Making amendsThere was a delay in seating us because the people occupying our table lingered. They sent a complementary small plate to our table. The waiter was very knowledgeable about food and wine. The music that night was excellent.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spotI loved my experience at Rose Pistola. I went with some friends to celebrate some good news and we had a great time. The waiter was really friendly and gave great recommendations, and he also let us take our time with dinner without ever rushing us. I have always loved Rose's Cafe, so I was excited to try their sister restaurant, Rose Pistola, and I wasn't disappointed! The food was delicious and the evening was perfect.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter Beach Blanket BabylonThis last visit was my second time to Rose Pistola. I enjoyed my food and cocktails, but did not expect the jazz band to be as loud as they were. The volume took away from the intimacy of the meal with my group but will not deter me from returning in the future. Overall, I enjoyed my experience.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner with friendWe were able to enjoy a conversation because we sat near a window and not in the noisier center of the restaurant. Our waiter was very helpful, making good suggestions.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways goodRose Pistola is always good. The cioppino was a touch salty and the answer of the manager who we told was less than satisfying.. but overall, great food, great service...5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat location in North BeachGreat location in North Beach area of San Francisco, The restaurant had very warm and welcoming feel to it. The wait staff was friendly, helpful and provided very good service. The food was of good quality but I thought my entree portion size could have been larger considering its price. The appetizers were great. They offered a very creative selection and were prepared with quality ingredients.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food the tomato soupGood food the tomato soup was very tasty, though a little salty. The brazino was very good and the spinach pasta dish with mushrooms was very fresh. The portions were smaller but we really did not need to eat more food. San Francisco prices. Very good, potent, old fashioned and rum julep.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMStill love this placeRose Pistola has been around for a long time, and it's still great. Food is amazing, service is excellent, and there is a great wine list. Certain nights, they have a live band there which is a great treat. Whatever they have been doing is working because they are still packed on the weekends.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMPositively lovely!This was my third time at this restaurant in the past six months and it has been fabulous each time. The space is sophisticated and romantic - with the right person, of course. Food is flawless. Service always superb. I like to split an appetizer, salad, and entree with my partner. Haven't ever had room for dessert after that, but they look divine. Tables are a little close, but you're in San Francisco, folks. And, unless you're with (or you are) someone with a gift for the parking goddess, go with the valet parking, which is efficient and reasonable. This is a can't-go-wrong pick in North Beach.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good mealArrived on time, table was ready. Had the baked(roasted) fresh salmon. Excellent food, enjoyable experience.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious, fresh food--live jazzMy husband, teenage son and I really enjoyed our dinner here. The Italian-inspired cuisine was very fresh and delicious with in-season ingredients. We enjoyed everything from the appetizers (Frito misto, burata with fava beans) to main courses (grilled octopus, Dungeness crab cioppino), to the dessert (chocolate bundino with espresso cream, vanilla gelato). Cocktails were interesting and tasty too. We also enjoyed the jazz combo that started at 8pm. We'll be back to try the pizza and pastas too.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent restaurantThis was our first time there and the food was great. We had an order of the paparadelle and halibut. Everything was cooked to perfection. Looking forward to eating there again.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a great restaurantIt was a great restaurant to celebrate two girlfriends 50th Birthday, great food and great service.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMA special place.I have been to Rose Pistola twice and both times I had a truly wonderful dining experience. The food, the service, the charm...they all come together to create a unique place to eat with and enjoy your friends and family. Totally recommend.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA Great Choice for a Fun EveningWe were celebrating our twin boys 16th birthday and chose Rose Pistola because they wanted Italian food and we wanted something better than the usual spaghetti and meatballs and waiters in old, tired tuxes. Rose Pistola was an excellent choice. We had great service, good food and just the right amount of energetic noise around us. I had steamed Halibut and, while it was beautifully cooked, it needed a little spicier topping. My husband and one son had spaghetti and lamb meatballs and it was fabulous. Our other son had pork chops which had a beautiful sauce. We'd definitely go back again.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, relaxed serviceGreat food, relaxed service which was perfect for our group to stay and listen to live jazz in the nearby bar!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was good. AtmosphereThe food was good. Atmosphere was great. Loved the live music. Thank You!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDim lights, great ambiance,Dim lights, great ambiance, quick service, busy restaurant, great hostess who gave us directions and best of all valet, so no worries on the parking situation in North Beach.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMA great place for a weekdayA great place for a weekday or a special celebration. The starters, sides, and entrees are superb, and the service is appropriately attentive. I'll be back over and over!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our San Francisco favorites:One of our San Francisco favorites: delicious food, gracious servers, and a comfortable dining room. Clearly the chef takes the food seriously, but there is nothing stuffy about Rose Pistola.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLove it...While visiting SF, it was recommended that I go here before going to see a Beach Blanket Babylon around the corner, and I'm so glad I did!!! The restaurant was very accommodating, the food was excellent and the service was perfect. Highly recommended!!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you want to hear your eatingIf you want to hear your eating mates this is not the place for you. Even worst if within 50 feet of the band playing on the night we were there.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a hit with my guests.Always a hit with my guests. I often go alone for lunch as well. Amazing service. Menu is seasonal and well prepared.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMOur waitress was knowledgeableOur waitress was knowledgeable and provided timely and friendly service. The food was fresh and delicious. We sat by the window, watching San Francisco go by as we dined. Outstanding!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMreport back from my boss,report back from my boss, who the reservation was for:AWESOME :)4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprising menu, always fabulous.Rose Pistola has a very inventive Italian menu. The fresh pea soup with dungeness crab was an absolute knock-out. Casey is always very accommodating. This is a wonderful North Beach restaurant that is especially welcoming at lunch-time when it is not too busy.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I were in townMy husband and I were in town visitng our duaghter who attends college. We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived; our waiter was attentive and gave good suggestions for food and wine. All-round nice experience.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful familyWe had a wonderful family celebration dinner. Food was very good; service was professional, knowledgeable and efficient. This was a bustling place and very fun to celebrate multiple birthdays.
Only one minor problem - it was very cool - could not identify where the breeze came from, but several of us wished we had coats on.
Look forward to returning.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and the menu changesGreat food and the menu changes regularly. Pasta was amazing.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific. Visited SaturdayTerrific. Visited Saturday evening, March 23, after a long day of travel from Chicago. Fresh, tasty ingredients. Terrific wait staff.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFinding restaurants in SFFinding restaurants in SF that are truly good for groups can be difficult. Rose Pistola was a FANTASTIC night out for 10 adults and 2 children under 2. The wait staff was very attentive and made some really great wine recommendations. We will definitely come back!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat waitress and fun seatingGreat waitress and fun seating near the bar and live jazz always great!!!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food. ExcellentDelicious food. Excellent service. Soooooooooo noisy, but it was the night before St. Pat's Day, so maybe that was the reason. Would definitely eat here again.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMManna from HEAVENWe had dinner here our last night in SF on a vacation with our children, 7 & 9. While there isn't a children's menu, they were more than happy to whip up something kid friendly for our girls. And the food was heavenly. This was some of the best fresh pasta I've ever had. I enjoyed a fusili with brisket ragu that I'm still thinking about even a week later. We've been to many Italian restaurants in the Bay area, but I think Rose Pistola is our favorite.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother awesome meal. I justAnother awesome meal. I just can't get enough of Rose Pistola!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were outstanding!Food and service were outstanding! Will definately dine there again.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMJazz music was a nice touch.Jazz music was a nice touch. "Try them all" combos for the sides, salumi and cheese plates are a great deal!2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent. ServiceFood was excellent. Service was a somewhat lacking2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM