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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Casual (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Authentic (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Comfort Food (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)
Spicy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Fun (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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 11, 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 11, 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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·Dined on October 15, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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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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 22, 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 9, 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 8, 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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·Dined on September 2, 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 12, 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 6, 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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Highly recommend Bambino's. We've been here too many times to count and never disappointed. High quality food, well prepared and great service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Bambino's is my favorite restaurant. This dinner was for business so it was a little different for us. Bambino's staff was exceptional as always. The food was just wonderful, as always. Thanks for being our neighborhood favorite place! We love you!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We move bambinos every time - thx! kids love pizza and tiramisu :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

The absolute best calamari in SF. Pizza special was great. Red snapper and porcini ravioli wonderful. Couple of bottles of wine. Chocolate bread pudding and espresso. You could not ask for a better meal, in my opinion. 5 STARS *

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Small neighborhood place. Very quaint and quiet. Attentive service. Prices are a little on the high side. $9.50 for 2 eggs!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Consistently delicious Italian food, pizza, home-made breads and nice wine list. Very kid-friendly with a varied children's menu. Service is excellent and friendly. We always have a wonderful experience here. Noise level is low making for easy conversation throughout dinner.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a very good pepperoni, onion, and mushroom pizza. SUPER service! Can't wait to return with friends!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great little r staurant fo but nah. Lots f options fo but nah and good cocktails. Mak r servations b cause I t is a small lace. Service as very friendly and we xcell not 2
We went for Easter brunch and had a good m eat. My mom no y negativity ve was that I requ ester a tabl by the woman ndow and had to ask 3 tim es for the table that was empty when w e arriv and ed. I was told it was rese bed when I had reserved it and in advance, I gave her them a copy of my rervation confirmation and they gaaave us the table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Got together with my brother and sister for lunch on a Saturday. Although the street was busy and parking was difficult as it usually is in this area the restaurant was not busy. This was surprising to me as the restaurant interior is totally welcoming, the food is really delicious and well prepared, and beautifully presented. There is a list of decently priced wines by the glass as well as draft beers. Since it was Saturday we had our choice of the regular lunch menu and the breakfast brunch menu. The poached eggs were perfection, Hollandaise sauce served on the side as requested. Complimentary tiny scones were a delight. If what we had was any indication of what the kitchen can do, they are an undiscovered gem.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Most underrated pizza in San Francisco ( in my native opinion) . Great salads as well.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Great food and staff. Reasonable prices. Local gem.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Delicious pastas and chicken. Phenomenal homemade breads that are impossible to resist. Generous salads. Comfy informal atmosphere. Outstanding and friendly service. I went because it was conveniently located for a friend but will happily drive across town next time for a great meal.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Food is good but service is outstanding. Kris and Erin win stars for attentiveness and anticipation. One of our neighborhood haunts because of the personal attention, but they treat newcomers like old friends, too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Great find in a really fun neighborhood. Clams with Linguine to Pizzas all were made well

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with outstanding service and great value. The spicy pesto fettucine was quite memorable---one of the best pestos (and most unique) I have had. Great bottle of Tempranillo on special for $18 and they make a mean cappuccino.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Margarita Pizza, Butter Lettuce Salad, Calamari, Fettuccini with Clams, Chicken Parmesan were all just wonderful. Really nice wine list with lots of Italian wines. Desserts to die for. Service was excellent. Most definitely will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2017

It was a business meal and Bambino's was just perfect. Really good food, reasonably priced, very good service. They gave us a larger table so we could spread out, much appreciated. Fish salad, fettuccini Alfredo, were just great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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