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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (North Beach)
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Ranked #6 of 4,938 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: European, Italian, Seafood, Central European
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North Beach
Cross street: Taylor & Mason Sts.
Transit: 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).
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90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kokomo, Indiana, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for wonderful Italian/Croatian food, good wine, excellent service and a great value, be careful you don't walk by this tucked away little place in San Francisco. We went there while on our honeymoon and, with the exception of a table of loud talking muckety muck business men to spoil the mood a bit, we had a... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I went to this San Francisco gem with 3 old friends, one of whom is a local who assured us that we would be more than pleased. We dine together in 4-5 times a year in great restaurants in various cities around the country and his words were almost a taunt. He walked out standing tall. The Istrian region, now... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This small restaurant knocks it out of the park. The food is perfectly prepared and served piping hot to the table. Fresh and different takes on real classic Mediterranean fare. Don't miss this place.

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Orem, Utah
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I love this place, and go every time I am in San Francisco. The food is different than you'll find anywhere else, and is of exceptional quality. It's a little expensive, but not unreasonably so, and the food is worth it.

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Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Yeah, the place lived up to its ratings! At first glance, it's a little homey and crowded and almost seems outdated, but the quality of the food is the star element of the place. Istrian food, as we found from our first try here, is a little heartier than Italian and would be absolutely perfect on a nice fall or... More

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Top Contributor
460 reviews 460 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place reeled me in with the Istrian thing. Classic small Italian style bistro. Great service. Very good traditional Istrian (AKA Italiany) food. I had a good time here. Pro tip - Make reservations because the waiting area is like 4 square feet.

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Vigonza, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Great cousine in a lovely place ! Intimate restaurant and the service is very good. It's a must find/do place for anyone wanting really good food in SF.

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We went there for our anniversary. Food was outstanding. Catch of the day was cooked perfectly, Adriatic stew was excellent, and the caramelized pears as an appetizer was very tasty. Service was very friendly and ambiance was very comfortable - not pretentious at all. We would go there again without question and would highly recommend it.

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San Francisco
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Albona strives to offer the following: Classy dining experience with personalized attention (the chef-turned-owner will make sure this is the case). Food: cuisine (you know you are not at home) Atmosphere: One square room, dim lighting and background classical music.

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Bangor ME
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315 reviews 315 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at Albona Istriano. The service was attentive and leasurely, and most of the food was quite good. The exceptions were surprising, with the bread being nothing special and the Adriatic Seafood Stew, described as one of the specialties of the house, a little too heavily spiced with, I think, sage.

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