About Delfina Restaurant
Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. PLEASE NOTE: Delfina only accepts limited reservations on OpenTable. For more tables and availability, please visit Delfina's website or contact us directly.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Delfina Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We come here every couple months or so. The food is always top notch. But it can get really loud. We were one of the earlier tables on a Friday and the restaurant was 90% empty. It started off great and then 10 minutes in, with an empty restaurant, the music was turned up so loud we could barely hear each other across the table. I think the louder music drives louder voices,, and with an empty restaurant, they should take care to manage the volume accordingly. No one is there to listen to a soundtrack.
Our entrees were delicious, although the portion of my husband's risotto was small. We also shared a rich chocolate pudding (bonet) that was spot-on. We resented having to pay $4.00 for the bread as in the past the Tartine-baked bread had been part of the experience at no additional cost.
Great food and great service at Delfina. The menu was a bit foreign to me and my family (a lot of Italian lingo), but the staff were very accommodating in helping us select food and beverage. They are very patient.
My only complaint is that if it’s above 75 degrees outside this restaurant gets hot. I was sweating while I was eating, but it was still absolutely delicious and worth it.
Note, if you order the pasta, they are smaller portions, but don’t be off put, they are very very rich pastas.
Found this on a list as a hotspot for SF dining. There are so many choices but decided why not. Our Waitress made us feel like we weren’t welcomed to ask questions about the menu. When we did, she was awful at explaining the items (while the table next to us had a wonderful waitress). Once our food arrived, the ravioli order looked like half an order (12 small ones @$21 and nothing else. No pizazz/presentation). My stuffed hen and pancetta agnolotti (also very small and $20+)was good but... The chocolate Torrone Bar for dessert was good. Based on the experience and dining choices we would never go back. However, everyone raves about there pizza next door. That we would try.
Delfina continues to offer a great dining experience. In addition to the food, our server Kelly A is what stood out about our latest meal there. She is a true professional. Even though we were a tad late due to traffic and the restaurant was packed, she welcomed us and didn't rush us along. Her knowledge of the menu and ability to recommend dishes was appreciated. Food is outstanding. Tables close together so be prepared to enjoy conversation with those nearby...it added to our experience!
It had been several years since we've been back to Delfina, one of our favorite restaurants for many years. Our party of 4 arrived at 5:36 and we were promptly seated. The menu is manageable, perhaps slightly shorter than in the past. However, the first eye-opener is the appearance of non-Italian wines on the Wines by the Glass list. We'd only seen Italian wines on either the glass or full wine list in the past. Our female server was competent, if overall indifferent. A Cocchi Americano and Soda was a nice aperitiva. However, was stunned that they had no Aperol, because had first asked for a simple Aperol Spritzer, a standby in Italian restaurants. They couldn't make a Shirley Temple for our daughter, and in fact they are not a full bar at all. They can simply make the short order of cocktails on their menu and nothing else.
For a tab nearing $300, the food was spotty. The iconic spaghetti, raved even recently by many diners, was judged merely decent by several. The gnocchi with ragu said to feature beef, pork and veal, was in fact orange in color, with the barest flavor of meats possible. At this point we were fortunate that the bread was very good. For mains, we ordered the roasted chicken and grilled hangar steak. These meats were cooked really well, especially the chicken, and we would order them again. The hangar steak was a perfect medium, but quite cool when it arrived. The herb-flavored french fries accompanying the steak were very good.
We get that this has been a famous restaurant for many years. We've had a handful of truly excellent meals, and have even posted former glowing reviews. However, taken as a whole, the bloom has obviously come off the rose, and we will now be in search of a new favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco.
I have been going to Delfina since they opened -- at least 20 visits over the years. This has always been one of my go-to restaurants. I was very disappointed with the last meal and sincerely hope this is an aberration. A couple of things stick out. First of all, the appetizer choices were unimaginative and poorly executed. the Anchovies where canned and had an off taste. The mussel appetizer was silly, containing just three cooked mussels. The pasta course we had was poorly presented -- pasta on a plate with no garnishes? The "coal" summer squash tasted like burned vegetables. Finally, the wines by the glass were extremely poor value. $16+ for a Santa Barbara pinot noir? I was always impressed the interesting Italian wines by the glass before, always something interesting. We tasted four wines and all were well below par.
Maybe Delfina is focusing on its pizza brand and no longer cares about the restaurant. This last visit certainly felt like a restaurant well past its prime.
Delfinas is usually very good, but the menu is constantly changing. This time the food was good, but our entrees and dessert were not as amazing as the last time we were there. We got an apricot rum cake for dessert, but it was super dry and seemed like they completely left out the rum. Our appetizers were great, so we will still be going back, but we are truly hoping the dishes will go back to being absolutely delicious instead of meh like this visit.
My only concern about the meal I had was that the wild boar ragu was way over salted. It was as if no one in the kitchen had tasted it. I am used to saltier restsurant meals and I don't mind it all all. This however was unbearable and my family couldn't eat it.
Always love Delfina. This visit staff was fantastic. Just the right amount of professionalism and playfulness that made it so welcoming and comfortable. And fun.
Grilled calamari w white beans. So good.
Gnocchi w morels and peas. Delicious as was the Palgia e Fieno. I will say that I love salt but everything bordered on salty as a culinary trick rather than salty as a flavor enhancer. Still very good.
This is perhaps my 4th or 5th time at Delfina. I really like this restaurant. It's one of my favorite places for dinner in a very competitive landscape such as San Francisco when comes to options for dinner. The only thing that was "a bit" off was the service. Our server seemed a bit preoccupied and not as "engaged" that I have accustomed to, given the fact the Delfina has very high standards.
Delfina's food delivers--excellent dinner with my sister who came in from out of town. Not so great service, and she received major attitude from waiter who correctly identified her as from out of town--does that mean she deserved less service, more attitude? I don't think so. She is a polite midwesterner, but when I arrived she explained that she drinking beer because the waiter couldn't recommend a wine from the list that resembled shiraz, and said he had never heard of that wine type!?? Come on! There are far too many dining options that parallel or supercede Delfina to warrant that level of attitude.
What a great dinning experience, I was visiting from Southern California and so glad I booked a reservation at Delfina. Exceeded my expectations, amazing food, atmosphere and experience. Everything was cooked perfect, very flavorful outstanding dishes. We ordered the Calamari with White Bean Salad, the Marinated Beet and Blood Orange Salad, Spaghetti, the Hay and Straw pasta and last the Hanger Steak with Fries. This restaurants reminds me of Bestia DTLA can't really go wrong with anything you order here, can't wait to come back and eat again Thank You.
Delfina was on my "try" list for some time. Now the good, bad, and ugly. The good: my server was on top of his game, friendly and attentive; I had the calamari salad, sole fettuccine and cheesecake; all were good but not outstanding. The bad: salt and pepper were not on the table and I was not offered either with my food; the music was so loud I couldn't tell if I was in a restaurant or a dive bar. The ugly: $4 for bread and butter, really; $8 for a bottle of sparkling water. Overall a disappointment.
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