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Ala Romana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.AlaRomana.com
  • Phone: (415) 292-3699
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Lorenzo Logoreci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor Street
  • Public Transit: Cable Car Stop at Jackson & Taylor
    1 California stop at Sacramento & Taylor
    10 Pacific stop at Pacific & Taylor
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ala Romana
Ala Romana is Nob Hill's newest Bistro & Enoteca featuring contemporary Italian Cuisine. Enjoy our appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas and entrees as well as our Italian and California wines.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Just had another great meal at Ala Romana. The cuisine is innovative and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "You can be very happy from 5:30-7:00 with the specially priced drinks and appetizers. We repeated orders of arancini, sliders, and the mushroom risotto because the first orders were so delicious they made us regret sharing with each other. The $1 oysters drew mixed reviews so we would recommend ordering a few to sample instead of committing to a dozen immediately."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It saddens me to feel that with just some very simple changes this could have been a great experience. 1. no candles on our table (some others had them??) 2. only three beer choices on menu but were out of one we wanted 3. portions are too small...had two courses and left hungry (all 6 of us)....wish the waiter had suggested ordering more...actually, any input from the (less than friendly) waiter would have been nice. 4. We were one of two tables but weren't greeted or served bread (had to ask for butter) for more than 15 minutes. The food was very good which is why it is a shame that the little things kept this from being a really fun experience. All in all, I DO recommend giving this place a try. It just needs a little polish."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is the first time dining here and was expecting more of the traditional Italian menu options. There were many other great choices and it was nice to see that they were quite interesting as well. Our table had fish, spareribs and pasta. Everything was great. Appetizers are a little hard to share for more than 2 unless you get a few of them. It was a nice wine list too, not to overwhelming. Seems to have a neighborhood vibe and since it has little parking, taxi or cable car would be the best option if you don't live in the area."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We dined here once shortly after they opened, and were a tad disappointed. On a return visit, it has matured nicely. The homemade pastas are superb, the salads excellent, and the short ribs succulent and well flavored. The wine list has some moderately priced bottles (could use a few more) and a nice selection. The servers are genial, if a bit disorganized. It's a small room and consequently quite noisy, but we'd definitely return."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I've been here twice--once with a group on a business dinner and once on a date night with my husband. I was impressed both times with both the food and service at this charming Italian eatery. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted and welcomed at our table. The service was attentive; my chair was pulled out for me and napkin placed on my lap. The candlelit ambiance is nice and the food and wine was great. Would definitely come back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife & I went there for dinner this past Saturday and came away impressed. Recommend the Artichoke, Pappardelle Bolognese, & Short Ribs Alla Piemontese. The service was good, ambiance nice, and just an excellent value overall. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We recently had dinner here and were quite pleased. Each of us enjoyed our appetizers (artichokes and arancini), entrees (short ribs, pizza and pasta) and the wine recommended by our waiter was excellent. And, lest I forget, the shared chocolate cake dessert was very tasty. The ambiance is comfortable with a touch of coziness. The prices were reasonable considering the quality of the food. It is a great addition to the neighborhood! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This place is awesome! I can't say enough about the food. Fresh, house-made pasta was cooked perfectly. The short rib was rich and delicious and just fell apart it was so tender. We also had the flat iron steak which was cooked on a charcoal grill, loved it! Will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We all thought our food was ok. Not great. But the biggest issue was the acoustics. So loud! They would do well to put curtains or some fabric somewhere to absorb some of the noise. "
