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Il Borgo

316 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 255-9108
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
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Public transit
Bus line #21
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 316 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.1  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Oaklander (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was super delicious! Restaurant seemed understaffed but the folks there worked so hard to make it a pleasant experience.

4.0  Dined 6 days ago

This Italian restaurant seemed very homey Italian with great food.

Gerry (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This was a 2nd choice when we couldn't get into our first choice and still make the concert at Davies Hall. As we approached the restaurant it didn't look very impressive. As it turned out it was lovely inside and the food was outstanding. The Tiramasu was the best I've ever tasted-delicious , light not soggy! We definitely will be back.

LizaD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was lovely but the food was underwhelming. The salmon was bland, and the vegetable that came alongside it was just a large chunk of salted steamed broccoli. Carpaccio and lobster ravioli were OK. Again, we were very happy with the service, but will not be back for the food.

ScottB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

A reasonably priced, family-style Italian restaurant in Hayes Valley! Menu is not large but sufficient variety to suit most tastes. Pasta is home-made and cooked perfectly; sauces well seasoned. Not many vegetarian options, but the one in our party was happy. Wine also reasonably priced. Owners and wait staff are very friendly and truly strive to please. The only downside is that it is a small place and noise level can get up there. Occasionally they add to the noise by turning music on; but they have accommodated our requests to turn it down when it's too much. Nice touch. Have only been there pre-theater or concert and can't comment on dessert/coffee. Reservations recommended on weekends.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Authentic, truly delicious Italian food! House made pastas and homemade sauces are amazing! The crusty loaf of bread was also steaming hot and fresh out of the oven. Fantastic! I love both Il Borgo's food and the ambiance and would highly recommend to anyone.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and authentic ambiance.

Itsme (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I hope to return to try more dishes. The salmon was good, though not as rare as I had requested. Would like better wine selections by the glass.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Love this place, no fuss Italian food. Best gnocchi I’ve found in the city. Always a great place to bring friends for a causal evening.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this place --- we say it again every time we come - nothing fancy but good food; good service; good prices; $10 wine corkage and more. Tonight was really fun as the place was packed with fun tables of people - everyone in various conversations ~ laughing and enjoying the authentic Italian atmosphere. The staff is small but great with real customer focus - chasing around serving every table equally well - while cleaning tables up quickly when folks depart because . . . coming in front is the no-reservation-party of 4 that just walked in the door. If I squinted very tightly, I would reasonably believe I am really in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan somewhere off the corner of Mulberry & Grand. Love this place.

OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Small portions but well prepared. Pleasant employees. We

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Oh so disappointing... We had been driving by Il Borgo so many times that we decided to try it. It started well, the lady in charge of the service took care of us promptly. The food was good, not earth shattering, but decent. All in all an ok dinner for 3 at $100 with wine.

Things took a turn to the worst though when the time came to pay. I got the check and presented my Visa card. The lady told me "cash-only". Weird, especially as stickers of Visa card were highly visible at the entrance doors and on the walls. Then she pretty much did not pay attention to us for 10 mins, but I'm sure she noticed my agitation.

I decided to cut to the chase and come to the counter to get the transaction done with my Visa card. The lady then gave me a few interesting excuses, like it takes time to process a credit card transaction and that she was the only one to do the service and was pretty busy. I insisted, she gave up, did the transaction and handed me the receipt for me to sign with one of the most condescending expressions I've ever seen on someone's face.

Needless to say, the tip was minimal and I will likely never come back. What a shame.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

This place was wonderful. We are from the east coast, so finding good Italian food as been tough. This place did not disappoint! We had two pasta dishes, a starter, and a bottle of wine all for under $100 and each was wonderful. GO HERE!

RedMartinez (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

This is a small neighborhood corner restaurant with seating for about 40 people. The place was nicely decorated and clean. We had made a reservation for a Wednesday evening and we seated immediately upon arrival. We got the last available table. There were only 3 people working in the restaurant, 2 people in the kitchen and 1 person waiting tables. We were seated 15 minutes prior to drink orders being taken and another 10 minutes before food order was taken. There were too many people for 1 wait person since the wait person was constantly moving filling drinks, delivering food, bussing tables, and taking orders. The wait person was pleasant. The My husband ordered the lobster ravioli and I order pasta with dried tomatoes, veggies, and shrimp. The food was tasty and served hot but there was nothing unusual about it. The Italian bread was a little stale. The prices were very reasonable for the San Francisco area. There is a limited wine selection by the glass or bottle.
We were headed to the Orpheum Theater for a performance and I wanted to try a new place that was away from Market St. The restaurant was an easy walk from the Civic Center BART station. If I lived in the neighborhood, I might go back since the pizza at the next table looked good and only cost $12 for a medium size. Since I do not live in the neighborhood, I will not be going back.

jraoul (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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.