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“Perfect Light Gnocchi”
Review of Cafe Zoetrope

Cafe Zoetrope
Ranked #300 of 5,735 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Columbus Ave.
Alameda, CA
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect Light Gnocchi”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Recommended by Chef Joseph during his initial culinary tour/walk in North Beach (http://www.sffoodsafari.com) - we were not disappointed! We started with Insalata Verde. The baby arugula has a bright, peppery taste - signs of freshness and so good. Then two orders of Malfatti, the spinach and ricotta "malfatti" (Italian for "badly made") dumplings served in a blended tomato and cream sauce. Sounds rich, but it was just delicious. A delightful way to relax after our exploration of North Beach's shops, bakeries, and restaurants.

  • Visited February 2013
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west chester, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Intimate wine bar with good food”
Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Was more than surprised when walking through Chinatown to find such a warm and inviting restaurant. Pizza was good. Other Italian dishes looked good also.

There were wine tastings and a good selection of bottles.

highly recommend

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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

My husband and i wanted to spend a nice evening getting drinks and having a nice desert. We walked a comfortable walk to Cafe Zoetrope and without a resevation were able to get a place at the bar. The waitress Charlotte was so sweet and the wine suggestion excellent against the apple desert i ordered. The atmosphere was comfortable. We ended up staying longer because of the pleasant conversation and excellent wine! Quite the memorable experience!

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Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We went to this restaurant with no expectations at all. The ambiance is cool and cosy. Not a big restaurant, but a warm, jazzy stylewith no pretention. The food was good, the service was good, the place is beautiful. They have, of course, all the Francis Ford Coppola wine selection (it's is restaurant). If you're looking for smooth evening whit friends (no children) don't hesitate.

Visited November 2012
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Belgrade, Serbia
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“It has a story within”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Since I went to Nappa 8 yrs ago and visited Nibaum-Copola estate, this cafe/restaurant was a perfect upgrade because is owned by FFCopola and on the upper floors they still making movie music, editing & stuff....I adore their own vine selection, zinfandel is my pick. Food is good enough for Italian trattoria...

Visited December 2012
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