Ristorante Milano

4.7
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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
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary but would have been excellent for any time!

AS
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian in SF. Always homemade and fresh. Loved every dish!

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been coming to Ristorante Milano for years for special dinners out with family and friends or for a special date night. The food is always beautiful and fresh, very well-prepared, consistently delicious and totally satisfying without being overly-fussy. The service is great, welcoming and friendly. It's one of our favorite places in the city! We always have a wonderful time there.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered this place 12 years ago. Glad they are still as good as I remember.

DS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the location and ambience. Great wait staff and great food.
Definitely a go back to place.

BP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great food even with a vegetarian menu. Server and service were both outstanding. Had a few friends from oversees who loved the cosy authentic Italian ambience.

RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Looking forward to returning soon. Dining at Ristorante Milano is a most pleasant experience!

m
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a gem !!!! We have been going to this restaurant for years !!! And will continue to do so :-))

EG
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, authentic Italian restaurant with delicious food. I loved it here!!

DB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good, not great, food. Will go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Left wanting a little more food

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative Italian food served with warmth. Definitely a good choice for Valentines Day.

DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very good restaurant experience, both for quality wine, food and service. A bit noisy for our group of older women.

GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Terrific service and a nice wine selection. The gnocchi was excellent!

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We made our reservation for after a show at 9:30. We were on time. Then the waiter rushed us and told us the kitchen was closing so we had to order in a hurry or we would not be able to order. I didn’t have a chance to select anything do I say while my table mates ate quickly. My suggestion to them is don’t take reservations if you plan to close the kitchen )-: Been here many times and have recommended it, but no more.

U
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Feels like we are indeed in Milan! Made us feel like special guests. A favorite when we are in San Francisco.

AE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best food you can find in the city, period. Aldo, the restaurant owner is the one who greets you at the door, and sees you on your way out. He transforms this restaurant from great to even greater. Truly a great experience every time I go here.

BM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. We have been coming here for almost 30 years. Cozy ambiance, friendly staff. Delicious food. Ciao!

h
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL as usual. HOMEY,GREAT CHICKEN LIVERS AND VEAL CHOP. THANKS ALDO!

MF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a bday dinner and got a table in the semiprivate front room. Amazing food and service!

VS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a pleasure to dine here. Food is fantastic and service wonderful.

A
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

30 years of incredible food in a warm, neighborhood setting. Owners and staff very warm and welcoming.

L
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year we are in SF for a meeting. Our anniversary falls during this trip, for the past 6 years we have eaten here. Food is incredible we always get the gnocchi as an appetizer...like eating clouds in an awesome sauce. Every and all meals over the years have been wonderful. Great wait staff... waiting for next year

SW
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is fabulous as it was the last time we were here. We sat at a table for four in the small room to the right of the entrance to the restaurant. Only two other ladies were seated behind us. Until the ladies started screeching at the top of their voices after a couple of drinks, I thought we were in for a nice quiet dinner. Two other fellas were seated at a third table while we were into our meal and the two ladies continue to raise the decibels more than the other six of us combined. What to do in the future? The owner gave us one of the best tables in the entire restaurant !

H
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice peolple and good food, but much too noisy.

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here several times when visiting SF. The food is always perfect and the small setting is great. They are very good at managing their reservations and keeping customers happy while in the restaurant. You won't be disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good and the restaurant is charming. The service was very slow and perfunctory. They seemed to be understaffed in the night we went.

PM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, highly recommend! Went for birthday celebration and they treated us like special guests. This is the experience you want when you go to a restaurant knowing you will be paying at the high end.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GA
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

- outstanding care and service
- great wine list and assistance
- owner/manager always there
- very accommodating with seating needs

s
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

OT
Austin
2 reviews
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
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance.

OT
Denver
22 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
37 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
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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