Altovino

4.8
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430 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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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Satisfied four serious foodies. Great service, the Bistecca was excellent, served with bone marrow and glazed scallions, drizzled with olive oil and salt, the citrus salad divine, and my ink pasta with seafood delicious. Lovely decor. We hadn’t been since It had changed hands from Mason Pacific. It is absolutely lovely. On my SF favorite list.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent overall - food, presentation, service. Owner, Claudio, is from Florence. He was on site and engaged. Extensive Italian wine list w/ some unusual selections. Highly recommend.

FI
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were three of us, and we all LOVED our meals. I'm dreaming of going back, but am in the DC area... We had the citrus salad and insalatina and they were fantastic. My citrus salad was beautiful with a light tart dressing and pistachios to offset the sweet. Then I had the Triangoli which was delicate, beautiful, and delicious - probably could've had another order and been happy. It was that good. My friends had the Pappardelle and they loved theirs, too. We all had diff desserts. Panna cotta, almond cake, and chocolate gelato - and again, everyone loved what they ordered. Just delicious. A few loud parties made conversation a bit challenging - weird acoustics - but we all felt we'd made a wonderful choice and can't wait to return.

A
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a amazing experience.Glad I came here to eat.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic Italian food. Everything we ordered was incredible - highly recommend.

MR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I think your restaurant is excellent in every way!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent elegance and style with friendly warm service and scrumptious food that my grandmother from Sicily would love.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian food in the city now! Always a hit, I close my eyes and eat haha. I’m Italian on both sides and their food takes me back to the flavors of my youth.

n
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food reminded us of our times in Italy.

ET
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening with great food and excellent service. Delicious.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always too loud

HS
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service. The menu changes and always includes unusual dishes that are beautifully prepared. A great restaurant in every way.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful interiors feels very European. Service impeccable. Food is delish. A neighborhood gem.

RC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Roberto was the quintessential server! He made recommendations, checked in without rushing my guest and I since we were visiting.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian place in SF. Claudio is THE best!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Italian waiter was phenomenal - the pork chop was unbelievable. Will come back!

BS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2nd experience at this restaurant, food and service are worth the trip. Nice corner of the city

PR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sardine and white bean appetizer great: nice fresh sardines, well-prepared beans and green sauce. I had the spaghetti with tomato sauce; my date had the tagliatelle with pork and truffles. Both were well -executed and delicious. I like that portions are not outsized. Wine a bit pricey ($20/glass) but excellent Barbaresco. Dessert: an almond cake with a citrus glaze that managed to be both rich and refreshing. Maybe one of the best cakes (my favorite food group) I've had in a long time. As for atmosphere, DeVino manages to feel like you're having a special night out, while maintaining a casual neighborhood vibe.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and great service.....

The Saks was so fresh - it tasted like it had been freshly picked

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was excellent! We were pleased with the Recommendations and service .

B
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We shared one YUMMY salad & pasta & MASSIVE $105. Porterhouse. Yep, 3 items = $200., our max for a quick impromptu Sunday night meal...no more $$$ for wine or dessert. Yummy Swensen’s for $3. each after.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a great meal

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

food was awful. maybe we should have gone with Pasta. but everything else was just terrible. left hungry.

MN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. Very accommodating and friendly

S
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent wine list and superb, knowledgeable service. Somewhat limited menu, but our dishes were well prepared and delicious.

m
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, staff, could have a little more options for wine by the glass. Would definitely go back

RL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The fried olive stuffed with cheese and oxtail was especially good

W
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cozy neighbor place. Limited menu. We split appetizer,1st and second courses. Enough for 2 moderate appetites.ambiance was relaxing with soft background music, excellent server.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time at Altovino and loved it ! Definitely would consider this restaurant a hidden gem. The service was phenomenal, food delicious, and ambiance lovely. I loved the intimate blue dining room with jazz music playing in the background!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All positive

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MT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had the sea bass which was excellent. Light, flaky and very tasty. The roasted vegetables were cooked just right.

The steak, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. Ordered medium rare, it came as a variety of rare, medium rare and medium and lacked any kind of seasoning. The mushroom ragu was just mushrooms, and the seared polenta was dry and burnt, not toasted and creamy as one would expect. Overall it was very disappointing and I left half the plate as it wasn't good.

The wine recommendations were spot on though.

LM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was phenomenal and the service was outstanding. We will be back! What a treat!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

HS
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Italian cuisine. Excellent service. Great wine list.

TH
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best & most consistent restaurants in San Franciso. Claudio is Florentine as is some of his team. The food & wine are terrific and reasonably priced. I hate sharing one of my local faves but I must!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing- but the room has very tight seating- with loud music and many loud conversations.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food made with creativity and care. Good choice of wines by the glass. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Fast service. Intimate atmosphere with a neighborhood vibe.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wine, ambience and service

TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elevated Italian in a cozy, offbeat neighborhood location. Whole experience was great but its all about the food: innovative and delicious. Veal tartare starter was fantastic. Tajarin pasta was other-worldly. Already planning our return.

e
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service. Fantastic food-depths of flavors and wonderful rich pastas that weren’t too heavy. We had a fantastic wine. Absolutely going back