Pesce e Riso

4.7
69 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Japanese, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 am–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 am–10:30 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Bar
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 872-9997
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Lin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Ave.
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Parking details
Fresno St. Public Parking. Vallejo St. Public Parking
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Wine
What 69 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The overall experience was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious, the service was so personable, and the ambiance was so intimate and romantic!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Really interesting food concept (Japanese/Italian fusion!) and everything works together very well. Solid sake and wine selections as well! Nice enough for a date, but also casual enough for a hangout :) Highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Everything was incredible!!!!!!

The only bad thing is how noisy it can get.
Good sound panels would make it perfect.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed every dish that we ordered. The chef is onto something very special by creating Italian dishes that are infused with a perfect hit of Asian flavor. It is a challenge to find parking in North Beach, but the fine food and friendly service at this restaurant was worth the effort. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great food, great ambiance and friendly service. Recommended, especiallly for dates.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great service from owner and waiters, food was very good, background music a bit loud.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great place to go for a charming, new experience. An unusual combination of Japanese/Italian dishes, our group was unsure of what to expect when our food arrived. We were all pleasantly surprised to find how tasty and well balanced everything was! Not a bad dish at all! We were able to talk to the chef who appears to be a shy, humble chef. From management to wait staff, they are definitely set on making your dining experience the best it can be, warm and friendly treating you as long time customers even if it is your first time. Definitely a restaurant we want to revisit very soon, and tell all our friends about. Only wish they were open for lunch!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

A unique menu, amazing flavours, attentive service and an all round amazing experience for me and my family.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great Birthday dinner for my husband. We sat at the window table, great North Beach people watching! We all enjoyed the unique flavors and especially liked the risotto.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Delicious, really exceptional flavours and concepts, though portion sizes left us wanting more! Cocktails were also good, though could be stronger. Very cozy ambiance overall and a great meal.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Innovative food with Italian and asian flavors. Try it.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Such a wonderful night! i've been here once for wine and appetizers after work, and again tonight for dinner. Both times were great, this is definitely a new favorite spot.
I had tuna tartar, arancini roll and steak, really enjoy the meal! The wine is great, the atmosphere is lovely and warm. Will certainly suggest this place to friends.

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Service was slow and the food was terrible. Something must have changed since we had a good experience there a few months ago. But we ordered the same dish and it was completely different and awful. The steak tasted like liver and the fish was bland.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This restaurant is totally different than the rest in North Beach: very nice ambience , great fusion between two great Cusine: all ingredients were fresh and perfectly cooked . The pappardelle with three mushrooms served al dente and with a perfect balance in between the texture of the pasta and the sauce ! Staff friendly and knowledgeable,flawless service . Definitely a place to visit !

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I loved the whole Bronzino and the caponata. For small family gathering made a perfect night

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was great, good selection of appetizers and very delicious, unusual mixtures of food.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

This was our second time here, and it was even better than the previous visit. It is cozy and quiet, even with people at tables right next to you, and the food is absolutely outstanding. This is the place to go when you want dishes that are thoughtful and creative, and still downright delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had an incredible experience from beginning to end. I made reservations for my husband's bday. I wrote a note to ask to place a candle on the dessert after dinner...they went all in and surprised him with a lovely glass of Prosecco and a card signed by the entire staff...
The GM made sure we knew details about the entire menu..and we ended up ordering most of it...carefully pairing each course with delicious Italian wine. Everyone at the table was really happy.
I'm Italian and I was very impressed by the ability of creating dishes that reminded me of Italy with a touch of exotic....without overcooking the freshly handmade pasta..
We loved the ambiance and decor too ... so classy and tasteful. The atmosphere is so relaxing, you can actually have a conversation..

