About Ristobar

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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2300 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Scott St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 923-6464

Website:
http://ristobarsf.com/

Parking Details:
Meters FREE after 6pm Mon-Sat & all day Sunday. Pierce St Garage-Metered (btwn Chestnut & Lombard).

Public Transit:
MUNI #30/30X on Chestnut at Scott; Lombard: MUNI #28, 43 & 76 + GG Transit

Executive Chef:
Mossimo Covello

Additional:
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

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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.

Ristobar Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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3.9

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3.9

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3.5

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Outdoor Dining (201)
Kid-friendly (131)
Great for Lunch (98)
Great for Brunch (94)
Late-night Find (72)
Scenic View (7)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2014

We found the menu quite good but you didn't get what you paid for. I ordered a pasta dish and the portions were way too small. It seemed more like an appetizer. My friend had a butter lettuce salad that was $13.00 and it wasn't fancy except for the presentation. Mostly butter lettuce. Why the prices for such small portions and we are light eaters.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2014

Enjoyed a Sunday lunch at Ristobar on a beautiful day. Chestnut St. is a fun location for shopping and dining and Ristobar raises dining to a higher level than many of the other eateries. Delicious Italian faire with pastas, pizza, salads, panini, and even a hamburger. Attentive service and lovely seating inside and out. We tried two of their egg dishes; the Spinach Frittata and the Marina Egg white scramble with turkey bacon. Both were delicious and served beautifully with either roasted potatoes or fresh fruit. Will definitely go back for dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2014

Ristobar is great for a work or friendly dinner, or a date night. Love the wine list and the pasta. Take advantage of the happy hour that lasts til 6:30.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2014

Ristobar never fails to delight us. In a party of four, we had cheese stuffed peppers, two salads, the paccheri with lobster, the pappardelle, and the anatra (times two)--everything was excellent! There was a good, low-alcohol Italian beer, a very drinkable chardonnay and rose, and an excellent pinot noir by the glass. Service was extremely accommodating, though we took a l-o-n-g time to order and eat and we lingered afterward. With experiences like this, we will be back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2014

What a horrible experience! I so wanted to like this place and its food but my friends and I were all very disappointed at the end of our meal. We all looked at each other and said: no, this is not good!
The food is just ok (at best) and the service is awful! One lady kept coming back grabbing glasses and plates that were not empty…who told her to clean things before people are done drinking/eating????!!!!! It was annoying.
But at the end of the day what matters is that as an Italian I found that nothing at this restaurant is Italian and after all the food really doesn't taste like anything… Sorry but it's a big NO

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2014

very nice ambience and specially nice since there's a lot of space, the service was quick and corteous, the food delicious, but a bit pricey..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2014

Your highest noise level category is "energetic", which sounds positive, but you should also have a category "Must shout to converse" or something similar to express discomfort, as I found it at Ristobar even though there were only 2 of us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2014

We love this restaurant. We love the happy hour here. The pizzas are awesome and tasty. Great long bar for drinks and cocktails. Nice place. Will come back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2014

Service was not good that evening - appetizers sent to wrong tables - entrees served more than 5 min. after the others at our table had their food brought out. "Operations" manager did nothing to rectify the situation - even after a phone call. This was an out of town client meeting - so was even less acceptable to me.

Food that they did serve was delicious - but aside from our main server - others need retraining.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 16, 2014

Ristobar is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Although we no longer live in the Bay Area, we're frequently in San Francisco, and a trip wouldn't be complete if we didn't dine at least once at Ristobar! From the moment we enter the restaurant, we're impressed with its attractive and welcoming atmosphere and the friendly professionalism of the staff. As for menu choices, we particularly enjoy the very attractively presented salume and cheese boards. Our main course is usually freshly made pasta with delicious and very subtle sauces, such as the sage/butter sauce and the veal reduction sauce. Desserts are also delicious. We always look forward to returning to Ristobar and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2014

