Ristobar

4.4
40 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Ristobar in San Francisco. Authentic Italian cuisine locally sourced ingredients and Italian Wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 40 people are saying
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t have our reservation and the cooking staff was not even working that day!

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VenusP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High class, fine dining, great service, clean, fresh food!

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LucyLovesMusic
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, love the seasonal ingredients and the fact that they didn’t start cooking the risotto until we ordered it. Loved our waiter.

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vipFoody123
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for authentic Italian cuisine
You will not be disappointed.
Beautiful restaurant, fine service and the executive chef is passionate about his cooking. The pasta is home made. I was encouraged to try the tagliatelle ribbons with 5 hour bolognese sauce.
Frankly I did not think anyone cook top my mother's recipe. They nailed it! Beautiful presentation with taste and style

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DawnB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. Slow service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The parklet is a little slanted, which was disappointing, but the food made up for it. The crema cotta was amazing! Great flavor and portion size.

Make sure the staff knows that you booked through Open Table. There was a mix-up and they marked us as a no-show, so I had to contact support to get it fixed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

DO NOT CONFIRM A RESERVATION IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE CLOSING EARLY WHEN WE ARRIVE.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Great reception and ambiance sadly diminished by the Ho-hum dinners. The margarita pizza was utterly unsatisfying; some seasoning and more than a portion of cheese would’ve saved it. My wife’s dinner was equally boring.

That said, the desserts were rocking!

But the complimentary wine for the long overdue desserts just didn’t add up to a great experience.

I hope this review finds it to the management who can take this as constructive criticism and say “ we’ve got an awesome place here, let’s make food that reflects the beauty of our Ristobar!”

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vipBradB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our teenage daughters went for their birthday and brought friends for a fancy dinner. The staff at Risto Bar were awesome. They made it a special night and treated them like valued guests. They raved about the food (especially the bolognese) and the service was amazing. Our daughters loved the food, the atmosphere and the staff. Thank you so much for making it a great birthday experience for our daughter. We will definitely come again.

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vipFattysez
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only exceptional food flawless presentation but it had a fantastic wine list

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vipMike
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We went there for a nice quiet dinner on a Sunday night at 6 o'clock. Food was excellent the service was attentive. There was a large group of extremely obnoxious people sitting in the restaurant. The manager was spending a great deal of time having fun with this group. They were yelling profanities and dropping F bombs at the top of their lungs. Interestingly this group had some small children with them. Completely ruined our dinner. The poor waiter didn't know what to do. The general manager thought it was all funny. I don't think we'll be back.

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JackieM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We tried giving them a second chance, unfortunately our service was even worse than the first time. 0/2 we will not be coming back, horribly inattentive staff which is a shame because the food is pretty good

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This place was very misleading as the decor and ambiance from the front was very inviting but the rest of the dinner experience was subpar at best. For the price of the dishes, we were expecting quality ingredients and were greatly disappointed with the food. The Seafood Stew was almost $40 and tasted like all the seafood was frozen and the sauce tasted like something from a can. There was such a strong FISHY taste indicating the seafood was not fresh or cooked properly. Service was also slow and we found ourselves having to constantly repeat ourselves to different waiters when it wasn't even that busy. Disappointed to say the least and would advise people to look for "authentic" Italian dinner elsewhere especially at this price point.

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vipShawnB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great to see them re-open as they have been closed for a few years. Food was really good and the staff was new but very friendly and attentive.

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RainierI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Anniversary

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SFmama11
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had dinner with friends at Ristobar. We were seated in a side room, which was less noisy than the main restaurant, but felt a bit out of the way. We were seated at our reservation time and service was good. I found my meal to be good but not outstanding. The field green salad had many (too many?) ingredients and was swimming in dressing. The pasta with beef cheek was rather dull. The bruschetta appetizer had six pieces with various toppings like whipped mortadella and artichoke-rather odd and we didn’t finish it. The cheesecake dessert was served in a glass and was delicious. The drinks menu was inventive. Overall, I expected better food than I had.

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vipPeter
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place is underrated. Great food, knowledgeable waiter who knows how wines, and excellent food for the price.

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RandyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time the the chef and staff were awesome.

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Mandy220
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good homemade pasta dishes and excellent service. They also have a full bar and large pastry selection Setting is sort of dark, old world European bistro and, indoors, only have high top tables which are very uncomfortable if you're short. Hopefully, in time, they'll reopen the other half of the restaurant with windows and regular tables.

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KnittingAl
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a quiet lunch here and it was perfect. Food was great and the service was wonderful. I would definitely recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our friends engagement here. Loved the food and the service - Mattia was great fun!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Server was rude , had his own agenda and wanted to get a food order in and rush us out

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This was an impressively bad experience from start to finish. Felt like this was everyone’s first day on the job. From being asked 3x if we had a reservation (we did) despite the restaurant having plenty of empty tables when we arrived and left, to taking 40 minutes to bring us our drinks while two nearby tables who arrived after us were already eating, to finally bringing us our food and forgetting plates and silverware until we reminded them, to the food being bland and just not very good, we were disappointed and frustrated throughout our visit. Safe to say we will never return. The only positive was bonding with the other groups on the patio over how terrible the service was.

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Foodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mathia the manger super wonderful, beautiful place and food is Devine

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a friends get together, our first in a long while and sat in a back room which was perfect for us. Our server was very warm, accommodating and responsive to our needs and requests. The seating arrangement was comfortable. The cuisine, dessert and cocktails were absolutely divine!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good location and nice drinks

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vipCharlieA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dinner! Our waiter chose the perfect wine and we enjoyed all of our menu selections. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, unforgettable authentic Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing!! The waiter was excellent and helped us all figure out exactly what we wanted. The food was to die for, the reviews we read didn’t even come close to describing how good it all was! We will definitely be coming back and recommending it to everyone we know!

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vipVictoria
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Took forever to get our appetizers, about 50mins. Then once the server brought us our food, she gave us one appetizer and one entree. So my husband got his entree before we were able to enjoy both of our appetizers. It took about another 20mins to get our other appetizer and entree. On top of that, we asked for another glass of wine, that took about 20mins to get. I don't think it was the servers fault, but more the kitchen and bartenders faults. The food was pretty bad too. Only thing good was the espresso martinis. We will not be returning and definitely have told our friends about our experience as we live down the street and dine on Chestnut all the time.

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Lyss
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was terrible. Our meal took over an hour to arrive after ordering. Our waiter was also creepy and was hitting on our table. The food was also not good. Overall, I will not go back and would not recommend.

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vipMarinaG
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service needs big improvements.We had to wait for a long time to be seated and after we got a table we had to wait over 25 minutes for our food to arrive .No one ever bothered to refill our glasses with water. We were totally unattended.....The bottle of wine that was ordered by us we had to serve ourselves . No one came to do it Fiorela us after the bottle was opened by our waiter we didn’t see the waiter for a longtime . The food itself is very tasty 😋 but without the good service it’s not a good place to visit. Once they will add more waiters and improve their service we might be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Kitchen was very backed up. Waited 2 hours to get food. Waiter did bring us free drinks and wine though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service1ambience4

Never got our entrees after 1.5 hours at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful waiters and staff. Friendly and relaxing

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MiNe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have you back in the neighborhood! (Much better when the TV’s not going, thanks. Now bring back Friday wine tasting, pleaseJ

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LaurieD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and love the ambience One of the pasta portions, however, was tiny for the price

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was expensive for small portions and was not good at all.

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was expensive and ok, service not the best, ambiance was pretty good

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SherryS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristobar is NOT open on Tuesday!
Very disappointing!

FAQs

Ristobar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 923-6464.

Ristobar is rated 4.4 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.