The Best Italian Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

Nobody should be surprised that San Francisco is home to some of the most authentic Italian fare outside of the boot-shaped peninsula. After all, the North Beach neighborhood is the most-visited Little Italy in the entire United States. Nowadays, Italian eateries can be found all over San Francisco, as the Mediterranean climate and plentiful bounty of Northern California allow for the creation of Old World dishes with local ingredients. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots for Italian food in San Francisco among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You'll find everything from historic neighborhood dives to white table-clothed splendor, all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Jackson Fillmore Trattoria, Venticello, Pane e Vino Trattoria
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,068 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
A Pacific Heights local favorite since it opened its doors back in 1985, the Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is a cozy and classic Italian food restaurant with a large wine list. ExpectRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Francisco Bay Area
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Venticello

$$$$·Italian·
Nob Hill
1,841 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Hidden away up on Nob Hill and sporting Bay views, Venticello does Northern Italian with flair in a homestyle setting. Besides knock-out Neapolitan-style pizzas—think pear and pancRead more
100% recommended
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Pane e Vino Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
662 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Located in bustling Cow Hollow, one of San Francisco’s most boutique-filled areas, Pane e Vino is a neighborhood Northern Italian style restaurant with a pleasant back patio perfecRead more
100% recommended

North Beach Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
2,756 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
Serving authentic Tuscan cuisine in the heart of the North Beach neighborhood since 1970, the North Beach Restaurant is a landmark in San Francisco’s dining scene. Visitors can choRead more
100% recommended
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Lupa Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
758 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Located in the quiet Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, Lupa Trattoria focuses on the cuisine of Italy’s most famous culinary destination itself: Rome. All breads and pastasRead more
93% recommended
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Americano Restaurant - Hotel Vitale

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
838 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
Situated inside the Hotel Vitale on the San Francisco Embarcadero waterfront, the Americano Restaurant does authentic Italian fare over sweeping bay views. Standout items here inclRead more
88% recommended
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Barbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,508 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
A financial district culinary hot spot, Barbacco does both small and large plates from different regions of Italy that are served at long communal tables where getting to know yourRead more
86% recommended
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Capannina

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
2,005 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Focusing on the Southern regions of Italy, Capannina is a Cow Hollow area neighborhood mom and pop restaurant that has a strong local following. The Genovese-style ciopinno, made wRead more
100% recommended
30 people mentioned the Pappardelle
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Roma's Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
SOMA
0 reviews
Homey and hidden away in the South of Market area (SoMa) in a modest storefront, La Briciola does Tuscan and Piedmontese food that has garnered it critical acclaim. The menu splitsRead more
30 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Original U.S. Restaurant Unione Sportiva

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
219 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
A true North Beach historic culinary landmark, the U.S. Restaurant has been serving up authentic Sicilian fare to the crowds since 1890. Classics that have stood the test of time iRead more
90% recommended
9 people mentioned the Calamari
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Scala's Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Union Square
5,398 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
A Union Square area dining institution since the 1990s, Scala’s Bistro combines traditional country-style Italian recipes with the freshest of California produce. Wood-fired pizzasRead more
88% recommended
43 people mentioned the Calamari
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Il Borgo

$$$$·Italian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
492 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Unpretentious despite its posh Hayes Valley location, Il Borgo sports checkered tablecloths and handpainted walls that harken back to the Italian countryside. The portions of handmRead more
100% recommended
13 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Corso Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Berkeley
2,432 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Located right on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, Corso Ristorante focuses on favorites from the Tuscany region of Italian as well as creative modern fare. The housemade lasagna, layerRead more
87% recommended
62 people mentioned the Panna Cotta
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Il Posto Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Napa
1,148 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
One of the stand-out Italian options in wine-soaked Napa Valley, Il Posto Trattoria does Old World classics in a casual setting. Mains here are mostly handcrafted takes on Italian Read more
99% recommended
Italian in Wine Country
25 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Bellanico Restaurant and Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Oakland
1,889 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
A restaurant and wine bar located in the Oakland Hills, Bellanico is popular for its creative tasting menus, which include wine matches, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Besides thRead more
48 people mentioned the Fritters
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Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar

$$$$·French·
Palo Alto
509 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Famous for its extensive selection of vintages from across the globe, Gravity in Palo Alto also does both light bites and full plates of authentic Italian eats with a modern twistRead more
86% recommended
33 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Portola Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Portola Valley
699 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Located in a natural and rustic setting just outside of Palo Alto, the Portola Kitchen fuses California ingredients around Italian traditions in a bright open kitchen. Wood-fired pRead more
96% recommended
8 people mentioned the Skirt Steak
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VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Half Moon Bay
331 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Sporting live music on the patio on weekends and intimate dining the rest of the week, Via Uno (Highway One) is a Half Moon Bay favorite well worth the scenic road trip to get to. Read more
88% recommended
13 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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