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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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 63
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  • 26
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  • 10
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  • 5
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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
Just a marvelous restauant in SF

A beautiful experience from beginning to end. Soft classical music was playing in the moder relaxing and tasteful dining room I've been in in a long time. The service was absolutely great. The cuisine is Istrian, a combination of northern Italian and Croatian. Go with the seafood. I had what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
TheEyeInEvanston
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Evanston, Illinois
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Omaha, Nebraska
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This one was hyped up to us by several people. The food was ok, but pricey. A bit short on the seafood choices.

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Evanston, Illinois
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful experience from beginning to end. Soft classical music was playing in the moder relaxing and tasteful dining room I've been in in a long time. The service was absolutely great. The cuisine is Istrian, a combination of northern Italian and Croatian. Go with the seafood. I had what amounted to cioppino and it was excellent. My companion had... More 

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Thank TheEyeInEvanston
Santa Clarita
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We waited a little while even though we made reservations, but once we got seated the experience was superb. The lamb chops were juicy, tender, and savory, while the risotto was simple yet cooked perfectly. To top it off, their panacotta is fresh and sweet, a perfect conclusion. The service was decent and the atmosphere formal, but it was the... More 

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Thank Scott W
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178 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience at Albona. We ate here a few years ago and remembered liking it but haven't been back since. Since we had last minute guests visiting SF and they really wanted Italian food in North Beach, we thought we would take them to Albona. Lucky for us, We were able to make reservations for 6 people at... More 

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Texas
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

A group of us who had been to Serbia were meeting in San Francisco and, while not traditionally Serbian, this restaurant has delicious food and wine from the Adriatic Sea area. And just as important, it had the warm, friendly family-owned atmosphere that we remembered so fondly. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Bhampster
Shelburne, Canada
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Everything was exceptional....from walking through the door until leaving. Great service, wonderful food and lovely dining room. Would return tomorrow if we were here

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Milwaukee
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

My wife & I ate at Albona last year and it was so Amazing that I have been thinking about our return visit ever since. Our meal tonight, Celebrating our 1st Anniversary was Fantastic!! The service is top notch, the appetizers, main courses and desserts were out of this world! Albona is a Must try when in the San Fran... More 

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Munich, Germany
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Based on tripadvisor rating and previous reviews, we had some expectations for our last dinner in San Francisco. Unfortunately, Albona did not deliver. Service was Ok, but the general attitude was a bit pretentious and no efforts were made to make guests especially comfortable. Food was average or lower than average: pork a bit greasy and dish heavy/ lacked finesse,... More 

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Marietta
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

My husband and had a fantastic meal. We shared calamari appetizer. The sauce was amazing, and stuffed calamari was excellent. We ate the linguini with mussels, shrimp, scallops, fish, and ravioli with a meat sauce. Excellent!! Service was terrific. I would definitely go back again.

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Mississauga, Canada
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This restaurant is a hidden gem! It is in a quieter, mostly residential street and easily missed. But it is worth searching for! Everything we tried - appetizer, main course and dessert - was absolutely delicious. The portions were small but satisfying. The price was on the higher side, but worth for the quality of the food. Overall - definitely... 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: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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