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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 #8 of 4,936 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
Orem, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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192 reviews 192 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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 At first glance, it's a little homey and crowded and almost seems outdated, but the quality of the food is the star element of the place.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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Seattle
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343 reviews 343 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place reeled me in with the Istrian thing. Classic small Italian style bistro. Great service. Very good traditional Istrian (AKA Italiany) food. I had a good time here. Pro tip - Make reservations because the waiting area is like 4 square feet.

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Vigonza, Italy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Great cousine in a lovely place ! Intimate restaurant and the service is very good. It's a must find/do place for anyone wanting really good food in SF.

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

We went there for our anniversary. Food was outstanding. Catch of the day was cooked perfectly, Adriatic stew was excellent, and the caramelized pears as an appetizer was very tasty. Service was very friendly and ambiance was very comfortable - not pretentious at all. We would go there again without question and would highly recommend it.

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San Francisco
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Albona strives to offer the following: Classy dining experience with personalized attention (the chef-turned-owner will make sure this is the case). Food: cuisine (you know you are not at home) Atmosphere: One square room, dim lighting and background classical music.

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Bangor ME
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315 reviews 315 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at Albona Istriano. The service was attentive and leasurely, and most of the food was quite good. The exceptions were surprising, with the bread being nothing special and the Adriatic Seafood Stew, described as one of the specialties of the house, a little too heavily spiced with, I think, sage.

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Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

we were looking for a good italian restaurant near our hotel at fisherman's wharf. Albona filled the bill. we got much more than convenience. the owner/chef seated us, elegantly explained the menu to us and offered suggestions for a wine choice to compliment our meal. the food was excellent, the portions more than adequate. we started by having a very... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

My family and I had dinner here on a busy Saturday night. We arrived late, tired and hungry, (After the Alcatraz night tour) and the manager recommendations were great and service was super friendly and relatively fast. We had various pasta, lamb, veal and risotto dishes, plus a great California Pinot Noir. If you are in Fisherman's Wharf area and... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great food and great hospitality. Sammy, the owner, worked the front of the house while his wife ran the kitchen. Everything was superb. I had the mushroom risotto which was out of this world. Highly recommend it.

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