54 Mint
54 Mint

54 Mint

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.54mint.com/
  • Phone: 4155435100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10 pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Sunday: 5pm - 9:30pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mattia Marcelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission and Market streets
  • Public Transit: Mint Plaza is located off of Fifth Street between Market and Mission Streets in San Francisco’s Central Market district. The Plaza is a short distance (approximately 1 block) from the BART/MUNI Powell and Montgomery Street stations. Convenient MUNI bus lines include the 14 Mission, 15 Third, 30 Stockton, 45 Union and all Market Street routes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: a Public Parking Garage is also available, located on the corner of Mission and 5th streets.
A word from 54 Mint
54 Mint is a little gem in the heart of downtown San Francisco across from the old US Mint Building. We offer authentic Italian cuisine prepared only with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Our pastas and desserts are made fresh on a daily basis. 54 Mint is also a retail store where you can purchase, for a simple gift or for your own need, a variety of imported products such as extra virgin olive oil from Umbria, balsamic vinegars, cheese, spices, wines and much more...Our bar will remain open until midnight offering an extended variety of cocktails and high-end imported and local spirits as well as a late-night menu of small bites.
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54 Mint reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (24)good for groups (21)notable wine list (20)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (18)great for lunch (18)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • excellent
    yumyumyum
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    went for bday dinner.. excellent food and service , loved it !!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Historic gem, tucked out of sight
    dandoug
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    You have to be looking for it, but some things are worth looking for. 54 Mint, tucked behind the old mint on Mint Plaza, is one of them. My wife and I recently enjoyed a romantic dinner there. We loved the historic building with modern, contemporary touches inside. Surprisingly (so close to Calif wine country) the wine list as all Italian -- it helpd us pretend to be in Italy. With guidence, we picked a bottle of 2010 MONTEFALCO Rosso, Antonelli. It was excellent. We started with a sea cucumber bruschetta and some tomato risotto croquettes. They were ok. However, the the main courses: salmon filet and gnocchi with smoked pancetta in a tomato sauce were outstanding! We finished with a cheese plate, more wine and left very satisfied.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had dinner, not as good as lunch
    chemist
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to 54 mint twice before, I always had the same dish, Fetucinie and mushrooms. I aways loved it. l But I went for dinner last week, and had the same dish... Its been 6 months since I was there and the dish was nowhere near the same, The sauce was too watery. I was never offered any cheese for the topping, . I couldn't eat all of my dinner eventhough I was hungery. So I most likely will not return for a dinner here. Also, I ordered a Manhattan, the drink had some alcohol in it some where? well it sort had some. ,, the cherrie was great was the type of cherry it was suppose to be. But the drink... well,,, my dead grandmother could make a better Manhattan.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A current meal in an old building
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed the up-to-date Italian food in an old area of San Francisco, next to the Old Mint. The noisy crowd was a problem.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining experience
    wineplease
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was exceptional. Our server Salvador was passionate about the food and made several spot on recommendations to go along with the cab sauv we had brought. Overall a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panna cotta!
    happyhr
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Didn't love the sea urchin bruschetta (tried it to be adventurous, and typically do like sea urchin, but found the mix to be weird.) The panna cotta on the other hand was TDF and the wine list was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DenVar
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Good food. Great olive oil and honey. Friendly, intimate.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited
    aw510
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wine and food very limited selection. Waiter made up for it with excellent service and steak was pretty good. Would not go back with so many better places and selections in SF area.
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  • Excellent for Foodies
    AvidDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Try pairing wines with your courses.....The food was excellent and tried some excellent wines. Desserts are to die for, especially the Panacotta with 20 yr balsamic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    54 Mint is supposedly an italian restaurant, I am italian and this was the worst italian meal ever !
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Very loud once the restaurant is full. We had to raise our voice super loud so we could hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Father's Day!
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything was perfect - delicious meal and a good bottle of wine and excellent service!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple Italian with hip vibe
    JoleneZ12VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    tried 54 Mint on our vacation to San Fran this past weekend. Loved the cute area the restaurant was located- We were seated downstairs and it was pretty dark but good for larger parties- Everything was very nice - my pasta was a bit salty but the waiter did mention that before I ordered so that was good- A good simple choice for a nice plate of italian food in san fran with out the north beach tourists!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We found 54 Mint on the internet and what a find! Tucked away on a little plaza behind the old San Francisco Mint gives it a European ambience from the outside, and inside it has all the understated charm of a small restaurant on might find somewhere in Italy. Excellent authentically Italian cuisine with a menu of interesting dishes to suit almost any taste. Great wine list. Superb staff – helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient without being overly solicitous. This was our first dinner there, but certainly not our last. We'll try it for lunch sometime, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Move on ...
    FoodieLuver35
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I have raved and recommended 54 Mint multiple times. It was once fabulous. Unfortunately, this once gem has lost its luster. Unwelcoming hostess, poor and rushed service, food not so great as it once was. Move on and spend your money elsewhere.
