Ristorante Milano

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$31 to $50
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Italian
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service. One of the best spots we have found in SF!

s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. The restaurant owner greeted us at the door, and made sure the experience was very special. The staff is attentive, friendly, and reminded us of the wonderful food and hospitality that we experienced while visiting Italy.

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance.

OT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on New Years Eve. Although the menu was different than what was posted online, the food was amazing. I had the gnocchi and my husband had the mozzarella chicken. We also had the squash bruschetta! Amazing! For desert you have to try the pears!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Italian, superb service and amazing food. Will definitely return.

FG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was expecting superb Italian food based on all reviews, so I admit I went there with high expectations , but sadly food here was at best - OK.
Veal was very under seasoned, the cannellini beans in grilled calamari appetizer were undercooked and under seasoned, the risotto was swimming in cheese, the seafood pasta seemed weirdly proportioned with a mound of pasta and few pieces of seafood.
On the positive note, gnocchis were light and well made.
Definitely for the price (~$80 pp) I’d expect much higher quality food. I’m afraid we won’t be back.

d
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Aldo's Ristorante Milano is always a must on our visits to S.F. His lasagna - exquisite ragu in béchamel - should be entered in the National Trust of Perfect Food! Even if you don't normally order lasagna (because of the obvious thick-layered pasta most often seen), make the exception to try this and your conversion will be permanent! Beautifully prepared and presented Fegato di Pollo and an imaginative salad rounded out our repast - but all of us are still swooning over the divine lasagna! Grazie mille & Bravo Aldo!!

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great service, beautiful table tucked into a little alcove with a panoramic view of the neighborhood. One of our favorite places. Will be back. Gary and Cathy.

J
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about this restaurant on "Check Please Bay Area", and it lived up to the show participants' enthusiasm. The restaurant is cozy and charming, and the service was warm and friendly and helpful. The owner, Aldo, came over to greet us. The food and wine were delicious and reasonably priced (I did splurge on house-made pasta with shaved truffles). We live on the Peninsula, but we'll make an effort to come back.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was really great food! It was over priced. The waitress was sweet!

W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third time here(in the city 1-3 times a year and always looking for new neighborhood restaurants) so we have been here about every 2 yrs since we found Milano. And we have not been disappointed
Everything makes for an enjoyable evening dining experience. Try it—you’ll love it!

c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the food . I had lamb chops , it was delicious . The other dish was fish. White fish, very fresh and delicious too. We also share a bean salad. It was delicious . I highly recommend the restaurant. The price and portions are good. Can’t wait to go back and try their fresh homemade pasta again👍😋

BB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad serving or meal at RM. Aldo, the owner, is the best!

g
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have been before and this time was fine, but the veal scallopini was just OK this time.

d
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was located next to my grandfather's home that I visited as a child. I finally got the opportunity to return as an adult and I must say the visit was worth all the wait. The food was excellent, staff was attentive and the proprietor gave us his utmost attention to ensure everything was perfect. I have to emphasize again that the food was fantastic! If you are in San Francisco, this is a must-try restaurant! I hope I get to visit it again soon.

PH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic! Entire family was delighted with the food and wine!

TB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the handmade pastas and the desserts are fabulous. Happy to have this little gem of a restaurant in our neighborhood.

TL
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante Milano is a true neighborhood gem: fabulous food, great service, unpretentious yet classy ambience. We feel lucky to live nearby.

RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with fantastic service and good food and wine choices - really recommended.

PH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Very accommodating to our party including a 3 year old. Food and service are exquisite. Wine list is robust and fantastic finds at multiple price points.

MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! Everyone who attended to our table was wonderful and positive and happy!

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely local Italian restaurant. Wine selection is great and food simple and delicious. Service is perfect.

AG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a wonderful neighborhood Italian bistro where Aldo greats everyone warmly. Reminds me of Italy and always a favorite of mine. In the fall (and if you really want to
Splurge) you can ask for the White Truffle pasta which isn’t on the menu but usually available if you ask. The waiter will bring the truffle to
Your table and grate/shave truffle onto
Your pasta. This time the waiter was a bit stingy with the truffle and it seemed more like a lite grate then the past shaved white truffle pieces I have come to
Expect...especially for a $50 pasta entree. I would still recommend this special place as I have always enjoyed my time here and the food has always been delicious. Just hoping the next time the waiter will shave rather than grate the truffle and be a tad bit more generous.

MD
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Ristorante Milano since 1992. It has never failed us. Aldo owner is always welcoming. The food is always spectacular!!!!

per demote gratitude per te

JT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ristorante Milano for my husbands 30th Birthday and it was more than phenomenal! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate, or enjoy a lovely time. I recommend this place for parties of 6 or less. We began our dinner with glasses of Italian red wine, bruschetta as starters, the gnocchi and ravioli for entrees, and tiramisu for dessert. The ambiance was delightful, and the staff made us feel like we were apart of the family. We will be back the next time we are in town!

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food with great presentation and attentive service.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

RL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I live in the neighborhood and Restorante Milano is always our go to restaurant to impress out-town visitors! We will come again soon.

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening and spectacular meal. Could not have been better!

KB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pretty restaurant, super friendly staff!

C
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous neighborhood restaurant!

JK
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The experience at Ristorante Milano is consistent. The food is well portioned and a good variety. The service is helpful and authentic.

SK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's was good. Nothing out of the ordinary. Solid 4 star experience.

RR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dinner at Milano! We had sardines and calamari for starters then the Halibut special and the veal loin. All were perfectly prepared and generous portions. The service was attentive and quick. We will be back to this lovely Nob Hill neighborhood classic!

FJ
Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood find with white tablecloths and a rose on every table. The staff were welcoming and attentive. Our meal was delicious and beautifully presented. This is on the short list for a return visit. Don't overlook this gem.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have gone for over 30 years for a special and delicious dinner at Ristorante Milano. Exceeded my expectations once again!

LS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I was disappointed by this experience and surprised at the positive reviews. I ordered the lasagna - the noodles were overcooked and it tasted like a microwave meal at best. The wine list was nice and we liked the ambiance of the place.

e
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed our dinner here! Very small, quaint restaurant. Decor is comfortable, nothing fancy. Fresh bread was excellent as well as the ravioli meal. They serve wine and beer only.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice choices! There is something for everyone with all of food allergies and preferences. Wonderful service. Just wine and beer, no bar. Small, but very good. Parking at the bottle shop a block down the street for $10 if you tell them you are dining at Ristorante Milano.