About Caffe Macaroni

59 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
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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.

Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
Italian, Organic, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Jackson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 956-9737

Website:
http://www.caffemacaroni.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Mario Ascione

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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Caffe Macaroni Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Amazing Italian Food

Dined 4 days ago

One of our group had already been and recommended the restaurant. The food was amazing, service was great. It is tiny but so worth it.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic gem

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

Fantastic gem

food5
ambience5
service5
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The food was awesome.the staff were grea ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

The food was awesome.the staff were great.they were almost closed but they accepted us with a great smile. The chef recomended the best for our taste. Resturant is cozy and friendly.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Classic Italian North Beach

Dined on March 25, 2016

Mario's food was perfectly prepared; the pasta al dente ; the main courses were excellent, too. Our guest had the lamb shank over polenta and raved about it.

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Fantastic food

Dined on March 20, 2016

The restaurant was recommended to me by someone who lives in San Francisco for 20 years. It did not disappoint. We had three people for dinner and each of us ordered a different entrée and each entrée was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to others who want a good Italian meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Italian Family Run and Quaint

Dined on March 20, 2016

Caffe Macaroni was a great place to eat. We went there with a group of five and found the ambiance fun and quaint. The restaurant is snuggled into a very tight space so don't expect high luxury and spacious eating and new stylings. It was amazing to not be that way. The food was all very well prepared and with a real Italian feel and the service staff and owners were all so friendly and welcoming. We had the calamari, the black squid ink noodles, and a few of the specialty items that night and everyone was delighted with the appetizers and their meals. I highly recommend this quaint and friendly Restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Good Time

Dined on March 6, 2016

We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation. It was raining and thought I would have to wait outside. They prepared a table for us and got us in early (good start). Service was great, the food was outstanding. My family of 5 had a great time. Plenty of variety on the menu to please everyone. We loved the atmosphere - cozy and unique.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent service. Tasty food. Superb ti ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

Excellent service. Tasty food. Superb tiramisu. Lovely ambiance. I would go again.

food4
ambience5
service5

I took my mother, who is from Sicily, he ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

I took my mother, who is from Sicily, here. She never wants to go to Italian restaurants because the food "isn't as good as hers." After the meal she said, "Next time I visit you in San Francisco you're taking me to this restaurant." Enough said.

food5
ambience5
service5

The staff was so great!!!!!

Dined on March 5, 2016

The staff was so great!!!!!

food5
ambience4
service5

Real Italian food! Delicious! Service wa ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

Real Italian food! Delicious! Service was excellent . Will be happy to return

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

excellent

Dined on February 27, 2016

Loved it! Mario is awesome, super attentive to customers. Impressive owner.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Food prepared tasty and inviting.

Dined on February 25, 2016

Special Italian eatery with friendly service and flare. Seating was very cozy in tiny room, but worth the quality food. Best if you can eat outside. Pasta and pizza a must. Deliciosa!

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Great Find

Dined on February 24, 2016

"Bottle of red....bottle of white" may have been written here. Small, classic, personable. First time diners, felt like family. Black pasta de mare excellent. Three entrees, one bottle wine, three desserts....138 with tip. You kidding me?? Highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service5
value4

consistently pleasing

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

I have been eating and drinking here for 25 years and Mario always provides the freshest ingredients, well-prepared and authentically southern Italian (Naples), accompanied by very well chosen wines, all reasonably priced. It is our "Go To" spot in the City for virtually any occasion.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

One of my favorites of SF. Best kept sec ...

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

One of my favorites of SF. Best kept secret.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Traditional Italian Spot

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Mouth-watering homemade dishes, bustling noisy small place with charm, the owner is always there

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Valentines

Dined on February 15, 2016

Food is delicious, staff from Naples and Milan keeping everything authentic. Always plenty of people watching to do with the sidewalk seating.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Favorite Italian Restaurant in SF

Dined on February 14, 2016

Nothing better than the owner greeting you and letting you know he's happy to have you. The food is great, the service is great, it's a little hole in the wall and that's fucking great. I love this place and will be eating here every time I visit San Francisco.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Tiny North Beach find

Dined on February 14, 2016

Excellent food and fun location for watching people walk by. The restaurant is tiny but has outdoor seating for nice days. The owners and staff were friendly and accommodating. By the end of the meal, you feel you are family!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

SF Character.

Dined on February 13, 2016

So much fun. Classic San Francisco, great food, entertaining service. We sat outside on Columbus Enjoyed the Chicken Scallopini with Gnochi.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Still Fantastic after 20 years

Dined on February 13, 2016

Used to come often but have not been here since mid-90's!!! Food still over the top excellent, friendly competent staff - owner on premises. Best southern Italian I have had in my life. Thank you Mario for keeping it going all these years without losing a beat! My loss for letting it go so long without a visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food4
ambience2
service4
value3

Great Find

vip
Dined on February 11, 2016

My colleagues and I were looking for a las minute reservation for dinner and found this great North Beach restaurant. The meal and the service were excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

We randomly saw this place on open table ...

Dined on January 27, 2016

We randomly saw this place on open table and decided to give it a try. While the dining area was small, we came on a weekday at 1100 and had no trouble getting seated. We started with the calamari and lentil soup. The calamari, which was served warm, was very fresh and complimented with beans and tomatoes. Not rubbery at all. The lentil soup was seasoned well and the soup base was clear broth, not very oily, which is a good thing. My husband had the risotto pescatore while I had the pasta amatraciana. Both were excellent. Lots of very fresh seafood in the risotto and my pasta was cooked perfectly al dente. Prices are reasonable as are portion sizes. We will definitely be returning!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A North Beach Legend

Dined on January 24, 2016

I've been going to Caffe' Macaroni for over 15 years, and I still look forward to having dinner there. Mario and his wife Stephanie do a fantastic job in making you feel comfortable and then serve some of the best Italian food there is. Mario always has such an extensive list of specials that I rarely order from the menu. Everything is good. Reservations for dinner are a must.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Favorite Italian Restaurant Anywhere

Dined on January 20, 2016

I love this place. A friend referred it a year ago - I've been three times on visits to San Francisco, and I'll continue to go back. I love this place.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience1
service1

Cramped restaurant with inconsistent ser ...

Dined on January 13, 2016

Cramped restaurant with inconsistent service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Outstanding

Dined on January 9, 2016

As an almost-annual visitor to San Francisco, I make it my business to dine at Caffe Macaroni every time that I am in town. This time I brought colleagues to whom I had raved about it; they shared my enthusiasm after their visit. I travel to Rome most years and can compare Caffe Macaroni very favorably to small trattorie that you find in the historic center of the Eternal City.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great service, atmosphere, and food. Wou ...

Dined on January 8, 2016

Great service, atmosphere, and food. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in a fun and delicious dinner!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent dining experience

Dined on January 1, 2016

Situated in a small, unassuming but charming space, this restaurant manages to effortlessly deliver an exceptionally enjoyable dining experience. The menu is creative, the food is fabulous, the wine is excellent, and the service is attentive and personal. It is a restaurant to which we will return frequently, since it is extremely difficult to find better food, served in a more charming venue, by staff which is more friendly, unpretentious and capable. Our party tried a range of appetizers as well as entrees, including soup, fish and various types of pasta, and across the board the food was remarkably excellent. This restaurant is truly a gem.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best dinner ever! Spectacular northern I ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

Best dinner ever! Spectacular northern Italian cuisine, incredible service. Feels like you are dining with family

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Slightly Above Tourist Food

vip
Dined on December 19, 2015

Maybe the restaurant had an off night but I just cannot imagine ever eating here again. The food was not bad but it was not good either. Not enough spices in the food. I just can't think of a reason to return. I certainly would never seek it out. Too many places in North Beach and the rest of the city that have just as good as and better Italian food PLUS a decent bar.

food5
ambience5
service5

It's Amazing

Dined on December 13, 2015

Caffe Macaroni is fantastic. Easily the best Italian food I've had in the US. Eat here.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience2
service2

Wanted to love it

Dined on December 12, 2015

I scoured all the Yelp reviews before making a reservation at Caffee Macaroni. We went with another couple - then the couple at the next table had an extra couple squeeze in with them - which was annoying - not only because the other man in our party couldn't hear well but also because it made for a tight fit. Food was only average at best. Lots of olive oil! Salmon was fairly tasteless.

food5
ambience4
service5

great dinner

Dined on December 5, 2015

Dinner was fabulous. Very small, intimate restaurant. Very authentic. We really liked this place.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

We're always treated like family when we ...

vip
Dined on November 22, 2015

We're always treated like family when we go to Macaroni, by the very friendly Italian family that runs this place. The ambiance is unique as well but the food is what keeps us coming back, and the menu is always fresh with specials of the day. Can't wait to go back!

food5
ambience3
service4

The service staff is so friendly and att ...

Dined on November 22, 2015

The service staff is so friendly and attentive, even though they were so busy. I requested a downstairs inside window table and waited a bit since the place is pretty small. The calamari was tender and delicous. The arugula salad with fennel was perfectly dressed with balanced dressing. The pizza could have been baked just a tad longer to have browned crust. It is amazing that that tiny kitchen produces such great food at reasonable prices. We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

A Italian Experience for my Birthday

Dined on November 22, 2015

This restaurant was the only place I wanted to go to for my birthday dinner with my friends. I lived in Italy for awhile and this place has not only the best Italian food I have had since coming back but a also a true Italian experience. Each of the four courses were small and delicious, served in a steady slow pace so we could talk and enjoy our meal together and the servers made us feel like we were at their home not their workplace. My Italian friends said that they expected to go home afterwards to their apartments in Florence. This restaurant is a must for anyone eating in the City.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We have never been disappointed at Caffe ...

Dined on November 22, 2015

We have never been disappointed at Caffe Macaroni. The food is consistently delicious and it is a fun and friendly atmosphere.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food... Small restaurant yet c ...

vip
Dined on November 15, 2015

Excellent food... Small restaurant yet cozy. Do not sit upstairs if you are over 5'9" due to the low ceilings- but worth it even if you have to duck 😉. Lots of specials off menu to choose from & friendly staff. They even held on to my scarf for me after i forgot it the other night! Authentic, old school foods. The dessert of the evening was spectacular!

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