Tosca Cafe

Italian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
242 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave), North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 235 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Anton S.
    "Try the house cappuccino, the lumaconi, and the chicken marsala."(9 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig in NYC"(2 Tips)
    ℰℓℯⓝa ᶳ.
    "... Focaccia Bread, the Crispy Pig Tails and Tiramisu."(2 Tips)
    Jacob G.
    "Proceed with the mushroom polenta and lumaconi."(2 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • april bloomfield s
  • crispy pig
  • lumaconi
  • good for dates
  • jukebox
  • good for a late night
  • bourbon
  • lively
  • octopus
  • romantic
  • authentic
  • wine
  • linguine
  • clams
  • panini sandwiches
  • pasta
  • cozy
  • vanilla vodka
  • hanger steak
  • APRIL F.

    Classic and iconic. Enough said.

    APRIL Fredrikson · 8 hours ago
  • Jacob G.

    Start with the minestrone and the chicken liver spiedino. Proceed with the mushroom polenta and lumaconi. Finish with the cannoli and a house cappuccino. 👍🏻

    Jacob Gyllenstierna · 1 week ago
  • SFist

    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

    SFist · 3 weeks ago
  • Chris M.

    everything. makes me miss dinner in NYC. think: rauls, Balthazar, minetta. and sometimes you'll meet Anthony bourdain.

    Chris Matthews · July 2
  • SFGate

    The signature chicken with Marsala, where the whole bird is served with feet still attached, is an enticing entrée. Read more

    SFGate · June 15
  • Jessica C.

    Amazing food, great drinks, poor service.

    Jessica Choi · June 6
  • Natalie M.

    Great for late night. Amazing service and solid food. I love the ambiance too!

    Natalie M · June 1
  • Jennifer O.

    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

    Jennifer Orr · April 14
  • Ben R.

    The Tosca Coffee has no coffee. Get it.

    Ben Russo · March 30
  • ℰℓℯⓝa ᶳ.

    We had great drinks and a couple small plates at the bar. The food was interesting, innovative and delicious. Highly recommended the Meatballs with Focaccia Bread, the Crispy Pig Tails and Tiramisu.

    ℰℓℯⓝa ᶳᵘ² · February 26
  • Pamela C.

    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.

    Pamela Chun · February 1
  • 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

  • charkattack

    Sip a Cappuccino or a Nunn instead of dessert. And a nip of an Amari before bed.

    charkattack · January 16
  • Patrick W.

    Crispy pig tail and any pasta dish. Be prepared for some pain to the wallet.

    Patrick Wang · December 20, 2014
  • Megan Allison


    Megan Allison · December 7, 2014
  • Maia K.

    They have a black pepper and cheese pasta that is phenomenal.

    Maia K.S. · November 18, 2014
  • Lisa-Anice S.

    Chef's specials....

    Lisa-Anice Sutphen · November 17, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    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

    Tasting Table · October 10, 2014
  • squeasel

    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?

    squeasel · October 8, 2014
  • Pierre C.

    Nice retro atmosphere. Too few places to have a drink.

    Pierre Cann · September 25, 2014
  • JJ C.

    James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant 2014 nominee.

    JJ Cohoon · September 24, 2014
  • Alyssa B.

    Very fancy cocktails. Only problem is they take, like, 15 minutes to make.

    Alyssa Bereznak · September 19, 2014
  • Elliott P.

    Roasted treviso; linguine with Manila clams; hanger steak with sunchoke purée

    Elliott Poppel · August 15, 2014
  • Andrew M.

    Roasted veggies, specials

    Andrew Moss · August 11, 2014
  • Daniel P.

    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.

    Daniel Pearson · August 9, 2014
  • tablehopper

    The bucatini all'amatriciana here are best in class. Piping hot, perfectly meaty and spicy.

    tablehopper · August 3, 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.

    CITY GRIT · August 1, 2014
  • Scott W.

    house cappuccino

    Scott Wilson · July 6, 2014
  • Staff Picks

    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

    Staff Picks · June 27, 2014
  • Amelia H.

    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.

    Amelia Hurlbut · May 29, 2014
  • Beerblondie V.

    Get the house "cappuccino" 1919 You won't be sorry. Buffalo trace Bourbon and Dandelion chocolate.

  • lululemon

    May we recommend house cappuccino with Buffalo Trace bourbon, armagac, and dandelion chocolate ganache?

    lululemon · April 29, 2014
  • Barbara S.

    Manhattan was great

    Barbara Stephenson · April 26, 2014
  • Aino

    The. Best. Food. Ever. Worth the wait. Order the ribs with asparagus. You win't be disappointment.

    Aino · April 19, 2014
  • Brandon C.

    Get there early.

    Brandon Carson · April 12, 2014
  • Sarah

    Wait persons are awesome tip at least 20 percent

    Sarah · April 6, 2014
  • Ed C.

    Do the cappuccino. The bucatini is also excellent.

    Ed C · February 24, 2014
  • Lauren K.

    House cappuccino.

    Lauren K · February 24, 2014
  • Mark G.

    Pro tip. Eat here often!

    Mark G · February 19, 2014
  • Nicholas B.

    House cappuccino. Duh.

    Nicholas Boos · February 15, 2014
  • Washington Post

    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

    Washington Post · February 13, 2014
  • Xande M.

    Pressed Pig's Ear is my new favorite thing. It will be yours too.

    Xande Macedo · February 1, 2014
  • Susan L.

    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.

    Susan Loh · January 27, 2014
  • Eater

    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.

    Eater · January 6, 2014
  • Gina K.

    1.5 hour wait at 7 on a Saturday

    Gina Kessler Lee · January 5, 2014
  • NorthBeach U.

    unique drinks; all the spirit of the original Take an Uber in North Beach for FREE (up to $20) anytime between now until Friday 12/20/13 using the promo code NorthBeachSF. (Excludes TAXI). #NBSF.

    NorthBeach U · December 18, 2013
  • Ramsey H.

    Everything was really good. Great cocktails. But leave the gun and leave the cannoli.

    Ramsey Homsany · November 28, 2013
  • Steve J.

    One of my favorite bars on Earth. No joke.

    Steve Jarrett · November 17, 2013
  • Amy K.

    Great ambiance for a date. (Try to get a cozy booth to snuggle up in.)

    Amy Kim · November 4, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig in NYC revamped this classic North Beach bar and added a full restaurant menu.

    Serious Eats · October 24, 2013

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