Venticello
Venticello

Venticello

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venticello.com/
  • Phone: 4159222545x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Peacock
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Venticello is available for complete buyouts and partial buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Harlan 4159222545x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Public Transit: We are very close to the 1 California Bus Line and we are literally on the Hyde Street Cable Car Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available for $10.00 per car for up to 2 hours.

    Street parking can be tough but there are also 2 parking garages within walking distance.
A word from Venticello
Tucked away atop Nob Hill, Venticello Ristorante, is one San Francisco’s best kept secrets. With quaint tables, a wood burning oven and views of the bay, Venticello provides a warm intimate atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Tuscan Farmhouse.
Recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, we are located just a few blocks away from the historical Mark Hopkins and Fairmont Hotels, as well as walking distance from the Huntington Hotel, The Stanford Court, and the Ritz- Carlton Hotel.
As you walk into Venticello, you will enter our upstairs area. Our full and complete wooden bar is supplied with an array of distilled spirits as well as some of the finest Italian and Californian wines. This allows you and your guests to enjoy a variety of beverages while hearing the Cable Car bell ring just outside our front door.
Venticello, meaning soft breeze, will sweep you and your guests away with an unforgettable experience.
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Venticello reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)romantic (59)special occasion (54)fit for foodies (46)notable wine list (28)scenic view (22)good for groups (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Venticello is SUPERB!
    Cath
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have adopted Venticello as MY restaurant for almost ALL clebratory...and other -- occasions. I bring my foreign and US guest s here and they ALL love it. No other restaurant in the world has been my host as many times at Venticello has, which speaks for itself. TRY the gnocci. Try the figs, try everything. May they always be there....on the charming corner. Ah yes, the personnel is over and above charming, funny, friendly, accommodating. As are the sibling owners. SKÅL!! Catharina
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Any time I have a trip to SF, I always make it a point to eat here. I virtually dream about the spicy sausage fettuccini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining experience
    Laura
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had a great time at Venticello. The dinner was excellent and well-paced. Very nice wine list. The only criticism was the noise level due to the size of the restaurant which was fully seated - this is a very small place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • San Francisco Treat
    EdCNY
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Last minute reservation. Wonderful experience for our 30th anniversary. Excellent service (thanks to 'Tim'). Fine food, well presented. Reasonably priced. Cable cars passing outside our romantic corner table with windows to both streets. Couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1st Time Going
    JimW
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were attending the Train concert at the Masonic and looking for a nice nearby restaurant. We enjoyed a very good dinner, excellent service and only 4 blocks from the venue. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Shaky Start
    Betsey
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    After an extremely frustrating series of events at their bar, we finally received our drinks about 25 minutes post arrival. We were then seated at a tiny, badly located four top. Thankfully they moved us to a better table after we requested it and the evening was salvaged. Because of the small size of the restaurant, table location is key to enjoyment of the dinner. Once settled, we enjoyed ourselves - service was quick and the food very good - the sausage pizza and tiger prawn appetizer were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice is Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is our second trip to San Francisco. I was delighted when my husband surprised me with reservations at Venticello on our second trip. We had eaten there on our first trip and enjoyed it a great deal. It is a cute restaurant with a warm ambience and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Affordable,elegant gem
    RanPS
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We took our foodie cousins here who spend every Christmas in Rome and all of us were very pleased with the food quality and presentation.it was elegant and comfortable with friendly and capable service.we look forward to our next visit to this lovely restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobbVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great restaurant, need to go early as it gets noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early Bite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Venticello's was recommended by a SF resident as a local 's place: good food and fun to watch the cable cars... We arrived at six pm, not busy yet, but there is only one corner window and it was reserved,so no real way to watch cars.... Anyhow, we enjoyed our salads and pizza. The waiter was pleasant and attentive and we sat by the kitchen prep area and I was VERY impressed by the care given to every item. The kale salads were all hand tossed and the cute youn chef was very engaging . Our pizza was wonderful ...best ever....they have a brick oven...fun experience overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank you Venticello!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    With my parents in town, we wanted to go out for a memorable meal. We were given a very nice table with an excellent view of the Bay Bridge. The waiters went out of their way to answer my Father's many questions and help him decide what to order. The food was excellent, and the service gracious. It was a true San Francisco watching the cable cars go by, and the lights of the city come up as the sun went down. Thank you Venticello!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Addition
