Villa D'Este
Villa D'Este

Villa D'Este

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://villadesterestaurantsf.com/
  • Phone: 4153340580
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ofelia Lopez and Ramon Oropeza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! Monthly Cabaret shows the first monday of every month. Contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th Ave. & Junipero Serra
  • Public Transit: SF Muni lines 28 on 19th Ave. and K line on Ocean Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking outside of restaurant, $2.00 per hour. Free after 6 p.m. everyday and Sunday all day.
A word from Villa D'Este
Villa d' Este, serving you with traditional Italian Cuisine has been owned & operated by the Oropeza Family since 1978. Villa d'Este is known locally as one of the best family restaurants in San Francisco. Offering menu selections of pasta, poultry, veal, vegetarian, seafood, and beef. Come and indulge in our seven course dinner including antipasto, mixed green salad, soup, pasta bolognese, entrée coffee and Spumoni ice cream. We also have serve A La Carte which comes with a mixed green salad or soup. We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! We are open for Dinner seven days a week at 4-10 p.m. We serve a Champagne Brunch on Sundays from 11am-2:30p.m. Interested in entertaining your guests as a private party? We also serve banquets and off-site catering. Call us or come by to learn more! Enjoy a full bar with great cocktails and get to know us!
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Villa D'Este reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)romantic (5)special occasion (4)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Dining with entertainment!
    Folliet13
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went to the first Monday of the Month show at the Villa D'Este. This is great for groups out to have an enjoyable evening. They featured a prix-fixe menu with a choice of fish, chicken or veal, including salad or soup, coffee and dessert for only $20.00! Really reasonable with free entertainment thrown in. Just be sure to feed the tips jar. Nowhere in San Francisco can you get a value like this. Service was okay being that the restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Embalmed Dining
    SwankieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have not seen anyplace this creepy and throwback to the 50's, even though it hasn't been around that long. The ancient looking bar was totally unappealing. The menu was antiquated and uninteresting. I really struggled to find something that had the tiniest bit of appeal. On Ocean Avenue in the Sunset this may be your only choice to dine...but grab a cab or your car and head someplace worth spending your money on.
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  • Avoid the liver
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. I had the liver and I think it must have been frozen and was, quite frankly, awful. Sides were not good either. This restaurant has big potential.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent value
    dathey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My sister and I wanted a nice meal to celebrate a special event and we found great food for under $20 (before tax and tip). Normally I don't like any live musical accompaniment but the pianist and singer performing popular songs fit perfectly. I didn't want them to stop. I hadn't been there in a long time. I will go back more often!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    sallyann
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food and service at this neighborhood restaurant are excellent. I have been here several times and have always enjoyed it. You might overlook it as it is set back off the street but don't pass it up. Prices are reasonable and you are well fed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We booked this restaurant to try and was so very impressed with the ambience, food and service. The building has been around since 1926, changed hands in the 70's and the current owner is still working there with his grand daughter. I love this family owned restaurant. I know I will frequent this restaurant often from now on.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming, good food
    AlexaW
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had tried Villa D'Este for a birthday a few years ago, and decided to celebrate another here. The location, decor, ambiance is a huge draw, but also the prices are very reasonable, and the green salad had more greens/romaine than last time, which had more iceberg. The fact that it is tucked back from the street, in a courtyard, really adds to the feeling of tranquility. The full dinner is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Value Meal
    Enjoy
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Good value dinner that includes appetizer, salad, soup, entrée and ice cream.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very sad
    TWTSF94122
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The smell of the restaurant when you walking in the front door is terrible. It smells like an old peoples home with the bathroom door open. Just really terrible. If the owner doesn't do something there immediately, he should sell. You have to spend money to make money and that restaurant, that has been there for years, has not changed at all. It's the same as it was 50 years ago. Very very unfortunate.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance2.8
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 77 reviews are from the Villa D'Este reviews archive.
  • kathyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Definitely an older crowd at this restaurant. feels like stepping back in time with the decor and the menu.. Menu was from the 60's, but in it's own way , very pleasant. Nice staff, though a little pressed on the night we went. Very reasonable cost. will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ocean Ave. Hideaway
    Jack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    One of our favorites. Elinor and I like the fish and the Chicken Breasts. Nice 1930s ambiance. Wait staff is the grandchildren of the owner. Good enthusiastic service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Cabaret Show
    Lindahy5
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The monthly cabaret show is great. My friends and I will be back on Mondays. The food is so so. But what do you want for $20...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was great and
    Moonbeam
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The service was great and excellent selection of food which can be ordered ala carte or complete dinner. Also, I have requested a round table for 6 which was great for us, this way we can chat with everyone. The price is very reasonable for seniors who are on fixed income and wished to go out once in awhile for fine dining or for a special occasion. Highly recommend this restaurant for young or old adults and also, families with kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St. Patrick's Day
    BethSFVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    What a wonderful event. The corned beef and cabbage dinner was DELICIOUS. The singing was great. I hope they will do this event again next year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • basic old-school Italian
    DanManVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    good basic Italian food, reasonable service, good for neighbors, not a restaurant you'd go out of your way to visit, tired decor, simple kids menu
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    Murph
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We love it here. The drinks and dinner are perfect. Large variety. The atmosphere is very elegant. Love this.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old San Francisco
    RobW
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    this Restaurant, is very old San Francisco, takes me back to the early 60's. I have eaten here many times, and the food remains consistent. The service was excellent. Love the decor. The staff was very pleasant, and efficient. I shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Truly terrible food
    LJMP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I rarely write bad reviews but this meal was so disappointing for my entire family, that I feel obligated to warn others. I should not have ignored the bad reviews on YELP.
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  • A total disappointment
    dbinggo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a very bad dining experience, especially for a supposedly special day (Valentine's Day). The prime rib prix fixe menu was soooo bad... 25% fat, rare instead of medium, and the side dish of pasta was like one prepared out of a bottle. Service was unbelievably slow, with too much wait time in bringing each course to the the table, and our agony was prolonged as it took a long time for our bill to be brought to us. Never again...
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  • valetine dinner
    taffy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    very romantic place for valetime day dinner or anytime.special dinner menu for valetime.dInner, I had prime rib which was large and we also had chicken both very good.also had wine merlot from the bar.staff and owner very nice service was fast and we sat were we wanted.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We had never been to Villa D' Este and decided to try it for Sunday brunch. We had a great time. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The restaurant has typical brunch entrees, and everything we tried was good. The décor is charming. Restaurant looks out onto a brick walkway bordered with flowers. Service was great. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Traditional Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Villa d'Este is a great spot to experience old style full Italian dinners in an art deco dining room, with anti-pasta, soup, salad, pasta, entre, dessert, and coffee, all for around $19 to $25. There are many entre choices including fish, beef, veal, chicken, and pasta. Ala carte is also offered. The service is friendly and attentive and the place attracts many regulars. There is a full bar separated from the dining area. Check for nights when they offer live piano entertainment to accompany dinner. We eat here often and always have a good meal and a fun time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Flashback
    Elbo
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The atmosphere in this restaurant is a flashback to times gone by! The ornate details of the 1928 building have been retained, and are a hoot!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's always consistent in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    It's always consistent in their service & food. I have been here many times and for me there's no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good food, great music, and parking
    foodforthought
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Stopped in to this restaurant in the neighborhood for Sunday night dinner - and found a wonderful live jazz group (Charged Particles) there too! Good food at a very reasonable price, great music, a retro setting in the neighborhood - and easy parking! A winning combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This time we enjoyed a delicious
    jazzyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    This time we enjoyed a delicious brunch which started off with champagne. The owner's granddaughter served us, took our order and was very nice. This is a wonderful family owned and run restaurant. I have been dining here for the past 30+ years and have enjoyed everything. When you dine here you fee like we werel part of the family. There omelettes are delicious and they are very generous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Experience
    Enjoy
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The service was outstanding - prompt & attentive. Good value for the dinner. Would like to visit again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    I have been coming here forever. While the 7 course meal is very reasonably priced, the food was very mediocre. The pasta was probably leftover from lunch. It reminded me of the retirement dinners I hated to go to!! Drink seemed even to be watered down. Server was very nice. It will be a while before I return. Too bad...
