Pesce e Riso

4.6
157 reviews
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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.
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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 4 of us and all items we ordered were delicious...terrific blends of flavors and very fresh ingredients. Seafood and pasta were cooked perfectly. My personal fav was the papardelli in delicate miso-based broth. We can’t wait to go back!

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B
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived 45 minutes before our reservation, were made to feel very welcome and were sitting in about 15 minutes. The service was prompt, friendly and we never felt rushed. The food was innovative and beautifully presented. Everyone really liked what they ordered. We definitely plan to return.

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SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This unpretentious little place in the heart of North Beach has apparently been flying under the radar for way too long. It is an absolute gem, its just unfathomable to me how it's not packed to the gills every night. Japanese inspired Italian, or Italian inspired Japanese, the food is outstanding, imaginative and full of complex flavors. The staff couldn't be more welcoming and knowledgeable. And it has the most affordable Brunello I have yet to find in SF! If you love Cotogna, Nico and Tosca, this place will knock your socks off - do yourselves a favor and give it a try and, like me, you will quickly be back for more!

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very wonderful dinner, tried a few new menu items, the salmon and lamb chop were both very delicious. Really like the wild porcini agnolotti too. very worth trying. one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. the flavor is also very authentic.

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CM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting blend of Japanese and Italian. Everything was delicious!

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LC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new cocktail list and the ambience at the bar is very nice ! Food excellent as always....definitely one of my favorite restaurant in North beach

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fiftieth birthday

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LL
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We were in a bit of a rush but they were very accommodating. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting food combinations. Nice flavors. Solid food. Very friendly staff.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super nicand i will definitely visit this restaurant again!

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, outstanding food, people, ambiance....it's our go to place in this neighborhood.

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HM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a family birthday. The food is so creative and delicious. Our waiter Marcos was so nice and very attentive.

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KB
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was incredibly warm and friendly. They helped us navigate the menu and we had the most fabulous meal! Everything was so fresh and unique. Since we love Italian And Japanese we figured we could not go wrong! Well it was even better than I imagined.

We can’t wait to go back!!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic food, does not disappoint!

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff and wonderful food. Prices are decent in relation to portion and location. Ambience is cozy and rustic, but it's the staff that makes the experience worth while. Very friendly and social bunch!

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V
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Be prepared to be impressed with top class cuisine and top dining service. From the food to the drinks everything is served with class and flavor. Don’t hesitate on coming here.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinarily rich and flavorful menu are the hallmarks of this friendly neighborhood gem.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Husband and I love to go to pesce e riso. We are always surprised by the inventiveness of the chef. This time we got the Prix Fixe, and it is hard to pick my favorite between the tuna or the pork pasta. we always love the way they serve their oysters. The ambiance is calm and great for a romantic evening. The service is friendly and nice. We tried their new cocktails I really liked the Lychee martini.

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F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall nice cozy place. A shirt but delicious menu

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The food was sensational - japanese and italian fusion! Whoda thunk? The service was quick and friendly and the ambiance was perfect. I will definitely be back.

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JH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly wonderful! Delicious food, lovely ambiance, impeccable service. A little know local gem. We will be back!

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LC
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a very captivating ambience in north beach. Very good quality of ingredients. Definitely a place to be visited for a different experience.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely night, really like the white dragonwell risotto and the hokkaido style bread pudding. Great experience, I will definitely be back!!!

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pesce e Riso is a great spot for locals who want a twist to classic Italian. The pork sugo is so decadent and filling- I recommend it! The ambiance is intimate and the service was top notch. I can’t wait to come back to try more!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced for what you pay for. Sort of a fusion style but with a higher price, advertised as $ but misleading as it is a menu style and a 2 person company with only 2 glasses of wine will cost you $120 !

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TC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and main courses were excellent! The desserts however were not good. Also the drinks (coffee and tea) were insanely overpriced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca is a great host and made us feel very at home in his restaurant. The food is a delicious fusion of Japanese and Italian. Recommend the pappardelle and the Skirt steak!! Will definitely be coming back.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was hands down one of the best meals we have had in awhile. My family and I eat out a lot together and all agreed about how much we enjoyed every moment of this meal from the food to the service. The waitstaff was there when we needed them and then seemed to melt into the background seamlessly. They were overly accommodating, including letting us bring in a birthday cake, lighting the candles for us, serving it and then boxing up the leftovers. And the food was outstanding. None of the dishes were too big and they all were incredibly creative sticking in line with their Japanese/Italian fusion. I would eat there again in a heartbeat and have since recommended it to many friends visiting San Francisco.

Thank you for a wonderful evening and a delicious meal!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, nice spot.

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T
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience in the restaurant was excellent. There is a fusion Italian -Japanese, never seen for us before.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very hospital and welcoming. Unique cuisine. Looking forward to coming back.

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l
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very creative menu, with a very nice blend of flavors from Italian and Asian origins. We totally enjoyed both our appetizers and two second courses. The salad was good, but not special. Service by our server was excellent. A great find in a casual location with a lively vibe.

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EA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find in the North Beach neighborhood. I really appreciated the Italian-Japanese fusion. The steak was remarkable and the Striped Bass Crudo will have me coming back.

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H
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and great food!

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SP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are in town for a few days, and Pesce et Riso was an amazing find. I had never thought about Japanese-Italian fusion. From the antipasti to the dessert, the flavors of everything we ordered were well balanced and subtle. The two cuisines complemented each other and essentially became a new cuisine. Imagine going to an Italian restaurant and coming out feeling light rather than stuffed. Wonderful experience.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful experience! tried the tasting menu, everything was so delicious!!! love the white dragon well risotto and stripbass crudo, I will definitely come back just for the tasting menu next time, good value and good wine paring too.

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AF
Boise
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The tuna tartar and the risotto on the taster menu were excellent. They did forget my son's soda and to give us the correct wine for our last course however, they made up for it by giving my son an extra dessert and us an extra glass of the wine they forgot in the first place.

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SR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved the food! Waaaay too noisy for me as I’m hearing impaired.

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OT
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first time experience! We'll definitely be back.

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