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Bambino's Ristorante
Bambino's Ristorante

Bambino's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bambinosristorante.com
  • Phone: (415) 731-1343
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joel Scherbak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bambino's Ristorante offers catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carl Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bambino's Ristorante
In a warm, open and attentive setting, Bambino’s Ristorante offers a tasteful and varied mix of classic Italian and original fare. We serve Dinner, Lunch and Weekend Brunch. Reserve or drop in for anything from a snack to a celebration.
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was wonderful as usual. Always fab food. A favorite of ours."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were in SF for some medical stuff at UCSF. The high point of the trip was finding this little gem. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcome and cared for. Everything we ordered (both nights) was perfect. And we usually skip dessert but try the house made vanilla bean gelato with the espresso sauce. Genuis."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Cozy, homestyle Italian cooking. Chicken Masala was great."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Yes, we liked the neighborhood and the service, but the Italian food was mediocre and the ahi tuna was returned to the kitchen and taken off our bill. We will not be back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Booked on a whim based on reviews. Found that there was good food, good service, and a pleasant atmosphere. People I was with liked the wine selection. Highly suggest asking the staff for their favorites - found some great dishes that I wouldn't have tried otherwise. Had a good time, will return in the future."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fantastic brunch menu on Sundays. Our first time trying it: omelettes, eggs benedict, scones and coffee all excellent!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great place for a double birthday celebration. Good food, good service, had a great time. Will recommend and will return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Always great! Love their complimentary olives!! Please bring back your chicken cacciatore - we miss it!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I've dined at Bambino's several times. The food and service is always great. We requested Erin to br our server. She's awesome, friendly and consistent. We live her."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Brought another group here and once again, the Bambino's staff made it a great evening. Love this neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food was good, as always, but we were disappointed that the brunch menu was not offered on a Monday holiday. Even so, the salads, omelets and Panini were very good. We were hoping for the eggs benedict and similar items but they were not available. I would still not hesitate to return, esp since a neighboring restaurant always has such a long brunch wait."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This restaurant does not disappoint. Food was great and so was the serve and price for what you got. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The food and service were just perfect. A nice selection of choices. We arrived late, but were gladly seated quickly. The anti pasta platter was great as was the spinach salad and Brie pizza. Our waitress was helpful and efficient. Couldn't have been more please with our meal and our wine selection and price were perfect. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Just a very nice neighborhood restaurant. Food was delicious and plentiful. Service was just as it should be excellent. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Very good food. Very kid friendly. Outstanding service. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and service are just terrific. Breads and desserts are homemade! Portions are generous and quality is always topnotch. It is truly a gem!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food is good and the service is always wonderful and accommodating. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This is our neighborhood Italian restaurant to go with our Grandchildren. They each got the children's pizza which was bigger than we expected. Since we ordered 2 we ended up taking one home. I had the angel hair with shrimp and artichoke. It was a rather large portion and I did not notice the lack of shrimp until part way down. When told they apologized brought out the shrimp and did not charge me for the dish. This was all very nice but this entree still did not taste that good. It was too watery since they use regular instead of canned tomatoes. ."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We went on Easter and had a lovely dinner. Our server, Erin, was outstanding--very friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend it and would certainly go back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service was excellent with a smile. The food was very good. We had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Bambino's was sort of OK. We booked having read the reviews which on the whole said it was good, but really didn't agree with them. The ambiance was fine, as was the service and the price. The food was the issue - rather underwhelming. It has been a long time since we have eaten such bland and under-seasoned food, e.g. fillet mignon and smashed red potatoes that have clearly never been in the presence of any salt. My husbands pasta was so bland/dry that he didn't manage to finish it, something I don't recall ever happened in the proceeding 15 years we've been together! We have had much better food for a similar price elsewhere in San Francisco. I would not recommend Bambino's and I doubt we'll be returning."