMA breakfast spot. The wait staff is incredibly friendly and their breakfast menu terrific.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

This experience was great. The food was delicious,both my friend & I thoroughly enjoyed the cozy feel of the Restaurant as well as the smooth efficient & professional service! Oh,and did I mention friendly servers. We each had something from the appetizer sections,Steamed Clams & Grilled Polenta with Marinara Sauce,House salads & Entree specials.Grilled Petrale Sole & Veal Parmigiana which were great.! Healthy portions and TASTY!
A great place to eat after a SF Giants game!

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2016

My family and I have been coming to Rocco’s since I was a kid. This particular evening I brought newbies with me to check it out. I was so embarrassed =( The restaurant was just not happening at all. Wait staff was absent-minded and clumsy. Poured olive oil bread dip and soup on us. The food taste and quality was really poor. The Roast Beef was really burned black on one side, raw veggies, and fishy smelling/tasting sole piccata. It was a bad night. I felt bad for the owner. My first time for a bad experience. I’ll go back but I won’t bring newbies with me for a while.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2016

Awesome, awesome, awesome! We were in San Fransisco on vacation and found this place by accident. It was a pleasant surprise. We loved the fact that it had been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives though we did not know that till we got there. It was a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2016

Well, now we're regulars! A big deal for us! No plans on diverting from delicious, fresh, made-with-love Brekkie now!!okay, I'm going to say it: Rocco's Rocks!😊

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2016

We were looking for a new restaurant experience near the Golden Gate Theatre and came upon Rocco's Cafe which is just a 15 minute walk. It is very much the neighborhood restaurant with a very unassuming decor. When we walked in we were immediately greeted and the service continued to be superior. Both of us had pasta and we agreed that it was the best meal we had in San Francisco in a while. Not foodie fancy, just perfectly cooked down home Italian. Can't beat it.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Was a wonderful meal. The pastas were perfect and lots of seafood !

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Caught a Triple-D episode just before traveling to San Fran and just had to try this place.
The food was excellent !! We loved that it was casual and felt right at home. We sat at the bar and watched the chef, best seat in the house.

We will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Was taking my cousin out for her birthday dinner and she wanted to go to Rocco's. I've never been there but I look at the menu and it looked delicious so we booked a reservation. It's very much a neighborhood bar with a lot of pictures on the walls and a vibrant Bar area. We ordered two appetizers the call Amari and the bait polenta which was incredible. I ordered the chicken piccata with a side of pesto which also comes with a salad and was more than enough food I actually took some home. The chicken piccata had a nice lemony flavor with capers stir into out and was absolutely delicious. I couldn't finish my dinner so I had a packed away for next days lunch which I eat later that night I can wait for the next day to have my leftovers! Will be back soon

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Scrumptious! Best eggs! Best pancakes! Best staff! Best everything!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and have always wanted to try this place. Food was OUTSTANDING!!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2016

Food was great, we all loved our dishes. Friendly staff. Good seating. Overall very pleasant experience

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

Delicious! Traditional good sized brekkie--great start to the day!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Classic spot in SF...No funny business here just straight good old italian cooking. Not a place for food snobs.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2016

The food was very good and they serve breakfast until 3PM (I think) so my client was very happy to be able to order pancakes for lunch. But it definitely wasn't what I had expected for doing a business lunch. It was WAY too noisy and casual...but the food was delicious and our waitress was also great. I would go back, but not for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

Great neighborhood restaurant, I've been going there for years. A bit of a sports TV vibe but not crazy but convenient to get a decent meal while watching the game.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2016

Outstanding, as always!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2016

Rocco's never fails to be a wonderful meal and experience. I love going there, great value and wonderful people. Chef Don is one terrific guy!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2016

Decided to try this place based on reviews. This is one of those local small family owned businesses that has been thriving in SOMA since the early 1990's. Restaurants don't survive long in SF unless they are doing it RIGHT. This is one of those "locals only but everyone welcome" places where you are treated like family when you walk in the door. Had a chance to visit with the receptionist and she recommended the linguini with clams in white sauce. Because I was alone, got to sit at the bar which overlooks the cooking area so I could see the care that went into each dish. Portions are generous, the aromas from the cooking area are wonderful. Prices are a bit higher than in the midwest, but hey, this is SF. Well worth the cost, no question. The linguini was the perfect "al dente" and the clams with white sauce were nicely spiced, not overdone, just good family style italian supreme comfort food. Definitely will return on the next trip to SF SOMA district.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Try to sit at the bar and watch the cooking show. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Went again for the world famous Chioppino....just fantastic. John is a great owner and host!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Rocco's has a quality of food which makes you feel like you're at mom's dinner table...you eat, you enjoy, you talk, and eat more. A real at home feel with great food and good company. Always good!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2016

This is a trendy gastropub with great food, superb service,and excellent atmosphere. The place was busy but we were seated quickly and served within 15 minutes. We had a very enjoyable brunch

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

If you have business near the Moscone Center, Rocco’s Café is not far to go for some reasonably priced, homestyle Italian food. I enjoyed an ample dish of linguine with tomato, basil, and garlic topped with five large grilled shrimp. My friend and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. The service was efficient on a busy Friday night. I will be back the next time I visit SF!

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