Altovino

4.8
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363 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Seasonal Italian dishes from rotating regions (heartier Northern dishes in winter, Tuscan dishes in spring and Southern fare in summer) and an unmatched list of carefully selected, little known Italian alpine and volcanic (alto) wines along with Tuscan and Piedmontese classics characterize the offerings at AltoVino. Tuscan-born owner and sommelier Claudio Villani curates both unusual and classical wine pairings with Chef Nick Kelly’s offerings.

To fulfill AltoVino’s mission to offer the heart and soul of Italian dining – quality and experience – for the best deal in town, Kelly runs a no-waste kitchen and Villani offers 150 wines by the bottle and 20 by the glass and quartino Dinner is served six nights beginning at 5:30.
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DL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. So good!!! The ambiance and food are delightful.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Put off by the service but loved the food. Would only go back to sit at bar and avoid the service issue.

IH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service! Got the stuffed olives and I don’t even like olives but they were delish. Also ordered the fruit salad, Ragu, and some delicious ravioli. All was amazing. Had a wonderful waiter who gave great selection on the wine list. We even stayed half an hour after closing and he was so kind about it even when we tried to rush. Loved our experience here!

NF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The neighborhood restaurant was delightful. The food was creative and delicious. We felt welcomed and very happy to be there. The staff is amazing.

AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful food, service and ambiance in this comfortable restaurant.

KG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed. The service, wine list, wine suggestion and food was so good. Hoping to get back to Nob Hill for dinner again soon!

A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I probably shouldn’t say anything because this is s neighbored gem that we love and go to often - we don’t want the reservation to become impossible! The good is consistently outstanding. They change the menu with the seasons so there is always at least one thing new when we go, if not the whole menu. The staff are really nice and gracious, not just because they know us. I can’t recommend Altovino strongly enough.

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and it was such a magical evening

LL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot, with delicious and different pastas. Great ambiance, very cozy.

V
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. Sat outside, so lovely.

SF
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food just keeps getting better at Altovino. Lucky me, I can walk there -- but it's worth a drive across town too.

OT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience

S
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Amazing. Will 100% go there again.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent like I was in Italy

C
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a romantic restaurant in ambient setting. The whole experience, from getting seated to dessert, was wonderful. The only minor negative was that it was challenging to find a substitute for grains.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was awesome

MP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Authentic Italian cuisine, beautiful atmosphere and great service. I keep coming back. Grazie!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and so was the service. We had overall an great time celebrating my man’s birthday. Grazie mille!

JH
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Unfortunately they sat us at a table right next to the bathrooms and the entry to the kitchen. It ruined what would otherwise it would’ve been a decent dinner

SJ
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed outstanding service, wine list, appetizers, pasta, and espresso. What an incredible meal. Thank you, Altovino!

MM
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 5th time I've had the pleasure of dining at Altovino and am continually pleased with the spot on service, the beautifully prepared food and the cozy atmosphere.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been traveling and we were looking for a quiet, high quality meal in a cozy setting and Altovino hit that (and more) on all cylinders! The staff were super helpful, the wine list was great and the food simply killed. Couldn't have scripted the night any better. No wonder the locals were all pouring in!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all round dining experience.

s
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great neighborhood find. The food is better than many of the well known Italian restaurants downtown or in North Beach.

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine delicious as was the service

b
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

have eaten here 8or 9 times since it opened in 2018......everything on the menu is well-prepared especially the pastas and beefsteak fiorentino…..very good Italian wine list......charming owner
recommended

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

AltoVino was a fine place to have dinner, but the service really was subpar to poor on the night we were there.

For example: (1) we had a table of 6 and only ever received 3 menus; (2) we had to walk to the host stand to get wine lists because we never were brought any; (3) it took over 20 minutes for service to come to our table to take our drink orders; and (4) when we would try to flag down waiters to receive service, we would always be told “we’ll let your waitress know.” The restaurant seemed unprepared and understaffed for a busy Saturday evening.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always the best pasta! Great service

HS
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Italian food & wine. Great service, as always.

MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent from appetizers to dessert! The service was wonderful and it is now one of our favorite restaurants !

JU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent from first course to third course, they were all excellent. We went on a Saturday night at 8:30 and the restaurant was full and became a little warm by the end of the meal. That was the only part of our experience that was not the best. We are from Phoenix and were visiting San Fran for the weekend. We are familiar with being warm and the restaurant was rather warm by 9:30. Otherwise food and service was excellent. Highly recommend and the next time we are in San Fran, will go again.

SF
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's rare to find a neighborhood spot with such extraordinary food. This was my third visit and I can't wait to return.

AW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heirloom tomato salad was perfect. Good service from friendly waiters. Nice ambiance.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night perfection! Food,ambiance, service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was exceptional. Service a little stuffy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, cozy and very good food! All I was looking for!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent help with wine selection and overall outstanding service. A real gem!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff proficient in wine pairing.

Kudos to chef Nick Kelly!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They accommodated a larger group and were very helpful. It just was a bit hit and stuffy that day.

The food was great as always.

GF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was top level. From the basic ingredients to overall composition of the course.

We were at a less than busy evening. Still service was top notch.
Overall value was great because the food can compete with good Italian restaurants anywhere (including Italy). And most prices were only on the medium to medium-high range.