54 Mint
54 Mint

54 Mint

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.54mint.com/
  • Phone: 4155435100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10 pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Sunday: 5pm - 9:30pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mattia Marcelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission and Market streets
  • Public Transit: Mint Plaza is located off of Fifth Street between Market and Mission Streets in San Francisco’s Central Market district. The Plaza is a short distance (approximately 1 block) from the BART/MUNI Powell and Montgomery Street stations. Convenient MUNI bus lines include the 14 Mission, 15 Third, 30 Stockton, 45 Union and all Market Street routes.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: a Public Parking Garage is also available, located on the corner of Mission and 5th streets.
A word from 54 Mint
54 Mint is a little gem in the heart of downtown San Francisco across from the old US Mint Building. We offer authentic Italian cuisine prepared only with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Our pastas and desserts are made fresh on a daily basis. 54 Mint is also a retail store where you can purchase, for a simple gift or for your own need, a variety of imported products such as extra virgin olive oil from Umbria, balsamic vinegars, cheese, spices, wines and much more...Our bar will remain open until midnight offering an extended variety of cocktails and high-end imported and local spirits as well as a late-night menu of small bites.
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54 Mint reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)neighborhood gem (43)notable wine list (32)good for groups (28)romantic (25)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (22)great for lunch (18)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • We live in the City and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/20/2010
    We live in the City and we always pass by 54 Mint and we kind of new that the ambiance was going to be good, not only the ambiance was good the food was fantastic. We had a group of four and everyone were estatic with what they ordered, the serving were just right, the desserts were good as well and more importantly the pricing were all reasonable, lastly the service was really good as well, very attentive to our needs.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The eggplant pasta was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    The eggplant pasta was delicious but the service was slow and poor. They didn't bring appetizers that we had ordered at all and brought the check before the desserts. In addition they called the night before my reservation for 10 people to tell me they overbooked and wanted to move my reservation back 30 minutes. I thought that was highly unprofessional and refused to accept that so they moved it back to 8pm which was my original reservation time and they did seat us on time. Overall, I liked the food but I probably would not go back there because there are so many other high quality restaurants in SF without the hassle of poor service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This has to be the noisiest
    diner99VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2010
    This has to be the noisiest restaurant in San Francisco. Even the waiters had to shout. Service is enthusiastic but very disjointed- silverware for next course placed while your in mid bite on the current course, one water glass filled, one left empty, etc, etc. There is NO ambiance. It's too bad because the food is very good across the board.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time here. We had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 11/15/2010
    First time here. We had the opportunity to sit outside and we should have - when the inside is full, it's so loud you almost have to shout and we were only a table of three. The food was very good though. All of us had different pastas and they were all excellent. The service was slow and forgetful. We had to grab another wine glass of the table next to us because the waiter forgot to bring us one. Our waiter wasn't very friendly and the plates were placed and removed rather abruptly. The food is good enough though that I would probably go back - particularly to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 54 Mint is really tucked away
    kcmo57VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2010
    54 Mint is really tucked away - you probably wouldn't stumble on it serendipitously. However, it's worth the navigation to find it! We leisurely dined outside on a glorious November evening, enjoying a parade of locals on the street. The food was very good, accompanied by a fine list of Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I ahd heard so many good thinsg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    I ahd heard so many good thinsg about 54 Mint. I saw the opening at opentable fo lats minute date and grabbed it. We had a great experience. The service is impeccable. We were at the bar waiting for table. My date orderd Martini and I asked teh bar tender to make something with Rum and he was gracious to come up with cocktail. We were seated at the table an our waitress was amazing. she recommended the antipasti and zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese. both were delicious. The wine she recommended (Beltrame Tazzelenghe) was amazing. I am not a big fan of Italian wines but this one was amazing. The pasta special (Pasta de Funghi) was excellent. Absolutely great food and fabulous service!! Sebastian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really small portions, sardines
    OceanView
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Really small portions, sardines mediocre, Squash flower tasty, Main course pasta dish of ravioli good but appetizer portion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our second visit, first was
    JohnCVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Our second visit, first was a year ago. Food this visit was exceptional, soup and pastas especially, service was also better than expected based on user reviews on the various websites. We expect to return within three or four months which for us is saying something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Location is great - classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Location is great - classic San Francisco alley strip and close to the shopping district/movie theaters. Food was good - Mushroom Ragu with pasta was great and their was a great choice in appetizers . I had the squash blossoms and they were nicely prepared - -however, they needed a little sauce to enhance the preparation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soup, salad, and squid appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    Soup, salad, and squid appetizer were delicious. Pasta dishes (house made) also were notably yummy. So I was quite disappointed with the apple tarte (supposedly house made) which was quite forgetable. Perhaps other desserts are worth expending the calories. But that's really only a small blip in a very satisfying dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but place is too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    Great food but place is too loud you can't hear the person next to you let alone across the table,made the entire evening a drag
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  • Had to send back one of the
    edddiewVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    Had to send back one of the courses, but the service staff gladly replace our choice with something to our liking. There are better choices in the Mint Plaza.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent italian cuisine
    CenturionVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2010
    excellent italian cuisine that feels like you are eating from "mama's" kitchen; friendly and hospitable staff; a real gem -- and the prices make you think it's 1989! great food, great value - what more could one want!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a date or
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2010
    Great place for a date or dinner out on the town. Food was excellent; I had the pork chop with spinach and polenta; all 3 were perfect. My date had a pasta with mushrooms dish and it was very good. Cool place with upstairs and downstairs seating; very unique old building with lots of charm. Small (but full) bar. Easy parking at the 5th and Mission garage across the street. Very good service, food, and overall experience.
