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Bar Bambino

4.0
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435 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Slightly off the beaten path of San Francisco’s Mission District is Bar Bambino, a neighborhood eatery that brings simple, elegant food and wine to the table while bringing friends, family and friends-to-be together to enjoy. We are an oasis of rustic modernism amidst an urban setting. ‎Using local, organic and sustainable product we create a cuisine that is at the intersection of northeastern Italian and Central European traditions and flavors. We offer an extensive list of wines that hail from these regions and from producers who tend their vines with a respect for the earth, tradition and authenticity. Join us for dinner in our lively dining room and on our four-season garden patio. Private dining is also available for large groups.

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  • 4.0Service
  • 3.9Ambience

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  1. AH

    AlHaroon

    London

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2013

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They cancelled our reservation because they were shutting down the restaurant

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We will miss Bar Bamino. it was our go to place before and during the recent Mission/Valencia Street foodie explosion in recent years. Hats off to the Bar Bambino family, and best of luck for the owner and his excellent staff in their next endeavors.

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    Whatthefoxsay

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    So sad to see this gem go! Spectacular pasta!

  4. A

    Anette

    San Francisco

    65 reviews

    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2012

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Portions are tiny but very good. The cheese plate for 4 is really not even enough for one person. It's a fun place and slightly overpriced especially for that neighborhood

  5. S

    christineS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2012

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    A perennial favorite of ours and we are really disappointed to hear that it was set to close. Even on their last night, the food was fantastic and inspiring. Great wine and service. Slight pet peeve was that it always seemed drafty or a bit cold no matter where you sat, but the restaurant always made up for that.

  6. EB

    ElenaB

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Too bad they closed!

  7. M

    Mcf96

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Glad I had one last chance to go before they closed. It's one of my favorite restaurants int the city, I'm surely going to miss them.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tragic, bordering on criminal, that this place is closing. Will be sorely missed. Sadly, per owner, it is unlikely to resurface. Here's hoping that path reverses.

  9. s

    shesthecheese

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So sad they are closing on 12/31/12. This is an amazing spot for pasta (the pork and chicken tortelli is to die for) and I love their salted chocolate gelato. Their wine list is a bit on the pricy side but other than that I think this restaurant is perfect.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    What a gem! The dose of creativity and attention to details on top of well executed recipes makes Bar Bambino is very serious contented in the "affordable" fine restaurants in SF. The wine list is worth checking... and the cheese selection outstanding.

  11. YK

    YvonneK

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    We took friends from out of town to show off the foody city of SF. We picked Bar Bambino based on a recommendation. It was not good. The restaurant barely full during our entire meal (we stayed for 3 hours talking) and the food was a huge disappointment. I would not recommend it.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2012

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    It took an hour for our server to ask us what food we wanted to order. We ordered the crab appetizer, which was really good. The flatbread was really bland and needed salt and pepper. We waited a half an hour before our entrees came out. We had to ask for bread because we were starving at this point. The bread was awesome. The entrees were all very small in size and nothing amazing. We had the cod, papardelle, gnocchi, and hen. The hen and cod were the best.

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    gardenn

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2012

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Overpriced, boring, bland food!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was very good but I was really surprise at the amount of food given. I ordered the Braised American Beef and the beef was to die for but I was disappointed by the amount of very little mashed potatoes that was given. I would recommend from the amount that I was paying, it should of been a lot more mashed potatoes. The quality was very good.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Food was delicious. the waitress was very helpful in recommending things given that some of us ate meat, some didn't, and how much to order. It did take a while for her to come back to take our food order, but other than that, the service was great. I would say that our only complaints about the food were that a few more crackers on the cheese plate would have been nice, as would a slice of bread to soak up the sauce with the papardelle and braised lamb. Everything was fresh, interesting, and delicious! We appreciated dish and silver change outs between courses very much. The press pot coffee was quite bitter, says my husband.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Definitely a jeans kind of place. We were on our way to a party and were way overdressed. Service was a little slow, but the food and staff were excellent.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    You can tell a lot of thought goes into the menu curation, but execution fell short on a couple of our dishes. Safe dishes seemed to be any house-made pasta, and anything from the meat and cheese "corner." My fish was at once blackened and soggy. The Guinea Hen was quite good. The tight quarters are fine if your neighbors are respectful, but on our visit, we had a very loud and obnoxious group next to us. A couple was seated on our other side, but then the server came back and informed them that the coupon they had purchased was only good on Mondays and Tuesdays. So they got up and left. Service was fine when the restaurant was half empty, but later our glasses were frequently empty and our check took forever.

  18. y

    ybrob24

    San Francisco

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorite restaurants in the city. Wonderful, seasonal food and great service.

  19. K

    Kaoru

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2012

    overall3food3service1ambience2

    Our table was patio area, there were a couple of heat lamps. They were soooooo hot, we were so uncomfortable, could not enjoy our meal. Our waitress was not friendly. The food was very good, but the environment and service were bad. Not sure we want to go back anymore.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    2nd time there and dtill terrific. the service and server very knowledgeable. We had unique entrees and a wonderful desserts. Stuffed quash blossoms and deep fried olives. We go early like it on the quieter side.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Food was good. Drinks are over-priced. Waitress was very snooty and questioned most of our food choices. "Are you sure that's what you want?" She did deal with 3 different payment methods without much complaint though. Would go back if no other options. Best thing: accepts reservations.

  22. YS

    YmaSumac

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply fantastic! Fully recommend it to anybody

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    Dalling

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2012

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Still love this place but it is still unbearably loud for dinner, even when every table isn't full.

  24. CE

    ChristineE

    San Francisco

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Our party of five was happy with the meal, though the pace felt a bit slow. Bambino was packed for a Wednesday night, which may have slowed things. The pasta with rabbit is to die for and one in our party raved about his pork chop. The wine list ran a bit exotic and obscure, which seems to be all the rage. All in all, a very pleasant evening - under similar circumstances in the future, we will note that we are on a schedule (one in our party had a flight to catch).

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food beautiful presentation

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2012

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    I've been to Bar Bambino several times, but this time, the food, while good, was served in much smaller portions and the waitstaff--from the hostess, to our waiter even to the buser--were so unfriendly that I kept apologizing to the guests I'd brought that were visiting SF. Too bad--this used to be a great spot. Won't be back again.

  27. BM

    BruceM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2012

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Since my last visit to BarBambino I found the service much less personal, more hurried and the food far more expensive. Unfortunately, the experience was not nearly worth the expense of the meal. Very disappointing.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar Bambino never disappoints. The food is excellent, service is awesome, etc. It's a great dining experience.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Service was not very good this visit. We even had to ask for a wine list after we were seated because we weren't given one. When the staff came to the table, they were nice, but they didn't come very often.

  30. DP

    DrProfForward

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    One of my favorite places in one of the sketchiest places in San Francisco. Amazing food and fantastic service. Take a cab.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2012

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Almost left shortly after arrival. We had a reservation.....the woman that 'greeted us' (if you could call it that) could not have been more RUDE....multiple times...yikes! Happily the food was excellent, and our server was terrific. Unfortunately, I never quite recovered from the initial encounter -- thats how bad it was. I have been to Bar Bambino several times since it opened- - -this is my first negative experience there.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    In my personal opinion, this place is overselling itself. The general rundown of my experience here was that my girlfriend enjoyed her meal and I did not. I found the food to be overpriced and a little bit more in the realm of a friend inviting me over for something their "trying out" rather than a chef trading me $20 for a "well executed plate". She was very pleased to be able to order gluten-free, however. That being said, one thing that she and I were in agreement on was that the service here was very much sub-par. After receiving our desert menus, we waited nearly 20 minutes to have an order taken. It was long enough that I asked the server to bring our check along with our desert, which she failed to do. I don't think I'd go back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    No knowledge of items on beer and wine list

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bambino is one of our favorites job SF. It is hip, delicious, gracious and overall a fabulous experience

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love this place in the Mission. It's an Italian restaurant with a fantastic wine list. Food is delicious.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    The meat plate was to die for with a large selection of curred meats from the area, and the dishes were well balanced with something for everyboday

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2012

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Food was mediocre and very over-priced. Service was lax and big on "selling."

  38. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    outstanding and unusual food selections...beautiful restaurant in a location you wouldn't expect to find one...exceptional wait staff...eclectic wine list which could use some California selections

  39. R

    Roxanne

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome cuisine, I will be back again!

  40. D

    Derek75

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2012

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    I did a search on "rustic Italian" in SF and Bar Bambino came up. I had a little hesitation going to the Mission district instead of Columbus Avenue, but the location did not disappoint. The food was delicious and if your'e a fan of Italian meats and cheeses, this place is heaven! I believe they have 7 different cheeses. Some negatives about the restaurant are that the portions are small for the price you pay. I ordered Quail and for $27, it would have been nice to get something with it...a salad....a side. The quail came with barley, and I found it was more barley than it was quail. The rear portion is outside but covered. There are plenty of heat lamps and even blankets to keep things warm, but know that you are eating outside.

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