donato&co.

4.5
820 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 820 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BermudaVisitor
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was busy and waiters were trying hard to keep up with the level of business; good buzz in the place. A little distracted as they were busy but food came quickly and promptly. Wine pricing good.

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NJBill
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great and very creative, tasty, Italian-esque food. A little slower-than-hoped-for service, but not bad. Not a "spaghetti & meatballs" kind of Italian joint, but unexpected combinations of flavors, nicely prepared and presented. Definitely recommend it.

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LouiseL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up sitting inside - next to to friends. It almost felt like real life. The food, as always, was excellent. It was great to be back, and so pleased that the restaurant has not lost it's charm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service was slow and inconsistent.

Servers seem stressed and are running around constantly but never have time for you. I think this is a management issue because they have been told to move quickly and al and be doin something instead of methodically moving from table to table. Servers were nice and perfectly capable but clearly scared of getting yelled at for not keeping busy enough.

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PeaEhf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, excellent food and great service

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Peeps
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Donato & Co. is excellent. Our waiter was exceptional (on Mother's Day) in his detailed knowledge in answering questions and was very attentive throughout our stay! As to the ambiance I only gave 4 stars as it smells like the disinfectant that they have to use during the pandemic and I noticed it when I first walked in. It isn't a potent smell, it just gets in the way of the smell of the cooking. I only mention this because I had been there several times before these dreary covid days and just walking in the place and the aromas assured your food would be excellent. Love this place!

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Tirso3
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day ♥️

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vipLouLou
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent -- even better than "before" if that is possible.

KH
vipKennethH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside so the noise level was low, but we do not know about inside

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Everyone loved their entrees. The Branzino special was great, as was the pasta and the appetizer salads all terrific. We highly recommend donato & co

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cobratouch
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First night out in over a year. We had a wonderful time, loved the experience and the food. Felt very safe (COVID).

JB
JamesB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Donato every time I go there. I had the rib eye steak on my last visit with delicious potatoes and asparagus. The steak was cooked to perfection with black salt on the side. Yum!

JM
JohnM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good had the pork dish. Overall very good but probably would have preferred a bit more flavor in the dishes. Pretty unique meals.

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MichaelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

we are from Pacific Grove and visit Berkeley a couple times a year. Donato and Co. is one of our "every trip" stops. We prefer inside in non Covid times, but were outside this visit. Inside was too crowded so picked outside which is a little noisy being at street level, and was a little cold despite the outdoor heaters. But the service is always good and we quite enjoy the food. It will stay on top of our list.

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MelS
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were outside but the heater had gone out. It was still quite nice!

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vipHZSF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service, wonderful ambience, food was sub par. Over cooked fish, tasteless pasta, overall very mediocre

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ValentinesDinner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The service was really poor our waiter was really hard to find and unattentive, not really sure he cared about his table and making our dinner time pleasant. Food is just okay, more like a cafeteria food. Thank you anyway

MV
vipMisterVC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

indoor seating now available. Made a special requested dish. Very good. Service was good but just a bit slow given that they were almost empty at Lunch. Also. they serve only espresso coffee drinks. Cappuccino was average at best. Sometimes i just want a good brewed coffee with refills.

All in all, very nice experience. Just walk across the street for coffee at Romano.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What started as just a casual Sunday night dinner out turned into one of the most memorable meals of 2021. The food, and I mean all of it, was delicious. We had two starters, a pasta, a main, and a desert, as well as two cocktails. Everything was as if we were in Italy, a place I frequent often and have been missing terribly over this last year. This was some escapist dining. I will definitely be going back again soon and can’t wait to see how things evolve post-covid.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and big servings.

LK
vipLaurieK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Interesting cocktails. Friendly service.

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vipConcierge
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dining experience at Donato's. They have all the safeguards in place to make you feel comfortable without detracting from the ambience of the restaurant. The food was wonderful as always. There is something for every palate here from Small plates to Grilled Meats to Vegetarians options. Home made pastas are wonderful and not drowning in red sauce. A more authentic Italian dining experience!

JB
vipJosephB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It's a nice space with some outdoor seating on busy Ashby near College Ave. However, the food was disappointing. The bruschetta was unremarkable. The $30+ steak was kind of gristly. And the Cacio e Pepe, one of my favorite pastas of all time, was downright terrible.

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vippolkadotsf
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Interior very dated! Food and service good. Terrible location for parking - it’s on a very busy street next to an old donut shop. Not what I expected!

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vipMaxFliDDH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with fresh pasta, creative dishes made even better with outstanding service in a cool location. Will definitely go back!

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frauendorm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The charcuterie was poorly done and the meats smelled old. My pasta was not cooked properly as well as cold and the bread not fresh. Overall I wouldn't recommend.

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Annie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved the salumi plate and the burrata. The fave bean pasta was in a lovely light broth and very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The ambiance was awkward. The music was very low and you could here the wait staff’s conversations and complaints. The food was overpriced. However, the host and my server were very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
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 on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ambiance was compromised by being outside on Ashby Avenue. Still nice, but not ideal. I’m sure inside has more charm. Food was fantastic, though!

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Bud71
San Francisco
4 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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vipamaesing
San Francisco
7 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.

GM
vipGaryM
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

nice food and service, enjoyed the evening, dinner inside

JM
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
2 reviews
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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donato&co. is rated 4.5 stars by 820 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.