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Venticello
Venticello

Venticello Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.venticello.com
  • Phone: (415) 922-2545
  • 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 (415) 922-2545

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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Diner Reviews
  • "We were travelling from the UK and were recommended to try this restaurant by friends who visited last year . The food was really good and service excellent"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. Service was outstanding, food was delicious, had soup of the day - tomato which was so creamy and rich flavors. Swordfish was moist and tender and my wife's Polenta dinner was super. The sorbet for desert had wonderful flavors and just the right size. Tim our waiter was spot on on all of his recommendations including a nice moderately priced Wine."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A good friend of ours told us about this outstanding off-the-beaten-track place and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent -- we particularly enjoyed the roasted fig, pancetta, goat cheese and hazelnuts appetizer, and the papparedelle della nona was delicious. Service was terrific and the place had a very comfortable atmosphere. We'll be back next time we're in town."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Charming, quaint, lovely spot. Delicious food and solid service. I will keep coming back whenever I am in San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Pasta dishes very well done in presentation and taste; caesar salad bland; wine list adequate; background noise a bit overpowering; waitpersons very friendly; suggest sound absorption material to walls/ceiling."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Vinticello is our go-to venue for things like anniversaries and birthdays. The service is not the best in the world, for example when comparing with places in Paris or Amsterdam. However, for an American Restaurant it's very good. The food is very consistently delicious, and the ambiance is intimate without being too cloistered. I always recommend this to people who are in San Francisco and looking for a consistently good no-surprises dining experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "You can't go wrong here. Staff is great and food super tasty."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The restaurant was recommended to us we were disappointed in the service. It was terrible. The waiter complained that he was tired and didn't do anything for us. He took our order and disappeared throughout the meal. He never came back to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee. We left out of frustration. Food was ok - nothing special. Restaurant was very small and loud - you would have to like to listen to your neighbor for this to work. Will not go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had a great meal in a nice setting with great service. Our only regret was that we had not allowed enough time there before we had to rush off to the opera. We will return to enjoy the whole Venticello experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Venticello has the food, service, and ambience to make it a top special event venue (we were celebrating a PhD graduation), yet the friendly, helpful staff makes you want to make it a once-a-week treat. (Alas, we don't live in the Bay Area, or we would!)"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Popped in on a whim Friday evening around 8:30pm. We started with 2 scampi fra diavlo. Very good and SPICY if a bit overdone. The gnocchi were lighter than air, and the Gorgonzola not too overpowering. The papparedelle was solid but the real winner was the fettuccine con salsiccia. I'm not a huge fennel fan, but this sausage was wonderful and paired beautifully with the tomato cream sauce. The service was superb, would recommend to others and return myself!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The chef must have a giant shaker labeled "Italian seasoning" because the food had a uniformly over seasoned taste to it. It was so peppery that my dining companion did not even eat her main course. I don't think I'd even give this restaurant a second chance."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were very underwhelmed. We had heard great things, but thought the food was so-so, especially for the price. Notably, the bread was shockingly bad: despite being in SF, the city of fantastic bread, and the fact that there's a wood-burning stove in the center of the dining room, the bread is soggy, tasteless focaccia. Some of the dishes were unnecessarily heavy. And there were almost no decent California wines on the wine list - bizarre. Overall, meh."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Venticello is a consistently good, friendly neighborhood restaurant with a menu that varies enough to make it always interesting and always delicious. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 for my birthday dinner - and what a find, high atop San Francisco. The food was wonderful and the wait staff friendly and very professional. I'll definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We loved our table, loved the food (fresh, delicious pasta!), and had excellent service. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A little tight with the # of tables and the waiter was very quiet so it was difficult to hear what he was saying plus we didn't get much guidance. Overall the experience and good were pretty good. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is my third time at this restaurant and every time I come I feel that next time it will be better. However it became worst. Never will recomend the place to anyone. The food is BAD!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is a awesome place! As a French person I know what good Italian food is.. this place is probably the best Italian restaurant for me (please try the crispy lamb). Located in a quiet area with some views on the city and the bay bridge this place is great for a romantic dinner. For our 2 years with my GF they even offer a Tiramisu at the end (yes with a candle on the top). Close your eyes when you taste their food, you will travel I guaranty!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Food at Venticello is consistently very good. I have tried various seafood and veal dishes over several trip and they have always been very good. Service is always excellent."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The new General Manager personally introduced himself and showed us to our table. I thought that was a really nice touch indicated a great eye for detail and customer service. My mom and I live in the neighborhood and would definitely consider making this a regular special occasion stop. The beet salad had a perfect light dressing and the chicken with sunchokes was moist and really flavorful. Our only issue was with our waiter who seemed distracted with too many tables. He brought my mom the wrong cocktail and then neglected to bring her espresso after she asked for one and we had to ask for it a second time."