Bambino's Ristorante
Bambino's Ristorante

Bambino's Ristorante

  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Bambino's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)notable wine list (14)fit for foodies (12)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (10)good for groups (10)great for lunch (6)special occasion (6)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Very good italian good !
    santojulian
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great restaurant ! Service is perfect, nice atmosphere, food is very good but maybe a little bit too pricy ! The restaurant is in the cole valley so it's maybe one of the reason I'll go back...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Bambino's is one of my favorites, with excellent food and great service. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is divine!
    LuvSF
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We love this restaurant, since all of the food is absolutely unbelievable. The vegetarian options are really, really good. Their homemade sauces are full of aroma and what makes this restaurant so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    Eleanor
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were there on a Thursday evening and there were not many diners while we were there (from 7-9), which was a bit surprising. The neighborhood is lively. The pasta dishes and the filet mignon were good. I had the veal saltimbucco for the first time. I believe they used chopped veal rather than a cutlet and it was not as good as I had expected, especially for $26. I would not go out of my way to go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cole Valley Find
    Kate
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our first time dining at Bambino. We went with friends. My request for a quiet table/ window table was granted. We all enjoyed our food. The service was outstanding. We all agreed that we like Cole Valley. It was a tasty and pleasant experience all around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All in all just a great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I fine dining experience at Bambino's. Calamari friti was light and crunchy. Pea and radish salad was to die for. Margarita pizza was thin light and delicious. Chicken parmesan was coated with Japanese style bready (wonderfully light) nice rich marinara and a thick coating of mozzarella, I was in heaven. Flourless choc. olive oil cake just melted in my mouth and was ever so rich and light, both at the same time (I know that makes no sense but it was). Nice wines and reasonable priced. Our server Sam was just a pro. Knows the menu backwards and forwards. Spaces the courses out perfectly. All in all just a great menu at Bambino's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cole Valley Cornerstone
    SFInnycVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Inviting, warm, knowledgeable and delicious are just a few adjectives one thinks of after dining at this solid, underrated spot in Cole Valley. A "go-to" spot when entertaining friends. Bambino's never misses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Really Great Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went here with family and my 2 year old boy for a three way b-day celebration. I'm a little paranoid when I go out...SF is not such a kid-friendly town, and my experiences have been mostly misses in the hit or miss world of OT "kid-friendly" spots. This place was absolutely wonderful! Service was attentive, food was delicious and coursed properly, and the whole staff was really sweet to all of us. I had a really nice time. We don't typically go out...having a young child puts a damper on that for a bit, but when you have to, it's really nice to know there's a place you can really enjoy yourself. Thank you for the really wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Took our friends to Bambino's for dinner, and we all had a great dinner, good wine and enjoyed spectacular service. Even when there's something on the menu you've had before, there's a new twist that makes it different but still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Excellent
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our daughter was here from out of state and she wants to go to Bambino's every time. The special cannoli with pistachios is perfect. Their chicken in wine sauce was tender and juicy, and the gluten free special fig pizza works! The service is attentive and friendly - it has become our favorite go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    perlmanrea
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Bambino's never falters on the quality of the food. It is noisy. It can be crowded. However, they do not rush you once seated. Service is slow but adequate. Big windows to the street are always enjoyable. Lots of neighborhood people. Children are welcome. Breads are baked on site and delicious. Take out and delivery is excellent, too. Been going there for twenty years and never a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant is a gem! We went for brunch on Sunday and enjoyed the biscuits and gravy with eggs. This was the BEST sausage gravy I have ever had! The bloody Mary's are also quite tasty. This my "go to" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SandyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love their brunch! from the complimentary mini-scones with currants to the Roma omelette or Eggs Benedict or whatever: it is all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Omelette was very good, and I was able to get a salad instead of potatoes. I liked being able to get a refill on my Mimosa for only $4. The waitress was very nice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Terrific!
    ExecutiveMomVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My family and I have brunch at Bambino's every Sunday. Our twin toddlers love the thin crust pizza and the omelets are well-prepared and delicious. Even better, the service is always top notch. Erin and the other staff members are super friendly, warm and helpful. They make the experience such a positive one- I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is ok, service slowish
    OrionEridanus
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service is adequate, but I think they should add one more server. I had the New Zealand Blue Bass special. Pretty darn dry fish/overcooked. Even if if had been salmon it would have been a tad overdone. The beet salad was delish though and the veggies that came with the fish were awesome. Some uncooked greens with a great dressing and some pretty good Brussels sprouts. The place is very noisy, but most SF restaurants suffer from that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had an amazing dinner. Full house on a Saturday night, but they sat us promptly at 7 pm (the time of our reservation). The wine, pasta, pizza and dessert were fantastic. Service was great, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bambino's - Great Brunch!
    AntzinCV
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Bambino's is an excellent choice for Brunch in Cole Valley. Located two doors down from Zazie, a fine eatery, Bambino's brunch is just as delicious, if not better, without the wait! I love the quaint feel of the restaurant as well as the variety of brunch choices (breakfast pizza? Yes, please!) Everyone is warm and inviting, the service is well-timed and friendly and it won't empty your wallet. I highly recommend Bambino's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Truly a neighborhood gem. Plentiful and delicious food. Personable and efficient service. Comfortable ambience. All at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was wonderful as usual. Always fab food. A favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went twice in three days
    Jasper
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Cole St. destination.
    BakingBreakfast
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Cozy, homestyle Italian cooking. Chicken Masala was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 264 reviews are from the Bambino's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Cole Valley gem
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We love Bambino's! Great food at a good price-point, with excellent service. Less noisy than most other spots on Cole St. for a weekend night dinner. And - true to their name - they are kid-friendly, even coming up with novel ways to amuse our toddler.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No! No! No!
    LaLa
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Dinner Restaurant, Will Return
    USS1994
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SandyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fantastic brunch menu on Sundays. Our first time trying it: omelettes, eggs benedict, scones and coffee all excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great place for a double birthday celebration. Good food, good service, had a great time. Will recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SandyVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Always great! Love their complimentary olives!! Please bring back your chicken cacciatore - we miss it!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    Lizzi
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Brought another group here and once again, the Bambino's staff made it a great evening. Love this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jamiekVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Dena
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This restaurant does not disappoint. Food was great and so was the serve and price for what you got.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous food and friendly service!
    Foodlovr
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Just a very nice neighborhood restaurant. Food was delicious and plentiful. Service was just as it should be excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service.
    Guitarman
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very good food. Very kid friendly. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easy neighborhood place
    DineroutVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food is good and the service is always wonderful and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice family atmosphere
    NapamelVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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. .
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    jak1
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The service was excellent with a smile. The food was very good. We had a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.