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Fior d'Italia

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Chestnut Street)
The Powell-Mason Cable Car drops off Taylor and Francisco Sts-1 block away. The Stockton 30 bus line drops off on Columbus and Chestnut Sts.-2 blocks away. The 47 Van Ness drops off North Point and Mason Sts.-2 blocks away. The F-Market Streetcar drops off at Fisherman"s Wharf -5 blocks away.
415986-1886
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened in 1886, Ristorante Fior d'Italia is America's oldest Italian...
Opened in 1886, Ristorante Fior d'Italia is America's oldest Italian restaurant. Chef Gianni Audieri continues the tradition of serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine with dishes such as gnocci, osso buco and calamari being called the Best in San Francisco by "The Fior's" customers. We also have private banquet rooms, accommodating from 6 to 130 guests, are available for meetings, receptions, luncheons, and dinners seven days a week. Exclusive use of the entire restaurant for up to 250 guests is also available depending on time and day of the week.Thousands of banquets, parties, business events and weddings have taken place at 'The Fior.' The restaurant and San Francisco share a great history and tradition. In short, Fior d'Italia offers the best of Italy: traditional Italian cuisine and old world service.
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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Classic Italian Dining

We wanted some Italian comfort food so Fior d'Italia was the perfect location. My gnocchi was terrific and my husband's lamb shank was perfectly prepared. They also had a rabbit stew that got rave reviews from the table next to us. The wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere, as one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2012
1Maggie
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Redwood City, CA
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

oldest Italian restaurant in SF, 1896....food was fantastic and reasonably priced

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Redwood City, CA
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44 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We wanted some Italian comfort food so Fior d'Italia was the perfect location. My gnocchi was terrific and my husband's lamb shank was perfectly prepared. They also had a rabbit stew that got rave reviews from the table next to us. The wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere, as one other reviewer mentioned, right out of the 1960's.... More 

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port orchard
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

My wife and I ordered steaks - she the filet and I the NY. Both steaks were done perfectly and the green beans accompanying the steaks were wonderful. I got the name of the restaurant from the concierge (am very cautious about their recommendations) and it turned out to be a wonderful evening out and away from the Fisherman's Wharf... More 

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Orinda, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Just had a terrible Valentine's day dinner experience at this restaurant. Should have know from the start when the waiter refused our every request for a special accommodation with a curt 'NO." This included "can we get the salad that's on the dinner, a-la-carte." Then we went to pay. We had a promotional voucher from the restaurant but they refused... More 

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San Francisco, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

Great rissotto and other Italian classics! Waitors have been with them for years and moved with them to their new location.

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

Walked by this restaurant on our last visit to San Francisco and were excited to try the "oldest Italian restaurant" (their claim, don't know if it's true) in the U.S. Food was very good, service was efficient and professional. We have not tried that many Italian restaurants in San Francisco, but from walking by many of them while sightseeing, my... More 

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

I have heard of this spot for years. I found it to be very average. So many good spots in North Beach, this isn't one of them.

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Reno, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Went there expecting a lot more than we got. The food was just so so for the price cioppino was 36$ and bland. Atmosphere was nice but I would rather have good food. Staff was very attentive though. My take would be find some place else.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Like stepping back into the days of the Rat Pack. This is a soild Itaian resturant with a long tradition. Good service and nice atomosphere- like steeping back into the 60's, wating for Sinatra to appear. The food is very good and the service was attentive. Though this is not one of our top ten - the price was reasonable... More 

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San Jose, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The ambiance is cozy and comfortable. The service was very good. The food is good. Parking is the only problem as it is in a residential area. The serving size of the food is good. The restaurant is very clean

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2237 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Chestnut Street)
  • Public Transportation: The Powell-Mason Cable Car drops off Taylor and Francisco Sts-1 block away. The Stockton 30 bus line drops off on Columbus and Chestnut Sts.-2 blocks away. The 47 Van Ness drops off North Point and Mason Sts.-2 blocks away. The F-Market Streetcar drops off at Fisherman"s Wharf -5 blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415986-1886

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups

Description

Opened in 1886, Ristorante Fior d'Italia is America's oldest Italian restaurant. Chef Gianni Audieri continues the tradition of serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine with dishes such as gnocci, osso buco and calamari being called the Best in San Francisco by "The Fior's" customers. We also have private banquet rooms, accommodating from 6 to 130 guests, are available for meetings, receptions, luncheons, and dinners seven days a week. Exclusive use of the entire restaurant for up to 250 guests is also available depending on time and day of the week.Thousands of banquets, parties, business events and weddings have taken place at 'The Fior.' The restaurant and San Francisco share a great history and tradition. In short, Fior d'Italia offers the best of Italy: traditional Italian cuisine and old world service.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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