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Cafe Zoetrope

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Wine Bar
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916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107 (Columbus Ave.)
(415) 291-1700
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food

Ordered calamari and a Ceaser salad. Both were good and of course the ceaser salad was excellent. If you are going to be in town and are craving Itallian you have to stop here and eat. You may want to make reservations as it is small and a popular place. They got a 4 out of 5 because the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
John H
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Ordered calamari and a Ceaser salad. Both were good and of course the ceaser salad was excellent. If you are going to be in town and are craving Itallian you have to stop here and eat. You may want to make reservations as it is small and a popular place. They got a 4 out of 5 because the waiter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

From their website: Named for owner Francis Ford Coppola’s innovative film studio, American Zoetrope, Cafe Zoetrope is located in the majestic Sentinel Building, a San Francisco historic landmark in the heart of North Beach. Cafe Zoetrope is a European-style cafe that serves authentic Italian cuisine as well as international specialties, and features an expansive wine selection, including premium offerings from... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This restaurant is owned by Francis Ford Coppola and is known for it's beautiful but quaint setting and it's Italian food. The food was terrific, my wife had Chicken Scarpiello and I had the Spaghetti Pomodoro. Both were wonderful with ample portions and when you top it off with some of his wine from his winery in Sonoma County it's... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is an interesting building with a restaurant tucked in. The walls are filled with the movie sets of Francis Ford Coppola and his wines are available. The tables are cozy and tucked in for an intimate setting. The food is very good with a great selection of pastas and italian food. Delightful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We have been here four times - twice for lunch, once for dinner and once for brunch. Recently I had their lasagne and it was excellent with a subtle mix of spices. Good location, charming interior and excellent staff. Reasonable prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Wow ,what a place! This was so interesting! Owned by Francis ford Coppola it's decorated beautifully, with tons of interesting pictures. The calzone we had for lunch was outstanding, along with some Coppola wine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The historical triangle-shaped Sentinel Building has been headquarters for Francis Ford Coppola's AMERICAN ZOETROPE movie production company since 1971. At the corner you will find a narrow revolving door into a comfortable wood-paneled bar / cafe which expands before your eyes. We stopped for an afternoon break with some marvelous (and reasonably priced) Pinot Noir from the Coppola Vineyards and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Cafe Zoetrope provides the perfect setting to celebrate an anniversary, as I did. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, good for small groups of friends to people dining on their own. The cozy space accomplishes a perfect blend of artfulness and homeyness. The walls are busily lined with artists' scribbles on old menus, movie posters and set photos, creating a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Are you looking for a lovely place to have a quiet and romantic dinner, with excellent food, good wine, without compromising your savings? This is the place! The building has got a strong personality and you feel you're experiencing something great in a place that looks like ordinary. But it's not! It's all but ordinary, both the place and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was the last stop on a walking food tour. You cannot help but be impressed by what has gone on in the building itself. The staff was very friendly. We were served bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start. The bread was very fresh. We had the Pasta Pomodoro Basiilico which was spaghetti with a fresh tomato... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Zoetrope

Address: 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107
Phone Number: (415) 291-1700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Wine Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107
    (Columbus Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: (415) 291-1700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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