donato&co.

4.6
786 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 786 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Pasta was over cooked... Communication from staff on timing was annoying. Also felt rushed out after spending $600 on dinner. Will not be going back.

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SamH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good. Uncomplicated but well executed and ingredients are high quality. The drinks are very good too. Try the 1840 traditionale if you’ve ever enjoyed tequila, and maybe even if you have not. They’ve done a good job adapting to the times with outdoor seating. The staff is also friendly, attentive and knowledgable.

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GillianG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal here last week. Service was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent with several meat-free menu items. The house made pasta was cooked perfectly! Will surely be coming back!

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Eliza
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really had a wonderful meal. Such friendly and good service. Food was novel and tasty.

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Bud71
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant seating inside and out. We chose to sit outside as it was a warm sunny day. Grilled calamari was wonderful: fresh, juicy and flavorful. Pasta was superb: just the right texture, and not too creamy. Even the side green salad was fresh, crisp and complex. Great service. For the quality of food, upscale ambience and generous portions, it was reasonably priced. 5 stars for sure!

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amaesing
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. servers were attentive. Owner/chef gave us some background information on the coffee my husband thought was the best he had ever had.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

nice food and service, enjoyed the evening, dinner inside

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JosephM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good here, but the service was exceptional.

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vipItalophile
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aurhentic Italian food in an attractive, welcoming, atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and food. The service was attentive, but not hovering. Highly recommend.

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AngelineK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shared a positively lovely dinner at Donato & Co. with my Maid of Honour and Mom the night before my wedding, and I am so happy to report the experience was just delightful!

The menu, food, and drinks were great (we each had some tasty cocktails before sharing a delicious bottle of wine, Tenutarossa's Montelpulciano D'Abruzzo), as was the wonderful service. The ambience was also perfectly vibey yet dressed-up for the happy occasion. This was a perfect way to prepare for the Big Day celebrating this big life milestone with some of my favorite most central women. I so enthusiastically recommend dining with Donato & Co. to anyone with buds to taste!

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neighbor
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, northern italy, lovingly prepared. The rarity of eating out made this even more special.

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BenjaminF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice meal! Solid outdoor seating options with heaters. Food was awesome!

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vipPrabath
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local place for Sicilian.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining out since pandemic began. Date night with my husband. Food was every bit as good as when we dined there indoors, before the world fell apart. Will go back.

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michael
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was above expectation. We were properly distanced, service was excellent, wine selection is not hige, but there is something for everyone. Food was delicious and portions were generous. We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food served by knowledgeable and gracious staff. Our favorite date night restaurant.

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vipDine2
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Friend’s birthday

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vipTeresaH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Ordered the rigatoni that was undercooked (not even close to al dente) and very bitter with green sauce. A disappointment. Waiter could care less.

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vippinthecity
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, luncheon and setting was wonderful. Such a wonderful find on OpenTable. Excellent in every way.

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kyarkin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been avoiding dining at any restaurants since COVID began. I passed by Donato (a restaurant I’ve eaten at several times and love) and saw that their outdoor seats were well spaced so decided to make a dinner reservation. It was such a treat to be able to enjoy a date night with my husband in a safe, warm (great heat lamps) place. And as always, the food was wonderful! And as a vegetarian I was delighted to have so many dishes to choose from. Highly recommended!

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JeremyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We had a reservation on Valentine's day. It was raining when we arrived, and there were several tables under an awning, but most were fully exposed to the rain. The maitre d' offered for us to wait or to sit in the rain. Apparently they weren't expecting the rain, as neither were we. Some chose to brave the exposed seating, which looked like it wasn't so bad as the weather cooperated. We waited and were eventually seated under an awning. It was good, but there was no heater where we sat, so it was a little cold. Food and drinks were outstanding, as was our waiter. Overall, this place is very, very good. My fiance (as of this evening:) was very pleased with the choice. More covered seating and heaters would be a plus.

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vipJosephD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite the rain, we still did enjoy our outdoor dinner. Staff was friendly and attentive and food was delicious.

