Italy on Gilman

4.5
90 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Italy on Gilman is designed to deliver Italian inspired, honest cooking, with an emphasis on using the highest quality ingredients!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 90 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and value, as usual. Great waiter. No COVID concern. Easy parking. We will keep coming.

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vipFoodisLife
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great lunch on the patio during the mandated COVID-19 restaurant guidelines. We ordered two salads and two lunch entrees. We had a caprese salad made with fresh mozzarella, however this was not the fresh mozzarella in water which is softer. It was made with the vacuum packed fresh mozzarella, so it was firmer. The basil was also a little bit bruised, but edible. I am picky about my caprese salad as each ingredient must be good for the overall salad to be great. This was not great, but good enough for lunch. We also had a Caesar salad which was dressed very well and not over dressed. It was a good compliment to the sausage pizza. The sausage pizza was a little toasty on the crust, but that was fine as the rest was really tasty! The other entree was the Risotto al Tartufo di Funghi, was very good and had a topping of peppery arugula, shaved Parmesan, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The waitress was very friendly, helpful, and attentive to our needs. We loved the service at this restaurant. Great place for a weekday lunch! We’ll be back!

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ScottF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We’ll be back for sure.

They have gluten free pasta😊

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Tori
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the beginning to the end of my reservation process, meal, etc. I must say I loved this place! There's a parking lot tent which was set up pretty cute for Valentine's Day and had multiple heat lamps. The hostess did a great job communicating table wait time/availability and checking in during our meal. The restaurant itself was well lit and I wish I had been here before COVID (if it was open then). I had the scampi pasta and my bf had the ciopinno, both dishes were delicious!! If there was room for dessert I would've tried something because the options were great. EAT HERE :)

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ShiaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of our new favorite spots. We have been VERY apprehensive about going ANYWHERE to eat but they were extremely attentive to covid concerns and care. The food was incredible and the service was beyond reproach.

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MaryM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The cocktail I ordered was mostly ice not worth $12.00. The cocktail were only half full. The food was good but my husband order pasta with sausage. The sausage tasted like spam it was terrible did not eat it. When I questioned it waiter said it was sausage but did not take the extra $6.00 off the bill for it.

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Justinectz
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is one of my favorite sidewalk cafes. They were early adopters during the pandemic and when there's a special occasion like Valentine's Day they go to the next level with a big beautiful white tent, candles on the tables, flowers ... the whole 9 yards.
Considering how incredibly busy they can be with in person dining as well as take out the service is amazing. You have to be patient in the Bay Area. Most small businesses are understaffed, stressed by the conditions, surely doing the best they can.
Is it a little pricey? Yes but the Lobster Ravioli was worth every penny. If only the bread was still warm when it arrived. Then I'd have given them 5 stars all the way around.

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vipThierry
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good lunch at Italy On Gilman the Cioppino and the Lasagna were both really good and super hot we also enjoyed the Bruschetta as an appetizer, very friendly and efficient staff we will definitely return.

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AnitaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food. Nice servers. Our favorite Italian place in Berkeley!

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JimA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Italy on Gilman accidentally a few months ago when out of town visitors asked me to find an Italian restaurant on a holiday weekend Saturday night - at 3 PM! Of course all the usual hot spots were fully booked, so I pulled up Yelp and found this place. I made a reservation, then took a drive by to check it out. Believe it or not, it is in a strip mall, but it is large, beautifully appointed, had tons of outdoor dining, great service and... the Food! OMG so good, so authentic. Love the gnocchi, tortellini, chicken parmigiana, ravioli, even the ribeye. And the desserts are off the hook also. Not to be missed.

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RPlovecocktailandlobster
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

LOVE the lobster ravioli & all the craft cocktails here, hence we keep coming back even though its a bit pricy for our budget (would say price is as expected for what you are getting). Service was fast but didn't feel rushed but the server kept forgetting useful items (ie. a serving spoon and plates for shared appetizers) but likely a result of them being busy. Sadly the outdoor heater wasn't working and it was COLD, but I know they were hoping to fix this ASAP. Over all love this place and always want to come on date nights.

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vipDenny
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was my third trip to Otaly on Gilman

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Dini
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor tables during this weird COVID time. Yummy lasagna, and chicken parm sandwich. Loved their fries! I would definitely go back.

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vipCBC680
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed it but for espresso.

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vipgfp1
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed a delicious outdoor dinner at Italy on Gilman. The restaurant appeared to be taking appropriate COVID precautions, the servers were attentive, and we really enjoyed our food. Between the 2 of us, we shared the fried burrata, a Caesar salad, a pizza, and chicken parmesan, which were all very tasty. We had enough pizza and chicken leftover for a 2nd dinner the next night. I'd rather be able to eat indoors again, but the restaurant did their best to make outdoor seating workable in February, and it was nice to eat out finally.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got appetizers, entree’s, and dessert and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! There are 2 levels of balcony to sit for outdoor dining and heaters over each table to keep you toasty while eating

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AnnieS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great, even in the rain and wind the restaurant staff made us feel comfortable and SAFE. Food was great, we had the fried burrata arugula salad, lobster ravioli and linguine pescatore with recommended glasses of wine (very generous pour)! Highly recommend the banana caramela dessert if you like bananas, rum, gelato! Cannot wait to dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was my birthday and the last meal I had before the second Stay at Home order. It was great food and excellent service. A nice memory to hold onto until we can all gather in person again.

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MariluP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent my waitress was very busy but very nice I love the margaritas

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DrSummer
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I have been having lunch here once a week for the past month. We brought 2 friends this last time. We love the food--and they did, too. The service is attentive, the value is exceptional. Lots of outdoor tables. We're hoping they are able to hang on during the pandemic because this is a place where we'd like to eat for years to come. A great local restaurant.

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MelissaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice outdoor atmosphere, menu and food quality at this new Italian in the Gilman District. Worth a visit especially on a sunny day to take advantage of the sun, friendly service and good food.

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dineoutoften
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We liked the music too. The wobbly table was our only issue. It was the perfect place for our celebration.

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Malandro
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tastes delicious. The staff is professional, knowledgeable about the menu, and Coiv19 prepared. The specials are my favorite and Italy on Gilman has become my go-to place for my favorite guests and close friends. The deserts are perfect after a delicious meal.

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Oleanna
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a perfect day for outdoor dining. We went expecting to have brunch, but the brunch menu has been discontinued for now. We shared the beet and mango salad, a calzone and a pizza, also 2 desserts. Everything was delicious! The desserts were incredible! My only minor criticism was that our server was wearing an obnoxious amount of fragrance.

I’ve been to Italy on Gilman 3 times now and the food has all been outstanding. I’d like to try everything on the menu!

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HelenL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We felt very COVID safe at the upstairs outdoor dining, and comfortable with the heat lamps. Service was friendly and well paced, and the food was good and plentiful. Desserts were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good variety and quality. COVID distancing. Nice tables on balcony.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried it for the first time and will certainly come again. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Food was perfectly cooked and flavourful. Very good options on the desserts. Really had a good time with my family .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and delightful. The clams were to die for - perfect in a buttery lemony brig that I could just stopped there and bee fully satisfied. But we continued with the bruschetta on perfect toast. The cheese platter outstanding but the perfect piece was he lobster ravioli. OMG. This place totally exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend.

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RuthM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to be able to discover this restaurant and sample their amazing food. We had the bistecca, scampi di gamberetti as well as the mozzarella caprese and fritto misto. Everything was prepared to perfection. The prices were reasonable. Really... 5 stars all around. Hope to return soon.

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vipDidaE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Airy with tables spaced out in a big place, the food was delicious.

JD
JoeDiner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It has become my favorite Italian restaurant in this area. I cannot say enough. I have written previous reviews on it.

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vipManfred
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The drinks and food were delicious. The ambience was a little cold as windows and doors were kept open (due to COVID restrictions) and a cold front moving through the Bay Area.

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vipMichaelS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, welcoming service, friendly staff. We go there often.

JD
JoeDiner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become my favorite Italian restaurant in the area. I have now gone two weekends in a row and they have a very safe protocol with plenty of spacing and open doors. Both guests that I have taken have raved about the food. I will continue going to keep on trying different items on the menu. So far I have had the veal marsala and the ravioli stuffed with lobster and a Caesar salad. Everything is excellent. Combine that with outstanding service from Emmanuel and you have a perfect experience. I will try going to dinner sometime since I’ve only done lunch. I recommend it one hundred percent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Appetizers were delicious. Main dishes were just ok. Waiter was not as attentive and we had to wave him down. I asked for peppers and did not receive them. Cocktails and Drinks came after food came. Ordered that at the same time. Great ambiance and location but the staff needs to be more attentive. Probably won’t be coming back.

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC!!!! Everything was great. The risotto di fungi was to die for.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ciopinno was full of mussels, clams, mussels, salmon, and crab. The broth was tasty. The rib eye steak was cooked perfectly. We sat outside on the upstairs balcony. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The server was excellent. The music was eclectic. Parking was easy. There's a lot and plenty of street parking too.

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mikeinrichmond
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way, from starters to espresso. Superb veal marsala and lobster ravioli, great cocktails, impeccable service, nice COVID-safe seating.

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vipDonaldW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent wine list. Service was spot-on. Always enjoyed this venue, even in its past incarnations. I really hope that this place makes it!

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VickiV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed it and will be back.

FAQs

Italy on Gilman does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Italy on Gilman also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 990-6189.

Italy on Gilman is rated 4.5 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.