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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Montgomery)
+1 415-775-8508
11:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

One of the best dinners we had last year. the ricotta appetizer and the pasta with the meat ragu were stunning. one if my favorite Italian and overall restaurants !!! 5 stars

Thank jul0mat
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292 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is good .. very very good. The menu is obviously Italian and I was impressed by a very well drilled and knowledgeable wait team. My wine recommendation was superb. Squid was the most tender I've ever tasted and my Agnelotti was perfect - plump, perfect little pockets of flavour that belie the skill and flavours involved. Everything is served... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It all melted in my mouth- especially the pasta. You can taste the fresh ingredients and care taken from choosing high quality ingredients

Thank lags4
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237 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have dined here many times and this was among our best food experiences. The sformato was everything this delicacy should be: creamy and flavorful. The reginette pasta with cardoons and taleggio was the best new taste I have had in a pasta dish in ages (and I have just returned from 2 weeks in Italy). Gorgeous flavor and texture,... More 

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Stanwood, Washington
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best part of an amazing evening was sitting at the counter, watching junior sous chefs creating one beautiful dish after the next. Great seats to observe the art behind culinary magic. We shared two appetizers as well as an entree and dessert. Appetizers were our favorites followed by the hand crafted cappuccinos. Cannot say enough about how lovely this restaurant... More 

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San Diego, California
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152 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sat at the bar and had a great culinary experience ... both the food and education watching the preparation was great. Anchovy salad, madarulas ? Pasta and steelhead were all great

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

High-quality ingredients; cooking grounded in tradition but with novel dish construction. Fantastic pasta and fresh antipasto. We had a great meal and there were simpler dishes for the kids that they loved. Woodfired meats looked fantastic also.

Thank Mark J
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here on a drizzly, wintry late weekday afternoon. The setting is warm and cozy, and the food raises the bar on Italian restaurant fare. I dined with someone who had been to the restaurant before, so they had helpful suggestions about menu choices. Good thing for me because everything looked so enticing! The Ravioli is unlike any I've... More 

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Go to Cotogna for a great Italian meal, lunch or dinner, equally as good. Simple Italian fare but very well executed. Sitting at the kitchen counter offers a great experience as you can chat with the chefs or just watch them preparing the dishes you are about to eat. Booking is essential, this place is always busy.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Fresh!!! The food and experience Chef Michael Tusk delivers reflects his humble, quiet nature. The food is palate pleasing, rich and balanced in flavor, yet light. Cotogna makes you feel at home. This is a gem and will not disappoint! We would highly recommended to everyone.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Public Transportation: The Muni bus lines 1 California, 30 Stockton, 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom all stop within a block or two of Cotogna. The closest Bart stop, Montgomery Station, is a 10 minute walk.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-8508

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood home.
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