Il Borgo
Il Borgo
  • Address:
    500 Fell Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Il Borgo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ilborgosf.com/index.html
  • Phone: 4152559108
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna
  • Public Transit: Bus line #21
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Il Borgo
Il Borgo is a small gem located in Hayes Valley, with one of the best Chef’s, he comes from Milano and makes homemade pasta and bread from scratch. If you really want to go to Italy but don’t want to travel that far, stop by Il Borgo’s cozy & charming Italian restaurant where Chef Sergio Frigero will make you some of the best Italian cuisine in the entire city.
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Il Borgo reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)romantic (11)good for groups (10)kid-friendly (7)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Lovely place to enjoy Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    If offered on the menu I always try the gnocchi - my favorite pasta. Il Borgo's gnocchi was perfect. Light, melt in your mouth puffs of potato. Brava!! Hostess and chef were charming and I plan to return many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable Italian in Hayes Valley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cozy restaurant with amiable staff. Started with the capaccio. No had this raw beef appetizer before. It was perfect starter. Then we had the rolled lasagna, so talked about had to try. It was,delicious. Enjoyed the artichoke ravioli and the fettucine bolognase, all very good. Suggestion on beverages...offer ice for water. Do offer a wider wine selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy
    ForQuietDining
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We came here based on Open Table ratings. The food was ok but nothing special. The major problem was the noise. The restaurant filled up with an under 40 crowd and the noise became uncomfortable. If you don't mind a lot of noise, the food is ok and reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service was great, very attentive! The place was quite charming and the lasagna rolls were excellent. Definately a cute little neighborhood gem in Hayes Valley. I would go back again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    SJKb
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband & I have eaten here many times - sometimes just the two of us and sometimes with friends. The staff is always welcoming and the food delicious and authentic - we love the thin crust pizzas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • myeats
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This Northern Italian Restaurant serves homemade bread hot out of the oven and homemade fettuccine pasta, both are very delicious, perfectly cooked. The primavera sauce was creamy and not overpowering. The stuffed lasagne with homemade pasta was very good. The Teramisu dessert was the best I have ever had. Chianti reserve wine was also very good. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring cash
    Alma
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    They don't accept (like?) credit cards. Otherwise an ok place with ok pasta and pizzas. Reasonable prized.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Honest food in a quiet place
    Huby40
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Authentic Italian recipe, few choices but all we had was perfect. Not so many wine and mostly italians. Could have local CA wines in addition. Warm service and good quality/price ratio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nothing amazing or overly fancy, but cozy, warm, and always delicious. A perfect mid-week date night spot. The food is consistently good, and the lovely Italian waitress is always really friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delizioso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal and experience at Il Borgo! Very friendly hostess/waitress, great service, excellent food. We loved the casual, authentic atmosphere for a mid-week meal. The pastas were fresh and house-made; we had the artichoke raviolis and rolled lasagne - so good! The tomatoes in caprese salad tasted like they were just picked from the garden. Only miss was there was no panna cotta on the menu for dessert, but we'll still come back again :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Neighborhood Place
    rustyMLS
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I discovered this restaurant through Open Table when looking for an inexpensive place for dinner before attending a concert at Davies. It's almost exactly what you expect of a small, neighborhood Italian restaurant, right down to the Chianti bottles with candle wax dripping down the sides. The food was great--generous portions and very tasty. I'd go back for the broccoli side alone. The server, upon learning we had about an hour to eat, got our orders in right away and the food out quickly. It's about a ten-minute walk from Davies/the Opera House--close enough to be convenient yet distant enough to not be overrun with other ticket holders. It wasn't very busy, but it's on the small side--a reservation won't hurt. We'll definitely return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for half the price
    SouthbayFoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I'm so glad we found this little gem through Opentable.com. The food was outstanding, and their prices are half of what other neighborhood restaurants charge.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • renoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great pasta, great value. Great people-watching. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location and yummy
    MsMj
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This homey restaurant doesn't have curb appeal. but once inside it is charming. The tables, the walls, the overall ambience was a throw back to the 60's italian places. The food, however, is clearly 21st century. I had a roasted chicken breast stuffed with porcini mushrooms and mozzarella covered with a rich mushroom sauce. The potatoes were crispy outside tender and tasty inside. This came with a very reasonable portion of cooked just right, slightly garlic flavored, bright green broccoli. My friend had the saltimboca, which she enjoyed. This is a pocket neighborhood of shops and restaurants. I saw two open biergartens, one Smitten ice cream "portable" bar, a juice truck and many shops. An adventure for someone from the burbs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great place for pre-concert dine
