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Cafe Zoetrope

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizza, Cafe
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916 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107 (Columbus Ave.)
+1 415-291-1700
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the cafe with my partner. The maître was amazing. She helped us choosing the correct wines and the food. I'll always come back.

Thank Gerardo F
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All the pictures of Coppola on the walls. The very delicious and special meals we tasted. The excellent wine - director's cut. If you have ever seen a Coppola movie and visit San Francisco - do not miss this place. Just note that you are not allowed to take pictures of the walls.

Thank Kristina K
Porto, Portugal
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the famous Coppola restaurant, although I have been there only for a coffee, the atmosphere is worth a visit

Thank msmtrad
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Stopped in on a Saturday night around 8 pm, and got a cozy table at the back, suitable for canoodling. Tiny little tables, lots of wood and tile. Fulfilled my idea of what a little Italian joint should be like. Excellent wine list filled with Coppola wines. Bonus – they offer wine tastings – 3 glasses for around $18.

Thank Tessytraveller
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Francis Ford Coppola's little restaurant represent a good selection of his own wines, great decor and basic but quality Italian food.

Thank Garbo P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We were introduced to Cafe Zoetrope on the Big Bus tour. We couldn't have been more excited to hear that this was Coppola zone! We're such big fans of him and his wines that we just had to find our way back here after the tour. The bartender was quite accommodating and told us some interesting nuggets about the place... More 

Thank Caz L
Mexico City, Mexico
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Located just in front of where I was staying, Cafe Zoetrope is located on the lower floor of a stunning building in North Beach Area. I had such an exquisite pizza. Delicious!

Thank Atzin O
Washington, DC
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It was the striking appearance of the Sentinel Building (aka Columbus Tower) that first caught our attention. Cafe Zoetrope is located on the street level of this gorgeous flat-iron building. We learned that the building and the cafe are owned by Francis Ford Coppola. American Zoetrope, the film production company founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas and now... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Unplanned stop for a bite to eat and a drink. Seemed strange that the wine list did not show prices by the bottle. Only had a brunch sandwich, but this was great and very tasty. Nice decor that is very interesting.

1 Thank Jonnyboy2550
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

High expectations, big fan of Copola, knew he was a great wine producer and gourmand so expected Italian- American heaven. What I got was overpriced tourist slop. A carbonara which looked more like a soup than a pasta and an overpriced supermarket plonk. Decor was nice though.

1 Thank Anordinarybloke

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Italian, Wine Bar, Pizza, Cafe
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 916 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5107
    (Columbus Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-291-1700

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood home.
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