Delfina Restaurant

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. For parties over 6 guests please contact delfinahost@delfinasf.com or log on to our website at www.delfinasf.com.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date was running 30 minutes late and we were on a short time schedule. Our waiter Took really good care of us. He brought date’s food right when he arrived. The waiter had to be reminded once about the check but also maybe we weren’t totally clear we were ready for the check. This was not a big deal. Overall wonderful experience, I totally recommend it. If you haven’t gone you need to go!

J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Some of the best staff of any restaurant and food & wine spot on Been going there since inception and never disappointed. A SF treasure.

g
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The soup was so delicious - definitely start with that! The pastas are amazing and the steak and fries - amazing! Great wine, great food, great atmosphere and wonderful service - a terrific night!

MP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very yummy food, great friendly service. I had the ragu pasta that was as good as in Italy. The grilled calamari starter was delicious too.

RA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Amazing food. Their attention to detail in flavors is outstanding. From the Wine pairings to unique flavors I never tasted on Gnocchi, to the dazzling flavors of their pannacotta. This place is truly a gem in the middle of the mission/Dolores area of San Francisco.

P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and food was really good. Our waiter recommended an Italian wine that was perfect for what I told him I was looking for. As with most SF restaurants, the portions were a bit small. Not sure why the trend for smaller portions persists but most people I know always complain about it.

WI
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Been there many times Service was fantastic food was delish. desserts were not. I told them and they appreciated the feedback as they were new on the menu. They of course offered to remove from our bill. Also music is loud but they were gracious to lower the volume. Just FYI Tartine bread is $6.50 and corkage is $$

W
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a 5:30 reservation and the restaurant, we discovered, is not open until then. Having arrived early on a chilly day, the staff was somewhat haughty while telling us we couldn't come in early. After opening, once in, staff was very nice and accommodated us at the table we requested. Food was generally very good although cauliflower soup was milder than it could/should have been, too much cream overwhelming the flavor. Roast chicken was superbly cooked but the au jus was somewhat salty. The service was good but could have been much better, a lapse I find in restaurants where the system is that food is delivered by different people than the ones who take the order. No one person monitors needs and I had to get up and ask for condiments, annoying in a restaurant at this level. Perhaps such longstanding success leads to a little complacency? Still, a very good dinner for the most part.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic SF spot. Always great and super consistent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo súper

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was bummed and surprised that I ordered a glass of red wine and when the bill came it was $29 (more than my meal) - the waiter should have warned me

G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable warmth & class

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crowded space and load by bar but our server was fantastic and knew the mean we’ll and made great wine pairing.. Can’t wait for next trip To SFO

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend’s birthday! He loves Italian and he absolutely adored this meal. It was so delicious we couldn’t stop eating and came home extremely stuffed. Though the staff brought us out a candle and desert for feee without me asking. Very sweet wait staff and would definitely recommend for anyone looking to have a nicer lovely evening.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Hannukah inspired dishes were all delicious! We tried them all and loved them.

JM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Hanukkah specials - especially the latkes. Duck fat!!! The ruggalah were small & needed more filling so the dessert plate was a bit disappointing. Great wine list. Our server was excellent & all of the other dishes were perfect - chopped chicken liver, smoked cod, calamari, & the Brussels sprouts. An annual event that I eagerly await.

MK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality never slips over the years. You wonder how the spaghetti can be so awesome, but it is -- six people got four orders of it, among the many other things we ordered. The latkes were a hit, especially for some people who had never had them. Everyone loved the gnocchi fritto, could have had several more orders. The salad with ricotta and persimmons was lovely, a gentle note. I had the hanger steak and even though I order it MW, it's always luscious. Everything looks beautiful on the plate. But the most striking thing -- besides the food -- is the staff. They are so charming and funny and seem to love their jobs, but are always totally professional. That comes from the top.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Came to Delfina because it made a lot of list on “where to eat in SF.” Our food was good but the menu selection was disappointing. They were out of somethings and it was also a special Hanukkah menu. Felt like we missed out on their everyday menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service exceptional!

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was superb and special. The sea bass and gnocchi were over the top. Had not been for several years but will go back next time in San francisco

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Servings are very small and server was being awkward however the food itself did taste very good.

G
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delfinas is just simply one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Never had an average meal as there or incompetent service. Keep up the good work!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! A San Francisco classic.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The calamari / warm white bean dish is exceptional...probably never had more tender, tasty calamari in my life. There's a reason it doesn't leave the menu, they really have this dish dialed. Pastas are fantastic, really loved the flavors in the squid-ink tagliatelle. The hay & straw was truly satisfying and good (but not as stand-out as some of the other dishes). I like the atmosphere and it was refreshingly easy to book a table at a reasonable time on a weeknight.

DB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place never disappoints. Excellent food and attentive service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was mediocre, the check was high. Not a good combo.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality ingredients, well-prepared. Great for foodies.

p
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

A disappointing evening! ☹️ It started with a mixed up with the bread order, then we waited for 1 hour for our pasta, only 2 out of 4 servings came to the table. It was a few more minutes before the other two arrived at the table. Our Primi were served but the brussels sprouts arrived when we were almost finished with our meal. Not sure if it was the kitchen or our server. Don’t think we’ll be back.

RC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was just okay, one dish good, one dish so-so. Had to pay for bread when you order $11 butter
which didn't go well with the bread. Service at bar was very poor. Wine selection was limited.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

I love the food but it’s always been too loud.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, especially the Brussel sprouts with hazel nuts!

FA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a wonderful meal. Don’t eat here without having the panna cotta—Delfina has absolutely perfected this dessert. Sublime.

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have been there in multiple occasions but service very dodgy!!! Our server Lana was very nice. We ordered 2 bottles of wine and st a restaurant I don’t want to be pouring my own wine !! Where is the service. Food was very good though !

LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Over all it was a pleasant and delicious experience. The pasta were all very delicious and freshly made. The chicken was as advertised and just about everything we had was yummy. My only complaint would be the close quarters. We were practically sitting with the people next to us and should have just joined in their conversation since we heard every word as we sat two inches away from them. Understandable due to the popularity of the restaurant and in the end we loved our experience.

H
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful simple room and very attentive service. Easy to see why it’s an institution. Hen ragu and roast chicken dishes both heavenly and well-executed. Not inexpensive but lovely for a treat.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced subpar Italian small plates, pastas and entrees — simple food can be delicious but Delfina was pretentious and disappointing. Why any reviewer would deem this place as a must for visiting foodies is beyond me. Judge Italian by the core menu item “Spaghetti in tomato sauce” and you’ll see that it’s no better or worse than any decent Italian you’ve had in any major metropolitan cities worldwide.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What happened to the lighting? It’s too bright. Otherwise lovely.

AK
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twenty One years and never a bad meal or experience. The pros on 18th are a sure bet.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible horrible horrible! Worse management ever! If the owners want to resolve what they did to us. They need to reach out! Fire ur front house staff! U made our thanksgiving not happen

J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I’ve been a Delfina regular for 8 years. My experience this time wasn’t up to their previous standards. It’s gotten crazy expensive to eat here and the noise levels are out of control. I also found the menu to be uninspired

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