Boisterous, waiters caterwauling with dramatic bits of opera make up only a bit of the background noise at this North Beach meeting spot. Come here to ... More
Steps of Rome
Boisterous, waiters caterwauling with dramatic bits of opera make up only a bit of the background noise at this North Beach meeting spot. Come here to sip a cappuccino, get a huge plate of pasta or drink a beer and try your pick-up skills. The pasta is house-made, inexpensive, and filling. You will find all the classics such as lasagne and linguine. Most dishes only cost less than $10. At the adjoining trattoria, the food is a bit more expensive (about $20 for dinner), but the ambiance is a bit quieter. Note: Cash only.
Our daughter and others had told us that this was a great restaurant so we decided to have a family night out. We were seated upstairs in a small, hot and crowded room. Between the music and people talking at other tables, we could not hear each other and could not hear the waiter.
There was a spinach salad special that 4 out of the 5 of us ordered. Bread, drinks, and water were brought to the table. Salads were delivered, and then we waited almost 1 hour for our dinner. No further bread was delivered and we were becoming hungry. We did not see our waiter again and even our water glasses became empty.
When the meal finally arrived, portions were extremely small. My dish which was a pasta dish with smoked salmon was awful and very fishy tasting. The spinach salad special was almost twice the price of a regular dinner salad. We left the restaurant hungry and disappointed.
We would never recommend this place to anyone.
We have lived in New York and know what real italian food should taste like, but even if we didn't, who doesn't know that vodka sauce is a creamy tomato sauce? The Gnocci with Pancetta and "Vodka Sauce" most resembled a warmed bottle of cheese wiz. The Fettuccini Carbonara tasted as if I was licking the inside of a salt shaker. The food was bad enough, but the sight of the waiters taking off their shirts and dancing provocatvely in between running out to the street with a menu to encourage people to come in was too much to take. Please, go to North Beach as it is a great neighborhood, but go anywhere but Steps of Rome Cafe!
The music was blasting and when we asked them very politely to turn it down just a little they turned it up. The food is great. Too bad the wiaters are complete A-holes. Unless you want to end up next to a table full of eight grade girls singing Bob Marley, do NOT come here.
�A notable dining experience!� We had several recommendations to try this place located in North Beach near City Lights Bookstore and St. Peters and St. Paul�s Church. We had several staff waiting on us, all with amazing customer service skills. Servers with strong beautiful Italian accents, great smiles and fun Italian music that made you want to get up and dance. Several waiters did dance their way to our table by the way. It was a great stop for a late lunch, we were recharged and on our way in no time at all. Great spot for people watching.
Try the Bruschetta as an appetizer. It�s simply amazing�and the best I�ve ever had.
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