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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (North Beach)
415-441-1040
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Ranked #7 of 4,950 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We have just finished our meal and I couldn't wait to write a review. What a fabulous restaurant, the service was exceptional the staff vey attentive, my friend was asking to change the side that came with her meal and the maître d politely advised that the particular side would not go well, so he brought out the particular side... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The entire experience was wonderful. The owner welcomed us and stayed close throughout the night. The food is delicious. I've never had better seafood risotto.

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Oxnard, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The lamb was excellent. Very pleasant atmosphere, quite and friendly service. Only blocks from the frenzy of Fisherman's Wharf.

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Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was a small romantic setting with reasonably priced selections. There was something on the menu to please every taste. We had a great bottle of wine, our appetizer was unique and delicious, the main courses were expertly prepared and presented and the desert was to die for. The owner gave us a sample of after dinner wines so we... More

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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

great risotto, and phenomenal food! everything was great at this rest... love the new owner/chef. the price weren't too bad either.... small restaurant but not loud!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
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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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Toronto
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216 reviews 216 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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