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Don Pisto's

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA CA 94133
+1 415 395 0939
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food

Loved the food and waite staff....but the music and dining room noise was so bad I left with a head ache...too bad because the food was outstanding

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the food and waite staff....but the music and dining room noise was so bad I left with a head ache...too bad because the food was outstanding

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Vancouver
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent Mexican all around. The Tortilla soup is a must, the Enchilada was very good as were all 4 of the 5 tacos we tried. If you like Mexican and spicy, this is the place to go. Service was also excellent.

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Austin, Texas
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203 reviews 203 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Careful, you will walk right by and not know that you missed one of best little restaurants in North Beach, and that it is Mexican. Identifiable only by the three Amber colored lights above it as you look down Union Street from Stockton, or perhaps by the people waiting outside for a table. Don Pisto's is a haven of great... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is brilliant mexican food for good prices! The hamburguesa is the bomb.The music is maybe a little bit to high music, but still gives a nice fresh atmosphere. Also very nice staff.

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Lewes, Delaware
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Food here is amazing. Split grilled calamari salad and lobster tacos with my husband. Both were so good I can't pick a favorite. Staff is extremely friendly. You've got to try this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What a great restaurant! We decided to give Don Pisto's a try based on other reviews, and am so glad we did. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. We were seated quickly, despite not having a reservation. We all ordered a different dish, and all were delicious. My daughter's tortilla soup was especially tasty. Will definitely go back.

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Don Pisto's may be in the middle of Italian North Beach, but it's classic Mexican taken to a higher level. The food, especially the small plates, are perfect for sharing and are prepared unlike most Mexican restaurants. The ceviches, grilled calamari and specials, are wonderful. The taco selections are massive, and they are served, usually two per plate), on a... More 

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Charlottesville, va
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

4 of us tried 4 separate dishes (which are served family style) and each was delicious. Chicken tortilla soup, Abondigas, Mexixan sashimi salmon, and fish tacos. One highlight was the guacamole and chips. The guac had a fantastic creaminess to it. One the fish tacos were "not spicy" and the other three dishes has just the right amount of heat... More 

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Rossland
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19 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this restaurant and couldn't believe our luck. The atmosphere was fun and lively. The food was out of this world - we left wishing we had more room to eat more! The wait staff were informal and friendly. We will come back and recommend this to anyone who loves tapas!

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chicago
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you are looking for a happening spot with amazing flavorful mexican food then look no further! This is the place with great staff and great food!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415 395 0939
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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