donato&co.

4.6
772 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 772 people are saying
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michael
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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vipDine2
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Friend’s birthday

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vipTeresaH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipTiernan
San Francisco
43 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
13 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.

MJ
MisdeeJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience! Excellent service and absolutely delicious food! A perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. On of the best Italian restaurants in the bay area.

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vipItalophile
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful authentic Italian food. Attractive ambiance. Great to have indoor tables again. The tables are well spaced and public health guidance is being observed.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks!

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MarcosM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. We both did pasta and both dishes were hand-made, perfectly al dente, with well incorporated sauce. We went during the pandemic and they had little personal hand-sanitizer for the table, which was charming.

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NadiaP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was having dinner with two friends - girl night! - and I must admit that we had a great time, with excellent food and cocktails. We started with some great Prosciutto di Parma and lonzino - pork loin - which were both Wow! Negroni. The grilled calamari were plentiful and excellent! We finished with excellent Vin Santo - flavor that catapulted us to Florence - and Cantuccini di Prato handmade by the chef. Exceptional!!!

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Oaklandish
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Donato & Co always provide excellent and well thought out authentic Italian food. Their care for the community during the pandemic is inventive and appreciated.

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vipAudreyK
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wine and authentic yet unusual Italian food. Great job with social distancing outdoors. Highly recommended.

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vipJenniferS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were outstanding! A very memorable meal. Our only wish was for some outdoor heat lamps.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this gem of a restaurant! My fiancé and I are avid foodies and appreciate good authentic cuisine. Best Italian I’ve ever had hands down. Friendly, down to earth, unpretentious but nice for a date night. We love Donato so much we get it every week! So happy they are open for outdoor dining now!

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PaulH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Surprised by the quality of food, great flavors and great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed!!!!

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vipItalophile
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent fish and phenomenal hazelnut dessert. Nice wine selection. Salad could have been better. Authentic and welcoming. Outdoor tables on Ashby work fine, but not like a patio. Highly recommended.

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vipHamer4mark
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there - great service and the food was excellent. Some Italian music outside would have been a nice feature given we are on the sidewalk and to help drown out the other noises.
Not your typical Italian food. That was a nice change.
We will definitely return.

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vipNOCA
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was good social distancing and they took every precaution to keep us safe while serving amazing food!

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SusanG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wow!! I can't believe i've never tried this place before. OUTSTANDING. it will be my go to for Italian!

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vipPablo
Pittsburgh
51 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another stellar dining experience. Enjoyed a Spritz Indeciso (super cocktail), fried white anchovies that were divine and then the special homemade pasta and braised pork. Wine, desserts, vin santo. Just terrific and lots of fun.

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vipLouLou
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal in a beautiful room with warm and thoughtful service. A favorite among the favorites!

FAQs

donato&co. does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

donato&co. is rated 4.6 stars by 772 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.