Awesome little gem in Nob
Awesome little gem in Nob Hill. Food was great (I had the filet), service was even better. Very nice staff; the chef was coming around to the tables greeting everyone. I love that kind of stuff. The views from the restaurant are beautiful, especially at night.
Price can get up there, especially if you order all three courses (insalate, primi, secondi) and wine, but its worth it for a nice night out. My only complaint, if any, was that it wasn't quite as intimate as I thought it would be. The place was packed and they seat you a litte too close to the next table. Then again it was Friday night so the crowd is to be expected. Definitely nothing to keep me from going back however.
Great experience overall! I'll be going back!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
three of us dined, had a wonderful evening sharing all dishes/courses. loved the food, service was great. Am already planning next dinner there when friends from washington arrive....enjoy....
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice ambient, great wine, location was close to our hotel.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for dinner. Wife
Great place for dinner. Wife ordered the sea bass which wasn't boned. We mentioned it to the staff and without having to ask, they took care of it that's how it should be
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
worth the hike...
this is a neighborhood gem, a little off the beaten path for most people - except the cable car passengers.
service was friendly, the place has a nice vibe.
the food was superb, we had the local seafood with an Italian zing.
a memorable night, thanks!
5/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful experience!
I've been to this local spot several times on my trips to San Francisco and they have never disappointed me. Always very good service, excellent food, and a cozy atmosphere.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was terrific with
The food was terrific with many good options/choices on the menu. Also good wine list. The ambiance was charming and very comfortable. We had a wonderful table in the corner with windows on two sides. Had spent the day in San Francisco and this was the perfect finish to the day. Would definitely return and recommend to friends.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One night to Venticello
Small but very cozy good service and great food, Recommended to friends.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the kale salad. I wanted
Loved the kale salad. I wanted to lick the plate. The pizza is delish as well.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another wonderful visit to Venticello's this past week, this time for a special occasion (Anniversary) and we were both extremely happy. The food was excellent (I had the whole Red Snapper), the wine great, the service impeccable, and the ambiance was amazing. Wonderful local restaurant within walking distance of many of Nob Hills hotels, a must visit on your next trip.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite of ours in San Francisco
Venticello is one of our favorite restaurants when we visit San Francisco. It is a short walk from the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont on Nob Hill, but is worth the trip from anywhere in the City.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute little restaurant in
Cute little restaurant in a great neighborhood location. The food was excellent and the service was very good. From where I sat had a very nice view of the Bay Bridge. I had the fettucine con salsiccia which had house made pork fennel sausage, a little spicy but very good.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here was really good.
The food here was really good. The Kampachi was delicious, the croquettes out of this world, and the pasta delectable. But I can tell that this restaurant has been around for over 20 years because I sense that the decor hasn't changed much since the early 1990s. I would definitely go back here for the food, and if it were a special occasion, but in San Francisco, you can find just as good of food at a place that feels a little less stuffy. I felt a little out of place in jeans and my off the shoulder sweater.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It continues to excel
This is a small neighborhood restaurant that continues to excel. I've never been disappointed, the pasta dishes are divine, and the wine list impresses for such a small restaurant.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I absolutely loved my pasta with cream sauce and peas. Delish. It was very good.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent dinner at Venticello's, with very attentive service sine we had symphony tickets that night. We were seated quickly with recognition of our anniversary and received the best tiramasu we have ever had for desert! It was the start of an awesome evening! Thank you!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
great for a date
my husband and i went to venticello after it was high recommended from a local. we loved it. the ambience was awesome- very whole in the wall- small, we felt like we were eating with locals. the tables were close- but we didn't mind. our waiter was a lot of help with the wine list- as many wines were from italy (and we normally drink california wines)- and he was also extremely helpful with ordering from their menu. we got the ravioli and the pork, and both were awesome. the couple next to us both got fish, which we agreed we would have been happy with as well. the menu is not long- but what they had was awesome. it is also located right by the trolley line- so it was easy to get to and from our hotel.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Venticello is a small and enjoyable restaurant. The food is very tasty and served with a comfortable professionalism.
