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

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 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
Great Italian Food and Service

We had a great meal in this place. We had Salmon, pizza with mushroom and pasta dish. I was more impressed with our server. Shes one of the best server we had in San Francisco. I don't know what it is but it seems like its very common in San Francisco for a mediocre service. Shes very attentive and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
GyPsY_Soul78
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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273 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hamden, Connecticut
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Very attractive inside - very nice hostess and very attentive staff. There is seating outside on the sidewalk as well. Menu had a good variety but not overwhelming choices - delicious meal during a business meeting.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Earl grey infused tequila based cocktail,Roses Tea,delivered by a welcoming and friendly barman,was an absolute highlight. Followed by Endive,wafer thin Apple,candied pecan and blue cheese salad. Then spaghetti with seafood. Delicious. Warm and courteous service. A great midweek meal. Would recommend.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had heard many North Beach restaurants were living off a reputation for excellent food no longer deserved--Rose Pistola confirmed that. Fodor's got this dreadfully wrong. Once your food arrives, close your eyes and you feel magically transported to the Olive Garden nearest to you--and that is generous. Within a few minutes of getting our drink order, our food arrived--food... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Went for dinner with two other couples - two servings of the Bolognese were both excellent, unfortunately three orders of the Garganelli (cream sauce, asparagus, prosciutto) came with drastically undercooked pasta - some nearly rock hard. When told of the problem, the waiter first suggested that the pasta was a perfect 'al dente'. When advised that the dish was well... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had a great meal in this place. We had Salmon, pizza with mushroom and pasta dish. I was more impressed with our server. Shes one of the best server we had in San Francisco. I don't know what it is but it seems like its very common in San Francisco for a mediocre service. Shes very attentive and quick... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went here for dinner on our last Night in San Francisco. Started off ok - the jazz was pleasant and the food was ok - nothing special but nothing to complain about. However - the service was absolutely dreadful. The waiter lost our credit card.Then he objected when I asked him to find it - he continued to serve... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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91 reviews 91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I was looking forward to having dinner at the Rose Pistola, but unfortunately the food was just okay and pricey. We had a sausage pizza, salmon, and focaccia which were okay, but the service was not good. Our waiter was a middle-aged man with a very snooty attitude. He did not seem interested in waiting on us even though there... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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