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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: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 275
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 25
    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
A delightful evening

We picked Albona for its proximity to our hotel and the likelihood that we would be able to have a quiet conversation with good food and wine. Delightful on all counts: very friendly and welcoming staff; tasty food and nice wine; small enough to allow for conversation across the table. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
jk039
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Los Altos, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Los Altos, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We picked Albona for its proximity to our hotel and the likelihood that we would be able to have a quiet conversation with good food and wine. Delightful on all counts: very friendly and welcoming staff; tasty food and nice wine; small enough to allow for conversation across the table. I mentioned that this was a birthday dinner; with no... More 

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Portland, OR
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221 reviews 221 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I lived in the San Francisco area for many years and Albona became my favorite restaurant in The City in the mid 1990s. It is small and friendly with a really unique cuisine (Istrian) that is a combination of northern Italian and Slavic. The menu items are familiar enough not to be scary or weird but are done in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

we found this restaurant on tripadvisor. the staff was verry friendly and helpfull! if i ever go back to san fran this is a place i will return to. good food; good staff.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A small restaurant with very friendly staff. Really enjoyed the dinner experience. Ordered pork loin, lamb shank, pasta, mussels & desserts. I‘m not a meat lover but had a crush on the lamb shank:)

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Stuttgart, Germany
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We were looking for a place to get some classy Italian seafood and were not disappointed. The staff was very friendly and made for a great experience. The place has an intimate atmosphere. Nice table cloths and fabric napkins. The portions were generous but not ridiculously huge. I ordered the adriatic stew, my friend the seafood linguini. we were both... More 

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Seattle, WA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My wife suggested using Tripadvisor to find a great place. We picked Albona Ristorante Istriano because it was rated number #35 out of #5090 restaurants in San Francisco, at the time of this review. That would put it in the top 1% of restaurants in San Fran, which by default means it in the top 1% of restaurants in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Received a warm welcome from the gracious host and were ushered to comfy chairs in a cozy dining room. Had delicious gnocchi for starters, stuffed pork loin for main and apple strudel for dessert. Picked at the rabbit, risotto and pasta from my friends plates. Everything was perfect! Was able to byo wine so the bill was cheap as chips!

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I had the four-cheese ravoli, and it was the best I ever had. My mom had the Frutti de mary, and she enjoyed it. The Mussel appetizer was tasty, and the sauce was amazing. The staff were very nice. The restaurant is small, with only about 12 tables in the dining area. The place was very clean.

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Roosevelt, Utah
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We was staying at the best western Tuscan when we thought we would give this a try for dinner. We are very glad we did. The food was Amazing! It is a very small and intimate place (I think they had 11 tables) that was not very busy when we showed up. It was around 1-1/2 block short walk. The... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Loved this little Italian gem we found on our first night in San Francisco. Lovely waiting staff, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was just gorgeous! You must try their gnocchi and the lamb also highly recommended. Place had a very nice atmosphere, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who loves good food.

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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, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, 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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  • 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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