Time to Update on a Positive Note.
Don't often write a review but felt it was deserving and was surprised when I noted a few negative ones but also dated.
It was a night out with a special date and was looking for something very much San Francisco and had heard about Ceasar's from the program "Check Please."
Absolutely from the time we pulled up to the convenient and reasonable valet parking to the end of our evening, we were treated in an exceptional manner.
The hostess was very welcoming as she walked us to our table and seemed genuine in thanking us for coming to share our dinner. Our waiter Rob came to our table and with a sincere attitude thanked us for coming and took our drink order and encouraged us to take our time with our order. We were so distracted with our conversation, we were slow in looking at the menu but our waiter was supportive in telling us to take our time (which we did) and would check on us periodically.
Finally, we decided on our order and Rob was ideal in making recommendation to meet our needs and wants. Originally, it was not necessarily busy as we arrived at 5:15 and quickly got busy as we were into our order but the level of service went unchanged. I had ordered the 7 course dinner and my date was more reserved but none-the-less, our waiter without being asked provided extra dishes so we could share. During our meal, Rob was available and almost sensed when we needed refreshing of our drinks. The quality of service extended into the meal.
NEVER, at any time did we feel rushed and despite the Saturday night crowd and tables that were nearly filled, we never felt compelled and even after having settled up on our bill.
Can't say enough about the decor and overall feeling of the restaurant which was not pretentious but instead very welcoming. Finally, even with drinks; particularly considering the overall service and feel of the restaurant, the expense was very reasonable. Kudo's to all the staff and management for a nice dinning experience and have no reservation in recommending to anyone. P.S. My date is Italian and quick to compare a meal to her high expectation and gave her meal and the appetizers a high rating. Good job.
One of SF's Best Italian Restaurants. Walking into Caesar's,you get the feel of stepping back in time as you stroll through the white marble entrance and long bar. White table cloths and neatly dressed staff add old world charm.
Nice Restaurant Gone Bad. Some plates are decent. Some like the Ossa Bocco are terrible. Wine is very, very overpriced! Complaints to the waiters are greeted with a dumb smile but without any satisfaction. Management is oblivious. This is a perfect example of an old SF restaurant that has outlived its clients and market and has not accommedated new trends. They are operating on past success orchestrating future failure.
BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Bruno & I have been loyal patrons of Caesar's Restaurant for over 40 years. We've had all our parties there with everyone raving about the food & the amount you get. Over the years the food has remained the same,DELICIOUS....From the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave you are treated like family. We haven't had 1 bad experience eating at this wonderful establishment. We recommend this restaurant to anyone who is very hungry & want fabulous Italian food. If you come to San Francisco & miss eating here it's like you missing a ride on the Cable Car or not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. This restaurant is San Francisco's BEST Italian restaurant. No other restaurant comes close to this one.
Thanks for the many years of wonderful food, great parties & being treated like family. BON APPETIO!!!!
Bruno & Gloria Galli
OVERRATED!!. After reading several great reviews on this restaurant, I decided to take my father out to dinner with my family to celebrate Father's Day. First of all, the food took forever to come out. Grant it, it was a Saturday night and they were busy, but we literally waiting an hour for our entrees to come out. The soup, salad, and antipasta that came out w/their 7 course menu were tasty (nothing out of the ordinary); however, the entrees were SOOOO disappointing. The veal piccata was dry and bland. The chicken parmigiana (their special for the evening) tasted like any other chicken parmigiana. Their ravioli was doughy and tough, and tasted like it was frozen and not fresh! The osso bucco that the waiter "highly recommended" as a customer favorite was soooo average!!! Last but not least, their tiramisu, which is something I must order everytime I eat at an Italian restaurant was, by far, the worst tiramisu ever. It was dry and cakey and no espresso/rum flavor to it!! Very disapppointed in the food considering many reviewers wrote such high praises about the place!
My Favorite Italian Food Ever!!!!!. I am not a local, but have been eating at Ceasar's for more than twenty years. The first time I went there, my boyfriend and I stumbled on it and were hungry so we checked it out. Not much to look at from the outside, but we were astonished at the quality of the food. Their pasta noodles are the freshest, most melt-in-your-mouth delicious creations on earth! The fetuccini alfredo is to die for. I live in the Sacramento region and whenever we have out-of-town guests we make a special trip to Caesar's. Of course, I have bragged about Ceasar's forever, and I whenever we take visitors there, they are not disappointed. Even my husband's second-generation Italian mother was extremely impressed with the food. Everyone always wants us to take them back there when they visit again. Truly a TREAT!
Warning, Will Robinson!!. Tonight was probably the worst night out to dinner that I've had in years. We arrived early to meet a group While we were trying to explain that we were with a group but we didn't know who's name the reservation was under, my partner tried to look at the reservation book to see if he recognized a name. The hostess slammed the book shut and gave us a dirty look. That was the best part of the evening. We had ordered the complete dinner so we had little control over what came to the table. After the disgusting pigs feet were taken from the table. I was brought my entree that was supposed to be filet mignon. I'm not sure what it was but was most definitely not filet. It was a very tough cut that could have been potroast. It wasn't even the right shape to be filet. Be warned. Go elsewhere.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Order a seven-course Italian dinner at this San Francisco standby, or enjoy a la carte pastas, steaks, poultry and more.
Wonderful Italian food. I loved this restaurant!!! We were promptly seated and the waitstaff was excellent. The Italian potroast was to die for!!! There is nothing fancy nor pretentious about this restaurant but the food is excellent. A must for anyone who loves good Italian food.
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.
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