Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant

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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”
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San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place that serves very good food. The bartender Jonathan was attentive and friendly.

LA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful classic Italian restaurant with some modern variations in the cuisine. A favorite place for us when we are in this part of S.F.

Parking can be a challenge. Allow time for a search and hope you get lucky or get Uber/Lyft.

w
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - very consistent - we look forward to our next visit!!!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s one of my all time favorite restaurants. Love the atmosphere. Food is delicious and prepared and served beautifully.

D
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff Fun place and good food to match

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Gold Mirror! it is consistently delicious and well-attended and well-served...

OT
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Gold Mirror many times over the last 15 years. The food is consistently very good. The service is great. Love the ambiance. I would recommend Gold Mirror to anyone who is looking for a wonderful dining experience.

EM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a fabulous restaurant!! Authentic Italian!!!!

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s
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great - they use the freshest ingredients and it really shows. Beautiful broiled petrale and also creative pasta dishes. Updated old school!

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is top notch- fun, energetic, and delicious. They've been in the neighborhood for 50 years, and the love from the locals shows in the packed house and lively ambiance. Their food lives up to the love. From the butter lettuce salad to the chicken marsala to the Italian cream cake, dinner was excellent. The sausage ragu penne was not quite as good as the rest, but still very good. Definitely worth the trip!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is our first time to this restaurant. There were 4 of us and we ordered Veal Picatta, Salmon in champagne sauce, Petrale Sole Meunière and Veal Milanese. The charcuterie board appetizer was good, but the shrimp appetizer and all 4 main courses were strangely a bit too “sour” as if they put too much lemon on all of them. The taste of the various sauces were also rather similar to each other which is odd. We’re not sure whether this is an aberration for this evening only or whether it is always this way since this is our first time here.

The noise level downstairs is very loud (bad acoustics) but we asked to be seated upstairs which is much quieter.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Love the food. Kitchen SLOW. Wait staff excellent. Noise level so high must shout to tablemates. Tables too close together. Again, food & drinks delicious.

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I like the food. Just a bit noisy for me

SD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there on a regular basis -- always great food, great service, and great ambiance. Highly recommended!!

JV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was 5 star all the way around. We got a tip on this neighborhood gem and it surpassed all expectations. The server, Paulo, was wonderful, and the food was absolutely delicious. We shared a wonderful shrimp appetizer, and I had rack of lamb which was phenomenal. My friend had the chicken, mushroom fettuccine and said it was fantastic. We will definitely come back when we are in town.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The waiter (I can't recall his name) needs to be more attentive with customers.
He was always rushing... to taking the orders, serving and placing the food on the table

B
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow bringing the entree. But the meal was excellent. This restaurant is
very consistent with quality food.

MY
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acoustics are bad ,hard to have a conversation .Food as usual was great, service was excellent.

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family run restaurant..The DiGrande boys know the secret to success..great food, great service.

LL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Use to visit 40 years ago with my husband. Was surprised to find still open. Took my daughters and son in laws to dinner. Fabulous! They'd totally redecorated, had upstairs seating, open kitchen. If possible it was even better. Especially for the times. Excellent service, our waitress was from Italy! Could not have been better.

GB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went on a lark for a late dinner. The food was just outstanding. Perfectly cooked halibut with a sauce that I used bread to sop up every drop. Had an excellent wine for a reasonable price. Will absolutely be back

CN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked the neighborhood feel. Bar scene very lively and added to the noise level-fun!

One of us requested a special appetizer not on the menu. The chef agreed to make it for us and we were not disappointed. Excellent.

MG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

I have been going there for the past 45 years and this was so bad this time. Our waiter was so bad had to ask Asst manager to help serve us. Food was awful. They changed the chicken all romona to three drumsticks which had so much bones could not eat. very sad to see service so bad. Asst manager was great. Go back to the old food service not bones!!!

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Despite the full house - only saw 2 empty tables and it was a Monday night - noise level was fine, service prompt, food delish. Very enjoyable evening

F
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent especially beet salad and main courses. The desserts were so so and would not order.

AA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant with good service, food, and friendly atmosphere.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent neighborhood go to place. Also a great bar.

w
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for consistently great food. We always enjoy the experience & have never been disappointed! In fact, we make sure to add this destination to take our out of town relatives & friends during their visits!!!!

ET
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was difficult to park near the restaurant. The curtains were old and dirty. The place could use a makeover. My daughter ordered the tortellini which was very tasty, but not enough on the plate. I had lasagna which was tasty but the ricotta was too thin. The noodles in the lasagna were home made and the red sauce was delicious. The entire dish was delicious but way too soupy.

LD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good old school Italian restaurant. Food was excellent and ambiance was great for friends getting together!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and cheerful place! Great bar and the food is exceptional! Love it!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good neighborhood restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly family owned place. A neighborhood treasure. Great authentic Sicilian food.

j
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It is a great place for interesting Italian Food and parking is not difficult. And that is great for a restaurant in San Francisco.

AF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience and décor. Had the short rib ravioli, sea bass, cannelloni and lasagne, tiramisu for dessert. Everything was excellent. Kid-friendly. Would definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Gold mirror is honestly one of the best restaurants in the city - across the menu, best seafood, best steak, best pasta! Everything is tasty and fresh and just delicious. So happy to live close to this lovely neighborhood restaurant.

RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was really loud and the food was just ok.

GR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Went there 1969 and have coming to the Gold Mirror ever since

d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old fashioned Italian cooking and great attentive service. Thanks!

V
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great old school place for retired people with no schedules! Excellent good and a true gem!

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