Tratto - San Francisco

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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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JC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Meh. Good location for the Curran but unhelpful host and just so-so food.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were really looking forward to eating at this restaurant before we went to the performance of Hamilton at 7 PM.

One of the reasons we chose Tratto, is because it’s open all day.

We felt that the server was not very engaged, seemed preoccupied. The service was spotty, and when we wanted our check he was nowhere to be found.

While the food was tasty, it was served lukewarm. We had soup and two swordfish entrées.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic meal, delicious food, very attentive wait staff. we were in and out in under an hour. food was absolutely fantastic, will definitely return

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Vibe/ ambiance was suboptimal

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pre-theater family dinner before Harry Potter - so good we dined 2 nights in a row - kids enjoyed it too!

GN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation here prior to watching Hamilton at the Orpheum. The service was quick and the food was delicious! I just wish their bread was free and not something you pay for, because it was so yummy! Their house red paired well with my spinach fettuccine bolognese. And we ended the dinner with their donuts with burnt caramel dipping sauce, which was also delicious. It was also my nieces birthday and they gave her complimentary tiramisu on the house, but the lady fingers were dry and it fell a little short.

DM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

If you’re ever at the Curran down from here, it’s a good place to grab a bite — reservation recommended. The service is excellent, but the food is just average at best. It’s “kid friendly,” though, and they do have pizza!

RB
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a reservation in between the Harry Potter play. Very smooth, no wait. Server was very blah. Took order, gave bill; that was it. Food was good and not too pricey.

PL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service very slow even though I put in notes I had a show to go to at a specific time. Getting someone’s attention was a challenge when few staff. We were seated by the window area and not the main seating area in the back. If you are a person who has no plans for the day and just wants to lounge around then coming here for lunch is for you. Their lunch menu is not the full menu they list online which was a bit disappointing. It’s a clean and well lighted environment.

TG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Entree (chicken breast in mushroom sauce) was so bland my daughter’s salad actually had more flavor. A lot more. Service wasn’t bad per se, but a bit neglectful and dull. Didn’t get the server’s name because he interacted so little. Great location tho and convenient to theater.

FD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Made 8:45 reservations for NYE. Arrived at 8:40 pm after a show. Were seated and told that the kitchen closed at 9 pm and we needed to order everything (including all drinks and dessert) before 9 pm or we wouldn't get to eat. It was too late on NYE to find an alternative location so we stayed and ordered. Our appetizer and main dish both arrived within minutes. We were done our entire meal by 9:15 pm and basically asked to leave. Horrible experience for NYE. Why have an 8:45 pm reservation if you plan on closing at 9 pm??? Would never go back here.

PK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tratto service was great. The food was really good as well. I would recommend this place to a friend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always make sure we have a meal (or two) at Tratto whenever we are in San Francisco. Never disappoints!
Amazing food and exceptional service. Friendly staff. Can’t wait to go back!

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good products and original/ creative italian recipes. We loved it.

PC
Mönchengladbach
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not a great dining experience. Over priced and food quality very mediocre. Won’t come again. Not recommended.

LC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to stop not over priced. Great service
A wonderful evening. We will be back

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Marked it was a birthday and they didn’t even acknowledge it

CM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ended up here because they had a children’s menu and it was conveniently located near Union Square. We ordered two pizzas -a tomato, mozzarella and Basil which was delicious and one salame which was on the dry side. One adult ordered the minestrone soup and the vegetables (including butternut squash) were very undercooked. The options for children were Ok — pasta, chicken renders, pizza. The staff were very accommodating and efficient. We had a reservation through Open Table and we had a table waiting for us upon arrival.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We weren't expecting much except a quick place to grab dinner before the theater, but Tratto was wonderful. Excellent drinks, incredible food, good service. From the baked-when-ordered foccaccia to the amazingly fresh pasts though to the delicious cappuccino: we had absolutely no complaints.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Will be a new holiday tradition for our family.

DW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were sat at a wonderful table by the window. The service started off great but deteriorated after the first round of drinks. It was not very busy so not sure why the server seemed to disappear at times. The focaccia bread was good served with oil and vinegar. Next we shared the Caesar salad which was pretty good (whole fillets of anchovies in this salad so be aware). It was also a good size to share. For our main course I had the lemon fettuccine with cacciatore chicken- did not taste any lemon and the noodles had a strange texture like it sat in the window too long and they either had to microwave it or it was under a heat lamp too long. The chicken was very moist and delicious, but the flavors lacked in the rest of the dish. My husband had the spinach tagliatelle with 3 meat sauce- surprisingly it was dry and under flavored. My son had the kids cheese pizza which was probably the favorite on the table.

JC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had reservations, confirmed by responding to open table/ site text, ushered into back claustrophobic room with 5 tables when all of front area was almost empty. Waited for quite some time (over 15 minutes) for any service (drinks or food), female barely peaked around the corner to take order over the shoulder of my dining party; didn’t write anything down, almost got entire order correct; polenta fries, olives were great appetizers, fried calamari was common, swordfish was good but with no sides included wasn’t worth the price, gnocchi and short rib almost had too much shredded short rib and a bit dry; fungi pizza was great and broccoli pesto with saucer-type pasta was quite bland; a couple craft-type drinks were good, didn’t try wine menu; donut dessert had weird after taste, sorbet was great. All in all, just OK, not sure we would go back even tho it’s so close to theaters which I am sure they benefit from....

SB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Family pre Xmas get together

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. The location was perfect. Great experience. Will definitely go back.

L
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good for a casual meal. Not a particularly warm ambiance as every surface is hard and the chairs are not very comfortable. But good for families and informal meals.

SH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super helpful, friendly staff with one of our party's Gluten Free needs. Great option for those seeing shows at the Curran, but if you are doing so, make sure to get reservations ahead of time. Highly recommend!

E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

At 10PM on Friday the restaurant was almost empty. Staff was welcoming. Above average Cocktails. Nice subtle butter lettuce salad with a avocado — dressed lightly, with a lemon vinaigrette. Delicious gnocchi with a hearty braised beef sauce was savory with light gnocchi pillows of pasta. The salami pizza had a nice thin crispy chewy crust, flavorful chunky tomato sauce with thin sliced peppers. For me, I like my salami a little crisper and easier to bite through — there was tendency for the salami to pull off other toppings as it pulled away whole in some bite, leaving others mostly bread and sauce. I would come back again for Salad and gnocchi and try more dishes. I would also like to experience a more energetic room with more guests since it was unusually quiet. None of the staff ever gave us the feeling of being hovered over or made to feel like they were waiting for us to leave. The service was just right.

MA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

K
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Italian food with a twist, good service and easy to get around in. Everyone seem to be liking the food and the vibe was good.

RM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our fisrt time at Tratto. It was very good and enjoyable. There were a couple of minor glitches , items that took a little long to arrive and missing dessert item, but overall we really enjoyed it! The sewrvice was very good!

d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner between theatre shows

M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always disappointing when a restaurant, especially one connected to a hotel, is out of items on the menu, especially on a weekend night...interesting staff: young woman at the front desk has a great scowl, waiter was polite but indifferent/not interested very much, & the bus staff exceedingly friendly & solicitous, very, very nice...

We also expected the food to be better than it was but it was okay...marginally acceptable for pre & post theater---very good location in that regard...

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not really a special occasion place - more suitable for casual everyday dining. The menu selections were authentic Italian dishes but not that special from a dining experience perspective. They were out of cannelloni

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered a calamari appetizer that was good. For dinner we had two pasta dishes and two braised short ribs. The pasta dishes were ok but the short ribs were blah. No flavor. Overall the food was good but not fantastic. The location is convenient and the atmosphere was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good
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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very disappointing service. We arrived and were seated by 5:15. Because service was so slow, we had to rush to get out by 7 when we had theater tickets. At that we had to go find manager to get served at all. We wanted dessert, but no time and server never even asked if we would be interested. Manager blamed it on backed up kitchen but we ordered before tables around us and they were served much faster.

SM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, the food was unbelievable, and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and recommended some very creative and absolutely delicious food for our first visit to Tratto. Five stars, and definitely will return!

SP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the dishes were excellent. Very unusual in my experience. Service was excellent, too. Liked the decor. Big, open place so a bit noisy. Back room was better. Rest room in the lobby, a little far if that matters to anyone. Overall an unusually good dining experience, in a large, but friendly setting.

S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

This was our third time eating at Tratto before a show in the evening. We arrived early at 5 pm and were seated at a table by a window and nearly forgotten. After several minutes, we were served water. No one came to take our drink order for what seemed like forever. Meanwhile, other tables of diners who came in later, were all being served. Someone finally showed up and asked us what we wanted to eat, but not drink orders. We had to ask for drinks while ordering apps and entrees. The waiter seemed to have a problem understanding what we were ordering. Didn't know what Bombay Sapphire was until I repeated it three times. We finally received drinks, and appetizers came out promptly. When the entrees were served my tagliatelle was forgotten because apparently the waiter didn't hear me. He never came back and checked on us and my husband had to wave at him so I could order a glass of wine to have with my late entree. After spending nearly two hours at Tratto, the final insult was waiting forever to pay our bill. My husband had to finally take it to the hostess desk so we wouldn't be late for our show. They KNOW there are theaters near them, right? We all agreed it was some of the worst service we have ever experienced. It's a shame, because the food is very good.

MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful! Friendly staff, great portions, and in the perfect location (Heart of the theatre district)! If we’re ever back in San Francisco, we’ll for sure be dining here again.

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