Ristorante Milano
Ristorante Milano

Ristorante Milano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.milanosf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 673-2961
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Aldo Blasi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The full menu is available, in addition to custom orders.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate private lunch functions, and semiprivate parties for dinner. Also, the entire restaurant is available for buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Aldo Blasi 4156732961

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Hyde and Larkin
  • Public Transit: SF Muni Line 12, 49 (on Van Ness Avenue); Cable Car
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The lot is located at the corner of Pacific and Polk.
A word from Ristorante Milano
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
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Ristorante Milano reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)fit for foodies (60)romantic (45)special occasion (29)notable wine list (27)good for groups (6)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A nice discovery
    CochiseVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Excellent Italian good. Great neighborhood location. Very reasonable & Fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Italian!
    keoni
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    On a quiet street just off the major thoro-fares, this place had subtle but charming ambience. Our waitress was Italian and was incredibly helpful with menu and wine suggestions that were spot on. The pasta Milanese was amazing. I tend to judge all Italian restaurants by there red sauce and this place was no exception. The wine we had from the Marche region of Italy was superb. Had she not given us help on the list we would never have found it. Highly recommend this little gem. - John Doty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome truffle dinner
    cawineguyVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Each year I look forward to returning to Ristorante Milano for a very special treat: simple pasta with white truffle shaved on top. It is a great dish; there is no way to leave unhappy. Try it, you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood Italian Restaurant
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is one of our favorite SF restaurants. Aldo is a gracious host and the food is always excellent. My wife raves about all his seafood dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    MattVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    One of my best Italian meals ever. The burata was perfect The swordfish was tender and fresh
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    Ash1
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Delicious fresh handmade pasta, friendly and attentive service and an intimate setting. We had a great night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Outstanding food and service, we were lucky enough to have truffle shaved on your pasta, it was Devine. We eat in silence no need to express the joy we were having our taste buds exploding with happiness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthy of a special trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was my first time to Restorante Milano and it exceeded all expectations. It is a small, intimate space and we changed at the last minute to a larger group of 7. They handled the change without problem. All of the dishes were delicious and beautifully prepared. The calamari entre was a particular standout. The service was friendly and expert with both the food and wine, the ambiance warm and neighborhoody. A joy all around. It is definitely a restaurant worth seeking out in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Cflitter
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Wonderful food, fabulous service and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • internationalfoodnut
    internationalfoodnut
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    had a nice dinner here on back upper level. starters, strawberry and arugula salad, burrata and bruschetta, entrees, lasagna, veal limon, and seafood linguini. all shared and all good. dessert only two, pera cotta and chocolate cake, both good. will repeat when in s.f. great server made the meal enjoyable and timely. great all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MBBBVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tight, cozy, & busy - sure. East Bay resident enjoys finding the SF nbhd gems. Very, very good ravioli, gnocchi, brussel sprout soup, bruschetta. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place!
    nplambeck
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I was in San Francisco on business and wanted to eat at a local place with good food. This place was exactly what I was looking for. As a solo diner, the ambiance was welcoming and inviting, and Susanna was the perfect hostess and server. She spent time helping me choose my wine and meal, and we shared stories about what we loved about San Francisco. By the time I left, I felt as if I had made a friend. I highly recommend Ristorante Milano.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oustanding cuisine and service
    Luvgr8cuisineVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    1st dinner @ Milano for a birthday event. Food quality was outstanding. One of the best Italian meals I have had in the US. Fresh ingredients, detailed attention to quality, very good service. Wine list reasonably priced and has a great selection of lesser known labels. Will definitely return. A neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed at all
    FOODMAN
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had visited there with a group and the reception was pompous and rude. This continued through out our service. We felt rushed as if lots of other people were going to be coming in to this place and we were taking up space. No one came in to take our space! The food was not good. I expected based on reviews and the attitude of the waitress that all food was amazing. ALL of us agreed it was just OK. Thats too bad as italian food is not that hard to make fast amazing. I would not go back unfortunately. I'm sure from the attitude that the server gave us that this review will be looked at in the attune of "he doesn't really know good food" I assure you I do. I love upscale restaurants that make amazing food and this is not one of them.
