Italian >North Beach Restaurant
1512 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.799771 -122.408941
Neighborhoods: Telegraph Hill, Northeast
Tasty Italian, Good Wine List, A Bit Overpriced – I would have to say that the food and the atmosphere were the two highlights of my meal at this place. I got the seafood risotto and it was incredible! Also, the atmosphere was comfortable, and lively without being too loud. One of the few complaints I have however is of the rude host, who obviously works by the mantra: the customer is always wrong. Also, I would have to say that the prices for the food were a little too high for what we got, despite how good it was. Despite these two things, overall, I would definitely go back, but only once in a while.
A Rip off – I had a bad experience in this restaurant several years ago, but since I live in the neighborhood decided to try it again. Bad idea. The food is terrible, and the prices are a rip off. For a basic dinner for 3, with a low-end bottle of wine, our bill was $190. Our waiter was apathetic, at best,to boot. Any good reviews of this restaurant are plants by the restaurant. Locals do not go near this place. Stay away!
Avoid, not worth the $ – My husband and I spent our anniversary in San Francisco and we were really looking forward to some excellent Italian dining. We began our journey in North Beach and were overwhelmed by all the Italian choices. We walked around for 20 minutes and made our final choice with this one. We were greeted well and seated quickly. Our waiter sounded Italian which made it authentic. But at times hard to understand. We began to make our dinner choice and a tasting of their famous wine came our way from the wine guy, it was horrible!!! I didnt want to be rude but that was the truth. We let him make another choice and that seemed to work fine. Our dinner was just ok. But we have tasted better at the Olive Garden. They seemed to be at our table every 2 mins with questions and such, Not much for romance, but we were hungry. The food was not worth $ amount, and the dessert was a disapointment, when I asked the waiter if the cheesecake was made by his chef he lied and said yes, And then I told him I owned a bakery, he then change his story and said that it was made by the chef at the factory that makes cheesecakes. I could tell when I tasted it that is was made a couple weeks ago. The presentation was lacking. The tiramisu was drenched in coffee, and was bland. Overall our dining experience was just ok. We will not return.
Wonderful restaurant in North Beach – The mixture of food, wine and atmosphere makes this restaurant a must do in San Francisco. The location is centrally located in North Beach. I recommend using the valet parking. There are few tables downstairs that aren't great, so ask to be placed upstairs.
never have so few paid so much for so little – we happened along this restaurant by chance - and i wish that we had kept on going. this seemed to continue our tour of "restaurants that take advantage of tourists in san francisco.) good wine list or no, there is absolutely no reason to charge $20+ for pasta dishes. speaking of wine, we ordered a 2000 wine of a certain label- and the waiter brought us a 200 with a completely different label. i have seen other restaurants pull this b.s. before, so i was pretty peeved. the insalata caprese was decent (although i have never had it with red onion before) but my friend's cesar salad seemed wilted. the bread was stale, and the spaghetti carbonara was a rip off at, $5 per bite my friend had the osso bucco, which was the only thing really flavorful that evening. even the tiramisu, which they claim is homeade, was mediocre. sheesh - avoid this place unles you want to be considered a total suckah. total price for touristy mediocrity? $172
Good food and wine. Cranky waiters – The seafood is fresh and the ingredients are very good quality. The wine list is huge. The house wine list is good and reasonably priced. The waiters are passionate about wine. But some of them seem to have missed their naptime. The desserts are fresh and worth ordering.
We Went TWICE Last Visit! – My husband & I spent a long weekend in SF in January 2007, and we wound up having lunch here with two friends (one was a local). Lunch was just lovely, unhurried, delicious pasta dishes, loved the Chianti Classico by the glass. All four of us were very happy with our meals. The following night, my husband & I were wandering around the North Beach area searching for a good place for dinner. After not seeing anything that jumped out at us, we returned to the North Beach restaurant and they seated us promptly. (Since we didn't have a reservation, we got a table in the back by a service area, but it wasn't a problem.) We were equally pleased with our meals and wine. The service was impeccable. We both highly recommend dining here.
On a side note, I was impressed with all the signed Joan Miro prints!!!
Ughh! – If you know anything about food, Italian or otherwise, you will be disappointed. Only one Italian wine on the wine by the glass list - a Chianti reserve, a great example of how behind this restaurant is in addressing the current tastes of it's patrons. We bought a $38 bottle of Barolo which retails at the importer's outlet in Los ANgeles for, I believe, about $15. The marinated calamari was fresh, a good sign, but the marinade lacked taste and was dull. The bread was fresh but dry. Considering the availability of all the boutique bread bakeries these days, there is no excuse for bad bread. The polenta soup? Lumpy polenta over a bland tomato sauce with a slice of melted mozzarella on top. The lasagna noodles were slimy, the meat dry, layered with more of the bland tomato sauce and smothered in way too much cheese. The linguini with wild mushrooms had a good mushroom taste, but the pasta itself was again heavy and slimey, probably from the addition of too much pasta water to the sauce. Unlike the lasagna, it was edible, but for the price, it should have been closer to perfection. The grated cheese was freshly grated in a bowl, but not from a piece over my plate by the waiter. I wondered what they were thinking. I'd be astounded if someone told me it was Parmigiano Reggiano. It's an OK environment, and although a bit loud, I did not find it too loud. I guess it's fun to be waited on by experienced older male Italian-American waiters in dark suits, but that did not overcome this restaurants shortcomings. This restaurant was probably in step with the times about 35 years ago. If you appreciate Italian / Italian-American cooking, this is not for you.
Fun,Fast Dining in North Beach – This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel concierge, as well as several other locals we asked for an Italian recommendation. It was very nice with a sophisticated feel. Definitely noisy and crowded, but we had excellent service! We arrived on a Saturday night with no reservation and waited only about 20 minutes at the bar (bartender was not as friendly as the rest of the bunch-but oh well!) The only disappointment was that we were looking for an old style Italian restaurant with an old style feel-dark, red and quiet. This did not fit that whatsoever-but if that's not part of your requirement, I would definitely go!!
try the polenta soup – We love North Beach Restaurant. The wine list, service and food have been excellent every time we have dined there. The lasagna is definitely worth the wait. The menu states that it is made when ordered and may take up to 20 minutes but those minutes fly by when drinking a good glass of wine in this pleasant atmosphere. However, the real reason to eat at North Beach is the polenta soup. It is addictive! It is the ultimate comfort food! What more can I say?!
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