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About Permanently Closed - Rose Pistola

This restaurant is permanently closed. Voted the best new restaurant in the country in 1996, Rose Pistola is a celebration of the bawdy, friendly but sophisticated side of San Francisco’s Italian district – North Beach. This stylish gathering place personifies the vibrancy of its namesake, a North Beach denizen who ran the most colorful bar and restaurant in the neighborhood. With its San Francisco-style dining counter, booths cozy dining room and lively bar, Rose Pistola invites everything from a leisurely glass of Chianti and a bowl of home made pasta or wood fired pizza, to a traditional, Italian-style feast of seasonal antipasti, whole roasted fish, and local vegetable sides. Executive Chef Steve Walker overseas the kitchen and has added his more rustic style to the menu. A full bar and approachable wine list round out the experience. Live jazz trios play in the bar 4 nights a week.

532 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133-2802
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm every day.
DINNER: 5:30 p.m. every day.

Cross Street:
Between Green & Union Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 399-0499

Website:
http://www.rosepistola.com/

Entertainment:
Live jazz Sunday & Thursday nights 8-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday nights 9-11 p.m.

Parking Details:
We have valet for $12 per car, payment at curb to valet in cash or credit card.
Valet is nightly 5:30pm to close, and daily from 11:30am to 2pm.

There are public garages are within 2 blocks: Powell/Union, Filbert/Columbus, and Vallejo/Powell.




Public Transit:
Muni lines 9x, 9bx, 20, 30, 41 & 45 all stop within a block of the restaurant. The Powell-Mason cable car line stops about two blocks from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Steve Walker

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have live jazz trios 4 nights a week (Thursday thru Sunday) in the bar area facing Columbus Avenue. Checkout the calendar on our website.

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Rose Pistola - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (1670)
Fit for Foodies (1543)
Good for Groups (1094)
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Special Occasion (1005)
Notable Wine List (593)
Romantic (561)
Great for Lunch (560)
Vibrant Bar Scene (512)
Hot Spot (510)
Great for Outdoor Dining (426)
Kid-friendly (245)
Late-night Find (234)
Great for Brunch (201)
Scenic View (80)
Good for a Date (26)
Casual (20)
Local Ingredients (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Fun (14)
People Watching (14)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Live Music (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Outstanding Value (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Came for the gluten free menu choices. Many options were available, but no gluten free pizza nor pasta - which was fine with me! But, the waiter did not know what substitutions would need to be made, etc. It would be nice if the chef would label items "GFA - Gluten Free Available" to help customers choose. The pizza dough (I hear) was a bit chewy and not crispy like it should be with that gorgeous Italian pizza oven. My steak was cooked as I ordered, kinda. I wanted "warm, but still very red - if you can do that as 'rare', perfect". there may have been a timing issue in the kitchen, because the steak wasn't even warm enough to melt the butter on top. I wanted it as rare as the steak could tolerate - and it was rare, but too rare for the dish (or perhaps it sat waiting for the other meals to finish?). Service was a bit ... pushy. Wanting to take our order repeatedly when we were trying to enjoy our cocktails (we were seated about 20 minutes before our reservation time, so the rush was confusing). the sides with my steak were perfect. So - not bad, can accommodate food intolerances, but needs some work.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

This was the place we went to a few years ago and the all we could remember were the mussles... Couldn't remember the name of the place so I did my research and found it. Wanted to go since we were in town for a doc appointment... We were not disappointed.... The service was beyond perfect and the food was Divine! It was a happy friendly atmosphere.... I would definitely recommend this place to everyone! We will be back for sure....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Fun, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great name, good food and a waiter that was very busy but was charming when he got to us. Not a particularly wide menu but he wine was good.

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food4
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 (México)·Dined on January 20, 2017

This was convenient for Beach Blanket Babylon but the food just wasn't all that good. We had the recommended pizza and it was dry and flavorless. My caesar salad for $14 was limp and also flavorless. The service was ok and it's a pleasant place but one does expect good food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food2
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Outstanding as usual. We always eat here when in the area. It was our waitress's first night & she was terrific

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

We had a special occasion with friends after a museum visit. The dinner was wonderful the ambience was great! It was the end of a perfect day!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

The special for the night was Farfalle (bow tie pasta) with a cream & pignole nut sauce. The pasta was boiled to death, too soft, and the fairly tasteless sauce flooded the bowl; I was eating soup. The menu was pretty limited for spaghetti dishes so don't go there if you're looking for an authentic Italian restaurant. I'm guessing they're catering to one time customers; the tourist trade.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Service and food were excellent. While waiting for my guest to arrive, I was offered water and some fresh bread. The waitress was very attentive, courteous, and prompt in serving us the meal and keep the water glass full. The mussels and scallops came out piping hot and were cooked to perfection and so delicious. This was my first time here but it will be my go to place to invite friends and family. The place is neat, clean, and a lovely ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Very nice staff

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2017

We live in Central California and found Rose Pistola several years ago when on a mission to find a restaurant at which to entertain a large group of friends who would join us on a future visit to San Francisco. While strolling through North Beach, we stumbled upon the restaurant and couldn't have been more pleased! The menu changes almost daily, depending on what can be locally sourced, so everything is very fresh and creatively prepared. The ambiance is perfect for a group yet we've also dined at the restaurant for romantic special occasions in the city. By-the-glass wine selections are limited but sharing a bottle chosen from their extensive wine list makes up for it. Their staff are more than able to recommend appropriate pairings and are service oriented from the moment you're seated until you've enjoyed your final-final. Buon Appetito!

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2017

The food was phenomenal but the service was lacking. Since I had made a reservation well in advance, I expected to be seated at a nicer table. We were seated behind a large pole, which I had read happened from other reviews so I was not surprised. However, I was surprised that it took about 20 minutes for us to order an appetizer. The restaurant was probably 30-40% occupied so I'm not sure what the hold up was. No apology was offered for the delay.

Other than the service, the menu was fantastic. Dessert options were limited but that was just fine - the appetizers and entrees were outstanding. Especially the chicken over kale and potatoes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I want to start this out by saying that I was beyond excited to eat here. I had read so many great reviews and a few clients said that it was great!

This was worst dining experience I have ever had. From start to finish. The hostesses were disinterested and didn't greet us, didn't speak to us when they sat us at the table. Despite my trying to engaged them in polite conversation.

The waiter was cheerful and the music was great. That was the only reason I didn't get up and leave after our first two "courses". We sat through all four really trying to give them our best effort to enjoy. They were weird and bland. It was like someone was trying to be creative but completely missed the mark.

I can honestly say I have never left a restaurant wanting my
Money back until this experience.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 31, 2016

NYE dinner was $80 prix fixe and no tablecloths. Food was okay but would nothing to write home about.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Fabulous restaurant. We were here 2 years ago when we visited San Francisco and loved it. Made a reservation this time to meet long time friends here and they LOVED it! Food was great. Our waitress Ava was terrific!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Food is delicious, but a little expensive. Would be nice to have longer hours for happy hour.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

After many years of dining here, I still regard it as my "go to" North Beach spot. Sitting at a window table in the afternoon, late night at the bar, or relaxing with friends over dinner in the main room, it all works.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We reserved and we're given a terrible table in the back. Ended up going to bar seat. The service was sketchy- had different people serving- didn't know who our server was. They didn't bring food right to table as soon as it was prepared do it got cold. Barrata was good.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2016

2 dishes out of our 4 where wrong and served cold. We asked to have it corrected and there was no acknowledging of the mistake. Not a good choice to repeat. Will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Delicious food, attentive staff and an energized crowd keeps us coming back each visit to SF.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

This was our second dinner at Rose Pistola -- great service, great food, and a lovely ambiance right in the heart of San Francisco's Little Italy (North Beach). Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

I liked the ambiance, however, I found the noise level too loud so 'Quiet, Moderate and Energetic' did not fit for me, but this survey would not let me get by without choosing one of the options. Why not add "too noisy" and see what other customers think.
Fortunately, we were given a table on the left wall near the back which helped with the noise. I would not want to sit at the middle tables. I don't find noisy restaurants 'energetic.' I find them annoying. if I have to yell at my companion or ask him to repeat himself during the meal, I won't go back.

There was good energy there Saturday evening. The people sitting next to us were friendly and fun.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Our second visit to Rose Pistola before attending theater. Food and wine was as good as we remembered - new diners in our group loved the food and the extensive choices. Staff were very attentive and mindful of our time frame and made sure we were served promptly without feeling rushed. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Enjoyed a fabulous pizza - Gorgonzola cheese, pears and caramelized onions - the best ever. Bravo!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Took a very long time to be seated even though I was on time for the reservation. Getting drinks was even slower.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We had a delicious dinner capping off Beach Blanket Babylon. Perfect. The vibe kept the fun going. The food was just delicious, very fresh, seasonal, and original.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Great service, great food. Perfect for large groups and they were sweet to our big group of kids.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Food was great, but service wasn't timed well.... salads and apps came at the same time.... too much stuff on the table and hard to enjoy it all at once. We also never received one of our apps. Overall really good, but could have been great!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Tucked in Friday night. Window seats are wonderful to look at North Beach. Great pizza! Great salad. Lovely trio with trumpet, bass, guitar. not to loud and beautiful melodies- a very nice addition.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2016

I love Rose Pistola. The service, atmosphere, quality of the food, convenient location, and food/wine menus are all excellent. You can't go wrong at this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Before Cobbs Comedy, had a 5:30, RP opened at 5 pm. I arrived at 5 and was seated at bar, had to ask to be seated even though restaurant was empty, at 5:30. Ordered gnocchi, waitress came back after a few minutes and said the gnocchi wouldn't be ready - two out of three of us wanted it. Quite a disappointment. And what we ordered in its place wasn't as desired and quite a bit more expensive.

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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Great staff, great food. Service was a little slow (busy night), but we were in no hurry. Our waiter was super nice and helpful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Very nice food, ambiance, location, service. Had whole fish, pate, pasta. Sicilian style flavors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Great place for friends, family or a date. Classy traditional Italian place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2016

The food was very good. Our server, Rafael took very good care of us. He was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Outstanding Value
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Rose Pistola was a very nice experience. Our server was very attentive and professional. The food was very good and we would definitely return with friends!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Went here for a girls dinner while we were visiting SF. It was too quiet (sleepy) for such a big space, food was mediocre, and service was ok. We should've researched a better option for "Italian" but just didn't have the time. Nothing remarkable to take me back again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2016

There is always space but I like to reserve a table for lunch. Sitting inside it is quiet and conversation is no problem. We ordered the grilled shrimp sandwich and the chicken sandwich. The shrimp sandwich is different since they use the crispy flat bread to fill with the shrimp and arugula. However, I don't think it's quite as worthwhile as the chicken sandwich, in comparison, because there is very little shrimp inside. The sandwich was filled with an overwhelming amount of arugula salad. Both sandwiches were quite large giving us plenty to eat. The pinot grigio wine was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We had an interesting meal at Rose Pistola. My date and I both enjoyed our food, but the service was slow. There was also a really loud table of drunk patrons next to us. They were screaming and laughing uncontrollably. It was a bit strange. The table was so loud that a few other guests asked to be moved further away.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Kyle is the best waiter in the universe. Get the funghi pizza!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2016

A party of six and everyone loved their meal. Even though we were seated at a round table
conversation was a little difficult due to noise level. Still had a great time and great food.
Wait staff very attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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