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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (North Beach)
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Ranked #10 of 4,919 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
Bent NM
Top Contributor
283 reviews 283 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Albona features cooking from the peninsula where Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy meet. Because this area was part of Italy until the World Wars, the dishes have a Northern Italian bent. One of the few places that serves sardines as an appetizer. They are great, but you will taste nothing else for the next few hours. The risotto is extra creamy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

The food was excellent and the service was very good. The waiter greeted us but the owner/chef took our order. I asked him what he recommended and he delivered big time. I asked about certain dishes and he would describe them and he asked what you like. I would highly recommend this restuarant which is small, quaint and very good!

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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

For a start, you will never guess there is a good restaurant there, it’s a rather obscure building at Fisherman’s Wharf. It was near our hotel, and it was rated as restaurant number 8 in the whole of San Francisco, so we decided to try it. And it was worth it - inside it’s a small human size restaurant, nicely... More

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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We made reservations on the evening of 4th of July, planning on going up to Coit Tower after to watch the fireworks. Well the fog made the fireworks somewhat disappointing, but the meal at Albona was terrific. It is a small intimate sort of place, but we were very comfortable in our touristy togs having come from a multi hour... More

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

One of San Francisco's more unusual, intimate restaurants. Tucked away between North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf, Albona is fairly small, maybe twenty tables. This a good spot for a romantic dinner or quiet conversation. The service is spit-spot, and the menu is a curious blend of Italian and Northern European. On one visit, for instance, I had pork loin stuffed... More

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12 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Personally and professionally served by Chef/Owner Samuel Hernandez. Caramelized pears with Gorgonzola cheese for yummy appetizer, breaded organic chicken breast with capers in lemon sauce, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli for entree. Unique flavours, superior service and solid stomach feel after consumption rates this as 10 out of 10 for me, at least. My wife ordered the rizotto, but was... More

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was a special birthday celebration for hubby and we were greeted with glasses of champagne at this Istrian restaurant in North Beach. The caramelized pears with gorgonzola and grandmother's specialty started off our adventure. But what took my breath away was the Catch of the Day - Halibut in a light lemon, white wine, shallot and browned-butter sauce served... More

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millbrae, ca
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were at Albona on Saturday night to celebrate my husband's birthday and were treated to a wonderful experience. Even though the restaurant was busy both the food and service were spot on!. The owner even returned to our table several times to be sure that everything was fine.We ate everything from fried gnocchi to sardines to their Adriatic seafood... More

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Calgary, Canada
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95 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We tried a different nearby italian restaurant yesterday and it was terrible therefore we had an italian itch that needed to be scratched and we decided to try Albona. The food here was by far superior to our previous dinner the day before. My wife's salad and my caramelized pear appetizer with gorgonzola was spectacular! For my entree I had... More

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17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Looking at the outside, you would never know that a great meal awaits inside! We had A wonderful mushroom risotto, asparagus soup and 3 different homemade pastas.....would recommend sharing every plate, but order something off every course....you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!!

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