888 Ristorante Italiano

4.7
351 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 351 people are saying
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vipFabFood
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at 888 is always so fantastic. The care and attention that the staff give while dining there make me return again and again. They are thoughtful in their specials (always fresh and seasonal), as well as their recommendations for menu selections, wine pairing, and the desserts. I can my wait until our next meal there!

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SvetlanaK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend to dine at 888: Vince, the owner , is super attentive ; food is great , ambiance is perfect for a small gathering. We will be back soon!

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vipRobertC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent as well the service. Had to commend the crust on the cheesecake as being close to perfection

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Orchid1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant needs to invest in some black napkins for individuals wearing black clothes. The current white one leave a ton of lint all over your slacks or dress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal enjoyed by all.

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Tunik
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside patio, not too noisy, good for a business lunch.

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vipPatandBruce
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites.

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KaraD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent. Service is attentive and excellent. Meal fully exceeded expectations.

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MelissaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food, everything was exactly how we "picky" people wanted it, great desserts to top off meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing pasta and service

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JoeyDee
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice to eat outside. Our party had no problem with any peripheral noise. The food was excellent and the service very good. Try it, you'll like it! Cheers.

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LeeK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure eating there! The food is delicious and the service is outstanding!
It was the perfect lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

888 was great! The service was amazing!

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vipRogerPierre
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic host! Best mussels and clams I have had in years, great entrees, and a dynamite bread pudding

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JohnT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta and nice portions, not too large. Staff was nice. Outdoor seating was nice.

BG
vipBritGal
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The owner is moody and on the day we went for lunch was almost surly, telling us the kitchen closed at 1pm, when our reservation was at that time. We felt rushed and thought he was rude. On other occasions have noticed that he is cold with some guests and warm and welcoming to regulars.

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CindiM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went on a very hot night and I think everyone was overwhelmed by the heat. They did there best to give us a good experience.

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Huge
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. The waiter was very attentive.

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vippaulm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

888 was great. We had a delicious dinner. Cheesecake for dessert was fantastic. We will go back.

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vipHowardK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Standout on San Carlos' restaurant row. Food is authentic and consistently terrific, hospitality and service outstanding, wine list is knowledgeable, diverse and reasonably priced. Always have had high expectations and never been disappointed here.

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Becky
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined there and all of our dishes were excellent/gourmet -- from appetizers to dessert! Interesting/varied menu. Attentive service, good wine list. Highly recommend.

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Seth
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish, great date night spot! Everything was so fresh and delicious. On the quieter end of the street, so was able relax and enjoy dining outside.

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vipSFSweetheart
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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AnnetteH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited 888 Ristorante for my birthday celebration. It was the first time eating at this restaurant. It was so good. There is outside seating available but we were brave and sat inside, now that we are able to. There was one other table of people inside. Most people were seated outside. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves! It was a definite treat! We haven’t been out in soooo long! All the food was great. Especially the Veal Marsala! The cheesecake we had for dessert was delicious. The service was great as well. A definite recommend for that special occasion or date night!

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marilyns
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent and the food was delicious. There were 4 of us and everyone loved their meals.

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RobertS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Calamari appetizer and tiramisu dessert were great., Saltiness of veal piccata overwhelmed the lemon cappers. Service and atmosphere were great.

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vipLisa
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at 888 Ristorante Italiano is always fresh and authentically prepared. It has a friendly atmosphere and is one of our favorite restaurants.

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vipKenneth127
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant for very good Italian food. Good food and good service.
All staff are attentive

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vipMaureenF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I wanted a good Italian meal and 888 didn’t disappoint. We shared a Caesar salad, the gnocchi, and veal piccata entree. Even though we were sharing dishes, the portions were generous. The gnocchi with pesto sauce was outstanding. The gnocchi were soft and fluffy and tasted freshly made. The veal was tender and flavorful, but my favorite part of the entree was the vegetables - Swiss chard and asparagus—cooked to perfection and so delicious. A wonderful departure from the standard carrots and zucchini served at many restaurants. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. I am a weekly, yes weekly customer!!!

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JeanineC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The host was not very engaging when he seated us which did not start the dining experience off to a good start; however, our waiter made up the difference with his friendly attitude and good wait service.....our food was okay....the calamari was excellent but our entrees were just okay, two being the special that night....and dessert was fantastic, the carmel seasalt gelato....

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vipLisa
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a fantastic local Italian restaurant that we love and go to often. The food is fresh and prepared in authentic Italian fashion and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Definitely worth repeated visits!

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vipJamesO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a relaxed dining experience. Great food and professional service.

DJ
DebraJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We found for the portion size and overall value, to be on the expensive side.

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vipRosemaryW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant in the heart of Laurel Street. Excellent Italian food, ambiance and quality service!

PB
vipPatandBruce
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, a favorite of ours

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BuffyB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing pasta ! The focaccia bread melts in your mouth:)

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josed
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for weekend eating and comfort food. Quiet place to have a nice comfortable evening with your other half. Neighborhood gem!!

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newdiner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My favorite in San Carlos. Highly recommend to anyone.

FAQs

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

888 Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 351 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.