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Rocco's Cafe

4.2
718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • 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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4.2  based 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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vipPobreTomat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

Always welcoming, always spotless, always delicious!

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LindaP (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 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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vipPobreTomat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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Peggy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipLIKETOEAT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

We love the place! Will go back .

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

Old style American Italian food.

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SteveM (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined 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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cgbrill (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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InPursuit (Miami)
4.0  Dined 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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vipEmeryvilleDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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lawkr (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 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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Two2dine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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ciscojj (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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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JoeM (Shreveport)
5.0  Dined 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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vipPobreTomat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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