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About Ristorante Milano

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".

1448 Pacific
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Hyde and Larkin

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 673-2961

Website:
http://www.milanosf.com/

Catering:
The full menu is available, in addition to custom orders.

Parking Details:
The lot is located at the corner of Pacific and Polk.

Public Transit:
SF Muni Line 12, 49 (on Van Ness Avenue); Cable Car

Executive Chef:
Aldo Blasi

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wine

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Ristorante Milano Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Authentic (25)
Good for a Date (25)
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Fit for Foodies (22)
Cozy (21)
Romantic (19)
Special Occasion (16)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant has been a favorite of mine for 20+ years. Aldo never fails to provide excellent, classic yet innovative Italian cuisine with seasonal ingredients.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

It's been 30 years since I last visited this little gem of a restaurant and it
lived up to my romantic memory of an excellent meal. It was just as inviting, wonderful and delicious as I remembered way back in the day. Long live Ristorante Milano!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed it !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went for the White Truffle Festival. there was only one appetizer option and one entrée so it was a little disappointing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This review will be easy: If you have had the pleasure of dining in Italy, you will recognize the ambience, service, and, of course, quality of the cuisine. Authentic and excellent in every way.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A very well run family restaurant that has been there 30 years. The owner is very friendly and cares about the qualtiy of food and service. A gem in San Francisco.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We arrived on time for a 7 pm reservation to a very crowded restaurant but were shown immediately to our table at the elevated rear of the restaurant. The space for the three of us was quite tight and uncomfortable, so that the rear ends of servers and diners were in our faces as they moved into and out of our area. The noise level was high. Because of the crowd, our service was erratic and out of sync, although the waitress was pleasant enough. The busboy kept stopping by, eager to clear plates, which is very annoying. And the waitress knew nothing about the special wine being promoted, and actually offered incorrect information about it. The food was just okay, not prepared and plated with the kind of care one would expect, especially at the prices one pays to dine here.

We have eaten at Milano several times before and encountered few problems and a wonderful meal. But this evening the restaurant was over-booked and everything about it was disappointing - food, service, atmosphere. The management/owner should be more careful in taking on more than his small operation can handle.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have eaten at Ristorante Milano several times and it has always been very good. There staff is very friendly and service is attentive. The owner greets guests and stops by the tables. We will definitely go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful dining experience in this small very local restaurant. Warm, friendly service and best gnocchi ever!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

When visiting SF on business, I try and dine at Restaurante Milano. Been coming here for years and always enjoy the food, wine and great service. Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent food and outstandingly attentive service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is one of our favorite SF Neighborhood restaurants. We frequently order the fish special of the evening which is always a good choice, but the Salmon this past Saturday was exceptionally good. The atmosphere is low key and friendly. Parking in the area is difficult and is the only draw back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lovely food and good service. Menu a bit on the small side

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Ristorant Milano is truly a little neighborhood gem. My husband and I love eating here. The food is authentic Italian. It is always so fresh and absolutely delicious. The servers are always very friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Best tiramisu I have had....ever.
Very small place with tables next to each other, but feels private for some reason

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing food. Great ambiance. Wonderful service. Intimate environment. Truly a gem! Thank you for creating a memorable moment for us all...

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food love this restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The only reason I didn't give this an overall 5 star review, is because mid-way through my AMAZING meal, I found a long hair in my fettuccine. Very unfortunate for me because the meal was great! I chose to not say anything to the staff, though I wish I had. Finding hair in a dish is very disgusting, but mistakes happen, and I get it. I would go back to the restaurant for another shot, but if it were to happen again, then 2 strikes would be too many for me.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Though one of the smaller Italian restaurants, Milano has been known for years to native San Franciscans for consistently excellent food and service. Nightly specials like Ribbolita, and a menu featuring home made pasta make Milano a welcome alternative to the plethora of high price "Italian" mega-restaurants in the city..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent service, delicious wine, and fresh ravioli. I will be back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had a great dinner here with my husband - the food and wine were both excellent, though the server wasn't the best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very happy with my meal here, though the staff was strapped for resources. Our server was very attentive and friendly, and the owners are all Italian.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Small neighborhood Russian Hill, charmer with authentic northern Italian cuisine, fresh pasta and salads, near Hyde St. cable car line. Must try calamari salad, gnocchi, saltimboca, pasta dishes, fresh fish. Great tirimasu, but do sample home made Italian gelato. Nice Italian wine list with good help from waiter in food pairing-- or try an Italian beer! We go pre pre theatre, concerts, but go early, and make reservation, as small place fills up rapidly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I like small upscale northern Italian restaurants with ambiance. I picked Milano online before we went to San Francisco for our anniversary because it did not seem to be overpriced, had good reviews, an attractive interior, and was in nice locale. I requested a quiet table because I am a bit hard of hearing and wanted a romantic dinner with my wife. When we arrived they indeed gave me a great table tucked away in a quiet corner as I had asked. Even though busy, they had their system of serving down to an art form, one waiter, one server, one bus boy for a capacity of about 30. The service was personable and prompt. Never felt rushed but never waited. I was impressed. The food was fresh, very good, and reasonably priced. The only reason I would not say the food was excellent is due to my experience of eating in famous high end Italian restaurants on the level of Cipriani. Yes, without a doubt I was very pleased overall and if I every get back to San Francisco in the future will go out of my way to try and dine there again.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We had a very good dinner. Crostini ai Funghi, Fettuccine Puttanesca, and Tonnarelli alla Capricciosa were all great. No room for dessert; highly recommended. Short taxi ride from the Fairmont Hotel.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This is a local gem in nob hill that could easily get overlooked, given it's in the middle of a block on Pacific between Hyde and Larkin. But most who dine here seem to know about it and are loyal customers. The menu is full of authentic and flavorful Italian dishes built on fresh ingredients. The service is attentive without being irritating. I would only recommend that they add just one more spoonful to each dish since they sometimes can feel like a very light first course. Unless you're eating multiple dishes, you might find yourself a bit hungry with only one main dish. The wine list is excellent with a broad range of local and Italian wines to choose from, at all price points.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Still as good as the day it opened
Perfect spot for a romantic evening.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ristorante Milano is one of our favorite SF neighborhood restaurants. The fish special of the night is always an excellent choice. The featured Italian wines are also quite good. The staff is both friendly and professional.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My first visit was exceptional !!
I'll come back asap and provide more details then.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Extraordinary food and service. All in our party were delighted. My new favorite in SF.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Outstanding family owned neighborhood restaurant with amazing food.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Not impressed. Menu boring. Ambiance - none. There are too many other restaurants in North Beach much better than this one. Won't go back.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Lovely family owned neighborhood restaurant with outstanding food.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent except for the unprecedented heat

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very nice atmosphere. The waiters were incredibly nice and friendly. Excellent staff. The food was really good, seemed very authentic.

The only problem was that they do not have air conditioning. 99% of the time this is not a problem. But I went on a night that had a heatwave over SF. It was so hot, that they wouldn't turn the grill because the cooks would be too hot in the kitchen. I mostly felt bad for the staff who were stuck there all night, but I also now know not to go there on a hot day.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Supper at one of the sidewalk tables.
Service was excellent and the suggested wine pairing perfect for the meal. Fresh pastas make a very tasty entre. Try their pear dessert. Yum.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Small. Quaint and quiet. Superb service and delicious food. Best tiramisu in SF!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Every time we visit SF this restaurant is a must. Fabulous food and fabulous service and fabulous people. Don't miss it!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was amazing noise level was too loud.

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