La Briciola
La Briciola

La Briciola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labriciola-sf.com/
  • Phone: 415-512-0300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday-Monday 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday-Saturday 5-10:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gian Luca Toschi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 25 guests. In addition, we can accommodate larger parties in our main dining room. Please contact us to plan your event here!
  • Private Party Contact: Rhiannon 415-512-0300

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bryant
  • Public Transit: Located within walking distance from both Bart and Muni systems.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large & affordable parking lot right around the corner on Stillman Street. There is also plenty of street parking (meters run until 6 pm).
A word from La Briciola
Authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of SOMA. Enjoy Northern Italian food in a cozy & intimate environment. We specialize in Tuscan and Piedmontese cuisine, serving a variety of home-made pastas in addition to traditional dishes Dalla Terra & Dal Mare.
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La Briciola reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)romantic (22)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (16)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Quality Italian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Authentic Northern Italian food with very attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Our first date spot...
    NVVegVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    But that's not why we will always eat here when in San Francisco. The food is amazing and the services could NOT be any better! I ate here a lot when I lived a few blocks away and the owner would kindly run out to my car and fearlessly give my dog food. I always have trouble deciding what to order...plenty of vegetarian options, but so many selections beyond that. Everything we have had has been wonderful and this is truly one of my all time favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place if y'know what you want
    SujitPal
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The service and food is great. However, the menu titles are in Italian so people ended up looking for familiar words and ordering that. I got lucky because I ordered the same thing as someone else who is a regular there, but most of the others in the group were a bit disappointed with what they got. Overall the place is great, the food (at least my food) was delicious and our waiter really took care of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find for convention goers.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Walked over from Moscone center. Nice neighborhood. Quaint restaurant with good food. Worked well for group lunch on Tuesday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine and Pasta Star here
    BeachyGal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were well received here by the very Italian proprietors- flashed me back to Italia watching their animated conversation at the reception stand. The menu offers some enticing if not terribly innovative dishes. The pasta special was a good, toothy tagliatelle but the pecorino sauce was lacking that sheepy, salty punch for such a simple dish to really shine. The carpaccio was nicely done but my dining partners ate most of it, alas. The weakest aspect of the menu was in secondi- my lamb was far from the requested rare. The peppercorn sauce was kind of mundane and only relieved the lamb from its dryness. The waiter made great wine recommendations so this raises their score in my book. Worth a visit if you are in the SoMa/3rd St area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SRQfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Well prepared food; not just before/after AT&T events. Good as any NY Italian restaurant. Service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    While La Briciola is one of my favorite places and it usually doesn't disappoint, this time, it missed (for me). My dining companion had the swordfish that was excellent, fresh and cooked just right. I had the rabbit. The cut did not seem to be done by a professional butcher as there were small bones in the sauce. Though it was tasty, the sauce overpowered (in quantity and taste), the tender taste of the rabbit. The meat fell off the bones which is an indication that it was braised too long. Next time, it'll be pasta or gnocchi for me, which La Briciola does so well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Some of the best Italian food in The City. It's almost as if I was back in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Excellent Find
    RamblerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Heading to the ball park or the Yerba Buena district? I recommend La Briciola. On a Sunday evening it was quiet and pleasant. Portions were generous, the food was delicious, and the service was attentive. While it is on a major thoroughfare, it feels "tucked away." A gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 8-31-14
    SFAdventure
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went here for dinner our last night in San Francisco.The food was good, with fresh pastas and large portions. Service was attentive, but not smothering. We had a very private table in a nook in the front of the restaurant near the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was great! Ample proportions. Wine was very good! Great ambiance and very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Neighborhood spot
    cloudy1VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A must for dining in a quiet place with great food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Soma
    kenmin5VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This to our delight was one of the best meals and most reasonable after eating at quite expensive other locations. The food was everything our waiter said it would be and better b
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    VHung08VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've been here many times but this time the food was not as good as I remember. The ravioli was not as chewy and the sauce did not add enough flavor
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Country Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The outside does not reflect the quality of what is inside. One in our party spoke Italian to the server, and our evening was off to a great start. The food was excellent and service was the same.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OlivierM
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were 14 and the service was impecable. The food was tasty and refined. We had a visiting Italian in the group and he was very happy with his meal. Need to say more ?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland with a touch of bitterness...
    AlexismynewBFF
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I posted this on Yelp and the owner Alex S. responded with personal insults. So I thought I'd share it here too. The food was mediocre at best. Uninspired and unoriginal menu, I'm shocked it has so many positive reviews. Vegetables looked and tasted like they came frozen in a bag. Cannelloni (crepe? I was told it was a crepe but I'm still not convinced) filling looked like it came out of a blender and was meant for baby food. Tomato sauce was watery and tasted like it was from a can. Very weird mix of people (not good weird, just awkward weird). Perhaps if you don't go out to eat often and are in town for a Giants game this will pass for a "fancy" dining experience. Otherwise, avoid.
