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Albona Ristorante Istriano

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$$$
Neighborhood:
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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 269
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
Cozy, intimate restaurant, with great food

Loved this little Italian gem we found on our first night in San Francisco. Lovely waiting staff, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was just gorgeous! You must try their gnocchi and the lamb also highly recommended. Place had a very nice atmosphere, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Sarah B
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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362 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Loved this little Italian gem we found on our first night in San Francisco. Lovely waiting staff, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was just gorgeous! You must try their gnocchi and the lamb also highly recommended. Place had a very nice atmosphere, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who loves good food.

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Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Had dinner here on our first evening in San Francisco, having read the great reviews on tripadvisor, and weren't disappointed. The place was cozy but bright, and very nicely appointed, service was terrific and the food exceptional. Highly recommend the "Grandma's special" gnocchi starter -- simply delicious -- and the lamb which my partner loved. And it was easy to... More 

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Davis, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Mom turned 84 last week. We needed a very quiet place for dinner so that the hearing aids would work. That might make you think this was a stodgy old group, but I must say, my octogenarians are some very hip folk. We entered the very small restaurant, were seated right on time, met and were served by the owner,... More 

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Warrington
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217 reviews 217 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Situated just off the main action ( Two block back from the Bay Area - Fishermans Wharf ) its a mixture of Italian -Croatian Food . Its very peaceful - tranquil - the ambience is intimate , so relaxing compared to lots of local restaurants . When you are ready to order your food the owner - chef " Samuel... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We really enjoyed this small fairly intimate restaurant. It is definitely worth booking as it is popular and as I said, only small. Seems to be popular with locals as well as tourists. My only small criticism is that the bread could have been better but otherwise a great place to eat

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We were just to few to share this extremely good experience. I had the Best lamb dishes i have tastet. Simple and High meat quality just like the cuisine of Italy. This is an highly recommended restaurat that you shouldn't cheat your self for visiting - and the prices is very fair compared with the quality you get.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

food is consistently terrific very comfortable seating quiet with a very pleasant, unobtrusive ambience

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Farmington, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It was quaint, you met the owner, the flavors were exquisite and I'd go there again anytime. The price was very reasonable.

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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We saw that this restaurant was rated quite high. The food was below average. There were 10 of us ....and none really thought that their meal was great. The gnocchi was more like tater tots, the pasta was covered with a boring sauce....the fish wasn't very tasty

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Dallas, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have been here several times when I am in town. It is an easy walk from where I stay near the wharf area. I always get the strudel con pasta (layers of pasta, cheese, and prosciutto with a tomato cream sauce). It is amazing, different, and consistently good. This time I tried the their pear and gorgonzola salad. I... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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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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