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I thought the food was overall great. I went here for the first time a few weeks back with a friend who just moved to the city, and then again when two of my friends visited I had to go back. Two of our three dishes really nailed it; the short ribs were incredible while my risotto was bland. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. I will definitely be back with more friends!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "They are innovative, open to any and all suggestions and are masters of knowing how to make their guests feel comfortable. Food and service are wonderful, and you are almost always sent a special treat from the Chef, who continues to change, add, and surprise with his lovely menu. They are a perfect fit for our beautiful neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "So good, I return every Friday for dinner with my mother and relatives."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "In picking Ala Romana we were looking for great food, wine and a social environment that was not too loud so my friends and I could catch up!! This hit them all. The gnocchi melts in your mouth, the homemade chili oil was just the right level of spice and the service was knowledgable and friendly!!!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Allegro Romano is one of my favorite restaurants in SFO. But I have avoided coming there due to difficulty of parking and getting a reservation. Parking at Ala Romano is far more difficult than at Allegro Romano, and the food is pretty awful. The pasta was too salty and the pork chop very ordinary. The staff friendliness and professionalism was incredible. But given the many better choices for Italian in SFO and the fact that parking is downright annoying, I don't think this restaurant will pull through. I will go back to Allegro Romano, but only if I don't have to drive."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I can't blame the place for being in such a hard-to-park neighborhood, but it would've been nice if they had valet because it took us forty minutes to find a spot several blocks away. There were several missteps by the servers, and it was weird that so many different ones came to our table. I considered it a sign of disorganization. But it wasn't just that. There was forgotten food orders, someone who listened to me ask a question and mumbled something and walked away, one who ran into my elbow as she tried to walk past, and an overall careless tone. I could've forgiven all of the above if the food was tasty, but it was mediocre. I don't know how they managed to mess up polenta but they did. I would skip this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem! Ala Romana is the kind of restaurant that makes me fall in love all over again with dining experiences in San Francisco. While it is hard to find a bad meal in San Francisco (uless you're a tourist in North Beach!) Ala Romana is a reminder that some of the greatest meals don't need to cost a fortune or feel pretentious. The neighborhood charm and friendly service were only surpassed by the comforting, well prepared food. Excellent pastas, pizza and meats. Welcome to the neighborhood Ala Romana!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "There were 4 of us on a rainy Sunday evening around 8 and the restaurant was not busy so the noise level was low. I say this because I'm sure when it is full it must be pretty noisy as other people have mentioned. All the dishes we had were delicious (puntarelle salad, artichokes, lamb chops, ribolllita, squid pasta, panna cotta) I didn't try my friend;s Margartia pizza. The wine list is pretty standard fare and not very impressive. It's decent, but if you are a wine person you won't be impressed especially living where we do and the sophistication of many restaurant's wine lists in the bay area. On the other hand, you get a very generous pour for a decent price. It's a great neighborhood place, especially if you don't have to find parking."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I hosted a special event for 16 and everyone raved about the food and service. Chris, the head waiter, called me the day before and we worked on a special 6 course menu that was then printed for everyone, wonderful choices, family style until the main course. Wow! He even arranged to park my wife's car as she arrived in the rain at a neighbor's home. What a night!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Perhaps, the review in the Sunday Chronicle has put extra pressure on the kitchen and staff. It seemed that everything was hurried and not quite given the time and thought in preparation of the food. The staff seem to be hurrying too much. We will give it another try sometime and hopefully time will help. The menu is looks very promising and delicious but missed on final product."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The squid ink pasta was quite delightful, but the rest of the food was just so-so, and the wine list (a one pager with wines you could purchase at Safeway) was inexcusable for an Italian restaurant in SF."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Enjoyed the ambiance especially... nicely designed restaurant and lovely new addition to the neighborhood. Chicory salad and squid ink tonatelli were delicious dishes. Service staff is gracious and will get their rhythm with a bit more experience. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I went in a group of 4 for a friend's birthday dinner and we had an excellent time. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but it seems like they can accommodate larger groups if you call ahead. I would definitely recommend making a reservation because the place was completely full. The food was delicious and extremely well priced for what you get. Our table split the prosciutto/burrata appetizer, and I think it's the best burrata I have had outside of Italy. I had the pork chop with parmesan polenta as my main course and highly recommend it. All and all, an excellent evening. The restaurant is dimly lit, which would make it perfect for a romantic date night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great pizza, delicious flavors, unique menu, friendly staff."