Italian >Caesar's Italian Restaurant
2299 Powell St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.805788 -122.412080
Wed - Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm; 4:30pm-9:30pm
Sat & Sun: 1:30pm-9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Northeast, Fisherman's Wharf
A real treat among the tourist traps. – Others commented on the "brown, gravy-like sauce" on the pasta. They should educate themselves on Italian cuisine. Italy is a large country, and not everything looks like it comes from Chef Boyardee. The sauce is a traditional, albiet pasta sauce, and is just fine on it's own merits.
The cioppino is unique. rather than a stew swimming in broth, it is a generous portion of crab, prawns, and mussels served on a plate over a robust sauce. The seafood is fresh, and the kitchen 'nails' it. It is an atypical presentation, but is carried off well.
The service is informative and professional, and not surly. I suspect those who complain of poor service expect not only ot be served, but entertained. Come on, tourists, this is a restaurant, not Teatro ZanZinni!
This is an easily overlooked restaurant. If you go to the trouble to find it, you won't be disappointed.
Landmark – Italian restaurants have changed alot over the years. they've gotten fancier; more refined and more expensive. As a SF native, i'm drawn back to Ceasar's for a number of reasons: first, the food is always good, family-style italian food. the atmosphere is relaxed. there are very few restaurants in the Bay Area you can go to anywhere and just relax with friends and kids, have some cocktails, eat and talk and laugh for hours. The bar is great to hang out in until your name is called. The dining room has remained unchanged for years and that's how we like it. We came with our parents and grandparents, brought our friends and keep coming back with our own families. San Francisco has changed alot but Ceasar's hasn't. Buon appetito.
HAIL CAESAR! – THE BEST FOOD EVER! LONG LIVE CAESAR!!!!!!!!! I love the food, the wine, the service, and the company. I feel like im really in Italy.
Locals – A previous reviewer says he saw "a few locals" eating here. Is he kidding? Nine out of every ten diners at Caesar's are locals. It isn't an overpriced tourist trap but a popular community favorite.
I brought a friend of mine here for lunch and she was stunned and surprised to find what she called "the real San Francisco" still here and still thriving in spite of so many changes to the City in the past quarter of a century.
"Real San Francisco" eats at Caesar's because the food is authenically Italian and no one will hustle you to finish your meal and go just so they can turn the table over.
If you want to be seen somewhere chic, go elsewhere. If you want a relaxed dining experience eat at Caesar's.
Average Italian Fare off Pier 39 – I've been here twice with friends. There always a few locals eating, as well as tourists escaping Pier 39 and the wharf. Meals a not expensive: you'll get more for your buck here than on the pier, but not as much as in other sections of town. The food is generally good: I love the pasta and meat sauce they serve prior to your entree. If you want a quick sitdown lunch in this neck of the woods, give it a try, but you'll find better and more authentic over in North Beach.
Where the Italians Eat – I have been eating at Caesar's for almost twenty years now and have never had a bad experience. The pace is leisurely, the food abundant and the atmosphere very family friendly.
The petrale is a special favorite of mine. It is a golden, tender treat. The Italian pot roast is as good as it gets if you like a juicy piece of beef. All the pasta sauces are authentically Italian...no pails full of tomato puree glopped over everything on the plate. Osso buco is available some days. You can't find that at the Italian chain. And the fat little sausages served with pasta!
My mother taught me to eat where the "natives" eat and avoid the tourist traps. Caesar's is the real thing. It's a great favorite with the Italian community. No wedding shower or baptism is complete without a big, noisy party at Caesar's.
Customer – We were very unhappy with this restaurant. We are used to a tomato flavor sauce for pasta, and this sauce tasted more like a brown gravy lacking flavor. The spaghetti was overcooked (including meatballs). The service was not friendly and prompt at all. Our son and daughter in law were with us, and did not like their food at all. I asked for tomato on the salad, but did not receive any. We are not complainers, so we left a good tip and paid a fairly high price for nothing.
Delicious Family Style Italian Dining – Whether you go here with your whole family or only you and your romantic partner the experience is amazing. It's great italin fodd family style. The first time I ate at Caesar's was with my boyfriend and after having a drink at the bar we were seated and enjoyed a romantic cozy dinner. Then when dining with a group of 15 around christmas, the service and food was great and we never felt rushed to leave. I definately recommend the experience for old and young alike!
Real-Deal Italian – Caesar's has the kind of wide-open atmosphere that would seem equally suitable to festive extended-family dining and cinematic machine-gun fire. Fortunatley, only the former prevails.
You want Italian? The place is owned by Johhny Brattasani, and names like Matteo, Luigi, Primo, Angelo and Marcello abound. Excellent pasta, paticularly the porcini and pesto dishes. Big meals. Old-school bar up front.
If you find it disheartening to eat Italian food while surrounded by WASP posers, then Caesars might be the place to check out. Si parla italiano, as the sign says somewhere on the wall, next to numerous shots of Frank, Tony, and the boys. Brattasani's no interior decorator, but he knows how to run an Italian restaurant. SF institution. Old school.
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