945 Cole St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411737.765181 -122.449960
M-Th 11:30-10:30, F 11:30-11, Sa 9-11, Su 9-10:30
Neighborhoods: Central, Ashbury Heights
Sevice with an Attitude – On four occasions, because it is convenient, we have experienced a consistent "take it or leave it" attitude and a casual snottyness from the wait staff. If you don't carefully watch your plate it will be scooped up by the table-clearers and be gone.
A bottle of wine is a far better bargain than their niggardly pours for a glass. Am tempted to bring a measuring cup as the pour is not more than 6 ounces, at best.
Most annoying is that the front door allows blasts of chilly SF air to flood the restaurant, chilling the food as well as the patrons. If you sit by the front door you will have a miserable experience and your jackets and fleeces will come in handy. Always bring a warm wrap to Bambino's.
Food is good, menu has something for everyone, so if you don't mind the snotty serving staff, you will be OK here.
We will not be back, as there are plenty of Italian restaurants in the city that try hard, appreciate your business and want you to be pleased enough to return. Bambino's is not, unless you are OK with being treated without courtesyor apprreciation.
Cole Valley's go-to spot for upscale Italian is also an oft-overlooked--and wait-less--brunch option. – In Short
This dimly lit, spacious restaurant lures in both couples on first dates and groups looking for large portions at affordable prices. Three types of bread, olives and olive oil arrive at the table as soon as you're seated, but antipasti like pear, pecan and cambozola salad and roasted garlic and brie still entice. Thin-crust pizzas topped with artichoke hearts and portabellas, among other gourmet options, are a main course highlight.
Great neighborhood restaurant – This is one of our regular treats. The dinners are reasonable and the staff is excellent. This is also a great place to take kids. The staff will bring the children wads of pizza dough for play dough while you wait!
rude service – Very rude waitress. Good bread, great pastries. Service was very disappointing. Dining anywhere else in Cole Valley would be better.
horrible service – If you are looking for an "experience" Do not go here. Worst service I've ever had. Servers name was "angelina L." Too may great Italian restaurants in San Francisco that "get it"
Wonderful Italian food year after year – I have been eating at Bambino's since I was a kid, and it never fails to disappoint and is always a favorite of my family and friends. Although it started out as a standard pizza restaurant, it has gotten a lot more upscale in recent years and now (with classier menu, more fine dining options, and dim lighting) is a great place for a romantic date. The food, especially the pastas and pizzas, is delicious, filling and always piping hot. They are also great for accomodating groups - I once had a birthday dinner here for 10 friends, and they made it easy.
A wonderful place for a meal – I was very pleased with Bambino's. The restaurant is spacious which is a nice change from so many other SF restaurants. The service was very friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the food was excellent. Bambino's is one of my "go-to" places where I know I'll have a good experience and tasty food. Definitely a spot to know.
Bad service... never going back. – I just got back from an office lunch here. The waitress spilled an entire tray of drinks on me. We were a table of 12, and there was a 10 minute span between the first plate and last plate being brought out. I had a pork sandwich with bleu cheese and grilled onions, which was alright but not great. Despite walking out of there with a completely damp shirt and pants, I was not offered to have my meal comp'ed or anything. When I realized there was no mention of compensation for the crappy service, I thought "Well at least I can reflect the service in the tip...". Nope. The gratuity was included. And it was 20% gratuity, not 15% (standard); I would have left out about $10 in tip if I had the choice (to cover my sandwich). I couldn't really make a fuss either as I was seated next to my boss. I guess my only solace is that I will never go back.
Love this Place ! – The place was full, but they said that they could bring in an outside table or sit us at the Bar. We choose the Bar. They were very accomadating and the service was excellent. If you are a food snob, don't bother dissing this place , it is what it is- A friendly Itailian Resturant with Great Service. You could not get a three course meal with a bottle of wine for two for $70.00.
Excellent! – This is the first time I gave a restaurant perfect scores. I couldn't have made a better choice for dinner with my family. I wanted an authentic Italian restaurant in the city with good food, ambience & value. I got all that plus exceptional service. Everyone here was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. This is a rare jewel in the city! Solid Italian food sure to please your wallet and palate. The calamari and bruschetta were appetizing. We all loved our pastas and my sister and dad enjoyed their chicken parmigiana and pancetta wrapped filet mignon. The tiramisu was heavenly. I am sure to come back!
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