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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

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Cozy (33)
Romantic (29)
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Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (21)
Authentic (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Scenic View (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on January 5, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

Excellent new year’s eve at Venticello’s.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 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 31, 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 30, 2017

Great food and wonderful service, will be back again.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 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 28, 2017

Food great, wine expensive

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 21, 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 19, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 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 16, 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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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Phenomenal food and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 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 14, 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 11, 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 10, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Not a Good Experience- We had never been to this restaurant, but it was recommended. A few drinks we wanted, they were unable to make (vodka gimlet) but not a big issue. The food came, and every salad and dinner had unusual amounts of coarse salt on it. We could not eat it due to this. Our waiter was friendly, happy but way too busy on a Friday night (12/8/17) to not have help. Our meals were delayed, and he was apologetic, but for a popular place we were disappointed there were not more people to help. Perhaps the cook was also gone that night, as we were not impressed with the food. I would like to try again, as it may have been an off night- as we were told.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Pretty cramped. Did not get a seat upstairs overlooking that requested during reservation. Pasta was good. Steak was okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very beautiful and quaint location. Ambiance is just ideal in the heart of historic/picturesque Nob Hill

Food is delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Didn’t offer any special dessert for Anniversary which was a bummer, but overall delicious food and great experiencd

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We’ve dined here many times and this was not our best experience. The food prep was not good and our server did not appreciate our honesty. We’ll be back, but hopefully, the food will be back to the old standards.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

First time dining at this restaurant......will be back.
Service, food and ambiance created at delightful
evening dining out. Recommend the rack of lamb.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Love this charming corner spot with terrific food!
Wood burning pizza oven, wonderful pasta and a terrific pork chop! I’m getting hungry just writing about our meal!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great place, limited menu. Pork chop was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We live in NH and love this restaurant; we try to come here when we visit my Aunt who lives around the corner. The food is always fantastic, and the staff are really friendly. On this night, the place was filled with theater goers, and was a bit noisy with all the conversation, but the ambience was still charming. The staff moved quickly and meals came out in good time. Our server asked if we were in a hurry to get to the theater, we weren't and told her our food could come at a slower pace so the kitchen could serve the other patrons quickly. Our meals still came out without much time in between courses. And the Tagliatelle with Duck Ragu was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Healthy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Exceptional evening. Food was amazing as was the service. Highly recommend for an evening out as a couple or with friends.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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