About Caffe Sport - San Francisco
Caffe Sport, by Antonio La Tona is one-of-a-kind among restaurants. While North Beach is full of Italian Restaurants, not many actually embody the spirit or the food of their homeland. Antonio La Tona’s homeland is Sicily, and Sicilian food is the best there is in Italy.
Every square inch of the interior is adorned with elaborately painted furniture and woodcarvings. Come in once and you’ll never forget, and you’ll see why Caffe Sport is so famous.
Come and read the autographed photos and letters from celebrities throughout the world who are all Caffe Sport fanatics.
Hours of Operation:
we are no longer serving lunch.
Dinner: T-Sa 5:00pm-10:30pm
Dinner: Sun 4:00pm-9:30pm
$30 and under
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
Caffe Sport - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews
A classic North Beach institution that i ...
A classic North Beach institution that is now under new ownership. The new owner is highly energetic and very involved with the operation and he actually waited on our table and made some great wine recommendations. While the food was excellent, a couple of dings on pacing - there were 6 of us, and three of us ordered the same thing. But for some reason, one of those entrees cam almost 10 minutes following the others. And it was just spaghetti and meat balls -so nothing too complicated. Also, cheese was never brought to our table, though offered. I suspect these kinks will get worked out.
After coming to Caffe Sport for over 30 ...
After coming to Caffe Sport for over 30 years we were disappointed for the first time, both in service and food- The young woman who seated and then served us was not at all welcoming She rushed us to order and when we were not ready left abruptly in a huff. When our food arrived, (and we order the same dishes regularly so we really noticed the difference) there was little taste to the food. The seafood pasta has little taste to the sauce with a very pungent, not fresh taste and smell coming from the shrimp and scallops. The beef and mushroom sauce as well had very little flavor to it- we did not finish our meals
When we asked the young man who was clearing our table if we could please order some sauce to take home, very willing to pay extra for it- he said that there were no containers for it. I asked about the soup/cup containers we usually take it home in and he said there were none and that it would leak from the regular to go boxes. My experience of these to go boxes is that they do not leak so I asked him to put it in one for me. He abruptly said, "I've told you THREE TIMES that it will leak but if you want it ok." Very rude.
We had to flag the server down to get our bill as we had a performance to attend. She did not return with the credit card and after almost 20 minutes my son went to ask her for it- she then gave him a receipt to give to me and I had to tell him that I never signed, nor got my credit card back. My son then, not the server, brought it to me. She never thanked us or acknowledged us.
I understand the original owner has passed and the restaurant is under new ownership. I think it is important for the new owners to maintain the quality of the food as well as service. I emailed the restaurant about this but they have not replied.
This is a great classic Italian restaura ...
This is a great classic Italian restaurant in North Beach. Really liked the eclectic atmosphere and friendly waitstaff. The food is topnotch! Fun time with family and friends. The arugula salad with burrata was a stand out, as well as the spinach ricotta ravioli and the house specialty spaghetti and meatballs. An excellent Chianti accompanied our meal. Everything was delicious and made a perfect last dinner for our visit to the city!
I've been going to Caffe Sport for decad ...
I've been going to Caffe Sport for decades. The new owners who are to be married next month have continued the tradition you know, expect and love and are very sweet and enthusiastic. The prices are great. Portions are immense. Wine just what you're looking for. And now they even take credit cards!
Seefood was fresh and the quality of ing ...
Seefood was fresh and the quality of ingredients are good but the cooking style is not Italian at all. Pasta was overcooked and wasn't cooked with the sauce. So white pasta with lobster on the top. Prawns covered with a lot of mayonnaise garlic sauce not great either. Expensive for what it is. Great service and charming place.
Waiter behaved as though we were an inco ...
Waiter behaved as though we were an inconvenience . Ignoring us, very flat and unwelcoming. Really ruined an evening that was supposed to be special. When I shared our experience with the manager he was equally dismissive. Food was very good not amazing. Will not be back.
We loved Cafe Sport. It had been almost ...
We loved Cafe Sport. It had been almost 25 years since we'd dined here. We caught an early dinner after playing Escape SF that afternoon. We will definitely be back soon. The pasta with garlic and olive oil was delicious, as was the shrimp in the white garlic sauce. The Ciopinno was tasty too!
No reason to Come Back
our party of eight left Beach Blanket Babylon and had reservations for Caffe Sport. Even though our table was ready we were made to wait on the sidewalk until the time of our reservation. The food was family style, but each serving was so small that there wasn't enough to complete a full serving. Example, with the antipasta there were four small slices of salami, a couple of slices of prosciutto etc. One would think the antipasta would of had eight slices salami and so on. The ravioli dish came with eight ravioli, that's one ravioli pillow apiece. The wait staff didn't have command of the English language and had to find someone to help translate.
Cafe Sport still lots of fun with fine food
Hadn't be here for over 10 years and it was much the same with lots of food at moderate prices. It's a visual delight with neat things all over the place. Southern Italian food and plenty of it, so we will go back.
Good but not fantastic
We remembered this place from grad student days in the late 1970's, and perhaps we're more picky now, but it just was not the totally outstanding place of our recollection. The service was a little spotty, sometimes perfect and sometimes difficult to find a waiter. It was extremely crowded. We tried a wide variety of pasta dishes and gnocchi, which were good but not amazing. I did have an excellent piece of fish, which I devoured - it was beautifully seasoned, not too salty, with a lovely, light but creamy sauce.
Great food but...
The food and ambiance were awesome but the service was not really great. We reserved a table for 7:30pm and when we got there at exactly 7:30, there was no one to help us. There just weren't enough wait staff to help. And they seemed surprised that we had a reservation. We were only able to sit around 9 pm, I guess it making a reservation didn't really make any difference. There were other groups of people who were in a similar situation and just like us, they didn't seem happy. Some had left and went somewhere else instead. Very disappointing.
Authentic Sicilian seafood preparations
I've been going to this little side street restaurant in North Beach for about 30 years. Food this time was great as usual, but I'm concerned for the future because i noticed that an ownership change is pending. I sure hope the place doesn't change too much, because it's always been special as a real Sicilian reataurant.
My reservation was for 6:15, but my enti ...
My reservation was for 6:15, but my entire party (besides me) was stuck in horrible traffic and was an hour late. The waiters were so nice and understanding (even though I was taking up this big table...I think the best one in the house). They'd come by and chat with me and keep me company while I waited. The ambiance of the restaurant is kitschy and fun. The food is pretty good (the portions are family style) too. I would return.
A Great Find with excellent food
We went to Caffe Sport on the recommendation of a friend many years ago and make a point of going there ever since that recommendation every time we are in San Francisco. We, in turn, have recommended this place to friends, all with rave reviews. Outstanding Sicilian Italian food owned and run by an authentic Sicilian family for years. Eclectic, lively, outstanding food at reasonable prices and great service. Really, who could ask for more? We had reservations but the wait there on the night we were there was at least an hour--and people waited. It is that good.
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