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SoniaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We ate outside on Valentine's Day. There were no heaters or umbrellas outside - just an open sidewalk, no ambiance - and rain was expected. It started raining when we were having the excellent appetizers, and the staff was so clueless they brought out our dinner in full rain. We found our own protection in a store front and moved the table there but by that time our entrees were all wet, as was the table and chairs. No apology from the staff. Too bad because the food was excellent and authentic.

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vipTiernan
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A wonderful experience on my special anniversary with my family,although no one at the restaurant bothered mentioning it , even with complimentary desserts, as other places do. A disappointment!
The meal was extremely good, the pork could had a tad bit of seasoning and more veggies, the polenta was to die for.

At the end the server was a bit confused and switch my bill to another customer, until someone else toke charge. I’m not sure if he never waited table before or simply overwhelmed, but it took a while to receive the check.
I do recommend this restaurant, the chef is simply amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance. Thank you for a great time!!

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vipSarahS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We'd happily dined at Donato the black pasta with calamari; and a perfectly cooked Florentine steak with yummy roasted potatoes and broccoli rabe. The service was gracious, as always, and we'll be back soon! Congrats on keeping your standards high in these trying times, Donato!

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vipSouthParkFoodie
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding Valentine's lunch. The food was excellent. We had the burrata salad, the small pizza's, a pasta and I also had the swordfish special. The sword fish was some of the best I have ever had.

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KyleY
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out. You just need to provide heaters or blankets. We would have stayed and ordered another drink and desert but went home because it was too cold

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vipMarquito
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delightful, very tasty Italian cuisine. Friendly, attentive service. Good value. Only negative was eating outdoors in the cold without a heater.

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MarshaF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During Covid and outside dining. No heaters, but we had blankets with us. Good food, great service. We had a nice evening and will return again!

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vipstandard
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Gamberi dish was undercooked. The Endive salad had a strong taste of anchovies- although anchovies are not mentioned in the description. Both our pasta dishes were mediocre and lacked flavor. The wait staff did a nice job and were professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was tasty enough, but felt a bit over priced for the plate of calamari we received- which was way over cooked and rubbery. The carafe of wine we got was more expensive than any of the food dishes, and it was pretty small. The ambiance was not the best- no heat lamps or even outdoor lights. Overall, I wouldn’t come back until indoor dining is open, and probably just for lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was outstanding, and service was great!

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MaeD
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on Friday night and it was lovely. The food was truly delicious and our waiter was delightful and charming. We will definitely eat here again. It was truly authentic Italian.

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Oaklandish
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Donato's has a wonderful imaginative chef who offers the best in regional Italian cooking. Their servers are always very nice and attentive. Their restaurant is lovely inside and I hope that we'll be able to eat there again. In the meantime support them with their takeaway, food shop, and outdoor dining.

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IsavaneS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Donato & Co. is kind of a staple. Not exceptionally amazing, however good tasty food. Service was a bit slow and with COVID dining is simply not the same experience.

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vipWorkingsmangourmand
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a hard time understanding why this place is not better known -- and why it took me so long to dine at donato&co. Wow. Everything was great.

Had the gamberi salad appetizer/starter. Huge. The prawns were perfect, and mix of greens and different tomatoes pleasing to eye and palate. The bruschetta was loaded with, again, an excellent visual experience of varied tomatoes.

The wine selections were fun. We tried a few. Standout was the 2011 Toscana, but at $21/glass a wee bit over-priced.

Full bar, with an interesting selection of grappas and amari.

COVID-45 protocols in place. Restaurant at 10-15% capacity (at most). Gloves, masks, distancing, and sanitizer. Felt safe as normal as possible.

Will return, again and again.

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FrankN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I ordered the calamari which turned out to be a mistake. It was tough, the sauce(?) was a bitter disappointment. My wife tasted it when I brought it home, then refused to eat it.
I love Donato's so don't take my criticism as a rejection of the restaurant's cuisine. Every other dish I have had there was great.

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donato&co. is rated 4.6 stars by 786 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.