Venticello

4.3
1834 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

About

Tucked away atop Nob Hill, Venticello Ristorante, is one San Francisco’s best kept secrets. With quaint tables, a wood burning oven and views of the bay, Venticello provides a warm intimate atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Tuscan Farmhouse.
Recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, we are located just a few blocks away from the historical Mark Hopkins and Fairmont Hotels, as well as walking distance from the Huntington Hotel, The Stanford Court, and the Ritz- Carlton Hotel.
As you walk into Venticello, you will enter our upstairs area. Our full and complete wooden bar is supplied with an array of distilled spirits as well as some of the finest Italian and Californian wines. This allows you and your guests to enjoy a variety of beverages while hearing the Cable Car bell ring just outside our front door.
Venticello, meaning soft breeze, will sweep you and your guests away with an unforgettable experience.
What 1834 people are saying
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PeterB
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A small venue for dinner, but cosy. Great food. I had the mushroom pappardelle, which was very tasty. I would definitely go again if visiting San Francisco.

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vipjsedmom
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed! Everything about our experience was excellent! Yes

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my wife bday! Great food! Great service!

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RobA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personable, attentive service in a beautiful corner spot with cable cars and views of the Bay Bridge. We went for my wife's birthday and I had messaged to ask them to do what they could to make it special. They gave us a window seat with the spectacular view described above. The hostess and our waitress were awesome. The wine list was good with many lesser known local wineries, including our absolute favorite from the Russian River Valley, Pellegrini (2016 unoaked chardonnay). We ordered a beet salad and the special chickpea soup to start, both were delicious, perfect as starters to get you ready but not fill you up. For dinner, my wife got the wild mushroom pappardelle...she loved it (I loved tasting it), beautiful mushroom flavor in a light cream sauce that didn't overpower the homemade pasta. I ordered the pork chop on white beans with chimichurri sauce. Perfectly cooked...and the compliment of flavors was wonderful. We also ordered a side of roasted Brussels sprouts...now, I LOVE Brussels sprouts...like, crave them. These rank among the best I've ever had. We devoured them. Our waitress then brought a nice piece of their tiramisu with a single candle for dessert. It was light, delicate, and instead of chocolate, it had a wonderful caramel based sauce...oh so good! When we first arrived, there were 4 other tables with guests. By the time we left, it was full. The entire ambiance and experience was perfect for us...unhurried and personal. As we were leaving, we met a couple who wished my wife a happy birthday and asked if it was our first time there. They shared it was probably around their 20th time there. We talked about the dining experience and the hosts, how they create such a welcoming place with delicious food. It was our first time, but certainly won't be our last.

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RobR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a few years since I last went and it's still just as good as I remembered. Everything was perfectly prepared, tasty, and paced well. Solid wine list as well.

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JoshW
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall dining experience was excellent. This is a destination I visit often when traveling for work. Great service, consistently good food and convenient location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Highly recommend!

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vipmichaelw
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the gnocchi and the Halibut were excellent and along with the beet salad and the Caesar Salad we had a delightful meal. The service was prompt and the wine list was satisfactory and gave numerous choices. A perfect spot for an authentic northern Italian meal.

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Secondtimediner7
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner following seeing The. Last Ship. Our server was courteous & professional - & even surprised us with a delightful tiramisu!

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LenR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venticello is one of those special intimate neighborhood places that has stood the test of time and continues to thrive based on authenticity and excellence. The wine list is largely Italian, and our waiter steered us skillfully after asking what sort of wines we like to a great super tuscan which was both reasonable and delicious. I recommend it highly

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vipRM17
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, super food...I have enjoyed it for years.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theater dining in between Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts 1 & 2 at The Curran.
Dinner was exquisite as always, beautiful atmosphere, and outstanding service. A MUST dinner destination in SF!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
149 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic OG northern Italian restaurant on Nob Hill. Not an extensive menu but very serviceable and they have fabulous pizzas with an authentic wood fire pizza oven. Cozy yet open space on the corner of the block.

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MatthewW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We came for Valentine's day dinner and it was a fixed menu which was fine with us because they did tell us once we got there they sat us pretty quickly but soon after they informed us that the steak had run out and we had to choose something else which I wasnt too happy about because I was really looking forward to that ribeye the dish that I did get was terrible and my girlfriends food was so bad that we ended up getting pizza after from a pizza place not too far away which is pretty pathetic! We also had to wait about 45 minutes in between our salad and our pasta dish. I definitely will not be back

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Romantic and quaint spot with good service and food. Seafood ravioli with limoncello creme sauce was outstanding.
Probably best not to go on Valentines Day as very crowded, limited menu and rushed.

