Osteria Cucina Toscana
Osteria Cucina Toscana

Osteria Cucina Toscana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.osteriasf.com/
  • Phone: 4157715030
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Gina Ghorbani 4152971776
  • Entertainment: Osteria features "Acoustic Bistro" every Monday night with host KC Turner. KC has presented 3 new Singer/Songwriter acts each week since February 2012. Our kitchen opens for dinner at 5PM and closes at 9:30PM. The music begins at 7PM and ends at 10PM. Reservations are highly recommended!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Presidio
  • Public Transit: Osteria is one block north of the 1- California MUNI Bus Stop on the corner of California Street and Presidio Ave. Take the "Inbound to Downtown" if you"re coming west of Presidio Ave. Take the "Outbound to the Richmond" east of Presidio Ave.
    http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/routes-stops/1-california
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: All parking (neighborhood and metered) is free after 6PM.
A word from Osteria Cucina Toscana
An "Osteria" is traditionally a gathering place or tavern and Osteria Cucina Toscana certainly lives up to this meaning with the casual atmosphere and consistency of food/service. Family owned for over twenty years, we bring a taste of Northern Italy to San Francisco"s Presidio Heights neighborhood.
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Osteria Cucina Toscana reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (14)romantic (12)kid-friendly (9)good for groups (8)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Birthday dinner
    JLHo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. Delicious food and service. A bit noisey, but I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable and delicious
    ClaireAnne
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I am thrilled to have found this little gem, walking distance from my home. This will be our new regular!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy!
    UcsbmomVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is a very warm restaurant with people that care about your dining experience. They take their time in getting their food right, and it shows. I had an amazing freshly made pasta dish, with chicken, leeks, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, in an incredibly light cream sauce. Excellent! We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WineloverVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was pretty good but the service was very weak. Everyone was friendly but it was just very slow. We continuously had to ask for things...water, dessert menus, check, etc...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant was chosen by my dinner companion. It is a very pleasant neighborhood restaurant with many regular customers. I had a delicious eggplant Parmigiana and my guest had prosciutto and melon followed by artichoke with shrimp. We were both well pleased with our dinner. And I would go there again for the eggplant Parmigiana!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Osteria Cucina Toscana was great!
    adulticeskaterVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    One Sunday evening my husband and I did not feel like cooking, so we went to a neighborhood gem that we had not been to in quite a while--Osteria Cucina Toscana. What a delight! Warm, friendly service that felt like we were going home for a home-cooked Italian dinner. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere so congenial--lots of family groups, and the hostess seemed to know them all. Will definitely return again and again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful surprise
    RickInMillValley
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I once lived in Italy as a student, and this restaurant's "Cucina Toscana" was something of a homecoming. Great hospitality, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    While the good is important, the great service and comfortable environment are key. Osteria consistently excels in all of these. Nothing better than a great meal with a glass of wine, finished off with their amazing tiramisu. I've never found better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    excellent homemade pasta and veal parma. was also very good. Dessert just so so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    aew4
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a great neighborhood spot. Its more casual dining and looks a little like the place used to be a laundromat that was turned into an italian restaurant in the late 90's. It doesn't have a hip SF vibe. There were old couples and even a few kids, but mostly groups of 4-6 adults in their late 30's - 60's enjoying wonderful food and wine. The service was fine. Nothing fancy but we never had to wait around for anyone. We had the shrimp pasta and spinach gnocchi and a few glasses of wine and it was $65. We'll definitely come here again for the food. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Cathie
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great food, fresh vegetables, the best veal and calamari!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CALEB
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellent food surpassed only by the personal consideration given by hostess and wait staff for the preferences and schedule of each individual diner. A wonderful place in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not returning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Food was good but not equal to the price. Must be the change in ownership ormanagement
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    Drummer
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I assumed that it would be a good place for a romantic dinner from the few photos I saw online. Not so. The evening we went was a Thursday, but it was full and noisy. Tables are placed so close that I felt that the people next to us were at our table. My friend enjoyed his risotto; but my chicken was dry. The arugula salad was so so. The cheese was good. Service was the best. Too bad the food didn't equal the service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had a great time at Osteria
    DEdwardMusic
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We went to Osteria to see my friend, Jenna Lavoie sing at the Monday night Acoustic Bistro event. I wasn't sure what to expect from the restaurant but As it turns out the food and wine list was excellent! I would definitely come back just for the dining experience alone
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK if you are in the neighborhood
    kknevada
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This place is clearly a neighborhood favorite but I don't know that I would go out of my way to go there if I wasn't in the neighborhood already. Very nice people and some interesting Italian wines, but not a stand-out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    jake1
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Not very good food for the prices. Maybe we ordered wrong but the salad was lame, with dressing served on the site.....risotto was served in the wrong kind of plate. Seriously mediocre food. I'll never go here again. Ever.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GinnieleeVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is our go to place. We love to bring friends. We love Gina and staff always welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-So
    Lely
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I remember having very good meals at Osteria, but we were disappointed with our latest visit. The food took a very long time to come, was lukewarm, and every dish came at a different time for each of the five of us. The food was fair at best. I hope they improve because the atmosphere is warm and inviting and the location is fabulous.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • predictable delicious Italian food
    MarinMan
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    All of our selections were brought to the table, either appropriately cold or hot. The server was abler to make adjustments for dietary issues with no fuss. Unobtrusive service. Good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place.
