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About Il Borgo
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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
Bus line #21
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
Il Borgo Ratings and Reviews
Slightly outside the Hayes gulch of expensive pre-Symphony and -Opera options, this neighborhood gem has been sucking up the carbon monoxide from the Fell-Laguna exit for decades. Now that that spur of the freeway is closed, it's a fairly dark, obscure intersection, so you may not stumble on it at all, let alone rush by too quickly to wonder about it. Which is a shame because it's a very reasonable, very friendly Italian joint. We're not talking gourmet fare here, just good ol'-fashioned stick to the ribs red-and-white-checked-tablecloth type stuff: veal scallopine, rigatoni with meat sauce, a few pizzas, some simple salads. You know the drill.
The bruschetta is excellent. Great homemade pasta. Lots of choices. I ordered the fettuccine with sun dried tomatoes and chicken; so full of flavor. My friend ordered lobster ravioli, they were interesting, but did not have the depth of flavor as in the my dish.
Great spot! Will come back soon.
There aren't many bad restaurants in San Francisco that can stay open, but I guess this is one. Food was cheap dry cooked pasta in adequate sauces. My son wouldn't even eat the gnocchi, which he normally loves, because it was so stale. My wife felt ill after eating the salmon. A glass of wine was so cheap it was "fizzy." The bill for four with only one glass of wine came to over $100.
Took my family here for pre-symphony dinner. Small, authentic Italian restaurant that reminded me of something I'd find in Boston's North End. Service was brusque but efficient. Definitely had the feel of a family operation. Food was very good - all of us got something different and we all enjoyed our meals - well prepared and very tasty. Will return next time I'm in the neighborhood.
We have been to Il Borgo several times for dinner before concerts at the SFJazz Center, which is just a few blocks away. It's always reliable. I find the house salad to be bitter because it is mostly comprised of radicchio, but the caprese is a decent alternative at a slightly higher price. The pastas are properly al dente. The sausage served with the penne was a sweet, not hot, and very flavorful variety and the puttanesca is solid, with plenty of large pieces of kalamata, although it could have used more of an obvious anchovy presence. Prices have risen slightly over time, although they generally remain reasonable for the neighborhood and quality of food. The server accommodated an off-menu request for garlic bread, which was delicious, but proved expensive at $7 for four small slices. As has been the case nearly every time we have dined at Il Borgo, service can be spotty because one or two people attend to the entire restaurant; our food arrived hot but we had a tough time getting the check settled. On the whole, though, Il Borgo remains a winning choice.
very noisy, very nice servers but there weren't enough of them...they were overwhelmed. I had to get up and go get my husband's second glass of wine and then I had to get up and go ask our servers for a dessert and the bill. She had walked by us a number of times and it was impossible to catch her eye. My dish, veal with potatoes and two big pieces of broccoli, was tasteless with NO sauce. We sat next to the front door; it was a cold night and the door remained open overtime someone came in or left. House glasses of wine were nothing special.
We always enjoy Il Borgo for their delicious and authentic Italian dishes, great Italian wines and excellent value. We love going there before the symphony or opera. Service can be a bit brusque because they're so busy, but still they manage to get us served and satisfied every time!
I went to to this restaurant for the first time based on the reviews. I was sorely disappointed as I really looked forward to some terrific Italian food. First off, the service was gruff and unfriendly. The mista salad was disappointing since I've had Mista salads in other Italian establishments that were superb. I have to say, the homemade bread was quite yummy. But nobody in our party of four felt the food was anything to talk about and we go out a few times a week to eat. I won't be going back and I certainly wouldn't recommend Il Borga.
We had 7 people at Il Borgo including two visitors from Italy. We had a great time; the food was excellent and the service was too. The visitors thought the food was excellent also. Il Borgo is not pretentious but there was a great spread of people there that night, from young to much older. (ourselves)
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