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916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107 (Chinatown)
(415) 291-1700
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Ranked #622 of 4,980 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Café, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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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.
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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

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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 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

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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

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Fremont, California
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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

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Grand Cayman
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Booking the table online was easy, being a famous landmark in a famous city, I worried it might be difficult to get a table, but we reserved our table on the morning of our visit. The FFC link is everywhere in this Italian Restaurant/Cafe/Bar. I'll get the bad bit over with first of all...the service, though polite, was rather slow... More

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Paris, France
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Aside from the vast array of things to look on the wall, the dishes and Mr. Coppola's selection of wines are pretty good (although I personally found my pasta dish on my second visit so-so compared to the meat dish ordered previously). Well worth a visit!

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Suwanee, Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Decided last minute to try this place when heard about it on a tour. We were able to get reservation surprisingly. Very small but cool place in Little Italy. The service was slow to poor. But great atmosphere and food. The Caesar salad was fresh, crisp and tasty. Wife and son had the mufalatta. I tried a bit and it... More

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Kingsburg, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went to have dinner because the hotel we were staying at was right across the street, they wouldn't seat us until the owner said it was ok because of reservation, they are Italian bistro so their old school Italian recipes so if you are looking for raviolis or pepperoni pizza forget if you have kids they probably won't want anything... 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>  > Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 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

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