It was a lovely restaurant.
It was a lovely restaurant. The food was fantastic and our waiter was brilliant. The service was exceptional.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank you so much, Rose Pistola's
Thank you so much, Rose Pistola's staff! I had such a great time with my cousins! We ate a lot and the portion size is definitely reasonable. Not too much or too little. I had a drink of old fashion, now that was very smooth. I did not taste any bitterness at all. I also enjoyed the pizza and the staff were very friendly with pretty good service.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Saturday night!
Have visited before- both lunch, dinner and afternoon cocktails. We were seated within 5 minutes of our resevation time. This visit was truly over the top. We left the evening in the hands of the chef and our servers. After looking over the menu just said " leave it to the chef". 5 of us had a truly extraordinary sampling, served timely and all of the wines we brought served as ecpected to our table of oenophiles and foodies. Diners near us were served attractive and very appealing dishes and it was a livley and fun atmosphere. There are lots of great restaurants in the City (duh) and lots of neighborhoods to visit- This is a really good one and North Beach is fun and quite lively.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot to eat when visiting
Great spot to eat when visiting North Beach or the Wharf!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little too fancy for kids
A little too fancy for kids but they do have pizza on the menu.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Food
Rose Pistola is one of the best option in North Beach.
Every dish the make is delicious! It almost feels like being back in Europe and their cheese selection has some rare gourmet treasures!
I could come here everyday
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here before and always enjoyed ourselves. Took my visiting family this time and everyone had a great time. Good food, good atmosphere. It a go-to place for a nice meal in North Beach!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but loud.
Food was very good although portions a little small. Unfortunately we did not know a band was coming in and they were a few tables away, which made conversation near impossible. It would have been perfect if we were at the other end of the room.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
At first glance of the menu upon our arrival I was concerned that we may have picked the wrong restaurant… I wasn’t sure if there was anything on there that I’d like, nor my 7 year old.
Surprise! The food was amazing and their pizza was perfect for our child (and us).
Great restaurant, amazing food and friendly staff although our waiter was a bit slow… we had to ask for bread (which by the way was also amazing), balsamic & oil, rather than just bringing it or asking if we’d like some.
Net-net… excellent restaurant!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite Italian restaurant
Our favorite Italian restaurant in
North Beach! Broad menu, great food/service,
Wonderful energy! Love it!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was at Rose Pistola for
I was at Rose Pistola for lunch and my food was fantastic, but I was sitting outside and the service was very, very slow. Everything seemed to take a really long time and the glass of wine I ordered was forgotten completely and I'd basically finished eating by the time I would have had a chance to remind the server. That said, the heirloom tomato soup and the caprese salad were both very good. Maybe it would have been a different experience if I had chosen to eat inside. And I would still give it another try because the food is great.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We shared a pizza, short ribs and ravioli and everything was excellent!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a group of six people with two young boys. One of the boys was a bit of a picky eater and the waiter came up with some pasta and sauce that was not on the menu. He was very satisfied. Our meals were excellent. Great place, great staff.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
While visiting San Francisco
While visiting San Francisco for the first time, we heard about this restaurant. It was great!!! Food was fantastic, so was waiter and atmosphere. Loved the North Beach neighborhood vibe!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has an excellent vibe right in the heat of Little Italy. Food was delicious service very attentive, we connected with the hostess who was from Vermont, we were in calif for 7 days and this was the best dining time and food that we had during the whole trip. All the windows and doors were open, fresh air while fine dining, what more can I ask for
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service, but
Great food and service. It's quite large and the noise level at dinner was fairly high.
I do not like the way this, and many other, restaurants line the tables up against the walls so that you have another couple(s) right next to you. There is not privacy at all so that is why I did not check the box "romantic".
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just like Mama's
San Francisco is blessed with many restaurants, and with wine country less than an hour away dining choices abound. However, Rose Pistola offers authentic Italian that's just like you had at home from Mama! And, if you're from New York and they have the Yankee vs. Red Sox game on you are definitely at home because Howard the bartender is a Bostonian! I felt right at home!!
