We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107 (Chinatown)
(415) 291-1700
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #550 of 5,040 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Café, Wine Bar
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Columbus Ave.
Write a Review

160 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Stroud, Oklahoma
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

this historic building faced our hotel across the street. the food and the decor was fantastic, and we enjoyed the famous owner's personal interest in having a quality experience. this was where the caesar salad was invented in the 1920's, when it was caesar's grill. try the original!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Walnut Creek, California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We were spending the day in San Francisco and taking friends to lunch. They chose this small, intimate wine bar and restaurant and we were so happy that they did! We had a reservation and were seated promptly at a nice table by the bar in the front part of the restaurant. We enjoyed the art, which decorated most of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A great wine bar and restaurant. My daughters recommend it and it was very nice. Good wines from the owners winery. Fine Italian menus, great pastas and pizza. The service was excellent, made good recommendations. You must try there spaghetti with meatballs.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Just popped in to look around. Prices are not too bad and atmosphere is relaxed. The initial impression whilst passing is that it is very upmarket and not worth trying. The wine was good and the choice is impressive. just sat watching world go by. It was 1800hrs and dark.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stamford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Had a couple of hours free in town so decided to talk the walk from downtown for a quick lunch. Still as I remember, and still a great unpretentious, relaxed place. Had an (enormous) Caesar Salad, followed by short ribs, both great, but on this occasion my special praise was for the two 'Old Fashioned's' I had, I was promising... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

but I rarely go to Italian restaurants. I don't eat meat that often, and I always felt that it's cheaper eating pasta at home. HOWEVER, the pasta at Cafe Zoetrope was excellent. My business colleague had the wine sampler and what looked like a nice plate of short ribs. Someone dropped a glass on the floor near us, and the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We'd been to a wine tasting in Inglenook so when we found out this place served those wines we decided to go for dinner. The wine did not disappoint and the pre dinner cocktails were excellent too. I had the soup and then puttanesca spaghetti which was were both very nice. Husb had spaghetti and meatballs which he couldn't finish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Decided to stop by for a drink while walking through the neighbourhood. Due to the traffic noice we opted for seats at the bar, and after a short conversation with the bartender we changes pace and went for a winetasting session. Ended up spending a few hours in here chatting to the staff, tasting a selection of great wines -... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fremont, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have been going to Cafe Zoetrope for 12 years. Sadly each time we have gone in the last year it has been terrible. The service really is bad. The last time we were completely ignored. The time before that the waitress charged me for olives in my top shelf martini! This used to be our fav spot in the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grand Cayman
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Located in the Majestic Sentinel Building, a San Fran historic landmark in North Beach in Kearny Street. We decided to try this little eatery before going to see a show, so grabbed a table early evening. We all decided on a pasta and it was lovely....not too large a portion....just right...very tasty. As we were there very early it was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cafe Zoetrope also viewed


Been to Cafe Zoetrope? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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>  > Chinatown
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, Café, Wine Bar

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Zoetrope staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?