We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Rocco's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1131 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3931 (between 7th & 8th Sts.)
+1 415-554-0522
07:00 - 15:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon 07:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 148: English reviews
Morro Bay, California
Level Contributor
133 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This small, neighborhood Italian restaurant looks like it has been there for decades. The menu may be just as old and traditional, although I must say the fried calamari was crispy and tasty. The rest of our meal fit the description the desk clerk at our motel used to describe Rocco's dishes--"adequate".

Thank 2bears93442
Richland, Washington
Level Contributor
48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for dinner the other night with my dad. I got the Clams with Linguini in a creamy white sauce and my dad got the steamed clams. The service was great and the food was amazing. The clams with Linguini is one of my favorite dishes and honestly I've only ever had it better at little Italian diner in... More 

Thank DJSparks45
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I went to dinner at Rocco's on a Friday night after seeing their episode on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few weeks ago... SO worth it! We made reservations but asked to sit at the bar instead so we could watch all of the cooking which was the best decision possible. We started with the garlic bread... More 

Thank katielatta
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Level Contributor
52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

ROCCO'S IS really nice place to have breakfast and also to see a restaurant that has a lot of history. This was a family outing and my son did some research and selected Rocco's. It was on a Saturday morning and we came right at 8 am and got a table for six right by the window. The waitress was... More 

Thank sicuani
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 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
Level Contributor
278 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 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
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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
Level Contributor
31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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
Level Contributor
49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
231 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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

Travellers who viewed Rocco's Cafe also viewed


Been to Rocco's Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$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
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rocco's Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in SoMa

Neighbourhood Profile
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
Explore this neighbourhood