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“Great food, prompt service, solid experience”

Ristorante Franchino
Ranked #107 of 5,737 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Italian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA
Level 6 Contributor
60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great food, prompt service, solid experience”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

This restaurant was really nothing short of excellent. I come from a place where authentic Italian food is within easy reach so it would be rather challenging for an Italian restaurant to come up with something that would be new and exciting to me. As it turns out, this particular place does the classics, but they do them a lot better. Service is generally quick with lots of home made pastas, good wine selection and plenty of dishes with tender veal. Deserts, especially their homemade tiramisu was especially impressive. Would definitely go here again

  • Visited November 2013
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great service, okay food, good if you are in a hurry. ”
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

The host sitting outside entertains you well while waiting for your table. The service is good and the people are very friendly. Quick and efficient service.

The food is good, but not exceptional. Even though the restaurant is run by real Italians, the food has a lot of American influences.

Downside is that the service is so quick, you get the feeling you are being rushed out so they can give your table to the next customers. They give you a max of 5 minutes between your starter and main course.

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Santa Monica, California
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“We love this place!”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Every year we make a trip to San Francisco and always include a meal at Franchinos. It's like returning home to Grandmas every year - A big hug and welcome from the owner (even though I'm sure he doesn't remember us), but you feel you are part of the family. The food is very good and varied and the atmosphere is cozy and warm - I feel like I've been transported to Italy for a couple of hours. Keep up the good work!

Visited October 2013
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Olathe, Kansas
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Just average.”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

The restaurant is small and the owners and staff were very nice and attentive. The food was just average though, especially considering there are so many other good Italian restaurants in the area to choose from. Now, honestly, 3 out of 4 of our party received good to excellent food. One individual ordered the eggplant parmesan and it had a weird taste, not good. It was not a bad experience, just average.

  • Visited September 2013
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bolton
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

This popular Italian restaurant is very busy ,but it is worth waiting for.
The atmosphere is cosy yet lively.The service is polite and prompt.
My wife had veal and roast vegetables which she enjoyed.I had the salmon risotto which was pleasant but unremarkable- not much seasoning and no mushrooms or other veg in the risotto- basically rice in cream sauce with bits of salmon- so maybe avoid that one! Otherwise,plenty of choice for all tastes.

  • Visited September 2013
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