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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a wonderful staff. We will be back

KW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is really cozy and welcoming. We ate upstairs in the bar area as there was a private party downstairs. With exposed brick walls, modern light fixtures and antique tables and chairs, it is the perfect combination of rustic and elegant. The cocktails were creative, beautiful and DIVINE. Served in lovely vessels and designed to perfection. (I especially loved the rose-shaped ice cube in my copper martini glass full of the best gin, bitters and rosewater concoction one could imagine.) The pasta dishes are perfectly prepared. Simple but special. I had the octopus appetizer and it was a very generous portion with rich, spicy flavors. And perhaps most unique was the amazing service. There were quite a few servers around, quickly but quietly delivering and whisking things away. It didn't hurt that our head server was amazingly handsome and charming, while also great at making recommendations. It's so rare these days to experience caring, attentive service. We just loved it!

DB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Steak served cold. Salad was horrible like cabbage with wet mayo

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

Absolute perfection
Great food, great service
Can’t wait to go back!

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner, and they even brought us complimentary tiramisu!

G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I would have given an Overall rating of 4 stars but the restaurant really needs to replace its dishwashing staff. It was hard to enjoy my wine with the white spots and grime streaks all over my glass, and the very palatable food was affected by the dozen large greasy finger prints all over my plates. I didn't call this out in the restaurant because I was with my son, and well, you know how kids are....

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Prix Fixe menu for New Year’s Eve was good but the risotto was extremely buttery and I was disappointed as I ordered the vegetarian option in a béchamel sauce for my entree. Fortunately they noticed neither of us ate much of the risotto. They kindly made a replacement dish with a tomato sauce. I was delighted with the service.

F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cacio de Pepe was outstanding. As was the gnocchi & the beef tenderloin. The pasta is made in house and was cooked al dente.

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian. Casual. Elegant.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother and daughter-in-law out for an evening to the theater. The pre-dinner to the show was fabulous with exceptional service. A treasured find in SF.

LD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightfully fun little spot! My husband ordered two entrees it was so delicious! The staff helped me with my food allergies and were incredibly kind!

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Muy buen lugar, tranquilo y con comida muy buena, porciones regulares y de precio moderado alto. Recomendado para poder platicar y convivir agradablemente.

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HA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Love this spot but had a very weird issue with my CC.

When I paid I was told my card was declined 3 times. So my date paid. Went outside and checked-in with BAnk of America and learned (1) My card was actually charged and (2) BOA put a hold on my account because this restaurant has a history of CC irregularities.

Went back inside and they were nice enough to tell us that if they confirm the charge went through they would reverse it. That was two days ago and still have not seen the credit.

I really like this spot and hope that BOA’s warning was wrong and that we just had a CC mishap. Whether I return or not will be determined by if they refund the double charge in a timely fashion and without further intervention by me.

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is great. Front end greeting less then welcoming. Arrived 10 min early and the place was virtually empty. We were told to sit at the bar (which did not have room for us) or stand in an area that there was no room to wait as we would be seated at our reservation time. When we were seated in the lower level, we were the first in the lower level as all tables were empty. I understand not being seated 10 min early when tables are full or staffing is short, neither appeared valid that night. I had more of a sense it was promoting an elitist attitude. The wait staff were amazing and did not promote that attitude and quickly changed the experience. We will be back because of the food and wait staff. Will avoid trying to check in a few min early :-(

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food the salmon was delicious and the oxtail was so tender and tasty. Would return again

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar and the food especially the lamb chops were exceptional ! Will return!

SA
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal at 54 Mint. The appetizers were exquisite and the cacio e pepe was as good as any we had in Rome!
Kudos!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a delicious birthday dinner with two families for a total of eight people. Our server was magnificent and the gnocchi was marvelous!

JN
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Very good food and excellent service. This place is a wine bar with good dining options. Atmosphere is pretty funky and could use a makeover.

RR
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

54 Mint is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Francisco, which is saying a lot. I had an orange salad followed by lamb chops, both excellent. There is a very good wine list featuring Italian wines.

The restaurant is small and on two levels. I was in the wine cellar, which is nice, but it was full and that made it a bit noisy.

MD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exquisite and interesting, and the waiter (who was very attentive) recommended perfect wines for our tastes. It was a little noisy for talking, but we loved the whole experience.

G
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic birthday meal! Husband loves tripe and theirs was the best he’s had- even I (not a fan) liked it
Octopus app super tender and flavorful
Mushroom pasta dish with gluten free pasta shared then lamb also delish.
Our server was great and they surprised us with a bithday pot dish that was gf so I could have some too.
Lovely wine- would go back again soon!

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another stellar meal last night at 54 Mint, with a large group celebrating a birthday. The expert service was attentive without being intrusive, with great recommendations and care for everyone at our table, including an unexpected late arrival whose entree was miraculously ready at the same time as all the rest. Everything was fresh and delicious, and the entire evening was delightful. One of our favorite spots in the city -- it never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was amazing but the waiter rushing us to order.

DF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in a quaint location. Smart casual ambiance with two levels. Dine for all occasions. Good wine selection ( mostly Italian) and delicious food. Fresh pastas, good portions and great service. It is two blocks from Powell Bart on 5th St.

EE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Server was poor. He was not talkative or friendly. Food was decent but not great.

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

Excellent service. The lamb is a must have! I had the ox tail which was amazing, but my husband’s lamb was epic!

PI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time. We know what good Italian food should be and what good pasta is. As a result of our recent travels in Portugal we are especially interested in finding reliable SF sources of octopus & squid dishes. 54 Mint fulfilled our longing for a genuine experience from walking in to that last bite of a fine desert. And their seafood offerings were fantastic. The staff is professional and attentive. We will go back happily and soon!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our Waiter dropped the ball. The apps came out very fast.... but our mains came an hour later and after other tables who were seated AFTER us we served their mains. Poor service. But the food was good and the place is clean.

EH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat before a theater show. We were a large party and they made sure we were out on time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oxtail was really good , rich tomato sauce with melt in your mouth oxtail, highly recommend..

MM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with excellent food and excellent service. Have been here 3x in the past 2 months. They are lovely and accommodating and the food is exceptional. The gnocchi is heavenly and the branzino special was superb. Also the pork chop! Manager is happy to help find an Italian wine to your liking. This is my new before-show go to place.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and an easy walk from the Golden Gate Theater!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to move from downstairs to upstairs communal table as loud Xmas party downstairs. It was a very enjoyable evening.

GC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was exceptional

S
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Every dish came far to fast. The main course came at the same second as they took the pa,tea from the starter, even though we said we wanted some space in between. Food tasted fine but nothing exceptional

AB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing to write home about really. I felt this place was little pretentious. Food was GOOD, but nothing spectacular or particularly flavorful that you wouldn't get at any mid-range Italian restaurant in North Beach. Service was extremely slow but I think this is the style and I did not mind it. I felt the ambiance was more for larger groups than for couples or small groups (as mine was). Very nice waiter. Wonderful hostess I must say - I was greeted immediately in such a welcoming way which set the expectation for a fabulous meal, but it just wasn't. Would I recommend to try? Yes most certainly. Would I go back? Unfortunately probably not.

FR
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Five friends came in for an early dinner recently while visiting from Canada. Service was EXCEPTIONAL from the moment we entered. Everyone enjoyed the food and we would not hesitate to return. Wine recommendations were very good.

N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is such a sleeper! Spectacular Italian food, excellent service, low key ambiance. Our favorite place to dine when we come to SF.

RM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a fantastic gem with great atmosphere and home cooked quality food.

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