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Albona Ristorante Istriano
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Ranked #219 of 5,834 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: European, Italian, Seafood, Central European
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Taylor & Mason Sts.
Transit: 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).
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Having such a good ranking in Trip Advisor, we went with high expectations to this restaurant.
Best thing we received that night was a spotless service, very caring waiters, ready to satisfy by any possible means.
Nice and warm setting of the small dinning room was also a positive side.
Two of the dishes, the salmon and the lamb chops, were really outstanding and definitively saved the night. Both were cooked and seasoned to perfection.
All of the other dishes, the tomato soup, the gnochis, the raviolis and the stuffed calamari were nothing but ordinary, just like many others one have tried, and completely forgettable.
Based on other reviews you might want to visit Albona. Well, do so if you whish, but lower your expectations a little bit.

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Thank Lino P
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Perfect dinner! The food was outstanding, and the service couldn't be better. The owner/chef of this Istrian Italian restaurant visited us several times during the evening to make sure everything was fine. And it was! We started with arugula and prosciutto salad. My husband had Istrian style ravioli with sirloin tip sauce. I had perfectly prepared and delicious halibut. For dessert, my husband said the Tiramisu was the best he had ever had. I had an apple strudel that definitely had a Mediterranean touch to it. We love the Italian restaurants in San Francisco's North Beach, because they remind us so much of being in Italy. For a special treat, we recommend Albona!

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Thank Jill B
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We came upon Albona because of TripAdvisor reviews and it lived up to the good reviews. Glad to be able to find good advice and places where beyond what the conceierge will recommend.

Thank jhw80503
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Our first dinner in San Francisco on Sunday, June 23, 2013 was our best of the week. We dined at Albona. First, we were phoned mid day to confirm our reservation. When we arrived, we were greated with complimentary sparkling wine. The mussels as well as the pears appetizers were magnificent, but they were eclipsed by the veal shank and the braised rabbit entrees. Our waiter, Ed, was attentive without being intrusive. Service was impeccable. Chef Sam came out to meet us.
The atmosphere was relaxed and refined. No other resaurant came close to matching the whole experience.

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Thank dpgrau
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This was our third time dining at Albona, and it was as great as the first time! The service was wonderful, the food is out of this world, and the place is just adorable. This time, we tried the panna cotta desert, and it was simply divine. The saffron risotto is delicious, and the gorgonzola pear appetizer is unbelievably wonderful. We will be back again just as soon as we can!

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Thank Sarah492
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