About Pesce e Riso
Located in San Francisco’s North Beach, Pesce e Riso is an Italian restaurant with a surprising Japanese twist. Here in the heart of "little Italy," chef and owner Joe Lin creatively weaves together Italian and Japanese culinary traditions by building on the elements that unite them: simplicity and quality.
Chef Lin is a skilled sushi chef who fell in love with Italian cuisine while training with an Italian chef in Tuscany. Pesce e Riso means “fish and rice” in Italian, which are the building blocks of Japanese cuisine and lend themselves beautifully to Italian cuisine.
At Pesce e Riso, diners will find familiar Italian flavors with distinctive Japanese influences in a friendly, intimate space.
San Francisco, CA 94133-3910
Italian, Japanese, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 am–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 am–10:30 pm
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Fresno St. Public Parking. Vallejo St. Public Parking
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Wine
Pesce e Riso Ratings and Reviews
A newly opened ( summer 2017)Japanese/ Italian chef from Vancouver BC great creative work to combine Japanese and Italian food.
A very high quality / value tasting menu 3 courses.
A surprise to our party of the quality and creativity as we travel a lot and always look for new places in SF area.
Service is great and wine list good too
Just a bit bummed as I wanted to try their menu but since it was Valentines Day, they only offered a prix fixe. Mentioned on Open Table site it was offered, but not that it was the ONLY option. Would have went elsewhere.. not sure if we’ll make it back or not.
The food was creative and well prepared. All dishes were well received and enjoyed. The biggest, and only problem, was the service. It took a long time to place the order, it took forever to get the food, and the timing was off. It appeared that the staff was short-handed, so maybe that was the problem. In any case the restaurant has only been open 6 months when we dined there and may also still be working out some kinks. Fortunately the food made up for the service problems.
The menu at this 'Italian with a Japanese twist' restaurant is quite ambitious, combining two great cuisines in unusual and unexpected ways. And the food did not disappoint. At our table for five we shared several appetizers and each enjoyed our entrees; there were a number of comments about how surprised we were at the well-prepared dishes and the quality ingredients. However, we were surprised at the quality of the food because the service was so very bad. The waiter strolled around us many times before welcoming us after we sat down, did not make eye contact, rudely corrected pronunciation of menu items, knew nothing about the wines on the list, and then brought the main course out while we were only half way through the appetizers and essentially shoved the dishes aside to put down the large plates. It was kind of appalling actually - both the lack of professionalism and the seeming disdain for the customers. It's a shame, really, because this small and modern addition to the North Beach area really is trying something a bit daring with the menu, and the people in the kitchen know what they are doing. But they'll have to completely rethink the front of house and their approach to hosting people for dinner if they're going to earn good reviews.
Great food considering a fusion between Japanese and Italian cuisines .. very well done but I gave it a rating of 3 or less for various reasons .. music was not appropriate for the crowd and noise level and you had to talk louder to your partner for just being at a restaurant .. service could Be a lot better for a the servers were not pleasant and cheerful and they were way too serious and uptight .. last but least some items were way too expensive for the quality of item served .. over all I think if you can do better service this d be a much better and enjoyable place to be ..
Pesce e Riso is a nice, cozy neighborhood restaurant in the middle of the North Beach tourist scene. This was my 2nd time dining at Pesce e Riso with a group and it was a great experience. Their dishes have flavor combinations that are creative and subtly reflective of the fusion theme. The care that goes into cooking is apparent- especially the al dente pasta and roasted branzini- nothing is overly salty or overcooked. Out of the variety of appetizers and main courses that we shared, the udon ai frutti di mare, paccheri al pork sugo, branzini, and oysters were my favorites. Though I was too full to try it, the tri-tip our table ordered looked amazing as well. The menu and atmosphere make it a good spot for regular get-togethers and introducing visitors to the fusion scene that SF does so well.
This was our second time having dinner at Pesce e Riso and.... we're glad we returned. Like the first time, we were not disappointed. We shared and ate 9 courses because everything was so yummy. We kept adding courses to our dining experience. Progressive eating. It was delicious as we assumed it would be. The owner/chef Joe cares about his clientele and made sure everything was 5 stars. We appreciated the personal flare and will be returning.
Me and my wife really enjoyed the dinner at pesce e riso. I start with an arancini tuna roll, and the steamed mussels were good, too. We enjoyed our first course. Then the best thing of the dinner was the branzini. It's super tender with lots of good olive oil and a touch of mint, simple but delicious. We shared this dish and we both had a good time there.
