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About Permanently Closed - Ernesto's Italian Restaurant

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.

2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM

Cross Street:
24th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 386-1446

Catering:
Call for details.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine

Ernesto's Italian Restaurant - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

3.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (133)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for Groups (34)
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Kid-friendly (31)
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Romantic (28)
Notable Wine List (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Casual (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2014

I have eaten here before and the food was decent. This time I don't know where the chef was but it was really bad tasting with way to much salt. I had eggplant parm. And the cheese on top was....I couldn't even tell you what kind it was. The food was hot but it didn't melt the cheese. Pasta was way under cooked to the point of crunchy and the sauce was bland. The 3 others that I was with were equally dissatisfied with their meal. I forget fried calimari.....greasy! We didn't even stay for desert.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2014

Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Food was better than the last time I was here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Pretty old school style and lots of neighborhood regulars. Nice specials and service was to the point and no thrills or frills.

Definitely going to try it again and hope it stays consistent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 12, 2014

I was a table fo one and they were not thrilled about that, the food was average and the price wS higher than average

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 28, 2013

Ernesto's is always a special place for my husband and myself to dine. Doug who is the head waiter is always ready to enhance your dining experience. The best things to try are the specials, their mussels are fantastic, and all the chicken dishes are very well done.
Jimmy the owner has a way of keeping a chicken breast juicy and tender not matter what dish you order. I highly recommend Ernesto's for dining the only draw back is the parking in the Richmond district is impossible, luckily we live a block and a half away and are able to just walk there.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2013

Staff was very accommodating especially when we booked for 6 people and we had 2 additional people show up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2013

Ernesto's is a small neighborhood Italian restaurant on Clement Street in San Francisco and one of the very few not serving Asian food. It is located close to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, which is why we chose it for our dinner. We had been to see the new Impressionists on Water show and were looking for a modestly priced place to eat. The waiter was very friendly and recommended an excellent bottle of wine to accompany our meal. We both ordered the veal saltimbocca, which was tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. It came with very bland, unseasoned broccoli, pasta (not house-made) and garlic bread that had been burned around the edges and on the underside. The tiramisu was the best part of the meal; it was delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2013

This place has warmed up since they moved to this corner spot some 12 + years ago. They finally hung some art on the walls. The wait was super long and the waiters kept bumping into me; I sat opposite the window, so if you're into dining experience; avoid getting a table there. Waiters kept saying dinner was coming but it took almost an hour to get our meal. Apparently there was a big group, but buy us a bottle of wine and tell us there's going to be a long wait, don't lie and say our meal was coming. No, we paid for the wine. We lost enthusiasm; we were falling asleep. Food was ok. I'll probably wait another 12 years until I try this place again. Or I'll wait to bring 36 of my closest friends for some faster service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2013

I'm not sure why people have rated this place so highly besides the amusing wait staff. It wasn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but the food was definitely mediocre at best for all 3 of our main dishes. The appetizer did not impress either.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We are so lucky to have a great neighborhood Italian place. I chose this for Mother's Day ... and it was perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2013

I love Ernesto's food and their friendly and well informed servers. Super good spot for family dinners, nice wine list and good prices for the delicious food they serve.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2013

We were met at the door by the only waiter/maitre'd. Very friendly. The place is lacking in ambiance but is clean and comfortable. Remined me of the restaurants in East Boston. Food was good and plenty of it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2013

We went for a casual italian dinner. Our waiter was nice and funny. The food was good, this is more of a neighborhood place, not a destination restaurant. The capellini with tomato sauce was pretty oily. Wines by the glass were fine, but nothing special. Overall, a good decent neighborhood place.

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

In general we had a very nice time at this restaurant. The food waas great and the service good. We were disturbed, however, by our neighboring diner who talked on his cell phone in Chinese for 15 minutes while waiting for his food to be served. We thought we were daved when the food came, but he started eating while he was talking! Soon, that proved fruitless and he gave up the conversation (whew!. We had a few laughs with the waiter about it, but I would have preferred if the resaurant had a policy of not using the cell phone (for phone calls) at the table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2012

Friendliest restaurant in San Francisco!

