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430 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Telegraph Hill)
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Ranked #265 of 4,944 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Contemporary
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Vallejo
Transit: Muni #9, #20, #30, #41 and #45 stop within a block of the restaurant.
Description: It doesn’t get more local than Calzone's, in the heart of North Beach. Whether you're sitting outside at the heated cafe tables or inside in one of the comfy booths, this sparkling bistro with a decidedly Cal-Euro atmosphere is the perfect place for watching eclectic locals mix with visitors drawn by North Beach's reputation as the hip place to see and be seen. The restaurant has been owned and operated by the same North Beach native since 1986 and is open 365 days a year, serving food continuously from 11:30 am until 1:00 am.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The first time we walked past Calzones we knew this was a place where we wanted to eat. I mean seriously, the tables are right along the sidewalk...what a perfect place for people watching! We were on the mood for Italian, namely pizza. It was delicious and the service was prompt and attentive even sitting right out on the street.... More

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Taranto, Italy
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100 reviews 100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The name is Italian, no doubt. That's it. Everything else is not. Having said that, I appreciated this ristorante/pizzeria and the effort of making/keeping it as close as possible to the Italian ones. I understand: tastes vary from one country to another and cooks must someway comply with what the clientele likes the most..., hence the 4-star rating. I had... More

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Bari, Italy
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101 reviews 101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I'm Italian so I can say that this is not a real Italian place,in the sense that they serve the foods pushing an extrakick that can satisfy the American customers and the waiters are not Italian as well but I ate an oval pepperoni pizza and it was ok.The location is great in the North beach area and restaurant itself... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews 80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Not being able to get a table at Tony's around the corner we chose Calzone's from a neighborhood full of Italian restaurants. Outdoor heaters took off the chill of the evening as we enjoyed our meal while people watching. The calamari was plentiful and articulately delicious. We also had a margarita pizza which was smaller than expected but pretty tasty.... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

Thank you! I'm happy to hear that we were able to delight you. Our patio really does make for a lovely evening. It'd be great to see you back sometime. Sincerely, Andre More

Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We live in Washington DC, and visited this great restaurant back in 2003 for the very 1st time. I had that lassagna, and in all these years I have tried several lassagnas almost around the world And absolutely nobody makes it like them! This year in August 8/14 we went back to San Francisco after 11 years, and we made... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

We just talked to our lasagna, and it told us to tell you that it was so happy to see you after all these years! Thank you for celebrating with us, Carlos. It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything. Sincerely, Andre More

Coventry, UK
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Busy Italian restaurant on this street with many restaurants, which makes it hard to choose if you are a tourist and don't know any of them. Our daughter was ending a half-year stay in San Francisco, and she led us here, and she knew what she was doing! Service was efficient and friendly,the atmosphere was good and the food was... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

While were sad to see your daughter leave San Francisco, we're flattered that you all decided to celebrate with us. Beyond that, thank you for taking the time to spread the word about your experience. We would love to see you back some day! Sincerely, Andre More

Trabuco Canyon, California
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223 reviews 223 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Depending on the time of day, the service can slow down just a bit, but enjoy the street bustle because it is right in front of you...literally. Our gnocchietti was excellent and the wine was good. It was only a few dollars more than places with less ambiance. I would eat here again and recommend it. Pastas, meat dishes, calzones... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation! Whether you're here for some gnocchietti or simply the street bustle, we look forward to having you back. Sincerely, Andre More

Greater Manchester
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

In Little Italy.....lots of tables outside under shade overlooking the road but we chose inside. The decor is great - all sorts of Italian groceries. I chose a veggie pizza which I was amazed to see was an oval shape. One of my companions ordered a Filet Mignon Calzone pizza. Unfortunately the put the wrong filling in but as soon... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

Sorry about that mix up! Thanks for mentioning something, though, I'm happy we were able to get things taken care of. I hope you enjoyed Little Italy -- we would love to have you back for another visit! Sincerely, Andre More

Richmond, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We stayed at the Boheme and in hindsight wished we had eaten at Calzone's again. Just one meal, at a sidewalk table on a Friday afternoon, a little wine, a wonderful pizza, and great people watching....ten feet from the door to our hotel.

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

Chuck Brugh, it sounds like a trip back to San Francisco is in order -- we promise we'll make it worth it! Thanks for spreading the word about our place. We'll be seeing you! Sincerely, Andre More

Fremont, California
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1,198 reviews 1,198 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
837 helpful votes 837 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Calzone's is a fun and popular restaurant in the North Beach area of San Francisco. We have had their pizzas here and quite good. This time we had their chacuerie platter, chicken ravioli and their delightfulu tirimisu. All were good, Service was great at this bistro style restaurant. North Beach area is a fun place to do people watching. Its... More

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Pam D, Owner at Calzone's, responded to this review

Thank you! You're right, there's no shortage of quality people watching here. We look forward to having you back for more fun and more tasty meals in the future. Sincerely, Andre More

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