It is definitely a hidden gem in the North Beach. The ambiance is warm, staffs were very welcoming. Food was good and tasted fresh. The crostini fegatino was amazing, like the Japanese taste with this traditional Italian dish. Also tried the halibut carpaccio. Very sweet and fresh. They say it’s from the local Bay Area, can taste the difference, and the sauce was a nice kick. Udon with seafood was a favorite for me, very unique, rich broth and the scallops were just sweet. The steak was ordinary but still good. Not a big red meat fan tho. Overall, definitely worth coming back.
We had emilia (an Italian style sushi roll) which was very interesting, and turned out taste better than I thoight. The local hailbut carpaccio was very fresh. I've had whole branzini before but this restaurant cooks it very differently and simple. It tastes refresh, nice and soft. Overall, a good find out for the area. Will be back.
Pesce e Riso is serving innovative food with Italian and Japanese influences in a handsome setting. I'm Italian, I have worked in the Italian food import business, and I appreciate good Italian food. I think the owner and chef Joe Lin is crafting some wonderful dishes with regional Italian influences and unusual Japanese presentations. I particularly like the Paccheri pasta with Pork Sugo. The sauce has some Japanese seasonings but still captures the essence of an Italian sauce. I also think the Emilia roll is a head turner. It's is an Italian riff on sushi that confuses your brain a little by bringing together traditional Italian flavor combinations (Parmigiano, prosciutto, and melon) in a new and entirely unexpected way. I was skeptical at first, but this dish gets better and better with every bite. (I woke up the next morning thinking how much I wanted to go back for more.) All of the food is fresh and very, very clean and bright. I love the warm interior, the bare wood tables and the Japanese decorative touches.
Loved this place! The menu is a unique take on Italian with a Japanese accent, and some of the dishes, like the delicious Emilia roll are a true blend of the two cuisines. We ordered all three pastas on the menu, as well as the tempura and tri tip. All we're top notch. Decor is welcoming, warm and comfortable. Attentive service, too. Will definitely be back!
We did not end up eating here. We made the dinner reservation 2 hours before our reservation time and the site shows that the restaurant is wide open, basically you can book at whatever time you want on a Saturday night. When we arrived at the restaurant at 7:40 for our 7:45 reservation, the restaurant was packed and it looked like they have just sat down a big party. When I checked in, I saw the waiter has a long wait list (walk-ins) in his hand and I can see there are only 2 reservations in that list including mine.I told him we have a reservation at 7:45. He looked around and said let me see what I can do for you. He came back and said would you like to sit at the bar and I said no because we have a reservation and we are a party of 4. He said again let me see what I can do for you, just give me a few minutes. I looked around, the restaurant is small and no one is paying or on desserts. Long story short, THEY DID NOT PLAN FOR OUR RESERVATION. The reservations at this restaurant is a joke. They made themselves available for all time slots on OpenTable and yet took all the walk-ins they possibly can without giving priorities to the people with reservations. We left.
Given the positive reviews, I was really excited to try Pesce e Riso. Unfortunately, my group concluded there was nothing special about this restaurant, and the dishes were poorly conceived and executed. Sure a prosciutto and cantaloupe wrapped sushi style roll sounds interesting, but the reality of cured meat with a lot of white rice doesn't actually taste good. The tempura sounded great - who doesn't like tempura? However, the batter was bland and didn't do anything for eggplant, artichoke, calamari or shrimp it surrounded. The sashimi, tagliatelle, and mussels were fine but nothing special. The mystery of the evening was the lamb chops appeared to have a medium rare color on the outside when it was served but somehow it was overcooked in the center. That typically only happens when lamb is cooked at temperature that is too high. Perhaps in another less food crazed city, Pesce e Riso would be a hit, but unfortunately the food isn't innovative and is simply not very good.
Chef Joe Lin experiments with an interesting balance of flavors from Japan & Italy.
Only 2 weeks open and there is still some flavor/texture fine tuning needed, but the overall impression is this guy understands balance and counterpoint and the dishes are artfully composed. Our experience included:
Oysters - infused with a light spicy salsa.
The Emilia - a warm sushi wrap dream of east & west ingredients that works, though a tad dry!
Halibut- superb texture with a balanced miso/veg base that brings complementary flavor and texture to the dish.
Lamb Lollipop- 3 rich flavorful chops complemented by a generous veg ragu.
Island Potatoes- scalloped, with a unique dry black olive saltiness that I loved.
Tiramisu - a blob of elegantly simple rich subtle flavors and textures without being too sweet.
In all, a treat. Prices fit the quality and portions. We left full and fulfilled.
Spread the word.....we had the entire place to ourselves on a Thursday night, but that probably won't last....
Good addition to North Beach neighborhood; something different from the tourist spaghetti mills. Perhaps we can soon get interesting and decent restaurants as they have in the Mission...especially those on Valencia. Interesting attempt at Japanese/Italian fusion. Tempura=Fritto miso...but, of course. Arigato/Grazie e Ciao
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