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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
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Casual (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Fun (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great spot in SF for Italian food. Service was top notch and a great meal overall from salad to dessert. Highly recommend Bambino's!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We loved the food and the staff are great. Some nice original dishes. Lots of fun.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The service is amazing, especially with our group of 10, including 4 small children. Wonderful to feel welcomed as families. My only recommendation is that you bring food for the kids much earlier next time to avoid near meltdowns.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Another wonderful meal @ Bambino's. Food and service were great, as always.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Just a bunch of friends getting together at Bambino's for dinner and it was just perfect. Margarita pizza and calamari to start with (wonderful). Pastas, lamb, salmon, everyone raved how good and plentiful the entrees were. 3 bottles of wine, 3 desserts and what a perfect evening.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious Italian food, and excellent service in a nice quiet SF neighborhood. Great place for a family dinner. Children are welcome and they even give them some pizza dough to play with.
Close to UCSF Paranassus.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Pizza was excellent. Apple, pistachio salad was big enough for 4 to share & excellent. Lasagna with meat sauce was delicious

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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I arrived with only 2 of the 6 who scheduled to be there because of the heavy rain. The restaurant staff very quickly re-arranged the chairs and did not complain, grateful because this was a business dinner. Excellent food, prompt service, did not interrupt and at the same time kept things moving along.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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food5
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service5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My only criteria was "kid friendly", not very many restaurants on Open Table to choose from, this works in Bambino's favor. Glad Bambino's popped up. Sadly, it did not have a "full bar", but that just saved us on theoverall bill. The food was delicious. Service attentive, but not overbearing. If there is parking, it was not to be found, so it means the street by street stalking. Did I say, the food was delicious!

Tags: Casual
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was just a casual dinner for 4. The dinner was delicious; calamari, finocchio salad, chicken parmesan, pasta with clams and salmon were all wonderful. Large portions, well prepared. Flourless chocolate olive oil cake was the bomb, soo soo good. Service was perfect, attentive knowledgeable waiter. I would most definitely recommend Bambino's.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated NYE here with the kids bc we love bambinos! The food, the servers, everything about bambinos is great to us — one of our favorite places to go. Our favorite foods are the baked penne, the ravioli with creamy pesto, and the kids love the spaghetti and meatballs. They especially love the tiramisu! Go enjoy an evening at bambinos!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good Food, good wait staff. Cozy atmosphere. Would return.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was good, however the service was terrible. There were only a handful of patrons and the Kitchen was incredibly slow. Wouldn’t return. Thank you.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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food4
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service1
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love coming to this place. They always have awesome service and the food is amazing. We tried the chocolate olive oil cake for the first time and it was delicious!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very friendly staff - good food

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice place with great food.
For SF it’s quite affordable.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderfully cozy atmosphere. Great service. Food was excellent, with a beautiful variety of options.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of the highlights of Cole Valley. There's a varied menu of Italian food and a good wine list. Prices are reasonable. It's popular with locals, which means it's usually noisy. Parking can be tough, but not impossible.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Spicy
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food4
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Brunch menu offers many choices and a myriad of coffee drinks, hot and cold, inside an attractive, welcoming setting. Servers are extremely pleasant, friendly and efficient. The restaurant is a neighborhood gem, and always wonderful to children.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and the food was delicious. I was there with some friends from out of town. One who doesn't eat cheese and one who is a vegetarian. There was something on the menu for everyone. For appetizers, we ordered calamari and a large seasonal salad to share. The calamari was cooked perfectly and the salad had all the right mix of nuts and fruit in a light dressing. I ordered the gnocchi which is made from cheese instead of potato and it was sooo good. Others at the table ordered the cheese ravioli, linguine and clams, and a pasta with spicy tomato sauce. There was nothing left on the plates and I was told it was all amazing. The portions were perfect. We were full and satisfied. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fun, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was excellent! Service was great! Food portions were large! We enjoyed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A friend and I went to Bambino's for a early dinner. It was a lovely atmosphere with great service. I ordered the bake pasta which was definitely filling. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for good Italian food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My wife and I along with family and friends have dined here on numerous occasions and have always been satisfied with the food, service etc. I will continue to dine at Bambino's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Birthday Brunch Party and it was great. Breakfast was excellent, from eggs benedict to EABAT. They bring the best scones that were complementary to start. Mimosas and bloody Mary's were perfect. Great place. Thank you Bambino's for making it such a special day.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Started with calamari which was perfectly cooked and not greasy. All three of us diners enjoyed our pasta dishes. Liked the charming and clean neighborhood.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

2 x's this week and great meals both times. Nice neighborhood restaurant that has endured the test of time. I eat at Bambino's 3-4 times a month and they know how to take care of their customers, with great food and service. Thank you Bambino's

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Calamari, Finocchio Salad, Buckwheat Pasta and Margarita Pizza were all wonderful. Service was perfect. Bambino's never disappoints.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We really enjoyed it. The waitress was wonderful and the food was great. Only problem we had was the unusually hot weather in the City made the restaurant a little uncomfortable as apparently they don't have air conditioning for such an event.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Dinner for 6 friends at Bambino's and it was delicious. Pizza and calamari as appetizers, wonderful. Sole and lamb specials were to die for. Really solid wine list, the pinot and cab were perfect and reasonable. Dessert, chocolate strawberry shortcake was out of this world. Service was spot-on, perfect. I would highly recommend Bambino's.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant that has been a Cole Valley tradition for over 30 years. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I love their Finicchio salad and bruschetta! That and a glass of Prosecco was delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food at a really reasonable price point! The service is great and the owner is usually around giving recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Best Pizza around and all food choices are fresh and prepared in excellent serving portions. No food improvements are necessary. Generous wine selection with very favorable pricing.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great experience. The Pizza was exceptional, as was the burratta appetizer. Our server was very attentive and quick. We will certainly go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

My go to there: Finocchio salad and a glass of Prosecco. My mouth is watering again just thinking of that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Bambino's is the sort of neighborhood Italian place everybody wishes they had. Really good, unpretentious favorites served with the occasional twist, a reasonable wine list, and great service come together in that Cole Street milieu that is, itself, so inviting. Andiamo.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

A large group of friends wanted to brunch at a popular place with a line out the door.... with limited seating, I wanted an alternative and booked a reservation at Bambinos. We didn't have to wait, the staff was friendly and we all loved our food. I wanted low carb and ordered a custom omelette and fruit - I was 100% satisfied....There should be a line out their door for brunch too. Well done Bambinos.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food, great value, very large menu. Pizza, Pastas and Brunch available

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Service was simply amazing, food great! Everyone was so wonderful to my mom and I!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

The service was good the thin crust Pizza ant Pizza is recommended

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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