Terzo

4.8
1413 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Terzo (which means third in Italian) offers a daily changing menu of about 15 small plates and 5 large plates. Its “pan-Mediterranean” fare changes based on local ingredients. The wine list offers over 80 options of European and Californian wines chosen to pair with the food.

A high communal table sits between the bar and dining room and offers seating for up to 10 diners. Additional walk-in seating is available on 3 high tops in the front window. Espresso leather banquets line the dining room. A more intimate back dining room can be booked for private parties of up to 18.

Inspired by the wine bars and cafes of Sicily, Rome, Seville & Madrid, wines are stored along the walls of the dining room. An original fireplace was refurbished and is lit when the weather is chilly out. Stylish lighting creates a chic atmosphere.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Meet Terzo, your utility player restaurant. It's hard to go wrong at this Cow Hollow bistro.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1413 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Always fresh. Always friendly. The perfect balance of old standbys and innovative new dishes.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing! They paced bringing out the different courses perfectly. We did not feel rushed. Food was delicious 😍

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter recommending food. Food was delicious. Will be going back.

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LP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place! Great small and large plates to share and friendly people all around!

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RM
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terzo is wonderful. Great food and service. The calamari changes how you think it should be made. Wonderful wine list of biodynamic wines. Never disappointed.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was excellent, and loved the quaint feel of the restaurant. Highly recommend!

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Toledo
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time here! We shared the steak and pork shoulder dishes and was amazed!

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CL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and our Bartender/Server Phil was AMAZING!!! Thank you Phil for an excellent night and wonderful dining experience! Chef Lisa

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g
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Terzo for a birthday celebration, it was a Monday night so probably a bit quieter than usual, regardless we had a wonderful evening. Everything is great to share, we had the calamari, meatballs and gnocchi starters and then the steak. All seriously delicious. Our waiter was great, very friendly and didn't rush us. I'd go back and definitely recommend it.

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MJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since it has been established, Terzo remains our favorite restaurant for special events, or just to share with special friends. Great food, great service, every time.

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BB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, Terzo is one of my favorites in San Francisco. The servers are so friendly and good at what they do, the food is perfectly prepared, and it has great ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the places we are going to miss when we move out of SF.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Went twice in 3 days and the menu had many different options on the second visit. Delicious food. Great waitstaff (Nicole and Phil were amazing servers). Plan on going back the next time we are in San Fran.

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RP
London
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

An average restaurant with average food, not so special to justify the price

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ❤️ Terzo. Always.

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FB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there with my daughters. It was great.

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YM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Always delicious with great service.

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MG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious, and had a great evening. Really enjoyed the ambiance, and our waiter was extremely nice. The food was perfect to share between the two of us (1 main dish and 2 small dishes), and they have a good wine selection. Enjoyed their Hummus, Meatballs, and Skirt Steak, with a bottle of Barbera. Definitely will be back soon!

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LF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the SF greats! Never misses a beat and beyond the menu, which has a lot of competition given the city, it's the people that bring you back over and over again. They have no competition when it comes to service and humanity. WE LOVE IT. And so does anyone I've brought or recommended to go to Terzo.

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K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dinner was great. There were a few glitches (server looked to be the only one) but overall a great time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron is the best waiter and always makes being there a special occasion!

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the city! Nicest staff, always delicious!

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JM
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous neighborhood gem. Food is always delicious and service is very professional.

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LM
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent attentive service. Interesting eclectic wine list.

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w
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We haven’t been to Terzo for awhile but when we found ourselves in the neighborhood recently — we were thrilled that we were able to make a reservation for the time we needed. The dining experience remained the same as we remembered it — 1st Class service & all our favorites were still offered — especially the skirt steak prepared & cooked to perfection!! We’ll definitely be returning but the next time will be sooner than later!!!!

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I think they were short staffed - they usually do better. We’ll be back.

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

Such a great neighborhood restaurant, my only complaint is that the tables are a bit close together. We heard the entire conversation of the diners next to us.

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OT
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reconnecting with an old friend

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MB
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron did great job of walking us through the menu and guiding us to some great food and beverage choices. Outstanding!

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s
London
31 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Also this restaurant has a wonderful and cozy neighborhood vibe.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner on our date night. Nicole was our server and we had her guide our selection. She was marvelous, informative and truly made our evening. Our only complaint was noisy “gaggles” at nearby tables. Other times it’s been much quieter, thus more enjoyable. Will return.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great!
The atmosphere was great, it's a very cute restaurant and the food and service and wine were excellent! Our waiter was super friendly and accommodating, I woudl highly recommend this place to anyone!. My friend I took was visiting from Italy and she was super impressed!
She said the gnocchi was just like at home:)

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating my mother’s birthday. The wait staff is always exceptional and food consistently great.

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SF
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Despite Terzo being open for many years, this was our first visit. We will absolutely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and exceptional service. Will definitely be back soon!

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AV
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've never been thanked by so many staff members when exiting a restaurant! I wish I had Terzo in my neighborhood. I'd have a standing reservation.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine dinner with my husband and daughter!!

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a small table right next to the fireplace. We shared a few small plates - the lamb kefta was out of this world. Fresh buffalo Mozerlla with Focaccia was also delicious. My favorite was the house made gnocci. Service was great - professional, friendly.

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g
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this place remains so consistent in food quality. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting and our server was A+++

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and environment. I’ll definitely come back

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