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Albona Ristorante Istriano

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Seafood, European, Central European
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545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
Last stop of the Powell-Mason Cable Car Line at Taylor and Francisco Sts. (1/2 a block away). No. 30 Bus stops at Columbus Ave. and Francisco St. (1 & 1/2 blocks).
415-441-1040
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 25
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Intimate dining with exceptional service!

We drove past the restaurant twice, was a true hidden gem! Comfortable cozy place, with about 12 tables. Service was outstanding with excellent wine recommendations based on our many requests. I enjoyed Crafi de Albona con sugo de carne (ravioli stuffed with raisins, cheeses, pine nuts) taking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We drove past the restaurant twice, was a true hidden gem! Comfortable cozy place, with about 12 tables. Service was outstanding with excellent wine recommendations based on our many requests. I enjoyed Crafi de Albona con sugo de carne (ravioli stuffed with raisins, cheeses, pine nuts) taking advantage of both of the accompanying sauces, and each were excellent in different... More 

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Maryville, Illinois
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We are from St. Louis and have traveled in Italy so are no strangers to Italian food. We had the veil shank and the rack of lamb over a bottle of good Barolo. Seasoning and preparation were flawless. Appetizers and dessert were likewise impeccable. Try the Visciola (cherry dessert wine) for a finale. The staff was very friendly and accommodating... More 

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Maryville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Albona was our best find of this trip! The dining room is small - about a dozen tables, and very reminiscent of restaurants we visited in Italy. We split an appetizer (pear with gorgonzola) and a pasta (house made ravioli with butter sage sauce) and ordered the veal shank and the lamb chops as entrees. Everything was perfectly cooked and... More 

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scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We walked off the street just a few minutes walk from the busy Fishermans Wharf into an oasis of calm and a lovely welcome. The menu majors on Venetian / Istrian dishes but really there is something for anyone who enjoys top quality food expertly cooked. My wife and I shared a Venetian starter of Sarde in Saor which was... More 

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

I am giving this place a 5/5 based on my personal experience. My parents, who were with me, rated it about 3.5 or 4 stars due to their food choices. I took my parents here after a long day of working at the Union Street Art Fair. I read several positive reviews, and it was close to the hotel we... More 

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Georgia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Took a trip to see my favorite Uncle, and stopped for a bite before a tour of Alcatraz. This place is DEVINE!!! We split a huge seafood appetizer, and just because we were unable to decide on one, we got a whole dessert sampler. (My uncle has a bit of a sweet tooth anyway.) I don't even like connolis, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

From the minute we stepped inside and were greeted by classical music and the owner and greeter Sam, it was a first class experience. Service was excellent. Food was superb. And my espresso gelato dessert was the best ice cream I've ever had. It was a wonderful dining experience and among the best I've ever had.

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We picked Albona for its proximity to our hotel and the likelihood that we would be able to have a quiet conversation with good food and wine. Delightful on all counts: very friendly and welcoming staff; tasty food and nice wine; small enough to allow for conversation across the table. I mentioned that this was a birthday dinner; with no... More 

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Portland, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I lived in the San Francisco area for many years and Albona became my favorite restaurant in The City in the mid 1990s. It is small and friendly with a really unique cuisine (Istrian) that is a combination of northern Italian and Slavic. The menu items are familiar enough not to be scary or weird but are done in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

we found this restaurant on tripadvisor. the staff was verry friendly and helpfull! if i ever go back to san fran this is a place i will return to. good food; good staff.

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Additional Information about Albona Ristorante Istriano

Address: 545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
Phone Number: 415-441-1040
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, European, Central European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
    (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
  • Public Transportation: Last stop of the Powell-Mason Cable Car Line at Taylor and Francisco Sts. (1/2 a block away). No. 30 Bus stops at Columbus Ave. and Francisco St. (1 & 1/2 blocks).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-441-1040

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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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