We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

North Beach

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: 4156785327
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description:

Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding...

Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding fine cuisine to its claim to fame.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$102*
and up
North Beach Culinary Experience with Alcohol Pairing
More Info
$69*
and up
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
More Info
$69*
and up
Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 222 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Amazing food with the best company.

My husband and I had a great time in our first day in San Francisco!Margarita, our tour guide was so nice and she explained us many interesting things about San Francisco´s... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
iraiadobaran
,
Bilbao, Spain
Add Photo Write a Review

222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 170: English reviews
Bilbao, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I had a great time in our first day in San Francisco!Margarita, our tour guide was so nice and she explained us many interesting things about San Francisco´s history. The food tasting started with an incredible soup made with seafood. Then we had and amazing apetizers with a delicious cocktail. After this, we had the best pizza... More 

Helpful?
Thank iraiadobaran
Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
1,085 reviews
658 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I suppose this would be more of an attraction for me if I were into the nightlife scene for which this area is well-known. I do love Italian restaurants though, and it’s easy to see why part of North Beach has been dubbed “Little Italy.” It’s also easy to see why the term “charming” is so often used in descriptions... More 

Helpful?
Thank Citallwic
California
Level Contributor
74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

They have the best Italian food there, Try Molinaris for a killer sandwich. Most places are open for lunch

Helpful?
Thank atollmedic
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We walked this street on the way to Lombard street and the squiggly street, its very pretty and has those great steep San Francisco roads, a few restaurants and shops on the way. Ensure you have good walking shoes as some of those hills are steep. Can get busy too.

Helpful?
1 Thank jen m
Northern NJ
Level Contributor
275 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

You'll find phenomenal restaurants throughout the area, but be sure to eat a pizza at Tony's! Enjoy an easy stroll as you head from Union Square through Chinatown to North Beach and down to the water for amazing views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate.

Helpful?
1 Thank happymomx3
Yonkers, New York
Level Contributor
167 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a great part of town to walk around and build up an appetite for great Italian food. The hills, like the rest of San Francisco are steep.

Helpful?
Thank luvbigcountry
Applecross, Australia
Level Contributor
99 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

If you get a chance take a walk through North Beach, it's such a beautiful historic part of San Fran that shouldn't be missed.

Helpful?
Thank Josh_soph
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

My husband and I have had the pleasure of living in North Beach for the past three years. Sadly, we are moving and heading back to Southern California but North Beach has become our second home. If you are an international traveler or a local that needs to spice up your life then this is the place you must come... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Fabienne N
daly city, United States
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Walked North Beach after dinner for some desserts and it was nice & quiet with no rain it was delightful.

Helpful?
Thank M J N
Truro, Canada
Level Contributor
45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

Bohemian, Chinese, Italian, great bars, great cafes. Interesting locals........this is my favourite part of San Francisco ... A little bit of everything and also close to virtually every other area of interest

Helpful?
Thank Dean W

Travelers who viewed North Beach also viewed

 
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
 

Been to North Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from North Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

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.
Explore this neighborhood