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532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)
(415) 399-0499
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Ranked #841 of 5,007 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $80
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Green & Union Streets
Transit: 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.
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Calabasas, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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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San Diego
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Of the many Italian choices in North Beach this is one of the best. Excellent service, atmosphere, and food. This is a sister resturant with Terzo and Rose's Cafe in Cow Hollow on Union Street and both of those are also a wise choice.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We found Rose Pistola's provided excellent service and amazing food. Fun atmosphere while remaining romantic at the same time. We will return.

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New York City, New York
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117 reviews 117 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We ate here back in Dec 2013 and now 3 times in Oct 2014! The food is great. We tried their pizza this time and it was great....also the Potato Gnocchi and it was great! We ate outside on 1 of the 3 dinners here this time....busy sidewalk table but was nice and we were grateful to get a table... More 

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Used to visit Rose Pistola when it first opened many years ago, and it was always a superb meal. I recently returned for dinner with my wife. Beet salad was watery and without flavor. Onion and olive pizza was good. Tomato and shrimp risotto was OK. Kale side dish was good. Overall, a good meal but didn't live up to... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a restaurant I have enjoyed for over a decade of living in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Much of Columbus Avenue is filled with touristy Italian dreck. This restaurant is a bit further down the main strip, and doesn't have a hawker outside with a phony accent trying to draw you in. The food is always... More 

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Latham, NY
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98 reviews 98 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

But, they poured a good one and it was delicious. Server charged for Kettel One but served Tito's ($1 less for the Tito's), so his tip suffered.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Rose Pistola is a North Beach classic. Not that it's been there for 40 years, but ever since it opened it's been a destination for locals and visitors alike. The warm, open kitchen invites you in the minute you check in with the host. The bar is a perfect place to eat. I've never even sat at a table, so... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Clearly popular with locals in a street lined with Italian restaurants in Little Italy, this place was recommended by the doorman at The Argonaught. We were passing a couple of nights later and popped in. We shared a pizza, which was excellent (the wood fired oven is very impressive). I'd go back again for a larger meal.

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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
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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