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About Jackson Fillmore Trattoria
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is a local favorite for a casual, neighborhood meal. Jack has been cooking up great Roman and Southern Italian food at Jackson Fillmore since 1985. We have a small dining room to accomodate reservations for parties of 3 or more and a dining counter for parties of 2 or those who just drop by. Our wine list is primarily Italian, representing all of the great regions in Italy. Our Bombolotti Sugo de Carne, Carpaccio di Zucchini and Tiramisu are legendary. Check out our website to view samples of the menu and wine list, or for more information about us.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:15pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I go to Jackson Fillmore Trattoria occasionally as it is near where we live. The food is OK, nothing special. I had a pasta dish that was described as mildly creamy. It had cream, but tasted very dry. I left most of it. My husband had another pasta which he liked, it did
not contain cream. It is convenient so we do sometimes go there, but prefer other restaurants.
We have been going here for 20 years but haven’t been there for years. Not much has changed except the greeter and the menu. Oh, and the music which is not needed as there is so much kitchen noise that it competes with that. Not pleasant for a quiet dining experience.
Attitude from waitstaff is basically indifference but competent. I was looking for anything on the menu with marinara sauce and pasta and I could not find it so I went with the gnocchi with truffle oil and a few tomatoes for a rose base. Good but nothing special. Hubby had linguine vongole which he loved. That is his favorite dish. I had a swirl of vanilla, chocolate and pistachio ice cream which was great while he had their house dessert alfresco. All in all somewhat disappointed even though the food was well prepared, just not what I was looking for.
Incredibly poor experience. Arrived 15 min past our reservation. ( although 2 in our party were on time and ordered a drink until we arrived.) Our server, who turned out to be the manager had a very negative attitude from the start. Within 10 minuets of our arrival we were ordering and he refused our request for a chicken dish because he said it takes 35 min to prepare and we could not have the table that long.
Service was rushed and very rude. It made for a very unpleasant dining experience.
We have frequented this wonderful neighborhood restaurant for many years now - perhaps 8-10 times with big groups or just two of us. It's a go-to for our family dinners. And let me be clear, we will go back - but it won't be because of the wonderful service we have typically received over the years, it will be for the simple, but delicious, Italian cuisine.
The food on this latest visit was as good as any other visit. What was wrong here was the service. We were pushed out the door from the moment we arrived. Our main courses literally came down on top of our appetizer plates. When we finished our main courses there were open tables in the restaurant, with no new patrons waiting. When I asked why we were so rushed, we didn't get an apology, rather we were told that this is a small restaurant and that this is the way it is.
To ownership: No matter how long your restaurant is open, there is no excuse for rushed and unpleasant service. And we all know that simply saying: "We apologize for the experience, please come back and see us again so we can make it up to you" is usually all that is needed to correct a situation. Please take this to heart and try not to let it happen again. The experience is what brings people back again and again - good food can be found everywhere in San Francisco.
Thank you - we hope to have a much better experience next time.
A friend recommended that my fiancé and I come to Jackson Filmore for dinner. This was our first time to San Francisco and we were looking for great restaurants to have a few date nights on our vacation. The staff was very friendly and accommodating! Their menu options were great, and as a vegetarian, I was able to find a few different options. I would highly recommend! The calamari appetizer was delicious and served differently than I have ever seen before!
We walked in early on a Friday night. There was one other party in the restaurant. We had a reservation and were told we could have one of the two 2-tops. Another party walked in and they sat them right next to us. The waiter then came over to that party first and took their drink order. A busser brought us water and then shortly after that, the waiter came over and asked us if we were ready to order our food. I had to ask him to explain one of the 6 or 7 specials they had on a chalkboard that were in Italian. He just translated the name written on the board to English. No attempt was made to describe the dish. We were never asked if we wanted anything to drink.
I ordered a chicken dish and the husband ordered eggplant Parmesan. My husband asked to order a side of spaghetti or linguine, and was told by the waiter that he could have penne because the penne was cooked. We asked for clarification. Did he mean we couldn’t have spaghetti or linguine even though you have it in the restaurant? “yes” was the answer. The chicken was chewy, and eggplant was nothing special. Overall, service was curt and food was nothing special. Go to Parma or Roma Antica down the hill for Italian in this same price range and much better service. Oh, and on our way out we saw someone sitting at another table with a side of spaghetti in front of them. So strange.
Wonderful, lively trattoria. We arrived a little early for our reservation after attending a
play at ACT, the host offered us a counter seat which we immediately agreed. The counter waiter presented us with an amazingly fresh brochette with the freshest tomatoes and basil
I've tasted all season. I had a gnocchi dish with a creamy tomato white sauce, the gnocchi was
tender and very tasty. My date had a meat ravioli with a traditional red sauce. That was a great selection as well. Our knowledge of Italian wines, are a little limited so the counter waiter let
us try a couple prior to our selection of a Piedmonte vineyard Italian wine. Great place, I would go back
Jackson Fillmore is a very fun and welcoming place to be. Our server was very nice and walk us through different dishes and even provide some great recommendations. The place is welcoming and food is authentic. Quality of the dishes are also really good. We had a seafood dish and they are super fresh and proportion between seafood and pasta is just perfect.
Honestly dont know if they had a bad night but came here with my bf on Sunday night and food was extremely average. They ran out of items on the menu. My linguine was extremely plain. It had no flavor. And my bf's pasta sauce was very watery. Disappointing.
Jackson Fillmore is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I hesitate to say all the good things I feel about it because I'm afraid it will become even more popular and I'll never get a reservation again. But they deserve kudos. The staff are simply wonderful from start to finish - great friendly service, fast & efficient, but it never feels rushed. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed but the quality of service and food is unrivaled. The menu has favorite stand-byes supplemented by a board of daily specials. I've eaten here a couple dozen times and they have been consistently outstanding in every way, every time.
My friend ordered linguine and said the sauce tasted burned. I encouraged her to tell the server but she wouldn't. I felt bad that her meal wasn't as fabulous as mine. My meal was great! Pesce soup! Perhaps the servers or cooks should taste the sauce before they serve it?
The food was fantastic....sadly, we had a reservation and the only table for us was in the middle of the walkway! It was a celebration dinner for our 40th anniversary and we wanted a little privacy, so we said we wait for a table off to the side. Other tables opened up and they seated people who came in after us, it was over an hour before they finally gave us a table. It felt like they did it purposely since we didn't want the awful table in the middle. Our reservation was at 9p.m. so it wasn't peak dining time. Once we were seated, a few of the employees were very kind in bringing us appetizers, we suspect because they realized how long the waiter with the ponytail made us wait. Other than the wait, everything was delicious!
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