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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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 270
    Excellent
  • 57
    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
Great, authentic cuisine.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
offtapsucker
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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366 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Seattle, WA
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Had dinner here on our first evening in San Francisco, having read the great reviews on tripadvisor, and weren't disappointed. The place was cozy but bright, and very nicely appointed, service was terrific and the food exceptional. Highly recommend the "Grandma's special" gnocchi starter -- simply delicious -- and the lamb which my partner loved. And it was easy to... More 

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Davis, CA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Mom turned 84 last week. We needed a very quiet place for dinner so that the hearing aids would work. That might make you think this was a stodgy old group, but I must say, my octogenarians are some very hip folk. We entered the very small restaurant, were seated right on time, met and were served by the owner,... More 

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Warrington
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216 reviews 216 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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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: 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?

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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