Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe


in North Beach & Chinatown

Patron sitting in window of Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe in North Beach.

A boho North Beach landmark on Washington Sq, Mario's gave up smoking in the 1970s and turned to piping-hot panini. Generations of artistic movements have been fueled by Mario's oven-baked onion-focaccia sandwiches with meatballs, eggplant, or grilled chicken. This is a prime corner for people-watching over carafes of Chianti or pints of Anchor Steam, served by art-schooled waitstaff.