The portions are generous but not too much so. the salads are crisp and fresh; terrific flavor.
Leave room for the tiramisu!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a gem! Venticello is my favorite go to Italian in the city. The gnocchi is too good, really, can something be too good? It is! The lamb braised to perfection. My favorite appetizer is the tiger prawns, the sauce is spicy and delicious and the mozzarella in the caprese salad was oh so fresh. Always start your meal with the house prosecco. Cleanse that palate and don't forget dessert. The flourless chocolate cake with sea salt was incredible!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place - Bring back GARLIC OIL
I love this place, the food is great, the service is excellent, its a nice upscale place but price isn't too high. They used to have garlic oil they served with the breads which was one of my favorite things in SF. I just went back after not going there for a few months and its gone now, though they said you can call ahead and get it. So call before you go if you want the garlic oil and request it.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy going to venticello -- really great food and nice neighborhood vibe. We usually go for one of the specials and a pasta dish (ravioli and gnocchi are favorites) I frequently bring out of town guests and they always want to go return.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a cute restaurant with an intimate bar. We loved our experience. Fettucine was fabulous and Meatballs appetizer made in the pizza oven were to die for.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find
Good food and service. Beautiful little restaurant in Nob Hill. If you sit in the right spot you can see the bay and bridge.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
After other plans didn't work out, we quickly found this gem! We had an excellent experience from the moment we were seated until the sad moment we had to leave. The service was great and the food delicious.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely dining in Nob Hill
Quaint, warm ambiance with a range of classic Italian dishes done well. Tasty Polpetta (meatballs) goes well with a big red wine, and appealing fresh pasta dishes can round out a meal nicely. Romantic spot. Only caution is that parking can be a challenge in this neighborhood.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our second date... We shared the captures and meatballs as appetizers and enjoyed the banter over who got the last bite.
The Italian wine was superb and the service and sweet couple seated next to us made the evening one we will remember fondly.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extraordinary all around.
Extraordinary all around. I was visiting San Francisco three years ago and ate at venticello for the first time. It was recommended by a local resident . We loved it then and three years later venticello was just as I remembered it. Noteable dishes were the arancini, ravioli with chicken, cheese and asparagus sauce, spaghetti carbonara, black kale and torta Della. Our charming waiter enhanced the evening. I highly recommended this experience to those who love fresh pasta with delicate sauces and I will definitely eat there when I visit San Francisco again.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally tried it and will be back.
As much as I love Nob Hill cafe, (same owner) Venticello takes reservations and is much more of an experience for just a little more money. Extremely crowded, but a charming dining room, great staff, perfect neighborhood ambiance. Our waiter was distractingly attractive so I barely remember my roasted lamb but it was enormous and falling off the bone. My companion had the amazing Branzino blackened fish and could eat only half it was so large. We'll definitely be back.
One note- Champagne should be served chilled. ours wasn't.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must have cioppino
We had an incredible meal at Venticello. We shares arancini and a caprese and both had the cioppino. Everything was fantastic, and anything that we saw going out to other tables looked equally as good, many people seemed to be going with the bronzino. Would love to return to SF and go here again!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks to Open Table for putting
Thanks to Open Table for putting this as a suggested place we may like. Excellect recommendation. Reservations definitely needed as there is limited seating and there was an hour wait for those with no reservations. thank yu!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine and would
Great place to dine and would go back again next time I am visiting SFO.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely neighborhood restaurant
We decided to have dinner in the city and chose Venticello for its positive reviews and straightforward menu. My husband had the gazpacho special to start and I had the shrimp wrapped in Proscuitto. The gazpacho was delicious and was pureed smooth with a bit of olive oil drizzled on the top, however the proscuitto was a bit on the salty side and overwhelmed the shrimp too much.
