donato&co.

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374 reviews
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Italian
Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I liked the ambiance of this place more than anything. Servers are friendly but food is slightly underwhelming. Still, I would come back because food is decent and the overall experience was enjoyable.

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p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food looks beautiful, but the flavor combinations were disappointing. Nice atmosphere and I really like that the noise volume was low. It’s cute that they speak some Italian to you, but overall the service was mediocre Including having to get another waiter to have more drinks ordered twice.

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Recommended for solid and tasty Italian food. I could definitely make this place a regular routine. Great bar area, spacious surroundings. Lovely wait staff. Overall a great experience.

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HM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We were sent there on a recc from a friend and didn’t order pasta which might have been the problem. Steak was over done, even when the waiter said it would be medium rare, over priced, under salted. No distinct flavors. Was very disappointed. Wait staff also was overly attentive for getting the bill paid but disappeared prior so my friend had to get up and find her own salt. Cocktails were good however and pasta might have been good.

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FT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch. Loved the open space, great service and delicious food. I’ll be back for dinner soon.

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HZ
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food, overpriced, the chicken liver appetizer tasted frozen, had an unsavory layer of fat on top and was served with a cheap marmelade. The entree of octopus and callimari was measly and way overpriced. The wine by the glass was paltry and, at 12 bucks a glass, also overpriced and the wine itself was lame. Steer clear, this place is a ripoff.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our visit to this restaurant and will definitely come back. The food was wonderful the service exceptional and best of all you can have a quiet conversation with your dinner partner. Even when the restaurant is full and bustling somehow you can still have a normal conversation without having to yell. And although you can here lots of sound around you, it recedes into the background. Terrific place for a romantic dinner with your bae!

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JA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I ate lunch when this place first opened and was not impressed, but a friend and I just had an excellent pre-show dinner. We shared small plates -- delicious!

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KK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was veryaccommodating over arrival time—we had 8 adults and two infants coming from different parts of the city. The food was wonderful and interesting. Certainly will go back!

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BK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Donato $ Co has very good food, served well, in a very quite environment. Despite the $ rating, I found the menu to be on the expensive side. Also, I felt the wines, on the all Italian wine list, were marked up excessively. In spite of this, I would definitely go back, but would watch my selections more carefully.

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OM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Yes for drinks and ambience, NO for food.
we enjoyed the drinks really well, but the food was such a major disappointment

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience and the staff is wonderful. For whatever the reason, the food is just “okay”.

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JS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I think they need to rework their menu. Many of the dishes are a little weird and not sure when you order exactly what you are getting.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally just a nice place to eat. Food was good, service excellent, and all of us really appreciated that we could converse easily as it was quiet.

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S
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at this restaurant. The food was outstanding - best arancini I have ever had. Two of the pizzetta's were delicious. Pork chop was moist and generous serving. Perfect place to eat before seeing a movie at the Elmwood. Great happy hour. We sat at the bar and the couple beside us were either loud or the sound carries with the high ceilings. Friendly bartender. Definitely will go back

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S
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Although the service was stellar, the food was just ok. The pork I had was not hot when served and there was so much marbled, coagulated fat that I couldn't eat it. Polenta was hard. Dessert looked good, but meh. Friend I was dining with was pleased enough with oxtail and risotto, but it was a little chewy in both instances.

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GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place for food quiet and parking
It is the best

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BJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and impeccable service. While not the cheapest option in town, it is one of my favorite restaurants, and a pleasurable experience every time I dine here.

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B
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned for the second time in two weeks and found the total experience just as good as the first. We are looking forward to a third visit soon in the new year. And the couples who accompanied us on both visits had already been there and shared our enthusiasm.

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, and not too loud--recommended.

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l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Foods was great
But we’re disappointed when we left there no body didn’t say anything to us.
Just one word “good night” or “come again”

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H
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve only been at Donato for lunch, and every time I go I enjoy myself. The restaurant is really a nice space, with high ceilings, and big booths, and great restrooms. The only thing that seemed to need improvement is the lack of enough server staff. I watched the one waiter try to cover all the tables and it seemed too much. I had to go ask for an extra napkin, because the waiter was just too busy. The food is really good, and I like that there are small and large servings of many dishes. Two small size of different dishes is a nice option. Great place, and I will go again soon.

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GH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Pretty good food, but not great. Inexperienced server who didn't listen well or have good attention to detail. The space was loud and too warm. For the cost of the meal, I expected more.

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n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Solid neighborhood Italian Place with an ambitious menu and fantastic appetizers shared plates. Nice people! Great for groups. Smart casual fun. We have been twice this month!

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HB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Meyers sound system cancels out the surrounding voices well. Food is very good.

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JB
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific. Waiter did not the difference between octopus and squid. Ordered octopus but got squid and waiter insisted that because it had tentacles it must be squid. No worries, the squid was very good.

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R
Hong Kong
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, impeccably service and attention. Food was good

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CW
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

2 of the 4 guests really enjoyed the calamari, squid dish.
There was a nice selection of foods for all types of diets.
The desserts were excellent.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience. We were 11 and service was fine. We’ll be back!

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HT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service was excellent. Close to home and good for a group of friends.

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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Desserts were great, but the rest of the meal was just okay. The beans served with the pork chop were under cooked.

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i
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter. He was very knowledgeable and attentive. Ambiance is great. Good acoustics so we could hear each other. Food excellent and impressive Italian wine list. Also delicious cocktails!

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BN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. The menu offers delicious, thoughtfully prepared dishes.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. He was genuinely kind. And the pasta was delicious . It’s hard to find good pasta around here and I finally found a great spot! Manager was very friendly too. Nice open ambience. I will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian in a casual environment.

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've had two visits to Donato&Co. that were very different - a business meal on a weeknight and dinner with friends on a Sunday evening. Both times I was favorably impressed by the fun, creative menu, well executed, and the attentiveness of the staff (and kindness, as I watched the hostess help a diner with a walker and a waiter gently helping another diner with her coat). On both occasions, get this: we could talk. The restaurant was fairly full, but we could talk and be heard easily. The atmosphere is casual but not precious or sloppy or, ugh, hip. A new favorite!

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M
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The six of us had branzino, pork chop and squid spaghetti. Had my favorite cocktail, 1840 Traditionale. All delicious. The menu does need to state that the squid pasta is spicy—which was not indicated o the menu. Everything tasty and ample portions.

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OT
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I learned of Donato & Co. from an episode of Check, Please on KQED. Specifically, the chicken liver pate appetizer was recommended. That particular item is not on the lunch menu, but the chef prepared it for us anyway. It did not disappoint! We had salads and pasta for lunch, all delicious, and then could not resist the enticing dessert menu. Yes, we were stuffed upon leaving Donato & Co., but happily so! Excellent service in an inviting space. Cannot wait to return!

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FP
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for pre-theater dinner when attending National Theater Live at Rialto Cinema. Delicious , innovative Italian food.

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F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was simply excellent and people very welcoming. It was a last minute booking for lunch as the wood tavern and Belotti were fully booked. I am glad I had the opportunity to try that fairly recently established gem. Thank you for a tasty lunch.

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