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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Casual (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
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Kid-friendly (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Fun (2)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Even though parking in this area is vey difficult, it was worth the search and walk. We had a delicious meal served by a very friendly and helpful waitress who made the dining experience all the more enjoyable. Her high recommendation of the specially priced chianti was appreciated enough that we went for a 2nd bottle. We all enjoyed a very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2013

Nicely prepared food; good variety; generous portion. Very enjoyable. Good wine reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2013

Tried the pasta this evening, and both the lasagna and canneloni were delicious. We went early -- about 5:30, and the restaurant had not yet begun to fill up. The wait staff were attentive, yet not hovering. We really enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2013

The food was great, and the service person was very nice, but even though our larger group had reservations, our meal was not served until almost an hour after our arrival. If there was some way to improve the timing of the food delivery, we'd gladly recommend the place to others.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2012

It was New years Eve and we were running late as were the couple we were to meet there. I called and was treated most graciously on the phone, and the same graciousness applied upon our arrival and throughout our meal.

The food was uniformly enjoyed by all members of our party.

It was the perf3ect place for dinner with friends on New Years Eve.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2012

Went for a 1000 point dinner on Friday night! The food was very good and the service was better. Definitely a neighborhood gem and a good value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2012

I always enjoy sitting at Bambino's watching the line swell at the other local brunch place as I eat delicious food. There's always a few causalities of that line that come over and find a great restaurant, maybe thats how I found out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2012

Early Sunday dinner. Parking difficult. Seated right away, not crowded, therefore not very noisy which was great! Service was very good. Appetizer and entree portions are very good. Veal scallopini was not as good as I would expect and came out not very hot. The other entree (chicken parmigiana) was also not very hot. So they comp'ed us a piece of carrot cake dessert -- nice of them to do. Would return and try something else. They have a Tuesday, 3-course $14.95 dinner which sounds very reasonable; might be only for December.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2012

Got right in with a reservation. They brought free mini scones to snack on - nice. Half price mimosa refills, nice. My omlet was a little bland but the others liked their meals. I'd probably return and try something different. Everything on the menu looked good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2012

It was my mother's birthday and we were a party of 17 and 5 were children. Service and food were just great. Started with calamari (the best I've had in the city) and margarita pizza, nice and easy to eat appetizers. Then I ordered 4 salads and we ate them family style, very good. Each person ordered their own entrees with the red snapper and mushroom ravioli being the must ordered. I tasted my wife's fish and it was wonderful. I had the mushroom ravioli special and it took me back to Italy, just the right balance and a touch of truffle oil. They have a great wine list and reasonable. Desserts were to die for. I have eaten here several time with this being my first with such a large group. Bambino's made us all feel at home.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2012

no excuse for mediocre Italian food.....way too loud, very dissapointed

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2012

Celebrated husbands birthday: it's always great Italian food here. Salads are interesting, large, always changing. The special "Lasagna Florentine" is the best vegetarian lasagna ever! Had a great dinner here - you can't go wrong! The manager and wait staff are a delight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2012

Food was OK; a little too much garlic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2012

My first visit to Bambino was pleasurable, good food, service, etc. Good enough to come back. Second visit, unfortunately, disappointing. No clams for the linguini, dishes overly spiced--and though they did have a nice hunk of filet minon, the first time they overcooked it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2012

Every time I go to Bambino's the food exceeds the last visit. If I were a weekly visitor, I would expect the kind of service I get, but I am not there enough for them to recognize me, and they still treat me like family. This visit, I got the pasta carbonara, and it was fabulous! My 2 friends really liked it as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2012

Was excited to find an Italian restaurant reasonably close by. Thought the food was very mediocre especially the pasta dishes. The special pizza was good but seemed to be the only dish we got with fresh local ingredients (everything was very bland, especially the tomato dishes)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2012

Fantastic dinner, as always. We've never had a less than stellar meal at Bambinos!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2012

I celebrated my 45th birthday here with a party of ten. We all had a wonderful time. We arrived about 5 minutes early for our reservation to learn that another large party had poached our table. They saw the setup and claimed it was for them, who does that!?? The greeter realized what had happened and rather than make excuses he immediately got the staff together to quickly arranged another configuration of tables for ten (complete with high chair) for our party. The service was great and the waiters brought extra coloring book pages and fashioned a paper hat for the 3 year old to her delight. The food was plentiful and flavorful and the servers helped us pick out the best items for our large party to share. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2012

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Great Place

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2012

We come from the East Bay to this specific Italian place for fresh food prep, generous portions, and friendly informative service. It is well worth the city drive and limited parking just for the experience and outstanding food. We have ordered several different menu items and every one has been special and a epicurean delight.

G Finch
Clayton, CA

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2012

It was just a lovely evening at Bambino's. Food was delicious and generous portions. I just loved the Linguine with Manila clams in white wine sauce. The special salad with peas, radishes, and edamame was perfection. A bottle of wine from the specials sheet was wonderful and a great value. Finish with goat cheese cheese cake with balsamic strawberries, what an ingenious combination that worked. I would most definitely recommend Bambino's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Service was so poor it detracted from the overall experience quite a bit. It took about 20 minutes for the server to give us any attention from when we first sat down. Also another 20 minutes to get the check. The restaurant wasn't even busy. The food was good but not sure it's worth putting up with that service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2012

we informed them at our reservation time that our party would be late . they were friendly and accommodating.then we arrived with a very tired and active little boy and again , they were very accommodating and understanding when he was noisy and spilling foodstuff etc. and the food was excellent,timely and delicious. the fruit salad- as well as other dishes were generous in size. The bread and scones served with many of the dishes were warm, fresh, and delicious... all of the staff was friendly,helpful- the host , the server and the bartender. great experience on what was a stressful and hurried day. great neighborhood dining establishment with a large and varied menu. i wanted to try everything!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2012

My three lunch dates liked their choices (steak sandwiches & a pasta dish). I on the other hand was completely disappointed in my dish which was described as Ricotta Gnocchi. I chose it in hopes that I'd have found a site closer to our home than Poggio's in Sausalito. Very disappointing: no particular seasonings, heavy & the size of Gnocchi on steroids! Ah well, at least Poggio's is closer than San Gimignano!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2012

We come here often and enjoy their 'limited time' specials. We tried the Bistecca hangar steak rubbed with chili and garlic fries. Delicious! Bambino's continues to offer consistently great, wholesome food with excellent service.
They accommodate special requests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2012

Tried it for dinner on a Saturday evening . Nothing horrible to report , food was average . I felt it was overpriced for what you are getting .Should have paid attention to their reviews , seems most of their higher rating reviews were for the brunch service they offer....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2012

The food was good... not just pretty good... but solidly in the "good" category. The wine prices really got me. I'm not sure what they retail for, but the list felt sort of pricy in terms of overall choices. I think that restaurants like Flour+Water and Loconda strike a better balance between the wine list and prices. I'm not saying that each bottle was necessarily over-priced, but the whole list needs to be better edited to reflect the market I think. I would have gladly drank more and felt better about the bill if it felt more reasonable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2012

Excellent family italian restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2012

We had a lovely brunch at Bambino's. They started us off with a plate of tiny scones that were delish. I ordered the Eggs Salmone - a take on Eggs Benedict and it was good. My fellow brunchers each got a personalized omlet and were happy with their choices. The service was friendly and accommodating. I would go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 1, 2012

The brunch was excellent. The brunch menu is probably the best I have ever seen. We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Only issue is parking so allow some time to find a parking place and then be prepared to walk a few blocks. But the walk is worth the effort.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2012

A good traditional Italian place that's right at home in Cole Valley.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2012

The food was delicious and service was superb.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2012

A real charming neighborhood spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2012

Service was a standout - friendly, welcoming and professional. In general, each course provided us with large portions of well cooked food and wine specials that were irresistible (low prices for interesting bottles of a variety of unusual wines that were very impressive). The butter lettuce salad was wonderful (even the small size was large), the roasted garlic & brie were delicious (huge portion - great to share). We enjoyed taglietelle nero (light sauce with seafood), pasta with lamb sugo (wonderful sauce and general amounts of lamb). After finishing dinner, we ended by sharing 3 delightful truffles to be eaten in a proper order accompanied by the last of our red wine (great match!). This is a wonderful place! We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2012

Bambino's so far exceeded our expectations I don't even know where to begin -- three generations of our family sat down to one of the best brunches we've ever had, served by a wonderful staff. Every dish was terrific, the bellini specials were delicious, and we will be back again soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2012

Go here regularly. Consistently great food and service. Just tried chicken piccata: it was yet another delicious entree.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2012

We were a party of 8 and it was just a perfect evening. Service, food, wine and desserts were just wonderful. Our waiter never rushed us but was there taking excellent care of all the details. Everyone just raved about the food. We had appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts and all were excellent. And a great wine list, we all love our wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Great place to bring the family, a little town within the huge city. Good pasta, fresh ingredients!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 12, 2012

Great brunch spot, fantastic for families or for couples, excellent menu of interesting Italian dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2012

This was our first time at the restaurant and we all found it to be excellent food. Very well done and well spiced. Service was a tad slow but it was Saturday night and it was a full house. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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