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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.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
$30 and under
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Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
Ernesto's Italian Restaurant - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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