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Caesar's Italian Restaurant - 17 Reviews - 2299 Powell St, San Francisco, CA - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (415) 989-6000

Caesar's Italian Restaurant

2299 Powell St (at Bay Street)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-6000
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Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA
Caesar's Italian Restaurant - San Francisco, CA


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Don't often write a review but felt it was deserving and was surprised when I noted a few negative ones but also dated. It was a night out with a special date and was looking f...


Some plates are decent. Some like the Ossa Bocco are terrible. Wine is very, very overpriced! Complaints to the waiters are greeted with a dumb smile but without any satisfaction....

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/10/2013

Made trip of 200+ miles to eat here only to find restaurant closed..omg the city has lost a really great eatery, a tru crime more

Time to Update on a Positive Note 3/11/2012

Don't often write a review but felt it was deserving and was surprised when I noted a few negative ones but also dated. It was a night out with a special date and was looking for something very much San Francisco and had heard about Ceasar's from the program ""Check Please."" Absolutely from the time we pulled up to the convenient and reasonable valet parking to the end of our evening, we were treated in an exceptional manner. The hostess was very welcoming as she walked us to our table and seemed genuine in thanking us for coming to share our dinner. Our waiter Rob came to our table and with a sincere attitude thanked us for coming and took our drink order and encouraged us to take our time with our order. We were so distracted with our conversation, we were slow in looking at the menu but our waiter was supportive in telling us to take our time (which we did) and would check on us periodically. Finally, we decided on our order and Rob was ideal in making recommendation to meet our needs and wants. Originally, it was not necessarily busy as we arrived at 5:15 and quickly got busy as we were into our order but the level of service went unchanged. I had ordered the 7 course dinner and my date was more reserved but none-the-less, our waiter without being asked provided extra dishes so we could share. During our meal, Rob was available and almost sensed when we needed refreshing of our drinks. The quality of service extended into the meal. NEVER, at any time did we feel rushed and despite the Saturday night crowd and tables that were nearly filled, we never felt compelled and even after having settled up on our bill. Can't say enough about the decor and overall feeling of the restaurant which was not pretentious but instead very welcoming. Finally, even with drinks; particularly considering the overall service and feel of the restaurant, the expense was very reasonable. Kudo's to all the staff and management for a nice dinning experience and have no reservation in recommending to anyone. P.S. My date is Italian and quick to compare a meal to her high expectation and gave her meal and the appetizers a high rating. Good job. more

One of SF's Best Italian Restaurants 9/22/2009

Walking into Caesar's,you get the feel of stepping back in time as you stroll through the white marble entrance and long bar. White table cloths and neatly dressed staff add old world charm. Pros: Best minestrone soup & lamb Cons: A little pricey more

Nice Restaurant Gone Bad 7/26/2009

Some plates are decent. Some like the Ossa Bocco are terrible. Wine is very, very overpriced! Complaints to the waiters are greeted with a dumb smile but without any satisfaction. Management is oblivious. This is a perfect example of an old SF restaurant that has outlived its clients and market and has not accommedated new trends. They are operating on past success orchestrating future failure. Pros: Lately, None. Cons: Over priced, dumb waiters, dumber management. more


Bruno & I have been loyal patrons of Caesar's Restaurant for over 40 years. We've had all our parties there with everyone raving about the food & the amount you get. Over the years the food has remained the same,DELICIOUS....From the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave you are treated like family. We haven't had 1 bad experience eating at this wonderful establishment. We recommend this restaurant to anyone who is very hungry & want fabulous Italian food. If you come to San Francisco & miss eating here it's like you missing a ride on the Cable Car or not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. This restaurant is San Francisco's BEST Italian restaurant. No other restaurant comes close to this one. \r Thanks for the many years of wonderful food, great parties & being treated like family. BON APPETIO!!!!\r Bruno & Gloria Galli Pros: Treated like you've walked into your families dining room. Cons: Absolutely nothing more

OVERRATED!! 6/19/2007

After reading several great reviews on this restaurant, I decided to take my father out to dinner with my family to celebrate Father's Day. First of all, the food took forever to come out. Grant it, it was a Saturday night and they were busy, but we literally waiting an hour for our entrees to come out. The soup, salad, and antipasta that came out w/their 7 course menu were tasty (nothing out of the ordinary); however, the entrees were SOOOO disappointing. The veal piccata was dry and bland. The chicken parmigiana (their special for the evening) tasted like any other chicken parmigiana. Their ravioli was doughy and tough, and tasted like it was frozen and not fresh! The osso bucco that the waiter ""highly recommended"" as a customer favorite was soooo average!!! Last but not least, their tiramisu, which is something I must order everytime I eat at an Italian restaurant was, by far, the worst tiramisu ever. It was dry and cakey and no espresso/rum flavor to it!! Very disapppointed in the food considering many reviewers wrote such high praises about the place! more

My Favorite Italian Food Ever!!!!! 2/20/2007

I am not a local, but have been eating at Ceasar's for more than twenty years. The first time I went there, my boyfriend and I stumbled on it and were hungry so we checked it out. Not much to look at from the outside, but we were astonished at the quality of the food. Their pasta noodles are the freshest, most melt-in-your-mouth delicious creations on earth! The fetuccini alfredo is to die for. I live in the Sacramento region and whenever we have out-of-town guests we make a special trip to Caesar's. Of course, I have bragged about Ceasar's forever, and I whenever we take visitors there, they are not disappointed. Even my husband's second-generation Italian mother was extremely impressed with the food. Everyone always wants us to take them back there when they visit again. Truly a TREAT! Pros: All the dishes, the atmosphere, the authenticity, the value Cons: Can't think of any more

Warning, Will Robinson!! 12/6/2006

Tonight was probably the worst night out to dinner that I've had in years. We arrived early to meet a group While we were trying to explain that we were with a group but we didn't know who's name the reservation was under, my partner tried to look at the reservation book to see if he recognized a name. The hostess slammed the book shut and gave us a dirty look. That was the best part of the evening. We had ordered the complete dinner so we had little control over what came to the table. After the disgusting pigs feet were taken from the table. I was brought my entree that was supposed to be filet mignon. I'm not sure what it was but was most definitely not filet. It was a very tough cut that could have been potroast. It wasn't even the right shape to be filet. Be warned. Go elsewhere. Cons: horrible food and service more

Wonderful Italian food 8/2/2006

I loved this restaurant!!! We were promptly seated and the waitstaff was excellent. The Italian potroast was to die for!!! There is nothing fancy nor pretentious about this restaurant but the food is excellent. A must for anyone who loves good Italian food. Pros: Wonderful food and waitstaff more

A real treat among the tourist traps. 3/9/2006

Others commented on the ""brown, gravy-like sauce"" on the pasta. They should educate themselves on Italian cuisine. Italy is a large country, and not everything looks like it comes from Chef Boyardee. The sauce is a traditional, albiet pasta sauce, and is just fine on it's own merits. The cioppino is unique. rather than a stew swimming in broth, it is a generous portion of crab, prawns, and mussels served on a plate over a robust sauce. The seafood is fresh, and the kitchen 'nails' it. It is an atypical presentation, but is carried off well. The service is informative and professional, and not surly. I suspect those who complain of poor service expect not only ot be served, but entertained. Come on, tourists, this is a restaurant, not Teatro ZanZinni! This is an easily overlooked restaurant. If you go to the trouble to find it, you won't be disappointed. Pros: unique presentation, competent preparation, well-informed staff more

Landmark 1/31/2006

Italian restaurants have changed alot over the years. they've gotten fancier; more refined and more expensive. As a SF native, i'm drawn back to Ceasar's for a number of reasons: first, the food is always good, family-style italian food. the atmosphere is relaxed. there are very few restaurants in the Bay Area you can go to anywhere and just relax with friends and kids, have some cocktails, eat and talk and laugh for hours. The bar is great to hang out in until your name is called. The dining room has remained unchanged for years and that's how we like it. We came with our parents and grandparents, brought our friends and keep coming back with our own families. San Francisco has changed alot but Ceasar's hasn't. Buon appetito. more

HAIL CAESAR! 6/12/2005

THE BEST FOOD EVER! LONG LIVE CAESAR!!!!!!!!! I love the food, the wine, the service, and the company. I feel like im really in Italy. Pros: food, service, company more

Locals 5/26/2005

A previous reviewer says he saw ""a few locals"" eating here. Is he kidding? Nine out of every ten diners at Caesar's are locals. It isn't an overpriced tourist trap but a popular community favorite. I brought a friend of mine here for lunch and she was stunned and surprised to find what she called ""the real San Francisco"" still here and still thriving in spite of so many changes to the City in the past quarter of a century. ""Real San Francisco"" eats at Caesar's because the food is authenically Italian and no one will hustle you to finish your meal and go just so they can turn the table over. If you want to be seen somewhere chic, go elsewhere. If you want a relaxed dining experience eat at Caesar's. more

Average Italian Fare off Pier 39 5/22/2005

I've been here twice with friends. There always a few locals eating, as well as tourists escaping Pier 39 and the wharf. Meals a not expensive: you'll get more for your buck here than on the pier, but not as much as in other sections of town. The food is generally good: I love the pasta and meat sauce they serve prior to your entree. If you want a quick sitdown lunch in this neck of the woods, give it a try, but you'll find better and more authentic over in North Beach. Pros: Reasonable Prices, Good Service Cons: Nothing special more

Where the Italians Eat 8/12/2004

I have been eating at Caesar's for almost twenty years now and have never had a bad experience. The pace is leisurely, the food abundant and the atmosphere very family friendly. The petrale is a special favorite of mine. It is a golden, tender treat. The Italian pot roast is as good as it gets if you like a juicy piece of beef. All the pasta sauces are authentically pails full of tomato puree glopped over everything on the plate. Osso buco is available some days. You can't find that at the Italian chain. And the fat little sausages served with pasta! My mother taught me to eat where the ""natives"" eat and avoid the tourist traps. Caesar's is the real thing. It's a great favorite with the Italian community. No wedding shower or baptism is complete without a big, noisy party at Caesar's. more

Customer 7/1/2003

We were very unhappy with this restaurant. We are used to a tomato flavor sauce for pasta, and this sauce tasted more like a brown gravy lacking flavor. The spaghetti was overcooked (including meatballs). The service was not friendly and prompt at all. Our son and daughter in law were with us, and did not like their food at all. I asked for tomato on the salad, but did not receive any. We are not complainers, so we left a good tip and paid a fairly high price for nothing. Pros: decor was nice Cons: overlooked by waiter, didn't try to please more

Delicious Family Style Italian Dining 11/24/2002

Whether you go here with your whole family or only you and your romantic partner the experience is amazing. It's great italin fodd family style. The first time I ate at Caesar's was with my boyfriend and after having a drink at the bar we were seated and enjoyed a romantic cozy dinner. Then when dining with a group of 15 around christmas, the service and food was great and we never felt rushed to leave. I definately recommend the experience for old and young alike! Cons: parking more

Real-Deal Italian 8/12/2002

Caesar's has the kind of wide-open atmosphere that would seem equally suitable to festive extended-family dining and cinematic machine-gun fire. Fortunatley, only the former prevails. You want Italian? The place is owned by Johhny Brattasani, and names like Matteo, Luigi, Primo, Angelo and Marcello abound. Excellent pasta, paticularly the porcini and pesto dishes. Big meals. Old-school bar up front. If you find it disheartening to eat Italian food while surrounded by WASP posers, then Caesars might be the place to check out. Si parla italiano, as the sign says somewhere on the wall, next to numerous shots of Frank, Tony, and the boys. Brattasani's no interior decorator, but he knows how to run an Italian restaurant. SF institution. Old school. Pros: food, portions, atmosphere more
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Order a seven-course Italian dinner at this San Francisco standby, or enjoy a la carte pastas, steaks, poultry and more.

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  • Caesar's Italian Restaurant offers a delicious seven course Italian dinner served courteously in a friendly atmosphere. Perfect for banquets, family gatherings, business meetings, birthdays, retirements and other special occasions have long been held in the comfortable atmosphere of their banquet rooms. Caesar's strives to prepare good hearty food. Specialties like fresh Grilled Petrale, Calamari and Salmon; and pastas from Homemade Ravioli to Capellini to Lasagne and Fresh Pesto Sauce are served. Poultry, Veal, and Lamb Dishes are prepared fresh to order. Steaks and chops are marinated for that extra flavor. Their Tiramisu and Cheesecake are a must, to be topped off with a flavorful Cappuccino.


  • Order a seven-course Italian dinner at this San Francisco standby, or enjoy a la carte pastas, steaks, poultry and more.

  • 11/28/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tue-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; 4:30pm-9:30pm Sun 1:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Diner's Club, American Express, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Northeast, Fisherman's Wharf