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  • Molto Bene
    Leone
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Very authentic Roma cuisine. Good portions. Will not disappoint. Wide wine selection. Follows traditional course meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 54 mint for the win
    NikkiK
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Amazing "home cooked" style Italian food accompanied by a fantastic wine selection. Service is attentive and knowledgeable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 54 Mint is a Must!
    rbruck54
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were lucky to find this restaurant. The ambiance is cool, the people and service is excellent and the food is the bomb! The kitchen has really got it going on here. Definitely try the grilled octopus! Really good Italian inspired food. The chef will come out to meet you at your table..very old school and I like it. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Molto buono
    ItsAboutFoodVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A last minute decision to lunch at 54 Mint turned out to be a delightful and delicious side trip to Italy, on a warm, sunny afternoon downtown. We were welcomed and seated in the tiled upstairs, adjacent to the bar/counter and kitchen. There were also several desirable, but occupied umbrella-capped tables outdoors on the patio. Warm, attentive service from Eros, and an menu that covers a perfect representation of Italian dishes, done well and simply with the best, fresh ingredients. A perfect arugula salad, luscious spaghetti carbonara, and grilled swordfish with herbs & lemon. Paired with a glass of white wine from Piemonte, it really had us thinking we had stumbled into a small trattoria somewhere in bella Italia. Andiamo !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Spot for Groups
    FoodieLover21
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    54 Mint was very accommodating for our party of 8 for lunch. It was perfectly situated for several people from our party to drive in, park at 5th/Mission garage and walk to the restaurant. The outside seating area was very nice. The food was perfect - a little something for everyone - seafood lovers, pasta lovers, gluten free fare. Service was great as well. We will definitely be back for a lunch again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My first time at this restaurant, but not the last. The food was amazing! My new favorite spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OL2HVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My first visit to 54 Mint was a great success. Everything was superb: The cocktails, salads, main course, and dessert. Even the wine by the glass was wonderful, and not overpriced. Service was excellent. We look forward to another visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Constantly back for more.
    aprilerz
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is an awesome work lunch spot. Many of my colleagues constantly rave about the place. Service and food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • always great
    ncfood
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    this place has great italian food, always incredibly tasty and the service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • A Little Disappointed
    Kreska
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had eaten here several times before and brought some out of town friends here telling them how good it is. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. We asked our waiter to decant the wine and he brought a chipped and cracked decanter. we asked him to replace it before decanting the wine and it took almost 10 mins to find one and bring it to us. The specials included what we thought was an asparagus dish but turned out to be a soup which was presented in a single bowl with 4 spoons. We had to request bread to sop up the gravy from the seafood/marinara dish. Getting our waiter's attention was like hailing a cab in NYC. All said however, the food was delicious. We will return again, but this visit was underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pasta and Service!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I am local to SF and love 54 Mint. What I especially love is the relaxed pace of dining where you do not feel like you are rushed. The food is very fresh and I will be back again and again. I had the truffle pasta
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  • SFEV
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    fresh handmade pasta. everything tasted great and the waiter was great too.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The presentation was lovely, but i was not as impressed with the flavors as i wanted to be. great wine and terrific service.
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  • ronald
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Price was reasonable if the food had been good. I had the wait staff's highly recommended lamb chops prepared by a chef from Rome. It was a "must order" recommendation by our waiter and subsequently by the waiter from another section of the restaurant, so I felt compelled to try it. Very disappointed and could only manage to eat a portion of one chop. It tasted gamey and was overpowering. In retrospect, I think it was the order the wait sttaff was pushing that evening. To his credit, the waiter comped a tiramisu and apologized that I didn't care for the entree (didn't offer to take it back however). My companion had the gnocchi which was average at best and ate less than a quarter of the meal. I don't recommend.
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  • First Time
    Paul
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Loved the swordfish while my daughters had the gnocchi. The service was great, non-obtrusive, will definitely come back
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little slice or Italy
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Worth the effort to find this place, the food is good and the service was attentive - our waiter described every pasta and entre on the menu.
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    notable wine list
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  • Great
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Been 3 or 4 times! Always awesome and fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian experience
    Chendi
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Small rustic atmosphere, with excellent food and flavor
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loud and not good
    kennyvino
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    4 if us dined and all disappointed with the food. Noise level was over the top
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 563 reviews are from the 54 Mint reviews archive.
  • Doesn't live up to the hype
    Jorfly
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I was impressed by the food- all delicious and high quality. The service was downright awful, the place was super loud, even during lunch, the cluster of flies dancing around in the middle of the dining room were cringe-worthy, and the food came out at all different times. Not impressed!
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  • Really good every time
    Reed
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I've been to 54 Mint a handful of times and on each visit I find the same well-executed Italian fare, interesting wines, and warm hospitality. Case in point: On this last visit, my girlfriend and I had both guzzled down our glasses of wine while we paced ourselves with the rich pasta dishes on the table (that cacio e pepe with homemade tonarelli, man...). Our waiter noticed that we each had a few bites of pasta left but no wine to wash it down with. Rather than trying to sell us two more glasses, he gave us each an extra splash on the house. Love that Italian hospitality.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleases
    HorsPiste
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We have eaten at 54 Mint many times, and it always pleases. The service is friendly, enthusiastic professional and knowledgeable. The limited menu changes seasonally, but is always authentic, with fresh and housemade ingrediants. Pastas are terrific, as are all the starters, but don't miss the suppli. The small wine list is highly focused on Italian wines, many hard to find, and always complimentary to the food. The noise level in the spare industrial space is high when they are busy, but manageable. Go. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "neighborhood" spot
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Very energetic atmosphere but very good, authentic food and wine. Tucked away across from the Mint but worth looking for it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Enjoy 54
    Oaklandish
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I've come numerous times over the years for lunch most of the time. It is always good with a small menu of classic dishes done well. The ambiance is charming and on a warm day, the terrace is very pleasant.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 54 Mint - nice italian nite out!
    rsawhney
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The staff was great with my wife who has a nut/seafood allergy. Really appreciated them checking everything carefully and advising us. Pasta's and apps were all great -- recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.