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "It feels like a little Italian place in the northeast. Intimate, unpretentious, good service and food. I could become a regular - it's that kind of place."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I don't know why it took us so long to try this restaurant. We live nearby but always forget. I will not forget again. It was our wedding anniversary, we are new parents, rarely get a date night and are usually exhausted in the evenings so wanted someplece in the neighborhood that was special but wouldn't take all evening. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and there were people waiting outside so i was worried about having to wait but our table was ready. Immediately, they brought over champagne and asked if we would like a glass. Yes! Everyone was super attentive and they did not take too long or rush. Carbonara is the stuff dreams are made of with handmade pasta. Great first visit and it won't be our last. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Have lived in the Bay Area over 30 years and had never been to this charming little restaurant before. Was glad to find this gem to celebrate our anniversary. The waiter and owner (presumed) were very accommodating, giving us a table with a view, greeting us with a glass of champagne and ending the meal with a free dessert. Very nice touches! The food was delicious, northern Italian fare. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Venticello was recommended by a friend. The ambience was cozy yet open--and quite vibrant and loud. The 'views of the bay' according to their website is deceiving but still a nice atmosphere (only one table looks out at the bay). We had a nice bottle of wine chosen from the extensive list and recommended by our server according to our preferences. The Kale and almond salad was good--a nice crunch. I had the whitefish of the day. It was a little fry and could have used a sauce--for flavor and to take away the dryness. Service was excellent from everyone--server plus all others who accommodated us!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We had a good dinner. My husband had gnocchi and it was delicious. I had a filet and it was ok. Wood fired pizza good. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I have been coming back to Venticello annually for 14 years for the Gorgonzola Mushroom gnocchi It never disappoints. Hope to continue to see it on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We "found" this restaurant thru local connections and it was a wonderful change from the noisier popular places. The food, while over-salted, was still really satisfying and the whole dining experience was memorable and worth repeating. Our server was charming and the whole staff was welcoming and friendly. Excellent service. I would go back and just ask to hold the salt a bit. They graciously brought us a free dessert (delicious tiramisu) as a nod to our birthdays. Nice finishing touch. Thanks for a relaxed and pleasant dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Charming with friendly service and guests. French bistro feel."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Charming decor and friendly service welcome you. Food presentations are artful. Nice selection of Italian style food. Pastas very good. Lamb however was overdone despite advertised medium rare. Desserts delicious. Additional strong points are fairly priced valet parking and a well chosen and fairly priced wine list with California and Italian varieties."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Family snafu on date night resulted in a call to the restaurant letting them know our arrival was iffy and indefinite... they were sympathetic and accommodating and whisked us right to our seats upon arrival at primetime on a Sat night. I'm sure they can't always be so flexible, but their service and willingness to help went beyond the call of duty... they saved date night for us! :)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Well I finally planned ahead and made a reservation after multiple failed attempts to return. The food and wine where as good if not better than we remembered. A great place to spend our anniversary together. Thank you for a fantastic meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I have been going to Venticello for years and love the restaurant and the staff. On this visit I ordered the ravioli. It came arranged nicely on the plate but it was watery. It wasn't a sauce but seemed as if they hadn't been drained properly. My date's pork cutlet needed a steak knife to cut although it was tasty. I love the restaurant but the food was not up to its usual standards."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Delicious Italian food. Great ambiance and the staff all very helpful,and friendly. In a great neighbourhood with spectacular views at the end of the street of one of the bridges."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We've eaten at Venticello many times, and this time we were very disappointed. My cioppino was terribly oversalted and our waitress never came by to ask how our meals were. We never saw her until she came to ask us about dessert. I ordered a crostata that was dry throughout and tasted like it had been sitting around for days. I also asked for ice cream on it instead of the mascarpone it came with and was charged an additional 7. (for a full 2nd dessert) instead of an upcharge for the ice cream. Venticello has been a favorite of ours over the years, but after this past weekend, I'm not sure I'd give it another chance."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and brought another couple with us who had never dined there before. Needless to say we were thoroughly impressed. The food was excellent; the service was off the charts. The wine recommendatons were right on the money for the food that we ordered. I recommend the Fettucine Salsiccia (sp?). Other Italian restaurants have had this on their menus, but this one is the best. Also recommend the new dessert of the season, Strawberry Rubbard Pie with Marscapone cheese, a great combination of tart and sweet. The dining experience was awesome for this little neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I travel to SFO a few times a year and this would be my 20th time eating at Venticelo's. I have never had a bad meal here! Everything was great, the food was the tastiest I have had and the service was great. I wish I lived closer then I would be able to eat here more often!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Ther service was great , the food was excellent, my first time there & I live 2 block away, but I will be going there more often now."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is always great, we had the arancini to start and the prawns, both had so much flavor and so good. I had the pork milanese, definitely recommend it. Huby had pasta dish, also great. Had a great table with the view of the bay bridge. Any restaurant that lasts so many decades must be doing something right!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Everything about Venticello was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014