Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant

4.6
878 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Gold Mirror is a true San Francisco staple. Originally a New Orleans speakeasy opened in 1929, the restaurant was purchased by Di Grande family, from Augusta Sicily, in 1969 serving Italian specialties and a sense of home.

The Gold Mirror offers an increasingly hard-to-find experience of great culinary skill with an extremely welcoming atmosphere accompanied by a storied wine and cocktail program. The Gold Mirror has been a neighborhood tradition for over 50 years while continuing to serve as a sense of home for all San Franciscans.

BEST SAID BY THE SF Chronicle’ Jonathan Kauffman “Gold Mirror, at 50, remains a constant in a changing city”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 878 people are saying
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DanteB
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian food restaurant in SF. The food is always outstanding as is the service. Very highly recommended.

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vipnoodles
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Had a nice date night. Good is as good as we remembered but some of our favorites are no longer on the menu. Trying to survive the pandemic slowdown, I suppose.
Wait staff seems overworked so service was a little slow. Wait time for our cocktails was overly long as the bartender seems to favor customers at the bar over table service.
Still a great neighborhood spot.

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vipKennS
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. Outdoor seating safe but chilly

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vipJbell
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to this spot for my birthday and wow I was so impressed! You can tell the moment you walk in that this is a neighborhood gem - the type where locals having been coming for years! Great drinks, good, and service.

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KMJ1960
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see the Gold Mirror open and full of happy patrons

Excellent evening was had by all

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vipJulietF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Outdoor service was terrible. It took over an hour and twenty minutes to get entree

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DwayneT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Gold Mirror and we are planning our return. The food was amazing, the portions were perfect if not a little on the "plus" side. The ambiance was good, a little loud but that creates the privacy, that's SF dining. If you've never been you will not be disappointed, if you have then you know what I mean when I say "delicious".

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GoriR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to the gold mirror for 53 Years and never had a bad meal!
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terryc
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

the wait staff seemed pretty busy and were trying to keep up all night. but what yuh expect for NYE?

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nealisa93
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my hubby's 70th birthday and I asked that they bring him a little piece of cake with a candle at dessert. They didnt!!! Very disappointed!
However, our meal, the service and the ambience was great!

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SFdiner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

If you value an old-world experience, rush to Gold Mirror.
Great Italian classics, served at a leisure pace by servers who want you to be happy.
Ask for what you want. They will try to accommodate if possible.
We ordered a pasta dish not offered on the new slimmer Covid menu.
They were happy to make it, and it was better than ever.
All dishes were well prepared. The pasta was cooked perfectly.
The Calamari starter was terrific. Tirasui was fresh and delicious.

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RobertS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari in San Francisco.
Veal Saltimboca was excellent.

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Jagasf
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner, excellent as usual.

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Lnd60
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood spot with good food and good service.

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PegR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment in this wonderful old school San Francisco restaurant. Delicious food, great service. Wonderful ambiance.
Love this restaurant.

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CarolynJ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best Italian food! Though I don't live in SF, but I do drive to the city to bring guests for a really great dinner.

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vipSusanC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything is delicious at the Gold Mirror. The pasta dishes are very good as are the veal.

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TobiasW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Service was outstanding. Great vibe and a real festive atmosphere.

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kathleent
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was delicious!!! The service and hospitality was excellent!

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MikeB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

had a nice Birthday dinner for a friend. I made a reservation for 6;30 but didn't get seated until 7. That was the only negative part of the night. Overall, the food and service were excellent and our friends enjoyed the evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service and delicious meals!

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KevinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The meal was slow arriving, but the place was full to capacity, so I understand. The noise level was very loud, so not easy to have a conversation. We will return, but we will choose a quieter time to enjoy a meal at the Gold Mirror.

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vipLiveLaughLoveNDance
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighbourhood gem consistently serves high quality, generously portioned, tasty dishes wth a great drink menu that makes it a wonderful choice for a friends' outing, date night, or celebrations alike. It is one of my favorites and I look forward to coming back.

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Tailspin
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This s a classic “old school” neighborhood Italian restaurant.
It’s been here forever and it’s always superb.

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Lucky
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After last year and most of this year, it was good to see the restaurant filled to capacity-- inside and out. We ate inside and although the noise level was high, we still could hear across the table and nice to hear people having a good time.
Prices seemed to be higher, but we are aware that is a sign of the times. Happy to see the quality of the food has remained the same.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Neighborhood gem.

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NancyO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Outside seating was nice, with overhead heat lamps. Cannelloni was wonderful!

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RoReview
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One can always count on good food at the Gold Mirror and very nice servers, but this time we no sooner ordered, and our food was brought to us. We weren't even finished with our first course. We did ask not to be so rushed and for the main course to hold for a bit. They were very accommodating. The whole meal felt very rushed. I was with a friend who I haven't seen in a very long time and we wanted to enjoy our conversation and not have to gobble down our food. I know the restaurant wants to turn over the tables but give us a normal amount of time before food is brought to table. At least wait a bit between courses. We did not order dessert because we felt they wanted us out of there. I still recommend the Gold Mirror as a great neighborhood restaurant but just don't rush us. A suggestion would be that as we are seated customers could be told that we only have a certain amount of time at our table but that should be for the larger parties.

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Kchris0221
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gold Mirror never fails to satisfy! Had another wonderful dinner, great drinks, top-notch staff!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always good in this restaurant. The only thing I am complaining is the portion has been shrunk other than that great food.

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vipGFNMD
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cuisine, especially if you're originally from the neighborhood. Had cocktails first, then salads, and finally the fish, chicken and pasta entrees. All excellent. Service was good, despite the lack of help for our server. It appeared as though he was the only waiter for the whole room. However, he was efficient and did the best he could. We felt sorry for him.

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vipelun
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved it - everything very good. Sat close to door and draft accompanied us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service and great ambiance!

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OliviaP
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, always love eating here. The cannelloni is my favorite.

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RichI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinners.

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LisaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait for our table but it was fine since we all had the chance to visit for awhile at the bar. Great to see restaurants thriving again. Staff was great - they complimentary ordered pizza appetizers for our wait & then also gave free desserts to our 3 bday guests. OUTSTANDING. We'll be back for sure!

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vipArbitrator
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

To eat at the Gold Mirror is to be transported - not to Italy, but to Newark, New Jersey - this is not Italian, this is Italian-American, and those of you from the East Coast know what I'm talking about - we started with three appetizers: avocado salad with bay shrimp; Monterey Bay calamari; and meatballs over polenta - the salad was OK; the calamari was excellent; as were the meatballs and polenta - but our short rib ravioli was awful - the room is dark and dingy - service was perfunctory - are pouring wine and cleaning the table between courses forgotten skills? An almost three-hour round trip for us - we'll not do it again....

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Agoodeater
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food excellent but service very poor. Waited over 20 minutes to order dessert then went to wait station to place order.Walked tab to wait station to finish paying.

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ShaunM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant good service friendly staff, the food was excellent! Staff gave great recommendations for what you where looking for. I would recommend this restaurant to someone looking for athletic Italian meal with the old style dinner experience.

FAQs

Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 564-0401.

Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 878 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.

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