About Il Fornaio - San Francisco

Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

1265 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am -2:30pm

Cross Street:
Greenwich

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 986-0100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.

Parking Details:
Parking available on the street as well as parking at a garage located on Sansome St. which is one block over from us.

Public Transit:
Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line

Executive Chef:
Ivan Giansante

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners and cooking classes held every month - please call for date & time.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

Private Dining

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana.

Il Fornaio - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

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4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (21)
Special Occasion (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Business Meals (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (6)
Waterfront (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Healthy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 2 days ago

Jose is our favorite server and is quite attentive to his tables

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

They have such yummy and healthy salad options here. Today I had the "tonno" salad - which has seared ahi tuna. The fish was cooked to perfection and I absolutely love the zesty dressing. The salad was fresh and tasty and paired perfectly with an iced tea.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I come here often with coworkers for lunch -- we all really love it! This time I tried their Cappellinni Pomodoro pasta. The angel hair pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce has a great zesty garlic flavor. The waiter covered my plate with fresh grated cheese. It was so good I might have to come back tomorrow for the same thing!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Very nice birthday celebration for my two teenage sons. The food was delicious. I had the special Trentino menu risotto, which was perfectly cooked and had tons of umami flavor. I tried my older son's spaghetti and meatballs, which had a delicious bright tomato sauce and perfectly textured meatballs. My younger son did not seem inclined to share his pennoni alla vodka and had cleaned his plate by the end of the meal. I'm always so happy after a visit here because the food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As I have been going to il Fornaio for many years w/friends for the FESTA REGIONALE monthly dinners, I am(we are) very disappointed in the decision to eliminate this program... we were not even able to use our many points this past week... our waiter tried to make it work w/o any help f/ the manager on duty and the manager failed to even stop by our table at any time... not impressed w/his behavior or lack of! Our group has decided to try other restaurants in the future, unfortunately... I'm sure you will
Get tourists in, but, the locals are not happy😥... ciao per ora, Loretta Lechich

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is my favorite place for pizza! It is more fancy than most, but so so good! The crust is always cooked to perfection and the toppings are super fresh. My favorite pizza has arugula and truffle oil. Yum!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I am obsessed with their Pennoni all Vodka! The sauce is creamy and delicious and has little bits of bacon in it! The pasta is big tubes -- so good! They always cook it to perfection.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The complimentary warm bread is reason enough to stop by this place! It is so fresh and amazing, especially on a cold day! I love that they have a different soup of the day every time I come in as well. Best place for a hot meal!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Came here with a group of friends on a Friday evening. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they have fresh made pasta on the menu. I had been craving fresh made pasta for months now after finding out that the place I used to frequent stopped making their pasta in house. We were greeted by a cheerful waitress, I believe her name is Carlie. I asked her many questions about the menu before deciding upon one of the pastas that was made in house. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the bolognese sauce was perfectly seasoned. Throughout the meal, Carlie was always on top of getting our drinks filled and getting our table cleared after finishing our appetizers, entrees, and dessert. I had the panna cotta for dessert and it was spectacular. Not overly sweet (just perfect!) and you get nice chunks of fruit with every bite. The atmosphere of the restaurant makes it ideal for a date night or close friends getting together to catch up at a place where you don't have to shout over everyone else. I found my new restaurant, when I travel to San Francisco, for fresh made pasta.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed a family lunch for seven people. The food was good - maybe not outstanding. This is a really tough city to stand out in, and I feel like they did a good job but there was not a single dish that anyone had that inspired. We chose the restaurant because it was good for our group in that parking was easy, access was easy and there are lots of choices on the menu. Our sever was very kind and attentive but not overly so. The restaurant was warm and inviting. My chicken was a little dry and the salad was overdressed. It wasn't terribly busy so I can't excuse those rookie mistakes, but it was fine for the occasion. My expectations weren't all that high, sad to say. I think that for a big group it did the trick. I wouldn't go there expecting a fabulous meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I love Il Fornaio for their pastas and salads. The ingredients are always fresh and tasty, and the service is top notch. My favorite pasta is the Cappellacci di Zucca - a butternut squash ravioli that is smothered in butter and crispy sage. I also really like the Pennoni alla Vodka, which has little bacon bits in the sauce! Yum!

