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Ernesto's Italian Restaurant
Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

Ernesto's Italian Restaurant Details

  • 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: Italian, American
  • 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.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "As usual we had our favorite waiter Doug. Our guests love his humor keeps our dinner conversation going."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal at Ernesto's The food was delicious and the service was 10 stars out of 5!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday there. The waiter was excellent and was very entertaining. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food, exceptional customer service, reasonable priced menu, easy parking.............what more could you ask for????"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Food was better than the last time I was here."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I was a table fo one and they were not thrilled about that, the food was average and the price wS higher than average"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Staff was very accommodating especially when we booked for 6 people and we had 2 additional people show up."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "We are so lucky to have a great neighborhood Italian place. I chose this for Mother's Day ... and it was perfect!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/24/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2012
  • "Huge portions perfect for splitting and good wine choices!"
    Dined on 7/6/2012
  • "Our server was amazing, very professional and very friendly!"
    Dined on 5/19/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2012
  • "Best pork chop I ever had! Servers were Great! Corkage waved if you buy a bottle of their wine."
    Dined on 4/1/2012
  • "Friendly little neighborhood gem. Good food, good prices."
    Dined on 3/31/2012
  • "Delicious! We've been coming here for years and it's always good!"
    Dined on 3/9/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/14/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/29/2011
  • "The seating & service is extremely disorganized, but the food was great."
    Dined on 7/30/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2011
  • "Ernesto is in our neighborhood and we've dined here many times. Food is always good and I highly recommend you give it a try. The pasta is cooked just right and the specials of the day are special."
    Dined on 2/11/2011
  • "As always, Ernesto's food quality is outstanding, reasonably priced for the simple, fresh and pleasant experience. Parking is a bit challenging, but worth the efforts."
    Dined on 2/12/2011