Pesce e Riso

4.7
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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.


Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be serving a multi-course tasting menu for $69 per person. Menu details will be posted to our website 20 days prior. We will not be offering our a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions so we can ensure accommodation.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We will be serving a multi-course tasting menu for $69 per person. Menu details will be posted to our website 20 days prior. We will not be offering our a la carte menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions so we can ensure accommodation.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be serving a multi-course tasting menu for $69 per person. Menu details will be posted to our website 20 days prior. We will not be offering our a la carte menu on this evening. Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions so we can ensure accommodation.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 225 People Are Saying
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ED
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

SL
Central Coast
7 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
32 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
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LC
Central Coast
13 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
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
New York Area
7 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.

EK
Portland
4 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
4 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.

w
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this neighborhood restaurant. Very good and friendly service. The food was delicious. Great ingredients and creative fusion of Italian and Japanese dishes. I highly recommend. We really wanted to find a good restaurant in North Beach that was not touristy. Excellent.

DP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very Good. . . . . . Charactersssss sssss ssssss sssss ss

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!! Chef is so talented as he has great ideas for Italian food combining with Japanese Ingredients. Everything tastes fresh and plating is beautiful. Really enjoyed eating there.

B
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The confluence of Italian and Japanese flavors and cooking techniques was revelatory and not overstated at any point. Delicate use of unexpected flavorings like dill flower or shiso leaf and the meeting of carpaccio and sashimi were inspired and delicious. Thoroughly recommended.

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my friend, it was such a delightful surprise. The food was excellent, setting was lovely. Would definitely recommend it!

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Understaffed which means slow service which also means stressed workers

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant provided a wonderful mix of Italian and Japanese flavors. We will definitely return.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolute gem in North Beach. The idea of Japanese/Italian fusion was really interesting to me from the start, and I was even more impressed by the execution of all the dishes! Everything we ordered was delicious and very nicely plated. Who would have thought Japanese flavors can be served in an Italian style, and vice versa? It was a lovely little something different.

I went here with my dad, and we both agreed the ambiance was relaxing and refreshing, from the soft muted color scheme to the artistic tableware to the delicate flowers in small vases on each table. It would be a great spot for a date or family dinner, since it is quiet and you can actually hear each other! (Not to mention the food is unique and impressive.) We were there on a Thursday and it was calm and not packed. It's probably a lot busier on Fridays and Saturdays. Service is fantastic and so friendly! My dad and I really enjoyed talking with our waiter, Lucca.

We would absolutely return! I cannot recommend this place enough. If you're interested in going here, don't even hesitate—book it now. You are guaranteed to have a delicious meal and a wonderful dining experience.

VO
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tiny place with a small frontage right in the beating heart of North Beach, Just steps off Columbus, don’t miss it! great happy hour specials and the food ... THE FOOD!

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dishes!! the lamb chop was outstanding!!

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful culinary experience, comprised of rich flavors and imaginative juxtaposition of tastes.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food ok. But the place is run down.

JK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I was selfish I would actually not recommend this place because it's so damn good I don't want it to get crowded. It is a true Gem of San Francisco and one of my best dining experiences in 30 years

LL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicate and delicious dishes, embracing the flavor of every ingredient. Excellent, attentive service. Convenient location before shows or music scene.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Magnifico! What a gem of a find! Loved everything about the amazing cooking and the spirit of this ristorante,

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the dishes were unique and prepared with care. artichoke/sushi roll salad was really fresh and delicious. calamari was incredible (not fried!) and all of the pasta dishes are homemade and tasty. the service was amazing too.

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! We shared halibut crudo, octopus, lamb chop and meat ball pasta. Excellent Food!!!
lovely interior and nice service too. We will be back soon.

G
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most creative and delicious food I have enjoyed in a very long time. The fusion of Italian and Japanese totally delivers with fresh flavors and textures. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! We ate several appetizers instead of mains so we could try more dishes. The Arancini with salmon is a must. The octopus was the most tender I have ever eaten and the halibut crudo was so fresh. The light Japanese sauces enhanced the flavors of the fresh seafood. We enjoyed a lovely rose wine with our meal. Service was also excellent. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem. I will be returning soon.

HA
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Interesting food menu, very San Francisco and very Italian staff. Nice mix of asian and Italian. Excellent appetizer choices....not your average North Beach restaurant.

GS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure coming here. The owner is welcoming and makes it a very personal dining experience.

LL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is outstanding, service excellent, location convenient

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for Italian seafood, and ran a search for “Pesce” (Italian for “fish”), and “Pesce e Riso” came up. Saw the description that it was Italian-Japanese fusion, so although unsure, it still sounded interesting enough and decided to take a chance. Result: I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! In fact, everything I had was absolutely delicious. Gian-Luca, the manager and my waiter, was absolutely a charm and I also got a chance to practice my Italian. Overall, great food, great service, great ambiance, and a “pancia contenta” (happy belly). I highly recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
...Marco

FL
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food with a very good combination of Italian and Japanese tastes.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Will definitely be visiting this restaurant again!

F
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and food was outstanding. Bathrooms were very clean and the decor was warm and inviting. I highly recommend. We will definitely be back!