donato&co.

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$30 and under
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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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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was really excellent. I can't wait to go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

It was an off brunch but remains a favorite restaurant highly recommend going.

LY
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of appetizers and entrees and the dishes were delicious! Great service by our waiter Marco and the wine steward who’s name I cannot recall. He did an excellent job of decanting and serving the bottle of wine we brought.

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here. Parking is easy in the area and the service and food is just terrific. The noise level is great and we can hear each other talk.

DP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sat at the bar and had a cocktail. Very good. Arancini were also super tasty. Main dishes and appetizers were good but not amazing. Tables were spacious and comfortable.

LH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as was the service. We go there often. I totally recommend

DM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great place for us because we do not finish until 8:30, so we can make a reservation for 8:45 and have a great meal.

MP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is the first time I ate at this restaurant. I have been to other Donato's and the pasta is always excellent. The service was normal, but they were not very busy. I would go back again.

m
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly authentic

MF
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are not huge Italian food fans which can be heavy on the cheese and pasta, but we were pleasantly surprised by the food and service and will go back. The frisée salad was delicious, as were the tomato salad and the calamari entree. The pork loin was dry and tough. The squash pasta was a little rich for our friend’s taste but others may love it. The Pistachio Semifreddo was excellent.

b
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent but it is a bit pricey. A good place for authentic Italian food.

ML
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Creative and pleasant flavor parings. Reasonable prices. I will order the swordfish and black rice again, but it is hard to choose!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donato's will be our "go-to" restaurant in the future.

JR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best! A wonderful place to have a delicious meal & to be able to carry on a conversation!!!

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious! Especially the salad with the egg and the pastas! So good.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, I had the pork special and my associate had the lamb. Both were very good. We split a salad and pasta and both were good as well. The value is exceptional. Bottle of wine and 3 course meal for 2 under a 125, it’s hard to find a restaurant with that quality at that price. The restaurant was crowded but the noise level was acceptable for a business dinner. Sat on the bar side and the service was little slower then sitting on the restaurant side. Would highly recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Fresh ingredients and great service. Second time and both were really good. Cocktails are great as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

3 of 4 dishes completely over salted

Y
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Most dishes had too much going on.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant in Berkeley! Do not miss it!

PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

My husband and I had dinner there on Saturday night. The waitress took our order, and it seemed like it took about 5 minutes and she served the food. My husband received the wrong dish. They rushed out the correct dish. No bread was served. The waitress gave us the check and came back about 2 minutes later to see if she could pick up the credit card. We were hustled out of there in about 15 minutes total from start to finish. We felt like we had just had dinner at an upscale fast food place. Not going back after that experience!

c
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner! We loved our server. She was so sweet and accommodating to our large family. Seeing Marco was an added bonus! We already made a reservation for the next time we are in town! xo

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was fine overall — flavors were good but little executionary things had been rushed and preventing the meal from being great.

Service was terrible. They asked me if I wanted more coffee, I said yes, and then they never came back with coffee. I asked 2 times for salt and pepper and never got it, so eventually I just got up and got it myself from the servers station. Weird because the place was basically empty and there were plenty of servers around.

Portions also pretty small.

SL
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! Great food and ambience. Wonderful night to celebrate a birthday or any special occasion.

B
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first time to the restaurant which has been on my go to list for awhile. We had a delightful evening. The restaurant is large but cozy, the staff is friendly and helpful and the food is very good and presented well. We loved the sardine appetizer which was fried but not oily, and each of us had a pasta dish. My husband had the slow cooked wild boar and mushroom sugo which was spectacular and I had the squid ink spaghetti with calamari which was tasty but I liked my husband's dish better. We had a nice bottle of wine with dinner and we'd come here again.

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation the night before. I was surprised that I was able to get the reservation at the
time I wanted. We went to celebrate my father's birthday (he is deceased) It was lovely. My mother
loves to go to Donato& Co.

B
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our houseguests were treating us and it was our choice. It was a very good decision. As on previous visits, noice level very acceptable, menu interesting, service and food very good. Prices very reasonable. It will continue to be a go-to restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinning experience. It’s our number 1 go to restaurant for a quite week night dinner or special occasion on weekends. Owner is lovely and always try’s to be accommodating.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I wish the food measured up to the ambience of Donato. The chicken in both the chicken salad and the fried chicken salad were like tasteless leather. This place needs a chef upgrade asap.

AL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot for a working lunch. Excellent menu and service. I’ll be back!

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Setting very nice poor service wouldn’t explain dishes or check with satisfaction of meals. We informed waiter of issues without renedy

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I have become a major yenta about this (and spoke to the night manager already), but constant music in a resto is very painful for me. It wasn't as loud as many, thank heavens, but it is somewhat distracting. Otherwise Donato's is great, and since we live within walking distance it's become our local "joint".

YM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious. Wine was superb. Attentive and courteous service. Low noise level made conversation easy. Wonderful place for a great dinner date.

NP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grazie allo chef a Donato & Co. si mangia sempre benissimo. Questo è un autentico ristorante italiano e lo chef riesce sempre a sorprenderci. Anche il vino suggerito e' sempre di ottima qualita'! Il servizio eccellente! Grazie!!!

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was delicious. Service was spotty. Seats not very comfy. Cute decor and a nice place but not special.

O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is the kind of "excellent" we've come to expect at a good Italian restaurant in the Bay Area — pasta made in house, salumi cured in house, no confusion of culinary traditions, well curated Italian wine list. Only the desserts, perhaps, a bit disappointing: too much "deconstruction," not enough artistry. But overall, a very satisfying dining experience. What is absolutely outstanding, however, is the ambiance: first, there is generous space between tables; and then, there is a state of the art noise cancelling system in the ceiling that makes conversation with a partner feel relaxed and the conversations of your neighbours disappear. Every restaurant should have one of these!

TD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful new place-!! All five of us loved our meal and evening! The food was just outstanding - every dish! Our waiter was the best and his wine knowledge of Italy was impressive! Also a very kind person!
We are already looking forward to returning _! Also will pass this lovely place on to friends!

MA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For midday lunch or brunch and conversation, Donato&co. is the place I want to be with my friends for good atmosphere, quiet enough for conversation, unrushed and exceptional service, knowledgeable staff who know how to adapt the offerings for the specific needs of the more and less adventurous. You will see me there again!

TS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Donato by Googling and TripAdvisor as they were close to where our company meeting was being held. Although I did not personally attend, the feedback I received was very positive. Everyone really enjoy the food, service and atmosphere.

MH
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant! very good food and service. . . I also really like the layout with lots of booths and a nice bar.