For the main course my husband had the cioppino and I had the special pizza. Both were delicious and generous in size. The service was attentive once the waiter spotted us. There was a large group right behind us that commanded his attention.
My only word of advice, Parking near the restaurant is impossible!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The San Francisco dining experience
Cable cars clanging outside and great food, service and atmosphere inside. Locals in attendance. Good all around.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant Food in Warm Ambience
This is a lovely, intimate dining experience. Candlelight and lighting make it a romantic spot. And the food! I had the ravioli with ricotta and kale. Melt in your mouth goodness. The tomatoes in the sauce are toasted in the pizza oven giving the meal a lovely smoky flavor. So delicious. My husband had the pasta with pork sausage. Fennel gave it an incredible flavor. We LOVED our meals and will be back for more. Don't leave without at least sharing their light and delicious Tiramisu.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very cozy, intimate atmosphere.
The food is always excellent and the setting just perfect for a quiet intimate dinner.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My guest and I had a wonderful experience at Venticello, as always. Everything about it was great!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had heard of Venticello for a number of years but just had a chance to try it. The food was wonderful and presented beautifully. However, the service was even better than the food - attentive but not intrusive - and aware that we had a time constraint, so kept us on track.
We're looking forward to another visit soon when we have the time to really relax and enjoy everything thoroughly.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere & Italian food
This is a favorite of ours. We make a point of going every time we are in San Francisco which is an awesome
City for Italian food. The home made pasta is always superb as is the presentation and combination of flavors.
The atmosphere is elegant yet nestled into a neighborhood giving it a special secret kind of feeling. Th salads, entrees and pastas are all outstanding/
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The ambiance was great. The
The ambiance was great. The restaurant was quiet as we had an early reservation. Our table was very cramped in a corner but had a great view. The disappointment was that we felt very rushed. There was not even time to use the washroom between the appy and main course. They must of needed to turn over the table. That alone will stop me from returning as the food was very good.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little Gem
Venticello continues to deliver a superb experience all around. Consistency is this restaurant's watchword.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always dine at Ventricello
We always dine at Ventricello when we visit SF. It is romantic and the food and service is a big plus. The beet salad is a great starter and the whole sea bass was amazing. The sorbet was the best I have ever had.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I LOVE Venticello!!!
I've been coming here for years. I have never been disappointed with my dining experience. The food is always great and the service is too.
With New Years Eve just around the corner - if you're looking for a place to have dinner at, you should consider Venticello. Act fast because they do book-up quickly.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good and service
Food was very good and service was snappy and professional.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Venticello's was recommended to me by my Brother. He had been in San Francisco several years ago and remembered this restaurant. It was everything he said it would be. The atmosphere and service were wonderful and the food was excellent. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and will definitely be returning when we are in the area.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
a little disappointing
venticello ranks up within my top 10 resaurants in SF, and we love to share it with folks who haven't been there so we were excited to have dinner there. food and ambiance were lovely as always. Maitre d' was funny and welcoming. our service, however, was sketchy. three cocktails were ordered, one was incorrect. then the water seemed to disappear, though he was very attentive to the table next to us. food services was paced appropriately but coffee orders were not correct either, single espreso instead of the double that was ordered. not awful but just not as smooth as we have come to expect.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
lovely restaurant, delicious food
I come here ever time I'm in San Francisco. The food is excellent and the ambience is lovely.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this restaurant! Service, food, all outstanding. Perfect special occasion spot too.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very accommodating restaurant.
Very accommodating restaurant. Wonderful ambience and attention to patrons. Knowledgeable wait staff. Great food. 3 of the 4 of us had the spaghetti with spicy sauce and shrimp. It was spicy and good.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place on Nob Hill
We loved Venticello and have been back several times. The food and service are excellent. Homemade pastas are the the real story.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pizza and pasta .... spectacular!!
The service, excellent. The attention of the maitre and waiters was very very good, inclusive they gave us to try a dessert: tiramisu.
Pizza with pears and gorgonzola is amazing. The mix of flavours, fantastic.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM