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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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Casual (14)
Authentic (12)
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Cozy (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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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food5
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 7 days ago

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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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good, had rustic ambiance. LalalalalalalalassssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssSsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service3
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Limited menu. Average food. Quiet Disappointment

Tags: Casual
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food2
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Classic good Italian but service is horrible

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food3
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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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vip
 (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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food4
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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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food4
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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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food3
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service4
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food3
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service4
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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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vip
 (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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food4
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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Lasagnetta. That is all. Get it. Don't question it. Don't fight it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Warm & cozy, friendly moderately priced restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We love Il Borgo. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the city and always the go to place when we have visitors.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great local spot for good food - nice people - very authentic little Italian restaurant --$10 corkage keeps the bill reasonable too

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Very sweet place not great pasta but great salad great veal and friendly and family oriented and cozy ....

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

This is a genuine, local Italian food eatery. It's a rare breed these days in a city that has so many restaurants that take themselves too seriously. The owners are a couple from northern Italy and they have a lot of heart. The menu is basic. Nothing fancy, but good. At Il Borgo, you can let your hair down and relax.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Comfort Food, Spicy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Everything was perfect as always. The only thing you need to do is change the bottles of vinegar on the table. Ours was rancid and ruined our bread when we used it for dipping.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Tasty food. Family/ warm atmosphere. Home cooked style cooking. Friendly service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We loved Il Borgo! It is a darling cozy restaurant that our family ate at before an opera concert. We had a reservation but ended up running late due to traffic and called to let the staff know. They were very accomodating! Our group had the pesto gnocchi, spaghetti and meat sauce, Margarita pizza, Salad and two bottles of Chianti. Six of us shared the food and it was plenty to eat before our concert.
It was all delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We have been going to Il Borgo since it opened in the late 90s. It is a Hayes Valley institution, but also a truly authentic and fresh Italian family restaurant. I've lived in Italy, and this restaurant makes me feel like I'm in a neighborhood of Milan! I highly recommend the homemade pasta and pizza, and the amazing grilled chicken. Our family loves it here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

A very authentic small family Italian joint! Food and wine were good. The two main guys worked hard to get it done.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Il Borgo continues to be one of our favorite Italian restaurants. The food is great and nicely Italian. Also it doesn't cost a fortune! We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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