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Wed, 4/25
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7:30 PM
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Venticello

4.6
1523 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 922-2545
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Venticello is available for complete buyouts and partial buyouts.
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Private party contact
Nicole Harlan: (415) 922-2545
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Washington
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Parking details
There are 2 parking garages within walking distance. Street parking can be tough
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Public transit
We are very close to the 1 California Bus Line and we are literally on the Hyde Street Cable Car Line.
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Entertainment
N/A
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Special events & promotions
Venticello is available for complete buyouts and partial buyouts.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1523 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We live in the neighborhood and Vinticello is our "go to" restaurant for out of town guests, business dinners or an early Sunday dinner. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is authentic Italian. The special was homemade Paparedelle with shrimp, lemon, garlic and cherry tomatoes...so delicious! The strawberry rhubarb tart with vanilla gelato was to die for.

Enjoy!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great location and the food was great- very quaint and nice atmosphere, I will definitely go back again - try the braised beef short ribs!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Arancini balls to start, followed by braised short ribs and spaghetti carbonara, finished with salted caramel gelato and complimentary tiramisu for my wife's birthday. Excellent wine pairings suggested by our waitress, and we never felt rushed throughout the meal. Space is a little tight -- don't plan a breakup date here!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Went here on our first date and the food was great, Italian cuisine. The ambiance was just right and it was very clean inside. It has two floors and a nice, cozy bar wall. Definitely recommend for dates. Our server wasn't as energetic as we would have liked, but I was pretty satisfied w/ this place.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything was great from start to finish. We started with an amazing Octopus carpaccio. Beautiful and tender. Both our entree’s exceeded expectations. Wonderful experience. I can’t wait to go back!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Warm atmosphere; charming room. Food is well-prepared. Portions are just right--not overwhelming and not too small. Wine good. Service warm and efficient.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best gnocchi I have ever eaten, in a creamy white/mushroomy sauce. Great wine selection. Top of the line wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Home run on the food. Gnocci were to die for....Pork chop was cooked just as ordered and the cabbage and apples under were great....the sauce on the pork chop was fabulous. Great wine value. Will b e back

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

2nd visit in 3 months & thoroughly enjoyed both times! Food is wonderful, service is great & totally love the atmosphere. Will most definitely return again!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Spaghetti Carbonara, homemade gnocchi and the short rib were outstanding! Personal size Margarita pie was a little too bland.
Service was just okay however it appeared they were short staffed and our server was trying to take care of too many tables.
The most notable memory of our dining experience was how exceptional hot it was in the restaurant. Half way through the meal we took our sweaters off down to our undergarments. We
were perspiring. Towards the end of the meal we finally said something and the server opened the door which gave us a bit of relief but the next person in closed the door.
With all that said we would return if beforehand we could confirm it wouldn’t be so hot.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Very nice traditional Italian restaurant. Very small, but nice and cozy interior. Truly excellent food and menu choices. Attentive and professional waiter. The sort of place I would dine at once a week if I lived in San Francisco. Will return on my next trip.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I’ve been dining here for 20 years and the food standards have always been excellent and better. Lovely atmosphere and views.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We done at Venticello every time we visit San Francisco.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

First impression was positive as we were greeted by the hostess and seated at a nice table for two. The experience quickly eroded when our disinterested waiter arrived to tell us about the soup of the day, one special, no ribeye ending with “that’s it” The homemade meatballs were over cooked dry lumps of hamburger and prepared in a crock of tomato sauce that completely covered the meatballs. I had to stir the spoon around to find them. The minestrone was bland. The Fettuccine was good but the portion was average at best. It could have been an off night.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Ambience very quiet and romantic. Food very good. Caesar salad perfect. I loved my meatballs & my husband loved his pasta marinara. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I first ate at Venticello's 22 years ago and loved it. The food is great and the atmosphere is cozy and warm. I moved away from San Francisco about a year later, but I had such fond memories of the place that when I was in town recently on business, I sought them out. I was happy to see that they were still in business and the food and the ambience had not changed. They are in a residential neighborhood located at the top of a hill, and from the entrance (and a few of the window tables) you can see the Bay Bridge, which is currently lit up with a cool light installation. I definitely recommend this restaurant to couples seeking a romantic restaurant or to anyone who wants a great meal in a warm and cozy environment.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, beautiful neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Very nice local spot. Small and cozy, food was very good. Menu a bit limited, but we enjoyed our meals and would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful experience. Nice ambiance, great food and wine. The restaurant was lively ( a little loud) but that is to be expected at a busy restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great ambience, food, very crowded, busy, service a little slow probably due to how busy it was.. highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great restaurant. Super cozy and the staff was really nice. The food was delicious! Their pasta was perfectly seasoned and cocked al dente. Their tiramisu is a killer. Amazing spot for a romantic dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was very good but the service needed to be a little better. I would still go again or recommend it to a friend.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2018

In spite of an Open Table Reservation, for which we arrived 5 minutes early, we had to wait 35 minutes for a table, with no place to sit while waiting. Entertaining guests from out of town, it was very embarrassing to wait that long. The room was so noisy we couldn't hear each other speak.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great value, friendly service

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Came for our anniversary. Drinks at the Fairmont, then walked the few short blocks to the restaurant. I’d hate to try and find parking, so glad we were staying near by. The cable car does run right buy the restaurant, so if you have access, that might be a good way to arrive.
Food was very good. We stuck to pasta for this, along with a nice glass of Italian red. The pizza oven smelled good as well.
Overall met our expectations for a special occasion dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was impeccable!! The food was outstanding and done to perfection.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This wonderful family restaurant is as impressive for the hospitality and sensitivity of the servers as it is for its outstanding food! I had a perfect view of the lights on the Bay Bridge and my dinner partner was just as happy with her view of the lovely restaurant and service.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Told the restaurant ahead of time that we were celebrating a birthday, and they did a wonderful job of making the night special. We were greeted with a "happy birthday" as well as a complimentary (and delicious) tiramisu.

Must have the eggplant appetizer (amazing tomato sauce and melt-in-your-mouth ricotta).
Excellent lamb and yummy gnocchi.

Definitely a good spot for special occasions or date night.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Birthday. Service was sluggish and "spacey". Pasta dishes were good but salads were bland, especially the caesar salad. Tiramisu dessert was exceptionally good.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

What a wonderful dinner we had last night; Just wanted to go out and have a nice cozy meal. The eggplant appetizer, with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella, served in a small piping hot iron skillet was fantastic. We used our foccacia to soak up every drop. Loved the pizza fired right there in the nearby brick oven and the gnocchi w/mushrooms was rich and delicious as well. Finished off with a lovely glass of Pinot, served by the glass (we were told it's the owner's favorite). I highly recommend trying this lovely gem of restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

VENTICELLOS deserves a Michelin Star for for its creativity and flavors & the Legion of Merit medal for THE MOST GRACIOUS SERVIC.
Especially Tim & the Mr Ciba modem

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Consistently reliable Nob Hill gem ESPECIALLY if you’re known to them!
Well run operation in spite of the fact you’re kept waiting in spite of having a reservation!

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We went here for my partner's birthday because it's only blocks from our apartment. We have been living in the neighborhood for several years, but we've always opted for Venticello's sister restaurant, Nob Hill Cafe, also on Taylor Street, a few blocks away. In short: Venticello has the better ambiance, it's more romantic, and you can make reservations with them. However, we both agreed, Nob Hill Cafe is better in terms of the quality and portions of the food and the service. Our waiter at Venticello was absent from most of our meal and didn't check in to see if we wanted anything more (pepper, cheese, a refill on our empty drinks). We left feeling disappointed, particularly in the service -- given the price is more than Nob Hill Cafe but with little added value. We will likely stick to Nob Hill Cafe when needed nearby Italian moving forward.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Venticello has a cozy atmosphere, superb, unobtrusive but attentive service and fabulous food.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a great neighborhood Italian restaraunt with cozy ambiance and attentive service. The food is great and I've come back here 5 times in my last 6 months.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Always come when we are in the city. Great ambiance and Great food!!
Thank you, Bob S.

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3.0Dined on January 4, 2018

I'm a fan of the Venticello, and I never miss a chance to get a dinner there every time I go to SF, either alone or not (ok, that's an average of... every two years, Europe is a long way from SF). That time however, we've been disappointed: very slow service (we were not in a hurry, but 2 hours for an entrée and a desert...), rather small serves, and above all too busy and such very noisy. Anyway, I probably come back next time.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

It was New Year’s Eve. Our reservation was at 9:30pm but they informed us they wouldn’t be ready until 9:45pm. There was a noticeable and significant lull in between courses. Once we were done with the course, our plates were cleared, but we waited at least 15-20 minutes for the next course. I am not sure if they were extremely busy for the holiday and just trying to catch up. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent new year’s eve at Venticello’s.

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