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Albona Ristorante Istriano

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$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
+1 415-441-1040
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Albany, New York
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

We found this restaurant on line and based on it's history and positive reviews we were excited to give it a try. After a busy day of sightseeing we ordered simply - asparagus soup, the sardine appetizer, spaghetti and meatballs and the seafood risotto. While the sardines was a unique and very tasty choice everything else fell far short of... More 

Thank jgm826
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Went here last night as my family took me out for a belated birthday dinner. What a great local place out of the way and totally old school Italian. Started off sharing some apps, squid stuffed with toasted bread crumbs, parsley, and garlic; roasted in marinara sauce, Beet tartare mixed with a touch of horseradish and mustard and pan-fried potato... More 

Thank travdet
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

Albona is in the North Beach area and my brother and his wife and I ate there last night. We had wonderful appetizers on the house.Joe had spaghetti with meat balls, Fran had their strudel con pasta fatta in casa and I had the veal shank. The young owner and chef,Sam ,served our meal for us. He was efficient and... More 

Thank Mjshe
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Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

Some of the most spectacular food we've eaten in a long time! Each dish with a twist, we've tried 2 appetizers and 3 entrees: arugula salad and gnocchi for appetizers and braised chicken in branded marasca cherry sauce and strudel con pasta fatta in casa. One was better than the other! Chef and owner, Sam Hernandez was also our server... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

This was quite an interesting find near Fisherman's ward. Not a tourist trap, this is a very authentic Istrian restaurant on a quiet street in a somewhat residential area only 1-2 blocks off the main drag. Basically Italian with a Balkan twist, Istria is an area on the coast of Croatia which used to be owned by Venice. I had... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We booked into this restaurant on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews and we were definitely not disappointed! It is an unassuming little place - we almost walked past it - but we really enjoyed our dinner there. We had mussels and pear with gorgonzola as appetisers, and veal shank and spaghetti with meatballs as entree. It was all delicious and... More 

Thank woodendtraveller
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Food here is excellent. Read the history of the place to understand where your food is based. We had a couple on next table to us and conversed with them about wine, they having come to town from Napa and brought own wine, and the food we were served. We all had different courses which were mostly excellent. Soup was... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2016

We were four friends who visited Albona on a not so busy Thursday in October. Actually, a taxi driver in San Francisco recommended it to us - and thank you, taxi driver, whoever you are - you were playing Miles Davies on your stereo and told us that you make wine at home on a hobby basis together with your... More 

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Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

If you want to eat delicious Italian food, it's the right place. A small restaurant serves great Italian food, better than in many restaurants in Italy. Great wines, friendly service.

Thank ASchweri
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97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We went there for business dinner. We ordered calamari, mussels, seafood pasta and soup. Soup was not very good but the rest was perfect. Waiter recommended a red wine for us. This wine was not the most expensive one. The price of the wine was average amongst the menu or below. But it tasted just great. He could have recommended... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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: +1 415-441-1040

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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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