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888 Ristorante Italiano

4.8
4.8
479 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 4 times today

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

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  1. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Entre was not very substantial, could have been more food for the price. Restaurant was told it was a birthday dinner, but no complimentary dessert was offered which is quite customary at other restaurants in general so this was a disappointment. Service & ambience were good, but food was too pricey for moderate entre portion so we will probably not be returning or referring others.
  2. KC

    KaraC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up being a party of 12. They were able to seat us all together outside w/ heat lamps & lights under the canopy. It was perfect. Appetizers, entrees and wine was all delicious. Service was great too.
  3. GT

    GTSS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. It's not your standard Italian restaurant. It's way better. The food was amazing.
  4. FV

    FoodieV

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food with a wide variety of choices. Friendly service. Very knowledgeable on gluten free options.
  5. j

    johng

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual.
  6. WS

    WilliamS

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Yes, our dining experience was good but only because the gnocchi was over-cooked did we rate the food as "good." The filet of sole was superb. We look forward to returning (this was our first time) to enjoy an even better dining experience. If not, well, that may be it as there are so many other Italian options.
  7. MF

    MaureenF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian food that is always delicious. The gnocchi is 5 star! Charming ambience and excellent service make this one of my favorite restaurants.
  8. GS

    GeorgeS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a pleasure. First time there. Food was so delicious. Service was impeccable. All of the waiters and owner constantly move through dining room taking care of customers. Will definitely be back. It was loud though, but that won't stop me from returning.
  9. L

    Lindy

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here because we had heard that they do a good job on gluten free food for people with Celiac disease, which my daughter has. We shared the brussel sprouts (very yummy) and the caprese salad (very cool presentation and delicious too). She had the fettucine tartufo with gluten free pasta. She loved it so much she took an order home. My other daughter and I shared the regular tartufo (the homemade pasta is amazing) and a special dish of salmon and prawns which was delicious too. My daughter did not get sick which was great! The owner Vince checked in on us often and was very helpful and friendly. We sat outside because my husband is having surgery in a few days but we were toasty and warm with thier heaters. We will definitely be back!
  10. JH

    JaneH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    888 Ristorante Italiano is the best dining experience in San Mateo County. I feel that I’m back in my Nona’s kitchen whenever I’m there. Every dish is a delight, the service is excellent, the course are well-paced.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always wonderful food and service. Nice to see a small restaurant with a small carefully kitchen surviving
  12. NG

    NormaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I enjoyed a very pleasant experience. The food was delicious.
  13. CW

    CarlaW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal & service & lovely interior
  14. AB

    AnthonyB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an Ezceptional restaurant. Try it
  15. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vince Maddalena, Fred’s son (Maddalena’s Restaurant and Cafe Fino, formerly in downtown Palo Alto), does a great job at this little gem.
  16. k

    kenatcman

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in downtown San Carlos. We come often as it is reliably excellent. The wait staff are very nice and the food is awesome.
  17. JM

    JohnM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both the salmon and the ossobucco just melted in your mouth. You didn't even need teeth to eat it. Wonderful sauces. We Love this place!!
  18. KJ

    KarenJ

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed family birthday celebration
  19. P

    Puffin

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at the restaurant. I was surprised how small it is, but it was nicely set up and inviting. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the Veal Marsala and it was superb. This is my standard test for Italian restaurants, and this might have been the best ever. We will return for sure.
  20. KM

    KathleenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have an evening out. Would highly recommend.
  21. SC

    SallyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Food. Outstanding service. Nice wine list. If you dine here later in the evening, it is a lovely place. If you dine earlier and there are families present, it can be quite loud.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great environment!
  23. C

    Ckgee

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My son and his friend dined here and they were nice enough to adjust the reservation time. The service was great and the rigatoni were delicious.
  24. MD

    MaureenD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time in this beautiful and delicious place. Due to the weather (cold) and the season (Christmas) it was little crowded indoors, and noisier that usual. But still overall it was an excellent experience. We'll be back!
  25. LL

    LoriL

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Our second visit and we brought our adult kids this time. Food is incredible and the service is warm and welcoming. We plan to add this restaurant into our regular rotation!
  26. AL

    ALANS

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice interior but noisy. Portions are large. Some unusual italian dishes. Osso Buco was featured the night we were there.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  28. AB

    AnthonyB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional Food and service.
  29. d

    davem

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great to enjoy a meal at 888. Food and pastas so delicious and great service and atmosphere
  30. FS

    FlowerS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time to dine there. The food was excellent!
  31. B

    Bearware

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality Italian fresh food. Desert pre-made- other than that excellent.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband, daughter, and I had a lovely dinner at 888 Ristorante Italians last night. The owner greeted us and sat us at the table we requested. There was a nice wine and aperitif list to choose from. We had the fish special, veal piccata, and veal parmigiana. All of us were very happy with our delicious dinners. The restaurant is small, cozy, and nicely decorated. It makes you feel like you’re in a friend’s home. 888 is a perfect place for a special evening. Try it! You’ll like it!
  33. WC

    WynneC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regulars on Friday nights. Always great food and enjoy ambience.
  34. p

    pam642

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meatballs Burratta cheese salad. Lovely owner waiter.
  35. l

    laurat

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent Italian meal in an intimate, casual atmosphere. One of the best restaurants on the Peninsula.
  36. t

    theluckystarr

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service always consistent. I haven't had a bad meal there.
  37. c

    carlick

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed many great meals at 888, and yesterday was no exception. Great ingredients, expert preparation, interesting recipes, an easily accessed setting. Highly recommended. It is not 'local' for me, or we'd be here every week, or more.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! The food is always fantastic! My favorite is the lasagne! The service is impeccable. My friends and I ate fantastic food and shared wonderful desserts and closed the place down! The best Italian food on the peninsula by far!
  39. BR

    BRUCEH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good
  40. AD

    AngiD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food really good atmosphere great ambiance

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 4.8 stars by 479 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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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