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Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959, San Francisco, CA

Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959

4.6
4.6
108 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are open to indoor & outdoor dining as well as delivery and takeout. Follow us:
www.luisasrestaurantwinebarsince1959.com

The Most Authentic Italian Food In San Francisco. Luisa's Restaurant Wine Bar is a traditional Italian restaurant located in the heart of the San Francisco North Beach neighborhood. Luisa has combined her family recipes into her menu which includes handmade pastas, thin-crust pizzas, gnocchi, and meatballs. For a real Italian dining experience, you will feel right at home with Luisa's Restaurant.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 872-9638

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luisa Hanson

  • Catering

    Delivery available by: Uber Eats Postmates Grubhub Door Dash

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Greenwich St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 108 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Francisco

    Kid Friendly

  • San Francisco

    Late Night Find

  • San Francisco

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful meal and experience at Luisa’s last evening. I almost never go out for Italian food because I am Italian and make my own sauces and pasta but we wanted a small restaurant near where we were staying near the wharf we could walk to. We had Cesar salads, the meatballs, linguine with white clam sauce and an Alfredo pasta, all very good. A nice bottle of Luisa own label red wine and we even enjoyed a cannoli and coffee. Service was excellent, the staff friendly, our best dining experience of our trip. Thank you Luisa!
  2. TR

    TonyR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine! Luisa is the best!
  3. A

    Andrey

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local legend and her team that treat you with excellent homemade pasta, authentic Italian desserts, and a nice selection of wines. Grazie, Luisa!
  4. MH

    MikeH

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Was disappointed when we walked in. We had reservations, but person who met us didn’t even ask. Ambience was just so-so. Caesar Salad was good & plentiful, above average. My wife’s favorite dish was Linguine Carbonara, but this was bland & had a bacon grease flavor & not the usual salty taste of a well made pancetta (not bacon!). Needed more parmigiana cheese as well. My chicken picatta was tasty with a side of vegetables that were seasoned well in a garlic butter sauce, but beyond Al dente. Service average. Would not go again. Too many places much better in SF.
  5. WH

    WendyH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried this restaurant because of all the good reviews on Tripadvisor and we weren’t disappointed. If you’re in the area we’d definitely recommend, especially the meatballs.
  6. GR

    GryR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening at Luisas! The food was excellent! We had the beef ravioli, the pasta chicken Alfredo and the pizza chicken Aldredo and it all tasted superb! We also had the Tiramisu which can be highly recommended. We also had the pleasure of meeting Luisa herself, the sweetest and coolest lady! <3
  7. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible dinner at Luisa’s. We live in the East Bay and had not been into North Beach since before the Pandemic. We had family from out of town and they wanted to eat in the City. I didn’t want anything touristy and found Luisa’s on Open Table. It was great! In fact Luisa was there and greeted us when we walked in. Our waiter was terrific and we had a very nice table inside in the back. They also have a very comfortable parklet outside for warmer evenings. The food was delicious. I had a very fresh halibut. Two others had the delicious fresh clams. Two others had wonderful pasta dishes. We started with sharing a ceasar salad and a romaine salad with garlic bread. Perfect and delicious. We ended with sharing a tiramisu and a panna cota. Also delicious. The wine is also well priced for a restaurant. They have several Italian wines as well as their own Luisa label. I would highly recommend Luisa’s for a real Italian family experience in North Beach!
  8. p

    pickydinner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luisa is adorable. The food is incredible.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious and flavorful. Service was attentive and friendly.
  10. LK

    LaurenceK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We ordered the Calzones--two of them. They were largely tasteless. The Caesar salad we had before them was also largely tasteless.
  11. C

    Craig

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Dined street side since there was no AC and the heat wave made indoor dining impossible. Great food as usual and highly recommend the clams.
  12. K

    Kate

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The reviews we read didn't reflect our experience. Service was slow and the servers were curt. The food was good, but very much a home cooked meal experience rather than what we typically choose which would be more upscale dining. It was clean, quiet and easy to get a reservation, unlike other restaurants we tried.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and kids celebrated our anniversary at Luisa’s. It was so authentic and memorable! The dishes were all fantastic, the private label wine was wonderful, and Luisa herself entertained with many stories. We heartily recommend and will definitely return!
  14. EA

    EmmaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is hands down the best Italian restaurant I've been to, in my life. We ordered the hand-made ravioli (lobster with wine and lemon sauce) and eggplant parmesan, along with a caesar salad and garlic bread. We also got a tiramisu for dessert. Every single dish item is made in house, and you can taste the difference. The flavors are complex and delicious, making you savor each bite. The eggplant in particular was amazing, and I don't even like eggplant. It melts in your mouth and the cheese, while at most places smothers the main ingredients, was subtle and perfectly accenting the eggplant and sauce. The ravioli was delicious; the soft noodle and filling well suited to the delicious lemon and wine sauce. We had two orders of the garlic bread (probably didn't need the second one but we couldn't help ourselves) to sop up the sauces between the dishes. The tiramisu (also made in house) was perfectly savory and not overly sweetened. We polished off every bite of what we ordered. My only complaint is that I didn't have enough stomach space. I had booked this restaurant for my mom's milestone birthday since she had lived in Italy for years. She said not only did it taste like it did when she lived in Italy, but in most cases better! I will definitely be back! Thank you Luisa and team!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good!! Gnocchi was to die for
  16. S

    Silvi

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebration supper with grown-up kids. We felt the experience was an authentic Italian family dinner; Luisa reminded us all of our own Irish/Italian Grandmother, earthy and elegant. A great culinary experience: thoroughly recommend a visit.
  18. JL

