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

Luisa's Restaurant Wine bar since 1959

4.7
4.7
129 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

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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 129 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

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  1. R

    Robin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Charming and cozy! Get the gnocchi with vodka sauce! House wine is also recommended.
  2. w

    wendt87

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allows dogs on the patio.
  3. NG

    NicolaG

    Buckinghamshire

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Visiting the City and walked past Luisa’s in the day thinking it looked a lovely ‘local’ restaurant for our dinner…good authentic Italian food - eggplant parmigiana as a special was lovely as was the garlicky bruchetta - friendly service. Good simple food. Only downside was the restaurant was a little cold, but wasn’t a major problem
  4. JO

    JOYW

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Terrible and very ordinary Not sure what all the fuss is about. Average service. Nothing special - not even any tablecloths. Food very bland Expensive for what it is. Can’t recommend
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    We were lucky enough to be seated Next to Luisa, our conversation was family like. Her knowledge of the types of food and the way it was
  6. SG

    ScottG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic Italian food as good as it gets. We had meatballs, linguine w/prawns and papardelle with meat sauce. Everything was wonderful. Also, the private label wine was fantastic. Highly recommend
  7. JB

    JanetB

    New York Area

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I went for an early dinner so it wasn’t crowded. It is more like a neighborhood gem of a restaurant. Good food and a good price. The recommendations by the waiter were much appreciated and spot on. Thank you!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. The lemoncello marscapone cake was amazing
  9. s

    shak

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Fantastic little Italian restaurant on the edge of little Italy in San Fransisco. Good food and excellent service. One of the tiramisu’s I’ve ever had.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met owner Luisa. Very fun. Great food. Definitely will go back.
  11. LS

    LucasS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and service! Special experience. Been frequenting Luisa’s since it was on Union St. An institution!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic old school north beach experience. Great food and personality to the nines
  13. JN

    JN12

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, cozy ambiance, and the owner, Luisa, was present in the restaurant which contributed to the family-owned feel. The lasagna and lobster ravioli were standouts. Highly recommend!
  14. JP

    JulieP

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best shrimp linguini in San Francisco! The lemonchello cake is a perfect ending.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lasagna was tasty, meatball pizza was the best pizza I’ve had. Disappointed in the cannoli but everything else amazing. Generous wine glass pours
  16. LN

    LanaN

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Nice food. Wait staff seemed a bit too over-eager to get us to order and get through our meal quickly.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicest people, greatest food
  18. FB

    FredB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic salad. Great main course. Felt like I was in a small restaurant in Italy.
  19. M

    Marc

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great pasta’s!
  20. JS

    JordanS

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing spot. Food is so delicious and cooked perfectly. Pasta was light and fresh. You can feel the homemade in this food. Luisa is a gem. She’s there chatting everyone up. Even Italians love this spot. She speaks Italian to anyone listening. It’s a must eat spot
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    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!
  22. TR

    TonyR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine! Luisa is the best!
  23. 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!
  24. MH

    MikeH

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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!
  28. p

    pickydinner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luisa is adorable. The food is incredible.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. C

    Craig

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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!
  34. 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!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

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

    Silvi

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Gutes Essen.
  40. 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.

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 4.7 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 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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