Il Borgo

4.4
513 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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Authentic Italian food. I felt like I had been invited into the owner’s home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A Hayes valley gem.

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HeatherR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night out in Italy!

Il Borgo food was very delicious and the staff charming. I was able to converse with a few words I know in Italian, and they were attentive but not in the way at all. We ordered wine (a limited but decent list) then the delicious warm bread arrived with oil and balsamic to get us started. We shared a caprese salad with plenty of mozzarella, then the main course, a creamy carbonara (better than we experienced in Rome no less) with a generous amounts of pancetta. The spaghetti was perfectly cooked al dente too! I recommend this little restaurant, it's not fancy, but we felt very welcomed and at home in this neighborhood gem.

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vipWilliamS
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious pasta; friendly personal service; unique ambiance; nothing pretentious; neighbrohood gem; loyal/happy clientele; fair value; extensive menu. Everything that's desired when dining out. Love the owner/chef/server. A long-time favorite dining destination because it's so excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and wonderful host

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vipOneMoreMartiniPlease
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this little quiet tucked away spot, the food is always good and. It isn't flashy or fancy but its a real value with good food, honest staff and a little piece of a different era.

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LadyCarlotta
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the service was efficient and friendly. It is lovely to eat at a restaurant where the noise level is low so we could have a conversation.

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Operapassionate
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed everything about our time at Il Borgo. The menu reads like the chef concentrates on what he or she does best rather than trying to be outlandishly creative or trying to cover all the tastes that anyone might have. We both said early on that we will be back and did not change our mind.

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vipGreatItalianfood
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Close to SFJAZZ too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Caprese, bruschetta, lamb chops and saltamboca. - all delicious

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Satable
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will be our go-to spot for before SFJazz concerts. Close enough to walk, but away from the mob! The veal saltimbocco as well as the marsala version were terrific. Price reasonable and service personable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood feel, great quality of food and preparation. We were made to feel very welcome.

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vipHelenW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice Italian restaurant with home made pasta which was excellent. Priced very reasonable and it was not very crowded. We will be back.

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vipL5JW
Charleston
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No check for vaccination proof upon entry, blasting loud rock music, my boyfriend's bench seat next to the front door was propping the door open, as he found out when he tried to move his seat so it wasn't crooked and three feet away from the table and caused the door to close.
It got worse with a mixed green salad that was too salty to eat, our waitress never checked how our salads were, and then argued with me when I said it was so salty it was inedible and hurt my mouth. More disagreement occurred and we left without trying the "fusilli" we ordered and cancelled, but it looked like rotini not fusilli.

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JamieF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Our food was excellent , fresh , and timely. Wine was a disappointment. The whole restaurant is in need of a deep cleaning. Service was very good, friendly, knowledgeable, not intrusive but there when needed. When the door is left open the traffic noise is bothersome. Could be a great place if it were just freshened up with attention to detail.

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HenryV
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Gracious waitress, delicious food, good wine, and cozy atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious homemade pastas and incredible value for SF

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vipBuffy
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great little place where everything is really good especially the pizza & pasta

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and our server (the older Italian lady) was so nice and friendly and always made sure I had everything I need. I can’t wait to come here again with family and friends.

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vipSeanF
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this owner run truly authentic restaurant did not disappoint! Great food and the ownership increases your feel of being in actual Italy for dinner.

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vipSteve
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we had a delicious meal and almost a private dining room. The staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really tasty food and wonderful service. I just wished they would close the door as there were lots of mosquitoes coming in

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vipSeanF
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best, truly traditional Italian restaurants in the City. Located in the amazing Fell St area, it’s a small gem in a big city. The owners are from old Italy and great everyone like their premiere guests. The food quality and portion is hard to beat!

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Evan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a genuinely lovely time here on Valentine's Day. Attentive service, delicious Italian comfort food, and hefty portions all made it a very pleasant dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food for an awesome price! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. Despite sitting outside in the cold due to COVID restrictions, we had such a lovely time enjoying a very homey Italian meal over a bottle of wine. We felt immediately welcomed as soon as we arrived and very-well attended to. We will definitely be back!

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Paul
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Il Borgo is a wonderful, old school, San Franciscan neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is solidly good. Support this local treasurer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and come back often. Simple straight forward delicious Italian food and friendly staff in a small cozy place with charming ambiance at reasonable pricing.

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Bridget
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love this place
Been coming here for 15 years
Thank you Il Borgo

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vipPoppy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super responsive to dietary restrictions- charming couple and a charming building

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess/waitress simply made the evening one of the most enjoyable dinners I have had in San Francisco. The food was very tasty and extremely well priced. Overall 10/10... we will be returning soon!

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vipJoshS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed first visit and will be back. The service was friendly and personal. The food was delicious and well recieved by all 6 people. The price point was refreshingly low. Penne, lasagnette, housemade fettuccine (fantastic), and spaghetti were fresh and flavorful. Wines were delicious. Nice neighborhood gem we don't wanna lose. Worth a visit.

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vipMarkM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice ambiance and fantastic service - what more could you ask for?!

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vipZenese
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Italian, very tasty, very affordable. Multiple antipasti, lots of vino rosso, and to each his/her pasta, and we were out the door for only $40 per person.

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vipLeDuck
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is amazing - service is very slow. Will be coming back, just don't be in a rush.

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RobertN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Unpretentious, excellent food, great value. This is a place I got to frequently before seeing a concert or opera.

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Vic11
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been go to Il Borgo for years. Great Italian food, GF as well. Don't miss it

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DebraL
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with great ambiance, service and food. A perfect place if you are seeing a show near by.

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vipJnJK
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Il Borgo is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. The food and service are always excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food made me and my boyfriend so sick. Do not get the carbonara

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 513 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.