Il Borgo

4.3
414 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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San Francisco
217 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a pre-symphony meal at this traditional Italian restaurant. Service was gracious and the food was very good. I really enjoyed the al Borgo salad and the artichoke stuffed ravioli was obviously made in house and was so tasty. My husband enjoyed his caprese salad (the tomato was an excellent specimen) and penne with sausage and mushrooms. Peroni beer is available as is wine by the glass. We enjoyed a rustic bread with olive oil, too. No room for dessert but the complementary biscottis were irresistible and delicious. Very reasonable prices. Worth the short walk from the Hayes Valley scene.

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WS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I loved it. Old school and unintentionally camp. Definitely and old family place and been in the neighborhood forever. Standard traditional Italian menu done well. For me it was a perfect low key, sincere place to laugh with a good friend.

If you are remotely pretentious or do stuff “for the Insta,” find someplace else. This isn’t trendy. It’s real.

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k
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute, homey restaurant with great Italian food, great prices, and fun, sassy wait staff!

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great homestyle neighborhood Italian and the food is just what you want and expect. Very tasty and great for a family meal.

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C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We’ve been here 3 times now and gets better every time! Service is excellent and friendly. Food is great value plus good wine. Love the bread and antipasto/ yum. Feels like a family run and comforting place.

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M
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most welcoming and perfect service. The carpaccio was the best we've had state side. The lasagna and lobster ravioli were delicious and the tiramisu is not to be missed. We'll be back!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful authentic food. Great service. Pasta was incredible

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H
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stopped in before going to concert at SFJAZZ. A real neighborhood gem. Old school checked tablecloths and wine bottle candles. Food I was excellent and inexpensive. Highly recommend.

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D
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but they wouldn’t let us use our charge cards. No sign to that effect!👎

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MS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Good prices. Nice atmosphere. Friendly service.

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KM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very good service. Feels like you’re over in Italy. Ciao!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating my hubbies 50th birthday. Restaurant opened at 5 allowed us to come in early to surprise my husband. Service was excellent.

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GV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant with a warm ambiance and especially great service. The food is very good and it's not too noisy .

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LL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The pasta, which is made inhouse is amazing. I am a very picky gnocchi lover and Il Borgo's is perfect I also love their bolognese is delicious. The reason I did not give 5 stars is because I feel the salad choices are a little underwhelming. I'd like to see a little more variety there.

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FE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very unpretentious neighborhood gem. Small and rather noisy when crowded. Nevertheless the food and service mad up for the ambience. Incredibly reasonably priced for the area and quality of food. Would recommend reservations when you go at peak hours.

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BK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local favorite. Always exceptional. Favorites are lobster ravioli, bruschetta, bolognase. Never ever forget the tiramisu. Amazing.

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place. Good food and nice atmosphere. Service is usually a bit harried but friendly.

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F
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Wonderful people run this casual Italian trattoria.

Food good, not great.

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FN
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Il Borgo is a nice cozy neighborhood restaurant. The food is good with very good prices for this day and age. We would go again.

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LD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was very cold and very poor unfriendly lighting. The food was OK and the service was good. Waitress efficient and friendly. Host can smile a bit more.

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KA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, great folksy environment, attentive service by a great waiter from Milano! The only challenge was the table right by the door, which opened and sent serious winter shivers our way. Next time a different table,and we’ll give 10 stars!!

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GO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not noisy st all aside from the music. Couldn’t hear traffic on Fell St. food and service excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great “old school” Italian food - tasty, generous portions at very reasonable prices. My first visit and I can see why it is a neighborhood favorite. We always need a simple quick meal before a performance (SFO, SFS, SFB) and this fit nicely. It’s a warm, homey place with excellent service. We will be back!

