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Il Borgo, San Francisco, CA

Il Borgo

4.4
4.4
551 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Il Borgo is a small gem located in Hayes Valley, with one of the best Chef’s, he comes from Milano and makes homemade pasta and bread from scratch. If you really want to go to Italy but don’t want to travel that far, stop by Il Borgo’s cozy & charming Italian restaurant where Chef Sergio Frigero will make you some of the best Italian cuisine in the entire city.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 255-9108

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Laguna

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Bus line #21

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

What 551 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Best Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! Real Italian with chef from Italy. Best food we ever had. We always stop here when in SF. Owner is very kind and we love talking to him too.
  2. CJ

    ChadJ

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Quality food — not fancy but very satisfying.
  3. RA

    RAinSF

    San Francisco

    209 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    209 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came for dinner before the symphony last week. It was our second time there. We had the carbonara which was fantastic! Combine that with an appetizer, bottle of wine, and a delicious tiramisu and that made a wonderful meal.
  4. j

    jelaf

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food wonderful service. Family restaurant. The dated interior reminds us of the neighborhood trattoria’s in the small towns of Italy.
  5. VV

    VVSS

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Very average Italian food. The bruschetta was a bunch of chopped tomatoes on stale bread. Frozen pizza tastes better than what they served. I’m shocked how this place survives.
  6. RA

    RAinSF

    San Francisco

    209 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    209 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You feel like you're in a quaint cafe in Italy. The food is delicious! We thought it was authentic Italian and very tasty. Friendly and helpful servers. There was a full room the night we were there, but you're sitting on top of each other.
  7. RE

    REXM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food, good wine list includes Italian choices, reasonable prices.
  8. MB

    MichaelB

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    When you look at this restaurant from the outside....one might wonder if they should enter. It looks a little shabby. But once you enter the doorway you see a restaurant that is quite charming with red checked table cloths, old chianti bottles for candle holders (a reminiscence from my youth) and the food was quite good. Very good value for the price. We enjoyed our first meal there and would definitely go there again.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don’t judge a restaurant by its cover!! I honestly had my doubts because the outside was a tad run down but inside was charming and the food was delicious!! Some of the best VALUE Italian in SF.
  10. f

    fallon

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely little neighborhood gem. The food is spectacular and it’s very charming.
  11. OT

    OpenTable

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food. Prices are reasonable. It's a well established restaurant and the ambiance reflects its age. There's a lot of charm along with excellent service. First time and we will definitely return.
  12. BD

    BarbaraD

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place for dinner before the ballet. The prices were quite reasonable, the ambiance was good (and quieter than some of the other places), and the food was great. We will return there!
  13. D

    Discrimanating

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had not visited Il Borgo before as we often go to places nearer the symphony hall or opera house before performances. Since this was on a Monday night, our usual places were closed. Il Borgo is a short walk up Fell Street on a corner. When we first arrived, we were some put off by the decor, faded table cloths and need of a paint job. However, after being greated by the owner's wife, things immediately got on the right track. She and her husband are from Italy and the restaurant food shows it. Fabulous food and service. My advise is forget the decor and enjoy the food. GREAT!!!!!
  14. N

    Nanogirl2

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Authentic Italian restaurant near Civic Center and the symphony/jazz center halls.
  15. A

    Allie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Most of the food was way too salty, including the bread. They need to ease up on the salt in the pasta.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I had veal with mushrooms, my friends had pasta. Veal and the garnish were dull. I guess pasta was better, but nothing special. The service was friendly, the location is good. But I will definitely look for another place to eat next time.
  17. J

    John

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very tasty food, ample portions at a reasonable price.
  18. n

    neighborhood

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish food excellent value neighborhood vibe cozy
  19. V

    Vic11

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Il Borgo for many years. Great Italian comfort food
  20. TS

    TomS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    If you're looking for high concept California modern cuisine, this is not your place. However, if you want old-style Italian well prepared with high quality ingredients, come on in. The decor is a bit funky but fun. Service was excellent. And what a hearty, delicious meal!
  21. S

    Spinit

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a nice cozy spot with excellent food, not too expensive or fancy. The menu has lots of tempting choices. We were heading to the ballet, which is about 4 blocks away... It's a small place with red-and-white checkered table cloths... good pasta and pizza...
  22. N

    Neil

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant decor, good food, good ambiance, good service, great value 10/10 will be going again
  23. LB

    LizaB

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The lasagnetta was delicious. Note this is a small old place with a few very hard working servers. It is a bargain in the neighborhood. It is a few blocks to the opera house and davies. And they do take reservations.
  24. V

    Vic11

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Il Borgo many times before a performance. Nice traditional Italian ambiance, food, service. Not like the noisy Hayes st restaurants.
  25. V

    Vic11

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been eating at Il Borgo for a decade. Its great fun with good Italian food, nice ambiance and good value. I am going again next weekend. Great before.Symphony, Ballet or Opera
  26. DB

    DimiB

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Small restaurant, very old and outdated decor and furnishings, unimaginative food; doesn’t seem to have changed since the 1960’s. Minimal wine selection. Disappointing.
  27. BA

    BillA

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Il Burgo is a Hayes Valley, family-owned, neighborhood place that is perfect for pre-Symphony, pre-Opera, pre-Ballet dinner. The menu consists mainly of well-prepared pastas and other Italian specialties with flavorful sauces. Dinner for two with two glasses of wine will run about $70.
  28. EW

    EricW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Very good value for the cost... the restaurant could be a bit cleaner. Our table was quite sticky, and they didn't give us bread plates for the bread. Otherwise, this is a long-standing neighborhood restaurant that has good food at a fair price. They can also accommodate larger groups, which was helpful for us.
  29. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun staff and extremely good value!
  30. SR

    SalR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time to dine here. The first time was very busy and crowded, but the food was great and the value just as great. The location made it easy to enjoy a delicious dinner and then walk to the Sf Jazz Center. This second time there I was able to enjoy a good conversation with the owner. We had a great stories about our Italian roots. It was like eating with the family. Highly recommend.
  31. K

    Karen

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The server was very nice. The food was good. Lighting in the corner was very dark at nice; so I had to ask a couple of times if we could get the candle lit. Overall - I would highly recommend it! The folks who were also there seemed to be enjoying themselves as well.
  32. F

    F123

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Old school, nothing fancy, almost humble so people who love fancy Italian places may not like this place but I really liked it. The price is extremely reasonable, good Italian table wine selections, and a friendly and funny lady in the hall. Both Margherita and penne arrabbiata were pretty good.Wish they had a bit more choices for both starters and dessert. However, I will def go back there again.
  33. SM

    SeanM

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As always, every time (every weekend)we come the food is tremendous and so authentic! The gnocchi is amazing and servings are always on the large side. The owners who work every day, provide excellent service, making you feel like your are dining in Rome. Love this place !!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good dinner after Nutcracker ballet. Chicken with sun dried tomatoes was flavorful and fresh. Sausage and mushroom penne was delicious.
  35. D

    Delray

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Good location, although from the outside it was a bit underwhelming. However, the ambience on the inside was good. Service was attentive, although we felt a little rushed when we got there. The wine recommendation was good. Overall, we had a great Italian dinner that was homey, not too pretentious, and a great value compared to other restaurants. I would definitely go again.
  36. HR

    HowardR

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my go-to restaurants in Hayes Valley. Great food. Service friendly and reliable.
  37. o

    oldschool

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food that feels like you could be at their villa in Italy
  38. SF

    SFKatie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First time trying this restaurant. Chose it because walking distance to Jazz Center. Food was good.
  39. EW

    EdgarW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Waitress / owner was extremely rude. We asked what wines they had by the glass and she only told us about a red wine. We clearly saw her serving another table a white wine by the glass. When we talked to her, she said we didn't ask about the white wines. WTF! Food took a long time to come out. Nobody came by to ask us how the food was.
  40. R

    Rick

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood restaurant with all of the good aspects of that ... friendly welcome, attentive thoughtful service, very good food. Highly recommended.

FAQs

Il Borgo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 255-9108.

Il Borgo is rated 4.4 stars by 551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Il Borgo

500 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Laguna

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Bus line #21

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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