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Albona Ristorante Istriano

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$$$
Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
European, Italian, Seafood, 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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 268
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
My wife,s Lamb Dish was possible , one of the best she has ever tasted

Situated just off the main action ( Two block back from the Bay Area - Fishermans Wharf ) its a mixture of Italian -Croatian Food . Its very peaceful - tranquil - the ambience is intimate , so relaxing compared to lots of local restaurants . When you are ready to order your food the owner - chef... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
atw1946
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Warrington
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Warrington
Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Situated just off the main action ( Two block back from the Bay Area - Fishermans Wharf ) its a mixture of Italian -Croatian Food . Its very peaceful - tranquil - the ambience is intimate , so relaxing compared to lots of local restaurants . When you are ready to order your food the owner - chef " Samuel... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this small fairly intimate restaurant. It is definitely worth booking as it is popular and as I said, only small. Seems to be popular with locals as well as tourists. My only small criticism is that the bread could have been better but otherwise a great place to eat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We were just to few to share this extremely good experience. I had the Best lamb dishes i have tastet. Simple and High meat quality just like the cuisine of Italy. This is an highly recommended restaurat that you shouldn't cheat your self for visiting - and the prices is very fair compared with the quality you get.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

food is consistently terrific very comfortable seating quiet with a very pleasant, unobtrusive ambience

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Farmington, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It was quaint, you met the owner, the flavors were exquisite and I'd go there again anytime. The price was very reasonable.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We saw that this restaurant was rated quite high. The food was below average. There were 10 of us ....and none really thought that their meal was great. The gnocchi was more like tater tots, the pasta was covered with a boring sauce....the fish wasn't very tasty

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Dallas, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have been here several times when I am in town. It is an easy walk from where I stay near the wharf area. I always get the strudel con pasta (layers of pasta, cheese, and prosciutto with a tomato cream sauce). It is amazing, different, and consistently good. This time I tried the their pear and gorgonzola salad. I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Went here for a friend's birthday and will definitely go back. The food is great and not your average Italian fare, the service attentive and the space is small and intimate feeling. The location is easy walk from North Beach or Fisherman's Wharf areas. You can find street parking in the area but can also park at Northpoint Center two... More 

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Houston, Texas
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Ravioli to die for! The fried sage and butter - so glad they didn't put more on my plate because I couldn't stop eating it!!! Stuffed squid - excellent! Marinara sauce sublime... Stuffed pork loin with sauerkraut, a gorgeous sauce and fruits garnish - scrumptious! We will return! Wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

We flew into a wet San Francisco, and after checking into a Fishermans Wharf hotel needed a place to unwind, relax, and recharge. Albanos is just that, but the food went way beyond our expectations. It is a small, cosy place, but the food is what I dream an Italian-influenced meal should be like. I had calgary tubes stuffed with... 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: European, Italian, Seafood, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?

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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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