I started with the caprese salad which was so fresh it seemed as the tomatoes and basil were just picked from the garden. I then ordered something that I never, ever order out. Spaghetti and meatballs. Awesome!! As an Italian you don't believe any restaurant can do meatballs better than what you get at home. But at Rose Pistola they proved me wrong. Well done!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been occasionally coming here since it opened. We had a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their dinner. We have had the same experience with every visit. The service was excellent as was the food.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had their plate of sausages,
We had their plate of sausages, all of which were made in-house, with one exception. We also had their plate of vegetables. These two plates with Focaccia bread, served three of us, even though the waiter said they were only starter plates. Two of us are senior citizens, eating somewhat less. The highlight was their Rose Pistola chocolate dessert, served with a coffee whipped cream. I have a sweet tooth, and this was as good as I have ever eaten. Their house Chianti was okay.
They also had live music, which was a pleasant bonus. All in all, very good value.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect start to finish
We followed this recommendation from the concierge at our hotel, and are we glad we did. From the moment we walked into the chic but inviting space and were warmly welcomed, until we finished a delicious dessert, we received attentive but not intrusive service. The waiter provided answers to our questions about the dishes, including local sources. My seared halibut over artichokes, peppers and asparagus was amazing. We also shared a tasty plate of house made salamis. I would be a regular if only I lived in SF. Then I could try the wood fired pizzas and pasta, too!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
North Beach Gem
Amazing food, classy, and comfortable. Why go anywhere else in North Beach?
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian updated and very California
We were a bit worried on arrival, our group of 9, ugh!, did not get seated right away, but from the seating forward, fabulous! Familiar Italian favorites were given poetic license by the chefs and the outcome was so much more fun. We are all in the food business, and loved it!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
the best resturant in north beach
if you can afford it------go all the way......dont hold back-------stay all night
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hit and miss on the food
I had the salmon, which was quite good. My wife had the stuffed calimari, which neither of us liked. It was very blah and the squid was a bit chewy. The crab bruschetta was nice, but we could have done without the zucchini chips. The waiters were very knowledge about food and wine choices, ask them for suggestions. Ambiance and service was fantastic.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought our friends visiting from the East Coast who love good food and wine and we had an incredible meal. The Shredded Salad with Pt Reyes Blue Cheese Vinaigrette is TDF as well as the Wood Fired Chicken Breast (recommended by the staff as what they are known for). YUM. Everyone was very happy with their food and the service was good as well as friendly.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner 12 persons
The restaurant was large enough and efficient enough to handle a large group like ours. We were waited in the bar area for a short period of time and our table was ready for 8:30 as requested. The service was friendly and prompt and I had the linquine and meat balls and the wine was not overly expensive making it a memorable evening for a bunch of us celebrating our 50th birthday.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Brunch Experience in SF
Balboa Cafe has become a staple every time I go to SF. Sunday brunch is the best. Great food, wonderful service, fun and lively atmosphere. Not to be missed if you find yourself in SF and want a wonderful brunch experience. Not to be missed.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time and LOVED it!
I've walked by Rose Pistola on several occasions and checked out the food on the plates of the patrons dining outside. It always looked delicious so when my sister came to town I made reservations and we tried the food for ourselves. It was wonderful! Both the food and the service was great! Definitely recommend trying this restaurant!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last Nite in SF
We had a wonderful dining experience at Rose Pistola! The food was beautifully executed. The service attentive and helpful.
We loved the Northbeach neighborhood vibe.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
North Beach Treasure
We always enjoy Rose Pistola and often take out-of-towners there for a little Italian/North Beach experience. The food is reliably good, the atmosphere is festive, service is friendly and helpful, and the surroundings are attractive.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great restaurant! I'd
What a great restaurant! I'd forgot. Thought it'd be a real scene, therefore, no fun. I knew (and it's true) the food was good, but thought it'd be another scene, where you have to get up out of your chair, lean over the table, to hear your friend speak. Not so! Not on a Tuesday night, which is when we went. I will def. go back again...and again. Thanks to all the staff (waiters, cooks, maitre d', etc. -- oh, and to Josh, my friend's friend).
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
delicious dining and jazz
I particularly enjoyed the chopped salad with blue cheese, the ravioli with Chantarelles, and chocolate bomb.
