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580 reviews
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$30 and under
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In Italy, ristobars are casual, comfortable neighborhood gathering places where friends and family convene to conversate, eat, and drink. In San Francisco, restaurateur and pastry master Gary Rulli’s stateside version of a ristobar is a destination for rustic Italian fare and artisanal pizza, best enjoyed with Italian beer, wine, and good company. Rulli’s Executive Chef Mossimo Covello combines the best products and practices of Italy with the bounty of fresh ingredients available in the Bay area.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday | Closed

Tuesday | Closed

Wednesday - Thursday | 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday & Saturday | 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brunch | Saturday - Sunday | 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Happy Hour | Tues - Fri | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 923-6464
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mossimo Covello
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Cross street
Scott St.
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Parking details
Meters FREE after 6pm Mon-Sat & all day Sunday. Pierce St Garage-Metered (btwn Chestnut & Lombard).
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Public transit
MUNI #30/30X on Chestnut at Scott; Lombard: MUNI #28, 43 & 76 + GG Transit
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

RISTOBAR can accommodate parties of up to 65 (seated) or 100 (reception-style) in our expansive and visually stunning dining room guaranteed to transport you and your guests to Italy. Our semi-private dining room accommodates 20 that is perfect for every occasion from luncheon to intimate dinner.

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What 580 People Are Saying
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 11, 2016

The restaurant is closed!!!! We made a reservation and confirmed it, only to arrive with the whole family and find out that it isn't even operating!! Please fix this listing!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

When I arrived at the restaurant I found a sign posted on the door on the door saying that the restaurant was closed until further notice. This was less than 5 hours after I made the reservation.

That Open Table booked me into a restaurant that was closed says a lot about the low quality of Open Table. Send me a form to review your booking service and i'd be happy to fill that our as well.

JoK279 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

No RistoBar! It was just dark. Still that way. Such a popular place - what happened?

vipAirkinor (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

We lunched there on Saturday and were quite excited because it was recommended by a friend. Our server was fantastic--very friendly, sincere and accommodating. The food, however, was so disappointing.

The Tagliatelle egg pasta, beef reduction, organic hen of the woods mushrooms, parmigiano “vacche rosse” was extremely bland and the Spaghettoni Rummo, San Marzano tomato D.O.P. tomato sauce, burrata fresh basil, which was ok.

Thought the portion was on the generous side, the price was too high given the flavor only fair and not great or excellent.

vipoccasionalDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

Brunch items were hot and miss. Benedict was great though. Service was a bit sloppy .. Awesome location and ambiance though

djoya (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

We were looking for authentic Italian in San Fran. We loved the Octopus appetizer; that was the highlight dish of the night. Everything else was good (pasta, steak, tuna and chicken). The truth is, when I pick "Italian" the only reason is because I want Tiramisu for dessert. Unfortunately they ran out. I am still disappointed. My husband tells me it is my curse because I seek out restaurants for the Tiramisu and I am always told they are out; never fails. So, I ordered cream brulee. It was good but no comparison to Italian Tiramisu. Honestly that is my reason for the "good" rating vs. the "outstanding". I am still upset I did not get the Tiramisu. We drove down there just for the dessert. (I live in Alaska and picked an Italian restaurant so I could have Tiramisu while on vacation.) I talked my party into Italian just for the dessert. (They wanted to go to China town.) I am starting to wonder if restaurants advertise and put Tiramisu on the menu just to trick me into going there. For this restaurant, no wow, just bummer.... I really just wanted Tiramisu, which I called ahead to confirm they had.... As we speak I am learning to make my own.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2016

excellent spot for big party. We had a birthday brunch for 10 for my father. Got pizza and salmon & bruschetta for appetizer. All was great and very reasonable.

Caroline18 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

The restaurant itself is great. The food was great, the restaurant was really nice and the wait staff was all friendly. That being said- they are WAY understaffed. Many people were being turned away even though they had open table reservations because they were overbooked. There were probably 6 people working the whole entire restaurant. They didn't have time to clean off tables when guests left, the bathroom needed attending, they needed a hostess badly because guests waited 10 minutes to even be acknowledged, and the waiters there were trying to do it all. Whoever owns this place need to get their act together because all they need is more staffing. I wouldn't suggest to any of my friends to go here because there is not enough staff.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Terrible brunch experience today - probably my worst at a restaurant in SF. Huge delays with seating, drinks after over 1 hour only received part of our order. What did arrive other than crostini was burnt and inedible.

vinelli (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

Excellent waiter . After delivering our cocktails, allowed us plenty of time for conversation before ordering appetizers. More time for uninterrupted conversation before we ordered main courses. He was obviously attuned to the fact that we wanted to talk and did not intrude. At the same time he was observant and knew when we were ready to order. This is a skill I wish more waitstaff adopted. Going to a restaurant is not always about eating although we chose Ristobar based on previous visits. The food is very good.