North Beach Restaurant

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
From the Heart of Tuscany to the Heart of San Francisco!

Buon Appetito!


Since 1970, the North Beach Restaurant has been renowned as San Francisco's #1 Italian Restaurant for its Tuscan culinary excellence, relaxed ambiance, warm hospitality, and great service by Bay area families, tourists, romantics, conventioneers, business managers, politicians, sports celebrities, and movie stars!


The North Beach Restaurant is a must-visit San Francisco dining experience that offers:


***Authentic Tuscan cuisine prepared with freshest ingredients including antipasti, polenta, home-cured prosciutto, focaccia, risotto, fresh pasta, seafood, veal, lamb, chicken, beef, and homemade desserts!


***Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wine Lists with over 500 bottles and Petroni Vineyards wines -
www.petronivineyards.com
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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Old World Charm & SERVICE. The waiter (who has worked there for 30 years) was very knowledgeable and helpful and provided excellent service to go with wonderful food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

JM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We will definitely return!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food - check out the wine cellar. All hand made pasta. Very good !

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to North Beach Restaurant! The valet parking makes a spontaneous, or a well-planned event more reliable. The Eggplant Parmesan is delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was pretty decent service was great. Atmosphere was good although I wish it was a bit less noisy

KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Booked here for a Valentine's dinner with my sweetie based on positive reviews on OpenTable. When we first arrived, I was pleased with the choice because unlike most SF restaurants, there's actually distance between you and the next table; a rare commodity in SF.

But my heart sank a bit when the waiter presented the menus and they were laminated, certainly not something I would expect in a restaurant with $30 - $40 entrees. The bread and butter were both stone cold and the salad was mediocre. The entrees were decent.

From what I can tell, most of the diners were tourists. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but a red flag that locals who've eaten here might not return.

So if a bit more space than you'll get in most SF restaurants is really important to you, this would be an OK choice. Otherwise, you'll find Michelin starred restaurants in SF with comparable prices.

CS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always the food was prepared perfectly with the finest ingredients you can taste. The service is very good. The team knows it’s craft.
The only negative comment is that we felt a bit rushed. We actually had to ask that the pace be slowed. We were there to dine not eat and run. Our serve accommodated the request but we still felt like it was a bit quick.

Notice my rating, still some of the best Italian food in N. Beach!

BG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite restaurants in SF. Our server, Luis, was a Prince. The Oso Buco was to die for. My date had the Salmon steak sautéed, excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

SF
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

No-nonsense professionalism and pride characterizes the staff, who are friendly in a dignified way. The North Beach Restaurant is like a reliable old friend, a place you can count on to deliver a pleasant evening over straightforward Tuscan food made well and served in generous portions. The bar delivers good cocktails, the wine list is smart and high quality.

JJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was wonderful. Great atmosphere

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and drink!

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ravioli I’ve ever had !

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a classic in North Beach. The service is very attentive and respectful. The food is plentiful (no small plates here or ornamental minuscule art pieces), and the quality is superb. This place is my go-to restaurant when entertaining out of town guests.
Great value and selection. I love it!

YK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The most terrible restaurant. The food were too salty and there were no integrity among them. I couldn’t understand why this restaurant has been rated good.

m
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service !!!

S
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I entertained visitors from Germany at this celebrated North Beach restaurant. Super as always.

NR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!!! Always delicious food and the staff from check in(Warren and Raj) to the bar (Ian) to our waiter (Nino?) everyone is beyond amazing

AA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An satisfying dining experience. Our waiter, Spiro D, was extremely professional and provided excellent recommendations for few menu items which I was not familiar with. The polenta soup was new for me and proved to be very tasty with a unique texture; the cannelloni had a perfect balance of pasta, meat, cheese and sauce. Even the chocolate marquis mousse was different from other mousses I have tried,not too sweet or heavy. All this and the price was very reasonable; if I make it back to San Francisco I would definitely return to North Beach Restaurant!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner here.

p
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Such a disappointment. Had been recommended but we were shown downstairs to a dark empty room and when we said we did not like dining alone were told there was a party of 10 and others coming. The party of 10 came but no one else. The party of three behind us must have been seated in the upstairs dining room as well as every other group that came !!! What we did to deserve such treatment I am not sure. Our waiter clearly wished to be somewhere else, tried to get us to order other $$ things from the menu, very rushed meal service, clearing plates before others were finished. last bit if wine poured into one (the male of the party) glass !!
Put down one pasta dish and mumbled something - when we questioned why the puttanesca did not have any olives we were told “southern italy” None of us have ever had one without or found a recipe that does not have olives! Seafood risotto was floating in about 1/4 inch of oil . Food about average, just edible. Extortionate wine prices. All in all a very unhappy experience. We will not be back many many other Italian restaurants with great food and friendly service. Not worth the $300.00 for 3 people. Go somewhere else.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience4

good pasta. the veal dishes are so-so. I would recommend the restaurant allows for veal dishes to be ordered with a side of pasta instead of potatoes.

EO
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Especially appreciated the sauces this visit.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Parking valet was the only negative. Its run by a contractor but management should still exercise oversight. We waited 5+ mins for valet who was NOT busy parking a car.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was great.

E
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, the food was delicious and have such a friendly staff.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little more expensive than I thought it would be but worth it. I’m

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. I had the gnocchi and they were excellent. The home made prosciutto is a must to order. You will not be disappointed

E
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Tuscany cuisine. The Ciopino was great and the Scallops to die for. Extensive wine list as well. The service impeccable, the ambiance a bit old fashioned but warm and cozy.

MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

For this price point of a restaurant the service was very rushed, seemed to be more about table turnover rather than a dining experience. Food was okay but nothing special. We were sat in the basement, the “wine cellar” which wasn’t all that great. Disappointed since this was for New Year’s Eve celebration.

DZ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and good service considering it was New Eve.Had a very good time

SN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The swordfish was dry and a little tough, the caesar salad was nondescript, but the pricing is still like a top-notch restaurant. (The veal piccata was pretty good though.) We were seated in the back of the basement section, which has NO ambiance. The upstairs was hopping (with George Schultz and Willie Brown in the house!), but it was pretty flat downstairs. Disappointing, because this used to be one of our favorite restaurants.

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

North Beach Restaurant was the place to be on New Year's Eve 2019. It was full of Beach Blanket
Babylon fans attending the final show of that fabled institution. Celebrities were everywhere. Why? Because the North Beach restaurant is also an SF institution, and the perfect place to go for an event anywhere in the North Beach area. Great food, knowledgeable waiters, and you could have dinner next to Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Willie Brown, George Schulz and Charlotte Maillard, Diane Feinstein, Clive Davis, and Box Scaggs. It won't be like this every night, but it will be like this again...some night soon.

B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and attentive staff.

NR
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Classic North Beach Italian. Food is acceptable - nothing special or out of the ordinary.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, our waiter was attentive and wonderful.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was very nice ! Service was good , perfect for our get together!

LD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got to the restaurant only to be told that they cannot give us a table by the window as we requested in our reservation. There were 2 empty tables by the window and we asked why would they not give us one of these tables as they are available? The reply was that all tables by the window were being kept for special people who come here all the time. We were pointed to a table next to the restrooms. We decided that that is not a restaurant I want to spend money at and left. I visited Italy this summer and no one treated me like this. It was offensive. DO NoT loose your time! Go elsewhere!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very good!

AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The waiter was pushy and constantly tried to “up sell” us. He was confusing and mis leading. The meal was not of good value, we were a part of 8 and most were not satisfied.