Welcome to Florio

Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s elegant Pacific Heights, we invite you to experience a taste of Italian Mediterranean cafe culture and cuisine in a cozy and romantic setting.


At the heart of any restaurant is it’s food and Florio offers a variety of Italian and French classics, a “greatest hits” of café fare: everything from house made Pasta to Steak Frites. Simple dishes such as Veal, Pork & Ricotta Meatballs round out the comforting menu.

Opened in December 1998 by Doug “Bix” Biederbeck, he imagined a warm neighborhood place where people come before or after a movie or the theater; a place where diners could eat in an hour yet stay for several hours with friends. One featuring rustic food such as crispy roast chicken and good frites, a little (but not much) music playing, a good bottle of wine and a warm smile from the server.

This is Florio.

Designed by Brayton + Hughes Design, Florio is situated on the corner of Fillmore Street and Wilmot Alley (between Pine & Bush Streets). The cafe is intimate and cozy; warm lighting, traditional but sophisticated colors and simple touches such as marble checkerboard floor and classic chairs help set the tone. Of particular note, the restaurant facade seems at home in Paris, London or Milan yet is firmly planted in San Francisco’s elegant Pacific Heights.

Doug is also the owner of the popular Bix Restaurant and Lounge in the Financial District as well as MarketBar located in the landmark Ferry Building.


Our seasonal menu offers a variety of classics, a “greatest hits” of café food. You’ll find everything from house made Mozzarella to Steak Frites and Poulet Roti. Simple dishes such as Seafood Stew round out our comforting menu.

Our Daily Blackboard features specials created with seasonal ingredients.

Our menu changes daily due to market availability and seasonality.


Florio is available for private events every day and evening of the week by prior arrangement. Our intimate but lively atmosphere offers a memorable setting to celebrate any occasion. In addition, our unique combination of relaxed neighborhood location and professional service provides a refreshing alternative to the typical downtown venues for business dinners or special commemorative events.

Our experienced staff will guide you through the planning stages of your special event so that you and your guests will get a dining experience tailored to your expectations. How nice to be able to enjoy yourself at your own party! Leave the work to us.

Luncheons and weekend day events are negotiable depending on the size of the group and the menu. Service charge and tax are not included.

Additional services available from our sources (not included in the flat rate) are flowers, live music, and valet parking.

Contact John Castanon at 415.775.4300 or

Seated Events

Seated luncheons and dinners include hors d’oeuvres & cocktails beforehand, a custom three-course menu selected by you from our seasonal menu, fine wine and bottled water. We seat 60 guests at tables of 6-12 each.


Included are passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations, full bar, fine wines & Champagne for up to 80 guests.


We charge a minimum flat rate exclusive of tax and service. Seated dinners and receptions carry the same rate. The entire restaurant is yours for the evening.

a Table

Please request your reservation by entering your party size, the date you wish to dine at Florio and your preferred time.

Contact Us

Phone: 415.775.4300

Fax: 415.775.4343

Email: John Castanon at

Do you have any questions or comments about our services? Send them to us. We would love to know your opinion.

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