2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.797289 -122.422193
Sunday through Thursday 5:00-10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Russian Hill, Northeast
Good food, small plates – So the food was pretty good here, but everything that we ordered came in such small portions. Not sure why this was but just our pics I guess. Overall it was a very good restaurant that had some really good food. I felt the service was a bit mediocre and some of the folks seemed somewhat pushy.
Better tapas in the city – My friend took me here last week and I was pleasantly surprised! The four of us tried altogether 8 dishes and most of them were delicious. My favorites include the black olive gnocchi, bruschetta trio, mussels, and scallops. Drunken tuna, though sounds cool, was not as good (strong red wine smell but was overcooked). The lamb shank was popular but I would try something else first. Do not need to get 2-3 plates/person...way too much food. Should average it to about 1.5 plates. Tiramisu was good...bread pudding also but not as moist as I would like. Overall, I think this is one of the tapas in SF that's worth trying first.
misleading editorial – Just wanted to note that yes, this place has very good food, but contrary to the Editorial profile, it is not at all elegant. This is a casual Polk St restaurant that does not have a noteworthy ambiance or decor. Also it is quite small. It is not romantic and tonight there was a kind of annoying techno music in the background. The tiny back room can be extremely noisy if there is a large table back there. A good place for a casual dinner with friends or a group. Not for a special evening.
Great food and drinks! – I've brought friends here, and they always love it as much (or even more!) than I do. The atmosphere of this place feels cute and cozy. All the food here tastes really fresh and delicious. They offer both wine and cocktails, which can be a nice change of pace. If you go for a cocktail, I recommend that you try their Ginger Rogers (if you like ginger, you'll like this). I don't recommend their sangria, though. The service ranges from average (at tables) to excellent (at the bar), but overall this restaurant is among the top of my list. I keep coming back, because the food is so good.
Make sure you notice the chalkboard menu on the wall with daily entrees listed. The menu that they actually hand you is a list of all smaller portion items.
wow, what a great place – Went there earlier this week and was HIGHLY IMPRESSED by the GREAT GREAT food. Very very good. Will certainly go back again when i'm in town and encourage any of you to check it out. Definitely good stuff on every dimension. The only complaint reinforces something a previous post mentioned. I think my party of five was typecast as "tourists" and I sensed an annoyance on part of our waiter. He got better as the night wore on, but initially you could sense "irritation" on his part. Dumb tourists, he no doubt thought. Well, he was waiting on business-trip people who all had PhD's.
Would I go back though? Sure, I would. The food is fantastic. (And we did leave a 20% tip, by the way).
User review by rubiacaliente – This place is a definite keeper! I've been a few times both with friends and most recently on a date. The oyster shooters are fantastic...the coolness of the cucumber is super refreshing coupled with the fresh horseradish and squeeze of lemon & is a nice start to enjoy while you're waiting on other items to arrive. The seared ahi on a bed of fresh argula was cooked perfectly (read: medium rare) & could easily have been a large plate or an entree. The smoked trio of fish is a nice starter & the fennel encrusted halibut was to die for! We polished off the meal with tiramisu which had a nice flavor with lady fingers that weren't overly soaked in espresso/kahlua. Nice wine list & the owner, Reza, and our bartender server were both fantastic.
Good food – This place was great. It started off rocky with the bartender spilling an entire glass of water in my lap, but the food was very good. The small plates are bigger than normal tapas. The drinks were interesting. Good wine list. The seafood was fresh and the ambience was cool. I had the seafood risotto. REAL tasty! The tuna was fantastic and the lamp chop was great too. The service was just ok, but we had a great time!
With an emphasis on seafood, this elegant Russian Hill restaurant re-creates Venetian small-plate cuisine. – In Short
Diners can sit either at the zinc bar or in the mahogany dining room. The menu features the regional seafood cuisine of Venice, Italy--specifically the small-plate dishes known as "cicchetti." Akin to Spanich tapas, the Venetian specialty includes dishes like braised octopus salad with potatoes, celery and garlic-lemon vinaigrette, or seared day boat scallops on arugula with roasted fennel. Full-size seafood dishes are also available.
Recently, I was listening to a talk show on KGO and I heard the Chronicle's Food Critic Michael Bauer say that Pesce was one of his two favorite Italian restaurants in the City. I have to say that I couldn't agree more. Great little place.
YUM! – I have brought a number of family and friends here, and everyone has been impressed. The food is delicious, the service is wonderful, and the timing of the food is great. If you don't want to wait, I suggest going on a weekday or getting there early. Enjoy!
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