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  • Good SOMA location
    GrnMtns
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was fine, not remarkable. Service good. Food came promptly. Good location for a nice meal before going to AT&T park. I'd go there again and expect to leave satisfied but not excited.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place near ATT
    Alfie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is a good place to stop by before an ATT park concert or ball game. Much more relaxed than the crowded places closely. Tasty food choices. Good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We keep coming back
    rudysf
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great food! Great Service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Pasta, A Great Find
    Stampwife
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I come from a big Italian family and rarely am pleased with the pasta in US Italian restaurants but I was very pleased with this lovely little restaurant. The service was terrific, the bread was the best we had in 5 SF dinners, the pasta was delicious and cooked just right. We will make it a point to go back anytime we visit SF!! Make a reservation and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Completely disappointed
    Bmxfoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I saw this restaurant on yelp and decided to try it with my boyfriend after work for dinner. The only good part about the restaurant was the environment which was very quiet and calming. However, the food was a complete disappointment. I ordered the seafood risotto that consisted of squid ink, squid, and scallops. When the dish came out, it was very clear to me that the texture did not resemble a risotto at all. It tasted like they literally took rice and poured the squid ink over it... Awful. Also, the risotto consisted of only two small pieces of scallops. The dish was basically just rice. My boyfriend was equally as disappointed in the dish. We are definitely not going to recommend this place to our friends
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  • Delicious!
    SH1234
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a party of 8 and everyone thought their dish was excellent. I had the Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach. They were light and flavorful and the sauce was a perfect compliment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic home made pasta!
    Lazyflamingo
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Warm welcome, friendly & professional service and delicious home made pastas and sauces! Recommended a very nice (and inexpensive) wine to accompany our dinner, and the Zuppa Contadina (tomato broth, chick peas, italian sausage and broccoli rabe) was one of the best soups I've ever had. Already reserved again for this weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    italiangemVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    found this place on Open Table and took a chance: It was worth it! In an unlikely location (3rd St) we found this gem. I'll go back and take friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh ideas
    JB100VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Finally, a restaurant that offers something a little different! I had the seafood lasagna with swordfish, salmon and scallops. Delicious! Each of the four of us tried something different. The only disappointment was the scarcity of eggplant in the eggplant pasta dish. Overall, wonderful evening with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Much Salt
    PlanetOfTheGrapes
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Although the restaurant was mostly empty, we were seated next to a large, noisy party, and had to ask to be reseated. Both my date and I had (different) salads that we didn't finish. The dressing on mine tasted like olive oil with tons of salt. My date's salad was a large bowl of greens with 1 TINY cherry tomato cut in half. He commented that the only thing on his salad was oil. (No parmesan, no pepper, no herbs.) The gnocchi special was okay (I split them with my date, and he shared his chicken with me), but the veggies that came with the chicken were COATED in salt and were inedible.) We did not stay for dessert. The only part of the meal I would recommend is the dipping oil served with the bread. It was great!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 523 reviews are from the La Briciola reviews archive.
  • Great dinner!!
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent pastas. Wonderful homemade flavors. The buratta cheese for an appetizer was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Italian
    belzsch
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Average Italian food, with a focus on seafood. Nice wine list with Italian wines. Ambience is OK. Not too bad, but not spectacular either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now a favorite
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    There are just so many fine restaurants in San Francisco that choosing one for a weekend dinner becomes very difficult. But after our second visit here, this is now one of our go-to favorites. The vitello valdestano was excellent as was the chicken, but finishing them after the excellent charcuterie board (Le Briciola has an italian name for iy) became difficult. The service is attentive, quiet and non-intrusive. The wines are excellent and not expensive, and the panna cotta desert was excellent as well. We really enjoyed iy again and now we will most certainly return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Overall, the food and the service were very good. The two pasta dishes that we shared (the taglitelli with porcini mushrooms and black truffles & sea bass ravioli) were outstanding. The arugula salad was also quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Service and ambiance were excellent. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Neighborhood find!
    JanB
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We stayed at the Intercontinental and needed a place on the way to AT & T Park for dinner. What a nice find for the 4 of us! Great service, excellent food and wine. They seated us in the window and it was fun watching the Giants fans walk by. Will definatly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italy in SF
    ChicagotoSanFranChick
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very impressed with quality of seafood here. Greatly reminds me of Milan, Italy. Don't go here for sloppy sauce and noodles. You might be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Ball Park dining find!
    Flowergirl53
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    After a Monday day game my husband and I were looking for a great place to eat near AT&T Park. We found a delightful place in La Briciola. The food was delicious and the service friendly and attentive. We had the salumi plate which was outstanding. The olives and peppers had an incredible flavor. The bread is not to be missed. My husband had minestrone and it was full of fresh vegetables and very flavorful. I had the filet with black truffles and it was tender and delicious. My husband had halibut and the ravioli with lobster sauce. We were so thrilled to find a new place to go after games and can't wait to share this place with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A very disappointing experience this time. We had reservations for lunch at 11:30am. When we arrived, on time, no host or waiter to seat us. A busboy finally saw us and allowed us to seat ourselves. The sole waiter arrived a few minutes before noon and seemed more intent on addressing his thirst needs than the customers who were beginning to arrive. We have frequented La Briciola several times in the past and each time we noted the quality and flavor of the food to go from excellent to what I would now call average at best. Perhaps we will give them one more opportunity to rise to their previous level of excellence.
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  • Pleasantly surprised
    reviewer
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food, great ambiance. It was my first time here. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    Delight
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Everything at this restaurant is delicious. I always go for any seafood grilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Italian food
    cwh1
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was excellent and the service impeccable. Great dining experience and you could tell the wait staff really cared about each diner's experience. Had a very enjoyable, romantic dinner amid other locals, out-of-towners and also a large group who seemed to be celebrating something. Nice selection of tasty dishes and a varied wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ndp1236VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Needed to tur n up ac other than that had a nice dinner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.