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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 25
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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
Excellent meal!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
zeprover
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Marietta
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Munich, Germany
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nice and authentic Italian Food with a good choice. Quaint location with a cosy bar and is within walking distance of the Piers.

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Nottingham
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It is not a big restaurant but this adds to the intimate feel of the place. I had the fresh salmon and I am sure it must have just swam up to the cooker as it tasted so fresh. My wife had the pasta and raved about the variety of flavours. Great quality and well worth a visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We drove past the restaurant twice, was a true hidden gem! Comfortable cozy place, with about 12 tables. Service was outstanding with excellent wine recommendations based on our many requests. I enjoyed Crafi de Albona con sugo de carne (ravioli stuffed with raisins, cheeses, pine nuts) taking advantage of both of the accompanying sauces, and each were excellent in different... More 

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Maryville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We are from St. Louis and have traveled in Italy so are no strangers to Italian food. We had the veil shank and the rack of lamb over a bottle of good Barolo. Seasoning and preparation were flawless. Appetizers and dessert were likewise impeccable. Try the Visciola (cherry dessert wine) for a finale. The staff was very friendly and accommodating... More 

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Maryville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Albona was our best find of this trip! The dining room is small - about a dozen tables, and very reminiscent of restaurants we visited in Italy. We split an appetizer (pear with gorgonzola) and a pasta (house made ravioli with butter sage sauce) and ordered the veal shank and the lamb chops as entrees. Everything was perfectly cooked and... More 

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scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We walked off the street just a few minutes walk from the busy Fishermans Wharf into an oasis of calm and a lovely welcome. The menu majors on Venetian / Istrian dishes but really there is something for anyone who enjoys top quality food expertly cooked. My wife and I shared a Venetian starter of Sarde in Saor which was... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I am giving this place a 5/5 based on my personal experience. My parents, who were with me, rated it about 3.5 or 4 stars due to their food choices. I took my parents here after a long day of working at the Union Street Art Fair. I read several positive reviews, and it was close to the hotel we... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, European, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business
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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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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