Excellent FoodI was pleasantly surprised at this little trattoria. The service was excellent and the pasta was fresh and al dente. I loved the burrata, meat balls, Carlesimo pasta. Servings are generous and prices are very reasonable . I've been to many fine dining restaurants and this can compare to those. Will definitely be back!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat local resterauntVery vibrant and fun place to eat. Food was excellent with very good table attention.6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent neighborhood Italian foodWhile there are many more expensive and elaborate Italian restaurants in the city, my wife and I always make should we make it to Trattoria Contadina when we visit San Francisco. It's all about the food here. If you want an excellent Italian neighborhood restaurant that consistently delivers quality and flavorful food, this is the place . We always stay at Union Square hotels and take the cable car which drops us off right at the restaurant . A real touch of San Francisco!!!!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomeI always have a great meal and great service at Trattoria Contadina's!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat BrunchThe appetizers (including especially the deviled eggs and the walnut bread), were amazing. We all enjoyed our entrees, too. I would make a special trip back to this place.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful home-made pastaOur group of f our had three different ravioli dishes, each wonderful. The fourth dish was their seafood rigatoni special, spicy and pungent. Small, personal bistro ambiance, remnicent of Rome. wish we didn't live clear across the country!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMParty of EightWe were looking for a good neighborhood restaurant that would provide us a taste of SF and in Trattoria Contadina we found a great one. Service was very good and attentive. Our meals were delivered to the table at the same time which is noteworthy for the size of our group (8). The wine list was extensive. Everyone enjoyed their food. We plan to return the next time we are in town.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat placelove this place. one of (if not my) favorite place in town. good combination of food, authentic feel, wine and staff5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat lunch or dinner spotFirst off, the food is great. Was here most recently for a business dinner and every course for every person was simply very well done. Arrived, quickly, food was hot and very tasty. Service was excellent with a smile. And the neighborhood, with cable cars passing by, on a hill in a classic SF neighborhood, is really a treat. Highly recommended.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIntimate ItalianThis restaurant is intimate. That means everything is close together.
The food is incredible, definitely try the mushrooms, absolutely amazing.
Because it's so small, before you're even in from the cold, you are being greeted. If there's more than one party ahead of you, there's not going to be any room at the bar, so don't be early for your reservation. And yes, you need a reservation.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic European-ItalianThis is the restaurant that is NOT touristy, NOT large and shiny and glam. This is the pasta you come to Italy for, and find it in the small, intimate, unshiny place on the corner of Mason and Union, NOT in the thick of the buses and business, but a bit up the block and quieter, sweeter. Go there to feel like you are in another country. Enjoy a great wine, a great pasta, and an Italian style of eating.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and great staffTrattoria is very much a hidden gem... That's not so hidden. Ask anyone in the neighborhood and they love it! The good was amazing! I have bruschetta, chicken valdostana and the fig ice cream! The server was amazing! Very attentive and kind. Hands down a place I will go back to.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food in San FranA friend recommended we eat here and we weren't disappointed. This is what a small Italian restaurant in the North Beach area should be. Small, friendly, and fantastic food. A reservation is a must. Easy to get to as the famed cable cars run right down the street.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat variety of Italian FoodWhat a wonderful menu full of delicious entrees and side dishes. This was the 2nd time we've eaten there and the food is always wonderful. IF you happen to get a table close to the front door, you will have people a little too close while waiting for a table. But that was the only issue we had. Wait staff is exceptional. Restaurant is on the Cable Car route too. Delicious!!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMVery charming and friendly.Very charming and friendly. The food was great and traditional. We had a great evening.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a great meal!We have been enjoying this place for over 20 years. Charming, good service, consistently great food, fair prices. Love their small bar and drinks. Yummy appetizer pepper dish.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways amazing food!I always get the ricotta gnocchi with red sauce, unbelievably tasty! Also had the buratta with grilled peaches. Delicious!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAMAZING ITALIANWhat a little gem! THisis the second time I have eaten at T.C. and it was amazing. Everythguin tasted fresh and the service was efficient. AWESOME!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWe have been here before, and we are never let down. The service was great, and the food was fabulous. Although we have favorites, we decided to try some new items and they were delicious!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood gemTucked away from the hustle and bussel of North Beach is a small but very busy restaurant Is e been going here for over 25 years. The food has always been impressive and a solid wine list. Excellant service. It is a bit tight. Can't help but feel like I am in New York Highly recommended5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNever ceases to impressI ate here about a dozen years ago while visiting SF. Word-of-mouth brought me there. Ever since, I have recommended it to any/all who are headed to SF. If the hundreds of celebrity photo endorsements don't convince you, the food will. And-GET THE PEPPER APPETIZER! Or, get two with some bread and call it dinner!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent mealWe were going to be late for our reservation, we called and told them and they graciously pushed it back half an hour. Food was wonderful but the service was a little slow. Would definitely dine here again.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent traditional foodWe have enjoyed this place from time to time over nearly 30 years, and it has maintained its high quality. The food is traditional genuine Italian, with delicious pasta, veal and fish and rich sauces. The service is very pleasant, though slow on crowded occasions like Mothers Day. The tables are very close together, making things quite noisy. The prices are reasonable for such good food. Our experiences here have all been happy ones, and it is a great place for birthday dinners or other occasions. You know what to expect, and h=you get it, with no surprises.