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“Like being in a movie” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nob Hill Cafe

Nob Hill Cafe
1152 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1916 (Nob Hill)
415-776-6500
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Ranked #106 of 5,052 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian, Pizza, Californian, Café
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Like being in a movie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

By chance, I was in the neighborhood alone as I just came off a flight in search of some food. It was 2pm and I just needed something very light.
I had a vegetable soup which came in a very large bowl, extremely sumptuous, followed by the most tasty bruschetta. Hot earl grey followed. I felt very much satisfied.
The service was courteous, informal and very Italian. The restaurant was cosy and comfortable, reminiscent of what one sees in a movie with people dining casually in a small quaint eatery.
Too bad my stay is short or I will love to be back and sample something else on menu.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Barbara, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Small Italian Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Exactly like many we have had while visiting Italy in Umbria and Tuscany. Delightful small café away from the business of the town center. Had a nice bottle of Italian wine outside while waiting for our table. My evening special pizza with Gorgonzola and pears was exceptional. My wife and friends all had pasta dishes that were equally exceptional. The staff was gregarious and helpful. We sat next to the kitchen and didn't mind it a bit. Everything upbeat and definitely worth the wait.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Banff National Park, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Have the Tortellini!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went to the Nob Hill Cafe recently with friends. Had to wait about 45 minutes to get a table, if they take reservations, make one in advance. Had a some wine outside on the patio while we waited which was fine.

Once we were inside, the food was amazing. So so tasty. I had the tortellini with cream sauce which was to die for. Caprese Salad was very well done as well. Wine prices weren't outrageous either. They had a $20 bottle of wine which was not terrible.

Service was fast, our waitress was very very nice.

I would highly recommend this restaurant!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boulder
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you want to get out of the main restaurant, tourist-scene, this is a good option. Since it was near our hotel, and rec'd good TA reviews, we decided to give it a shot. Friday night on SF marathon weekend so we knew it would be a challenge and it was - 45 min wait, outside, since there is no space to wait indoors - but it was worth it. We were lucky enough to get a window table, in the side dining room so our experience was a little different than some of the other reviews (which I agree with - very small, cramped tables, and you wouldn't want to be in the side with the kitchen). The food was very good - but not the best ever - and I especially recommend the carbonara, and the bread! Service was excellent, and prices reasonable...for SF. Nice that this seems to be a locals favorite.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Cozy neighbourhood restaurant with very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Pros
Nice environment with pleasant music at an appropriate volume.
Friendly and efficient staff.
Good Italian fare.
Cons
Didn't experience one but would not have been as happy if we had been seated in the dining room
next to the kitchen. If you are able, sit in the room next door.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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