Great local neighborhood place with real Italian food, wine and hospitality!
Mario and Stephanie are the absolute best. The food is excellent and they always make you feel like you are part of the family.
A small but mighty Caffe! Authentic flavors made with love!
They were closed and no one called or told us that our reservation was not set.
We come to Caffe M every time we are in town. Love everything about about it!
Great, cozy place! We had the meatballs and the seafood linguine. Both were amazing. It would be hard to have more than 4 or so people, and a reservation is highly recommended. Especially if you must sit inside. But very cute and cozy. Great for a rainy December day!
Delicious food, wonderful wait staff and an authentic North Beach experience. The black squid ink pasta seafood special was excellent. Very small restaurant that encourages you to talk to nearby tables; if that's ok with you, it'll be a good time.
We had a very enjoyable meal at Cafe Macaroni. The service was excellent as well as the food. The atmosphere was very friendly and relaxing.
I always enjoy cafe macaroni. If you are claustrophobic then this is not the place for you. I think it’s part of the charm. Food is always great
Caffe Macaroni is a delightful restaurant. Cozy in all the best ways. They know their food and cook it just like you were in a grandma's kitchen.
Very tiny but cute restaurant. Both food and service were excellent! I would definitely go back.
the food was amazing. brings me back to my childhood. finally have found a best italian food in the city! highly recommended
Everything was excellent; food, service, fellow patrons. Next time we’ll request the main dining room instead of the upstairs though.
Owners Mario and stefania are the real thing. They provide authentic Napolitano cuisine. Even the menu is written in Napoletano dialect.
Best Italian food we have had in San Francisco. Small and intimate place
Great owner, excellent service, fish a bit salty for my taste. Would return though.
Fabulous family run, tiny, authentic, delicious! Can't wait to go again, I reccomend the pasta with venison ragu if they have it
Wonderful memories of everything about Caffe Macaroni from years of being able to just drop in after work or at lunch. Now it's a destination choice for us but just as charming and delicious as previously. Mario and the fellows that back him up are just great.
Recently there was an article circulating about the sad state of affairs for restaurants in SF -- just based upon how busy Caffe Macaroni was from 5:30p to 7p -- clearly they've risen above the fray!
A happy happy place!
My favorite spot to get together with friends - great food and service!
This is my neighborhood go-to restaurant. I’ve been here dozens of times. It never disappoints.
Delicious food, excellent service! Highly recommend.
We had a garlic bread dish, seafood (Linguini di mar), boar (Rugu di cinchiale con pappardelle) paired with a great wine (Scarpeli) and Peroni.
Attentive service. A local gem.
If you want a quieter experience, ask to sit upstairs. If you want to be in the heart of things, ask for upstairs or the sidewalk.
We love Caffe Macaroni. It is best to make reservations as it is such a small little place. I would suggest that you not waste your money on the glasses of wine (go for a bottle or no wine at all) as it is really poor quality. Perhaps the worst wine I've ever had. But the food is absolutely delicious!
Great Italian food in a low key environment. Great Value and great service.
The proprietor (Mario) knows what he is doing. Didn't need a menu. He suggested the perfect pairing for the Barbara we were enjoying. Please support this AWESOME bit of S.F. culture!
Mario the chef's Neapolitan food is spectacular: many Napolitan' specials like shellfish risotto, baby octopus pasta, and various fresh -- very fresh -- fish combinations, several with pasta and Calabrian chilli pepper. Also, he somehow gets calamari so fresh that it melts in your mouth served as an antipasto with white beans, lightly sauteed (not deep fried!). And some of the dessert cakes are made by patronne Stephanie, are fabulous. I sound like an advertisement, but I'm just a regular local patron who thinks Caffe Macaroni is a treasure.
We come here every time we come to SF. The food is fantastic and the wait staff superb.
They make it hard to choose your meal. All of daily specials sounds deliciouso
My favorite Sicilian restaurant, it is a gem! The food, service, and atmosphere are fantastic.
Extremely small place. We ate in room upstairs with low ceilings. Very unique. Food and service superb. Venison ragu pasta excellent. Entrees came out piping hot.
Nice service, I like the small cozy ambiance where the food smell of food from kitchen reached our table. Good wine selections. Awesome food !!!
Excellent food and service. The chef was extremely friendly and made rounds of the tables and gave us shots of Limoncello on the house just because, no reason. Everything was great. A little loud for a first date.
Great little place with great food. Steak was delicious and so was the pasta. Really good bread and dip. Service was attentive and very Italian! Loved it
All dishes were great!
Absolutely on of the best Italian meals I have ever eaten!! I’ll be dreaming about the Panna Cotta for days 😂 The waitstaff and owner were very attentive and pleasant...which made the experience a great one as well! We will be back!
This whole-in-the-wall continues to give an authentic Italian experience that makes you long for another trip to Italy. For such a small restaurant, the menu is very broad and the food is excellent. Fresh made pastas are a highlight.
I came for an item that was specifically on the menu; A sardine pasta dish. It is a dish that my Italian grandmother often cooked. They did not have it. The owner said that he would substitute another fish for the sardines but that the rest of the dish would be the same. The food was delicious. However, in addition to the portion being quite small, he charged me $11 more than what was printed on the menu! Not acceptable. (Also, the bread was as basic as it comes. Like something one would buy from Walmart...)
One of the best little neighborhood restaurants in the world! The food is great, the prices are reasonable, the service is perfect.
I love Caffe Macaroni. It would be easy to assume it's just a tourist trap, but do not be fooled. This is authentic Italian food made by knowledgeable chefs and served by true Italians. We come here almost every year for my boyfriend's (an admitted Foodie) birthday. Our mantra is always to never order from the main menu. We exclusively order the "specials." This year for the first time, the specials were actually on a menu, rather than told to us by our waiter. We started with a delicious burrata and caesar salad, followed by two pastas - one with squid, the other with venison. Both were amazing, mostly because of the rich and balanced sauces. Our main was an antelope steak and it was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The only disappointment this particular evening was the very loud party near us that were doing a lot more talking than eating, and having some sort of altercation. But otherwise, as every year, Macaroni did not disappoint!
We sat on the second floor and the space was kind of cozy. The service was good and our appetizer and dinner out in a reasonable time. My husband loved his black ink pasta dinner. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner there.