This is a family favorite. The food, great as always, service on the other hand has declined. (Tip reflected that) We were not greeted upon entering. Once seated, we could not get the attention of our server. The restaurant was not busy, only 2 tables occupied. We had to wave down the bartender to wave down our server to order drink refills. We knew something had changed and our server advised that there was a mgt change. (They should change back or offer staff training) We finally noticed the reason we could not get attention was that the servers were gathered by the front door watching the young ladies walk by and commenting on them. We will go again and hope mgt will have been able to iron out these issues.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Pasta dishes are fantastic. They are made from scratch and cooked perfectly. Service is efficient and friendly.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2014

We loved our appetizer. The homemade pasta was our main course. Great selection of cocktails too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Entree pasta portions are mini appetizers and overpriced. Food is good, but not great. Cocktails were also small. Service was subpar. Our waiter mainly smirked than smiled. Using a gift certificate won at a fundraising, they added a 20% service charge for a party of 3! I cannot believe anyone would go here!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2014

Absolutely wonderfully; from start to finish; beautiful presentations, perfectly executed. We have returned many times, enjoying dinners for 2 and special family occasions.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2014

I ordered a glass of wine. I received a tasting, maybe. Did I order another one? First off the waiter didn't even ask, but no, why bother. The salumi portions were terribly small for what you pay. My fiancé had a pasta dish, he left hungry. Broccolini was overcooked. As a marina resident, I don't think I will go back unless the above somehow changes

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2014

Food was divine, service was great. Small portions but rich and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Before we went out and painted the town pink, we needed a delicious dinner. This really hit the spot. I've been here many times, and it's been great every single time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2014

The Italian cuisine and on site baking is high end quality. Every dish I have tasted here in some 5 visits has been very good or excellent. Friends I have introduced here have, on later visits, advised they came back in between with consistent very good experiences. Portion sizes are modest but very rich, and the prices are very fair for the level of the quality.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2014

Nice decor and small but cute street side dining too. BUT..No parking anywhere. I waited 30 minutes for my husband to find a spot. Then we both walked a long way when we left to get the car. Not too many wines unless you like Italian wine. Food list was short as well. Taste great for what we had.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2014

Nice Italian food with authentic Italian chef .Interesting choices of pasta and pizza . Good wine selection. However, portion sizes on the smaller side and it's hugely overpriced . It used to be better. They use to serve more generous portions . Something did changed at the ownership or management level and went bad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2014

Authentic Italian food with exceptional customer service to go along the experience. Very impressed and we can't wait to visit again.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 13, 2014

We had a very nice dinner at Ristobar -- service and food were both very good. Our server took a long time to explain the menu and did a very good job of tending to our every need. Highlights were the Casoncelli, which had a really nice rich sauce, and the suckling pig was outstanding. Beef tartare was also very tasty, but was actually probably a little large for two people. It would be perfect for a table of 4 if you have a group that's not afraid of raw beef. In a neighborhood with plenty of options, this is a nice place for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2014

We used to visit the Ristobar in 2012 and the food was very disappointing. Maybe there has been a change of management as the food, service and general ambience has greatly improved. The Ristobar is a great spot for all occasions and the food and service are excellent. If you can get a spot outside it is a perfect place to be on a sunny day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 6, 2014

Had dinner at RistoBar. Cool vibe, very nice servers. Had an appetizer of salami and cheese (server picked for us), it was delicious but not a lot of food at all. Entree's were also very good but incredibly small portions (like 10 very small raviolis). I cut up the bite size portions simply to give myself more bites! Again, very good but super small portions, we all could have doubled the size of the dish and still been hungry! Good news is we left there not being stuffed but really wanted more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2014

We were a large group and ordered almost everything on the lunch menu. The meal was fantastic and we can't wait to go again. Great buzz.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2014

Though it was a little bit on the expensive side, everything was superb. We had Pappardelle with veal reduction and wild mushrooms, a raw scallop appetizer and chestnut pizza. Yum! Will definatly go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2014

Very nice Memorial Day lunch at Ristrobar. Food was very good especially the pasta and pizza. Service was only fair. While the restaurant was not full it appeared to be understaffed for the number of people that came in for lunch on Memorial Day.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Took 4 friends for a Friday night dinner. We were sat immediately on arrival at a fun semi-circular table which was perfect for our group. My wife's sea bass was fantastic. Not a huge serving but everything was prepared to perfection. The pizzas were paper thin, rich in flavor and perfectly crisp. But the best dishes were probably the pastas. Made in-house, the pastas were a perfect texture and amazingly tasty. I seem to the using the word "perfect" a lot. Best way to describe our experience at Ristobar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Loved it so much went back - not once but twice. That's not like me. Very comfortable, great food, nice people. Was there for date night, girls night and a quick, early dinner with my kids. Wonderful on every occasion.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2014

Our food was adequate. Then wait staff forgot about us completely. An enthusiastic endorsement of the bread brought none to our table. We could not get more drinks. Salt and pepper took two requests while the food got cold. An untrained busboy breaking a glass used up any attention that could have gone to our table. Asking another waiter to help did not get the message to our waiter. After waiting 15 minutes to have our main course cleared, we decided against having desert. Even after standing by the table to get the check, nobody came back to pick it up. I took my credit card to the hostess and asked her to take care of it. Then we waited another 15 minutes to get it back. Only half of the tables were full.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Food was excellent, however the portion sizes were very small. Espresso's were very poor; flat flavor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2014

One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had in SF. The staff were extremely attentive without being overbearing. I never had to wait for a drink refill. The wine recommendation was phenomenal... easily one of the best wines I've ever had ANYWHERE (a 2010 CaViola). And the food... oh, man, the food. I was with a party of 5 people so we ordered a lot of food and got to sample a large portion of the menu... and I didn't have a single thing that I wouldn't gladly eat for the rest of my life. Such an amazing experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2014

Some of our friends recently move to San Francisco and we wanted to try a new restaurant so we decided to try Ristobar. We were surprised as to how good the food was. Every dish from appetizer to main course were delicious. Their wine list was also pretty good. The only negative thing about the restaurant is the ambiance. They didn't set the mode very well, the lights were on super bright and the restaurant didn't feel intimate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 19, 2014

I have to say the meat and cheese board I ordered was excellent!! Great atmosphere and prompt service. Well worth the trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2014

From start to finish a wonderful dining experience. The staff was exceptional, the food was exquisite and the total experience a pleasure

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2014

We go back often as this restaurant is our favorite pizza in the Marina. We may live in Sonoma but this restaurant sees us at least once per month. This is the place for the higher-end gourmet and very Italian style pizza. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Great happy hour daily.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2014

Very much enjoyed our experience at Ristobar, the hostess was very nice and seated me immediately even though my girlfriend arrived 10 minutes later... Our waitress was attentive and very pleasant and the rest of the staff did a great job of assisting her.

The food was so delicious, we will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoy our dinner at Ristobar. It was a fitting finale to our three glorious weeks in SF. The food, wine and service was first class and I have to say that it was one of the dining highlights of our time in the city and we dined out many nights ! We both commented that if we're staying longer we would have gone back again. We actually stumbled across the restaurant when walking along Chestnut street on St Patricks say and were delighted by the service of the staff that day when all we wanted was a quick drink - my wife did not like the original drink and the waiter could not do enough to ensure that she got a drink that she liked. That service bought us back and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2014

This is a beautiful spot in a wonderful residential neighborhood, and not a trendy place, THANK GOD!, so you can actually have a conversation while you eat delicious Italian food from the Lombardy region of Italy. The pizza was excellent, as was the pasta and everything else. Our waiter was charming, efficient, and Italian as well! I will recommend Ristobar to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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