Ristorante Il Porcino - Fremont

4.3
142 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
We are small cozy family restaurant. we have excellent Italian food; Pasta, daily fresh fish, meat dishes, spaghetti meatball, lobster ravioli, Cioppino and veal, chicken dishes and more. For full menu please see http://www.ristoranteilporcino.net/dinner-menu.html
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating hubby’s birthday, ordered my favorite Fettuccini con gamberi, paired with a glass of Pinot Grigio, perfect 👌🏼

MO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Some of the food were salty. But the servers were attentive. Place is really small.

VT
New England
126 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a terrific find. The branzino was excellent, as were everyone else’s meals, including the lasagna and an order of lamb. Service was outstanding, and I have to believe our waiter was a member of the owner’s family, though I could be wrong. Great food and service, don’t let the location or somewhat dated decor fool you.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. It is an ideal place for a business lunch.

J
Jackson Hole
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was 40 minutes late for the reservation because there were detours all over town due to wine festival. My GPS did not have any suggestions. No one at the restaurant was able to provide me with directions except the friend I was meeting. I don’t suggest going unless you know where it is located.
Once there, no parking!
Fortunately the food and service were excellent and good value for excellent quality. Tiramisu was average.
Charming, authentic Italian restaurant but I suggest they move to a better location and raise the prices-then I would go back! Like IL Contro in Danville, needs a facelift and they’ll be even more successful!

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food is not as good as it used to be and I believe they jack up the price too to Santana Row equivalent which is not right.

n
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot say enough about their excellent food and service. The special lobster ravioli was superb; fried calamari fresh and not too oily. You can count on their food to be fresh and delicious, with well-blended herbs and spices throughout, and especially great sauces. We love the personal attention and family atmosphere.

FG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to eat in Fremont!

FG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a nice peaceful meal.

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good. the Service was excellent. truly a gem in the neighborhood. Cant' wait to try more dishes.

BO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il Porcino is a small gem tucked away in Fremont strip mall. This was not our first visit. We brought friends as our guests who loved it as much as we do. Service was impecable. Meals were delivered quickly. Food was excellent - handmade Italian dishes. A great experience. Casual/romantic ambience. We plan to return.

MG
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and service !

W
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This like grandma’s fresh pasta. Love the fresh catch of the day as well. Slightly pricey for the quantity however food is fresh. Would be nice to have better or extended wine options... there are a few half bottles available.

F
Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian, not inexpensive but worth the price. Loved the food!

R
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service , and ambiance.

Excellent food, service, and ambiance

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Il Porcino was on Mother's Day. I found this place through a reservation app, and it seemed nice. My mom, siblings, and I were not disappointed. Although a little small, the restaurant is really cute! It has a nice, European-like ambiance. I honestly felt like I was in Italy.
Because I had made a reservation, we were seated and provided with menus right away. Our waiter, the older gentleman, was actually very friendly. At first we got the impression that he was in a bad mood, but he turned out to be quite the opposite. Service, I would say, was great!
The food was super delicious! I ordered the Fettucine Pollo and it was amazing! The sauce had an amazing flavor, and the chicken's texture was different from any others I've tasted--but different in a good way! My family members loved their meals as well. We didn't drink wine, but it seems like they have a varied selection. Next time, I'll have to try it.
Dessert was AMAZING!!! I ordered the Ricotta Pistachio Cake and the waiter said it was the best on the menu. He did not lie! It totally was!
Overall, Il Porcino was awesome! I loved everything about it and will definitely be going back! I can't believe I never went before.

e
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a really lovely place. It was my first visit back since the 90s - and it has simply gotten more lovely and cozy. It's location - a stripmall - may throw you, but the food is really great and it's intimate so you can have a conversation without screaming :). Check it out - you'll be happy.

KN
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is very small. There weren't that many people which was nice and the food was good. It wasn't the most amazing food we have ever had but it was good. Cute little date night place...

FC
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine here, and the specials are just that....specially good!

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My second time here (the first time was for a team dinner); so far everything has been excellent (the putanesca, lobster ravioli, mango panna cotta and ricotta pistachio) except for the fettuccine vongole which was bland.

Ambience is a bit dark for lunch, much better at dinner with the additional lighting

p
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome!!! Service was also excellent given we only had one person running the whole front of house! We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambience and great food. Totally recommend

MW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit and I brought family to share. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The setting is charming, the staff is a delight, but the food was just not great and it is very expensive. I ordered the calamari which was on the tough side, several ordered the stuffed cannelloni and were disappointed, and one ordered the rib eye, and didn't say much. I don't think we will be back.

JS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, delicious food.

BO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Great service & ambience. Best risotto ever!

FG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! My wife and I enjoy our time every time we come here.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 ladies went to dinner for bday celebration. The service and food were excellent. Full Italian restaurant. Everything was great. This is a small place in a strip mall. Would not have known it was there. Really enjoyed our evening.

JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great and the service is great also. People are friendly and corteous. We always go there.

LV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation there for a business team dinner and got great reviews! Our team and visiting international colleagues loved the food. I will definitely book more of our team dinners there! It's a hidden gem with great food, service and value!

DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time and we had a great experience. The food was delicious and and perfectly prepared. We both had their daily specials along with appetizers and dessert. I will definatly go back many times.

FW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Excellent food, wish they focused on their service.

DL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A great little restaurant. I was surprised it was not more crowded for a Saturday evening. The food and service was very good. I arrived early, while my date was running late. No problem is getting a table and a glass of reasonably priced wine while I waited. A little noisy to talk, would have been worse if all tables were filled. Nice size portions on food. Good flavors and presentation.

FG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat for a nice quiet meal with a loved one. Great service and food!

AL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A classic family-run Italian restaurant. Owner very personable and staff was attentive. Menu dishes are reasonably priced and looked delicious. Three of us got specials which ran from $30 - 40. My lambshank over pasta was excellent and our guests said the fish special and chicken dishes were really good. My wife was lukewarm on the cioppino, but it had all the ingredients from mussels to crab, etc. We brought our own wine and the owner was more than happy to open it, small corkage fee, and we even shared a taste with him. I would recommend this place.

D
Tahoe
33 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly server, tasty pasta and added big prawns upon request

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Rack of Lamb. Two thumbs up. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend

PT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and we loved it. Not the best Italian I've had but better than most with what I've ordered. The Cioppino was very fresh and tasted well rounded. It has 1/2 of a crab, fish, scallops, mussels, and clams. The Risotto was was rich and buttery, with the rice not being mushy. Also love the Moscato wine...very refreshing and slightly sweet. Overall experience was great for the Valentine's day date. Will definitely eat here again!!!

JR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy restaurant. Great specials and great food up and down the menu!

ME
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Nothing better than homemade pasta.

MV
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice little intimate restaurant. Would have liked it a bit warmer in venue since the night was cold. Waiter attentive, professional and polite. Food was delicious as well as pistachio dessert and wonderful coffee. So glad that the background music was tasteful and added to the mood. NO TV'S!! YAY!!! My date and I could have a nice conversation without having to yell. Will recommend to friends. Don't let the fact that it's tucked away in a strip mall fool you. It's a nice little Italian treasure.

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