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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.
Diner Reviews
  • "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)."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Terrific food, interesting menu, great ambience, attractive decor, excellent service -- this is a real gem -- we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This Nob Hill restaurant is a gem! I had an antipasto containing rare sushi-grade tuna, olives, mushrooms, and carpaccio; my wife the peach salad. These were prior to the home-made sausage pizza from the wood-burning over. A perfect supper. The place is smallish--maybe I should say "intimate", yet it has great wines and a full bar."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My wife had an excellent meal, but I made the mistake of ordering the whole mediterranean sea bass. It was over cooked and had obviously been placed in the oven with the vegetables underneath. As such the fish was dry and the vegetables over cooked to the point of being hard to identify."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was a great find right in Nob Hill. The service and food was just delightful and Valet parking a big bonus. The wine list was just fine."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "After 8-10 visits , Venticello never disappoints, Simply one of the best !!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "You can't go wrong here. Staff is great and food super tasty."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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