Ernesto's Italian Restaurant
Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (415) 386-1446
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 24th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ernesto's Italian Restaurant
Ernesto's Italian Restaurant is your home away from home. Authentic Italian food at affordable prices. Don't miss our baked clam appetizer while enjoying our warm garlic olive oil bread. Everyone has their favorites and everyone walks away full and happy. Come hungry, leave happy knowing you'll be back.
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Ernesto's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Ernesto's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Outstanding couipled with great tasting food at a reasonable price makes Ernesto's one of our favorite restaurants. If the blueberry bread pudding is available, pls. make sure you have room for this delicious desert!! The only drawback is the parking situation in and around the restaurant which can be difficult depending upon the time for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely local restaurant
    MDEUKVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Ernesto's is a nice neighborhood restaurant with great food and nice service - I'll definitely visit it again if I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    As usual we had our favorite waiter Doug. Our guests love his humor keeps our dinner conversation going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Ernesto's The food was delicious and the service was 10 stars out of 5!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Importance of Being Earnesto
    Ikol
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We had a group of six people who usually don't dine together so this was a special occasion since I did the picking of the restaurant. The waiter, Doug, was so great. When we dine here with our children and grandchildren, he keeps the kids amused and that makes the parents happy! The prices are reasonable. The service is slow since they cook each dish individually but it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We celebrated a birthday there. The waiter was excellent and was very entertaining. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large selection of basic Italian
    Marushka
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Doug, our waiter, had provided excellent service, and one highlight was the introduction of the chef. There were 4 of us, and all loved their food except for my difficult to cut eggplant. The wine list is very good and the warm olive oil bread served was fantastic. We certainly will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great food, exceptional customer service, reasonable priced menu, easy parking.............what more could you ask for????
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Ernesto's!
    SFGiantsGirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant for twenty five years! We still love it! The calamari sauté is yummy and the bread given free is always hot and lightly spiced with herbs. The entrees are so good and we love bringing out of towners here. It's wonderful to have such a quality restaurant in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have eaten here before and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I have eaten here before and the food was decent. This time I don't know where the chef was but it was really bad tasting with way to much salt. I had eggplant parm. And the cheese on top was....I couldn't even tell you what kind it was. The food was hot but it didn't melt the cheese. Pasta was way under cooked to the point of crunchy and the sauce was bland. The 3 others that I was with were equally dissatisfied with their meal. I forget fried calimari.....greasy! We didn't even stay for desert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice neighborhood restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Food was better than the last time I was here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Old Neighborhood Place
    Cookie
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Pretty old school style and lots of neighborhood regulars. Nice specials and service was to the point and no thrills or frills. Definitely going to try it again and hope it stays consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not fantastic but good
    Rfamily9VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I was a table fo one and they were not thrilled about that, the food was average and the price wS higher than average
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  • A special place
    ex94121er
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Ernesto's is always a special place for my husband and myself to dine. Doug who is the head waiter is always ready to enhance your dining experience. The best things to try are the specials, their mussels are fantastic, and all the chicken dishes are very well done. Jimmy the owner has a way of keeping a chicken breast juicy and tender not matter what dish you order. I highly recommend Ernesto's for dining the only draw back is the parking in the Richmond district is impossible, luckily we live a block and a half away and are able to just walk there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was very accommodating
    Maxx
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Staff was very accommodating especially when we booked for 6 people and we had 2 additional people show up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ernesto's is a small neighborhood
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Ernesto's is a small neighborhood Italian restaurant on Clement Street in San Francisco and one of the very few not serving Asian food. It is located close to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, which is why we chose it for our dinner. We had been to see the new Impressionists on Water show and were looking for a modestly priced place to eat. The waiter was very friendly and recommended an excellent bottle of wine to accompany our meal. We both ordered the veal saltimbocca, which was tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. It came with very bland, unseasoned broccoli, pasta (not house-made) and garlic bread that had been burned around the edges and on the underside. The tiramisu was the best part of the meal; it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ernesto's on Clement
    LLSFVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    This place has warmed up since they moved to this corner spot some 12 + years ago. They finally hung some art on the walls. The wait was super long and the waiters kept bumping into me; I sat opposite the window, so if you're into dining experience; avoid getting a table there. Waiters kept saying dinner was coming but it took almost an hour to get our meal. Apparently there was a big group, but buy us a bottle of wine and tell us there's going to be a long wait, don't lie and say our meal was coming. No, we paid for the wine. We lost enthusiasm; we were falling asleep. Food was ok. I'll probably wait another 12 years until I try this place again. Or I'll wait to bring 36 of my closest friends for some faster service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    sanfranfemVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    I'm not sure why people have rated this place so highly besides the amusing wait staff. It wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but the food was definitely mediocre at best for all 3 of our main dishes. The appetizer did not impress either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are so lucky
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We are so lucky to have a great neighborhood Italian place. I chose this for Mother's Day ... and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, family friendly
    iambethgreen
