Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Tosca Cafe

242 Columbus Ave. (Broadway) Send to Phone
415-986-9651 | Menu
The resurrection of this iconic North Beach café features April Bloomfield’s delicate approach to Italian standards and a setting that oozes with historic charm.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Open late
Features

* Click here for rating key

Tosca Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Tosca Cafe Restaurant Review

: Partners April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, John Dory Oyster Bar) spared little expense in the $1.5 million resurrection of this iconic North Beach café that has nursed San Francisco’s literati for nigh a century. A hulking stainless-steel espresso machine anchors the café’s narrow, boisterous bar, where savvy bartenders turn out refreshing twists on classic cocktails. The dark, sultry dining room oozes nostalgia, and wrapping oneself in a clamshell red leather booth feels bereft without a bourbon or gin cocktail in hand. Bloomfield’s talent shines in lighter dishes. Braised Spanish octopus and poached fennel are both nicely executed and well proportioned. Firm English peas and favas feature playfully in the summer minestrone and prosciutto-laced lumaconi, and a moist, Parmesan-crusted pork chop headlines the mains. However, the fritto misto was undone by a heavy hand of salt and the bucatini was unremarkable. Cognac-heavy tiramisu pairs wonderfully with the boozy house “cappuccino,” though we recommend surrendering your keys before ordering.
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in (and around) San Francisco for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in San Francisco to Eat at Right Now

San Francisco is buzzing with everything from craft cocktail bars to eateries inspired by destinations around the globe. Discover the hottest restaurants in San Francisco.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.