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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ilborgosf.com/index.html
  • Phone: (415) 255-9108
  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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 :)"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great pasta, great value. Great people-watching. Will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Small little restaurant that gave really good food like you would find in Italy. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Charming family owned and operated in Hayes valley. Always comfortable and relaxing"
    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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Nice neighhborhood resturant. Serves large portions of Italian comfort food. Fri endly staff"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "At the corner of Laguna and Fell Streets, this restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices. Perfect for attendees at S.F. Symphony or the Opera. Good service, but the heat always seems turned up to high."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our dinner. Reasonably priced, excellent pastas, good service. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "For the second time in 2 months, we took friends to our neighborhood Italian restaurant on a rainy evening. We warned them that it was nothing fancy, but it was good. They disagreed. It isn't fancy, but it's much better than good. Let's call it simple and unpretentious. Each of us enjoyed every aspect of the meal. I think our friends will be coming to our neighborhood from now on when they're in the mood for good Italian food!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This Hayes Valley Italian restaurant has red checkered plastic tablecloths, wooden seats (cushions provided) and a cramped space, but a waitress who was very personable and attentive, with a delightful Italian accent. There was only one other table occupied so the restaurant was very quiet. While easy to find on the corner of busy Laguna and Fell, there is no parking unless you have lucky parking karma and can snag a spot on the street (of concern only to those who still drive cars in SF). The pricing is moderate, with $12 to $18 pasta dishes and also a group of $20-$30 dishes, but the food was very good."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This was my first time at this restaurant. Our server was very nice and she made us feel quite welcome. The food was good, but nothing to get excited about. Bread was served, and there was a little saucer for olive oil placed on our table, but no olive oil was ever served. I started with Insalata del Borgo...it was good but next time I'll ask for dressing on the side...there was a bit too much on mine.. For the main, I ordered Chef Special #9 ...Fusilli: Mozzarella and eggplant in fresh tomato sauce. Again, good...but not super-outstanding. With that I enjoyed a very nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. One of my dining companions ordered pistachio gelato for dessert...I had a taste and it was quite delicious."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Super solid neighborhood Italian joint. Food was good, service good, wine excellent. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here before the symphony. It is not right on Hayes Street so I think it gets less foot traffic so many people don't know it is here (we didn't), but we found this to be a wonderful experience! I am Italian and was raised eating handmade pastas and my mother's delicious cooking, so I know Italian food! At Il Borgo, I had the most delicious homemade gnocci! My husband enjoyed penne with an excellent sausage and mushroom sauce. We loved our arugula salad and the tiramisu was the best we've ever had! I am looking forward to trying more things on their menu next time we are in the Hayes Valley area. I have been to both Cafe Delle Stelle and Stelline and neither of those restaurants can compare with Il Borgo. It's the best!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014