Terzo

4.8
1306 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Open Daily at 5:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 441-3200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Miguel Tzab
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Catering
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Cross street
Union Street
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Parking details
We are sorry but we no longer have valet parking.

Street parking is also available, The closest garage is 3 blocks away on Union @ Buchanan. An additional garage is at 2055 Lombard @ Webster.


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22 Filmore & 45 Stockton
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 1306 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for the lovely experience! Champagne was sent to the table as we were celebrating an engagement!

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service. Great food.

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SD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious and wonderful service!! Loved their menu.
Great location!!

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AL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our go-to dinner spots. The menu is tasty, healthy, and modern. The atmosphere is upscale, but not stuffy. The hummus and pita are a standout from other restaurants that try to do the same thing. Love the steelhead. Service is professional and we love that we see wait staff that have been there for years. It is a good feeling.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great neighborhood find. We shared all small plates and everything was really fresh and good. Loved the meatballs! Service was very attentive and friendly. Will go back again with friends.

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were amazing but the chicken skewers with bread were tasty but a little over done. The chicken dish was lackluster. I'll give it one more try someday

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ED
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good value and good food but wasnt incredible. Calamri amazing but Chicken was only ok

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JG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable best ever would go back in a heart beat. Added it to a short list of places not to miss. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful to the picky guests next to us. Waiter took the menu in the back and made changes so they could enjoy the outstanding dining experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love terzo, love the waiters!

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E
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I celebrated my birthday here with friends. It was a delicious meal and all enjoyed. I especially liked the grilled octopus .

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. As was the wine. The real bonus was our waiter, Ron. What a character. Very knowledgeable, great fun and an absolute gent. No hesitation recommending Terzo

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing job!

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting and delicious menu with an attentive waitstaff that didn’t overstep. Made for a great evening out

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OT
San Francisco
508 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place with really good food. My favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food, exceptional service, and wonderful wine list. What else could you ask for? Will be back soon!

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SK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a five star restaurant but a restaurant that deserves 5 stars! Great ambience, nice wine selection, and food was great. The outside view of the restaurant doesn't do it justice...really enjoyed it!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the meatballs withpolent, calamari with lentils, pork roast

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K
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and three adult sons came here for dinner. I found Terzo on yelp. We were all very happy with the dishes that we shared. We had the hummus, roasted beets, arugula salad, pork meatballs, chicken on skewers, and gnocchi. All were very tasty and consumed quickly. I would return and recommend to friends.

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CT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a freind who loves locally great food very creative and unique. You will not be sorry!!

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n
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We had a family gathering at the large table in the middle of the restaurant a few months ago and had a wonderful time. The dishes are creative and delicious! This time I went back with a friend and were also delighted with the menu selections. My only negative is a common negative for almost all SF restaurants: too noisy and crowded.

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L
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The location is in one of the nicest parts of the city. We had a small table for two against a wall which was a bit crowded with traffic around us but it’s a good sign that the place was busy. Our waitress was excellent and was attentive but also gave us time when we needed it. The wine list and offer to allow us to taste before ordering a bottle was great. The food was good but nothing special. I like getting food out that is not something I can make at home. My friend from out of town was underwhelmed by the dining. Overall enjoyed the evening, wine and service but probably won’t go back for the food.

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Friendly, capable service and very good food. Music was a bit loud and jarring, so the ambiance is not for everyone. Will definitely eat here again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and they were able to accommodate us with our large party. The wait staff was fantastic too!

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London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The steelhead was delicious!!

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VJ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant. The food was delicious. The server knew every single meal by heart and she knew exactly what is in the each meal we were asking about. Some of my friends were on special diet and they were all very satisfied.

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EK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested a quiet table for the 6 of us since I am hearing impaired and they gave us the perfect table in the corner near the window. I was able to enjoy my companions conversation. This is really important to me and I wish more eating establishments in SF catered to hearing impaired people.
Now, the service..very well timed, unobtrusive, and professional. The food...every dish from pasta, to chicken to pork shoulder to hummus to peach crumble was truly delicious. The outstanding dish was the salmon...would order that in a heart beat ANY time.

TERZO is a great neighborhood gourmet restaurant. We will return again and again.

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PM
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable, stylish atmosphere with friendly and attentive service. Many of the diners were obviously regulars and we first timers were treated equally warmly. To share we started with the Grilled Calamari and Beans, followed by the Pork Meatballs on Creamy Polenta. The Calamari was perfectly tender and enhanced by the Beans in a tasty sauce. I thought I was in Spain. The Meatballs were ethereally light, the best we have eaten in a restaurant. Much to our servers credit, she served these separately so we could enjoy the deliciousness of each dish. My dining partner chose the Spaghetti with Eggplant and I selected the Moroccan Chicken. They were both excellent. We enjoyed a lovely Priorat Garnacha-Carignane blend. Our meal ended with an Orange and Yogurt Sorbet enhanced with what tasted like rose water.

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C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always liked Terzo and go there four or five times a year. We had a dinner for seven on July 3rd and we ordered a lot of food and the dishes were very well prepared. The service was its usual high quality and good natured. For Pac-Heights its rightly priced. One of the best in the neighborhood for sure.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always!

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DD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute long time favorites. Michael Bauer was right - it's a neighborhood gem.

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San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As long time residents, can't believe this was our first visit for a local restaurant of over 10 years. Terzo is now on our regular list. Very attentive service, excellent choice of dishes. The roasted vegetables, the green beans, the steelhead -- all excellent choices. Terzo is what makes San Francisco, San Francisco. Sorry we didn't discover earlier. We'll be back soon.

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San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Terzo is a good neighborhood restaurant. I see an alignment difference in value as the quality of the food is good, but they were priced for 'better' . Keep improving!

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! Ron was our server and amazing.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service! Came to celebrate husbands birthday and Father’s Day.

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OT
San Francisco
508 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good in every way. The food was spectacular.

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MB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine with very attentive service. The small plates to share make for both great appetizers as well as a meal. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a nice date. Food & service are excellent.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thumbs up all day long

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meatballs...but why was the playlist all 70s disco music?

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