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Albona Ristorante Istriano

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood: North Beach
European, Italian, Seafood, Central European
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Albona Ristorante Istriano
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545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Just ok....not great
3 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2014
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artistpalette
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California City, California

Revisited this restaurant after many years...............just ok.... would not return. There are too many choices in this beautiful city. New ownership here since we visited some years... read more

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
Visitor rating
  • 259
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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California City, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Revisited this restaurant after many years...............just ok.... would not return. There are too many choices in this beautiful city. New ownership here since we visited some years ago. Small and charming ambiance, waiter forgot us (party of two) several times.

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Kent
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117 reviews 117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I booked this small Italian restaurant for our first night in San Francisco and as we were so jet-legged we didn't appreciate this little gem as much as we should have. It is a small restaurant, with nice staff and good traditional Italian cuisine. Definitely book in advance, it is a shame we weren't more awake to enjoy this meal... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

On business in SF we asked the hotel to recommend a local high quality place for dinner. There are lots of choices that fulfill this requirement in SF but we tried Albona on a recommendation. It was an excellent choice. The staff was attentive but not obtrusive. The menu is a bit different but all the meals were outstanding. The... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We had high expectations for this highly rated restaurant and were happy to have our reservation for 4 confirmed for a Tuesday evening at 6:30. This was a casual business dinner for 4 who were attending a conference in San Francisco. We had our choice of tables upon arrival and were greeted by a name. Service was good and the... More

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and we were glad we found it. The restaurant's name comes from the town in Croatia. I had locals as my guests and they were shocked that someone from the other end of the country found this gem in their backyard. it was their first time. My 7 guests all had different entrees... More

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Gloucester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We chose Albona for supper one night because it was an easy walk from the Columbus Motor Inn. We were "walk-in" customers right at opening time of 5:30. Despite the lack of reservation we were seated immediately by a very friendly and capable waiter. The menu has a good selection, the prices are reasonable, the food is well prepared and... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped in here for dessert. The owner welcomed us in for dessert. Once the waitress found out we only wanted dessert she deserted us. We first blamed the waitress, but in the end it looked like all the servers were unhappy. Time for management to re-evaluate their style. The mood in the restaurant was strained and uncomfortable. Life is... More

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Lantana, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

What a pleasant surprise! We found this restaurant here on Trip Advisor and picked it because it was close to our hotel. We were happy when they said they had room for us a 9:00. It had been a long day of biking the Golden Gate and touring and we weren't moving real fast. When we got there it was... More

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Kentfield, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

In a city that is full of wonderful restaurants, where do you go to find something really special? My wife's birthday was this week, and we wanted something memorable to share with friends. Allbona is that memory! Going back 35 years, we first came here for luncheon... and returned over and over with both set of our parents and many... More

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Salem, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My wife and I flew into San Francisco for a concert and wanted to go to a restaurant that had atmosphere and great food. We were not disappointed. We made reservations online and our table was waiting when we arrived. Our server took his time and explained and answered many questions about the wine list. My wife had lamb and... More

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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
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: European, Italian, Seafood, Central European

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