Pesce e Riso

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$30 and under
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Italian
PESCE E RISO is a neighborhood Italian restaurant with a Japanese twist in San Francisco North Beach District.

PESCE E RISO means “fish & rice” in Italian, which are the building blocks of Japanese cuisine and lend itself beautifully to Italian cuisine. We want to create an exciting, relaxing & memorable environment for you to enjoy while dinning in the company of your family and friends.

Update- Due to the current and on going situation of COVID-19 in the city of San Francisco, we decided to do a temporary closure for the remaining of March to protect our employees and community. We will keep updates on pesceeriso.com and OpenTable for the returning of regular business hours. Thanks for your support and understanding.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! A new dining experience with food that was delicious, surprising in the combination of flavors and so filling. The service was incredible, we celebrated our anniversary here and can't wait to go back.

J
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

LOVED the tuna tartare appetizer, the entrees were amazing and that panna cotta was perfect!

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great establishment with clean interior. Excellent service and ambiance. That said, their fusion needs some work, in both their dishes and interior design. Some flavors and textures didn't come together well. At times, it felt like I grabbed a little of two separate things and shoved them both in my mouth rather than then arriving prepared in one dish. While tasty, the roll tasted like a regular sushi roll. The Japanese-American flavors overpowered whatever Italian elements they tried to incorporate. Still a delicious dinner overall.

The space offers little noise insulation, so you either need your outdoor voice, or get real close to your date.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They ran out of one of the signature dishes

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food - will definitely be back

BD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and experience for Valentines Day special occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! We’ll be back. Amazing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is diamond in the rough!
Amazing personal service, which is a nice departure from fighting for your waiter’s attention!
The food and wine recommendations were fantastic.
Gluten free options available:)
We will definitely go back!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, creative food. This is fusion cuisine done well with the best of both Italian and Japanese.

JS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food in this restaurant and the staff are great.

LC
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service ! Incredible food !!!
My partner and I were really pleased !!! Thanks Pesce e Riso Team

JM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pesce e Riso is a neighborhood gem, with an extremely talented chef, who expertly fuses Asian and Italian crusine with grace and flavor.

LD
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for X-Mas Eve, Feast of the Seven Fishes. The food was fresh and clean tasting, The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Will be going back.

KB
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is like non other. Italy meets Japan and its a beautiful marriage!!

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything we ordered. Really like their tuna tartar and arancini tuna roll.

LC
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Pesce e Riso for our anniversary dinner while in San Francisco and we were so happy that we did! We got there a little early and they were able to seat us immediately, which was great because it was raining and it would have been cold & wet waiting outside (it's a cozy restaurant and there isn't a waiting area really). There's a good ambiance and even though the restaurant was packed it wasn't too loud to have a conversation. They even surprised us with two glasses of champagne on the house for our anniversary - it was wonderful!

The food was amazing. Somehow I had missed that it was Italian-Japanese fusion and so that was a pleasant surprise. We had the tempura misto appetizer which was so tasty - I'd never had tempura fried asparagus and it was amazing! Especially dipped in the aioli sauce - yum! For our entrees, we had the ribeye and the risotto, both were excellent, along with a delicious side of cauliflower. We were stuffed by the end of the meal.

The service was great - everyone was friendly and the orders were correct and showed up quickly. The waitress was attentive and the host stopped by occasionally as well. They also have a great wine list. We will definitely come back next time we are in San Francisco and would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good meal.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good as was the wine selection. Very unique fusion of japanese and italian food. The ambience was lovely!

CR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little spot in North Beach that isn't your typical Italian restaurant. Everything we had was delicious.

ED
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices, the owner is very congenial.

SL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a little gem of a restaurant. Each dish was unique and varied in its flavor. Even our three teenage daughters loved their meals. The staff were friendly and accommodating. The only minor minor fix would be the temperature. The restaurant was quite cold inside. I would highly recommend that you give Pesce e Riso a try. You will not be disappointed!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal with excellent service. The octopus was amazing as was the whole branzino. We’ll never celebrate Thanksgiving without grilled octopus again!

SD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was inventive and delicious (really really really loved the Arancini roll), and the staff was even better. Incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Will be back!

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal! we really enjoyed everything. One of the best seafood restaurant in the city.

GT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, a fusion of italian & japanese. A great concept! Good wine list, service .

LC
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always !!! I love to come here when there’s a new menu . Ana , our waiter is superb!!!

J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a last minute booking on a busy night in North Beach and man it worked out! Ambience from the hardwood floors to the wine racks and window to the street. Eclectic fusion of Japanese and Italian food prepared with skill, thought and respect, combining ingredients in interesting ways. Risotto, tempura, pasta, fish, oysters all realistic portions, interestingly curated wine by the glass list and an amazing server (originally from Eastern Europe) who was thoughtful, conversational and helpful. Through her we learned a little of the chef’s journey through different cultures and cuisines. Will definitely make this a destination place for trips into SF/North Beach.

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, definitely recommend this place and we will be back.

JM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal at Pesce e Riso. The service was perfect and the food was excellent. The chef pays attention to every detail and that is evident in the taste and presentation. At this time there is beer and wine only which was fine for us.

GK
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner with friends and family here. Food is superb, and so is the attention and recommendations of the staff. Will definitely be back!

MM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've always passed by this place and wanted to try it. I was impressed with the menu and flavors! Similar to The House next door in terms of size and types of dishes. Keep in mind that some of the tables are the kind that are stuck next to other people. That didn't bother us but it makes it kind of loud with everyone talking over each other. The octopus, broccolini and risotto were excellent!

N
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fleet Week dinner out. Took a few minutes to “get” the Japanese/Italian fusion theme - but it all worked! Great flavors all around.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the fusion Italian and Japanese cuisine. The arancini appz was amazing. The agnolotti dish was delish! I’d go back for sure. If it wasn’t for parking situation in north beach neighborhood I’d be here all the time! I promise to come back to try other dishes in the menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and way beyond my expectations. All the ingredients were fresh. Environment is good. Highly recommended and will definitely go back.