Small Italian restaurant just a block or two from Union Square. The service was very attentive and the food was quite good. It's small, but they have a nice selection. No liquor - but wine and beer. The pasta was good as was the chicken picata.
Food was good, service was uneven at best. Our food took a long time to come out. Nice for around the theaters if other places are booked up.
Food is fine but uninspired. Risotto was more like rice than risotto. Dated ambience. my husband and kids felt like their pasta was fine, not fabulous . Great service .
We had dinner between the matinee and evening performances of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The restaurant was near the theater. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. It was perfect!
We got one of the daily specials and it was absolutely fantastic! One of the best meals I have had in a long time.
It was great!
The meal was amazing! The crab cake appetizer was delicious and the perfect size for sharing with my mom. The wine was excellent and the entrees were perfect. I wasn’t impressed with the hot chocolate after dinner because it was super watery, but my moms coffee was delicious and the lemon mascarpone cake was so delicious I couldn’t help but wolf it down. It was so nice and fluffy and not overly sweet. Perfect dinner before going to see a musical.
Food was amazing, the dinning area is small and we we seated near the kitchen, so noise level was a bit higher than normal, but not terrible.
We saw a show at the Curran Theater and came here for dinner. I was very happy with the location, prices, quality of good, and service. I would recommend it.
As usual - great Italian food. disappointment was when we asked for coffee - this brown liquid had a smell of long-boiled coffee, and when we complained, the answer was “we have only fresh coffee”. It turned out 5 min later that indeed it was simply a coffee-like liquid poured from a big glass kettle... But again, the food is just great, so all good - still highly recommended place to dine!
Environment was intimate, friendly and fast service. The food was only so so in my opinion, but my husband liked his dish. I ordered the polenta lasagna and it just seemed like each layer was cooked separately and not reheadted together. Things just sat on top of each other and was luke-warm. Despite the food on that one occasion, I'd give it another try.
We have made this a must go stop when we go to the City. We have even taken Italian friends and they thought the experience was very positive.
Overall the service was good and the atmosphere was pleasant, but the food was very mixed. Two people at my table didn't eat more than 3 bites of their meals. The rest of us did enjoy our food, but they weren't exceptional. The most unenjoyable part was that the "booth" seat was a bench with a divider in the middle, so that customers sit back-to-back. When ever one person makes the slightest movement, it jostles the whole bench. This was really awkward.
What a wonderful experience! Cozy, warm and romantic atmosphere. Food presentation was beautiful. The quality of the food was phenomenal! Staff, was very pleasant.
A quintessential San Francisco neighborhood Italian restaurant. Cozy, friendly restaurant with good food and you can carry on a conversation in a normal voice.
Went on News Day for dinner. Food and service was excellent. We have never disappointed with food or service and 1 Jan was no different.
Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my daughter. Food was excellent, service was attentive and fast. Glad we had a reservation as they were full and were turning away walk ins. Reminded me of being in a restaurant in Italy.
The restaurant is cozy and comfortable. Food was excellent. Their pesto sauce is to die for. Service is great with really sweet staff. Will definitely recommend trying this out.
Great food and experience. I enjoyed the staff and food immensely
The food was very good, and the prices not out of line for downtown SF.
The service was fairly poor; long gaps between the waitperson checking in to see if we needed anything, such as another bottle of wine. Of course, it was New Years Eve, and the restaurant was at capacity.
Also, the restaurant seemed very cramped. Perhaps they snuck a few extra tables in for New Years Eve. In any case, waitstaff and patrons constantly had bump into our table to pass by.
Delightful restaurant. Small and comfortable.
We enjoyed a very good meal with good service at Cesario’s. The seating is very tight and it is a popular place. The perimeter tables offer more privacy than the tables in the middle where we were sitting. We were inches away from the couple next to us.
This is the best little secret.
Great food at a fair price.
Cute little corner restaurant with tight seating, but still romantic. Food is phenomenal.
We had a reservation on Christmas. When we got there we had a wait, then they stuck us at the table right next to the door. It was freezing outside. Finally they moved us after another table left. We had to wait 1hr for our food (there were only 3 of us). Food was okay, nothing noteworthy. Would not go back. Best piece about it was the pesto sauce with the bread.
Service was lackluster. Food was pedestrian. Seating was on top of the people around you.
Great food! Quick service. Small and cozy but convenient from the Curran.
Food was fantastic. Everything cooked perfectly. Chefs were a little behind but it was worth the wait
My wife and I had lunch at Cesario's recently. The restaurant was almost totally full, which was a good sign we thought. We were wrong. The crab cake appetizer was $14, contained 2 small heavily breaded crab cakes that had the texture of something pulled from the Safeway freezer section. The taste was equally disappointing. My wife's risotto was fine if not great. Likewise, my veal picatta was reasonably tasty. The penne that came with it was overcooked. The wine list is very limited with few Italian options. Will not return.
Good food at a nice, cozy restaurant. We will return.
I read some of the other reviews. I can see where there would be issues for some people. It is a small tight spaced place, so somewhat noisy. However, upon entering, that is what I signed up for. I had the special grilled swordfish and I have never had better swordfish period.
Table was dirty, next to the bathroom. We made a reservation and we probably got the worst table in the restaurant! Veal was tough, the desserts were good 👍!
We had a beautiful holiday luncheon in a festive and cozy setting, with the best Italian food ever. This find will become a regular with our group. It is also convenient to Union Square for shopping.
We arrived early so we could have a drink before dinner. Before making our reservation we called the restaurant to ask if they had a full bar. The person that answered told me “yes”. To our surprise when we tried to order Tito martini’s they told us they only had Korean vodka and 4 cocktails to choose from. This was disappointing, Korean vodka is no comparison for Tito’s. The waitress was not friendly and didn’t seem to understand English very well. Overall the food was good. But we won’t be back.
This is a neighborhood gem located on the fringe of the Union Square chaos. Ambiance is good, food very good, and staff top notch. Will repeat.
Way too cramped. Nice server but kitchen messed up sending out right me
Would have been Fives overall if a) there is enough space in the restaurant so you didn’t feel like you were sitting with the people on either side of you and got bumped and jostled every time a server passes by. It would also be nice if the manager/ owner had a personality and welcomed you.
Slow service, they couldn’t get my order correct after checking twice, they made me wait even though I had a reservation for 1. Very small space and they cram the tables in. Sauce on the penne tasted like Campbell’s tomato soup. So many great places to eat in SF. Skip this one