    live4foodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We'd been here before and was happy with it but never came back for one reason or another. Decided to try it again when we heard that a new GM was on board. Boy, what a difference! The service was good and he's trying to improve every facet of the place. Looking forward to trying it again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jimsays
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We are from out of state and travel to SFO once a year and always return to eat at Venticello's. It is our "go to" place for dining on Nob Hill.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    TablesOpen
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I travel to San Francisco regularly and have been coming here on a regular basis for more than 10 years. It is consistently very good. Great atmosphere in a neighborhood restaurant. The food is not traditional Italian (if you want that their sister restaurant, Nob Hill Cafe, a few blocks up Taylor towards Nob Hill is also very good) but is very tasty and well prepared. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So small so good
    jmjrVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful dinner in a homey place. Food very authentic and fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ecxellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We love this restaurant and we will def. come back and recommend it to our friends! The food was great, the atmospere very nice and the service perfect. A place to visit and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time
    EP1979
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food here is really good but the service has gone down since I last dined here a couple of months ago. I live in the neighborhood and was very happy that the new general manager introduced himself the last time I dined there. This time there seemed to not be enough staff. We had a 6:15 reservation and the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived. Within 15 minutes it was practically full. Our waiter was either too busy or too energetic to seem truly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration
    Sllim
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary at Venticello. We had a lovely evening - great ambiance, excellent service and wonderful food! We would recommend it for any one looking for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Class Act!
    hmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have every birthday dinner at Venticello. There is no other restaurant I'd rather go to--the view and service are terrific. Plus, they updated the menu and every bite I ate was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    BabeScanlonVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We go to Venticello about once a week and it is always exceptionally good. So glad to have this wonderful restaurant in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Nob Hill Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The neighborhood ambience is terrific. A streetcar runs outside, and outside the restaurant lies a peekaboo view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our party started off with black kale salad (with a little extra crunch from nuts), the scampi appetizer and a side of excellent romano beans. Then we had breaded veal in a lemon sauce with spinach (very good) a scallop, mushroom and risotto special (tasty but needed more scallops), and pappardelle with meat (also good but acidic), finished off with a shared zabaglione. If I were returning, I'd get the veal and the romano beans and split them with another person. Service was outstanding, especially considering that the restaurant was short-staffed that night. Special kudos to the GM. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Italian on Nob Hilll
    Seavue
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Ate here twice on a trip as it was near where we stayed and was open on Sunday. The atmosphere was romantic and warm but the restaurant is small and it is both busy and noisy. The tables are quite close together. The seasonal salads - the black kale and peach salads - were truly fabulous. The main courses were very good but less remarkable with smallish portions. The zabaglione and gelato were excellent. Reservations are recommended on Sunday particularly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time visit did not disappoint
    pdxfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A great neighborhood spot with well done Italian-style dishes. The wood oven pizzas and house-made ravioli were most memorable. The waitstaff was very good and willing to work with kids and give them an enjoyable meal-the waitress went out of her way to custom-make a sparkling lemonade drink for my 14 year old! I need to get back to San Francisco for the 4th visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Orvieto on Nob Hill
    theciscokid1960
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We're from Austin, Texas, and were in Tuscany six weeks ago. I thought I was back in Tuscany. Austin is cool but it ain't Florence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Utterly delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We found this little gem on Open Table and it was a great experience. Delicious food and attentive service. The lamb and the gnocchi were especially tastey. Nice wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dinner
    Dave
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my wife to Venticello to celebrate our third anniversary and start a night out without our baby. The restaurant was on a large hill and cable car route, which provided a nice view of SF. Overall the place was quite small, which made reservations a must and the setting quite intimate. My wife and I both enjoyed our meals, which were deceivingly filling, as well as our wine and dessert choice. The restaurant met my expectations for a nice, quiet dinner with my wife, and the service was very professional and knowledgeable. I would recommend this restaurant for a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    TrinityVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    From the instant we came in, everything was perfect. Our server, a pro, food suggestions, spot on not one thing wrong. My husband wanted to come back the next night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nob Hill Gem
    Sterling
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I took friends visiting from out of town and a fellow local San Franciscan. It is such a charming place to give my friend a true example of a great intimate restaurant in the city. Great location with cable cars passing by, a peek at the bay, bridge and the pyramid. Wonderful food with homemade paste, bread and pizza in their brick oven. Very friendly wait staff who did not rush us at all. We chatted so much catching up he had to come back 3 times but never made us feel like we were too slow. Just wonderful service. I had the pasta carbonara, with the homemade mozzarella with tomatoes. My friend had the meatballs and met other friend had the pizza. We call loved our dishes and we very happy. Very liberal pour on the cocktails as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not like it used to be
    FrequentSFdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been going to Venticello for maybe 10 to 12 years. We have always considered it a very special find both because of its location and for its great menu. This time we were very disappointed. We had the grilled figs wrapped in procuitto for a starter. They were COLD! Tasty, but so disappointing. The ravioli's were good, but again, only warm, not hot and while the menu says they have artichokes in them, I couldn't see artichokes or taste them. We had the whole sea bass. It was tasty, but it came just plopped on the plate with nothing else. Where was a sprig of parsley or a wedge of lemon! All in all, it was disappointing and I doubt that we will return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Fabulous
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Highly recommended from a friend who lived close by. Food was not warm, not enough dressing on the salad my steak tasted old not fresh My son had chippino and said the sauce was horrid. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Like stepping into an old east coast (Boston or New York) neighborhood Italian restaurant. All the food is good. Not all is amazing, but OMG, the eggplant parmigiana is... so good. It would be fine with me if that was all they served (that and a martini).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    LifetimeNewYorkerVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Terrific food, interesting menu, great ambience, attractive decor, excellent service -- this is a real gem -- we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BebeSharkVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very disappointing...remembering from years past the food has really taken a drop off....the dessert (stone fruit crostata) was bland, and burn at the bottom. The Pork Milanese was overly "lemon" flavored...it was overwhelming. Unfortunately the restaurant was "under-whelmening".
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Termyr
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Every dish we tried was outstanding! Highlights were the wrapped fig appetizers, grilled peach salad and melt in your mouth Ravioli. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drifting downward
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was all just ok. Food portions and quality is falling off. Service was average. Not the greatest value for what you pay. Not sure I'd give it another try with so many better restaurants in SF.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost great meal
    Ruth
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A friend recommended this restaurant for my husband's and my 10th Anniversary, saying the food was excellent and the ambience intimate and romantic. I would agreed with all that. However there was one thing that spoiled the meal for me. I'd read reviews before going that said the food was great but saw consistent reviews that fish had been overcooked. I ordered lamb instead. Foolish me! I forgot to ask for it rare. It came well done and my disappointment was renewed with each bite. My husband wanted me to return it but I didn't want him to eat his meal while I was waiting for my new one. In a restaurant of this quality and price range, it's fundamental to ask the client how they want meat cooked. Everything else was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!!!!!
    Ferndale
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Venticello was a wonderful place to eat. We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. We arrived early for our reservation and they took us right in and seated us. The waiter was very personable and made sure that we understood the menu and explained some of the different items. As a recognition of our 40th anniversary, they presented us with a complimentary dessert with candles and an after dinner cordial. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that was going to San Francisco and wanted a fabulous meal. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night special
    ExperiencedinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Venticello is an amazing gem in the heart of San Fransisco's Nob Hill residential area. The restaurant was recommended by the Omni Hotel, whose concierge coined it as the "best kept secret" in the city. He couldn't have been more correct!!! What a find. Truly superb italian food with a healthy twist, as well as great wine & cocktails and deserts big enough to share. This place is welcome change from the hectic, mediocre fare found for the same pricing at the tourist traps located on the wharf (The wharf may be famous, but it is way over-rated).
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Venticello doesn't disappoint!
    Lemon
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I started coming here in the early 90's and then forgot about as many new restaurants opened in the city. Couple of months ago I was looking for a restaurant in Nob Hill and came back in by chance. I was impressed how the food was/is as good as ever. Now I keep coming back! Tables are a little close and noise level a bit high, so if your looking for anonymity keep that in mind. Buon Appetito!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice meal
    andrew
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    What a good find in this part of SF. A little neighbourhood Italian, but with big City pretensions. Good food and prompt and efficient service. Wine list was a little expensive but a very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate