About Bambino's Ristorante

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.

945 Cole Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Carl Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 731-1343

Website:
http://www.bambinosristorante.com/

Catering:
Bambino's Ristorante offers catering options.

Executive Chef:
Joel Scherbak

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bambino's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Casual (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
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Kid-friendly (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 3, 2016

I had not dined at Bambino's for a couple of years, even though I live in the neighborhood. I was pleasantly surprised when I met my son and his friend there for dinner: the menu had many more options than before, the wine list was extensive, the restaurant was full, and the food was tasty! The house Cab was great. I am returning this week with out-of-town guests!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Outstanding meal!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Another wonderful meal for all at Bambino's

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Great food, great ambiance (it really felt like a restaurant in Italy) you cannot go wrong eating here. Cute neighborhood too. We live up in Diamond Heights so drove down. The only downside is that parking is a bit dicey, but worth driving around the block once or twice. We'll go back time and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2016

In a City long in so-called "Kid Family" restaurants - Bambino's is a breath of fresh air. Not only is this a place you can take your kids to without worrying about disapproving eyes from fellow patrons and cold receptions from the serving staff, it's a place that openly welcomes families and goes out of their way to make your experience as stress-free as possible. As a working parent with two small children, I cannot express how much I appreciate Bambino's.

Additionally, their food is always fresh, delicious and served in a timely manner - especially important when you DO have children in tow.

Thanks Bambino's - keep up the good work!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We've been coming to Bambino's for quite awhile. Came here NYE and we were expecting a "so-so" dinner, since our experience for NYE in the past has been less than favorable, and the host said they would be very busy because of the holiday. Boy, were we wrong! Service was excellent, food was fresh from the salads to the cannoli, and delicious! Don't understand the host's comment, but we've been to Bambino's when it was busier. We always have a nice experience here. Bambinos never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Everything we ordered was delicious except for the seabass, which was somewhat overdone.
Even so, we would return. Lovely staff, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2015

We came in for brunch on a very cold Sunday morning. Lines an hour long were forming next door for Zazie. While the hostess/waitress was excellent at her job, the dishes were ultimately disappointing. The corn flakes encrusted french toast tasted of old oil and I missed the gooey, custardy interior that is a characteristic of great french toast. The Benedicts were too hard for the yolks to ooze over the rest of the dish as they are meant to. We found the prices a bit high for food that was not particularly imaginative and not perfectly made.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2015

Our experience was fine: good service, good food, good place... just nothing special. WIth so many

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 13, 2015

Fabulous little cole valley restaurant where service and food are excellent!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2015

Enjoyable evening at Bambino's. Calamari, and pizza to start - they were great. Everyone loved their entrees and my rack of lamb was perfect. Nice Pinot Noir. Pumpkin cheese cake was decadent. As always a wonderful meal and evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Wonderful restaurant a when the waitress found out it was a 75th birthday she give us free desserts...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2015

Things were hopping at Bambino's this evening, restaurant was full and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Pizza, calamari and wine, just a perfect meal. Service was great. Just a lovely evening...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2015

Bambino's is great! You feel right at home when you walk in. The staff is warm, friendly, and attentive; and the food has that delicious homecooked feel. Whether you are looking for a little comfort Italian food or you want a more personal group meal outing , Bambino's is the place for you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2015

We've been coming to Bambino's for about 5 years. food is always on point. Everything was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2015

This was our first time back in 30 years and it was still a great experience. They've changed owners several times but they've maintained the quality of the food and ambience. Excellent experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2015

this is our go-to Italian restaurant. We are delighted that they now have the goat milk cheese cake on the regular dessert menu. We do not eat regular cheesecake, but this one is in a class of its' own.
We also thank the chef for making my partner's favorite chicken cacciatore, even though it wasn't on the menu. We were there when they opened for dinner and happily honored his request.
Cannot say enough good things about Bambino's: excellent in every way. all the staff make you feel right at home.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2015

I am new to the Cole Valle/Haight Ashbury neighborhood and wanted to take my parents to a restaurant for brunch where we could make a reservation. I was so happy to find Bambino's on Open Table. Interestingly, Bambinos did not come up on a google search for "Cole Valley restaurants." We walked past the long line at Zazie and into the welcoming, calm atmosphere of Bambino's. Complimentary olives, olive oil and bread got us started. We then had focaccia breakfast "sandwiches" which were large and delicious with fresh fruit arranged around the plate. Generous portions, tasty food and very reasonable prices. We could not have been more pleased, and we will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 17, 2015

First, the food and wine were excellent. We tried two appetizers - the mini meatballs were superb and the bruschetta was delicious and had a unique flavor that we really enjoyed. We ordered canolli and lasagna for main courses - the sauces were excellent and the portions were big...we brought left overs home for the next day.
The service was superb - we had heard this place was kid-friendly and we were not disappointed. We really appreciated all the attention the staff gave us, and they went way above and beyond to help entertain our squirmy 18 month old. We were celebrating my husband's birthday, and they really made it a memorable evening for us!
We can't stop commenting about what a nice dining experience we had here, and how we can't wait to go back. We've been recommending Bambinos to all of our friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2015

I love this restaurant. I visit close by several times a year and love being able to walk to Cole Valley. My man complaint is the noise level. Most of the time I have eaten there the restaurant was full. Great for Bambino's, awful for conversation. Tables too close together. My friend and I couldn't hear each other. Love everything else. Good choice and great for takeout pizza!!arlene

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2015

We have been going to Bambinos for brunch for many years. The food and service are excellent. When we have guests visit from out of town, we take them to Bambinos because we know that they will enjoy it. It is also nice that the owner is local.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Delightful restaurant for Fathers Day brunch. Fresh complimentary mini-scones hot from the oven.
Great cappucino and all the egg dishes are excellent. Dad's favorite is eggs hollandaise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2015

Two current specials are worth going for right now:

--Shrimp with pasta special was delicious!

--Goat milk cheesecake with cherries is spectacular!

Great restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2015

Erin our server is awesome. She already knows us and is terrific with suggestions etc. etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2015

We were a party of 7 and it was a great evening.

Friends + really good food + wonderful wine + friendly service = very happy customers

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2015

Bambino's parpadelle pasta reminds us of Tuscany. Their Tuesday special dinners are an excellent value.
We were there for Mothers Day Brunch: it is a remarkable restaurant for its warm service and delicious, authentic, and creative Italian dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2015

Another very enjoyable meal at Bambino's. :-)))))

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on March 29, 2015

Parent in-laws in town so I book Bambino's for brunch. Waiting two hours for Zazie with family in tow is not (goes without saying) a tenable option.

I really enjoyed my bloody mary. There is also an Any Kind of Mimosa/Bellini Type Thing offering which delighted my wife. She loved her bellini. Strongly approve. Bambino's does a great job at offering my kind of brunch menu. My measure is a sweet breakfast offering so compelling that I almost don't get a savory breakfast. Check.

I went with the Biscuits and Gravy Stack. Disappointing. I love house made sausage and house made biscuits. If you do not season those 2 things properly when cooking them there is nothing a diner can do. I like making sausage and you have to season it properly during construction or game over. Bland city. Salt is not the enemy - a small amount while cooking does wonders that pouring it on after the fact cannot fix. OK, soap box. Apologies.

Service was very good.

I liked Bambino's enough to go back, though likely for an indulgent pasta dinner rather than brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2015

Our server, Samuel, was very nice and funny. I really enjoyed the appetizers. We got the Polpette: mini meatballs, polenta & Marinara. The flavor was excellent! The tomato bisque soup was also very tasty.
Our entrees disappointed a bit. My husband got the Marsala, nice size portion and looked delicious. But he said it had a strong lemon flavor that wasn't pleasant. Almost as if someone thought it was supposed to be picatta. That was a bummer. I got the chicken cannellone. The flavors were really good, it was just pretty rich for me. I only ate half. But hey, something for later.
The dessert was delicious! We shared the pomegranate chocolate chip gelato. They make it in house, please try it! :)
Over all I would go again. Just trying different entrees. But I'd get the same apps and dessert!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2015

Pizza was disappointing. The best value is the Tuesday prix-fixe specials.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2015

the special NY organic strip steak was excellent! We also tried the side of pasta with olive oil and it was surprisingly good that way.
the organic chicken was a a touch dry, but that does happen sometimes. The marsala sauce compensated nicely.
Great restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2015

I hate giving this restaurant the wonderful review it deserves for fear they will not
have availability when I return to San Francisco. We have eaten there since my
daughter moved to San Francisco to go to USF three years ago. We have two more trips
until she graduates. We will be going back to Bambino's both times. The food is consistently
wonderful and the service is delightful. One of the best Margarita Pizza's ever and all the Pasta
dishes done to perfection. They also have a very good wine list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2015

The wait staff is professional and efficient and will take the time to recommend a wine or food selection. I have been there many times, the food is consistently delicious starting with the most wonderful bread and olive oil to the nicely prepared salads. I have ordered every thing from the chicken picatta to the linguine with white wine clam sauce and I have never been disappointed. The only dessert I have ever had there was the tiramisu. It is so delicious and light that sharing one is a tricky proposition! I would recommend this place for any occasion although every time I have been there I have seen families with kids enjoying the pizza. Once you go here you are sure to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2014

I've never understood the popularity of Bambino's. I must be missing something because it has been around forever. I hadn't been in 30 years when I lived in the neighborhood and housemates always wanted to go there. 30 years later, married with kids, we decided to try it again because the kids might like it. It is the same as it was so long ago. A friendly neighborhood spot (which must account for the allure) but the food just isn't that good. Only one of the four of us finished our entrees - unusual, especially for kids with pasta. I don't get it.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2014

A group of 7 friends gathered at Bambino's recently. The service was attentive but not overbearing, the food was delicious and reasonably priced, and the space was inviting. The waiter even took a picture for us at the end! One of the best experiences at a restaurant I've had in a while.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2014

The portions are large, the food was excellent and the service was top notch. Our server was very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Bambino's to anyone looking for a casual restaurant that has great food and service at a reasonable price, Every time we walk past other restaurants and see people waiting outside, we laugh. Great friendly, tasty spot!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Bambino's. From food to service, top notch all around. Can't wait to come back and try some more excellent dishes.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2014

My fiance and I had an amazing breakfast here. I had seen pictures of the EABAT (eggs/avo/bacon/arugula/tomato) sandwich served on foccacia with a beautiful assortment of fruit and I just HAD to try it out. I'm always in search of the perfect breakfast sammy and this is IT. We also ordered the blueberry pancakes to split, so fluffy and delicious. Can't wait to come back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2014

So this time I thought, how about we dine family style. So I asked our waiter if that would be ok and he said, yes of course. So shared everything and it was great. Started with one of Bambino's special pizzas, and I really thought is was one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. We then did a salad, pasta, vegetable, Cioppino and finally pumpkin cheese cake, and of course a bottle of wine. It was just a wonderful meal with great service in a comfortable environment. If I could give Bambino's a higher than 5 star rating I would, 10 STARS to the team at Bambino's * * * * * * * * * * THANK YOU ALL

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Great restaurant ! Service is perfect, nice atmosphere, food is very good but maybe a little bit too pricy ! The restaurant is in the cole valley so it's maybe one of the reason
I'll go back...

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Romantic
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