About Villa D'Este

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!

2623 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-10:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
19th Ave. & Junipero Serra

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 334-0580

Website:
http://villadesterestaurantsf.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! Monthly Cabaret shows the first monday of every month. Contact us for more information.

Parking Details:
Metered parking outside of restaurant, $2.00 per hour. Free after 6 p.m. everyday and Sunday all day.

Public Transit:
SF Muni lines 28 on 19th Ave. and K line on Ocean Ave.

Executive Chef:
Ofelia Lopez and Ramon Oropeza

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Villa D'Este can accommodate all of your special event needs.

Villa D'Este Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (4)
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Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Always a pleasure having dinner and entertainment here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2017

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

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Went to Feb's Supper Club night to hear Fr. Roger sing. Was pleasantly surprised that the meal was very good, atmosphere nice and location accessible to public transportation. There was a large group that night and it was not easy to hear all the entertainers clearly but what I did hear, I really enjoyed. I would certainly return and hope not to have such a noisy group again.

Tags: Live Music, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Old time San Francisco with live music on Fridays. Great service, extremely friendly staff and great value.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The food is so yummy. The atmosphere is classic. The service is wonderful and warm! I can't wait to go back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Our Server never came once to see of our food was as she was doing other tables !!! She was probably doing the other tables as they must have been there before & wanted there tip to be good as that is what I presume as I used to work in a Restaurant . The Mashed Potatoes & Vegetables were warm instead of being hot as they should have been !!! I went up to the Manager & all he told me that he'll take her but didn't do anything about the bill !!! I hope that next time he'll give me better service !!! Also, being Christmas Day, it would be have been nice to have someone play the Piano as there was one there & not being used !!!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2016

The menu for brunch was uninspired and strange. Chicken park and sautéed potatoes? What? Service was awful. Waited a fun 22 minutes to order coffee and place was nearly empty. Servers seemed depressed and disinterested. Overall blah experience. Cool decor but Enron that's so dated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

the restaurant is a old school restaurant. service food ambiance piano bar with a singer great feel

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Owner / Bartender and all his extended family work there
Very friendly good food

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2016

Most curious. When I arrived, restaurant empty. The fellow checking me in seemed to
have no idea of a reservation and blanked at Open Table mention. My dining companion
arrived later and we had a nice table in the window. A few other parties came and went.

Service very good; food edible. Place is a throw-back to the 1950s. Exceedingly quiet,
which suited us to be able to chat.

Very nice location.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 22, 2016

this is an old school italian place.......
was a lot of fun!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2016

This Italian place is family owned and has been in the neighborhood for years. The interior is very classy for family style Italian food. Also, it has a traditional classic Italian menu for complete dinners--all very reasonably priced.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Great value for meal. I love that I never have to wait for a table. I come here every six months.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2016

We LOVE our Villa d'Este !! Such a great family feeling. Ramon is the best - so attentive and thoughtful. We went to this restaurant years ago and try to make it there at least every other month. They know us by name which makes us feel right at home.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Great service and an INCREDIBLE value!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2016

disapointing ........I ordered Filet of Sole Dore and the waitress called it halibut. I called ahead to get direction at 11:45 and nobody answered the phone. When we found the place I mentioned that to the bartender and all he said was "sorry about that." We were offered complimentary champagne and none arrived. I'm sure you have regulars who adore your place but, unfortunately, we will not be back. If we are spending good money we expect good service.

Also, your ladies room was out of paper. I was glad to leave.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2016

First time going on a friday night, and now its not just a piano player but someone singing along. The appropriate lounge singing you'd expect for this 'old school' style restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Nice, relaxed place for a neighborhood dinner. Good food, friendly staff, excellent service.
Great place to go for an unpretentious, satisfying meal. The grilled sole was excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2016

The waiter here is extremely heartwarming.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2016

Enjoyed the Cabaret performance! Food and ambiance was fantastic. Visit the restaurant first Monday of the month to enjoy food and entertainment. The restaurant should have this event twice a month instead of once a month!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2016

Lots if good food at a very affordable price. Service and ambiance were great also. We were there early at 5:15 pm on a Monday because of an event at nearby San Francisco State, so very few customers so very quiet.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2016

My daughter and I had great time. I liked setting and the service was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2016

Always a pleasure to have a nice venue
here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2016

You can always depend on the Villa D'Este for those kind of special events. Dinner, lunch, parties or a social event always pleased with the service and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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