54 Mint

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
54 Mint is a little gem in the heart of downtown San Francisco across from the old US Mint Building. We offer authentic Italian cuisine prepared only with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Our pastas and desserts are made fresh on a daily basis. Our bar opens at 4pm daily for Happy Hour, offering an extended variety of Italian wines, craft cocktails and high-end imported and local spirits.
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Sun 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 9:30PM - 9:45PM

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A strictly Roman place with super pasta. Knowledgeable servers too. Great experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal octopus appetizer, orange salad, and lamb secondi. The crushed potatoes with rosemary, flash fried were heavenly!

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! I stop in frequently for a relaxing glass of wine at the bar, as it's an ideal place to wrap up the day. And, dinner with my wife and friends last night was perfect. The service was fantastic and the staff so nice. And, as always, the food was terrific!

OT
San Francisco
257 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We love Italian food and were excited to try 54 Mint based on its Open Table reviews. For appetizers we tried the Suppli (arancini rice balls with cheese) and the Bucatini Amatriciana. For entrees, we tried the rack of lamb. The food was very good, especially the pasta. Our only hesitation about recommending 54 Mint is based on how expensive the wine list is. The list is very extensive, but for Italian red wines there were only a handful of bottles that were less than $60 a bottle. There were two Chiantis on the list -- one was $98 and the other was $145. There are many great Italian red wines, Chianti and otherwise, that can be found in nice Italian restaurants for $40 - $50. We hope 54 Mint will expand its wine list to offer a greater number of reasonably priced wines.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredible ambiance and the food was great. We let our server pick the wine and he was good at bringing the right selection for us to pick.

Would go back again.

a
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious (5 stars for the food, no question) but we felt rushed by the service and after we finished our entrees we were completely ignored. Not sure why they wouldn't want to sell us more wine (we would definitely have ordered it!), and they didn't even refill our water. For how much our party spent, I thought the service was majorly lacking. Won't be back.

E
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came back a second time because the first time was so good, plus we wanted to introduce our foodie friends to 54 Mint. Our appetizers were excellent -- octopus with potatoes, a special of eggplant and tomatoes, and the prosciutto with mozzarella was okay (a burrata would have been better). Our friends were not disappointed with their lamb and special pasta of the evening, but my husband and I thought our fettuccine and rigatoni had little flavor. The desserts were fabulous -- the panna cotta and the tiramisu. We would go again but not order those dishes again.

DS
San Francisco
162 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The delay between courses was so long that we had to leave before being finished—unfortunately, because the food was good!!

M
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went before the theatre and chose this restaurant as it was close. It was our best meal in SF!!! It was authentic and flavorful. From the mouth watering octopus. Buratta and prosciutto, dinner special of homemade pasta with bolognese, and the oxtail that melted with every bite!! I can’t say enough!

DS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really a great dinner. We had the salad with oranges, octopus, salmon and ox tail. All were excellent. In my opinion this restaurant is very reasonably priced for the quality of food and service.

LR
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server changed midway through our dining experience without any mention of it.
After our food was served, they never checked in to see how we liked the food which just ok. Also, we asked for our check because we were attending a concert nearby and they never cleared our plates which is very annoying!

JU
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic pastas; loved the octopus appetizer also. Wine recommendation was spot on. And they comped a tiramisu for my friend's birthday!

h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Here is one of the most delicious Italian restaurant in the US.

DZ
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. One of my favorites in SF. Pasta for my guest (gnocchi) and me (fettuccine) was fresh and perfectly cooked. Salads were light and fresh. Service was timely and friendly. Except that you have to walk through some unsavory characters in front of and along the alley by the side, this place is my go to for a long business lunch.

JJ
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pleasing space tucked away on the mint plaza. Great smell greets you. Energetic, pretty well-healed crowd at 8 pm on a weeknight. All great tasting food. One appetizer and one pasta/entree would be plenty for dinner.

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the food and service, everything! Did not have much time but kitchen was able to accommodate our rush. Plan on returning for a relaxed dinner to relish every bite.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday for my girlfriend... everything was excellent!