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  • Like dining in Italy!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love this place! The food is terrific and authentically Italian! The service is warm, friendly and helpful! We feel like we are dining in Italy! The grilled calamari with white beans was fresh and flavorful as was the salad, and salmon entrees! The tiramisu was out of this world! There is a very nice selection of wines from Italy, and the staff is helpful if you wish advice. On previous visits we have enjoyed the ravioli as well as veal and chicken dishes. We enjoy neighborhood Italian and it does not get better than this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SFlovespasta
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food. My only complaint is they don't serve any soda. Some people like coke, rootbeer or sprite with their meal. It's odd that they don't carry any soda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winner
    Bill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is one of the best places in SFO. Family operated, great food and friendly place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal Neighborhood Spot
    peter
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Absolutely great dining experience. The wine menu perfectly accentuates the delicious Italian food you will enjoy here. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you're want for a magical place
    Jaimesey
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    ...then, look no further, Ristorante Milano is the place. This little gem is nestled on Pacific Street, and, one has the unique experience of being honored guests of the servers, hosts, and owners. I can't wait to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marty
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    In a word, Ristorante Milano is FABULOUS. One of the best italian meals we have had in San Francisco if not THE best. Even better is the staff. From the chef to the busboy all were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We will be back. Our only regret is that we do not live in the neighborhood so we could eat there more frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood restaurant
    Kenn
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is our go-to place for Italian food. The quality of the food is high and the service is outstanding. They have a great wine list focused on Italian wines, and they are passionate about their wines. Another advantage of this place is that it is reasonably quiet and you can carry on a conversation at a normal volume level. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time to write a review
    PepperVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never written a review (although dined many times through open table) wanted to comment on the level of the food and wine which was very high.... I would recommend this to anyone looking for spot on northern italian cuisine....great apps, entrees and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Jhenry60
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The croustini fungi, insalata mista, ravioli special and lamb chops with a very reasonably priced Seghesio Zin (2012) and of course, service that was above and beyond, resulted in a dining experience that we will be talking about for years to come. Simply outstanding! Wish we had another opportunity before leaving and will definitely recommend Milano to anyone we know who is traveling to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, as always
    MikeTheKnifeVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been coming to Milano for special occasions, date night, and business dinners for more than 20 years. It has never disappointed. Service and food are always top notch at this cozy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great for the price
    gongtao
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I wanted to try this restaurant because it was very well reviewed both here and on Yelp. What I found was an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant, cramped and noisy when full (although the noise and lack of space are pretty typical in SF). We ate grilled chicken livers with radicchio (excellent), burrata with greens (burrata was substandard and dressing on the greens had much too much vinegar), and veal saltimbocca (OK but not special). My wife had a vegetable and lentil soup, which I did not try, but she said it was something we could have made at home. If I lived close by and the prices were more reasonable, I could see myself going again, but the for the prices here we could have gone somewhere much better, both in food and atmosphere.
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  • nice business dinner
    gkla1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good food, unobtrusive service. Enjoy the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Krzyjalo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Simple restaurant with good Italian food. Typical without high special something.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely!
    Rick
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good Italian food, decent wine list and friendly and knowledgeable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • "Amazing" is an understatement
    bbmiamiVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The outstanding ratings are accurate. This is an intimate and charming location with wonderful food and outstanding service. If you're visiting, you will feel like a San Francisco native in this neighborhood gem location. The food was excellent. The salad (heirloom tomato and strawberry) was one of the best I've ever had, and the bruschetta was amazing. The seafood linguine had fresh and ample variety, and the veal with eggplant was tender and flavorful. The service was friendly and professional. We asked our server to recommend a wine. Upon tasting it (we thought it was OK), she thought it was a little "corky" and brought us a different bottle, which was noticeably better, and wonderful. Don't miss this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    food was great, service was fantastic. we really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant and will be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Restaurant is off the beaten path. Owner is in house most nights and doubles as greeter. I almost never order off the menu, as their specials are usually superb. Servers are great and have personality and they don't rush you. Little bit noisy, but if you want quieter ask to sit in the front room, as it holds less people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Milano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We go to Restaurant Milano often during the year.....driving down from the Peninsula. It is just one of the best local SF restaurants anywhere. Food is always fresh and creative and the owner Aldo and his family/staff are great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Get the gnocchi you will not be disappointed. Our family stumbled upon this neighborhood gem while on vacation in 2013. We just visited again this August and we're delighted it was still there and as good as we remembered. Ciao.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    JennandEric14
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My fiance and I have date night once a week and I am always looking for new places to eat that can satisfy a night of indulgence. I found Ristorante Milano on Yelp and am very pleased we did..... the food was so good and flavorful! It is small but a great place for a romantic night with a significant other, the service was perfect and it feels like you are in Italy with an italian family there running the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our Order: Grilled Calamari Pinot Grigio, 'Simcic' Collio, Sloveno, 2011 Lasagna (on Special) Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sangiovese, 'Mazzoni', Toscana, 2010 Tiramisu Vin Santo, Vigna del Papa, Toscana, 2005 The tiramisu was just okay. Everything else was delicious. The squid was cooked perfectly, with great grilled flavor. The gnocchi was soft and tender. The lasagna had a nice, meat ragu and the texture of the pasta was great. Milano was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Milano's
    Genevois2
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food is always fresh and great tasting. A local gem!
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We forgot to review this after our meal, but we wanted to attest to that Milano is still fine Italian dining. We have eaten here on almost every visit to The City and our 2014 experience at Milano was still excellent. The difficult-to-please family of our sister were our guests at this dinner. They loved Milano and raved about it for months later. Everything is good on the menu, the dining is intimate and friendly. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Une belle cuisine authentique
    Frenchy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Perché sur Russian Hill, avec une toute petite salle, ce restaurant donne l'impression d'etre invités comme à la maison. La cuisine italienne y est authentique, bonne et bien présentée. Le service rapide et efficace. Un bel endroit pour un beau moment de cuisine traditionnelle. La place y est tout de même comptée
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite SF restaurant
    Susan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been going to Milanos for more than 20 years and it never fails. It's a family favorite for birthdays besides non celebrations. Aldo always welcomes us warmly and the rest of his staff is first class!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 752 reviews are from the Ristorante Milano reviews archive.
  • Great Italian food
    foodpassionateVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have been a regular at Ristorante Milano for several years and consider it my go to Italian destination. Great waitstaff, excellent specials, affordable and thoughtful wine list. Genuinely run by Italians who really care. Everyone remembers your name, welcomes you and is sincere in asking you how you are enjoying the meal. Best of all, when you ask what is really good they don't say Everything!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate