Caffe Macaroni

4.8
533 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.

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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 533 People Are Saying
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NatalieM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for good authentic Italian food, you have to try Caffe Macaroni!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it and the owners are awesome! They make you feel like you are dining at their home

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Mark94115
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! The hosts/owners are truly welcoming and the food was outstanding.

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hockeypucks
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I come here almost every anniversary. It was tough missing out on it last year. It felt like going back home when we were able to return this year.

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abby
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable, beautiful staff/owners...friends they are and the food/wine was so far above average you could not possibly have enough stars to rate them....

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vipHoney
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous off the beaten track experience in North Beach. No tourists. No crowds. Willing to modify to meet my paleo, low carb preference. Extra wild mushrooms with greens and salmon..no problem. Restaurant owned by lovely couple who made us feel like family. I asked what the other outdoor table ordered because it looked good and the man said, oh you want to try? I bring you some! Same with wine..you like red wine? I bring some for you to try? He bring two full glasses at no cost. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent - beyond friendly, almost familial. We sat outdoors next to a large heater. Dog friendly.

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Amyw
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful. Seafood pasta was delicious.

RM
vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and stephanie and Izzy rock!

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vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario, stephanie and Isabella are wonderful! We enjoy them very much!

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vipJeff
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from Mario and Stephanie as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming !!

CS
ChaseSFs
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentine's dinner. Great host and atmosphere!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ingredients, great ambiance. They make you feel at home.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in the city!!!

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario and Stephanie are the best hosts and we always have such an amazing meal at Caffè Macaroni. Sometimes we don't even order off the menu; we tell Mario what we're in the mood for and he always brings out something delicious!

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vipRoyM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!! Mario and Stephanie rock

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. Owner is really friendly, great energy and service

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and the staff was attentive the entire time. If we’re in the area we will definitely go back!

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StephanieH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So cute!!! Stephanie is the best and the food was delicious, fresh, classic exactly what we wanted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Northbeach!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so nice and the food is fantastic. Great place and great value

KM
vipKevinM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine choices delivered with amazing energy and warmth.

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Emqu
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people. What more could you ask for?

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KellyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Mario at Caffe Macaroni and the kids and husband had a blast. Highly recommend this spot for simple wine and fantastic southern Italian food.

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vipbobg
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic pasta and everything else. All made fresh. Great atmosphere, fun and delicious

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jwscostaricasanfrancisco
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We where outside. Mario the owner was such a doll. Food was great. Let him choose!! Definitely the hit place to go to in north beach.

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vipTop10Diner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always makes me happy. From Mario's warm greeting and expert command of the menu to Stephanie's amazing desserts, Maccaroni deliver's consistent value, well executed food, showcasing the freshest ingredients. I always recommend Maccaroni to my friends. It's a culinary gem and a go to dining spot for me.

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vipJosephW
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Host and owners are wonderfully friendly. Nice to have outdoor dining during covid.

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vipRobinG
Sacramento
65 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always fun to eat at Macaroni.

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MarinaG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario the owner was there, he is fantastic. Catered to us . Has been there for 30 Years there is a reason the food was wonderful.

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BookerH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A small restaurant, but one of the best in San Francisco. I have been coming there for years. The host and hostess, Mario and Stephanie, are fantastic, warm, and engaging people. The food is outstanding and authentic Southern Italian cuisine. I have have been fortunate to have eaten food throughout Italy, and eating at Caffe Macaroni brings tears to my eyes. I have a habit of ordering their Tricolore Salad and Positano (black linguine with prawns, mussels, clams, calamari, baby octopus and garlic). Their Sanguine is superb and be careful of Stephanie's Dolce! If you make a decision to share it with your friend/date, you will be cast as a selfish, greedy, narcissists! You will eat more than your proper portion! I have recommended and have been accompanied by people from all over California and the entire globe. Most recently, from folks who live in Australia!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit (as always) — good food choices + many specials. We had a wonderful dinner!

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ErendiraO
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, the octopus was the most tender and flavorful I have EVER had, the antelope was wonderful, and the cheesecake was to die for. The best meal I've had in months.

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ZoeC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, quality Italian ambiance and service. We loved their wine recommendations. Not great for huge groups of people, but perfect for date night or a double date!!

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sfojws
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten here a number of times over the years, and the food is always great. From a simple linguini agile e olio, to the seafood risotto, everything is fresh and tasty. Most recently, I had a dish of very fresh halibut, accompanied by a serving of escarole, with antipasto of calamari and cannellini beans. With the cozy, homey ambiance, and the hospitality of Mario & Stephanie (the owners), one feels like a dinner guest in their home, not merely a customer at the restaurant. The wine list is ample yet not overwhelming, and has entries for individual glasses, moderately-priced bottles, and premium bottles, for that occasional splurge. The location is a few blocks from the more tourist-oriented zone, but well worth the detour.

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vipYvonne
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for over 25 years and the limoncello cake is the bomb! My friends and I shared the following: the creamy mozzarella and arugula salad, followed by the eggplant parmigiana, linguine di mare and then the porchetta. We also shared a slice of the limoncello cake and the panna cotte with persimmons. I would come just for the limoncello cake but the food and the people have always been great. It is a not so hidden gem at the edge of FiDi/Chinatown/Little Italy. However, the owner, Mario, is thinking of retiring so better enjoy this while it lasts.

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vipMrCory0099
Richmond
80 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have never disappointed us! We've been going to Cafe Macaroni off and on for about 6 years now. We haven't been able to go for about 2 years now and it's like seeing an old friend. Great food and great service!

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DG2017
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Caffe Macaroni reminds me of the small mom and pop Italian North Beach restaurants I remember from the 1970's. The cafe is quirky, very red, and decorated in a whimsical manner. The restaurant is very tiny. We sat upstairs and we both ducked our heads. This area is intimate and cozy. You become quick friends with whoever you are seated by. The fennel and orange salad was outstanding. My husband had the tricolor salad which was also super delicious. I had the halibut on eggplant and my husband had the pork dish. The eggplant was sublime. The halibut didn't taste as fresh as I had hoped and my husband felt the same way about the pork. I side of "pizzaola" pasta was as good as my husband's Italian grandma made from scratch.
Limoncello cake split for dessert. Vermentino wine quite good. We will return.

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FrederickN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had a reservation for 7:15 on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant was way too crowded, and we were not seated until 7:50. We did not receive drinks until 8:15, nor food until 8:30. The food ended up being good, but the wait kind of killed the mood.

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MinMcQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Macaroni is always outstanding. The food in this tiny place is the best italian you will find in San Francisco and the atmosphere is always intimate and unique. Great place for a date, to take out of town friends or business associates, it never fails to impress.

JB
vipJohnB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Interier very crouded

FAQs

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

Caffe Macaroni is rated 4.8 stars by 533 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.