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888 Ristorante Italiano

4.9
4.9
417 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If you’ve ever enjoyed the 888 dining experience, you know it’s not like your average Bay Area Italian restaurant. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Carlos, 888 Ristorante Italiano brings authentic flavors of Italy to Laurel Street. 888 was created from a passion for Italian cuisine that’s deep-rooted in the Maddalena family. Owner Vince Maddalena and Chef Raul learned their craft through growing up in the restaurant industry. Specifically, Maddalena’s, owned by Vince’s dad for over 30 years in Palo Alto. When Vince’s dad closed shop, Vince knew he wanted to continue sharing his passion for food with the public. And so 888 was born! When it comes to cooking, we never take shortcuts. Almost all of our menu is made in-house and we keep things fresh by changing our dishes as seasons come and go. Enjoy our intimate dining experience with a significant other, family and friends or just let us know if you have a large group and we would be happy to accommodate. Your host, Vincenzo Maddalena, would like to welcome you to his restaurant for a unique dining experience of authentic Italian cuisine. Buon Appetito!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. c

    coastsider33

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service wonderful people
  2. BK

    BradyK

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a constant favorite for celebrating special occasions or just an evening out with friends. Delicious food and wonderful service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicely appointed small venue on a quieter block of Laurel St. The inside looks beautiful, but we are still preferring outdoor for Covid. The staff were delightful and remembered my request for proximity to a heater, which I appreciate. We enjoyed the beet salad, which they kindly split for us, and the brussels sprouts to which the Roquefort cheese was a tasteful addition. The gnocchi were light and delicate, perfectly laced with a the thin tomato basil sauce and fresh Parm. A glass of Chianti was a nice accompaniment. Also available by the glass was a Sangiovese, and hopefully additional offerings will follow, to earn true Wine Bar status. Staff were kind and attentive. A lovely meal!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and amazing service! We ate outside and the restaurant has made the space so charming although inside was cute too. Lots of choices and wonderful specials. We mainly ordered the pastas which were served piping hot and fresh. I highly recommend!
  5. OD

    OptimusDiner

    San Francisco

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service here is amazing! I arrived early for dinner with a friend and was able to sit at our table and order a glass of wine until my friend arrived. I requested outside seating but because we had an early reservation they advised I could move it inside but the weather was warm so we stayed outside. There was always someone stopping by to check on our meal and to refill our glasses but we never felt rushed and enjoyed some great food and also shared the bread pudding for dessert - warm and yummy! We will definitely be returning!
  6. R

    Rose

    San Francisco

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we dine at 888, we have a wonderful experience. The gnocchi are soft little pillows, and the gorgonzola sauce is creamy and full of flavor. My husband never eats gnocchi, but he loves them. The octopus appetizer is tender and well-seasoned, and the halibut special is delicious. The panna cotta and the creme brulee were perfecting endings to a perfect birthday meal.
  7. AM

    AnaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Inside the restaurant is small. Our first time there, small space with outdoor seating. We had the beet salad, calamari and bruschetta appetizers. I ate the fettuccini with seafood. For dessert, our party of 6 had bread pudding, tiramisu, cheescake and the house coffee was excellent. We will return.
  8. JB

    JoeB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed an early Mother's Day dinner here--the Tutto Mare was much better than most and I was impressed by how much shellfish was included. Wine list gets a B, but sufficient. There is a wine bar next door--maybe an opportunity to offer a reserve list without any inventory.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day Celebration was fantastic at 888
  10. JW

    JosephW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Vince the owner is always present and makes the service superb. Small and quaint
  11. AW

    AmyW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and a very nice wine list. I had the grilled salmon and my friend had the special branzino with prawns. Both were excellent.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Lovely quiet space to enjoy fresh and delicious food and spend time with friends.
  13. JC

    JoeC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food Good Prices
  14. VV

    VickiV

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Beautiful interior. Excellent service.
  15. H