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    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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  • Birthday dinner
    mares
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Celebrated a birthday here on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was not very crowded but that was ok by me. The service was very good. The waiter and his assistant were very attentive --even providing my 2 vegetarian children with meatless pasta. The ambiance was nice. i imagine that when they have the piano player it is even better. The food was great--all four courses. Drinks were very reasonable as well. All in all, it was a lovely evening!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always enjoyed eating there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    always enjoyed eating there. the price includes everything which is great: soup, salad, antipasta, pasta, and entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Family Italian Dining At It's Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    One of the few remaining Italian restaurants where you can get a full course meal of anti-pasta, soup, salad, pasta, entrée, dessert, and coffee -- all for around $20. The food is excellent and the owner is extremely welcoming. I highly recommend Villa d-Este for anyone who wants to experience family Italian dinners as they were experienced in the 50's and 60's in an art deco setting. Be sure to ask Ramon, the owner and bartender, for recommendations of a fine Chianti, as he stocks a great selection.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    sfandy
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We have been eating here for many years now. The food is consistent - Great taste and presentation. A very good value. The service is always friendly and helpful.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an "old timey" restaurant
    Daisy
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    This is an "old timey" restaurant that's been around for many years. The owner, Ramon, was very nice as was his waitperson/granddaughter, however, the food lacked a lot. The meat was tough and the appetizer of escargot did not have any garlic/butter flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet and Relaxed Atmosphere
    familydinner
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We celebrated a family birthday celebration here on a Sunday evening. The service was friendly and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. We could easily have conversations without the need to shout or strain to hear.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a lot of work
    NapamelVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    I remember when this was a neighborhood gem. Now, the family is trying to improve and from what I understand will have all the upgrades by October. The restaurant was not that busy when we checked in but it took them about 15 minutes to acknowledge us. When we did get our table the waiter made of the best of it. The food was just OK and reminded me of the food I use to get at the old San Francisco Italian Restaurants from 50 years ago.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    SFgalVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    This Italian restaurant has been around for many years. The art deco interior is fun and they have live dinner music on weekends. Great for couples or groups with a good menu and wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a quiet dinner
    BethSFVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    We had a very positive experience at Villa D'Este. The food was delicious and the service was great. It was very quiet and we sat next to the window. Overall -- a wonderful time. Thank you, Villa D'Este !
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    good for groups
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  • This place needs Gordon Ramsey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The decor is a trip and the service is old school. The pianist/singer takes me back about 40 years. The whole thing would be great fun if the food was fresh. Not looking for anything cutting edge. But fresh instead of frozen/canned ingredients would be nice. At least go in and have a drink at the bar. You might run into Tony Soprano.
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  • Graduation Celebration
    Milesfw
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    I made a reservation online at noon for a party of 8 for a 5:15pm same day meal. We arrived an hour early and they seated us right away without a problem. The owner was very gracious and checked in us periodically. The staff was very responsive and helpful throughout the meal. The food was very good and the ambience was nice and subdued. I would recommend this place for large groups.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is disappointing
    SunsetFamily
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    This restaurant is a lovely 1920s space with old fashioned charm from the owner/waiter but the food is really disappointing -- sad salads, boring lasagne, and a carbonara that tasted like bacon grease. We have been twice now with the kids as we hoped the first time was just a bad day but the food here is really stuck in the past. For San Francisco, with so many other choices, we won't be back. Service was also slow, had to ask twice for my glass of wine.
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