Caffe Delle Stelle - A neighborly sort of place on the corner of Hayes and Gough with big windows letting in the sunshine and the street scene. The restaurant is near the cultural venues (Symphony, Opera, Ballet) and the staff performs wonders in getting folks out on time for the show -- always keeping a smile as they hustle at this task. Remember this if you are ever late for the Symphony! It saved me! The food is predictable Italian pasta with some good fish and meat dishes. The wine list is very reasonably priced and goes well with the simple and filling food. Recommended.
Caffe Macaroni - A tiny - REALLY tiny - restaurant on the edge of North Beach and the Financial District that is probably more like an Italian cafe than any other place in the city. The menu is truly amazing and has all of the classic Italian dishes you can think of. Good, cheerful service and a well-matched and extensive wine list make the whole package almost irresistible. Dont hit your head on the ceiling if they take you upstairs, and dont elbow the fellow in the next table. No matter, the food is the star. Recommended.
Caffe Museo - SF MOMA is clean, modern, and efficient. Caffe Museo, the museum cafe, has inherited clean, modern, and efficient from the museum, and adds comforting and welcoming. They have a small but quality menu that includes a yummy Grilled Chicken Panini, Steamed Mussels, Smoked Salmon with Potato Salad and Creme Fraiche, and pizzas. The tables outside on the sidewalk are glorious on a sunny day. Recommended.