Rose Pistola
Rose Pistola

Rose Pistola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosepistola.com/
  • Phone: 4153990499
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: 11:30am to 4:45pm Seven days a week
    DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Seven days a week
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mark Gordon, Pablo Estrada
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live jazz Sunday & Thursday nights 8-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday nights 9-11 p.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Green & Union Streets
  • Public Transit: Muni lines 9x, 9bx, 20, 30, 41 & 45 all stop within a block of the restaurant. The Powell-Mason cable car line stops about two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available. Parking lots available on Powell btwn. Green & Union; on Green btwn. Columbus & Powell; on Filbert at Columbus
A word from Rose Pistola
Voted the best new restaurant in the country in 1996, Rose Pistola is a celebration of the bawdy, friendly but sophisticated side of San Francisco’s Italian district – North Beach. This stylish gathering place personifies the vibrancy of its namesake, a North Beach denizen who ran the most colorful bar and restaurant in the neighborhood. With its San Francisco-style dining counter, booths cozy dining room and lively bar, Rose Pistola invites everything from a leisurely glass of Chianti and a bowl of pasta, to a traditional, Italian-style feast of seasonal antipasti, whole roasted fish and rotisserie meats.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Rose Pistola reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (39)special occasion (37)great for lunch (28)romantic (23)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (14)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Nice find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place had good food and live jazz playing. The decor was updated. Cocktails were also good. We had a really nice experience. It was crowded and the service was a little thin but still friendly and helpful. Moderate San Francisco prices but pizzas were very affordable. Very close walk from Beach Blanket Babylon.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is run by the grownups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food continues to be top-notch and the staff pays attention to every minor detail - without being intrusive. I dined two couples from out of town and they were raving the wonderful experience for the rest of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • won the test of time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I last went to Rose Pistola over ten years ago. I was pleased to see that they have stuck to the same philosophy that they did back then. The food is still very good and the service is above average
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very unfriendly wait staff. Definitely felt like the staffs priority wast to turn and burn tables - they probably asked 5 times if we were done with our plates while there was still food on them. We went for a good pasta meal the night before a run - the food was okay, but not a lot of pasta options (the classics were all missing) and portions were pretty limited. Would not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • great_lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    had Caprese salad and chopped salad with blue cheese vinegarette both salads were outstanding - the caprese came with special greens instead of basil but the greens were great and the Mozzerella was the best we had ever had; the chopped salad wad also outstanding with fabulous blue cheese my wife thought her pizza was very good but not quite as good as Tony's My chicken breast was big and good but not spectacular
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RandolphVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I was a fan when the restaurant first opened and it was always "the" Go to for clean consistent food! After many years away, it is still keeping with the Original concept! Thank You! Still A Fan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Sundance
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I booked a reservation for 12 people for my sister's birthday and as I should have expected our party grew to 15 people. The restaurant was very accommodating and added the additional seating without a problem. Angela, our waitress for the entire evening, was fabulous! I have to say I was surprised the restaurant only had one main person handling our table but between the wine pours and bringing out the food she did an excellent job. There was occasionally a couple of other people helping with getting water and cocktails but Angela was our primary. As for the food - I had the risotto which was excellent though the portion was a little smaller than I expected it to be. A friend had ordered a pizza which I had not tried and it was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the better NB restaurants
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Definitely one of the better restaurants in the sea of Italian restaurants in North Beach! The environment and service matches the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite
    Princessfoxtrot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went here for birthday party- was concerned maybe certain folks would be too picky. EVERYONE LOVED THEIR DISHES, THE WINE LIST, THE DESERTS! Everyone was so happy with their choices. I have been here many times, and love it, but was concerned about the guests. The best thing I heard from someone in our party "I have never tasted anything like these dishes- no chef has prepared the dishes with these combination of flavors/ingredients." That made me soooo happy. We are planning our Holiday Party here as well now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rose Pistola is a N Beach Winner
    PaulaJean
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The highlight: the cheesecake for dessert. Hands down WoW and the presentation is lovely! Branzino is delicious and deboned at the table. The melon salad very fresh but not super creative in flavors. Wait staff excellent. Restaurant is loud when full but cheerful. There are tables outside right in front of the band area so I think stopping for dessert and sitting outdoors might be nice although you are on a major busy street. This would be a great place for a fun date. My friend had the pasta/shrimp/corn dish and I thought it was just okay though the people next to us raved. Mozzarella salad was delicious and the cheese was super soft and creamy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Returner
    Great
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have eaten here 3 times in the last 17 years and its always great enough to bring me back every time we visit San Fran from Texas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dreams
    marq
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    always a pleasure ----------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A MUST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We always return to Rose's when in San Francisco and have NEVER been less than amazed at the quality of food and service we receive here. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was delicious. Service wasgreat. Too noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service & weird food
    bijouxxVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Terribke service & they try too hsrd too make food trendy so lose the flavor. And overpriced. Don't go.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    FIRST TIME. EARLY DINNER, GOOD SERVICE, IMPRESSIVE ENTRANCE. GOOD BAR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So..so...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our waiter was nice...but slow service... Ceased salad soaked in dressing....Fungi pizza had no flavor! Was like eating greasy cardboard.... After 6:30, the place gets so loud, you have to scream to be heard...was a frustrating experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • iovetoeat
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great Pizza Pasta & Salad! Wonderful Service Lovely dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy and Tasty!
    FoodessVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chicken Under a Brick, and over a bed of delicious spinach, garnished with roasted baby grapes.. The chicken was done, but could have been cooked, just a bit more, to make the top crispy..but it was all delicious! Also enjoyed the Chopped Salad, nicely dressed, with just the right amount of blue cheese. "Rose" is my "go to" place, in North Beach..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much banging for the buck
    BrooklynRhino
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When you spend $70 or so per person, you really expect a top of the line experience. This meal was quite good, but not terrific. The restaurant was noisy. If money is no object, eat here. It was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is where the tourists eat
    evamarieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A very disappointing meal. While the food was good (though uneven), the service was brusque at best and indifferent at worst. The best part of the evening was the live jazz music. I suppose if you want to sit on the busy sidewalk in North Beach and eat decent Italian food, this would be a good choice, but there are so many better places, some of them right in the same neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    soxby
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was first class. Servers very friendly and knowledgeable. Food choices were outstanding and the food itself was delicious. So glad we had a reservation otherwise we would have been turned away. Great ambiance with live music. Will be back on another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dining, Sophisticated Food
    FoodessVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Corn Pudding, hot appetizer...smooth, creamy, great flavor, trimmed with delicious mushrooms..Veal ragout with favas and mint.. beautifully layered to distribute the delicious flavors, throughout. This restaurant consistently does great pastas. Great service, nice vibe.. Will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sourpuss, snobby wait staff
    MJ75VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My friend and I made a reservation for a special dinner here. The food was SPECTACULAR- super hot, fresh, full of wonderful flavors. It is too bad that our waiter was unable to smile, looked put out to even speak to us, very snobbish. We ordered quite a bit of food and a couple nice glasses of wine. We were fully prepared to tip well. However, Mr. Sourpuss did not earn any kudos. Too bad!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love the service , location and great food, especially the small plates, whic allows us to order more items and share everything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food
    Montereytourist
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    great food and ambiance. our server was funny & knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great spot in North Beach! Met our cousin from Milwaukee for the first time and learned all about relatives in Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience - Again
    CJStavertVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A North Beach favorite for years, and recognized as a top spot in the annual SF Chronicle restaurant edition. They accomodated a group of six on late notice. Great menu and service. I will return again and again. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect birthday dinner!
    out2lunch
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our party of three would definitely recommend Rose Pistola. From the very comfortable booth table to the prompt service and excellent food, we loved it all. The salad with avocado and garden fresh fruit was memorable. Main courses of salmon over grilled corn, seafood risotto, and scallops were all delicious and generous portions.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Team Dinner
    Dorothy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I wanted to pick a fun SF place for all of my team from all over the West. We not only had a great dining experience, but the waiter was fantastic at managing a large, energetic table. We had 14 and I'm sure kept him on his toes, but we never knew it. Service was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Consistently reliable food and service. Always a good choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at Rose Pistola, but came away disappointed. The evening started well with Valet Parking (great + in North Beach), followed by a warm welcome from the hostess and a great table in the window. But then, we did not get water or a visit from our waitress for 10 minutes. When she came by, she was rushed and barely had time to answer our questions. The fish dinners - salmon and ahi tuna - were both tasty and interesting, though the salmon came on a bed of what tasted like canned corn! The pizza was on a crockery-crust, fresh but not to our liking and the pasta dish lacked flavor. Our waitress seemed indifferent to customers. We will look for other Italian restaurants in North Beach the next time.
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  • Leslie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good restaurant--not sure if I would return after being reported as a no show--too many other good options in SF
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  • Great dinner before show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent food and service...very good wine list...convenient to Beach Blanket Babylon theater.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice. special occasion restaurant
    MarinMike
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The service waa notably and sufficiently attentive. The waiter noticed that I was showing my friend a special birthday card I had received. Later, when I ordered dessert, the waiter brought my dessert with an elegant, lighted birthday candle. MarinMike
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    If you are going to North Beach -- this is a great choice---they have valet parking for lunch and dinner. Try to get a space around there.....Its in a great location and has an impressive front and inside....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Partly Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Nice place with good view of open kitchen. Large pizza oven and the funghi pizza was quite good with chanterelles on a nice thin crust. Unfortunately, the "brick" chicken was overdone and quite dry. Probably should have sent it back, but didn't want delay. Remember restaurant as being quite good from my distant memory, but this visit, the food was a bit disappointing. Service and ambience were fine.
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  • Relaxed and Delicious
    Lucullusina
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Quirky and warm atmosphere, friendly unpretentious vibe, and simply and expertly prepared food made this an evening to remember on the last night of our family trip to SF. Great live jazz too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, great location
    Napafoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've dined here a few times and always enjoy it (menu choices, food, presentation, drinks, live music, location). Unfortunately, this time we had a waiter who was not in the mood to be working. We are writing it off as just one of those things and will return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    BobbVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went there for lunch, grat service and great food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet