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Permanently Closed - Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

83 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ernesto's Italian Restaurant is your home away from home. Authentic Italian food at affordable prices. Don't miss our baked clam appetizer while enjoying our warm garlic olive oil bread. Everyone has their favorites and everyone walks away full and happy. Come hungry, leave happy knowing you'll be back.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
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Phone number
(415) 386-1446
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
24th Street
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBluEyeBob (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

I am sorry to write this review. I had an engagement in San Francisco, and Ernesto's was in the neighborhood. I made a reservation, which was confirmed. I had given my phone # and permission to text. When I arrived at the time of my reservation, June 22, 2017, at 7:00 there was a note taped to the front door that the restaurant was closed due to an illness. I have owned a restaurant and I know unexpected things can occur. What really bothers me is that I wasn't notified about the closure. I waited almost a month to post this, and, to this day, I haven't even received an apology. I was looking forward to this dinner, but it wasn't to be. I wound up eating at a food truck.

SPICEOFLIFE (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Owner/ chef Jimmy was out sick (with aneurysm) since 5/30/17 (so says the note on the door)
Did NOT dine there for Father's Day and went elsewhere after reading the note on door.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Friendly and reliable neighborhood Italian restaurant. Service staff know the customers and are knowledgeable about the menu. The menu covers the standard list of Italian favorites with daily specials. The wine list selection is very good, too. I would definitely recommend Ernesto's to anyone looking for excellent food at affordable prices. Good ambiance!

JanetPlanet (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Loved this quaint Italian restaurant on Clement street. Wonderful attentive waiter, delicious food and amazing Tiramisu!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

Average. Fairly good service, but not creative or particularly memorable food.

kurtis (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Frutti da mare was fantastic. The specials were really good too.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

Greeted merrily at the door. Excellent attention. Delicious Salmon meal, bottle of wine and classical music. Not pricey, nor pretentious but welcoming and a lot of thought was put into the menu.

jimmie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

I have been going to Ernesto's for over 30 years, first at the old place and then at the newer location next door. While the new version is not so wonderfully funky as before, the food is just as great. The veal saltimbocca is to die for. The service is friendly, efficient, and makes he place fun to go to. That latter quality being critical to dining enjoyment.

vipVirgocook (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

This is a nice traditional neighborhood restaurant, but nice enough for a date. You can hear the other people at your table! The service is excellent and the pasta is great. They also have some daily specials that sound tempting as well, but their pasta is good. We tried the sautéed calamari appetizer this time in lieu of the fried. It was really good and I would get it again. Had the pasta with the shrimp which was great. Don't forget the dessert - we had the spumoni pie at the end. Delicious and definitely one to split.

vipVirgocook (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Went on a rainy night - very cozy and had perfect calamari and delicious pasta. Nice selection of non-pasta dishes as well, which were very tempting and next time may try those. Everything prepared well and there was a nice selection of pasta preparations. Reasonably priced too. A real find.