Bambino's Ristorante
Bambino's Ristorante

Bambino's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bambinosristorante.com/
  • Phone: 415-731-1343
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joel Scherbak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bambino's Ristorante offers catering options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carl Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bambino's Ristorante
In a warm, open and attentive setting, Bambino’s Ristorante offers a tasteful and varied mix of classic Italian and original fare. We serve Dinner, Lunch and Weekend Brunch. Reserve or drop in for anything from a snack to a celebration.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bambino's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (18)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (14)fit for foodies (13)notable wine list (13)special occasion (12)great for lunch (10)romantic (8)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Food is heavy and overly "worked".
    foodfunluvrVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2009
    Food is heavy and overly "worked". They should simplify their menu and the food preparation and presentation and they could vastly improve their offerings.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service are fabulous.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2009
    The food and service are fabulous. It is a great neighborhood find. Amazing prices for San Francisco!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I felt welcome from the moment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2009
    I felt welcome from the moment I walked in and took a seat at the bar to wait for my friends. The bartender, the owner and the waitress were so friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful, especially the dessert. I will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2009
    Excellent dinner and service. The kitchen pays attention to detail. Most restaurants do not do well with vegetables, especially swiss chard. The place did very well with the chard and other vegetables. The food was flavorful. The service was attentive. There was a little slowness with the specialty dessert. However, it was very good and worth the wait. We would recommend Bambinos to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect place for a comfortable
    caligirl
    Dined on 8/16/2009
    A perfect place for a comfortable evening out. Perfect service and great ambiance with very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bambino's is a great find
    paperfoxes
    Dined on 8/14/2009
    Bambino's is a great find in Cole Valley. We both had entrees, but I really want to try the pizza soon. The waiter was very sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Bambino's and come
    camm
    Dined on 7/24/2009
    I love Bambino's and come here every chance I get. The staff are absolutely lovely and the food is always perfectly prepared both in taste and presentation. Each time I come, I make myself try something different (except for the mussels antipasto!) and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a restaurant with
    JimHVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2009
    This is a restaurant with great potential. Nice neighborhood ambiance, friendly service and an appealing menu. Most of the appetizers work. However, the entree entries were uniformly disappointing. Canneloni had a mealy tate. Penne Amatriciana had a sause more like a putanesa sauce. The kitchen needs some rethinking.
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  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2009
    The food was excellent and so was the service. The portions were more than generous; the fried calamari appetizer was big enough for a party of 4 to start with but we were only a party of 2 and we could not finish our entrees. We never did get to the desserts! We were also very pleased with the Italian Pinot Grigio and the espresso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They were wonderful! I had
    ParadiseVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2009
    They were wonderful! I had not been to Bambino's for at least 10 years ( I used to live in the neighborhood) and the food is great and the service was amazing! The salads were fresh and delicious and our main courses were also so very very good. But really amazing was the great service. The waitress watched our eyes (the only secret to great service by the way) and when ever we needed something or wanted to order or whatever, she was there. When we ordered the cheese plate for dessert, she noticed there was more fruit than cheese and brought us twice as much...then my companion knocked over a full glass of water right directly into my lap ...i was soaked, the table was soaked and the waiter swept in and simply moved us to a dry table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They were very hospitable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    They were very hospitable and the restaurant is charming. THe food was quite good and hot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a bright, happy restaurant
    YouchooseVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2009
    This is a bright, happy restaurant -- wonderful on a nice day with all its windows open. The parking is TERRIBLE.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was impressed. Had the halibut
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    Was impressed. Had the halibut clay pot and was blown away. Service was also stellar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful as always -- such
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    wonderful as always -- such patience with our kids
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The prices are very reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    The prices are very reasonable for the exquisite quality of food. The restaurant is very clean and beautifully decorated. This is the 3rd time I've had their chicken marsala, so delicious it melts in your mouth; the sauce is so flavorful. Everything tastes super fresh. The service is excellent by all the staff. My mother was looking forward to having scalloped potatoes with the chicken, but the server said they don't serve them until dinner. However, I think they noted her disappointment and to our delight they surprised us all with scalloped potatoes! Now that is really going the extra mile! They also serve the best tiramisu and homemade gelato, beautifully presented. Wonderful dining experience on all levels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every time I come here I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    Every time I come here I have a great experience. Service is very attentive, professional, and NOT snooty. The food is outstanding. This meal I had the gnocchi. It was served in an delicious creamy sauce. My wife had the lasagne. Great Cole Valley neighborhood restaurant. Also could be one of those hidden gems that non-locals would love to stumble across. Price is reasonable too. On Tuesdays they have a great prix fixe menu for something like $13.95. Can you believe that. They don't take reservations on Tuesdays though so get there early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very family oriented and kid-friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    Very family oriented and kid-friendly. They handled our group of 15 (with 6 kids) well. We were the noisy ones in the restaurant that night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When you walk in, they always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2009
