Tratto

4.3
487 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A spirited, bar-driven restaurant serving rustic Italian fare with modern sensibilities. Tratto means the stroke of a pen or a mark in Italian, nodding to both the neighborhood’s artistic history and the name of The Marker, the boutique hotel next door.

Tratto’s flavorful menu of simple, delicious and shareable dishes coupled with casual, communal-style dining creates a neighborhood bar experience inspired by the Italian tradition of “aperitivo,” or happy hour.

Guests can enjoy playful twists on classic Italian cocktails, boozy Italian sodas, and beer and wine from California and Italy, including a jug of house wine from the taps.

Choose from a wide selection of traditional small-plate antipasti, house-made pastas and pizzas, entrees served family-style, seasonal side dishes, and classic Italian desserts including ice creams, gelatos and sorbets.
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1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All the options were really good.

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LA
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great dinner with great service tonight! Thank you for a great meal.

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B
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very reasonably priced for the Union Square area. Service was excellent, food is good not great. Noise level is high.

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SN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual everything was great

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LB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The braised pot roast was succulent! The meat melts in your mouth. I would highly recommend it! The server told us that it serves 4-5 people, when it actually is more fitting for 2-3.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, pizza was awesome. Wine jug is such great value!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was delicious but the main dining room was loud. The mural in the side room is very interesting. The drinks were delicious.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the meatballs

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OS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and if you are going to ACT, The Curran, SF Playhouse, or Marine’s Memorial, you can’t beat the location. Hostess was wonderful and waiters were friendly, but a little slow and innatentive.

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JP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and my burger, while not being worth $18, was really good. And the juice is bottomless! Highly recommended.

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EH
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Incredible food - surprisingly so. This is much better than the typical pre-theater Union Square offerings. Unfortunately the noise was almost unbearable. Will try again on a slower night.

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NC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food and the place. However, when all the tables were full, it was very loud making conversation at my table tough to hear.

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FM
Hawaii
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had one of the best ever meals at Tratto. It was recommended by a friend and am so grateful because it exceeded my expectations. Must have reservations, especially during happy hour and dinner. Service from the hostess who seated us, the main waiter and the rest of the crew, was really great. We shared plates and were able to taste so many different dishes. Started with warmed assorted olives, something new and excellent with cocktails. Next, chicory salad with soft Barrata cheese - this cheese takes every kind of salad a couple notches up. Crispy pork belly - to die for. Soft cubes of tasty pork belly cooked soft then deep fried to give it a crispy exterior, served over a sweet jam. Can't get this dish out of my mind, it was so good. The canneloni was perfect. Hard to find this dish on most menus anymore. This one was served piping hot in a casserole dish, right out of the oven as it should be. A perfect ending to a most delicious 4 course meal. Can't wait to visit San Francisco again, just to dine at Tratto's. Can't stop thinking about this great restaurant experience.

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PA
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner in the back room is so much more pleasant than in the main room, as you are able to hear yourself think. We had the meatballs to start and although they were a bit dry the sauce and especially the polenta made them a delight. The fried chicken thighs were not very exciting, but the eggplant canneloni was top notch. Molten chocolate cake for dessert was excellent and a bargain at $9.

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NS
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Not great. Breakfast menu looks good. Eggs Benedict simple and not fresh at all. Avoid it. Servife quite bad.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast and our waiter was great. Food was hot and service fast. They kept the coffee coming and were very attentive to our needs.

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AA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything tastes like magic. The polenta fries are my favorite, followed by the calamari, then the grape pizza. I normally don’t eat sugar cause I am pretentious AF,but the donuts with the bourbon sauce will change your life.

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CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, not too expensive and food was good.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Server was slow and inattentive. Nothing special about the food ... chicken was bland

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D
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked the quiet and warmth of the back room!

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the pasta and the chicken breast was excellent. good service, good food, portions just right.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Kali was a great hostess. Food was good but not great.

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BA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our dinner at Tratto's. There were nine of us and we all have very different likes/dislikes etc., and Tratto's met them all. Thank you for a great meal/experience.

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HD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The waitress was helpful and cheery. The gnocchi with ragu was delicious. The warm olives were delicious if a bit overpriced. Overall the meal was tasty and served with a smile. Thanks tratto!

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GS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had lunch in a group of 6. Everything was very good. Recommend for lunch

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EB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Casual but hip environment. Excellent food for reasonable prices. Duck confit and celery root tortellini was delicious.

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TS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised with quality and the prices. Great find! Will definitely come back again.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lunch menu is sparse but everything we ordered was delicious, and reasonably priced.

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l
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had out of town guests. They thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The mushroom pizza and salmon were excellent. We actually ordered a second pizza because it was so good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual 🤗

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s dinner, we had a good time:)

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was excellent.

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G
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Boyfriend and I ate here for Valentine's Day and it was a weird meal, but a great one. Even for Valentine's, the restaurant wasn't too crowded and the noise level was totally normal for a San Francisco restaurant. We ordered focaccia (perfect) and drinks to start- they have a great cocktail menu. Very much enjoyed my Green in Winter.

The weirdness started when we ordered our entrees. I got the pappardelle and he ordered the bucatini- but what arrived at our table a few minutes later was decidedly not bucatini. To be honest, we couldn't figure out what it was beyond that it wasn't bucatini. Approximately a minute later our server arrived with the lost bucatini and we, confused, ate our food. Both dishes were amazing- perfect amounts of sauce and great noodles.

At the end of our meal we were given cute mini gift bags of granola. I did not see anyone else receive these, so maybe it was conciliatory granola for the mix-up earlier? Definitely not mad about it (is it possible to be mad about free granola?)

Overall, a great dinner, some confusing notes, but nothing that really detracted from our meal. We'll definitely be returning to try some of the other items on the menu!

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails. Several vegetarian options, both small plates and entrees. Fun place to be, especially if you find yourself in the Theater District. Very convenient to ACT Theater on Geary.

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BS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

the food was really pretty good and prices reasonable. hard to find decent places in the theatre district. but the main dining room was incredibly noisy, but we were moved to an alcove, which was much better.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The only major problem with this restaurant is the noise level. It is SO loud you can't hear the other people at your table (or the servers) or carry on any sort of a conversation. Otherwise, good value for the money.

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LL
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved restaurant redo & food! Service slow tho... Can't wait to return!

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very attentive. Nice atmosphere. Chicory salad was lightly dressed with a delicious vinaigrette. All in all a very nice meal. Oh, and bell cap in the adjoining hotel was quite pleasant and helpful.

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p
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, reasonable price, portion size just right. Spoil yourself and go.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great location for an early dinner before the theater. Food is good though I didn’t see any indication that they use organic and sustainable meats, which matters to me. But their house made papparadelli noodles are great and add the roasted vegetables as a side dish and you’ve got a great vegetarian meal for $23+ tax and tip. Yum! Great cocktails too which of course will quickly double your bill.

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