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I love Ernesto's food and their friendly and well informed servers. Super good spot for family dinners, nice wine list and good prices for the delicious food they serve.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were met at the door by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    We were met at the door by the only waiter/maitre'd. Very friendly. The place is lacking in ambiance but is clean and comfortable. Remined me of the restaurants in East Boston. Food was good and plenty of it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for a casual italian
    SFFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We went for a casual italian dinner. Our waiter was nice and funny. The food was good, this is more of a neighborhood place, not a destination restaurant. The capellini with tomato sauce was pretty oily. Wines by the glass were fine, but nothing special. Overall, a good decent neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yakking on Phone at Dinner uncool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    In general we had a very nice time at this restaurant. The food waas great and the service good. We were disturbed, however, by our neighboring diner who talked on his cell phone in Chinese for 15 minutes while waiting for his food to be served. We thought we were daved when the food came, but he started eating while he was talking! Soon, that proved fruitless and he gave up the conversation (whew!. We had a few laughs with the waiter about it, but I would have preferred if the resaurant had a policy of not using the cell phone (for phone calls) at the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had a wonderful Saturday
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    we had a wonderful Saturday evening at Ernesto's. The waiter was friendly and attentive and the food was wonderful. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and you feel at home there. We have never been disappointed with any meal at Ernesto's and we have been there many times because we live in the outer Richmond. I can recommend Ernesto's to anyone whether you want a quiet dinner for two or a larger party for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huge portions perfect for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Huge portions perfect for splitting and good wine choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was amazing, very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Our server was amazing, very professional and very friendly!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for Families
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We were a family group of seven, three generations, celebrating Mothers Day and a teenage birthday. Every person in this diverse group found menu selections to their taste, the food to their liking, and the server especially attentive. The atmosphere at Ernesto's was reminiscent for me of one of the better Italian restaurants in South Philadelphia. I thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arrived at 6:30, didn't get
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/6/2012
    Arrived at 6:30, didn't get our food till a little after 8:00pm. They were fulfilling to-go orders before our table of 14 were served. Not the waiters fault, but there's only one cook and they should've compensated us something especially since we had 6 kids with us. Food was extremely salty and menu is pedestrian. Wanted to support my local restaurants, but this place is horrible. Try Mescolanza a few blocks down.
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  • Best pork chop I ever had!
    larry
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    Best pork chop I ever had! Servers were Great! Corkage waved if you buy a bottle of their wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly little neighborhood
    StevendVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Friendly little neighborhood gem. Good food, good prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! We've been coming
    SFGiantsGirl
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Delicious! We've been coming here for years and it's always good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a friend introduced me to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2012
    a friend introduced me to ernesto's just before xmas and i have been there twice since, bringing others to enjoy the experience. the food is wonderful and even though the waiter was literally running around to attend to all the customers, he kept his composure and was very pleasant and accommodating. they need to get him some help!! i know i will continue to go back even though parking is at a premium.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. There
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Food was excellent. There were 7 if us and everything we ordered was very satisfying. Portions are large and we all had food to take home and enjoy for another meal. It was very busy and thank goodness we made a reservation. Only disappointment was I had ordered a canneloni 'To Go' and when the bill came, the waiter told me he had forgotten to place the order and it would take 20 min, but it was so busy he didn't really want to do it, so the person who was expecting their dinner from Ernesto's wasn't too happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but there was
    Eater1VIP
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Great food, but there was only one food server in the entire restaurant. We waited a long time just to get our menus, not to mention ordering and getting our food. For a restaurant that was not that full, the food server sure did a lot of running around and making excuses. For some reason he couldn't find my OpenTable reservation and after a few seconds of looking on a list behind the counter, he just shrugged and waved at two tables that we could choose to be seated. I've lived nearby and dined at this restaurant for many years, though not often, but this was the first time I felt like it was lacking in so many ways. It pains me to write that, especially because the food is really good.
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  • Thinking I had made reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/6/2011
    Thinking I had made reservations another more upscale Italian restaurant on Clement after my initial disappointment I was happy to find Ernesto's a pleasant old school Italian neighborhood restaurant. Utilitarain but clean atmosphere,very friendly,attentive service and good home-style food neither fussy nor pretentious. The hot garlic bread a definite plus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The seating & service is extremely
    vegasbabyvegas
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    The seating & service is extremely disorganized, but the food was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timers
    Tony
    Dined on 5/28/2011
    Heard about Ernesto's from a radio host. "One of his 4 favorite restaurants in SF". Had to try it. We were very pleased with the service and food as well as the cost. We felt that it was reasonable. Wine list is moderately priced. Salads were cold and crisps and the veal was thin and tender. Outstanding find for our first time and we will make the 40 mile trip again just for the food and service. CIAO.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was friendly at this
    JollyVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Service was friendly at this neighborhood restaurant. The baked clams and fettuccine with prawns and artichokes were goo. Veal and linguine with bolognese were just okay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We moved back to Richmond
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2011
    We moved back to Richmond a year ago and find ourselves frequenting Ernesto's as a new favorite neighborhood place. The service is terrific; the food prepared well and in good portions; and the neighbors always willing to chat and say hello. It's just delightful and we've already celebrated one occasion there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ernesto's is one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    Ernesto's is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Food and service were great as always. It was good to see a full house on Friday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate