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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.

500 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Laguna

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 255-9108

Website:
http://ilborgosf.com/index.html

Public Transit:
Bus line #21

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

Il Borgo Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Pre/post Theatre (13)
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Good for Groups (4)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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Fun (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place and fun neighborhood and place to go after symphony.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

A heavy hand with the salt spoiled the flavors in this charming neighborhood spot for both salads and pasta dishes, and The salmon had a mushy texture

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A lovely Italian restaurant seemingly hidden away within 8 blocks of the Opera House furnishes quality meals at attractive prices. We’ll return and bring friends.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was delicious, and the service spectacular!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great homemade pasta and salads, especially the Il Borgo, plus a reasonably priced Italian wine list. We love the waiters in this warm and neighborly place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

My veal was very good. My wife’s ravioli was not so good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service! Everyone is always friendly and happy to serve you.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a small neighborhood gem. We have tried many options on the menu, and all have been delicious. My wife grew up in a neighborhood of Italians, and she says this is the closest to Italian family cooking she has had since she was a kid.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good, had rustic ambiance. LalalalalalalalassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssSsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Limited menu. Average food. Quiet Disappointment

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food and service were great - just wish they had more options for wine by the glass.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Pretty terrible experience. Waited a long time to be seated in a crowded corner while there is obvious available seating. Then missed orders and serves a vegetarian the wrong plate which had meat.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Classic good Italian but service is horrible

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

When in Hayes Valley and looking for good, old fashioned Italian food, there's no better place than Il Borgo.
Small, quaint, appealing with good food and pleasant service from the owners.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great rustic Italian cuisine - large portions for an enjoyable and no frills authentic Italian experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Feels like an Italian neighborhood restaurant, almost like you could order in Italian and pay in Euros. Nice thin pizza, good salads. Unpretentious, reasonable price. Went from dinner there to an Italian opera, nice pairing to my thinking.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Il Borgo is serviceable and close enough to the Symphony, etc. to be a useful option. But without wine @ $35 per person it is not a bargain nor a memorable dining experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Attentive, friendly service, very good food, charming Old World decor, and close to Civic Center cultural events. A great little restaraunt!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been going to Il Borgo for many years. Great home made Italian cuisine. Casual, good choices, nice surroundings,nice service. Chef owner is very accommodating. Great prices. Near the opera and ballet.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

A great family resultant that's very cozy and serves excellent "regular" authentic Italian food.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This is one of our favorite places to eat before a symphony concert. We know when to arrive to avoid the rush and the food and wine are both delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

2 of us went there before to watch opera, that restaurant food is good and service is good. Go early if you don't want to wait.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Pretty good Italian experience, closest to the real thing I’ve had in the states in a while.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Basic Italian cuisine, not a fancy restaurant. They make their own pasta.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good food and service in a warm, rustic atmosphere.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Hey, I was thinking about the fun times we had. Love to do it again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Cozy neighborhood restaurant with traditional Italian food. My pizza had a delicious thin crust and a simple sauce. Just right for a pizza margarita. Short walk to SF Jazz Center. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant - good food - $10 corkage - table layout makes it great for groups too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Really disappointing pastas. Stuck in a different era.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent, authentic food, charming neighborhood restaurant. Staff is attentive but not overbearing. Better than most...

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We went to I'll Borgo before seeing a show at Davies. First time for us. Very cute, casual place, excellent service. The pasta and veal were quite good and the price is very reasonable. We enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual
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