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Italian Colors

235 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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In 2013, we celebrated our 20th year! Our offerings are made from scratch using fresh, local in-season ingredients. We serve wine from some of the best local California vineyards, big and small, as well as carefully selected vineyards from Italy. We are constantly undergoing culinary evolution so our menu changes quite frequently. We love what we do! Our menus are posted online and are updated daily! Our website includes video recipes and image galleries of menu items!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
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Phone number
(510) 482-8094
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alan Carlson
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Every Wednesday - Saturday after 6:30 pm Italian Colors proudly hosts live music! Featuring Mike Wollenberg, best known for his work as a fingerstyle solo guitarist.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Delicious (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

The spaghetti and meatballs were delicious! I was with 5 other people and everyone found their food tasty. The live music added to the environment. The service was outstanding.

vipMindboggler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

Neighborhood restaurant gem. Live guitar playing by Michael Wollenberg most nights adds a nice touch.

DivineFoodLover (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

This is one of our 'go-to' places for many occasions - pre-concert dinners, get togethers with friends and special occasions with family. Food is consistently delicious and well portioned, and they have a clever menu, with long-time standbys everyone loves, and fresh, inventive dishes that show they are plugged into the current food scene. Warm, inviting interior, and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Interior is warm and inviting and the whole ambience makes it a happy, comfortable place to come.

vipJimLeoNicholas (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

We, like so many others, we know, just love this restaurant. It's as good today as it was 25 years ago. Always a home run with out of town guests or as regular patrons. Excellent food and service always.

vipSteveM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

As it has been for the last 23 years that have dined here, the food and service are right on and authentically Italian - a very good standard seasonal menu augmented by creative and varied daily specials. It is a go to place for us.

Edbru (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Food was OK - not great. Nice interior decor and a strolling guitarist provided an interesting touch but parking is extremely difficult in a strip mall style lot. Would not drive all the way to Piedmont just to eat here but a serviceable option if you happen to be in the area.

Tombo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Italian Colors has been our favorite neighborhood restaurant for over 25 years. We like the relaxed open setting. The staff is friendly and helpful. The menu is constantly changing, so we get a chance to try new and different entrees. On sunny evenings, we enjoy eating outside. It is a wonderful place to relax and to have a delicious meal at a reasonable price.

MontclairDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The dining experience starts with breads, vinegar and olive oil for nibbling while you peruse the menu. Food choices are especially good for those who enjoy sea food. Although tables are expertly compacted to include as many tables as possible, hearing your dining companions is not difficult. One can easily hear the guitarist's wonderful music. We had one of the most enjoyable Valentine's Day meals we've had in our decades of such celebrations.

Mjay (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

We had not been to Italian Colors for years because it was extremely noisy back then. What an improvement! Noise level was comfortable. We arrived at our reserved time & had to wait for a table along with another party. Big plus...we were offered drinks on the house while waiting. The only minus...the main course dishes were brought to us before we had finished our salad. Food was very good.

FrancesS (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2017

My husband and I dined here tonight for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Not what I expected after all the ranting and raving about this place.

To start on a positive note, the host (I think he was the manager, not sure) was super friendly and greeted us with a smile. He sat us quickly but took the waitress 20 minutes to come up to us to place our drink orders. I asked for the wine list and she then said she'll come back in a couple of minutes. Took her 10 minutes to get the wine list dropped it on the table, left us and another 15 minutes passed. By that time we already knew what we wanted so we ordered. She placed our order 45 minutes after being seated. After our food was delivered didn't see her until we were done eating and asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Then...took 25 minutes after asking for the check to get it.

Food was okay - not a 5 star rating like I've seen. The fettuccine alfredo with smoked chicken was just ok. The alfredo sauce was too smokey for my liking. I didn't think the chicken would come diced or else I would have ordered something else. I hate diced chicken and definitely was not in the description. I was under the impression I would get smoked savory chicken slices, but looked like pre made diced chicken that came from Costco. My husband ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. That was okay too. Sauce was too thick and cheesy. I took a few bites of my food and that was it. I ended up giving my food to a transient underneath an overpass who appreciated the meal more than I.

Ambience was mediocre - the photos on yelp made it seem super nicer.

Will I go back? No...first impression was not good...only good thing about this place tonight was the friendly man that greeted us tonight...that's about it.

CM46 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2017

Our whole experience was good. One of our party is a vegan and the waiter went back and checked with the kitchen and then he helped figure out an entree that wasn't on the menu but could be assembled from items on the menu and she was very pleased. My entree, called light, was excellent.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

The only reason I lowered the food rate to good was because the special tasted fun - like wine that had turned. We sent it back and they credited us with no problem

TerriE (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

We love going here for family dinners. Great food, great staff.

jcocktail (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

The service was excellent, food was yummy, especially the crane brûlée. We were running late yet they were able to hold are table for an hour. I would recommend to a friend.

ChrisM (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Asked for a quiet table and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant - not really quiet.
Waitress was harried, didn't let us order appetizers w/ drinks, brought wrong soup for 2 of 3 soup orders (although did bring 1 order of the right one when we mentioned it). We must have sung Happy b'day 4 or 5 times which was ironic as we'd mentioned 2 of our 4 were celebrating b'days, but nobody sang for our guys. Food was pretty good - porkchop moist, pastas fresh, lemon cake very tender and tasty. 3.5 out of 5, but nice and relatively quiet overall.