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The homemade organic basil linguine with lemon- olive oil sauce was so fresh and so delicious! The special canoli dessert and the special organic spinach salad were exceptional. Great Italian food!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Cornflake crusted brioche French toast, mimosas, and Benedict's to die for! Saturday and Sunday brunch!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Made a last minute reservation and glad I did. Started with the calamari (has to be the best in town) and a pea and radish salad, both with so very fresh and delicious. Then 2 of us had the sturgeon and 1 had the linguine with clams, both were well prepared and also delicious. Finished with the chocolate bread pudding (we all shared), tender moist nice flavor balance, not too sweet, just a great dessert. It was a hot day for us in SF so we ordered the Cade Sauvignon Blanc and it went perfectly with our meal. Food was well prepared, tasting and very generous portions. Service was professional with a smile and personality. In conclusion, just a wonderful dining experience, we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The friendliness and attention was perfect. The food was made to order and the serving size was generous and mouth watering. A great relaxing and satisfying experience. You need to always leave room for dessert as they are freshly made on site."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Really wonderful food and service. I hadn't been to this place in 20+ years and it was just as good as I remembered it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Whenever I want very good food (and wine), good solid service (with a personality), and just a comfortable environment, I go to Bambino's. Never a disappointment. Always good."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Just a great spot! Pizza was delicious - toppings fresh and dough well cooked. Staff was excellent to us and we had two five years olds who were not angels. A very welcoming feel."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We chose this cute neighborhood Italian restaurant for our belated Valentine's celebration. The oak furniture and Italian ceramics coupled with our exceptionally cordial server, Sam, made this a memorable night. We ordered mussels in garlic broth, eggplant parmiagana, and thin crust pizza - all tasty and delicious. Dessert was cannelloni with strawberries and afogato - espresso over ice cream. Recommended for a special meal, not too overpriced, with attentive service."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Very good Italian restaurant in the City. The Cole Valley neighborhood is a nice change and the restaurant a very good choice for dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Babinos is ok, the food was not super good, it's more like a neighborhood restaurant, familiar, no special. For what you get I felt it's a little expensive. Nod bad eh"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We come here often for consistently excellent food with an accommodating kitchen that lets you substitute. Their chicken dishes are a great value. But! we miss your wonderful chicken cacciatore! please bring in back! Thank you! Wonderful pasta, pizza and specials! The wait staff are perfect."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We were seated promptly. Food was tasty. Waiter did not hover. Not too costly."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great Food, Great Service and a Great wine list. Bambino's is my favorite."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very good service. Food was good, but was not out of this world. A nice little neighborhood Italian spot."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I'm Italian and was looking for a good, authentic place, and Bambino's is it! I loved the atmosphere and the fact it was in a neighborhood area of SF, which was really cozy. It's reasonably priced too! I'll be going back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Even with some new wait staff, Bambino's maintains great, friendly service and delicious food. Their homemade seasoned olives alone are worth eating here for! First time for gluten free pizza: amazingly good! Another 5 star meal."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Loved Bambinos! The quality and quantity of the food for the price cannot be beat...worth every cent! Staff was so wonderful and accomodating. BEST EVER fried calamari in all of SAN FRANCISCO. Bamino's is now one of my favorites! Will return soon and recommend to all my friends!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A great little neighborhood Italian restaurant! We were a party of 7 with 2 youngsters and sat comfortably near the front of the restaurant. We shared the fried calamari which was a huge serving of nice crisp calamari rings and curly bits The little ones ordered the pasta with butter and cheese, with one asking for tomato sauce in which our waiter gracefully obliged. The rest of us had the lasagne which was also huge, linguini with clams, the waiter's recommendation and a good one at that! We also had the cajun pasta which was nice and spicy and two nice thin crust pizzas. All were very tasty! The atmosphere was neighborly as well as festive. A very comfortable setting and very enjoyable dinner. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We recommend: Gluten free pasta with marinara bolognese is excellent! Their pizza is delicious: the crust is just the right amount of soft, chewy, and crisp. It was a quiet Monday night - so Bambino's was laid back. Three of us had the feeling of being at home, warm and cozy, with fresh home-made food. We love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013