Italian >Trattoria Contadina
1800 Mason St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.800064 -122.412419
Neighborhoods: Northeast, North Beach
We love this place! – My friends and I love coming here because it's good Italian food without all the fluff. It's not fine dining, but it's not a ma/pa restaurant either. The service is always wonderful and my favorite dish is the Frutti Di Mare!
GLORIFIED OLIVE GARDEN – The other people who wrote positive reviews of this place obviously know nothing about italian food. Overly sauced, giant plates of tired italian american slop is pretty much the standard here. For example we had the porcini ravioli, which was enormous and swimming in excessively rich cream sauce, absolutely no finesse. The food here- predictable, not seasonal, and mediocre ingredients, is everything good italian food isn't.
In a crowded market, this is my favorite – I always like going to this restaurant. I dont like the parking situation, or the crowds, or even how hard it is to get the right resevration, but I love the food, service, and value. There are so many good Italian rstaurants in the area, but they are always the first I think of. If you haven't been there, give it a shot. Good for dates. I like sitting upstairs.
PS: I don't work there, own the place, or get any special treatment there at all.
RESTING ON ITS LAURELS? – This place has a great neighborhood location, and friendly and professional service. Restaurant is small, tables a bit close together but has a nice balance of quaint, colorful, cozy, festive and elegant. Wine list is fairly priced and waiter was kind enough to recommend some less expensive ones without an attitude. The food is fresh and preparation is good although not noticeably unique. Pan-seared halibut had nice flavor but could've been cooked hotter and faster. Veal w/ prosciutto & mozzarella was pleasant with tomato and marsala although maybe a tad bland. Some say this place used to be awesome and lost something over the years. The prices are pretty reasonable and I really want to like this place so I may come back, at least for the good service.
Great Find – We loved this restaurant. The food was plentiful and fantastic. We got very personal service.
Still Fantastic – I have eaten here several times over the years. The food and atmosphere are always great. This time the service was a little non-attentative. But the food outweighs the service. Great chicken dishes and nice portions.
Recommended for food connoisseurs – Authentic Italian dishes, very good taste. Small restaurant so if you have a large party be prepared to sit in cramped conditions. Wine list was extensive tiramisu was delicious & is homemade. I highly recommend the Chicken Piccatta as well as the Veal Marsala. My BF got the Ravioli alla Salvatore said it was fantastic! presentation isn't ALL THAT but the taste makes up for that 10 times over. Service was proficient, attentive & friendly.
It was raining the night we came & our table was right near the door so it was quite cold had to leave my jacket on the entire time.
awesome! – The upstairs room is really hot but other than that, we had a great meal! Especially recommend the red-pepper ravioli and a bottle of the foppiano petite syrah. Waiters were a little over-bearing but we will definitely be back many times!
gone downhill ... looking for somewhere new – This place used to be great. I don't know what happened. I swear they used to have some of the best sauces around, but I've gotten cold plates of bland sauce with overcooked pasta one too many times lately at TC and have given up. I brought someone there on a date and was embarrased when she got chicken that was overcooked on the outside and undercooked inside.
The quality of the service has also dropped. Waiters used to be attentive and friendly, and now they barely have a pulse ...
I'm sorry that this happened to my nice little Italian restaurant. I'm currently looking for a good replacement.
My fave in North Beach – The staff and manager make you feel welcomed there. The carppacio is to die for. Pastas as well as entrees are above average and the wine list is impressive and affordable.
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