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Venticello

4.4
1504 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (38)
  • Cozy (32)
  • Romantic (29)
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
Closed Tuesdays
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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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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 1504 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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vipgreenwithenvy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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Lucia (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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glorious (Nashville)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great value, friendly service

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined 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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peep (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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Terri (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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ArielK (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipKM4SJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing food and service!

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vipKellysf (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 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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Mickey (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipMichellek (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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vipTedM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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Anonymous (Portland)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent new year’s eve at Venticello’s.

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vipLoveRestaurants (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Venticello is consistently good and great for the neighborhood. There isn't a bad item on the menu and service is consistently fine, and often good.

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vipSBfoodie71 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Very consistent locals restaurant. A very friendly staff makes Venticello an easy choice when recommending a Nob Hill eatery. The Caesar salad and the special pastas are recommended .

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and wonderful service, will be back again.

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Blundellian (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Cozy and delightful restaurant, good food, good service. Portions small but quality good.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful restaurant nestled atop Knob Hill. A favorite every time I visit San Francisco:)

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Food great, wine expensive

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Made reservations WAY AHEAD OF TIME FOR Christmas Eve......ended up waiting two hours....Came from out of town, very upsetting.....

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Alyssa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Came to Venticello for Christmas Eve dinner this year. It was crazy busy and we had to wait about 30min past our reservation time to be seated, BUT we did get a round a free cocktails while we waited. The food was amazing as are the views of the bay bridge. Would definitely recommend!

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vipjungwirth (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Very romantic restaurant. Food and presentation were wonderful. Service great

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