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Rose Pistola

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Between Green & Union Streets)
Muni lines 9x, 9bx, 20, 30, 41 & 45 all stop within a block of the restaurant. The Powell-Mason cable car line stops about two blocks from the restaurant.
(415) 399-0499
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11:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
New chef has upped the game

We've been coming here for years and it's nearly always very good. It's upscale, spacious feel is unique among the generally cramped north beach restaurants with 'character'. Although the menu has not changed too much, it seems that there is a new exec chef running the kitchen. We sat at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
Jkwusa
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Manila, Philippines
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Food is nothing to rave about and the restaurant was too loud. Also a little pricey. Wouldn't eat here again. Also be prepared to not have any condiments or special steak sauce because you know Italian chefs want you to enjoy your food exactly as they prepared it. Would've been ok if it was actually good. :/

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Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We've been coming here for years and it's nearly always very good. It's upscale, spacious feel is unique among the generally cramped north beach restaurants with 'character'. Although the menu has not changed too much, it seems that there is a new exec chef running the kitchen. We sat at the kitchen bar, so got to observe the dynamics. They... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Let me tell you that this was THE best risotto I had so far in my entire life! Usually, risotto can feel heavy on the stomach or taste to creamy. However, this one in particular was simply perfect. Plus, their Italian wedding cake with candied orange rind & toasted almonds was heaven! It's probably the best option to finish up... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

wouldnt go out of my way to eat here again. All 4 of us had an ordinary ,at best, Italian meal. Service was disappointing. Red sauce was indifferent .

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Osterville, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I read about Rose Pistola when it first opened and finally made it to SF to try it. Wonderful service, very relaxed . Try the North Beach Mule - we make them at home now. The pizza was terrific as well as the pasta. Great salads and wine. We had a window table with a great view. The perfect first... More 

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Occidental
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

On visits to San Francisco we have eaten at Rose Pistola frequently. The food has always been very good, as it was when we had Sunday lunch there recently. But the service was as bad as we have ever had at a restaurant with Rose Pistola's prices and reputation. There appeared to be only one server on duty. We had... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Being a 2nd generation Italian and having visited many times, this is some of the best Italian food i have had in California! The pizza had an excellent & flavorful blend of ingredients, along with a simple and rustic salad with beautiful lettuce, All very fresh and crisp ingredients, Very well priced for the excellent quality of food!

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Cape Canaveral, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

There are many good choices for Italian dining in the North Shore district of San Francisco, but Rose Pistola is one option that should not be missed. The service was exemplary, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere warm and accomodating. More Italian wines than most, but not an extensive Northern Californian list. This slightly surprising shortcoming is more... More 

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Calabasas, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We had a large group and brought wine because we felt there list was mediocre. They would not allow us to open our wine even though they have a corkage fee and really could not justify their refusal. Eventually they let us open a couple of bottles after dinner was underway but they ruined our evening. That is unfortunate because... More 

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Blue Mounds
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We pulled without a reservation on a Saturday night around 7:30 with a party of 4. We used the wonderful valet service for a reasonable $11. When I told the hostess we did not have a reservation but were happy to use the valet they provided we were seated immediately! The service was not the best I've ever had but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Between Green & Union Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Muni lines 9x, 9bx, 20, 30, 41 & 45 all stop within a block of the restaurant. The Powell-Mason cable car line stops about two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: (415) 399-0499

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 5:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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