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Tosca Cafe

Italian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
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  • Yannis S.
    Yannis StanisiereJune 3
    Been here 10+ times
    Thursday is Red Sauce Night, can t be miss 🍝
  • Island Bruin
    Super expensive, but excellent service. Get the house cappuccino post-meal.
  • Judy M.
    Judy MMarch 12
    Drinks. Definitely just get the drinks. Maybe because we came in for food late around 11pm on Saturday, but the food & service were depressing. Even more so were the pricing and proportions.
  • Drewski
    DrewskiMarch 9
    Cavatelli was some of the best pasta I've ever had with pancetta and a significant kick. The whole chicken was really tasty as well.
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23
    Order a big pasta dinner and save room for the famous house “cappuccino,” a hot chocolate with brandy, that nods back to Prohibition days. (Bonus: Tosca has been a favorite among celebs.) Read more
  • Carly S.
    Carly SJanuary 7
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't get in for dinner, go elsewhere and come back for a "Cappuccino" night-cap!
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.December 24, 2016
    Greasy place for the true Northbeach experience.
  • Prakash N.
    Prakash NairDecember 22, 2016
    Hands down the best rotisserie chicken in SF. Don't miss their buccatini. Top 10 fav restaurants.
  • Sterling W.
    Sterling WhiteDecember 20, 2016
    The meatballs! Great late night vibe
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Perfect for date night - can't go wrong with splitting the chicken. If you don't have time for a meal, just stop in for the house cappuccino. Always boozy and delicious.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BergNovember 29, 2016
    Crispy pig tails, roast chicken, and a house cappuccino... my evening is complete.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 11, 2016
    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, 2016
    Start with a white nun on a cold night.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 4, 2016
    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.
    Fiona StrobridgeJuly 30, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    The Mind Of A Chef - Season 2 - Episode 16
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsMay 14, 2016
    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.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    Have heard a lot of great things about this place, and there's a good amount of interesting "history" within it: http://www.bonappetit.com/restaurants-travel/best-new-restaurants/article/tosca-cafe
  • Graham S.
    Graham SiegelApril 11, 2016
    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, 2016
    Modern Italian food. Also great for a drink, the bartenders are funny.
  • Carrie N.
    Carrie NydenMarch 6, 2016
    Best negroni I've had. Great bartenders too!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneFebruary 23, 2016
    Some of the best carbs in all of California. Roll the dice and let the bartender create a surprise cocktail for you.
  • Barb R.
    Barb Rasmussen KaneJanuary 7, 2016
    Excellent food, excellent drinks(go for the dealer's choice!) excellent service!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerJanuary 4, 2016
    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
    THAT CHICKEN THO
  • 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 GRIT
    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
  • Aino
    AinoApril 19, 2014
    The. Best. Food. Ever. Worth the wait. Order the ribs with asparagus. You win't be disappointment.
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CarsonApril 12, 2014
    Get there early.
  • Sarah
    SarahApril 6, 2014
    Wait persons are awesome tip at least 20 percent
  • Ed C.
    Ed CFebruary 24, 2014
    Do the cappuccino. The bucatini is also excellent.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KFebruary 24, 2014
    House cappuccino.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GFebruary 19, 2014
    Pro tip. Eat here often!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BoosFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    House cappuccino. Duh.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostFebruary 13, 2014
    It cost $1.5 million to restore. Red leather replaced red vinyl, and the antique cappuccino machine sports a new interior. The new-old Tosca positively glows. Read more
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoFebruary 1, 2014
    Pressed Pig's Ear is my new favorite thing. It will be yours too.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohJanuary 27, 2014
    Don't skip the veggies (salad and sides) - all very well done. They also have a fantastic cheese selection for either a first course or dessert.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 6, 2014
    Experience hits on all levels, from the satisfying Italian food to the fun bar bites and cocktails to the deep Italian wine program. The only problem is getting in: Tosca doesn't take reservations.
  • Gina K.
    Gina Kessler LeeJanuary 5, 2014
    1.5 hour wait at 7 on a Saturday
  • Ramsey H.
    Ramsey HomsanyNovember 28, 2013
    Everything was really good. Great cocktails. But leave the gun and leave the cannoli.
  • Steve J.
    Steve JarrettNovember 17, 2013
    One of my favorite bars on Earth. No joke.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KimNovember 4, 2013
    Great ambiance for a date. (Try to get a cozy booth to snuggle up in.)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 24, 2013
    April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig in NYC revamped this classic North Beach bar and added a full restaurant menu.
  • Earth T.
    Earth TerminalOctober 16, 2013
    We had a two top next to the semi open kitchen and had an excellent view of April Bloomfield working her magic. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the octopus and the pig tails in appetizers.
  • Erika M.
    Erika MOctober 13, 2013
    Trouble in paradise or polo club drink off their new menu
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SnowOctober 11, 2013
    Full food service at the bar if there's a long wait. Late night food until 1am!
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    This Art Deco bar is a cozy solution for the nightcap. A favorite to local celebs like Sean Penn, the drink specialty here is called the House Cappucino: Ghiradelli Chocolate, Steamed Milk, & Brandy.
  • Madho
    MadhoMay 7, 2013
    Opera on the juke.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BarrettApril 26, 2013
    It's hot chocolate-tastic.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the house cappuccino, the lumaconi, and the chicken marsala.
  • Stefan G.
    Stefan GentzFebruary 8, 2013
    Stepped in, took a breath, stepped out. Smelled strange. Maybe they just had a bad day? Was quite empty.
  • Britta T.
    Britta ThreshieDecember 22, 2012
    Surprisingly busy on a pre-Christmas Friday night, but there is a live band and cheery faces. Definitely not a bar where you'll find Grumps.
  • Cauitie
    CauitieNovember 16, 2012
    Go for malt. Meet five Marilyns watching you while you pee.
  • Effie M.
    Effie MApril 21, 2012
    good coffee to go
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    This place is classy, old-school San Francisco. The hot drinks are the thing to get here -- I like coffee with Bailey's. - Kellie, Community Manager
  • SF BRAVO! CLUB
    SF BRAVO! CLUBOctober 19, 2011
    Known for their "House Cappuccino" - Ghirardelli chocolate, steamed milk and brandy- and their jukebox, this almost century year old bar is a must do!
  • Diana C.
    Diana CantuJuly 7, 2011
    Instant time travel--this place is authentic and letter perfect. Have the "house cappuccino" (no coffe in it) and bring quarters for the jukebox (Sinatra, Callas, Patsy Cline). Best date place in SF.
  • Marcia D.
    Marcia D'OraziJune 7, 2011
    I grew up thinking Cappuccinos were brandy & hot chocolate
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST PICK ME UPFreshly brewed espresso shaken w/Bailey's, Kahlua, vanilla vodka, & ice; strained into a cocktail glass; & topped w/3 coffee beans.. Read more
  • Buddy R.
    Buddy RockafellerApril 25, 2011
    Classy old school place. Hipsters need not apply.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Tosca’s is a monument to chrome and red leatherette and burnished wood. Good drinks, too.
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the "Famous Cappucino"
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StackDecember 13, 2010
    Pay homage to Richie and have a shot in his name
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order Boodles Negroni in honor of Airtime Richie.
  • Will Y.
    Will YoungNovember 7, 2010
    Get brandy with hot chocolate!
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PeppersJune 24, 2010
    Hot chocolate brandy drink is great! It's a little stuffy here, but a classic for the Northshore neighborhood.
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