    JLise

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    No extra effort on service or food. Food was fair, given the competition and location in North Beach I will visit another Italian restaurant next time.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Gutes Essen.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the owner Luisa was great, she was chatting us up and was a pleasure to talk to. I definitely recommend checking this place out.
  21. FT

    FirstTimers

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We wanted Italian and selected Luisa’s. What a gem! Everything we ordered was amazing (meatballs, lobster ravioli, shrimp and clam linguini, and eggplant parmigiana, tiramisu). There was indoor and outdoor seating (we selected indoor). It was pretty cool that Luisa herself (at 90+ years old) was hanging out at the restaurant. We would eat here again. The food was on point
  22. LK

    LeKettle

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    So disappointed it could have been a wonderful evening. The food was great. The server was wonderful. However, the owner made us feel unwelcome. At the end of our meal about an hour and a half into our meal we were finishing with desert and a glass of wine. She told us that she had people waiting for our table and we needed to wrap it up. I was very surprised, when it was clear we were finishing up. I have seen restaurants have a max two hour but this was ridiculous. We left our desert unfinished and full glasses of wine. It absolutely would have been a restaurant I would have returned to if not for the owner. If you like to have a relaxed meal that is longer than an hour, probably not the place for you.
  23. TP

    TerriP

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Claudio did a great job. Caesar salad was the perfect size to have with the Pappardelle with meat sauce. The cannolis were worth sharing at the end of the meal. The Pinot Grigio from Italy was crisp and refreshing. Food is very fresh with wonderful flavors. And Claudio’s friendliness makes it all worth while. Would highly recommend!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were visiting the area on vacation and this restaurant was close with good reviews. Food was great, the restaurant is clean, decorated well, not too loud so you can still have a conversation. If you’re in the area I recommend!
  25. DR

    DeborahR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The gnocchi is the best we've ever tasted! And the service was authentic, warm and inviting.
  26. MB

    MeghanB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling to San Francisco, Luisa’s was our favorite restaurant. It was a magical experience!
  27. R

    Robin

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a 7:30 reservation but showed up an hour early because we were hungry. Fortunately the waitstaff were accommodating and we were seated early. A very nice meal (we started with bruschetta, I had spaghetti carbonara and my husband had gnocchi with gorgonzola), prepared and served nicely, curbside in their parklet (which had overhead heaters). Service was attentive, meal suggestions were offered and spot on. Topped it off with tiramisu. Overall quite a nice meal.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I brought my friend and her daughter to dinner prior to a ballet show. Chatted with the grand dame Luisa, as beautiful and fierce as always. The waiter was very attentive. The food was great. We sat in the parklet. I just freaked out when the buses whizz by so close. Otherwise it was a fabulous dining experience 💕
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate lasagna, pasta bolognese, pizza, garlic bread and tiramisu. Everything, including the wine, food, and service were excellent. Will go back next time in San Francisco!
  30. p

    paulb

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Ms. Luisa has been a staple in the North Beach scene. The gnocchi were a bit heavy, other that no complaints.
  31. TG

    TonyG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, a delightful dinner at Luisa's. Herself (Luisa) was there and chatting with her customers. We had the three specials; Lamb shank, Halibut and linguine and Risotto tutto mare. It was all divine. Bruschetta and caprese to start, and Luisa labeled Pinot. We finished off with the Chocolate cake and espresso. Really a great value and simply wonderful service, food and ambiance. A wonderful find.
  32. SP

    SusanP

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The papadelle with meat sauce was delicious. The noodles were delicate, yet the dish was hearty. The lasagne bolagnese was a perfect blend of cheese, pasta and mear sauce. Louisa herself was in the house, greeting diners and making everyone feel at home. It was more than a meal it was an experience.
  33. s

    suss

    San Francisco

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Claudio was excellent…as usual. Lunch time is our BEST UNKOWN SECRET PLACE although dinner time is a different experience! Food is always outstanding! Linguine Clam Sauce is the best in San Francisco!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With the amount of selection in San Frans North Beach for Italian food, just picking a restaurant can be overwhelming. If you are trying to decide, look no further than Luisa’s. From the fantastic appetizer, the wonderful salad, the very nice wine, and finally the superb main course, my family and I could have not been happier with our meal. Our servers recommendations were on point. Lastly, getting to meet Luisa, and talk with her for a few minutes was truly special. This meal will be a lasting memory in my family for years to come!
  35. MG

    MelissG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an understated, fabulous restaurant. The food is so delicious and everything is handmade including the pastas, sauces, bread, and gnocchi. They stay open late for authentic European dining. The 90+ year old owner and chef, Luisa, makes her rounds and greets everyone at their table. She is a gem. You won't be disappointed.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic spot
  37. JH

    JHMs

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luisa herself still presides over the place, and remains the life and soul of the party. We celebrated my daughter's birthday there with friends and family. Food was great, wine flowed, staff busy but cheerful. Highly recommended, the highlight of our time in California.
  38. SR

    StephanieR

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    terrific from scratch Italian cuisine. so good! service was also terrific! highly recommend and we will be back soon!
  39. MM

    MarcoM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and authentic Italian food! Would definitely come back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar. The food was simply amazing from the bruschetta, to the gnocchis and Pappardelle. Portions were just right. We ended our meal with cannoli and tiramisu which was the perfect ending and a great way to celebrate my daughters birthday ♥️

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 872-9638.

Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959 is rated 4.6 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959

759 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Greenwich St.

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luisa Hanson

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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