Italy on Gilman

4.4
108 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 108 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindaE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been looking for a good Italian Restaurant in the area and this is it. Great menu and wine selection. I will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really great food, decent cocktails. Enjoyable but they had all the doors open on a cool day, maybe for covid ventilation. Service was good although the food came way to quickly. Appetizers and salad at the same time, followed right away by dinner. Didn't offer a wine list with dinner, seemed like we were being rushed....

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MMoy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to tout this place as a great place to go during the pandemic! Their outside seating is actually spaced the correct distance apart unlike many restaurants I have driven by. They are able to open huge parts of their glass walls and allow fresh air in which is great if you are eating inside. There is a second floor, but it's open, so inside seating also has lots of air circulation! The food was great. I am still avoiding eating at restaurants right now, but I feel very comfortable at this one. The patrons were also good about wearing masks when not actively eating. Bring a jacket!

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was impressed with the wait staff - our hostess told us right off that everyone had been vaccinated, and also wore masks. AND all were very friendly and efficient. The front door was open, so it was a bit chilly, but better to be safe. I believe the food was good value, and was very tasty. Our friend ordered for us - he was taking my husband and myself out to dinner for our birthdays, so I didn't get to order exactly what I would have liked, but it was all good, and I would go there again.

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VickiV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We found the restaurant by accident, but have been back three times even though we live 20 miles away. The staff is friendly, the food is good. Highlights were the appetizer platter with olives, grilled veg, salamis and cheeses. So good! Love the minestrone and the bread pudding. We will be back!

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John
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm friendly staff that didn’t rush you through your courses
Great food from appetizers to desserts and of course the entrees was delicious

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royd
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service felt like they were rushing us. Food was very good

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vipArielS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated inside, but they had the glass doors open which gave us the outdoor dining vibe. Tables and other customers we spread out appropriately and all of their staff were fully masked.

The food was on absolutely fantastic and the cocktails were on point.

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PenniT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the ambiance was wonderful...great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating of our Covid restrictions, the food was delicious, the music was lovely, the drinks were great!

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KenF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, but the seafood wasn't as fresh as last time.

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viptapbirds
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The calamari and shrimp appetizer was very good and the lobster ravioli main dish was excellent. My only critique was the martini . . . it was much too sweet (I prefer dry martinis). Otherwise, it is a good restaurant, one worth a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go..

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vipLunara
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Italy on Gilman and we were pleasantly surprised. A couple of dishes were beyond awesome: the gnocchi (with brown butter/sage) and the coconut cream pie. Smoked salmon salad, bruschetta, chicken parmigiana, side veggies -- all were very good. The cost was reasonable and we had food to take home for the next day. The waiter was very attentive and it was great to be inside a restaurant with wide open windows and spaced tables for a feeling of safety. We will definitely go back, and discovering it's owned by the same person who owns Casa Latina and many of our other fav little Mexican restaurants was an added surprise.

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vipCarebear168
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Staffs are pleasant and food is good.

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DrSummer
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We love our lunches at Italy on Gilman. We come 2-3 times a week. Excellent food and great value. They also have a varied--and interesting--cocktail menu.

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ZoeYT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Would definitely come back again.

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Amber
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Anniversary dinner - large groups with kids can get loud, but the food and service made up for it!

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RobertC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First meal out.
I enjoyed the evening. The service was excellent. Food arrived in a timely manner and the pl;ate presentation was attractive. I look forward to returning in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience. The food was really good. I will definitely be back.

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vipStanP
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Average Italian food. On par with Olive Garden.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Freezing indoors

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vipbirder
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Sitting by the open doors is like sitting outside with some protection from wind and cold. Very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! We will return

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DyemaJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this establishment! The service is excellent and the food is out of this world!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice but would have rather been inside as it was cold. The overhead heater did not do the trick. And people came and went from the parking lot by our table instead of going around to the front door. It should have been roped off. The food is excellent as was the service. Looking very forward to eating inside again!

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gracier
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Italy on Gilman is one of the best Italian restaurants in Berkeley! Everything on the menu is great and they are taking very good precautions during covid times so that everyone is safe and well taken care of. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for good Italian food!

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vipMaryC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the La Grotta salad, and homemade gnocchi (we added sausage)
it was amazing!!
Great drinks too.....
Main dish was as good as it gets....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. We enjoyed the cheese appetizer and other dishes. All were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant well set up for outdoor dining. Tables distanced and heat lamps near day. Good friending service. Kitchen was quick. Food was very good. Especially the Shrimp w linguini, the bruschetta and the creme brûlée

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
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
10 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
4 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
2 reviews
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
74 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
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

Italy on Gilman offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 990-6189.

Italy on Gilman is rated 4.4 stars by 108 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.