Gold Mirror Italian Restaurant

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534 reviews
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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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SD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat!!! Excellent food. Excellent service. We will continue to visit whenever in the city.

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IF
Denver
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The problem was the service. There was one waitperson. The food is good and the price ok.

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DK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant! We would definitely go back!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the food, but ambience can be hit or miss based on the noise level. We took my mom for a birthday dinner and we're seated next to a large party. It was so loud that our ears were hurting and we felt like we had to shout or speak into each other's ears to be heard. We have been going to Gold Mirror for years because of the food and traditional, classy service. But the acoustics are not good. Next time, we will go for an off-hour lunch so we can hear ourselves and protect our ears.

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EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is are go to after the matinee performance!!!

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TP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food and very friendly service. Only complaint would be took very long for dinner to be served. Would highly recommend for food quality.

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JY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food cooked to perfection. Service was excellent.

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s
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great server (Max). Close to home - love having a good restaurant in our Parkside neighborhood.

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

The restaurant staff and food were incredible 💜

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D
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian food and ambiance. Good for business and personal dining. Good menu selection.

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JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

too long re: service between courses, has always been the same since brothers took over, still a very good restuarant.

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PH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charcuterie plate was fantastic.
Also some of the better Saltimbocca I have had in the Bay Area.
Zambaglione was fresh and tasty but needed a few berries to make it great.

Looking forward to a return visit.

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GS
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and bar service at Gold Mirror is always excellent. It's the place to go in this area, nothing else like it. I had the saltimbocca and it is wonderful, best I've ever had. We expect to be back in a couple of weeks for a birthday dinner.

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E
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always fun and good value. Love the special seafood pasta; my family loves the chicken dishes and sausage gnocchi. Always good service and good cocktails too. Only thing I’d change is to add some aioli to the fried calamari, it needs it.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The noise was intolerable. Food delicious
If you do not want to talk with your companions, it is fine. If you want to also enjoy your companions, I would not recommend this place.

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Y
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great homestyle Italian food with a full bar and banquet room. Calamari Steak cooked to perfection. Salads and appetizers always fresh! Great for larger parties, but can be a little crowded. Parking can be difficult.

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

We went for lunch with a friend. The place wasn’t crowded on a weekday at lunchtime. The food was very good and the service was friendly and efficient. Two of us asked for vegetarian options and found them to be excellent. It was the first time we’d had a meal there, but we will certainly go again.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

nice surroundings, very noisy, everything ala cart, ( not like the old days)

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great San Francisco family restaurant. Great food and ambiance. Place you will run into friends and neighbors.

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PD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with friends for a special occasion and had a wonderful time. Max took great care of us, making excellent recommendations and ensuring we had everything we needed. The meal was beautifully prepared and so good! I'll be coming again soon--it's worth the trip from Berkeley.

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter and waitress were very attentive. Thank you very much.

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max, our waiter was great. My wife had cannelloni, wonderful. I had the special - Bluenose Butterfish, it was fantastic, just fishy enough so you would know your eating fish, portion was about the size of a lamb shank. My brother-in-law had the Rack of Lamb which was also great, only clean bones on his plate. My wife had a perfect cocktail, brandy manhattan, up, with a splash of vermouth and steered not shaken. All in All a wonderful experience.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice interior, warm. Excellent service and the food was great. Sabayon for desert!

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OT
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious and the service is very good. Been dining at Gold Mirror for years and have always left satisfied.

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W
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience and would likely come back. We wished there were more vegetarian options but what we had was delicious. Our service was outstanding! Definitely one of the restaurants best features

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DF
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual excellent food. Noisy, but not unexpected - lively crowd. Service a bit slow.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I were in the city for 4 days.... of all the food places we wentm yours
was the best, especially for the food, and price value. The food was superb. We would
definitely go back there the next time we are in the city - and of course, highly
recommend it to our friends. Also, I said that since we are a 3 1/2 hr. drive to the
city... (we are retired from bay area) could we please have a window. They reserved
a table for us and very near a window. Thank you so VERY much.
Joan Thorsen

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Get there early for a good table. Very romantic and cozy.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent neighborhood Italian. Much better than places priced 30 percent more.

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CG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is always very good but service was awful. It took over an hour for salads, then entre cane fast, and dessert another half hour. Waitress seemed uninterested. And they added 18% automatic gratuity as we had a large party.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I love that we have this Italian restaurant with decent Italian food in the neighborhood. But, the way the tables are set, it makes the noise level very high. The service can use some help. We were rushed thru the meal.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took some friends and they loved it. Had Fettucini Alfredo. Veal Parmagiana, Petrale, both broiled & Meuniere, etc.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and everyone's entrees were delicious, our server was attentive I'm definitely coming back soon.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place old school SF 50 years the only issues it pretty loud on Saturday nights but other than that the food great service is great suggest to make reservations

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CL
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The minestrone was lukewarm. We were seated next to a table with a large party - seating was very tight. It was somewhat difficult for my cane using husband to get between the tables as we left.

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EE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gold Mirror was an outstanding experience! Great food, so authentic and creative. I felt like I was in my Italian grandmother's kitchen. It was so good!!

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old time San Francisco experience with modern quality cuisine.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old Italian food great service and been going there for 50 years

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Classic old San Francisco Italian restaurant...They dont make like this anymore

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Won’t be returning.

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