Villa D'Este

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192 reviews
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Villa d' Este, serving you with traditional Italian Cuisine has been owned & operated by the Oropeza Family since 1978. Villa d'Este is known locally as one of the best family restaurants in San Francisco. Offering menu selections of pasta, poultry, veal, vegetarian, seafood, and beef. Come and indulge in our seven course dinner including antipasto, mixed green salad, soup, pasta bolognese, entrée coffee and Spumoni ice cream. We also have serve A La Carte which comes with a mixed green salad or soup. We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! We are open for Dinner seven days a week at 4-10 p.m. We serve a Champagne Brunch on Sundays from 11am-2:30p.m. Interested in entertaining your guests as a private party? We also serve banquets and off-site catering. Call us or come by to learn more! Enjoy a full bar with great cocktails and get to know us!
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TA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Great collaboration well done great food

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has been in business for at least 45 years. The menu is extensive, with something for every taste. It is ‘old school’ Italian with everything very fresh and nicely prepared. Service is friendly and attentive. Prices for food and drink are very reasonable.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, good value for the money. Delicious food. Warm, friendly, hospitable service. Totally a winner!

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YY
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood restaurant that has been in business for a long time. Can get crowded but usually able to get reservations at or near desired times. Servers very nice and friendly.

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AN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It is rare find to dine at this good / traditional Italian restaurant that boasts more 40 years of history ! The food is great and the owner is very kind.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Villa D'Este is our premier destination for dining each year when we make our annual romantic nostalgic trip to San Francisco. We have never been disappointed in our food selection. The entree is always delivered piping hot. I always choose a fish entree because the fish is fresh, cooked to just the right consistency and taste, a generous portion and an appetizing presentation. And the next plate is served just at the right time.
The staff is polite, friendly, smiling and welcoming. Never intrusive. The atmosphere is one of comfort and ease in the dining room, and the conversation level is low and polite.
With an unique art decor interior, it harks back to more romantic times.
For over 15 years we have dined at Villa D'Este making that drive across the Bay. We have brought family and friends there, and they all have praises for the menu, price and ambiance.
If you want a quiet, private and unhurried meal. Villa D'Este is the restaurant to go to.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the last old world Italian restaurants. Love it.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were the only two in the place for brunch last Sunday. The food was just OK. I will say the corn muffins were great, but that's where the entire experience stopped. I recall brunches in the distant past that were wonderful and plentiful. It no longer is. But on the bright side, the price was very right. I was thinking of trying the place for dinner again, but I don't think so now.

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s
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a portal back in time. It's elaborately decorated, like Liberace did it. The food is plentiful, delicious, and priced right. My only criticism is that the service is very slow, but that could have been deliberate because they had a singer and piano player and were not rushing us so we could enjoy that.

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SM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat to find this authentic Italian gem in the Sunset neighborhood. The food was superb!

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MB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat here often. Villa d'Este is a perfect place for those who enjoy traditional multi-course Italian dinners at a very reasonable price. You can order a la carte or get the full dinner which includes anti-pasta, soup, salad, pasta, main course, dessert, and coffee for between $20 and $25. This restaurant has been here for 90 years and under the current ownership for the past 40 years. The big bar is a friendly place to get a cocktail before dinner and the dining room has an old style art deco appearance. Lots of fish, meat, pasta and vegetarian choices on the menu. The service is very friendly with the very gracious host and owner on-site virtually every evening. Many of the employees are family members. This restaurant has a very loyal clientele who enjoy the food and family atmosphere. Very good place for families or group gatherings. Those who are looking for the newest innovations in cuisine would probably do better eating elsewhere. Live music every Friday -- piano and singer. Also entertainment on first Monday of each month.

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c
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always like coming to the restaurant.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really pleasant find for reasonable and delicious authentic Italian dining. Wine was reasonable and good! Parking was easy and free after 6:00. We went after day at show at Fort Mason where parking was $16. My veal dish was delish!

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c
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun place on the first monday or every friday night!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I had not been to Villa d'Este in at least 15 years and was deeply disappointed. The menu desperately needs to be updated. While it is nice to retain some of the old charm, it would be in their favor to update their style of cooking and presentation. The owners are completely out of touch and if they do not update their menu, I do not see this establishment surviving much longer.

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DE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was the worse that I have ever had. My Benedict eggs with bacon came with an very dark yellow hollandaise sauce with the egg on top of a sausage. Still trying to find the bacon. Fried potatoes were not fried but marinated in oil.
the place is old and really needs fresh painting and cleaning. The only positive point is our waitress who was very nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We, our family, are regular customers to Villa D’Este, and have been for over 35 years. Our experiences, more recently within the past year, have been just “Okay.” We miss Ramone’s Family, nephews & nieces, whose services were more friendly and less rigid. The new help-servers are polite but not very friendly. Their personalities are not exciting or personal. Other than these comments, Villa D’Este was “Okay” and we shall return just to be greeted by the Owner-Manager, Ramone.

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LE
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a Sunday date night for us. The decor in this joint is an art deco through back. We order appetizers. I recommend the escargot. It was cooked perfectly and served in mushrooms for a twist. The full dinner is a bargain. Try it. The calamari dinner was tasty. I'll try the sole or the steak next time for variation. My husband tried the lasagna. It was good, but he will try the steak next time. The staff was very attentive. It was clearly family night on Sunday with many repeat customers.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super people, excellent food , super price

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VD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Villa D'Este used to be our favorite restaurant. The food is still good. Unfortunately, the restaurant has not been maintained during these many years and now it is dirty and in desperate need of new paint. There were lots of cobwebs in the ladies bathroom. Many of the lights in the chandelier were out and not replaced. The place really needs a facelift. The service this last time was absolutely terrible and it wasn't even that crowded. We had to wait a very long time to get each course. We were over charged by a lot and and had to return our bill for an adjustment. We were all very disappointed. I really hope they get their act together so it can be what it once used to be.

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K
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The decor is a trip almost worth the visit. Food was ok service was efficient and friendly.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to hear our friend sing with her group and really enjoyed the evening.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

food is okay, portions very small, thats about it, great ambiance, piano player and singer really add to the atomsphere. Small crowd that night, so they were able to play all the requests for various songs

would go back for a drink or coffee and dessert to listen to the music

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FC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Old-style Italian, leisurely dining. Ala carte or 5-courses. Sweetbreads! Reasonable cost.

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s
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a classic old Italian restaurant. The service is impeccable, the ambiance very nice. The prices are a true value. My only criticism is that my calamari steak was very bland, with just breading, no spices or sauce. We also had the escargot, which was amazing, and the eggplant Parmesan which was very good.

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SF
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood delight. An alternative to fast / quick food . Complete dining experience offering several options. Personal Attention from Owner as well as wait staff.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive and unobtrusive. Food was good. Restaurant was not very busy. We sat there for hours talking and they never tried to shoo us out. I would go back again.

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c
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure having dinner and entertainment here.

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J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was such a fun dinner. The restaurant is a kick back to the 70s (maybe 60s). The food was good, not haute cuisine, but enjoyable. They have a full bar and we were able to enjoy cocktails with our antipasto. The dinning room is also amazing. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The value is the best I've seen in years.

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s
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How have I missed this place in the 37 years I've lived in S.F.? This place was super cool old school Italian. The servers were very attentive, the food was reasonably priced, and it was delicious. This is going on our list of places to take friends to.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly. The wait staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. We'll be back.

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FC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Go for the decor; stay for the food!
Standard Italian fare (good veal and sweetbreads), ample portions, very good service, easy parking. Check it out!

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F
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great entertainment, great service and all priced right...

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OT
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a great dining experiance.
The deco room and bar.
Food was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Villa!!! Friendly Service and excellent food. The owner takes the time to come to your table and say hi himself. Wonderful for a date the piano is the highlight of the evening definitely go on a Friday night!

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DT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Been dining there for nearly 30 years and everything has always been perfect.
Last Saturday we took good friends, who had never been. Dinner took just under two hours to arrive. If we had not asked it most likely would have been longer. The crowd was the usual size but for some reason it was am off evening. We had hoped to introduce our friends to a new favorite but I am very doubtful they will return with us.

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c
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here. Nice every Friday evening piano and singer entertainment too.

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F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

40's decor, older crowd, dinner show first Monday of each month @ $25 for three courses and beverage, no covercharge.

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O
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

food was good. service was good. But nothing special. the value of the food for the price is outstanding.
we live in the east bay to come all the way to San Francisco to eat here I would not do. if I would live closer I would go back. it is good for casual dining

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Normally they are better but its busy Valentine's Day and they weren't able to keep up :(

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