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorites...super charming little italian neighborhood spot with fantastic food

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AW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Il Borgo. The endive salad, liberally sprinkled with gorgonzola, was hearty, and my fusili with fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and eggplant, was yummy. My husband's spaghetti with a cream sauce and bacon was not so great--it was too heavy with there was a slight taste of bacon grease and no sign of bacon bits that I could discern. The portions were generous and we will definitely return and try more of the abundant menu. We like the location and love the feel of a neighborhood hangout.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Limited staff makes it hard for large table service

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All of the salads are VERY good. I had the vegetarian lasagna which was fabulous as always (I looked forward to it all day) but I'd never had their homemade tiramasu before. All four of us agreed that the tiramasu was the best we've ever had-they serve a generous portion and it's not heavy. You'll be very happy with the bread!

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a gem of a restaurant in Hayes Valley. The food is amazing, best buschette, gnocchi and tiramisu in town. Great place to bring your friends and family too. Not fancy, just delicious and friendly...

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J
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Il Borgo is a small, seemingly family-run, restaurant reminescent of Italy. The chef is known for making his own pasta and bread. 2 of our party of 3 had pasta and found the sauces too mild. The veal marsala was quite good, and was served with a tasty marsala-mushroom sauce and accompanied by small cubes of boiled potatoes and fresh brocoli. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The wine list features Italian wines but is small.

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DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It looked a little dated and perhaps needing a bit of TLC, however the staff was great, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful pre-theatre dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Italian food. Wonderful and quaint.

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MD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience in a true italian restaurant.

Even met the owner and spoke italian.

great spot.

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S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We had hoped for a cozy neighborhood Italian place for our daughter’s 17th birthday, the kind of place where the food is rustic, the decor charming, the staff warm and neighborly, and the pace relaxed. Il Borgo is charming and cozy, and the food rustic and delicious. What we missed was the relaxed pace, friendly waitstaff and warm feeling we’d hoped for.
Our orders were taken quickly, no bread first, nor asked about starters, the food came out really fast (but not all at once, for 8 of us) - we weren’t even finished with our salads - and the plates were plain, no thought to presentation at all. The pasta dishes were all tasty, and the pizza Napolitano looked perfect for our pizza lover, who ate it all, a first. Only when we’d finished our main courses, and the staff had vanished, did the pace slow to a comfortable speed. We waited longer for our espresso drinks than we’d waited for our food.
No mention was made of my daughter’s birthday, which I’d included in the reservation, and they didn’t even offer us a dessert menu.

Don’t get me wrong, the food was good, just what we were looking for. But the dining experience was unremarkable. I’d eat there again, but not for a special occasion.

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I was very much delighted by my Pasta Primavera, but my companions were not as enamored of their dishes. The restaurant is very charming with a fun ambiance and a fabulous stove where the pizza is made. The chef was bustling about the whole time, while the server was always on top of everything. She was fun to interact with.

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l
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a bit nervous after reading some reviews, but our experience was stellar. Warm bread with tasty olive oil was a good beginning, with excellent Chianti wine by the glass. We shared the antipasti plate with prosciutto, olives, artichoke hearts, Kumato tomatoes and fresh, soft mozzarella and found everything good quality and tasty. Next we shared the penne pasta with a red sauce and meatballs and loved the seasoning and the good flavors. Housemade vanilla gelato was also a winner! We'd happily return.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic Italian food! Molte bene!!

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Inexpensive for San Francisco standards.
The food was decent, basic offerings on the menu.
The decor is dated, but that was irrelevant to me as I was going out for a regular meal.
The restaurant was full when I dined there, and the noise level was very high.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a nice dinner with friends. The lasagna (we tried both vegetarian and meat)was fabulous. Our server was friendly and took good care of us. Our only negative was that salads and vegetables (served with the salmon) tasted very salty. It was an overall enjoyable meal!

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JS
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner before the Ballet. It was a great place for our family dinner.

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M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've come here several times, all way from Alameda, because the food is outstanding. This is the place for traditional Italian food and ambiance. The prices seem like the lowest in Hayes Valley too.

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