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Don Pisto's

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415 395 0939
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5:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Tue - Fri 5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
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Sunnyvale, California
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting San Francisco for a day and decided to walk in here. Needless to say it was about 90+ mins long. Once we were seated, the service was awesome and my veggie enchiladas was one of best I have had in a long time. We will make advance reservations for our next visit for sure.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here late on a Sunday night after doing the night tour at Alcatraz. We had loads of tacos, margaritas and chips with a delicious salsa. Our waitress was great - made recommendations and very friendly and helpful. There was good atmosphere with a youngish crowd - good value for money.

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Thank cheryl928
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I decided to stop in for a quick bite to eat. Unfortunately not what we expected. Small menu and pricey, but this does seem to be typical for the area. We are from Texas and just wanted some regular Mexican food, and could not find it anywhere in San Francisco. Staff was very friendly, and we were... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The decibel level is super loud. People were practically yelling to be heard. For a Sunday brunch, it wasn't for me. If you want to socialize/meet people then the community table is for you. Foodwise, the brioche french toast was too soft/mushy in the middle; needed to be grilled longer; Pork Tamale and eggs: excellent flavors; beware of the poached... More 

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atlanta
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wasn't as impressed with this place as many reviewers. The hamburger comes medium rare, which they don't tell you and I didn't think to ask. It was at best only warm, so I had to send it back. Once it was adequately cooked, it did have good flavor with guacamole topping. But other than the chips and salsa, that's... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Came in here for an early dinner on my own on my first night in SF. Sat at the bar and was warmly welcomed by a very friendly bar man who kept me entertained and gave me some great recommendations. The tacos I had were good but the stand out items I ordered were the salmon sashimi starter - the... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Don Pistos is in a nice trendy area of North Beach. This place is all about flavors, no pretentious atmosphere here. Comfortable environment, great staff that is knowledgeable and friendly, and a meal that will not have you sitting for hours. Share small dishes of a variety of tacos that are delicious! Then the pork chop is outstanding, "flavors galore!!!"... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We had a group of six and shared several of the dishes and a couple flasks of sangria. Everything was delicious and plentiful! The prices are reasonable and our server as awesome! Note: there is NO sign on the restaurant and the story about why is interesting! Will be going back for more!

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Thank tattersall_12
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Lovely little Mexican place with a vibrant atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was good quality and was brought out quickly. Tacos were very tasty but judt missed that 5* star factor. We prefered the fish tacos over the Angus steak. Overall a quirky little restaurant, we'll worth a stop.

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Thank Adam H
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Since one of our party was raised in California but now lives in England, it was imperative that he binge on Mexican food. Don Pisto's delivered. It offers creative interpretations of traditional fare, good margaritas, efficient service, and a lively, celebratory atmosphere. And by lively, I mean loud. Real loud. One of those restaurants where shouting-conversation is required. Nothing to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 510 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415 395 0939

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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