    When you walk in, they always make you feel glad that you came. After you eat, when you leave, youre still glad you came. How often can you say that? Excellent service. Excellent chianti. Good food, cooked right consistently, and the large portions make it that much more enjoyable. A friendly, upbeat restaurant, and the prices are lower than others'. The staff is always friendy, attentive and acommodating. They make it a pleasure to eat there. The combozola, tangerine and pear salad is superb. Even the chianti is better than other restaurants'.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server on Fri. 5/1 was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/1/2009
    Our server on Fri. 5/1 was exceptionally attentive and friendly. I was pleased with my fish salad, the fish was cooked perfectly and the vegetables were fresh and crisp.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had lunch, food was predictably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2009
    Had lunch, food was predictably good. Have never had a bad meal here. Service was FAR too slow. Only three tables being served, but took forever. They offer a three course dinner each evening for only $13.95, great food at an exceptional price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was a great find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2009
    This place was a great find. Parking was difficult but once we got there we were happy we made the effort. Service was great and the food was excellent. We loved the Bruschetta and the Pomegrante gelato with chocolate chunks was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were a party of 8 and everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    We were a party of 8 and everyone we very impressed with the food, service and atmosphere. First the wine: Wanting an Italian experience and not being that knowledgeable about Italian wines I ask for assistance, the owner helped us and we had a Super Tuscan at $33 and bottle and a Vino Noble at $45, the wines were quite good and very reasonably priced. For appetizers we had 2 orders of the Calamari Friti, light and crunchy, perfect and large portions. Dinner we a mixed bag, Tilapia with asparagus and large couscous, lamb chop with braised fennel, fettuccine with fresh clams in a wine sauce, all were perfect. Desserts were fantastic, coconut Boston cream pie, Tiramisu, creme brulee and chocolate truffle torte what a nice finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2009
    Very pleasant neighborhood restaurant. Especially for pizza. Worth going to if in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here to order a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2009
    I've been here to order a pizza for take out, but had never eaten here for dinner before. The food was good American-Italian fare. The only problem was a bit too much salt in the sauteed calamari, but the giant roasted garlic/brie appetizer, butter lettuce/apple salad, seafood (shrimp/mussel) risotto and affonata (espresso over gelato) were all very good. The room was empty and quiet when we got there, but got louder as more people arrived. The service was very attentive, but that may be because we were seated close to the service station and were only one of a few couples there at the time. It's not a "destination" restaurant, but, if you're in the area, you should get a pleasant and filling meal for a reasonable price here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service overall although
    PretheatreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    Good service overall although there was a glitch from kitchen staff who delivered two chicken cacciatore when we had ordered one chicken cacciatore and one chicken marsala.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice experience. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Nice experience. Food was very good and plentiful portions. Brie appetizer was great. Many salads to choose from in appitizer and entree sizes. Pasta was cooked perfectly and my friends steak was excellent. Chocolate Torta was more than delicios.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a really nice birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    I had a really nice birthday dinner here. The plates were a good size and very flavorful. My fiance had the pumpkin ravioli which just melted in your mouth. i will definitely return and try some otehr dishes!
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  • Great food and atmosphere.
    Cdg1VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Great food and atmosphere. Service a little slow, but it was Valentine's Day. The tables are toooooooooo close together. We heard the entire conversation of the two people next to us as if they were talking to us and felt uncomfortable conversing ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was poor. We were
    EricVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Service was poor. We were asked about water when we were sat, but didn't receive it until we asked again. Waiter did not introduce himself, check if we had water, bread,see if we had questions, nor did he offer to open our wine. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service at lunch is especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/12/2009
    The service at lunch is especially attentive and gracious. Bambino's offers comfortable ambiance and decent food during the weekday lunch hour. The salmon in my salad was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were fresh, although the February tomatoes were more decorative than delicious.
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  • This was our first time at
    MarkKVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2009
    This was our first time at the restaurant. The service was excellent, the menu very comprehensive, and the food very solid across the board. Excellent traditional Italian fare. We will definitely return the next time we are in the neighborhood!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been here multiple times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2009
    Have been here multiple times. Food is consistently good, have never had a bad meal here. Don't miss the Tuesday specials - great value! Service is friendly and attentive. Also - they will do home deliveries, within reasonable radius.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been going to Bambinos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/18/2009
    I have been going to Bambinos for over 20 years and it just keeps getting better. The staff in friendly, menu selection is outstanding. The prices are reasonable and the neighborhood is filled with charm. It’s close to Golden Gate Park making it a great location for a meal after a day at the museum.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient location for after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/2/2009
    Convenient location for after track workout at Kezar or yoga at YogaTree. Great service. We made reservation through OpenTable and a table by the window was reserved for us - perfect! Excellent staff - even when the restaurant got busy. We ordered lunch from the sandwich menu and food was hot and delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAmbino's is a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/22/2008
    BAmbino's is a great place for friendly service and good food. A great place to meet up with friends. We had great service and the food was pretty good too. THe calamari was good and I really enjoyed the salads.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fettuccine di Pesce had an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2008
    Fettuccine di Pesce had an ample portion of seafood, with nice el dente noodles. The vegetarian lasagna had an interesting array of vegetables including peas. A portion large enough to serve two hungry people. Nothing fancy, but good food at a good price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate