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Posted by lena on 12/14/2012
We were tired and cancelled our reservation at a fancy place across town. But come 8:30 we were feeling peckish and we started looking for a place close to the hotel that wouldn't be too bad. We'd seen people dining in at Cesario's for the last few days and the people all looked happy and the food looked good, so we gave it a try. We checked reviews and saw they were inconsistent, but we were hoping we'd get in on a good night. It was a good night. My Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare was fantastic. The pasta was nicely cooked with a good texture. The red sauce was spiced with enough to give it interest but not so much it interfered with the flavors of the seafood. The calamari and clams and mucle were seasoned and cooked perfetly. Lots of fish--also some salmon and prawns. Yum.
Posted by MsM on 07/01/2011
We had a rather lackluster server who could have cared less about our dining experience. We had to inquire twice about our meal: three tables who were seated after we were received their entrees before we did. The order took more than twenty minutes. Pasta and eggplant parmesan are not that involved, truly. The eggplant parmesan I eventually received was not hot, it was covered with way too much cheese and contained, what, a veneer of eggplant? When my partner asked the server for parmesan cheese on his side order of (water-laden) sauteed spinach and she hesitated, her rationale was: "I was just concerned for your health." No, I'm not kidding. She actually said that. ' To be fair: the vegetables on the side of my dish were good and my boy friend liked his Bolognese pasta dish, but we won't be back and can't recommend this place. Bad news bonus: the maitre d' reeked of cigarette smoke.
Posted by Gina on 06/19/2011
This place looked nice from the outside but the food was terrible. I had the Eggplant Parmigana. They mind as well have called it Baked Cheese. The eggplant was a single piece sliced a mere 1/8 inch think; the remainder of the dish was nothing but melted (cheap and oily) cheese. It was impossible to try to eat an inch and a half of nothing but melted cheese. After three bites I left it on the table as is. My husband had the Chicken Parmigana. Aside from the same overload of cheap cheese, it was served atop of nothing more than mashed potatoes! Cheap and not what you would expect from some place that called itself "fine dining". The tables were so crammed together that the wait staff bumped my chair each and every time they walked by. Furthermore, I had to stand up and leave the table to let another patron get out of the corner she was dining in when she left. The wait staff was 50/50. The host that greeted us seemed annoyed by our presence and the waitress was condescending and conceited. (Come on, you are a food service worker). After realizing we were extremely disappointed and unhappy with the poor food and service, another waitress did what she could to make up for it. She was the only positive note about the hour we spent in the place.
Posted by clara on 01/05/2011
The place is really nice to look at, and I was thrill because it was very convenient. But the food Was lousy, L O U S Y...! How can a caesar salad be bad in an Italian Rst.??The fish was overcooked, and my clams were bhla.. no garlic in it.Also, I can not understan having bad bread in SF. The food needs more seasoning.
Posted by Joe B. on 12/11/2010
This place was such a lucky find. They had one open reservation and we got in. The seating was quaint and comfortable, the atmosphere was quiet and intimate. We ordered the pancetta spinach salad and garlic bread to start, both were great. The chicken parmesan was delicious, and the butternut squash ravioli was creamy and just right. Another surprise was the polenta, my dad claimed the best he has ever had. And the meal was very reasonably priced. Our server was very friendly and kept our glasses full. We will be back next time we're here.
Posted by lizfb on 05/24/2010
After eating at many rather mediocre restaurants in the Union Square area we were happy to finally discover one where the food was exceptional and the price was not too prohibitive. We returned twice and ate many different things on the menu- all of which were exceptional. Since it is just off Union Square I think it has yet to be discovered so both times we ate there we were able to walk right in. I will definitely be back next time I'm in the SF area.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2008
We had dinner here - wandered by and checked out the menu in the window, decided to try it. The polenta lasagna is wonderful - what a great idea, and the dish came piping hot with delicious cheese melted on top. The tomato and spinach were just barely cooked, so you could taste their full flavor. We had an excellent wine with the dinner, which was reasonably priced but very tasty. The service was perfect - prompt but not hovering. Try this restaurant - you'll love it!