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Cafe Zoetrope

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Pizza, Coffee Shop, Wine Bar
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916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107 (Columbus Ave.)
(415) 291-1700
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Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 65
    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
Delightful Dinner at Cafe Zoetrope

We had a delightful meal at Cafe Zoetrope. Service was very good. I am impressed also at the staff's ability to walk those stairs from the kitchen to bring us the delightful food. We enjoyed their special gnocchi for the day; as well as their very good Argentine short ribs. My husband had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
mini
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Fremont, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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263 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
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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Tallahassee, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We have only been to Cafe Zoetrope twice, but each time it felt special. Both times we arrived just as they opened for lunch and both times the waiters put us at a nice corner table. The menu is short but still was difficult to choose. This last trip we both settled on the mufaletta and caesar salad. And of... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We went into Café Zoetrope initially out of Coppola curiosity and intending only to have a drink. The place looks great. And we got tempted by the good old fashioned Italian menu. Big mistake. We both ordered very basic pasta dishes, hard to do badly you hope, but they were truly awful. Badly cooked, coarse and poorly seasoned. Stale bread... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Whilst on a trip to San Fran we ventured to Cafe Zoetrope based on curiosity and mixed reviews. Met at the door by a pleasant manager who advised a 30 min wait for a table. No problems, we sat at the bar. The bar attendant, a sour faced young lady with the personality of a house brick dumped the wine... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a delightful meal at Cafe Zoetrope. Service was very good. I am impressed also at the staff's ability to walk those stairs from the kitchen to bring us the delightful food. We enjoyed their special gnocchi for the day; as well as their very good Argentine short ribs. My husband had a glass of pernod to start the... More 

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London
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Tonight my wife and I needed simple fresh food of normal proportions and this place hit the spot.. We were amazed to learn about its celebrity connection but more to the point the Mexican waiter was charming and willing to discuss our needs and the wine, A nice touch was that they split thier signature Caesar Salad into two as... More 

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42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had the Picada Tray and several of the tasting reds. "Tasting wines" is the way to go. $8 per glass or 3 for $15. Yep...i went for 3 for $15...you do the math. Good atmosphere..you can sit at the window and watch the rest of the world go by. Food was excellent..good variety in the antipasto and plenty to... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Went here for a business dinner and was very happy with the food, service, wine, and - most of all - the atmosphere. Cafe Zoetrope feels like a restaurant in Europe - it is small but not crowded inside. The setup is friendly and inviting - we ended up talking to the people at the next table over for much... More 

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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, Coffee Shop, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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