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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.View Private Dining Details
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!
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.
No RistoBar! It was just dark. Still that way. Such a popular place - what happened?
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.
Brunch items were hot and miss. Benedict was great though. Service was a bit sloppy .. Awesome location and ambiance though
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've come here several times for dinner and the food has been good and service has been reliable. We came for brunch and had a much different experience. It took us an hour to get our food and our server rarely checked in on us. The hostess was incredibly sweet and helpful, though!
Very nice place, though on the louder side. We paid over $300 for 4 and every dish and wine glass was worth it. Our waiter was great. However, it seemed the service and maintenance was a bit (s)lacking. Shortly after arriving, I had to point out to staff that the men's room was dirty and out of toilet paper etc. Apparently, no system in place to watch out for such details, which can really turn off customers. On the other hand, I arrived after 8 pm on a Saturday, so maybe the earlier dinner crowd wrecked the bathroom. Still, someone should be compulsive about checking the bathrooms!
Unfortunately nothing about our experience stood out. Service & food were only so so. It was our first time dining at this restaurant, but sadly we probably wouldn't go back.
I haven't been here in a while but it was every bit as delicious as I remembered. Service is excellent, the ambiance is lovely. My husband had the lamb chop app and I had the risotto. I am a stickler for risotto and this one was perfect. And even though we rarely have dessert, we decided to indulge and I had the huckleberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust - um, yeah! And my husband had an amazing sorbet. We won't wait this long again before we go back.
The food is very good !!
Great place to meet friends for lunch or dinner.
You can sit inside for a more typical dining experience or outside. The outdoor seating reminds me of Italy !!
Great place! Have not been here in a while and very Happy to come back!
Great food, very friendly and accommodating staff and favorite Italian wines on their list. Creative menu and perfectly prepared al dente pasta. The Burrate was outstanding too. A real Slow Food restaurant.
Disappointing change of menu makes this now just a run-of-the mill Italian restaurant lacking any incentive Milan-style dishes. It's okay, just not especially distinctive.
Food excellent. Service stellar. Really amazing experience. Would highly recommend. Every dish was fresh and delicious. We will come back again and again.
I've been going to Ristobar for several years and was very disappointed in this visit. They have changed the menu to be much more casual and focused on pizza and a few pastas. There were only two non-pasta entrees. If you want pizza or are taking children out this is a good spot, but not for grown ups who want a nice meal out. Our waiter was nice but didn't know anything about Italian food.