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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.

3621 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Guerrero Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 552-4055

Website:
http://www.delfinasf.com/

Executive Chef:
Craig Stoll

Additional:
Wine

Delfina Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (5)
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Casual (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Romantic (2)
Tapas (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I’d definitely go back!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I was looking forward to the spaghetti, which is supposed to be one of Delfina's highlights. Unfortunately, the dish was overly salty and certainly not pleasant eating. My friend's quail dish also was over salted.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Vegetables simply prepared and delicious! Pastas divine! Panna cotta, the best I've ever had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Beautiful meal (especially the fish) and wine, knowledgeable and helpful staff, great atmosphere, best meal we had while visiting San Francisco

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This place is cold and they leave the door open when it's chilly out. The food is so-so. I don't understand the buzz about the spaghetti. We shared a big dish of it and no one was very into it because it's nothing special.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

J'ai aimé l'ambiance conviviale de ce restaurant, la gentillesse du personnel et la qualité de la nourriture.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I would recommend this restaurant if you were going to be in the neighborhood but would not go out of my way to go there. For the price and service there are plenty of other options in the city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Always a great meal at Delfina.
The wine selections are fantastic, the mint tagliatelle and the gnocchi ragu are superb.
Don’t miss this excellent dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Such a raucous noisey place! Too many tables/people packed into too small a space. What a din! Impossible to speak to your guest without both having to raise voices. Take some Tylenol with you...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Amazing as always ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The food here is absolutely wonderful! Every taste is fantastic, complex and delicious. The wait staff is very friendly and efficient. I have recommended Delfina to friends for quite awhile now. You can't go wrong here.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 4, 2017

the service was great, the food was delish. I am pregnant and needed a different chair so they hopped to it quickly and with enthusiasm, they even rustled up a pillow!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food is spectacular -- wonderful flavors and great wine recommendation to accommodate the entire table.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Our dinner was outstanding from beginning to end. The service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Seasonal, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My partner and I love Delfina. The spaghetti is particularly delicious and tastes homemade. Get it as an appetizer or entree. We also had the warm olives for an appetizer and they were delicious. This is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great food, relaxed but attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The service was very poor. Food was uncooked. A true disappointment. I will never step in ever again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Delicious food, vibrant setting. Great servers. We shall return! Get the carciofi!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Decent Italian food at reasonable prices for San Francisco. The Blood Orange Bellini was a great start to the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The food was good, but service was terrible. The server couldn't wait to get us to leave our table. He constantly asked if we wanted anything else and brought the bill before we asked for it. In general, not a good restaurant and I wouldn't recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

The food is really outstanding. Very impressed with all of the meals. Superb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Organic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We shared four things off the menu , and enjoyed every bite ! Service was very good too .

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Food & Service were perfection. I am still dreaming about the bone marrow risotto!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Always an amazing experience, so fortunate to live so close!

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