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550 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)
(415) 362-6012
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Ranked #805 of 5,041 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood:
Financial District
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Montgomery St
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Went during the week and sat against the concrete bench. Food was great and I really enjoyed the pork and the presentation. Can't say that any tables were really dialed up too much but the acoustics of that concrete must really reverberate within the restaurant. Wow! See for yourself - maybe it was just a weird night.

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Ny,Ny
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We always like dining out in San Francisco, and Chiaroscuro was no exception. It is pricey, but the choices and execution are flawless. We chose the three course prix fixe and were not disappointed. We also chose the wine pairing, which was exquisite. We would definitely return.

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San Francisco
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326 reviews 326 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This restaurant has a great location given the proximity to the Transamerica Tower great energy wonderful ambiance and I thought the service was excellent; however, I did not like the three course menu, I thought the food was slightly above average and I thought the portions were small. I really think the restaurant should return to the menu of old.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Decide to try Italian in SFO . A friend recommended this place. Mix feeling about it. Very noise, could not have a conversation across table. Service hit and miss. Food .... Decomposed tiramisu?1980th style. Trittico Di pasta were good, taste and cooking. Tasting fish appetizers were fishy and still burping the anchovies roll. Kobe beef????? Hard and tasteless . Forgot... More 

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San Francisco, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This restaurant is a popular lunch spot for people working in the Financial District who want a great place to relax and enjoy an authentic Italian meal. A group from my office recently did just that. The atmosphere is great, although with the restaurant full it can get very noisy. The name of the restaurant, Chiaroscuro, is Italian for clear-dark,... More 

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San Ramon, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband and I were very excited to eat at Chiaroscuro. We had spent three weeks in Italy this summer and one of the winery owners we met highly recommended this restaurant. We booked our reservation well in advance for a Sat nite. First issue, the restaurant doesn't offer valet parking. This is probably not an issue for folks coming... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I should have written this review long long time ago.. but for one reason or another I never got around to it.. Sorry to Alessandro who is the owner and chef at this great place.. He has in no way asked me to comment on his restaurant, but I had such a nice/unique experience at the restaurant that I have... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Unfortunately the formerly excellent cuisine has declined a lot. The service and decor are still excellent but its hard to recommend this resturant anymore

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Fishers, IN
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The menu is a fixed price menu with an option for three, four or five courses. I had thee courses which included a starter, a primi, and a dessert. I ordered the burrata and loved the smokey flavor of the eggplant. The triaglio was a sampling of three pastas. They were all cooked to al dente and full of flavor.... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lunch with an important client at Chiaroscuro was delightful. The room is intimate and lovely, the noise level is great -- enough of a hum not to feel like a library, but really easy to have a conversation even for those in our group who don't hear well. The food was fantastic and beautiful. My trio of pastas was one... More 

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Additional Information about Chiaroscuro

Address: 550 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: (415) 362-6012
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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