Terzo

4.8
1387 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 1387 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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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
15 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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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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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
29 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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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
78 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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M
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Terzo was excellent. The most notable attribute was the culinary execution. The food was all excellent, which was noticeable even on the simpler dishes in which the execution and crisp flavors were outstanding. The quality, cook, and seasoning of the meats were amazing but also that the small plates had simple but beautiful flavors.

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LH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took advantage of Dining Out San Francisco and had the three course fixed price including wine pairings at a ridiculously low price. The food was marvelous: red snapper en papillote, pork belly “stew” and flower less chocolate cake. The wines were food, not knock-your-sock-off. Our waiter, Ron, was a superstar. We’ll go back soon, even at the regular price.

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TL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful!! Server was Fantastic and good was GREAT!!

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GB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time at Terzo, can't wait to go back. Food is outstanding, truly outstanding.

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m
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food, nice service, but WAY TOO LOUD for conversation.

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

Terzo never disappoints. The food is delicious, the service friendly and outstanding. It is one of the neighborhood favorites we choose when out-of-town friends visit.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the staff was top notch! Can’t wait to go back!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about the meal - atmosphere was on point, food was outstanding, and service very attentive. Would definitely come back!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good! But $10 for a draft beer?

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place in San Francisco and I have been in Michelin star places here. Amazing value.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was wonderful!!

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondeful! Reminded us of NY!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience all around! Great staff! Ron took excellent care of us as always! Terzo is one of the best neighbourhood restaurants in the city. Food is outstanding and desserts were exceptional. Don’t pass up the hummus or flourless chocolate cake! Menu offers a number of small plates great for sharing as well as larger portions. We love the smaller plates which allows us to try more items. Our annual girls night out was a memorable one thanks to Terzo!

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JH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite go to spot for a great meal with no fuss and always delicious!

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly & attentative servers. Soft leather, stone and natural wood decor. Understated, leaning toward Scandinavian vs Mediterranean decor. Great food! Every dish is fresh and perfectly prepared.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music is TOO loud, and I love music, sound tracks are also odd...more for rockin out to than dining to

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GK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, everything we had was delicious. We started with Hummus and Grilled Halloumi Cheese dish. Both were delicious, especially the pita and the grilled Halloumi Cheese. My main, the Braised Nieman Ranch Pork Shoulder was amazing! The meat was so tender and fell apart easily with the fork. My date's Morroccan Style Braised Chicken was really good too. The restaurant filled up really quick even though we got there a bit early. Reservation recommended.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!

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GB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Terzo...absolutely outstanding. We've eaten at all the other Open Table top 100 in SF and Terzo didn't disappoint. It deserves its place on the list.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was amazing.

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TQ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terzo is dependably excellent. Great food in a cozy space.

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J
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I love Terzo. It's a neighborhood gem and the staff always makes us feel like family. Food is consistently wonderful. One of the few places I can get a glass of Lambrusco.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant! Never disappoint me!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

First time guest with my niece, shown to a tiny table at the very end of the back of the restaurant, I believe it was towards the rest room area. Very low ceiling light, not suitable at all. We opted for the bar, food was OK!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and our 13yo loved it too. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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