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Caffe Macaroni

4.9
4.9
605 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness.

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic, Sicilian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 956-9737

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mario Ascione

  • Neighbourhood

    North Beach

  • Cross Street

    Jackson

  • Parking Details

    Download the ZIRX app to park with ease at Caffe Macaroni - ask staff to enter promo and your first park is free! Lots of street space, garage facility (3) on the block.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

What 605 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Best Food

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Italian

  • San Francisco

    Best Overall

  • San Francisco

    Best Food

  • San Francisco

    Best Value

  • San Francisco

    Outdoor Eating

  • San Francisco

    Italian

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  1. M

    Maxine

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best spot for quality Italian at reasonable prices! Literally no bad dishes but we never skip the Caesar salad. The hospitality is amazing and there's a parking garage just around the corner.
  2. JB

    JulieBrown0428

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot stress this enough - this is an absolute must! The food was incredible, the atmosphere wonderful, but what really sells this restaurant - the owners. They were both extremely warm and engaged. They greeted every guest like a long lost friend and immediately made you feel at home. I have never been to Italy, but after dining here I feel like I’ve eaten in Italy! A true hidden gem, I am so happy we stumbled upon this rare find!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and ambiance were excellent!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience. Don’t miss it!
  5. KR

    KevinR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food and service were excellent.
  6. KV

    KarenV

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was in SF to bring my daughter home from college for the summer and she made the reservation for Macaroni cafe. She ate there before and highly recommended it; it totally lived up to the hype! From the lovely wine and garlic infused olive oil to my black pasta with seafood and dessert with a shot of limoncello, I enjoyed every bite! I’m so looking forward to going back when my daughter goes back to school in the Fall!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going here for over 25 years -,it’s consistently great and I love taking out of town guests here. It’s always a perfect evening. The food is delicious and the family-run business makes for great service. I love this place!
  8. JG

    JuanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The diner was fantastic and the staff was very helpful
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply fantastic!!
  10. KT

    KatT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat outside and enjoyed the warm weather and delicious food. Very small restaurant.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great authentic Italian food. Sat outside in parklet helped cut the wind.
  12. V

    paulV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian on North Beach. Mario is a neopolitan master
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply awesome. Every time. I travel here weekly for work and this is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. It’s a small and cozy neighborhood restaurant that serves an amazing meal. So authentic and divine, yet also unassuming. If you want an incredible dinner in the southern Italian style- this is your place. You will not be disappointed.
  14. D

    Dani

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario and his team are exceptional in their quality of food, service and making you feel at home. The charm of their restaurant has endured for more than 3 decades! I've never had a bad meal in 20 years.
  15. p

    paolat

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice to celebrate our 31st anniversary in the same place, and with the same owner, that catered our wedding. Thank you Mario!
  16. LL

    LenL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very hamish place with the owner welcoming you back. Excellent ,full flavored food and very warm, courteous service.
  17. CQ

    CatherineQ

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service, had both appetizer and dinner specials which were fresh and delicious. Cannoli for dessert a must.
  18. RM

    RoyM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario, Stephane and Izzy are the best. We feel like family when we eat at Caffe Macaroni!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner head Chef Mauro and his wife are amazing hosts. They prepared a great meal and provided us with a really fun experience. I’m taking more people to this very authentic Italian again two days later.
  20. T

    Trent

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the very best Italian food in San Francisco. Ultra friendly service.
  21. RM

    RoyM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario, Stephanie and Izzy are wonderful and like family. The kitchen crew turns out the best meals!
  22. T

    Trent

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caffe Macaroni has consistently been one of the best Italian restaurants in San Francisco since it opened over 30 years ago. Fantastic Neapolitan food with numerous specials, friendly, attentive service, and very reasonable prices considering the quality and variety of the dishes offered. Seafood dishes are always a good bet. Buon appetito!
  23. SP

    SteveP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place! Varied menu with a nice mix of traditional dishes and some updated ones, such as the halibut caponata. Good fish and some vegetarian options. Extensive wine list with good selection of Italian and CA wines, reasonable prices for most. Owner was over the top friendly and welcoming, and apologized profusely because we had to wait a bit for an outside table, despite having indicated that preference in our Open Table res. There was plenty of street noise on a Saturday night, but not so much you couldn't have a normal conversation. Will sit inside one of these days, it looks very cozy in there.
  24. CJ

    CJC2008

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Caffe Macaroni is AMAZING! The family, the service and the food are absolutely the best! I will definitely visit every time I am in San Francisco!
  25. GS

    GSBT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super food and great staff. Super friendly and homey feel. The food is fantastic.
  26. GC

    GaryC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every time we come to SF, and it is always amazing. Absolutely the best Italian food anywhere!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Mario and Stephanie are the nicest and most engaging owners. We love that this feels more like a family kitchen. The squid ink pasta was delicious and so was the special of the day boar and lamb pasta. We also had mortadella flatbread and caprese salad. All fresh and tasty!
  28. PM

    PeterM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great place to get really good food. Great hands on owner.
  29. RM

    RoyM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario, Stephanie and Izzy are the best most gracious hosts. The food never disappoints!
  30. SM

    StephanieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a wonderful trattoria nestled between the financial district and north beach. We have been coming for years and love the new outdoor seating options (so tiny inside it used to be hard to get a table). Great fresh fish and pasta and a wonderful family who runs the Cafe Macaroni.
  31. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved caffe macaroni so much, new favorite Italian place
  32. TC

    TheCROJo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a cute, authentic Italian restaurant. The chef recommended delicious specials (more than were on the menu) and the halibut, black rice risotte was special as was the caesar and the roasted eggplant. Everything was delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ate on covered tables on street due to Covid. Other than that it was great. Food was wonderful owners came out and talked with us. All in all a very enjoyable evening.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding food and service. Will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is the only reason I come to the city.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must ask if they made cheesecake that day. It is the absolute best!!! Sometimes we go here just for that. Everything else is excellent too but the cheesecake is very, very good!
  37. SI

    SashaInSF

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is my new favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. This charming family owned neighborhood like Restuarant is family oriented with great care taken to the food. The non-breaded fresh calamari appetizer and fantastic Caesar salad with anchovies it’s a staple of every meal I have. Great people watching and excellent wine list. Very casual but intimate.
  38. TW

    TerryW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best family-owned casual Italian cafe by a mile. Wonderful food and wonderful people.
  39. WB

    W28B

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic meal and great responsive service with a complementary limoncello shots with our limoncello cake. The pappardelle special was incredible and the wine we chose, a great pairing.
  40. MB

    MarieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience1
    We had to eat outside. The noise of the cars was pretty loud. Lots of fish on the menu. If you are a fish eater, it is wonderful. Otherwise, the spaghetti was very good. Excellent .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Caffe Macaroni offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 956-9737.

Caffe Macaroni is rated 4.9 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Caffe Macaroni

59 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Jackson

  • Neighbourhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Organic, Sicilian

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Download the ZIRX app to park with ease at Caffe Macaroni - ask staff to enter promo and your first park is free! Lots of street space, garage facility (3) on the block.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mario Ascione

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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