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is definitely one of my favorite spots to come for coffee. The friendly bartenders make the best cappuccinos and lattes! I especially love their morning staff - Maria is the sweetest barista you could ask for. They also have delicious pastries, fruit salads, yogurt parfaits and croissant sandwiches, which are great to-go breakfast options if you are in a rush.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Decent food. Tiramisu was very tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food is consistently good... good value for money... easy to get a reservation, even in New Year’s Eve.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came for dinner on NYE - I understand this is a busy night but service was Horrible! Waiter tried to ignore us most of the evening, restaurant ran out of bread, treated us like we would never be back and, as it turns out, they are probably right.
We live in the Bay Area and have frequented Il Fornaio restaurants in Carmel and Walnut Creek and it was on my recommendation that our group (6) came here for dinner. Needless to say it was not a pleasant experience.
We also spoke with the manager who did not seem to care much about what we had to say.
To sum it up: not a good experience. Will not return and will not recommend to others.
I plan on writing a Yelp review as well.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service! Took my boyfriend here for a special NYE dinner but we were in a rush to the event after, but our waitress was beyond accommodating and so friendly. Food was good; not huge servings and just fancy Italian food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great experience all around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Just entering the Opentable community so bear with me as I attempt a review lol but IlFo is a favorite of mine! Eggs benedict is delicious and I recently tried the risotto giallo con salmon dish that just melted in my mouth (saffron risotto and Norwegian salmon being the main ingredients) as well as my friend's dish that I believe had something to do with bacon and ravioli (sooo yummy). I've never disliked anything I've had here PLUS the patio is lovely to eat in especially with the fountain in Levi plaza and Coit Tower as well as the bay shoreline. Not too loud an area too, it's definitely relaxing and totally helped by the genuinely nice and attentive staff who make you feel fancy

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We held our wedding reception dinner at Il Fornaio and the food, service, and staff were all stellar and an amazing value for an easily accessible venue in San Francisco. We rented the Bella Vista room for the bar, appetizers, and mingling and the Piazza for the full seated dinner for our party of just over 60.

We initially looked at Il Fornaio based on a friend's recommendation and I'm so glad we did. As we were planning on an event that was more family dinner party on steroids than drunken dance party, Il Fornaio provided the delicious food, homey atmosphere, and beautiful decor that we were looking for.

Also, I just can't say enough about how great the staff was. We knew we wanted to have a restaurant reception and the responsiveness of the Il Fornaio staff was ultimately the deciding factor in choosing our venue. Our primary contact, Jennah, was helpful throughout and assured that every detail was attended to. Our party had several dietary issues that needed to be addressed and she confirmed those needs could be met. In addition she made sure that our DIY'd centerpieces and favors were appropriately distributed among the tables and displayed beautifully.

I also need to mention Jose, Michael, and Scott, who were our wonderful servers on the day. We really appreciated their attentiveness and friendly service. Scott, particularly went above and beyond in terms of being friendly, helpful and attentive not only to the bridal party but to the full party. Several guests mentioned how wonderful he was after the party and he stood out as exceptional among uniformly top-notch service.

In sum, Il Fornaio did a spectacular job and providing the event we were looking for in a wedding dinner. It was intimate, friendly, easy to plan, and reasonably priced. Truly a gem among Bay Area event venues.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

FANTASTIC! Super cute benue - cozy seating inside, or on the patio, - wonderful service and of course, incredible food! We walked in on a Tuesday night just to check it out and snag a glass of wine. For a weeknight, the place was still hopping - and I imagine reservations would be most practical for the weekend. We found patio seating without an issue though, and our server - Fedar - was immediately attentive and thoroughly charming. Based on our inquiry of a "dry red," he opened a bottle table-side and poured out two glasses of something wonderful. He took us through the menu and specials - and as he left to allow rumination, the patron next to us tapped me on the shoulder... She didn't mean to interrupt of course, but in no uncertain terms - she NEEDED - with LOVE in her heart - to proclaim (with us as her witness) that the cappalacci may have just changed her life. Well, obviously we were sold. I am not a huge fan of butternut - but the buternut in this context was more color and than flavor - and indeed - the pasta is life affirming! There you have it... This place is a social experience as much as it is a delight for the taste buds. Go forth, grab a seat, and be prepared to join the happy ranks in loudly lauding your love (as I'm doing here). Buon appetito!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I always enjoy eating will colleagues at Il Fornaio. They have the most amazing covered patio that sits right on Levi's Plaza. The view of the Levi fountain is unmatched, and they turn on heaters if it ever gets cold. I love the food too. I almost always get the salmon salad because it is fresh, tasty and super healthy. I bring coworkers here whenever I can because I really love their food and great service.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was terrible. Snooty and rude and inattentive. The food was mediocre at best. Plenty of better restaurants in San Fran. Don’t be disappointed like we were.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service were condescending. Food was cold. Overall a poor experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We visited on Christmas Eve, the service was wonderful, our server was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our big Christmas family dinner party was festive and joyful, great holiday decorations. The service made us all feel at home and everyone from Gramps to grandchildren enjoyed the meal. Our server Federico recommended some great wine choices for adults, and the kids were offered treat as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wow! I cannot say enough about the atmosphere, food & service here! We came for our anniversary and felt so celebrated. There is plenty of parking. Every dish we had was mouthwateringly delicious! Our booth was quiet and intimate. Our server was very attentive, refilling our glasses and recommending an excellent wine (& providing the backstory). We had no complaints. They even brought us free dessert with candles for every year we had been wed. To top it off, as they packed away our leftovers they also brought us little olive oil and vinegar dishes as souvenirs. We had a great night and would absolutely recommend! Thank you!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Service was outstanding but the food was just flat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of our favorite places to enjoy a good comfortable meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very slow service, and food was not on the same level with what I've experienced at Il Fornaio locations in Burlingame and and Seattle. Overall, it was an underwhelming experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I really like their to-go retail area for a quick bite. They have sandwiches and salads, and special treats like cupcakes/brownies when you need a pick me up! My favorite sandwich here is the caprese -- with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. They also pack it with fresh basil, which has such a delicious flavor. There are also chips and drinks to make the meal complete. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

What an absolute gem of a place! I work nearby and this is my go-to lunch spot. Their salads are amazing -- so tasty, so fresh! I also love the warm pastas when I'm treating myself to some carbs! I definitely recommend if you work close by and have time to stop in for a quick bite. The atmosphere is really cozy and gives me such a nice break from being in the office all day.

Tags: Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Perfect for a special occasion. Cozy, not to noisy and very good in meals and wines

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Terrible food and service. Surprised at how bad it was TBH.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was good. Service was slow & not very professional. Hostess waived us back to our table & waiter seemed overwhelmed.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went for brunch on a Sunday - but decided to eat a regular meal since we got up so late. The brunch menu looked great, but the regular lunch menu was our treat. Wonderful Antipasto, easily shared by the two of us. Great bread served with extra-virgin olive oil - tasty. This restaurant has good bread and wine - so what's not to like! The main dish we shared was a mixed seafood grill - shrimp, scallops and calamari - plentiful and delicious. But the biggest treat of all was their Zabaglione - best we have ever had - don't miss it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great brunch. Recommend patio. Good coffee. Casual and relaxing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Stopped in at the San Francisco Il fonraio by accident... took a tour of the bar and saw they had an amazing happy hour. Went in, met Estefania the general restaurant and right away, I felt at home & genuinely welcomed.
Our server Richard selected our appetizers since my date & I couldn't decide. He brought back the most flavorful polpettine con ricotta (meatballs in a red pasta sauce). It was seasoned to perfection!! The sauce, was bold and zesty. Off to a great start.
My date ordered the linguine mare chiaro
(Thin flat pasta with clams, mussels, prawns and scallops; seasoned with tomatoes, crushed red pepper) I practically ignored my entree and focused on hers... inch thick scallops and the clams were my favorite find in that treasure trove of delights.
I was on a first date and impressions really matter.
You and your team got me a second date! I will definitely be back with friends.
The team deserves praise and recognition for their hospitality and charisma.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I just had lunch here and it was amazing!! I started with a fresh, green salad with juicy tomatoes and a light vinaigrette. Next I had a butternut squash ravioli. It was one of the best pastas I have ever tasted! It was smothered in warm butter and crispy sage — such a great dish to make me feel cozy on a winter day!

The device was top notch and I felt very welcome from the moment I stepped in. Their hostess was very sweet and our server was super attentive! Five stars to Il Fornaio!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Came here with a group of friends on a Friday evening. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they have fresh made pasta on the menu. I had been craving fresh made pasta for months now after finding out that the place I used to frequent stopped making their pasta in house. We were greeted by a cheerful waitress, I believe her name is Carlie. I asked her many questions about the menu before deciding upon one of the pastas that was made in house. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the bolognese sauce was perfectly seasoned. Throughout the meal, Carlie was always on top of getting our drinks filled and getting our table cleared after finishing our appetizers, entrees, and dessert. I had the panna cotta for dessert and it was spectacular. Not overly sweet (just perfect!) and you get nice chunks of fruit with every bite.

The atmosphere of the restaurant makes it ideal for a date night or close friends getting together to catch up at a place where you don't have to shout over everyone else.

I found my new restaurant, when I travel to San Francisco, for fresh made pasta.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wow! I cannot say enough about the atmosphere, food & service here! We came for our anniversary and felt so celebrated. There is plenty of parking. Every dish we had was mouthwateringly delicious! Our booth was quiet and intimate. Our server was very attentive, refilling our glasses and recommending an excellent wine (& providing the backstory). We had no complaints. They even brought us free dessert with candles for every year we had been wed. To top it off, as they packed away our leftovers they also brought us little olive oil and vinegar dishes as souvenirs. We had a great night and would absolutely recommend! Thank you!

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