Brought out a special dessert ( on the house) for her birthday

Highly recommend

MB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is ok, there are definitely better Italian spots in SF if you are looking for that. The restaurant is super cute, but I would say overall pretty mediocre.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location, ambience, and value, especially the prix fixe lunch with soup/salad, pasta and espresso. Nice, hidden place, especially if you want a peaceful and quiet break while shopping downtown.

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an all-round great dining-out experience!

i
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming space, attentive staff and delicious food!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent as was the food. I’ve been visiting San Francisco for 4 days now. This is my forth restaurant I’ve eaten at. All the restaurant were good. But this has been the best. I had the pork chops and my spouse had salmon. For the dessert had tiramisu and cappuccino. Reservations are a must as the restaurant has limited seating .

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Communal table in the basement distracted from the dining experience

A
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice rooms (despite being in underground), you feel well. Service friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Food superb and authentic.

WG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great location, great service, great food, but so noisy it was hard to have a good conversation with my dinner guests.

TX
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch location with nice sidewalk patio option. Pastas were exceptional and unique. Can’t go wrong with this location.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Great for a business dinner or date, walkable location from all the downtown hotels/Mosconi. Menu has staples and also rotates in seasonal options. Staff is also excellent!

EI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

54 Mint never disappoints. The food fresh and delicious. I've never had a bad meal there.
It is authentic Italian food. Simple, quality ingredients, delicious.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is nice enough. Food was quite good. The area feels dangerous to a single woman. I came down the alley to the restaurant and would not do that again.

Lisa

MM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When we were dropped off by our UBER, we first thought...where are we? But walked into a delightful, delicious experience. Our waiter listened to what we liked in a wine, asked our price point and delivered a bottle that was spot on! We split two starters: smelts and the romanesco flan and were so full we opted to split the halibut special for our entree. Wonderful evening. Only drawback? We were seated right behind the hostess stand resulting in chit chat we didn’t need to hear! Cheers-

KK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic food. will return and recommend to people who want to taste Italy

s
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and dinner. Perfect wine recommendations, too

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High quality Italian food and drinks. Great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ambience is nice and service is excellent. Food is good but just a little too salty for my palette.

D
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've been here a few times before. Came here after a movie at the Century. The food was good, probably 3 1/2 stars. The appetizers were mostly good - smelts, panzanella, octopus & bufala. some better than others. For the pasta: gnocchi & panccheri. The gnocchi with pork sugo was good. Both people though the panccheri with mushrooms was bland & tasteless. Nice cocktail menu.

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Staff is amazing! Food is amazing! And very close to the Golden Gate Theater

b
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were running a little late due to the train schedule. The hostess was a bit annoyed that we didn't ring to let them know and was a little snarky. We were going to see a show so we rushed through dinner and ran to the theater. The server was great and was quick to get our order in. The food was amazing. I would like to come back when we have more time.

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not have planned a better experience if I tried. There were three of us in the party, but two of us arrived 30 mins early. It was only going to be two of us but another friend was able to come and the hostess accommodated our addition at the last minute. We were offered drinks while we waited for our third party out on the patio area. I was told that they did not provide service there and I would have to order the drinks at the bar and bring them out myself. No big deal, but when I went to get the drinks the bartender walked them out! I had heard from a fellow diner that the food is excellent, but try to sit upstairs due to the concrete floors downstairs it is rather noisy. When the hostess came to seat us, I was about to mention the possibility of sitting upstairs, because I had forgot to mention that... before I could even ask, she showed us to our table upstairs. The three of us can only rave about our meals. One individual in my party had a restriction that was not only accommodated, but our waiter then inquired if there were any other restrictions etc., before he placed our orders.

The entire staff, from hostess, bartender, waiter, and bus people was truly focused on customer service and exceptional.

I will be recommending this restaurant to all my friends and hope they have a chance to experience the terrific food and service that made the evening so special for myself and my friends.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marco the manager was amazing. Phenomenal service and delicious food. Would definitely recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and service. Fresh and local

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