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA fabulous find!!We heard of this restaurant during a visit to wine country. Four of us from the east coast enjoyed a wonderful Saturday brunch there. It was everything we were told it was and much more!! It was one of our fondest memories of our visit to San Francisco!!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBrilliant!!!Totally brilliant food with a fantastic service! Quite a small Restaraunt so booking is important. Great value for excellent food.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightfulCozy little restaurant with great food and great wait staff. We went here with friends and had an excellent dinner. We asked for suggestions from our waiter and were never disappointed with his choices. The ingredients were all fresh and well prepared.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ItalianWe were looking for a reasonably priced place to eat in the North Beach area and noted the great reviews for this place. We were very pleased with the service and food and price and look forward to visiting again!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ServiceOne of our favorite spots in San Francisco. They made is so special as we were celebrating our 30th Anniversary! Even brought us a bottle of champaign! So nice! Love this place!!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMItalian ComfortSmall initmate place - good solida Italian food. . .a definite find for a neighborhood.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMContadinoThe pastas were really good, the service was very good. That brought me back to dine at Trattoria Contadina. I definetelly recommend it to others visiting San Francisco.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite for over 20 years,Our favorite for over 20 years, every time we are in SF.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMA genuine neighborhood SFOA genuine neighborhood SFO restaurant. Nothing pretentious, honest delicious Italian cooking in a comfortable and causal setting.
one critique: don't hold back on the spice and flavors, it borders on a compromise to cater to a "white bread" clientele.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little placeEvery time I'm in San Francisco I make it a point to come here it's fantastic!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had requested a windowWe had requested a window seat but when we arrived we found that the entire first floor was for a private party. We had to wait an hour for the requested table and wished they had told us that ahead of time. Other than that, the food and service was outstanding as usual.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent. Our waitressFood was excellent. Our waitress made an outstanding wine recommendattion that went with all our entre selections perfectly.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFound this place on a tripFound this place on a trip to San Francisco back in October and had to go back this trip! Great food at a very affordable price considering it is located in San Francisco.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been going here forI have been going here for many years
Anytime I am in SFO I go to Trattoria Contadina.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAbosultely outstandingThe restaurant was fantastic. Would make it a point to eat there everytime we are in SF. The service was exceptional, made reservations on open table and as soon as we arrived we were seated at our table. The food was out of this world!!!!!4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat neighborhood ItalianHave never had a bad time here. As the sign says, leave your problem at the door! The waiter went to get our ordered bottle of wine only to discover they were out, came back with a more expensive similar bottle and gave it to us at the same price.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorite restaurantsOne of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, we are never disappointed. Great food and an energetic atmosphere. Friendly service from the moment you walk in the door. Sauces are fresh. Always a standout.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA memorable Easter mealThis is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and when we visit from our home in Connecticut, we always try to eat here. We had a wonderful Easter dinner with our entire family. Everyone was most satisfied and left with a smile. This is wonderfully tasty and authentic Italian country food, best when enjoyed with one's family.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMTrattoria Contadina is myTrattoria Contadina is my favorite SF restaurant! The food and service never disappoint3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ended up going from a partyWe ended up going from a party of four to a party of two last minute. I know how restaurants have to deal with this on a nightly basis. They were very nice about it and sat us immediately at a table for two. I like the cozy atmosphere. We had a nice conversation with the couple next to us. The food was wonderful and priced very well. The only little blip we had was the wait between the delicious beet salad and the entree, but the place was packed. All the employees were friendly and had smiles on their faces. We will return.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a "must go" friendlyThis is a "must go" friendly neighborhood Italian Restaurant with attention to detail.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMHighlight of our trip to SF.Highlight of our trip to SF. Superb food and friendly staff! Truly fantastic experience!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFound by Accident & So Glad We DidFound Trattoria Contadina by accident while on a trip to San Francisco. It is a small venue with very friendly hostess and waiter. They welcomed us and made us feel like family. The food was delicious and we wish we could have gone back one more time before we had to leave the city. It was the best restaurant experience we've had in a long time.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Italian food. TablesExcellent Italian food. Tables crowded together like most San Francisco restaurants, and noise level made it difficult to carry on a private conversation or avoid the conversations of diners at tables on either side. Efficient and friendly wait staff.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThoroughly enjoyed our pre-theaterThoroughly enjoyed our pre-theater dinner and the service and ambience was very cheerful.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family ate here last weekMy family ate here last week on our family vacation at the recommendation of the concierge at the hotel. What a find! It was quaint and genuinely Italien with guests who were obviously locals. The food portions were generous and served hot and fresh at a fair price. Get the Straciatella for dessert!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe truly appreciate the neighborhooWe truly appreciate the neighborhood feel and warm ambiance of Trattoria Contadina. Our server was attentive and not obtrusive: our courses arrived without long waits and without our feeling rushed. The kitchen is very cooperative in splitting salads. The convenience of location on the Powell/Mason cable car line is a real plus. We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, and the whole experience.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM