500 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 393-4517
Fax: (415) 393-4517
Fax Number: (415) 393-4517
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
08/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I stayed in SF for a long weekend over a year ago and randomly stopped at this restaurant after a long day of city exploration. We were delighted to find amazing service, a lively and hip setting, and food that absolutely rocked our world. While we reminisce regularly about that meal, we could not remember the name until I recently came across the card. When asked by a co-worker where she should go in SF this weekend, i could think of no better place to send her than De Lucchi. I had a fettucini dish with peas, prociutto, mushrooms and a cream sauce. My mouth still waters when I think of it. I have been to Italy 3 times for a total of 6 months and would put this dish against most of the food I had there!
05/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Terrible terrible dining experience. Do not go to this restaurant. I was at Cafe DeLucchi last night with a group of 6 for a birthday dinner. Everything started out okay; the waitress took our order, and our orders were delivered in a timely manner. HOWEVER, it was all downhill after that. Our server disappeared for the entire length of our meal (approximately a half hour). Before she disappeared, she asked if we wanted any drink refills, which a few of us said yes, but then she disappeared and never tended to us again. There were a couple other waiters who were not our servers who helped us a little bit, but other than that the service was HORRIBLE. As for the food, we ordered various appetizers and entres, and they were all mediocre and lacked salt. However, the cheese plate was very tasty, but that would be hard to mess up. Also, we were automatically cahrged 15% for gratuity which was definitely not deserved. Overall, this was a TERRIBLE dining experience. I strongly advise everyone to avoid this place like the plague if you want to have good food or good service or a good time.
05/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had a great experience eating here, it was probably the best Italian food we've had for a long time. My husband had the capellini e gamberi and it had a lot of tender, and delicious shrimp. I had the lasagna. The pasta was tender and the sauce was flavored very well with sausage and sweet bell peppers. The service was great, my husband was so tired from a busy sightseeing day that he forgot his digital camera under the table. When we noticed the next day that it was gone, we called the restaurant and they had kept it safe and sound in their safe. Losing the camera would have ruined our vacation, it is good to know that there are still honest people in this world. Viva Caffe Delucchi!
04/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Cafe Delucchi 3 times now. Each has been better than the next. Pasta is wonderful, pizza is lovely, desserts are yummy. Waitstaff has always been very attentive and friendly (even referred us to another restaurant one evening when we got there too late to get in). Reasonably priced. Only downside is that it can get a little on the loud side at peak hours (lots of tables in a small space); we like sitting at an outside table when weather permits for this reason. Nonetheless, you can still have a conversation and they're not blaring obnoxious music or anything like that. Overall, we really like this place a lot and continue to have great experiences here consistently.
11/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Had brunch there this weekend with my dad and my sister. Since the place offers brunch, paninis and pasta, we ordered one of each. My sister had the shrimp omelette, nothing fancy, just stuffed with shrimp. The omelette was little dry to me. My dad had the Delucchi special panini and we expected the bread to be sliced, grilled sandwich but just on a ciabatta bun, not too well toasted either. I had the gnocchi, which was the best of the three dishes; the gnocchi and the mushroom marsala sauce was decent, not too rich, just right. Prices are alright but next time I'd go for the pasta.
08/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
No, the service is not super great but the food is usually pretty darn good--especially for a sidewalk cafe. The pastas are definitely tasty and so are the sandwiches. Give them a break--they're usually slammed with customers. I definitely would recommend it for a casual lunch/dinner.
11/23/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We brought some people who were new to the area here for lunch, and it was a mistake. The service was slow, and they really could have cared less if we were there. We were seated 15 minutes before a larger table came in, and they still got their drinks/appitizers faster than we did. Once the food did arrive, it was below par for the prices paid.
11/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I went here with 4 friends from San Diego and they were treated like tourists. I think it was due to their laid-back SoCal attire. Because we were a party of 5 we got passed up on several tables. This place is more for 2-3 person parties. The food was tasty, but not worth $40/person. I actually found out they overcharged me ($48) when I received my credit card statement. The decor is nice and a pretty good atmosphere. Our server started out well, but then we never saw her again. Another server or server assistant actually was the one that finished up everything. Sometimes the service can really overshadow the quality of the food.
11/09/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I travel to SF from LA quite a bit, and over the last year or so I discovered in the North Beach area a really great little bistro called Cafe Delucchi. The food is consistently tasty with many fresh pastas, excellent soups and a range of sauces that always seem fresh. It's also not a backbreaker on cost. If you're lucky, you can sit outside and watch the action. The last few times I've been there I got outstanding service from Daniella, who seemed to be the most experienced and professional server, very affable. I always ask to sit in her section now. There are many Itlian restaurants in this area but for weekend brunch, lunch or dinner (of all of which I've done there), this place is solid. Ask to sit in Daniella's section!
11/04/2005Provided by Citysearch -
we found caffe delucchi by accident on our last visit to north beach, tried it, and loved it. the menu is a thankful deviation from the usual bland ""italian"" favorites that lure tourists to this neighborhood. there was a short wait, but we were promptly greeted and served wine while we were waiting at the bar. The nightly pasta specials are always really good. we have since been back twice to sample more of the menu. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly.
11/01/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Wow, I am still shaking my head at the bad service that we received this afternoon at Cafe DeLucchi. Not only did it take 15 minutes to get our waiter's attention, he forgot our drink order, took down the wrong food order, delivered the complimentary bread appetizer after we already started eating our entrees, and was completely impassive the whole time. We would have been better served by a organ grinder's monkey.
As for the food, there was a mix of opinions. Unfortunately, the only thing I can remember about the restaurant is that I will never be going back. Definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. Blech.
10/21/2005Provided by Citysearch -
North Beach is truly the seventh ring of pseudo-Italian hell. Cafe Deluchi, on the right night, usually offers solid food and a great atmosphere. Been there many times and I have to say the female servers are usually horrible; as servers go, they're bottom of the barrel types. The male staff is much better and more friendly -- they'll actually talk to you, not AT you. Not sure why this is but overall the place seems to run its servers ragged. Don't expect anyone but your server to bus your table. Expect awesome food, though wheelchair access could be improved greatly.
09/24/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I think these reviews are extreme on both ends. Here is what I think: Some of the wait staff are great, and some are terrible. The food isn't exactly authentic Italian, but at times it's very good. The panini and salad choices (especially the cappucia) are usually extremely good. The pastas are sub par. The soups are usually wonderful. It can be a bit touristy at times, but come on and get over yourself.
09/22/2005Provided by Citysearch -
My frieds and I gave this place a few chances because we liked the man who used to work there (he has since passed away). The food is always good, but since our friend passed and is no longer working there, the service is about the worst of any restaurant in the city. The chefs are fabulous, but the waitstaff are absolutely clueless.
08/28/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Caffe Delucchi with a couple girl-friends and was disappointed, to say the least. We had to wait about 15 minutes before being seated, which was expected. The staff had a deadpan look on their face the entire time which made the overall experience far from satisfactory. The food itself was decent, but nothing out of the ordinary. The place is touristy so go there only if you want to tour North Beach. There are a lot of better restaurants that offer authentic Italian food with decent prices and a better staff.
07/02/2005Provided by Citysearch -
While my parents were visiting we wanted to eat in North Beach, but how to choose from the 10's of places with their meuns plastered outside and people coercing you inside? Caffe Delucchi had neither: the place is on the smaller side, as is their menu. The food was above average. I had the fresh pasta with pancetta and peas: the pasta was excellent, but the sauce was bland overall. My mother had the chicken, which was excellent, very juicy and tasty. The staff was rather friendly and helpful, and we never waited to have our water filled or our emply plates removed. It is a nice spot for two but not for a group larger than 4-5. As it does not have large menus on sandwich boards or staff reeling in the customers, Caffe Delucchi stands for itself and does so better than most on the Columbus drag.
06/11/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Actually, this is only one of 3 restaurants I would eat in North Beach, but the other 2 are overpriced & formal. I've been eating there since they first opened. The location is the best in NB - great for people watching. The food has always been great - very Italian, unpretentious, flavorful, fresh, and delicious. And finally, the service is great! At my last visit, the server even saved me from ordering a bad glass of wine! The host is always friendly. For bunch, lunch or dinner, especially in a sunny warm day, Cafe DeLucchi is the only place to dine!
05/06/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We dined at this restaurant by accident. We were in a rush to see a show and this place had the shortest wait so we sat down to eat......we told the server we were in a hurry and she put a rush on our order and we were in and out of there in 45 minutes. The food was amazing and so we went back last week and the host remembered us from almost 2 months ago and this time we had a nice, long quiet dinner. Like the last time.....the food was great and the staff was warm and friendly! I love this little North Beach find! A must to try if you are in the neighborhood!!!!
02/09/2005Provided by Citysearch -
in one of the nicest corneer of North Beach,great also for a sunny Sunday morning brunch.
I went teh first Sunday of February,unlickly the waiter was kind of rude and unfriendly,never replayed to my thanks after each meal was served,not mentioned saying grazie in Italian (since I am Italian).He looked at me like if I was an alien and walked away. I thought ot was an italian restaurant...
I got homemade gnocchi with mushromm.gnocchi were kind of hard (to much flour)mushromm did't have any taste but after all I enjoied because it was a beautiful sunny afternoon