Italy on Gilman

4.5
249 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 249 people are saying
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blazeVI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had 10 different dishes here. They were all delicious. The servers were also very attentive and helpful.

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AliceH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great ambiance - could have better acoustics
Intriguing menu
Friendly crew

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RobertJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my second excellent dinner at Italy on Gilman. I was seated immediately with a reservation but it was early in the evening. When I left, there appeared to be some people waiting, perhaps because they failed to reserve.

The salad special for an appetizer (head of butter lettuce plus lots of goodies) was gigantic. Fortunately, I love salads. The table next to me split that salad four ways. For pasta I had the linguini pescatore (marinara sauce, lots of seafood) and it was again more than I needed but not more than I could eat. (;-). It was too good for a to-go box.

The family pinot grigio was one of the nicest whites I've ever had. A tiramisu and an espresso finished off a great meal. I look forward to my next dinner there. I was glad to see they were very busy, suggesting that they will stick around.

With tax and tip, the total was $90. If you haven't skipped lunch like I did, you could have a nice meal for half that.

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Jessica
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire family enjoyed the meal. The server was fantastic. Very attentive and fast. The table was perfect for 12. The art and lamps are beautiful. The staff at the front door is very nice and organized.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service was great, will return again

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DanelleS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a complete surprise…this little corner of Italy in northern Berkeley. Ingredients could be more explicit so as to avoid food allergies, etc.
Service was LOVELY.
Open doors is excellent at all times especially during these lingering days of COVID.
Parking is simple…how amazing is that in Berserkely?

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ValW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wait staff was great. Food was good. Lots of outdoor dining.

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Newfood4me
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We were seated in the patio adjacent to the parking lot, the upstairs balcony was closed. There was a strong smell of rotting vegetation, basically the same smell as a rotting bag of spinach or lettuce. It made the meal really unpleasant.

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vipJudyB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Italy on Gilman came up on my Open Table search trying to find good food with outdoor seating in the area. We were not disappointed! Our waiter was very attentive and gave us plenty of time to catch up with friends. 3 of us ordered the Linguine Pescatore, the fourth Penne Alla Vodka. All very fresh and good! Definitely will be back!

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vipGaby88
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual super delicious 🤘🏻✨

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Cece
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sat down at 6pm -then it took-40 minutes to simply get a cocktail!! We had to ask for water, we had to ask for bread, we had to walk downstairs to get someone to come up and take our drink order -and then to add insult to injury the food wasn’t good - very disappointed clearly -

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Swerle
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are big fans and have been coming here for about a year!
We brought friends who lived in Italy for 6 months and they were very impressed with everything!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent place! Was very busy so service struggled a bit but all in all fabulous experience we will be back!! Upstairs need fans though - that would help circulation as it was very hot up there!!

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MitchellL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The marinara sauce was especially flavorful, the fries were perfect. We sat upstairs outside on the balcony, and it was quiet and very pleasant. The server was pleasant and efficient and the food arrived just as ordered. Couldn't have been much better!

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vipLeonaS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very casual; several group parties. Inside there is downstairs and upstairs dining. Outside too but adjacent to parking lot. Will go again. Pizza looked good!🍷

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Tiatia
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time with good food. Wait staff is great! Love their mushroom risotto!

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vipMbk333
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli, carpaccio and salad with citrus and candied walnuts superb. Special squash blossoms, not so much. Cocktails varied and delicious.

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LoraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The bartender must have not been acquainted with a French 75 as it didn't taste like one. It was the small things that kept this restaurant from being a 4 out of 5 star. The quality of the focaccia, that grated cheese was not offered, that I had to call over a waitress to ask for service, that my dining companion had her silverware removed after her appetizer but not replaced. I'll try it again and ss if service improved because my meal, though simple, was quite good.

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vipmpingos
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Old school, red sauce good Italian food. Every thing was fresh and generous portions. We'll go back soon.

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dineoutoften
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The outside heaters kept going off, so it was very cold outside. Service was a little slow, but the food was superb as always.

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JoeDiner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tell everybody and I have brought every one of my friends to Italy On Gilman. It is the best casual/neighborhood Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. Outstanding food, reasonable prices, wonderful friendly service. It is great for a special occasion or a daily meal. Many times I’ll just go treat myself to a quiet lunch or dinner by myself. I can’t recommend it enough.

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vipTomF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant, timely service. Great menu. Tasty food.

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vipOakCyn
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was fine, but I wouldn't come for the food. I had a salad -- mango was underripe, cheese was hardly there, and chicken was overcooked. But it's a convenient location for a lunch meeting and there's good outdoor seating.

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RochelleP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Nice outdoor seating. Good for a date or with family and friends.

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KarenG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but worth it. The food is always delicious. Glasses of wine everywhere are expensive but theirs is a bit over the top. Love the place, though!

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dineoutoften
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've now eaten here numerous times. It's my go-to place for dinner with friends. The food is uniformly delicious, the service good, and a pleasant ambiance. Who could ask for more?

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OpenTable Diner
East Texas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! From the service to the food. Definitely returning!

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vipKristen2125
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic place for lunch

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MelR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute hidden restaurant in Berkeley. It's way bigger in the inside and offers patio + open door seating which is great for this kind of dining times. Food was yummy and service was great too.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

choice to eat inside or out, tasty food and great service

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vipJuneR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff. Cheerful and welcoming.

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vipGailB
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italy on Gilman is a great restaurant. My son lives in the area and we went for a later dinner. We were welcomed and the restaurant smelled fantastic. Our server was prompt and very informed. We orders mussels as an appie and they were cooked perfectly and the sauce was delightful. I had linguini with clam sauce and were also great. My son had the tortellini and the peas were crunchy, but not hard, cooked perfectly and the sauce was perfect too.

I wish I lived closer, as this would be my go-to restaurant. The ambiance is also light, bright and airy! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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SteveW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Conventional but not routine Italian dishes with a flair. Artfully done and delicious. In normal times my ratings would most likely be higher for service. I suspect there was a shortage of wait staff as there were a lot of delays in ordering as well as arrival of bar drinks. And the outdoor seating option didn't help. On the positive side the staff was very pleasant and helpful.

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WestCoastD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quite tasty Italian, easy access of college football game day

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cindy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Every aspect of Gilman was perfect and I will definitely return

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
266 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit, had the Brown Butter Gnocchi again (still very good) and the Linguini with Alfredo Sauce and Prawns followed by Raspberry Sorbetto and Tito's. Will be back for the Risotto Al Tartufo Di Funghi.

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RhodaC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food that was plated in a visually appealing style. We had two appetizers, a basket of bread, 4 pasta dishes & 2 desserts. I/we would be hard pressed to say which was the best as they all were worth having again . . . and again!

Our server was delightful & with just the right balance of being there when we first looked for him & when to let us take our time! It is a balancing act for most servers, but ours did it with great ease!

I most definitely recommend dining at Italy; and we will do it again very soon.

Thank you Italy!

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BoomerBabe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food. Very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the entrees I’ve had so far are solid. However, the mussels appetizer is really great. They’re apparently sourced from Island River, British Columbia, and are among the best I’ve had in a long very time - fresh, plump, soft, and tasty. I’m hoping the quality stays the high.

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vipBobR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice interior. Sat on the second floor and it was very spacious and comfortable. food was very good also.

FAQs

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

Italy on Gilman is rated 4.5 stars by 249 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.