Service was attentive and the jazz was mellow. A lovely evening.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Tasty
The restaurant did a great job! It was my daughter's birthday and she was there with six friends. They all loved their food, and the service was great. I had arranged for a dessert and it was all done and brought out a planned. Thank you Rose Postola for helping in making her birthday a fun night!! We will come back and next time I will be a part! :))
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a great place to take
It's a great place to take out of town guests and not feel too turisty. There is a great selection of menu items and price points that can please anyone.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Valet parking is wonderful.
Valet parking is wonderful. Restaurant temperature was too cold for us.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been coming here for years from the East Coast. Fresh ingredients, creative preparation, knowledgeable wait staff. Usually the staff is outstanding, on Sunday there was a large party, so our table got a little less than typical attention, but in the end, it was all right. Scallops were exceedingly fresh, pastas/sauces to die for. What a tremendous place. There are loads of great places nearby, but make Rose Pistola your destination!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A friend recommended this
A friend recommended this restaurant when she heard we were vacationing in San Francisco. She didn't steer us wrong. The food was excellent and the wait was short. Our waiter was friendly, prompt and helpful. Nice ambiance and quiet enough to enjoy conversation.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing. Service was great. You will enjoy it.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated our parents anniversary last night at Rose Pistola and the experience was perfect. We had the extended family there and we more than our share of accidents and the waitress, Diana, handled each issue gracefully. Needless the say, the service was spectacular. The food was very good as well. This is probably the best experience I have had in a restaurant in a long time. Enjoy!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently Good Food..
I had the Grilled Squid, stuffed with seafood…Excellent, and not a huge calorie load! Pastas are excellent..I wish they would bring back the fried zucchini..
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there celebrating my sisters birthday. The service was wonderful and the food didn't disappoint! It's one of our favorite places to eat in the city. Will most certainly be back!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was quiet when we were there at 3:00 p.m. so the service was great and noise was not an issue. The food was great as were the drinks. The appeared to have the full menu available which I wasn't expecting at that time of day. All in all, a good experience. The lively view onto the street on a sunny Sunday afternoon was nice.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rose Pistola is a great restaurant. My fiancé and I really enjoyed our entire meal from the drinks to the apps and the pizza. We were so stuffed by the end that we didn't have room for dessert. We really liked the cheese and salami boards, although I wish they came out at the same time, so that we could enjoy some of them together. The goat cheese pizza was delicious! The service was decent, but it was a busy, Friday night.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Black Friday oasis
Came here for dinner with my wife, daughter and her friend. Menu had something for everyone. Great end to an exhausting day.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding summer menu
I have eaten at Rose Pistola many times. It's always reliable. On this occasion it was outstanding. I made good choices, both of which were excellent. The grilled peach & plum with burrata appetizer was the best appetizer I've had in a very long time.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been to Rose Pistola many years ago and carried a great memory of the experience. I was able to share that once again with my wife, our first time to SF together. I have the cookbook and it has also been a treasured experience.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pasta dishes were to die for. Great wine selection.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it - as always.
We always have lunch at Rose Pistola when we are in San Francisco. Sitting outside on the side walk in North Beach on a sunny day is a real treat. The menu is varied with salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta being the outstanding elements. Ingredients are always fresh and the preparation is inventive. We shared the octopus salad and both had sandwiches and glasses of wine. Everything was wonderful.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my second time eating at Rose Pistola. Food is inspired...we sat in the bar while waiting for our table (we were early) ...the waiter in the bar never acknowledged us so we got our drinks from the bartender; he was fabulous-drinks were good and he gave great service. The food server was great....I would definitely eat there again.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We sat at the bar for an hour because we were early for our reservations. We felt welcomed by the bartender and enjoyed our drinks until we got our table. We ordered mussels (fabulous), and pizza (tasty, thin crust) for appetizers. We shared a fish entree (a whole branzino our waiter deboned for us) and several side dishes (the brussels sprouts were roasted and seasoned perfectly). We also shared a yummy creme brulee that disappeared very quickly. There was a busy buzz of sound to the restaurant but not so much that we couldn't talk. We will come again.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM