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Rocco's Cafe

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1131 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3931 (between 7th & 8th Sts.)
+1 415-554-0522
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon 07:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a beer and lunch while visiting San Francisco and staying nearby. Great food, friendly staff. I had the pasta with marinara and vegetables and my husband had the grilled chicken sandwich. We both loved our food and our server was pleasant and attentive. Would return and would recommend!

Thank AK L
Danbury, Connecticut
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274 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In town on Business and had to go to Rocco's before I left. Nothing beats the linguini and white cream sauce. Best I've had bar none. Staff is friendly and Don is very gracious.

Thank jdsbiz98
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Researched several brunch options in SOMA, and opted for Rocco's. Which was a great choice for Sunday brunch. Authentic American, spacious interior, high ceiling, with a great amount of love & care evident in the pictures & original memorabilia on the walls. We both ordered breakfast from a menu that hads lots of choices. Good coffee, excellent service, great brunch.... More 

Thank Donough O
Hope Town
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Ate here my last night in SF after a conference. Sat at the bar and was fascinated to watch the dishes being prepared...I learned a lot. Started with some bread with a wonderful garlicky dipping oil. Had a small salad with house made dressing. Main dish was penne with spicy marinara, green peppers and sausage....simple but delishous. Wine was reasonable... More 

Thank Dave D
San Francisco, California
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Best cioppino ever - they make it custom for each diner so you can specify no mussels, no shrimp, more crab, etc. They only do cioppino a couple times per year. Minestrone - also fantastic. Service was prompt, friendly. Manager was present & circulating talking to patrons. Parking is a bit tricky but metered on the street parking is available.

Thank KarenRCB
Riverside County
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225 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

They were a little difficult for us to find as we are not from the Bay area. It is also in a part of the town that is a little seedy and dark so if you are visiting like we were take a taxi from your hotel. It is a relatively small restaurant with a limited number of tables but... More 

Thank Lance2002
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Came here at the recommendation of the hotel clerk and I was not disappointed. I had the mac and cheese special which had ham and bacon in it. Came out nice and hot and was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt. The menu looked extensive leaving me to wish I had time to sample more.

Thank Robert W
Sean C, General Manager at Rocco's Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, thanks so much for the love! Just curious, what hotel did you stay at? Very happy to see that they recommended our awesome spot! More 

Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Everything is done to perfection. You can really tell the folks in the kitchen know what they are doing and enjoy putting on a show for you. We ordered a multitude of dishes over several visits and it was all wonderful. HIGHLY recommend this place for just great food.

Thank leigh c
Sean C, General Manager at Rocco's Cafe, responded to this review

Don wanted me to reach out and thank you for this amazing review. We appreciate it so much, and we hope to see you again very soon! More 

Goodyear, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent and hospitality was even better! We were greeted with a warm welcome upon entering the restaurant and seated very promptly. We really liked the atmosphere with music playing in the background and TV's playing all of the sporting events for the night. I highly recommend.

Thank Jeff R
El Monte, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

A co-worker recommended Rocco's Cafe so my wife and I decided to check it out for dinner on our first day in SF. The staff were very friendly and helpful with our questions and suggested a great glass of white wine for my wife. She had the Angel Hair Pasta, it was delicious! I had a Center Cut serving of... More 

Thank David B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
American, Italian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1131 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3931
    (between 7th & 8th Sts.)
  • Public Transportation: Three blocks south from Civic Center BART station and Muni Station. #19 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom inbound and 8th and Folsom outbound. #12 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Folsom #27 Muni Bus stops at 7th and Harrison (one block south)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-554-0522
Rocco's Cafe was founded in 1990 by Don Dial, in honor of his Grandfather Rocco who operated a restaurant in SF's Excelsior District for over 60 years. We are dedicated to our craft and have been serving high quality food for almost 30 years! Our menu offers traditional Italian / American dishes, and Don serves over 200 daily rotating specials. We've appeared on over 10 television shows like Diners Drive-ins & Dives and more! Check us out today and we promise you'll leave our restaurant full & with a smile on your face.

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