We love the neighborhood and we'll definitely come back!
Thank you!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Delicious and different! Really nice evening in a more intimate atmosphere compared to the typical North Beach restaurant. Food and flavors were outstanding. Service was hit and miss, with a great host but questionable servers (2 spills and one forgotten side dish.) Overall, the unique food and ambience a made it more than worthwhile so we we be back!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We had a great time! The Italian owner was super personal and friendly and even gave us free glasses of champagne for her birthday. The cuisine was unexpectedly tasty. I’ll admit we were skeptical of the Japenese Italian fusion, but were pleasantly surprised. Would go again!!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The food is exquisite. Wonderful presentation and delicious. Love the Italian and Japanese fusion.. so clever! Every dish is so light and fresh. Sake is yummy too!! Thank you to the staff who serve us, Luca and Marco.. they made the overall food experience amazing with their warm and friendly service. A definite must try restaurant!!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I reserved at Pesce e Riso to celebrate my partner’s birthday: food was unbelievable and the service very attentive. Both pasta with pork sugo and risotto were excellent and the hanger steak was superb. I highly recommend this little restaurant in North Beach

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I've been to Pesce e Riso multiple times and it has always been a great experience. This time I came back to try their latest menu. We had the anchovy tempura, seafood risotto, and pork sugo rigatoni, which were all new to me. The seafood was really fresh- I like that the it wasn't overdone or rubbery as sometimes seafood can be. The anchovy was my favorite, and I typically don't like anchovy that much. The pasta is made daily in house and had a great chewy texture. The flavor of the risotto was unique and had a slight kick to it (without being spicy). Portion sizes were good and we were too full for dessert, but I usually like their tiramisu. Overall, the new menu seems great!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing food, great service, and hip setting. We’ll definitely be back. Can’t wait to try the hanger steak next time! The Italian Japanese combo was even better than imagined. There is something for everyone here!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Pesce e Riso is a jewel in the heart of North Beach. Food is incredible amazing, my favorite was the Rigatoni with pork sugo and the new dish: Misoyaky Trout . The staff is friendly and attentive; the ambiance is cozy and warm not to noise, perfect for date or special occasion but even for every day dinner. While you are dining you can appreciate the view of Columbus ave. and little Italy. Again, a jewel in North Beach neighborhood!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This is a fabulous new spot that brings up the food scene in North Beach. The staff made us feel so special and by the smiles all around the place I think they treated everyone this way. The food was so delicious and fresh. A must is the “arancini” and the hanger steak! Great happy hour specials and $1 oysters!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. The atmosphere is relaxing, cozy yet open, nice place for date. The staff is very knowledgeable of the wines and menu. The food is to die for. Everything made in house... fresh pastas. I ordered Pork sugo rigatoni, so good! Arancini tuna roll, crostini fegatino, all very tasty. I had a really great and enjoyable night.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Delicious, interesting, avant garde food. Enjoyed the Emilia, it was truly unique and incredible!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The concept of Japanese influenced Italian works! This a relatively affordable foodie adventure worth pursuing. Owner and staff friendly and interesting.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a hidden gem! Loved this small little restaurant. Service was great but the food mix is even better!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

It was very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The food here was superb. We weren’t sure how the Italian-Japanese fusion would play out, but were pleasantly surprised with every course. Plates were beautiful, and the food was rich. We would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food. Asia. Italian fusion. Cute space too

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Nice touch of Asian-Italian fusion though a bit predictable. Definitely priced above norm for what you get. Good thing there are many pizzerias around the corner. Would recommend if not too hungry.

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I don't leave reviews for restaurants really, but I just wanted to hopefully pevent someone from wasting time / money at this place.

Do not be allured by the attractive exterior like I was. The inside is awkward, the service was strange, the happy hour food is not good (like, really embarrassingly bad), and it's overpriced.

I was totally taken in by the charming facade of this place. First time I've ever left a restaurant before ordering a main course.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and service. Tuna roll was one of the best rolls I've ever had.
Pasta with clams and mussels also very good along with the whole fish branzini
Would definitely recommend and we will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food!! so far our favorite restaurant in North Beach. Tuna tartar and chazuchi are so delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food... service was amazing, thank you Chris

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food! Marcus our server was very attentive. Loved the Japanese/Italian fusion. I took business guests from out of town and they loved it.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We ordered a fish dish twice and it was like two totally foods the second time around. Food was a little inconsistent outside of this double order.
Drinks were very slow coming out and the wait staff was rude at times.
Otherwise not bad. Could be pretty good but isn't better than fair at this time.

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