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About Venticello

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.

1257 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:00pm
Closed Tuesdays

Cross Street:
Washington

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(415) 922-2545

Website:
http://www.venticello.com/

Entertainment:
N/A

Parking Details:
There are 2 parking garages within walking distance. Street parking can be tough

Public Transit:
We are very close to the 1 California Bus Line and we are literally on the Hyde Street Cable Car Line.

Private Party Facilities:
Venticello is available for complete buyouts and partial buyouts.

Private Party Contact:
Nicole Harlan: (415) 922-2545

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Venticello is available for complete buyouts and partial buyouts.

Venticello Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Cozy (33)
Romantic (31)
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Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Casual (10)
Scenic View (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Nashville)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, great value, friendly service

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 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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food4
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food and service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·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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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·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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food4
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 (Los Angeles)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent new year’s eve at Venticello’s.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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 .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and wonderful service, will be back again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food great, wine expensive

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 (Central Coast)·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.....

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We love everything about Venticello! Ambience, service and food are always perfect. Pasta dishes are best in the city. Give yourself a treat and go! I will see you there.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Authentic family Italian food in the heart of San Francisco, good choices for the kids, good choices for the adults, nice wine list, very good service, who could ask for more?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Wanted it to be a great time given the decor, but was disappointed with the overall dining experience. Was a good restaurant, but wasn’t what I was expecting (better food, better service, etc)

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I’ve been here a lot and usually enjoyed it. But this time, the host was pompous and the waiter could barely be bothered to talk to us. Not a good experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Venticello is my fave, go to place on Knob Hill! Always a fab experience and it is always fun to see Santos, one of the wait staff, as he has been there for 17 years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful, As Always!

The food was delicious and the setting was charming. And the location is very convenient to Grace Cathedral. The service was good, but a little slow. Although we allowed nearly 2 hours for dinner, we were nearly late to the concert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food is so delicious!! Waiters are friendly. Definitely come back again

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Phenomenal food and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A wonderful location atop Nob Hill and next to the Hyde & Powell cable car line. This restaurant always has great food and ambiance. It’s been here for several years and they always deliver with a great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a pre concert dinner, with excellent attentive service. All three of our meals were very tasty, and we ran the gamut from fish, to pasta, salads, amazing brussel sprouts and an afogado with salted caramel gelato....to die for!

Charming atmosphere, and delightful staff.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Just love Venticello ! Perfect for special occasions and dinner before or after a concert !
Thank you for being such a continued awesome Resturant !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Healthy, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful food and ambiance! For us a Xmas time favorite after the Xmas concert at Grace Cathedral!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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