    Hornet

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finally an Italian restaurant owner & Chef that provides an authentic meal experience! Absolutely impressed with every single dish start to finish! They really care about serving you real home made style flavors with only the highest quality ingredients. I will be a life long customer!
  16. SZ

    StephanZ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Anniversary dinner! Loved it!
  17. T

    Teresa24

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food & service! I look forward to returning soon!
  18. KJ

    KJSpeaks

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, 888 offers extremely delicious Italian food. Their daily additions of appetizers, grilled meats and fish are worth trying as well. ALWAYS leave room for the cheesecake!
  19. C

    Ckgee

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate outdoors so it was nice. Our waiter was very cordial and attentive. Loved the olive oil and balsamic with bread. Calamari appetizer was delicious and one of the best we’ve had...was so fresh and tender. The linguini vongole and shrimp pancetta were really good.
  20. DI

    DIVA

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Pasta was very good as was salad and octopus appetizer; service was excellent. We enjoyed our meal and would eat here again for sure.
  21. BG

    BritGal

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a pleasure to have dinner at 888. Authentic and delicious food with wonderful specials always on offer. Last night had the Risotto, which was amazingly good. Vince and George are great and the place runs like a Swiss watch!
  22. MH

    MortonH

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    888 is one of the very best restaurants in all of Northern Calif. The food is always superb and you can't get better service.
  23. MO

    MichelleO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious and would highly recommend and will definitely be back soon!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All our meals were delicious, the place was full and our service was a good as ever. Thanks for a nice evening.
  25. D

    Dinearoundmom

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Cozy atmosphere with delicious food.
  26. TA

    TonyA

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu - service and daily specials. Beet salad was perfect and the Colorado lamb was excellent. So much so that we came back to repeat the meal our family shared on Friday.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a pleasure to dine outside, despite the cold weather, the warm eater and cozy area created a nice atmosphere. My 3 teenagers enjoyed their time and of course the food!
  28. GM

    GregM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit to 888 Ristorante very much. Quality family owned and operated establishment, fresh Italian food served in a luxurious and intimate setting.
  29. JU

    JaneU

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always -- AWESOME dinner and overall experience!
  30. K

    Kenneth127

    San Francisco

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great local restaurant for very good Italian food. Fair prices and good service
  31. SC

    SusieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. All 6 of us really enjoyed our meals.
  32. s

    sljlll

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than it’s ever been. Love 888! Keep it up - we will be back.
  33. L

    Lissette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both had one of the daily specials and it was delicious. I definitely recommend.
  34. MW

    MaggiW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit at 888 Ristorante Italiano. I made the reservation to celebrate a friend's birthday. We sat outside, in an attempt to reduce our exposure risk and we were very comfortable. I was impressed by the quality of the food, selection and service. Everything was delicious and the servers couldn't have been more attentive. It's a great neighborhood restaurant and I plan to go again!!
  35. EM

    EdMyWineGuide

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian cooking on the SF Peninsula. Lovely little restaurant, wonderful service and very nice wine list with handpicked older Italian vintages.
  36. w

    wcubed

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was prepared exquisitely, especially the seafood. The food tasted extra fresh. The portions were just right. The service was attentive. I'm not sure why we waited so long to dine here. I think we will become their newest "regulars".
  37. JE

    JoanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    always tops in food and service. Cheesecake is the greatest
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful! Service was perfect.
  39. O

    Oaktown

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A last minute reservation while we were in this area, and it turned out to be a great selection. Excellent food, pleasant service--a very nice evening and meal with family.
  40. LR

    LauraR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian Restaurant on the Peninsula! Love the menu, the staff, the house made pasta, the service, all so amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

888 Ristorante Italiano does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

888 Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.9 stars by 417 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

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Google Map for 888 Ristorante Italiano

888 Laurel Street #3951 San Carlos, CA 94070

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    San Carlos

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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