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This little spot was a great find on a recent long weekend visit to SF. We shared 3 plates: salad, pasta, meat and a nice bottle of reasonably priced wine ($45) - picked after being offered tastes from the by the glass list. Service was gracious and friendly. No snubs for sharing and coursing our food. Salad was a nice mix of sweet and savory with good quality parm. cheese. Rabbit pasta was al dente - the meat was very flavorful. Pork chop was generous, nicely paired with polenta - all full of flavor."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "pizza was delicious - so was the burrata and the salad. it's slightly cramped seating because the restaurant is so small. also distracting, we had several different people taking out wine order - from the server to two other people - it was a bit distracting and disorienting. service started out not so hot, but got better throughout the evening. it's casual and not pretentious, which is great. restaurant was good but it wasn't a standout , in my view. I won't be going back there in a hurry - there are so many other restaurants in the general area that are just as good with a better price point."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Had the puntarelle salad (OK, a little bland), nettle and ricotta gnocchi with guinea hen sugo and the pasta with rabbit - both were very good. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Small place which makes it a bit on the noisy side."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Ate here for the 2nd time on Saturday night. LOVE this place! Food was beautiful - I had the Flank Steak with Salsa Verde .. perfectly cooked, wonderful sauce - My boyfriend had the Lamb Chop and Sausage ... incredible flavor .. we were in heaven! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Really nice ambience, perfect noise level for a good conversation. Food is good in general, pasta 'al dente' and tasty. Pizza is below average, considering san francisco standards, so go for something else. very good desserts."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We came here for the Christmas Eve Eve dinner of just our family of four before we hit the extended families on the 24th and 25th. The staff at Ala Romana were so welcoming and the service was very attentive. Most importantly the food was fabulous. My husband had a lamb chop dish, me the squid ink pasta, and each of my girls had a pasta dish. We split salads before hand and had roasted olives with prosecco (fab combo) for starters. All was wonderful. Really a nice, comforting, neighborhood place. Casually sophisticated. Would definitely come here again. Parking is hard and street only so pray to the parking gods."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Six of us dined here New Year's week. The restaurant was full. Reservation honored immediately. Staff very attentive. The pastas are creative, served al dente and delicious. Salads are generous (two can share). Reasonable prices with great food--a perfect combination. Will now be hard to choose between Allegro Romano and this new venture."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The food was delicious, but we didn't like the wine list. The wines were very expensive, by the glass, and we did not like the selection. Plenty of chianti and sangiovese, but those aren't our favorites."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant… excellent food, great service."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I was hopeful after reading all the good reviews, but the fact of the matter is, they are a young establishment and the inexperience showed. Our food took a LONG time. The server was nice enough but not that knowledgeable about their wine selection. And if you didn't know, it's been and wine only. This has a tendency to annoy me. This place had potential, but I'll be waiting a while to come back (if I ever do) because they still have some growing up to do."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Ala Romano is just what the Nob Hill/Russian Hill neighborhood needed -- a casual, uptempo eatery filled with happy people enjoying excellent, unpretentious food. Recently added pizza Margherita is spot on, with thin crust crunchy at the edges, rich and fresh tomato sauce, and hearty cheese --just one example of many well thought out dishes ranging from pastas to pork chops and fish. The staff was welcoming and efficient, from door to table and throughout the meal. The moderate prices capped off a thoroughly enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Decent food. Good for the neighborhood. Way to dark! I like dark restaurants with ambiance but something about this place was so dark it was hard to see anything."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "This is a new place. Keeping this in mind, several of our dishes needed more focus and flavor. The tuna carpaccio was bland and the olive oil cake was mushy and lacked olive oil taste. Flavor levels need to come up."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Food was well done, service was very attentive, perhaps too much so with overly aggressive water refilling, noise level was extremely high on a Monday night, hard to have a conversation."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The pork chop was tasty as was the risotto. The whole artichoke was interesting with a nice heart although the few remaining leaves were strangely crisp for this dish. The wine list included several credible reds beginning at $30, a welcome difference from other places that are less generous. We will have to return to pass judgement further."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Ala Romana is a welcome addition to the Nob Hill neighborhood. Vibrant Roman bistro style dining. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 12/9/2013