Vin Santo

4.5
1073 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Blond wood floors and Tuscan yellow walls adorn the inside.
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always look forward to having dinner here.The food is great ,the staff welcoming and attentive.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would come back for dinner again. Our server was new but very knowledgeable, friendly and on point. I would not have tried the restaurant but I had a groupon deal that enticed me to give it a try.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Service was ok. Prosciutto appetizer was buried I arugula hard to find anything. Took over 30 mins to get main course 7pm on a Saturday but didn't seem overly busy? Waiter was apologetic but disappeared. My burrata half order of ravioli showed up. Only one ravioli had filling. My date's Pollo, lemon bacon dish was way over lemoned. Waiter said desert was on him. Figured he would ask what we wanted? He brought a pile of tiramisu? $123, on a single dad date night. I had really high hopes too as a downtown resident.

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KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal. Our waitress Katie was super friendly and made the evening a great experience for us!

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D
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Vin Santo! Dinner was with 2 couples, we shared what we ordered. Once couple ordered the wild boar ragu (Cinghiale) which was excellent. We ordered the Tagliatelle with the flat iron pork steak, and it was outstanding. The bread is always wonderful, our server was great, and we had a great evening.

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LT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Definitely will never ever ever go back and or bring a date here omg! How embarrassing. Brought a date here, thinking it would be a nice dining experience at an Italian restaurant. You think Italian food you think romance, right? Not here. First impression. SUPER LOUD. Food was mediocre, especially the spaghetti. Taste like they're using Wal-Mart pasta or something. Service is slow because it's packed. The prices are outrageous for mediocre tasting food. Seriously, don't bring a date here unless you're trying to ditch them.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly, I had not been to Vin Santo in quite a few years and I need to make sure I do not let too much time pass before going again. My dinner was fantastic!

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San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The parking in the area notwithstanding, the food, the service, and the ambiance were excellent. We ordered the 3-course service, and it was worth the price. The food portions were so huge, we decided to take half of the serving home. We actually arrived before our scheduled time, but they had accommodated our early seating.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, as always! The place is always a bit on the noisy side...but even more so on a Saturday night! We come here often, and get the tasting menu...which is a great deal! The only glitchy thing is that this is the 2nd time the dessert was charged separately, even though it’s supposed to be included in the price. Both times, however, it was quickly taken care of after pointing it out. In all fairness, both times it’s happened on a busy Saturday night. All the staff is incredibly accommodating, friendly and welcoming. Service is great and timely, even when busy. Can highly recommend the Cioppino, butternut squash ravioli, the short ribs and the Salade rossa! These are our personal favorites...but everything here is good! Portions are very generous. We look forward to returning soon!

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KB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Called Vin Santo to ask what the corking fee was for one bottle of wine. I was told $15 but sometimes the server will waive the fee if you have a "cool" server. When the bill arrived we were charged $20 corking fee. When we explained what we were told on the phone, the $20 was removed from the bill. There should be a standard fee, $15 or $20 or the fee should be waived.

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F
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning in the future.

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JP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great time at Vin Santos. A bit of a hidden gem in Willow Glen, but they have been there for years.
I like that they always have a full list of seasonal special beside those regular dishes that we love.
This place is a must try for those who have never experienced it.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcoming and excellent choices with helpful and pleasant help

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pretty good Italian food: fresh, homemade pasta, interesting flavors, good selection of wine.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their tasting menu is a good deal. Loved all the food that we ordered. From the calamari app to the caesar salad, and from the creola pasta to the dessert. Service was great also!

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GS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Off night? Penne Bolognese was not warm and the noodles were not drained so the sauce was watery. The lobster ravioli with pancetta were dry. Been here many times and this was the first disappointing dinner.

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SM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful dinner at Vin Santo! We will be back there very soon with more of our family!

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V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were very good. There was a bit of background noise so if you want a quiet dinner for conversation, this may not be your place.

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ST
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and value. Large portion sizes for a reasonable cost. It's Italian, so I sort of expect this, but I'd be happy with smaller portions (might have tried an appetizer, but glad I didn't...I was stuffed!). Very good service as well.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Valentines Day dinner had a fabulous fixed price menu with wine pairings for each of four courses. The menu options were diverse and all very appealing. Our meals were superb! I highly recommend.

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J
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Vin Santo is a nice restaurant, a bit noisy and a bit cramped. Our food was good to excellent as 2 dinners were really good and the other 2 were not. The Polenta was hard and no juice whatsoever. We asked our waitress, Sonia who was very nice, if the kitchen could give us some juice to pore over our dish which also had short ribs. It took some time but it helped a little. Sonia mentioned our issue to the manager and the two short ribs dishes were comp'd. We were very pleased! We will give them a second chance in the near future.

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Z
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed ourselves very much. Great service. I would like to see some veal dishes on the menu.

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l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Our favorite restaurant in San Jose.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I would love to give Vin Santo more stars. The food was incredible, the portions generous, and the service very friendly. However, the noise level was incredible, and coupled with the slow service (it took 2 hours to finish a meal, with 20-30 minute waits between courses), I had a headache by the time we left. Price is on par for Bay Area restaurants, and it did feel very authentic.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was just okay.

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PR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great here and the service was as well I would definitely recommend them to everyone!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Vin Santo, although been living in WG for years. It was amazing: the service, the house bread, and the main course. I would highly recommend and will be going back. Great selection of options on the menu and the staff was friendly and warm. All around lovely time!

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H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Burrata salad was awesome! Will definitely order that again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my birthday. The restaurant did an event at the Village. I loved the food, service was great, such a
Wonderful, friendly atmosphere. Found a parking space right in front. i would strongly recommend for delicious, unique fare. Cant wait to go back 😁😁👏👏

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AP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Quality and quantity of an entree overpriced for average italian food. Bread was good though. Beer on tap selection limited. Overall, just ok.

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KM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice dinner pre Elton John concert and enjoyed the experience......pasta was fresh and service was great. Nice neighborhood spot!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! We go to Vin Santo often, sometimes on date nights, sometimes with our kids. It's a pleasure each time

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BW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, Food quality, preparation and presentation were outstanding.

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s
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

What a huge disappointment. Been here many times and was looking forward to an excellent experience again this year. New Year’s Eve and the fix priced menu should be the easiest night for execution of meals and service, but apparently Umberto must have been off. Everything started well; great parking spot right out front and seated at window table (Yeah!). That’s where the accolades end.

Asked for wine paring with the meals and we must have had a new waiter because he seemed to understand but didn’t. I ended up just ordering a couple of glasses (which came late - already on the third course). Speaking of service, no replacement of utensils during the meal so when main course came, waiter realized this and just handed us new napkins with cleaned ones. There had to be no QA on the food as the lobster bisque was so salty it was inedible (one would think that as a waiter you would notice 2/3’s of the servings coming back to ask why, but no). The berry sauce on the sea bass was atrocious and and boar dish was just mediocre. Best dish of the night was espresso over vanilla gelato. They ended up comping the wine but I know for sure that I will never entrust this restaurant with a meal on a special day, and will not return. Just sad...

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MC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, WONDERFUL! We so enjoy our dinners/date nights at Vin Santo.
As an extra bonus, sweetly and festively decorated for the holidays.

Looking for great evening? Look no further!!

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot go wrong on anything that is a special, especially if it has Umberto's name on it.
We had a beautiful meal with the Orata, Salmon, and Bread Pudding. While all of the staff are awesome, our favorite server is Jason.

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MC
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing like Humbert’s meat balls

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GN
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had steak and spaghetti with tomato sauce, the steak was cook exactly the way we like it, the spaghetti very delicious had a second plate that we shared. Very good experience for our anniversary celebration.

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JP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was tasty, if not a bit overpriced. Ambiance left something to be desired...red lights around the perimeter of dining area are odd and not pleasant to look at and paper tablecloths, no thanks.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was my wife's birthday and went with two other couples.
Service and food was excellent
Great evening

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