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Tosca Cafe

Italian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
92 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • april bloomfield
  • lumaconi
  • cocktails
  • lively
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  • Eater
    Eater2 weeks ago
    Now owned by NYC restaurateur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, the food and cocktails are top-notch. Best of all, it serves food til 1 a.m., and drinks til 2 a.m. Read more
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 30
    Start with a white nun on a cold night.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 4
    The House Cappucino is made with chocolate, milk, armagnac, and bourbon. Even the regulars of the joint will admit that this version is an upgrade, a fitting and place-appropriate rehab of a classic. Read more
  • Fiona S.
    This was possibly one of my favorite dining experiences in SF. The pig tails, focaccia, trompetti, bucatini, chicken, carrots, beans and house cappuccino were sensational. The flavors were perfect.
  • diana c.
    diana chowJune 26
    late night spaghetti and meatballs. and their gin negroni
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Pull up a stool at the long wooden bar. Have an egg tonnato and some panini with your Trouble in Paradise, or settle in and order the chicken for two—the entire menu is available at the bar. Read more
  • 🐼
    🐼May 24
    The Mind Of A Chef - Season 2 - Episode 16
  • Adrian P.
    One of my new favorite places in San Francisco. The pasta dish with the prosciutto cream and breadcrumbs is not to be missed. The carrots also blew my mind at how good they were. Cocktails. Amazing
  • Kait G.
    Have heard a lot of great things about this place, and there's a good amount of interesting "history" within it:
  • Graham S.
    The meat board was a great snack. Cocktails are well made and the bar itself is a great place to kill an hour or three.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittMarch 18
    Modern Italian food. Also great for a drink, the bartenders are funny.
  • Carrie N.
    Best negroni I've had. Great bartenders too!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneFebruary 23
    Some of the best carbs in all of California. Roll the dice and let the bartender create a surprise cocktail for you.
  • Barb R.
    Excellent food, excellent drinks(go for the dealer's choice!) excellent service!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerJanuary 4
    tosca cafe (sf classic, owners run the spotted pig in ny) -ALM
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorDecember 20, 2015
    Cozy. Try the hot chocolate with whisky.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KisslerDecember 19, 2015
    Worst experience. Waiting for 1.5 hours past our reservation time and were told a table was just lingering while they kept searing other tables we could have sat at.
  • Ale
    AleNovember 19, 2015
    Best Cesar salad I ever had - tonnato eggs are great, so the lumaconi and Brussel sprouts.
  • APRIL F.
    APRIL FredriksonAugust 30, 2015
    Classic and iconic. Enough said.
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaAugust 18, 2015
    Start with the minestrone and the chicken liver spiedino. Proceed with the mushroom polenta and lumaconi. Finish with the cannoli and a house cappuccino. 👍🏻
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 7, 2015
    Duck in here for some fantastic meatballs and foccaccia, a plate of stellar pasta, or just some of their excellent cold antipasti (and foccaccia). Read more
  • Chris M.
    Chris MatthewsJuly 2, 2015
    everything. makes me miss dinner in NYC. think: rauls, Balthazar, minetta. and sometimes you'll meet Anthony bourdain.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJune 15, 2015
    The signature chicken with Marsala, where the whole bird is served with feet still attached, is an enticing entrée. Read more
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiJune 6, 2015
    Amazing food, great drinks, poor service.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    Great for late night. Amazing service and solid food. I love the ambiance too!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrApril 14, 2015
    The moscatini (octopus) was so good! The focaccia bread is awesome. The bucatini is delicious! Be aware that the cappuccino 1919 is pretty boozy, the white nun is a good alternative for a sweeter tast
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Tosca Coffee has no coffee. Get it.
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela ChunFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Order off the cocktail menu for an unexpectedly unforgettable experience. Or ask the bartender to craft something just for you. The house cappuccino makes for a perfect nighttime toddy.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The house "cappuccino" 1919 is the best cappuccino in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Charm B. T.
    Charm B. TrippinJanuary 16, 2015
    Sip a Cappuccino or a Nunn instead of dessert. And a nip of an Amari before bed.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WangDecember 20, 2014
    Crispy pig tail and any pasta dish. Be prepared for some pain to the wallet.
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonDecember 7, 2014
  • Maia K.
    Maia K.S.November 18, 2014
    They have a black pepper and cheese pasta that is phenomenal.
  • Lisa-Anice S.
    Lisa-Anice SutphenNovember 17, 2014
    Chef's specials....
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 10, 2014
    The bar panini sandwich is fantastic. Gruyère, ham and bay leaf: It's an awesome late-night snack for when you just want a nightcap. Read more
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Well-made cocktails, atmosphere, delicious pastas - I don't know why so many SF people whinge and moan about the overhaul. Would you really rather it had been turned into another strip club?
  • Pierre C.
    Pierre CannSeptember 25, 2014
    Nice retro atmosphere. Too few places to have a drink.
  • JJ C.
    JJ CohoonSeptember 24, 2014
    James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant 2014 nominee.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakSeptember 19, 2014
    Very fancy cocktails. Only problem is they take, like, 15 minutes to make.
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PoppelAugust 15, 2014
    Roasted treviso; linguine with Manila clams; hanger steak with sunchoke purée
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MossAugust 11, 2014
    Roasted veggies, specials
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PearsonAugust 9, 2014
    I was so excited to try this spot after the remodel. I've been twice and both visits the service was disorganized and the food was over-salted. The cocktails and atmosphere are good for drinking only.
  • tablehopper
    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The bucatini all'amatriciana here are best in class. Piping hot, perfectly meaty and spicy.
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Don't downplay the food, but the cocktails just blew us away. And the bar is so cool that we wanted to make sure you stopped in for a drink if your meal dance card was already full.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    house cappuccino
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJune 27, 2014
    Like Gin? Head over to Tosca's to try the winning recipe of mixologist Isaac Shumway. The Cavalieri Negroni is said to be the cocktail of the summer. Read more
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutMay 29, 2014
    You have to order the roast chicken an hour in advance but it is WORTH it! Marsala cream gravy with bread soaked under the chicken and roasted garlic potatoes.
  • Beerblondie V.
    Get the house "cappuccino" 1919 You won't be sorry. Buffalo trace Bourbon and Dandelion chocolate.
  • lululemon
    lululemonApril 29, 2014
    May we recommend house cappuccino with Buffalo Trace bourbon, armagac, and dandelion chocolate ganache?
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara StephensonApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Manhattan was great
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