North Beach Restaurant

4.4
2747 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
What 2747 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIceguybob
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate special times at this restaurant. It was our 51st anniversary. We had a window table, impeccable service, and a great dessert. It was unusual as the restaurant was not busy because of the coronavirus situation. Was glad we were able to get one night out before all of the restaurants closed.

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vipCharlesW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, thanks

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Odedude
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food and service has not changed since I first visited this temple of Tuscan delights 40 years ago. The artwork on the walls, including Miro lithographs and one original Miro oil, and the formally dressed waiters contribute to the cultured ambience. This past week my wife and I had filet of sole and lamb with Barolo sauce, respectively, and found them prepared perfectly. I will continue to recommend the North Beach Restaurant to my family and friends who visit San Francisco.

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Dusty
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to North Beach Restaurant for many years and have never been disappointed.

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vipRand
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love North Beach. Eating there for over40 years. Still great!

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vipMichaelB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a family favorite.

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SteveK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice food, friendly staff, good ambience

2 days later my credit card was misused and had to be blocked. Never lose it from sight

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vipRyneo27
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding as usual

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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Frances
San Francisco
4 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!

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipKenS
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.

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ChristopherS
San Francisco
19 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!

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BernardG
Central Coast
6 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.

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vipSFlongtimer
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.

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JenniferJ
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Service was wonderful. Great atmosphere

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

Fantastic service, food and drink!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ravioli I’ve ever had !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 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!

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vipYoungKK
San Francisco
14 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.

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mosaics
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service !!!

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Steve
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NicmRob
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

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AlanA
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner here.

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peterb
San Francisco
31 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.

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gabriellag
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.

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EdO1
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Especially appreciated the sauces this visit.

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ScottS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was great.

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Eduardo
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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vipEclectic
San Francisco
30 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.

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vipMichaelF
Chicago
2 reviews
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.

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vipDorisZ
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

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vipSonomaNosher
San Francisco
4 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.

FAQs

North Beach Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 2747 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.