    Hurricane
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I love this place for great food for a reasonable price. It is great for walking distance to concerts in the Hayes Valley area. SF Jazz, Opera House, Davies Hall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good family
    honeeNmee
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I have been passing Il Borgio for years, thinking it looked family but not sure if it would be family I would like, or family that I'd rather avoid. I finally organized a group of friends to go and try it. It was just what I was hoping, good family. Not super friendly, but nice. Not fancy, but homey. The kind of place my parents would take us to when i was a kid. I ordered the bolognese. The homemade pasta is great, and the sauce was authentic and yummy! My husband ordered a sausage ziti, also yum. We did not care for green the salad. Bitter radicchio not our thing. My friends loved the gelato. The serving is very large. I thought the tiramisu was delightful. The wine is good. It's a good place. Not fancy. My husband and I will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Plus +
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We arrived at Il Borgo only to find a graduation party of about 20 people in festive mode. We thought this is going to be an impossible situation because there are only about 12-14 tables. We were immediately seated and the service was good. The bruschetta starter was the best I've had (garlic so strong it singed the tongue) The fusilli/eggplant with thick tomato sauce was very good. My partner's artichoke ravioli was very tasty but had too much red pepper for us. The Italian wines were fairly priced. Everyone seemed to take an interest in the graduate and we personally congratulated her as we left the restaurant; and our dining time was perfect. Great neighborhood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant relaxed dinner
    Musician
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I arrived earlier than my reserved time. I was made to feel welcome. Service was professional and efficient. I did feel like I was in Italy! I loved my ravioli. Ambiance was tranquil.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TurkishTom
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was very good & our party of 6 enjoyed the experience. The service was rushed in the beginning & then toward the end of the meal we had to ask another server for more water, asked someone else if we could order dessert. It then took awhile to get the check. I would however go back. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Il Borgo reviews archive.
  • Great simple food
    Fearyourself
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Small little restaurant that gave really good food like you would find in Italy.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old fashioned
    nhuberman
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is an old fashioned Italian restaurant. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing really special about it either. Water glass was a bit murky. Sent it back and got a clear one. Not expensive. Food was adequate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ballet night meai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We had 6:30 reservations prior to an evening at the ballet (8:00) curtain. We were seated promptly and our orders were taken promptly too. Finished dinner in plenty of time. I had the lasagnette - the dish was smothered in a cream sauce which is not very Italian.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to Civic Center
    TomB
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were able to get reservations before a symphony date We ordered bruschetta as an appetizer, and it was loaded with fresh red ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil. My wife ordered spaghetti carbonara. It was served plain with bits of pancetta. My wife liked it, but noted it was slightly dry. I ordered the veal piccata, and it was great. The sauce was wonderful, but the meat was slightly tough and slightly dry. We shared homemade pistachio gelato. It was wonderful with a creamy texture. The service was friendly and attentive, without being too much! This is a very small place, with a capacity of maybe 15 or 20 patrons. It is easy to find, and is a 10 minute walk from Davies Symphony Hall. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud Music Adds to Indigestion
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We were put off by the loud music, which sounded like it was Latin which did not match the fun Italian decor & food. I go to restaurants to enjoy the food & be with my friends and not listen to loud music - that is what a bar or disco is for. I got the impression that the music was for the kitchen staff. My dining companion asked the waitress to lower the volume, which she did. The food? I though it was odd that my friend's pasta had the same sauce as my ravioli. His pasta was presented as if it had been dropped into boiling water and not stirred, and the paste was in coiled tightly on the plate. If one does not have great expectations they will probably be happy to eat at Il Borgo.
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  • fun spot
    AMD115
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Nice neighborhood spot...food was good with Lasagneta being exceptionally good. Service is spotty...they're delightful and friendly but a bit overwhelmed...certainly recommend this place with reasonable expectations on service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh...at best
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was mediocre at best and the service was subpar. We started with caprese and never even got bread. Our silverware arrived after our food. For entrees, we had the bolognese with "fresh" pasta (not sure if it was fresh even though the menu said it was) and the penne funghi (only one type of mushroom by the way). Neither were anything to write home about.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fast trip to Italy
    JoyskiVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Excellent and large portion of gnocchi in creamy rich pesto sauce. Others had rich and well prepared pasta dishes. Salads very good and fresh. Will return at a later dining time, as 6 pm on Saturday seemed to stretch the staff--service was quite good, but a little rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cook's night off?
    FrugalFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We love Italian food and eat a lot of it. Maybe Il Borgo's cook was having a bad day, but our two pastas were pretty uninspiring. The tomato sauce was bland, the chicken pieces, while generous in quantity, were undercooked. Some grated Parmesan cheese might have helped but didn't seem to be available. The service was friendly but very slow; the one server was energetic but seemed badly over worked. On the positive side, prices for food and wine were OK, the bread was good, and the place has a comfortable neighborhood feel.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The evening started fine. We explained to the waitress that we needed to leave the restaurant to make a show by a certain time. Food came in plenty of time. Once we got the bill, it took too long for her to pick it up. We were past the time we needed to leave. When she did pick it up, she said "We don't take American Express." and walked away instead of waiting for me to give her another card. We then got up and took the bill and new card to her. She said, "Don't you have cash? This will take awhile." I was stunned and felt as though I was being held up over credit card fees. A bad ending to what could have been a nice dinner experience. I could not recommend this restaurant. I hate to say that, but I just couldn't after this experience.
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  • A nice little neighborhood spot
    b4show
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We enjoyed a casual dinner here before the symphony. It's a friendly welcoming place, and the food is hearty and good. The service was a little slow, due to understaffing (there was a Help Wanted sign in the window and one person was waiting all the tables) so allow enough time if you have a deadline.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Molto Bene
    AmyD
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I came here with my husband about 12 years ago... pregnant. We had a fabulous meal and have not forgotten it. Our honeymoon was in Italy, so I have an appreciation of good Italian food. I had not been back as I do not live in the area, but came back recently with my girlfriends. We had a wonderful dinner. I had the Veal Saltimbocca. Girlfriends had the vegetarian lasagne, lobster ravioli and something else... Most of their pasta is hand made there. The service was exceptional. I wish I lived closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was a fantastic experience.
    Easy2Please
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It was a fantastic experience. The food was exceptionally delicious and we are still raving about it 3 days later. The service was spot on...friendly and helpful with perfect timing. The atmosphere was charming, cozy and energetic. We left with happy hearts and bellies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming family owned and
    LMinHayesvalley
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Charming family owned and operated in Hayes valley. Always comfortable and relaxing
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I felt as if I was back in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I felt as if I was back in Italy where my family used to live. Their Tiramisu was exactly the same wonderful dessert I remember from my visits in Italy; It was a wonderful experience chatting in Italian with the owner and enjoying a great dinner before the ballet . We will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place before the symphony
    b4theShow
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    As holders of season tickets to the symphony, four of us are always in search of a new restaurant to enjoy prior to the performance. This one was a hit! Great food, good service, only downside was the noise level when it filled up. We'll definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a pre-theatre meal
    Berkeater
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We ate very well, including the deservedly famous lasagnete, which is a little on the cheesy side, but has real depth of vegetable flavor. The decor is a little worn, but it is cozy, and feels like a family restaurant (which I think it actually is). The wine list could be better but the food prices are fair, especially in the vicinity of the symphony. We will go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jekyll and Hyde Service
    Josie
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Our waitress was friendly during dinner service, but when it came to paying our bill, she was shockingly rude. We gave her two credit cards to have the bill split, but she returned to say that they didn't accept Amex. Our friends gave her their Visa card which she accepted, but then she came back and literally threw the check holder on the table and said that their machine "wasn't working". What would they have done if we didn't have the cash? Were they just trying to avoid the service charge that they have to pay the bank? Was it too much trouble to split the bill? We wonder if the owners realize how much competition that have in this neighborhood. We'll not only never return, we'll tell everyone about the horrible service we received.
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  • Italian Comfort
    RobbieVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Nice neighhborhood resturant. Serves large portions of Italian comfort food. Fri endly staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic find
    Superbucky
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This corner restaurant reminds me of how San Francisco was 20 years ago before the "I'm a celebrity Chef" craze hit the city. This place is small flu and intimate and underrated. The owner chef greets you at the door and is also the waiter, busser and maybe the chef too. The bread is homemade and delicious. The food is authentic italian. I did not have the pizza but it looks AMAZEBALLS. I love this place! Don't tell anyone..
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not really accept reservations
    EatOutALOTVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Second time this has happened to me - made a reservation and it doesn't matter. It's first come first serve. First time was a call in phone reservation, the second time was via opentable. To be fair, they were both for Valentine's Day which makes sense bc that's the day they would be crowded. In both cases, I checked in, they wrote my name down and I waited until they made it down the list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.