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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (North Beach)
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Ranked #9 of 4,857 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: European, Italian, Seafood, Central European
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Restaurant details
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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Elmer, New Jersey
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

While walking from the Taylor & Bay Cable Car trying to find Fisherman's Wharf we came across this hidden gem. Tucked away on a side street you can easily walk past. Don't! We arrived late afternoon and were seated immediately without reservations (but reservations recommended). Very romantic setting. Food presentation was exceptional but more importantly the meal was delicious. Our... More

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North Kansas City, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

We dined there twice while in San Francisco . It was very good and definitely continental. Do not go for American Italian food, for example "Chicken Parmesan ". Go there to savor authentic cuisine. It's within walking distance of hotels in Wharf, and in the area know as little Italy . It is small and intimate and reservations may be... More

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Oak Park, IL
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90 reviews 90 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Unbelievable that this was a local deal that gave us full access to the menu. The food and service could not have been better. Everything delicious and cooked to perfection: rack of lamb was the best I ever had, and her raviloi likewise. Especially noteworthy was our waiter's candor: Marco, our server, was amusingly subtle but clear in directing us... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This restaurant is well rated for a reason! The food was exciting and flavorful, and the wait staff treated us like royalty. Highly recommend!

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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is a great restaurant. We loved the food and our server was amazing. The ambience was relaxing and intimate, the wine list is good, and it was a good value too. Not an Italian restaurant exactly, definitely flavors in there that reflect Croatia where Albona is now located after the partitions of WWII.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by someone staying in the hotel we were staying in on Fisherman's Wharf. We wanted somewhere close to walk to and the Concierge rang for a reservation and gave us directions. We arrived at the restaurant after 7.30 and it was almost empty, only 2 other tables taken, and shown to our table. The... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Always a pleasure to dine at a restaurant that has a talented chef! I had the rabbit with juniper berry and polenta... Accompanied by a great Cabernet. The service was excellent with servers that intimately knew the food and were great with their recommendations. Definitely worth a return trip!

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San Francisco
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The owner and his wife are hands on. When they can come out of the kitchen they check on everything. Staff is excellent. You may have nitpicks about your dinner, but basically this is food from the heart. It is on a residential street. Park two blocks away on Mason at the corner of Northpoint. Also there is the Northpoint... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

What a delightful restaurant! The owner and chef, Sam, seated and visited with us when we arrived. He was very helpful and patient as we sorted through the wine list to find something that suited both my partner and me, with our different wine tastes. He opened one bottle which neither of us cared for and, seeing that we weren't... More

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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Friend and I had the distinct pleasure of dining at Albona Ristorante Istriano on February 19, 2014. We can't fathom how this restaurant is 8th highest rated eatery in SF?.We think it should be #1. The positive experience began when I called to make reservations; I encountered a very friendly and welcoming voice on the other rend of the phone.... More

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