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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 23
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  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner

We went for dinner at Rose Pistola last Tuesday. Lovely salad for starter and a selection of side dishes for main (lovely). Very clean, nice staff and good food

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Celina G
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Hove, England, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Hove, England, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We went for dinner at Rose Pistola last Tuesday. Lovely salad for starter and a selection of side dishes for main (lovely). Very clean, nice staff and good food

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Lafayette, California
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200 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I have been to Rose Pistola twice - and each time left with the same impression - comfortable atmosphere, decent food and good service - all ok but no superlatives - in both cases I've left feeling that the restaurant could do much better - and given that there are other restaurant choices nearby that excel in all 3 areas,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The food was amazing, every course! Our waiter Chris was friendly, knowledgeable and never rushed us even though we were dining quite late. I believe they change the menu regularly and also have live music - piano when we were there. Definitely put this on your 'must eat' list.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Amongst the many Italian restaurants in the North Beach or Little Italy area. A busy restaurant but managed to get a table without a reservation. The pizzas were very tasty and crispy with prompt friendly service. Recommended if in the area.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A Friday Nite spent here was pleasant. Food was decent to above average. I think I would try this place again for lunch, but with all the dinner choices available in San Fran, I'd look elsewhere on my next food adventure.

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Wenatchee, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

After a long urban hike up Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral and then on to Russian Hill we made our way down Lombard and walked to North Beach. We found Rose Pistola and had a lovely lunch on one of their sidewalk tables. The food was excellent and the service very good. Their inside dinning looked terrific but we will have... More 

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Highland Village, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was recommended by a guy that worked in out hotel. We were stayng near fisherman's ward. We took the cable car all the way downtown and made our way (waling all the way back) We wanted a good dinner on our way back & this was excellent. We had a delicious seafood pasta & pizza…& good old spaghetti -... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Great place for a bite and people watching at window seat. Nice staff. Go for the pastas and salads skip ribeye steaks. (A bit over priced for the quality of steak)They have TVs nicely placed if you want to catch an important game! And live fantastic music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A large business-related dinner. Service was excellent, appetizers and entrees arriving hot and delicious. Knowledgeable server helped select the best wine for everyone. Charming North Beach setting, with prompt and courteous valet parking. Will definitely come again the next time we're here.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

By Carol Peterson Rose Pistola 532 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94133 415-399-0499 Even though I have been reviewing North Beach restaurants for several years, I was surprised when my editor forwarded an invitation from Rose Pistola owner Laurie Thomas to dine at her renovated and re-conceived establishment. That’s because I normally write about new places in the neighborhood and... More 

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Additional Information about Rose Pistola

Address: 532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: (415) 399-0499
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, 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

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  • 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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