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FrancescaR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, delicious food. First time but will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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vipBarbaraM
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live nearby and really enjoy this place. There is something for everyone in our family. Pizza for our son, pasta for our daughter, fresh fish for me and lamb or steak for my husband. Plus tasty salads and desserts.

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vipBigPapi
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diners made to feel very comfortable in a beautiful location. Plates were delivered on time without the rush experience at so many restaurants these days. All three entree’s were superb.

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Tricia
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my family to Venticello twenty years ago and have come intermittently over the years. The fun thing is that my niece suggested Venticello stating that she had such fond memories of the restaurant. She has also gone with her cousin and they love the place. We had a fabulous dinner and the staff and ambiance can not be beat!

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NicholasF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and had a glorious time. Our pasta dishes were sublime. Our waiter helped us make an excellent wine choice. We would love to go back.

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vipAmanda
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find! Amazing staff, and excellent food!

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FishingGuy
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and were delighted with the food, ambiance, and service. It is always a great visit every time we are in California.

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vipBruceP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighbourhood gem never disappoints. Excellent service as always from Christian.

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EmiW
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love this place. It’s very quiet and private. The crowd is mostly local and the food is amazing.

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scottst
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food varied menu, fun room, great wine list and outstanding service. Shhhh! Don't let the world know about Venticello. I don't want it to get too crowded!

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marilync
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and service were excellent. The noise level was so high, however, that I wouldn't go back on a Saturday night, perhaps later or earlier on a week night.

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Nina
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Hostess was very nice and accommodating on when I needed to change my reservation for a later time.

Our Waiter (Male) did not come to see if we needed anything after we got our food. We had to ask for bread and butter which took forever to get. I ordered the steak and ask for medium rare, it was more on the cooked side. Again, he never came to check if everything was okay. I wish we had the Lady server. I notice that she would from time to time check on her tables. She probably notice that we needed water and came to ask if we need a refill. After we finished our meal she came over to see if we needed dessert. Again, I hope the tip went to her rather then the Mail waiter we had.

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vipMaureenC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food wasn’t great. Pizza seemed like a frozen crust. 3 of our group had chicken cacciatore and would not reorder. Waiter was perfunctory. No personality.

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vipWelshman
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were outstanding. The noise level was unusually loud and made table conversation with our guests difficult.

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Peg1916
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent really enjoyed the experience

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vipSFTheatergoer
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too loud for easy conversation. Some dishes were better than others. It was our first visit. The house made meatballs were excellent as was the pasta dish with mushrooms. Dessert was a fine sorbet from North Beach. It’s our neighborhood so we’ll try again.

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the best table in the restaurant! Thanks Open Table!

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Catharina
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant and Tim and all staff!! Only thing is the NOisE level...extremely hard, so it is hard to keep a conversation going.

SUGGESTiON: Put in some sturdy wall to wall carpets that will make the rooms less loud.

Thank you!!
Catharina

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vipDanielM
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and the food was superb (menu may seem limited but everything was done well - especially the mushroom ragu)

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vipTeresaH
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at Venticello. The food is authentic and the atmosphere is lovely.

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CharmeTraveller
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passing by I took notice of the restaurant, read up on it and made a booking. I could not have made a better choice. Venticello’s team is amazingly friendly, attentive and know their food. Casey was a great host. All dishes tasted were of outstanding quality and a delight to my taste buds. If there is a dish not to miss out it is their Gnocchi. They literally melt on your tongue and I rate them among the top three servings of this dish I ever had! Absolutely delicious!
Last but not least Venticello have a good choice of wine and all at fair prices! For me a must come back treat!

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Chris
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever

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vipCaptainLuk
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade pasta was just what we were looking for! Definitely a neighborhood gem and not pretentious whatsoever.

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LauraP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic service and the food was top notch. Definitely recommend to anyone in the Bay Area to check out. It really was an unforgettable meal!! The pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce was incredible. They really do a wonderful job!!

FAQs

Venticello offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 922-2545.

Venticello is rated 4.3 stars by 1834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.