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  • Took an out of town visitor
    Robert
    Dined on 11/9/2010
    Took an out of town visitor to lunch. We were on the early side and the restaurant was nearly empty. That was a bit disconcerting, but the wait staff was wonderful, food was delicious and the wines by the glass varied enough to be interesting. This was my first visit to 54 Mint and I was impressed. We started with the salumi/cheese platter, then each had the wild bass. When we tried to finish with an espresso we learned that the restaurant was out of regular coffee and we could only have decaf. Found that odd, but the staff handled the oddity well enough and it left no sour note. The location doesn't fit my needs very well, but were it closer to my Financial District office I could imagine enjoying the restaurant on a regular basis.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had two pasta dishes, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2010
    We had two pasta dishes, the spaghetti alle vongole and the pappardelle del funghi. The spaghetti was perfectly al dente. The selection of after-dinner drinks was great, and the dessert menu was straight forward. Given the downtown location, it was an idea place for dinner after shopping at the Westfield mall.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is one of my favorite
    micwoodVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Rustic, southern Italian food with wonderful service. All fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 of us had a wonderful meal
    Ellen
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    4 of us had a wonderful meal at 54 Mint, outside on a lovely night. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce tasty and full of mushrooms. Portions were large enough that none of us could get to dessert. Only downside was the garbage trucks and street activity.
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  • Casual, yet inviting ambience.
    avideaterVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    Casual, yet inviting ambience. Nicely dressed arugula salad and good, slightly spicy, spaghetti a la vongole. Great for a pre-theater nibble.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been to 54 Mint before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    I've been to 54 Mint before and like their distinctive, authentic Italian food. I find it to be very good quality for the price. My usual complaint is that the dining room is noisy and this week that was worse because they'd really turned up the music. Also, there seemed to be a mix-up between our waiter and the kitchen and our main course was very slow to arrive. Everyone was apologetic about it, but it was a long wait. I've not encountered service problems in that past: perhaps it was just a bad night. It was unusually warm and there were a lot of full tables outside, with more people to serve than usual.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An unexpected find in SoMa.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2010
    An unexpected find in SoMa. First rate Italian menu. Pastas freshly made, salads incredibly fresh. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • 'Nice, friendly and lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2010
    'Nice, friendly and lively vibe to the place. 'Good cocktails and reasonable wine selection. 'Interesting and yummy risotto appetizer. All four of our meals were quite good (fish, pasta, steak) and properly proportioned. Notably, when my husband asked to have his seabass cooked through, the waiter didn't give him the stink eye and the chef throughly cooked the fish without drying it out!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food (try the Octopus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    Wonderful food (try the Octopus appetizer), good service, but way too noisy. Could not hear the person across the table.
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had lunch at 54 Mint and
    LiDo
    Dined on 10/29/2010
    We had lunch at 54 Mint and it was great. It's a small and cozy restaurant with a great staff and wonderful food. It was very quiet when we were there; only one other table filled. I highly recommend 54 Mint and would most definately eat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The appetizers were fantastic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2010
    The appetizers were fantastic, but then it went downhill from there. The main dishes were nothing special. My wife ordered the cheese dish dessert and it was supposed to come with toasted walnut cranberry bread, but they only brought their regular house bread. It also did not come with the quince jam as described. When we asked for the proper kind of bread they only gave us two small pieces; not nearly enough for all the cheese provided. Finally, when we got our bill, they accidentally charged us for an entire bottle of wine when we had only ordered a glass. They did give us a complimentary cappuchino as compensation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love what this restaurant
    SFnativeVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2010
    Love what this restaurant COULD be... Unfortunately our server had an attitude and the food was mediocre. Love the atmosphere and menu... Hopefully quality improves.
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  • Great place. The food, service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2010
    Great place. The food, service, tables etc was excellent! Loved this place would definiltly go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this place was spectacular.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2010
    this place was spectacular. every dish we ordered was just superb- simple, roman cooking. from fiori de zucca to the gnochhi to tiramisu- it hit the mark perfectly! can;t wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friend and I both had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2010
    My friend and I both had the mozzarella panini - it was a simple but pleasing presentation of two sandwich halves and a tasty side salad (dressing amount was right on). We stuck with still water but were offered sparkling. When I arrived at 11:45am there were no customers yet, so we had our seat of choice. We ended up outside on a beautiful crisp SF day, and enjoyed the sun out on the patio. The waitress was prompt and got us what we needed. The menu selection was pretty good for lunch - we stuck with the panini because it was smaller and very affordable (~$7). Other things ranged in the teens for pastas, etc, which could be nice if you're looking to settle into a longer lunch with perhaps a glass of wine.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; and the wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    Great food; and the wait staff is attentive. Decibels can get very high, especially if dinng downstars. Beautiful setting and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I came here with my mom and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    I came here with my mom and close family friends. I really loved this restaurant because they captured the authentic Italian experience as far as ambiance, service, and food. Great Italian spot!
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  • Tucked away in the foodie's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2010
    Tucked away in the foodie's delight, Mint Plaza, 54 Mint blew my mind. We had four awesome pasta dishes (especially loved the Paccheri alla Norma w/eggplant) and salads (Cavolo Nero...yum). The wine was excellent too. The clincher was the incredibly friendly server who let me borrow her cardigan so we could continue enjoying our outdoor table despite the wind chill. All was amazing. Thank you!!! I'll be back! (with better layers)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian food served
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/9/2010
    Authentic Italian food served in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Without more vegetarian offerings, it is doubtful if I will go back many more times, if at all.
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  • 54 mint was amazing as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2010
    54 mint was amazing as usual - great food, excellent location and design, and of course solid service from the happy staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian food which
    nick
    Dined on 10/1/2010
    Excellent Italian food which was different than the usual. Vibrant ambiance. Service was spotty on this occasion but have been here before when the service was better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic