Pesce e Riso

4.7
104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in San Francisco’s North Beach, Pesce e Riso is an Italian restaurant with a surprising Japanese twist. Here in the heart of "little Italy," chef and owner Joe Lin creatively weaves together Italian and Japanese culinary traditions by building on the elements that unite them: simplicity and quality.

Chef Lin is a skilled sushi chef who fell in love with Italian cuisine while training with an Italian chef in Tuscany. Pesce e Riso means “fish and rice” in Italian, which are the building blocks of Japanese cuisine and lend themselves beautifully to Italian cuisine.

At Pesce e Riso, diners will find familiar Italian flavors with distinctive Japanese influences in a friendly, intimate space.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Japanese, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Bar
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 872-9997
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joe Lin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Ave.
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Parking details
Fresno St. Public Parking. Vallejo St. Public Parking
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Wine
What 104 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was such an amazing find. The food was so so so good. Everything we tried, antipasti, primo, dessert... Service was excellent. Walked 3 km to this place and so glad we did. Their arancini and tuna tartare were fantastic. Also, the risotto and the pappardelle. tiramisu also excellent. can't say enough!

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Pesce e Riso. It is my go to spot to bring out of town guests. The fusion of Italian and Japanese is delicious and interesting. The staff is super friendly and the service is always great. My favorite is the Emilia roll!

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l
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to this place twice and loved the food both times. The juxtaposition of Japanese and Italian can sound odd but the staff are great at explaining and the food is delicious. We loved the wines we had a as well. We sat at the bar this visit and were waited on by the manager I think. He was knowledgeable and professional. The place was very quiet, as in no one else was there while we dined. It was a Tuesday but I hope they are able to stay in business with quiet nights like this, Please go!!
Parking was lousy but last time it was easy, we should have taken an Lyft I guess.
It is really worth your time to visit and eat!

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c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very attentive — they’re clearly excited and proud of their innovative offerings.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic merge of Japanese and Italian cuisine. The chef has such rich and deep understanding of the Japanese cuisine and applied it to Italian fundamentals. I'd recommend this place for fans of Japanese food rather than Italian to look for the subtle japanese elements in dishes like pappardelle or the sauce for tuna tataki. Risotto was too salty for our taste.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very interesting menu combining Italian and Japanese influences. Very creative with wonderful flavors. We were fortunate to arrive early and sit in the window. As it became more crowded, the noise level was very high. Service was very informative but rather slow. Nonetheless a very satisfactory experience!

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LC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new fall menu is very interesting cavatelli with pork sugo and zucchini is amazing . My girlfriend and i we noticed a very nice change in the ambiance especially the music selection . Excellent service provided by Marco ( he fold my napkin once i went to bathroom, very nice detail..) and excellent food as always. Keep growing guys !

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LC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the new menu , Tuna Tataky with Palermo sauce was outstanding ! Stripe Bass Crudo out of this world . Great service and ambience as always

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try it! The experience was wonderful! We have been here several times, they change menu seasonally. This time they just released the new menu, love it!!! we had prosciutto with shisho pepper, and salad, so amazing, love the miso & anchovy dressing! for main course I had the yellowfin tuna tataki, so delicious! definitely gonna come back more often.

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London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing!! We came across it and thought it looked cosy, went online, loved the look of the menu so booked and what a great find! The owner was very friendly, as were the staff and the food was out of this world! Go go go

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P
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an wonderful time the food was excellent. I especially liked the creative Asian/Italian infusion concept. First delicious appetizer to appear was the tempura misto nice fresh fish beer battered, and yummy vegetables, with aioli sauce. A must order, and not at all greasy. Our main entree was a mushroom parppardelle that had shitake, trumpet and beech mushrooms with a delicate lite sauce, that was so perfect. The best dish was a very fresh chrashi that had tamago, trout and ahi tuna this dish this was amazing served with a lite ponzu sauce. Any foodies dream!
I have to mention the great staff that were knowledgable and friendly, especially Marco. A must visit the next time you are in North Beach.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

P we had a nice Albarino for $42, which is also nice for North Beach once one rises above the pasta and pizza circuit.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Originale combinazione di sapori mediterranei e giapponesi, un esperienza gastronomica che vale la pena provare.... peccato solo per l’eccessivo rumore!

Surprising combination of Italian and Japanese flavours, ingredients are superbly blended to generate a tasting experience which one should try! Only downside is the excessive noise.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful blend of two of my favorite cuisines.. Fun and unusual dishes yet recognizable and delicious. Place was packed and energetic but the service led by Luca was warm and welcoming. I think we were the only tourists but we felt at home . Although the wine and sake list is somewhat small , the wines are a good value and pair well with the menu..

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

Unusual combination of Italian and Japanese influences.

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San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I give the restaurant five stars for creativity. Unfortunately, most of the dishes really don't work. The mushroom pasta was outstanding, but none of the other dishes were that tasty. They certainly were creative....arugula salad with cooked, cooled daikon; sushi wrapped with proscuitto instead of nori, etc. But for us, it just didn't taste that good. Needs umami! or more olive oil or something. Best part was gazing out the window at the North Beach street and all the craziness. Service was slow. Had an excellent glass of wine. Beer was good and server knew how to pour.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went last night to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant is very small so I recommend making a reservation. There is only one window table, so if you want it you need to reserve it. The service was impeccable! Our servers were wonderful and more than accommodating of all of our requests. They even gave us a complimentary glass of champagne at the end of our meal and a birthday card signed by all of the staff!!! The food was excellent as well. Definitely recommend and will be back the next time we are in SF.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian food I’ve tried. Literarily every dish we ordered was not a disappointment. Everything tasted so fresh and the service was great, really like the interior and atmosphere. We definitely come back!

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LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, had the Branzino as special of the day and it was excellent . Trout carpaccio and Arancini the best . Great service in a nice and vibrant ambience

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

absolutely loved this dining experience! not only was the food fantastic, the service was spot on and made our experience the best. they respected the timeline we gave them (had a show to get too) and the dishes came out delicious and quickly. we came a bit on the earlier side, but loved that the restaurant wasn’ loud. a must try is SF. the italian- japanese combination is an absolute winner!

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

A must try! Luca was fantastic at making us feel welcome and describing the concept of the restaurant (Italo-Japanese!!) and menu. We loved every dish we tried and the wine list was really great too.
We will be back often!

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Pesce e Riso recently. The menu is very creative and original. Everything was very good. The service was great. It was the perfect spot for a nice, low-key double date in North Beach.

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m
Montreal
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Really good idea and was really enticed by the concept.

Food was great but could have been way better considering the opportunity.

Service was awesome but was thrown off by the ambiance.

Really intense edm at an Italian/Japanese bistro on a Thursday night when it’s not even half full.
Also, someone was on their laptop working on a nearby table .

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JC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was inventive. Italian with an Asian twist. Pastas were fresh and delicious, but only gabe it 4 stars because of the watery strange tiramisu. Service was slow even though it wasn’t busy. Overall a good meal.

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G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here last night and it was excellent! Interesting take on Italian with the Japanese flair but not overwhelming to overtake the true taste of the Italian dish. Really fresh fish, quiet atmosphere and excellent service. We were very pleased with this restaurant and look forward to returning!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peace e Rios was a great experience right from the moment we walked in - incredibly friendly and thoughtful staff, pleasant and unpretentious environment - and every dish innovative and perfectly prepared. This is a really exciting and thoughtful fusion concept. Sometimes fusion food can be contrived - but that was not at all the case. Instead each dish was refreshingly simple but excellent - all the way though to dessert. Our waitress was wonderful - friendly, fast, and smart - she really enhanced our evening. It was a great discovery and we are excited to return soon!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meat and good rissotto. Excellent service

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. Everything about our visit to Pesce e Riso was terrific — service, ambience, good standard Italian cooking and some really creative, delicious fusion cuisine. I highly recommend this lovely spot.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is super fun and creative. Pretty much every dish puts a Japanese spin on Italian cuisine. What I like about the menu is that it's unique enough for "foodies" without coming off as trying too hard.

Also has a great ambiance, great service and is reasonably priced!

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pesce e Riso is the perfect example of how fusion cuisine can create something magical. I you go you really won’t regret it!

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LE
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding .....delicious north beach gem!
Luca the mgr was welcoming and our server Leslie was wonderful!
Food was outstanding. Spicy tuna roll, Bronzino oysters, vegetables and the key lime pie was just like it tastes in Florida! Highly recommend and when
come back to San Francisco we will be back!

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything’s fresh! Good quality. Interesting combinations of Japanese and Italian plates. Excellent wine list. Good service.
For the kind of quality on offer, the noise level makes conversation impossible so the dining experience is basically yelling or silence.
Will north beach remain a party place or an older adult residents neighborhood? We would think twice before going there again given this problem. No fault to any one. Different ways of having a good time.
Patricia Williams

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c
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and interesting food. About 20% too expensive though

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great fusion cuisine, surprising but delicate mix between Japanese and italien. Fusion food like it doesn't exist anymore, with a perfect harmony and balance between the different tastes. Friendly staff and great ambience as well in this tiny Nob Hill restaurant.
Definitely a great finding in the large San Francisco dining scene!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food! Very personal energetic service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious, the service was so personable, and the ambiance was so intimate and romantic!!!

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

Really interesting food concept (Japanese/Italian fusion!) and everything works together very well. Solid sake and wine selections as well! Nice enough for a date, but also casual enough for a hangout :) Highly recommend this place.

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

Everything was incredible!!!!!!

The only bad thing is how noisy it can get.
Good sound panels would make it perfect.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed every dish that we ordered. The chef is onto something very special by creating Italian dishes that are infused with a perfect hit of Asian flavor. It is a challenge to find parking in North Beach, but the fine food and friendly service at this restaurant was worth the effort. We will be back!

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

Great food, great ambiance and friendly service. Recommended, especiallly for dates.

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