    DASL
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant has good food. It is not the best food, but the menu offers a nice variety of items from which to choose. The seating is a little tight but it works. We dined on a Saturday evening at 6:00 after making reservations a week in advance. There were a few empty tables when we arrived, but the restaurant was filled by 7:00. Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good
    KimmyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great service and good food. Love my fresh clam liguine. Great special salad bursts and agrular. My daughter loved tortilini with prosciutto.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the gnocchi!!!
    lisottaf
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    So hard to find light gnocchi - these guys have been serving great food for years.....love going back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Osteria Cucina Toscana reviews archive.
  • Food was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were not impressive with food. Other than Muscles appetizer which was really outstanding, all entries were Average, that included veal picatta, calamari steak and Bolognese lasagna. Roasted Chicken dish was outstanding. We consider this to be a nice neighborhood restaurant, but not a culinary destination. Sitting in the small alcove facing the blank wall was also not a winner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little place
    Deepap19
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We told our server we were going to a show and he brought our food out quickly so that we could enjoy our dinner before we headed out. Great service and I would go there again for sure.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Acoustic Bistro
    EmilyFan
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Ate here because of the every- Monday Acoustic Bistro. Went to see Emily Elbert. The food was good. The service was okay. Really need one more server but it isn't too bad. Good size venue for this type of music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This definitely our go to
    GinnieleeVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This definitely our go to restaurant in the neighborhood. We are always welcome with open arms. You never can miss with the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood spot
    sfbayruth
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Haven't been here in years, but it's a good neighborhood restaurant. The food is very good, service could use some improvement. One diner's soup was forgotten and there was quite a long wait between first course and main. We'll go back to try it again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food but Too Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Osteria has the atmosphere of an Italian bistro with great food and good service. Maybe it was the particular night we were there but the noise level was so high that we struggled to have a conversation. The restaurant needs to invest in some noise dampening to make it possible to talk over dinner and really enjoy the place. Also, the staff seemed distracted so the service was a little off.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Presidio Heights Gem
    msbhs
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I like to dine here with friends after seeing a local movie. This charming neighborhood spot is small so reservations are a good idea. I enjoy starting with one of their delicious salads (the arugula with their fresh-blended herb dressing is wonderful). This family-run restaurant really shines with its classic pastas and chicken and veal dishes (most served with lovely fresh vegetables) and offers a decent wine list. The other evening I ordered one of the specials, a half-chicken ($21) perfectly roasted and bathed in one of the best reduction sauces I've ever had. My friend ordered their pasta Bolognese, "to die for." For dessert we shared a yummy fresh mango sorbet. So, well-prepared classics in a quiet, relaxing reasonably priced spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've never had a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    We've never had a bad meal at Osteria. Sometimes their specials are sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excelent food. Veal and Salmon
    Kymus
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Excelent food. Veal and Salmon were well prepared not overdone. Been here several times and you can expect consistent food and service. Coffee should have been hotter. Salad as very freh, the butter lettuce was one of the best I have had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    sfgarrett
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Osteria is a good neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are good. The gnocchi was very good. The restaurant is very loud. Recommend making reservations since it was quite crowded on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pacific Heights Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Sooner or later everyone in Pacific Heights winds up at the Osteria for its cucina Toscana. Couples, singles and families with well-behaved children all in evidence. Best pasta in the city, although I usually have the piccata.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Dining Experience
    GinnieleeVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This is my go to restaurant. Never fails, good food, great service. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exactly what we wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    simple: great food, good wine, attentive staff. i wish it were a little quieter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and Food Lacked Pizazz
    JoggerVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We had eaten at Osteria many times before and loved the food. This time the egg plant was undercooked and the scampi lacked flavor. The waiter was excellent, as was the wine and the sorbet. When we inquired about the noise level, the hostess explained that Friday nights are usually family nights. Would I go back? Not sure.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Last Minute Find
    CAYanksFan
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We were visiting our daughter from the LA area. Osteria was in walking distance of our daughters home in Anza Vista and had seating available so we decided to try it out. We had a wonderful experience and will certainly visit next time we are in SF! All of the food was very good, the wine we ordered was exceptional and didn't have the markup one would expect. The wait staff did a great job and our server was very personable and made a couple of outstanding recommendations for our entrees. The deserts were all good and the atmosphere was very friendly and fit perfectly with the overall dining experience. If I had one (silly) complaint it would be they didn't offer a cannoli on the desert menu. Still all 5 stars and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I may have a major bias when
    MrPatrick
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I may have a major bias when it comes to this restaurant, but it is for good reason. I have only attended the Osteria a sparce 2 or 3 times but I MUST say that each time was exceptional. The food of course is unbelievable but that is not what gets me about this place. I am simply in love with the wait staff and the ambiance the osteria brings. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant, hard to put into words, I guess it is one of those things one simply has to experience on their own to understand the quality. Cant wait for my next visit!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dependably good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    dependably good food and service in a small neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate