Bar Bambino
Bar Bambino
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Bar Bambino

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barbambino.com/
  • Phone: 4157018466
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm to 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Binder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For groups of 10 or more we can bring our unique dining experience and aesthetic to your next office event, house party, corporate function, wedding, or even picnic on the beach. Whether your gathering requires full event design or just the basics, we can do it all. Please contact Alex Homs at 415.701.VINO (8466) or via email at ahoms@barbambino.com for more information regarding planning, coordination, and budgeting to bring Bar Bambino to your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Experience Bar Bambino for your next business event or special occasion. Our private and catered events cultivate ambiance around delicious cuisine, flawless service, and the refined rustic style for which Bar Bambino is famed.
  • Private Party Contact: Ryan Robles 4157018466
  • Entertainment: For groups of 6 to 120 the restaurant is available for your event. Groups up to 12 are easily accommodated at two of our semi-private communal tables. The four-season patio, half of the restaurant, or the full restaurant is available for larger celebrations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capp Street
  • Public Transit: Bus: 22, 33 Bart: 16th & Mission
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The restaurant is located just a block away from the 16th BART station.
A word from Bar Bambino
Slightly off the beaten path of San Francisco’s Mission District is Bar Bambino, a neighborhood eatery that brings simple, elegant food and wine to the table while bringing friends, family and friends-to-be together to enjoy. We are an oasis of rustic modernism amidst an urban setting. ‎Using local, organic and sustainable product we create a cuisine that is at the intersection of northeastern Italian and Central European traditions and flavors. We offer an extensive list of wines that hail from these regions and from producers who tend their vines with a respect for the earth, tradition and authenticity. Join us for dinner in our lively dining room and on our four-season garden patio. Private dining is also available for large groups.
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Bar Bambino reviews from OpenTable diners
  • They cancelled our reservation
    AlHaroon
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    They cancelled our reservation because they were shutting down the restaurant
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  • We will miss you, BarBambino!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    We will miss Bar Bamino. it was our go to place before and during the recent Mission/Valencia Street foodie explosion in recent years. Hats off to the Bar Bambino family, and best of luck for the owner and his excellent staff in their next endeavors.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions are tiny but very
    Anette
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Portions are tiny but very good. The cheese plate for 4 is really not even enough for one person. It's a fun place and slightly overpriced especially for that neighborhood
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perennial favorite of ours
    cszy
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    A perennial favorite of ours and we are really disappointed to hear that it was set to close. Even on their last night, the food was fantastic and inspiring. Great wine and service. Slight pet peeve was that it always seemed drafty or a bit cold no matter where you sat, but the restaurant always made up for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sorry to see you leave...
    Mcf96VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Glad I had one last chance to go before they closed. It's one of my favorite restaurants int the city, I'm surely going to miss them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tragic, bordering on criminal,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Tragic, bordering on criminal, that this place is closing. Will be sorely missed. Sadly, per owner, it is unlikely to resurface. Here's hoping that path reverses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go there now while you still can
    shesthecheeseVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    So sad they are closing on 12/31/12. This is an amazing spot for pasta (the pork and chicken tortelli is to die for) and I love their salted chocolate gelato. Their wine list is a bit on the pricy side but other than that I think this restaurant is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a gem! The dose of creativity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    What a gem! The dose of creativity and attention to details on top of well executed recipes makes Bar Bambino is very serious contented in the "affordable" fine restaurants in SF. The wine list is worth checking... and the cheese selection outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We took friends from out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    We took friends from out of town to show off the foody city of SF. We picked Bar Bambino based on a recommendation. It was not good. The restaurant barely full during our entire meal (we stayed for 3 hours talking) and the food was a huge disappointment. I would not recommend it.
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  • It took an hour for our server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    It took an hour for our server to ask us what food we wanted to order. We ordered the crab appetizer, which was really good. The flatbread was really bland and needed salt and pepper. We waited a half an hour before our entrees came out. We had to ask for bread because we were starving at this point. The bread was awesome. The entrees were all very small in size and nothing amazing. We had the cod, papardelle, gnocchi, and hen. The hen and cod were the best.
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  • The food was very good but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    The food was very good but I was really surprise at the amount of food given. I ordered the Braised American Beef and the beef was to die for but I was disappointed by the amount of very little mashed potatoes that was given. I would recommend from the amount that I was paying, it should of been a lot more mashed potatoes. The quality was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious. the waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Food was delicious. the waitress was very helpful in recommending things given that some of us ate meat, some didn't, and how much to order. It did take a while for her to come back to take our food order, but other than that, the service was great. I would say that our only complaints about the food were that a few more crackers on the cheese plate would have been nice, as would a slice of bread to soak up the sauce with the papardelle and braised lamb. Everything was fresh, interesting, and delicious! We appreciated dish and silver change outs between courses very much. The press pot coffee was quite bitter, says my husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a jeans kind of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Definitely a jeans kind of place. We were on our way to a party and were way overdressed. Service was a little slow, but the food and staff were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of "New Restaurant" kinks...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    You can tell a lot of thought goes into the menu curation, but execution fell short on a couple of our dishes. Safe dishes seemed to be any house-made pasta, and anything from the meat and cheese "corner." My fish was at once blackened and soggy. The Guinea Hen was quite good. The tight quarters are fine if your neighbors are respectful, but on our visit, we had a very loud and obnoxious group next to us. A couple was seated on our other side, but then the server came back and informed them that the coupon they had purchased was only good on Mondays and Tuesdays. So they got up and left. Service was fine when the restaurant was half empty, but later our glasses were frequently empty and our check took forever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite restaurants
    ybrob24VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    One of our favorite restaurants in the city. Wonderful, seasonal food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    Kaoru
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Our table was patio area, there were a couple of heat lamps. They were soooooo hot, we were so uncomfortable, could not enjoy our meal. Our waitress was not friendly. The food was very good, but the environment and service were bad. Not sure we want to go back anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Winner. Great place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    2nd time there and dtill terrific. the service and server very knowledgeable. We had unique entrees and a wonderful desserts. Stuffed quash blossoms and deep fried olives. We go early like it on the quieter side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good. Drinks are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Food was good. Drinks are over-priced. Waitress was very snooty and questioned most of our food choices. "Are you sure that's what you want?" She did deal with 3 different payment methods without much complaint though. Would go back if no other options. Best thing: accepts reservations.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still love this place but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Still love this place but it is still unbearably loud for dinner, even when every table isn't full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rabbit Pasta Not to be Missed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Our party of five was happy with the meal, though the pace felt a bit slow. Bambino was packed for a Wednesday night, which may have slowed things. The pasta with rabbit is to die for and one in our party raved about his pork chop. The wine list ran a bit exotic and obscure, which seems to be all the rage. All in all, a very pleasant evening - under similar circumstances in the future, we will note that we are on a schedule (one in our party had a flight to catch).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been to Bar Bambino several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    I've been to Bar Bambino several times, but this time, the food, while good, was served in much smaller portions and the waitstaff--from the hostess, to our waiter even to the buser--were so unfriendly that I kept apologizing to the guests I'd brought that were visiting SF. Too bad--this used to be a great spot. Won't be back again.
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  • Since my last visit to BarBambino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Since my last visit to BarBambino I found the service much less personal, more hurried and the food far more expensive. Unfortunately, the experience was not nearly worth the expense of the meal. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar Bambino never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Bar Bambino never disappoints. The food is excellent, service is awesome, etc. It's a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Service was not very good this visit. We even had to ask for a wine list after we were seated because we weren't given one. When the staff came to the table, they were nice, but they didn't come very often.
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  • Always Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    One of my favorite places in one of the sketchiest places in San Francisco. Amazing food and fantastic service. Take a cab.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off to a rude start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Almost left shortly after arrival. We had a reservation.....the woman that 'greeted us' (if you could call it that) could not have been more RUDE....multiple times...yikes! Happily the food was excellent, and our server was terrific. Unfortunately, I never quite recovered from the initial encounter -- thats how bad it was. I have been to Bar Bambino several times since it opened- - -this is my first negative experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • In my personal opinion, this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    In my personal opinion, this place is overselling itself. The general rundown of my experience here was that my girlfriend enjoyed her meal and I did not. I found the food to be overpriced and a little bit more in the realm of a friend inviting me over for something their "trying out" rather than a chef trading me $20 for a "well executed plate". She was very pleased to be able to order gluten-free, however. That being said, one thing that she and I were in agreement on was that the service here was very much sub-par. After receiving our desert menus, we waited nearly 20 minutes to have an order taken. It was long enough that I asked the server to bring our check along with our desert, which she failed to do. I don't think I'd go back.
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  • Bambino is one of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Bambino is one of our favorites job SF. It is hip, delicious, gracious and overall a fabulous experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place in the Mission.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    Love this place in the Mission. It's an Italian restaurant with a fantastic wine list. Food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The meat plate was to die
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    The meat plate was to die for with a large selection of curred meats from the area, and the dishes were well balanced with something for everyboday
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • Food was mediocre and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Food was mediocre and very over-priced. Service was lax and big on "selling."
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  • Mission District Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    outstanding and unusual food selections...beautiful restaurant in a location you wouldn't expect to find one...exceptional wait staff...eclectic wine list which could use some California selections
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • I did a search on "rustic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    I did a search on "rustic Italian" in SF and Bar Bambino came up. I had a little hesitation going to the Mission district instead of Columbus Avenue, but the location did not disappoint. The food was delicious and if your'e a fan of Italian meats and cheeses, this place is heaven! I believe they have 7 different cheeses. Some negatives about the restaurant are that the portions are small for the price you pay. I ordered Quail and for $27, it would have been nice to get something with it...a salad....a side. The quail came with barley, and I found it was more barley than it was quail. The rear portion is outside but covered. There are plenty of heat lamps and even blankets to keep things warm, but know that you are eating outside.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to Bar Bambino many
    Spike
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    I've been to Bar Bambino many times before. The food has always been delicious and creative. I will continue to patronize this restaurant!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Loved everything about our dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Outstanding service, food and atmosphere. There are so many great tastes on the menu, you can't really go wrong. We decided to ask for help from our waiter and each of the four of us had spectacular first and main courses. Even though the restaurant is small, I love that there are 3 or maybe 4 distinct areas of the restaurant. The use of the mirrors on the wall in the main area makes either side of the table feel connected to the vibrancy of the action around you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As vegetarians, my partner
    OllieNJoe
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    As vegetarians, my partner and I have been pleased with all of our Bar Bambino meals and experiences. Last weekend was no exception. We took a guest this time and shared our fun. She was equally delighted. Living along the 18th Street corridor, we have to pass the entire Gourmet Ghetto to eat at Bar Bambino. Bar Bambino remains our "neighborhood" favorite.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Ridiculously good. And with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    Ridiculously good. And with the ever-changing menu, I can go back often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I think it is important to
    kenBVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    I think it is important to review the menu before you go. It's pricey, and in my opinion it did not deliver. Interesting wine list, most over $70.00. Small plates abound, avoid the vegetable soup.
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  • Bar Bambino is in a seedy
    JacqueVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Bar Bambino is in a seedy area so does not feel safe. They stuck my party in the back patio and three was a huge party of 12 that was so noisey you could not hear anyone else talk. The service was very slow making our dinner 3 hours long and painful since you could not talk. The food was good but not great! I will probably not go back since there are so many other choices for really good Italian food in the Mission.
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  • Portions are small and it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/15/2012
    Portions are small and it's a bit expensive. But the food is divine and the service is above average and solid. A wonderful spot overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic