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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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There are 2 parking garages within walking distance. Street parking can be tough
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
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
Venticello is a terrific Italian restaurant in the beautiful Nob Hill area of SF. Meatballs were just delicious. I think I could have ordered more of the meatballs and that would have been a terrific meal. They come with a wonderful tomato sauce, and it's a nice portion of about four or five meatballs. And the shrimp dish appetizer was wonderful as well. Again, those two dishes made a great meal. But then we had the beat salad and that was also superb. The entrees we had were the skirt steak which they slice into nice size pieces on your plate. It's served with greens and potatoes. It was scrumptious. And the lamb chops were super delicious, too. Finally, the biscotti and vanilla gelato were excellent desserts to finish the meal. Oh, we definitely want to go back to Venticello. And it's crowded so the people already know a great restaurant in SF! Oh, parking is rough in this neighborhood. So be prepared to walk up a long hill or take a taxi. The good thing about walking up a long hill to the restaurant is that after dining, you walk down the long hill and that's a lot easier. How do people live on such steep hills? If I lived that close to Venticello, I'd live on the hill, too.
We really enjoyed our first visit to Venticello. Food was great, the service by Tom was outstanding, and the whole evening was really enjoyable. One downside: the place is not large and was packed out, so the noise made it hard to hear my spouse across the table. That one small nit kept me from rating it 5 stars.
I was so glad to find Venticello open on a Monday for a business dinner. The ambience was lovely as usual, my client and I could talk easily without shouting, and the food was superb. My beet salad was delicious, the whole fish Branzino was perfectly cooked; moist and flavorful. My client enjoyed his salad and gnocchi, too. While our server was young and less experienced, he was very responsive. I look forward to future dinners at this unique, cozy spot.
This is a great spot. Wonderful food, great atmosphere and very San Franciscan. The Washington street cable car runs alongside the restaurant. The food is fresh and Italian. Service is attentive without being too intrusive. I've been there 4 times now and will go back many more times. They haven't had an off nite yet.
Over for business from the UK, were told we could only have a table at 8:30. Taxi across the City to find the restaurant was closed. Other near restaurants had over an hour wait. Went to Fairmont for dinner and concierge said that Venticello had called to say they had closed ......obviously didn’t bother calling all their guests!
Service was quick, but didn’t anticipate needs. Water constantly empty.
The food was good but unimaginative, nothing set the food apart. My dish might as well have just been noodles but white win sauce (I got the clam linguine). The $15 Caesar salad was very lack luster, just lettuce, cheese and sauce. Nothing notable.
I an not a San Fran native but this is the second time I have been there in a month and I returned for the same great food, service and atmosphere. The mushroom soup was superb, the seabass very good and the chocolate tart wickedly nice. Wine advice was great too. I would happily return again.
The food was amazing. We had the grilled prawns, meatballs and caprese for appetizers and they were all very good. For entrees, two of got the fettucine with ragu, and it was so fabulous! We also got the pear and gorgonzola pizza and the bass, both of which were delicious. We would highly recommend Venticello.
Service was slow and rude. I hcould barely find anything on the menu to eat and when I told the waiter I wanted a simple pasta with garlic and olive oil he got offended and I had to change my order to make him happy. My husband had linguini vongele...only seven clams. A blessing in disguise as he was sick after eating it. A horrible experience.
Venticello has long been a favorite resturant of ours. They always had the best Caesar salad. No longer so. What happened to the white anchovies? The meat balls were amazing and the spaghetti carbanaro is perfect, but the fettuccini was to salty to finish. Overall 3 star.
Our visit to Venticello was most enjoyable. My husband's pork chop was exceptional and my fettuccine was quite good. Gelato was terrific but the espresso machine was not working. Wine list is very nice and our server was knowledgeable, recommending a cheaper wine than we were considering as a better paring. We appreciated that and he was right! This is a lovely romantic spot; very authentic Italian.
The food was very good, but some of the portions were too small. For example one pasta dish was at least half the serving of the other and left my wife having to order more food...I recommend asking the server about the portion sizes. The service was not good. there were two servers for the whole restaurant and one busser. The busser was actually more attentive than the server.
We were attending an event at the Masonic and this was perfect for dinner before. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The portions are a bit too large on some dishes (I don't think I've had this issue before). The meatball starter could be a main dish and the pork chop could feed two. The peach and arugula salad was a normal starter size, but with the pork chop and the steak, we couldn't manage desert (even after taking half my entry home). But the food was delicious! All moist and flavorful, cooked correctly. Will go back, but will share some dished so that we can try the tiramisu!
Ok guys, great place to bring a date and enjoy a wonderful meal. Make sure you UBER there. Small bar, so be prepared to enjoy the cocktail at your table. Good wine selection, but a bit pricey. I went with the "Jordan" which worked out very well with the Skirt Steak. Overall a wonderful night. I would plan to return again.
Venticello overall is very good for a relaxing dinner. My beef carpaccio and peach kale salad were excellent, and my friend raved about her white bean soup. However, we agreed that the pasta with manila clams was too dry and not enough for a main course. For dessert, it would be great if they could offer spumoni gelato. Service was efficient but a little chilly.
Everything we had there was excellent, from the warm bread with balsamic vinegar and oil, to the oven fired pizza appetizer, to my salad with fresh peaches, Gorgonzola, kale and almonds, to our fettuccini with fresh ground sausage and, finally, the smooth rich Cabernet. It was one of my most memorable meals.
It was 100 degrees in SF, and we had come in from Sacramento where it was 110. We wanted "cool." The lovely young woman who seated us first gave us the table near the pizza oven. Though the restaurant is lovely, and the food yummy, we considered leaving. It was just too warm. The hostess was so nice. She encouraged us to sit at the bar for a few minutes because she thought a table at the window would be available soon. She apologized for the heat inside, as if it were her fault. Very soon she did seat us at a window table, where the outdoor breeze, though warm, was pleasant. We had a delightful evening with great service from Foxie. I can't remember the hostess's name, but she is a gift to that restaurant. She is tall, beautifully ethnic in appearance. The food was great, wine dreamy. But hers and Foxie's hospitality made our evening. Great staff at this restaurant.
Venticello is a well-aged veteran of the Nob Hill neighborhood, occupying a corner space in a resdential area a few blocks on Taylor from Grace Cathedral. The dining room is two-tiered, with the upper giving to a pleasant bar and several tables. The lower shows off a large fireplace and both tiers are romantically lit. Very pleasant environment to enjoy dinner.
Service is aware without being bothersome. Our waitress was well-versed in wines and had opinions on particular dishes that were well-informed. The burrata salad was terrific and the leak soup very pleasant but unremarkable. I enjoyed the bavette -- it was flavorful if slightly tough[typically it's chewy not tough]. Potatoes and veg were fine. Tiramisu in large porion was delicious.
Overall a nice meal with a misstep or two.
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