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.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Albona Ristorante Istriano

Certificate of Excellence
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Seafood, European, Central European
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

412 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 386: English reviews
Ciboure, France
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tiny restaurant located between North Beach and Fisherman wharf in a very good address. Very good traditional italian cooking with a good money for value ratio.

Thank Eric A
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Albona is a Istrian restaurant roughly three blocks off Columbus Avenue in historic North Beach and just a 10 minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf. Yes, tourists visit there, local "city" folks enjoy the great food from "Sam's kitchen". The food is a compilation of tastes from the locales of Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Austria. The food is excellent and the... More 

Thank Don C
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
139 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A family gathering mid-week perfectly handled by the Albona team. Our food choices were diverse; a shared appetizer collection of 5 different items led by the delicious stuffed calamari followed by 6 different entree choices. All the entrees arrived within seconds of each other making for a comfortable dining experience. Standouts included the stuffed pork, pasta with stuffed calamari and... More 

Thank fcarr
Level Contributor
54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Avoid the restaurants around fishermans wharf and walk to albona. Just 5 minutes and SO much better. Interior a bit outdated, but lovely food and good wine.

Thank Pablo2504
Burlingame, California
Level Contributor
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

When I booked over the phone the person was very friendly but when we arrived a sour faced person was at the door. Poor first impression. We asked to be moved because of a draft and he seemed annoyed. We were moved to the side bench seating with a torn leather cushion. The place was almost empty so why the... More 

Thank topsey2
san francisco, CA
Level Contributor
58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

This was our first encounter with an Istrian restaurant - from an area of Italy near Trieste. The restaurant is in North beach, and believe they're not parking was very easy. The food was just great. This is genre is much unlike the more traditional Italian fare. The service was impeccable in the price is very reasonable. Six of us... More 

Thank chinadochill
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We were a little lost when yet another local stopped to help.We asked for recommendations Albona was one from a list we were not disappointed good service good food made to feel welcome we had starter to share then Chicken Breast In A Brandied amazing.

Thank regan66
Birmingham, UK
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Whilst I will complain if something is not right, I will always give someone the chance to put things right. On this occasion despite giving the establishment chance to do that, we ended up cancelling our food order before it arrived and leaving to eat elsewhere. We'd booked a table on line and checked beforehand that we could bring our... More 

Thank Edgbaston78
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We were walking to another Italian restaurant suggested by the hotel and passed by the door and menu of this one. So glad we went in. Simple dining, very elegant service, but such fine fare. Not pretentious.

Thank Janet W
Elsinore, Denmark
Level Contributor
94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

my third time in albona. the food was perfect as usually. We got pasta and lamb made to perfection. The tiramisu and strudel were perfect too. the only disaster was the wine. Actually it was a good wine, a Zinfandel 2012 but it was served lukewarm around 28 degrees

Thank jkanters

Travelers who viewed Albona Ristorante Istriano also viewed

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA

Been to Albona Ristorante Istriano? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Italian, Seafood, European, Central European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Albona Ristorante Istriano and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
5 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Albona Ristorante Istriano staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.
Explore this neighborhood