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

we had a wonderful Saturday evening at Ernesto's. The waiter was friendly and attentive and the food was wonderful. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and you feel at home there. We have never been disappointed with any meal at Ernesto's and we have been there many times because we live in the outer Richmond. I can recommend Ernesto's to anyone whether you want a quiet dinner for two or a larger party for a special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2012

Huge portions perfect for splitting and good wine choices!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2012

Our server was amazing, very professional and very friendly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We were a family group of seven, three generations, celebrating Mothers Day and a teenage birthday. Every person in this diverse group found menu selections to their taste, the food to their liking, and the server especially attentive. The atmosphere at Ernesto's was reminiscent for me of one of the better Italian restaurants in South Philadelphia. I thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and definitely will return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2012

Arrived at 6:30, didn't get our food till a little after 8:00pm. They were fulfilling to-go orders before our table of 14 were served. Not the waiters fault, but there's only one cook and they should've compensated us something especially since we had 6 kids with us. Food was extremely salty and menu is pedestrian. Wanted to support my local restaurants, but this place is horrible. Try Mescolanza a few blocks down.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Best pork chop I ever had! Servers were Great! Corkage waved if you buy a bottle of their wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Friendly little neighborhood gem. Good food, good prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Delicious! We've been coming here for years and it's always good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2012

a friend introduced me to ernesto's just before xmas and i have been there twice since, bringing others to enjoy the experience. the food is wonderful and even though the waiter was literally running around to attend to all the customers, he kept his composure and was very pleasant and accommodating. they need to get him some help!! i know i will continue to go back even though parking is at a premium.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2012

Food was excellent. There were 7 if us and everything we ordered was very satisfying. Portions are large and we all had food to take home and enjoy for another meal. It was very busy and thank goodness we made a reservation. Only disappointment was I had ordered a canneloni 'To Go' and when the bill came, the waiter told me he had forgotten to place the order and it would take 20 min, but it was so busy he didn't really want to do it, so the person who was expecting their dinner from Ernesto's wasn't too happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2011

Great food, but there was only one food server in the entire restaurant. We waited a long time just to get our menus, not to mention ordering and getting our food. For a restaurant that was not that full, the food server sure did a lot of running around and making excuses. For some reason he couldn't find my OpenTable reservation and after a few seconds of looking on a list behind the counter, he just shrugged and waved at two tables that we could choose to be seated. I've lived nearby and dined at this restaurant for many years, though not often, but this was the first time I felt like it was lacking in so many ways. It pains me to write that, especially because the food is really good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Thinking I had made reservations another more upscale Italian restaurant on Clement after my initial disappointment I was happy to find Ernesto's a pleasant old school Italian neighborhood restaurant. Utilitarain but clean atmosphere,very friendly,attentive service and good home-style food neither fussy nor pretentious. The hot garlic bread a definite plus.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2011

The seating & service is extremely disorganized, but the food was great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2011

Heard about Ernesto's from a radio host. "One of his 4 favorite restaurants in SF". Had to try it. We were very pleased with the service and food as well as the cost. We felt that it was reasonable. Wine list is moderately priced. Salads were cold and crisps and the veal was thin and tender. Outstanding find for our first time and we will make the 40 mile trip again just for the food and service. CIAO.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2011

Service was friendly at this neighborhood restaurant. The baked clams and fettuccine with prawns and artichokes were goo. Veal and linguine with bolognese were just okay.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2011

We moved back to Richmond a year ago and find ourselves frequenting Ernesto's as a new favorite neighborhood place. The service is terrific; the food prepared well and in good portions; and the neighbors always willing to chat and say hello. It's just delightful and we've already celebrated one occasion there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2011

Ernesto's is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Food and service were great as always. It was good to see a full house on Friday night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2011

As always, Ernesto's food quality is outstanding, reasonably priced for the simple, fresh and pleasant experience. Parking is a bit challenging, but worth the efforts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Ernesto is in our neighborhood and we've dined here many times. Food is always good and I highly recommend you give it a try. The pasta is cooked just right and the specials of the day are special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Trouble neighborhhod for parking.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2011

Ernesto's is an outstanding, traditional Italian restaurant with exceptional pizza. It seems to have devolved into a weekend restaurant for families but the food and deserve a larger audience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2011

This restaurant has deteriorated since I first ate there over thirty-five years ago.
The place was empty as it had been the last few times I'd eaten there over the last few
years.Pasta portion was very generous but also very dull. Wine selection poor, in-
attentive service in an empty restaurant. There's a much better Italian restaurant within
two minutes walking.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2011

I have been eating at Ernesto's on and off for 25 years and in the past I have always had a very positive experience. This time I brought friends who had never been there before. It was a disappointing experience. The food was frankly not up to my expectations and the service was mediocre. But most unacceptable was a double charge on the check. My guests had purchased a bottle of wine for $25- prior to my arrival and paid in cash. When the check came this was double charged. In the future I will think twice about patronizing this establishment.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2011

Hadn't been to Ernesto's in a number of years and was pleasantly surprised that it was as good, if not better than it had always been. We'll definitely be back more often!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2011

Ernesto's is an occasional treat for us. Their specials are always well executed. When they present a fish special, you may be sure it will be perfectly cooked, whether poached, grilled, or roasted--something that can't be said of many a more pretentious place. In fact, grilling in general here is expertly done. The scope of the menu never strays far from the usual Italian in America. Pastas are nicely cooked and sauced with a not too heavy hand. Salads and desserts are okay--nothing special, but there if you want to complete the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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