545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.804370 -122.414119
Tuesday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: North Beach, Northeast
Great and unexpected – Really interesting cuisine presented with care and pride and concern for our enjoyment. Comfortable surroundings. (Had it not been for the woman at the next table saying "Chay PanEE Chay PANEE" it would have been perfect!)
excellent and slightly unusual cuisine – My husband and I have loved Albona for its intimate setting and wonderful food/wine. We have spent 3 new years eves there. Recently,Michael took over and I can not say how pleased we are! The food and service are better than ever. A true gem
I love this restaurant – I've been coming to Albona for the past 8 years and it never dissapoints. The food and service are simply top notch. This is a great place to go on a date, to celebrate something special, or just enjoy a teriffic meal. Allow me to make a recommendation--try the pork loin and strudel. The insalada is amazing too. Decent wine list as well.
An unforgetably intimate experience – Combine exquisite Italian cuisine with intelligent service like Michael Bruno, and you've got Albona. If you appreciate an intimate environment with wonderful personal service and fantastic food, then this is your place. We let Michael take the wheel for our food and wine and he did not let us down. Rabbit, veal, and pork where all amazing...a feast for all the senses.
Amazing – This is one of the best restaurants that I have eaten at in years. I travel alot for work and have the privledge of trying a lot of great restaurants all over the country and Albona is now one of my top 3 restaurants in the entire country. It has excellent food, amazing service and tons of personality.
Awesome hidden gem of a restaurant – I have tried this restaurant several times now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Each time, I have enjoyed the exceptional service and the unusual food combinations. The Risotto with Prosciutto & Saffron is quickly becoming a new addiction! I found the atmosphere relaxing with the noise level low enough to have a wonderful conversation with tablemates or the friendly staff. I have tried both the pork loin as well as the lamb and found the meat melted in my mouth and the various flavors tickled all of my taste buds. What is there not to like about this hidden gem of a restaurant!
Something Different – The food was unusual and very good. I highly recommend the veal shank, the braised sauerkraut w/homemade pork sausage, the calamari, the pan-fried gnocchi and the ravioli with butter/sage sauce. The food was heavier, more Germanic, than typical Italian food but unusual in it's mixture of Italian classics like pasta with German heartiness like sauerkraut and sausage. Service was wonderful - owner's nephew was very attentive and even brought us a complimentary plate of pepperonata for the person at the table who didn't care for seafood and so, couldn't eat any of the appetizers the rest of us had ordered. We had a bottle of the Primitivo wine, highly recommend. For jaded foodies who've tasted everything twice I really suggest a trip to the friendlyl, comfortable, hearty Albona. Enjoy!
Is That the Portion – The ambiance was cozy and romatic. Servic was attentive and Bruno was fun to chat with. But when the food came out the portion was less a handful, my friend Veal Shank was almost just shank. I HAVE LET THIS GO BY FOR A YEAR, but still in my thoughts dinning around the city, it just had to said. how can a great restaurant let a plate like that slip out of the kitchen....
BRAVO, BRUNO! – WHAT A FIND! WE ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT HERE FROM START TO FINISH. BRUNO WORKS THE ROOM AND KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DINING. TRUST HIS SUGGESTIONS AND YOU WILL HAVE A MEAL THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET. EVERYTHING THAT WAS SERVED TO US WAS COOKED TO PERFECTION AND WE LOVED IT ALL. WE'LL VISIT ALBONO'S FROM NOW ON EACH TIME WE ARE IN TOWN. YOU SHOULD TOO!
Overcooked meals – We went to the restaurant with the highest expextations. Originally from Europe we have pretty high expectations when it comes to the italian food. We had a rabbitt, veal and a seafood stew. For appts we picked a sausage and an asparagus soup. Appetizers were fine. The rabitt seafood and the veal were both totally overcooked, dry with woody texture. Portions were very small (more bones than meaty). Heartburn is to be expected. If you do not care for polenta (although well prepared) do not bother to come. Owner is friendly but little snobish. Service was excellent.
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