Bambino's Ristorante

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$30 and under
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Italian
In a warm, open and attentive setting, Bambino’s Ristorante offers a tasteful and varied mix of classic Italian and original fare. We serve Dinner, Lunch and Weekend Brunch. Reserve or drop in for anything from a snack to a celebration.
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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

OG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food excellent as always.

JN
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food at a reasonable price. I had the italian chopped salad and it was huge and delicious. I did think the single server there did a great job considering she had to handle the entire restaurant. Hire her some more help!

b
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Sometimes really wanting to like a place isn't enough. The large portions of food is n ot enough to make this place worth going back to. My pasta with Arrabiata sauce was so loaded with mediocre sauce that I could barely find the Penne. I left a full cup of sauce on my plate when I gave up searching for more pasta. My salad of oranges, blue cheese, greens, and pecans was so bland that it was like chewing cardboard. Again a full cup of greens was left on the plate. I enjoy a good volume of food when I dine but when it gets that large it becomes a bit gross. I would of rather had less volume and more attention paid to the outcome. The greens seemed fresh but lacked any spark of flavor. The server and service were good without a doubt. While it is not an overly expensive restaurant the lack of flavor discounts any savings. Not a place I can recommend.

g
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance (except for a noisy group of 6 next to us). Next time, I'll request a quieter table. Great price for prix fixe dinner. Huge servings, delicious food.

E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We particularly enjoy the baked 5 cheese pasta and ravioli with with pesto cream! Brie appetizer was tasty. Servers are always friendly.

GF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service always excellant. Bring the whole gang and enjoy.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Lunch last Saturday. What a pleasant experience. The food and the service is was excellent.

AL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This is a gem I am so happy to have found. Great location in beautiful Cole Valley...Lovely atmosphere, sparkling clean, very attentive, knowledgeable, helpful servers. The food was out of this world delicious. I had a veggie pizza no cheese no oil...it was so tastey and filling,,,my husband had a all meat pizza and said it was one of the best he has ever eaten, my aunt had the seeded waffle and it was delightful. Crunchy and very good. We had coffee that was so tastey and fresh,,,they have a lot of vegan options and willing to work with you on dietary needs.
Soft Italian music was playing in the background...we had a server and a helper who made sure we had plenty of coffee and water,,,very relaxing too.
We can hardly wait to go back! Do not let the parking deter you it’s so worth it.

s
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food always comes out piping hot. The mushroom tagliatelle was awesome. The amount of mushrooms exceeded all expectations. It was like eating a steak, there was so much...

VB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It took almost an hour to get our entree and there was staff standing around watching the only Server run around to try to keep customers happy. Nothing was offered to compensate us for the poor level of service. Won’t be going back for over priced average Italian food any time soon!

T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very tasty italian food, I particularly recommend the excellent risotto.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Based on reviews I read, I expected more from the kitchen. We ordered pretty standard dishes (pasta Bolognese) but everything lacked flavor and cohesion. Could it be that the lunch chef is different from the dinner chef?

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a pleasant restaurant. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I ordered another round of beer for my daughters boyfriend and myself and they forgot to bring it. When my wife mentioned that we did not get the beer they promptly brought it to us with a heat felt apology.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely casual dinner in the neighborhood. Service was great and I especially appreciated that our server brought out a lump of pizza dough for the kids to play with while waiting. Excellent desserts and huge salad.

SR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambino's has the best Salads in the Bay Area and the most imaginative Italian food on the West Coast.

E
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic neighborhood spot where the food is real authentic fantastic and great staff!!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The service was incredibly short staffed, and they do not seem to know how to make carbonara. It was like mushroom cream sauce.

I’ve had good meals here before. This wasn’t one of them.

PR
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service made the food taste even better.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food is wonderful especially enjoyed the polenta croutons.

0
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We just had one issue and they took care of it right away. Always seating available. Very comfortable space for brunch and getting together with friends.

DD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner here. Nice neighborhood feeling, liked that they brought bread and olives for us while we were waiting. Service was good, food prepared well and arrived at the table quite quickly. Happy with everything we tried.

w
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I brought my friends here to celebrate a birthday. We had the trout special on the Tuesday (value) menu. I've had it before and that's why I made reservations for this special dinner. I told the wait staff about the birthday and dessert was served with candles for the end of a great dinner.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner!

w
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambino's is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, comfortable and inviting. Perfect for families or single diners, the service is always wonderful and the food seasonal and delicious, often with main dishes accompanied by a starch and a vegetable for a great value. I had a nice Syrah with the Tuesday night special, a pasta with sausage and a creamy pesto sauce, accompanied by the best minestrone soup (veg. base) and a big green salad.

EB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Chicken Parmigiana was excellent. Service was terrific. The wait staff is very friendly and does a wonderful job.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious fresh variety of bread
Fresh pasta
Prefer to sit at a booth

SN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our group of five people had dinner at Bambino's on a Sunday night. Clients tend to leave earlier than usual on that evening, so the noise level subsided during our visit, making the environment more pleasant than the usual deafening San Francisco restaurant ambiance! The service was attentive, kind and professional, and we all enjoyed our meals. We shared two of the special salads, which were outstanding, and several excellent pasta dishes. The restaurant offers a wide variety of pizzas, and we'll return again to try one. They also feature special menus, at extremely reasonable prices, nearly every weeknight; we'll definitely return to order those, too. Altogether a fine dining experience!

SH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was my second time for dinner in our neighborhood. I am new to Cole Valley. First time was lovely, great service, great food and decent wine list.
This past time was not so hot. We waited a long time to get service with the restaurant less than half full. I had made a reservation online and my fiancé had to get up to go get a waiter who said, “We’ll get to ya”
He later apologized for slow service which was nice but the whole experience was colored by the initial reception we got.

GJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was a little warm

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Solid, solid brunch choice! I was scouring SF for a yum brunch place that was public transit accessible, reservation possible, kid friendly, and had pancakes (as well as a good variety of options for adults with various dietary preferences). Bambino's delivered this and more! For a group of 9 including 3 kids (1 <10, 1 toddler, 1 newborn), we had a comfortable brunch with good coffee drinks on a Saturday morning. Loved the complimentary mini-scones at the beginning as well as the quality of care the staff takes to service.

p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server gets ten stars for being incredibly friendly and nice to the two very young children with us ....that alone will bring us back

OT
San Francisco
266 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Bambino's.

Thank you all.

HP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambino's Ristorante is a great neighborhood Italian restaurant, and Cole Valley is very lucky to have it. The food was great, and the service was excellent. I intend to return whenever I am in San Francisco.

ID
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!

HC
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great pizzas & pastas! All of our party members (7 adults) were very happy with the food.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very attentive and helpful. The food was amazing

PV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I live nearby, been going there for years, typically about once every 2 months or so. Sometimes more often, sometimes less. Well prepared italian dishes. Great service. About what you'd expect for prices in Cole Valley these days. Great for brunch.

D
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Simply awful food and terrible service, despite the fact that we were the only people in the restaurant for the first 30 minutes of the lunch hour.

Bambino's Ristorante
Responded on December 30, 2018

I just wanted to apologize for your unsatisfactory experience at Bambino's. We appreciate your feedback and take your comments seriously. We hope that you will give Bambino's Ristorante another chance to provide the quality of food and service you expect and that we usually offer with pride. Please ask for me the next time you visit. Thank you, Joel Scherbak (General Manager)

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