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L'Osteria del Forno

519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
+1 415-982-1124
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“focaccia” (19 reviews)
“roast pork” (14 reviews)
“pumpkin ravioli” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30 Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

It's the only Italian restaurant in the district that bakes its own bread, and you can tell! Everything is fresh, intimate, delicious - real, good food. It is the anniversary and birthday spot for my fiancé and I. Couldn't recommend it more - get the...More

Thank LeslieKnope2020
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We reserved in this really cosy place in San Francisco. We ordered 2 of the biggest pizza's they had with 4 persons and we had way too much to eat but my god it was delicious! Really fresh pizza with a thin crust. An absolute...More

Thank Yariiiii
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

You would never expect to get top quality Italian food in the place you walk in. They offer really authentic Italian food that is beyond just pizza. My family are all very picky eaters and didn't want to eat pizza there as they had so...More

1  Thank Dmitry M
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We had three pizzas and I must say that the ingredients were very good, with real Italian salame, speck and scamorza cheese. They were also very fresh. The thin crust could have been crisper, though, which would have required a slightly longer time in the...More

Thank Corrado T
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Osteria del Forno is a tiny restaurant in North Beach, a charming and authentic San Francisco neighborhood. Easily overlooked, the restaurant serves amazing , non touristy fare at very reasonable prices.They even serve panna cotta on weekends ! No generic red sauce here...

Thank kathleendooley58
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Having spent 2 weeks in the Italian Lake District this spring, we are always on the lookout for places that capture the wonderful (though little known) white wines and distinctive dishes of this region. L'Osteria gets top marks on both counts. They have two delightful...More

Thank Kay W
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Just off Washington Square on Columbus, L'Osteria offers wonderful made to order northern Italian food in a tiny space decorated with large artful Italian drink posters. Water arrives promptly in a glass bottle with a warm greeting from the single hostess Elizabeth who offered great...More

Thank A H M
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Small and very quaint! Our server was lovely and service was good. We had the special of the day and it was excellent! While I was completely satisfied, my husband wished the portions were larger or extra bread was offered.

Thank MamaBooge
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Been here many times, never had anything less than perfect. With a nod to Northern Italian cuisine, this tiny neighborhood gem in North Beach, is always quaint with a romantic touch. Everything is impeccably fresh, prepared and served beautifully and attentive, friend,y service. Prices very...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We had dined here several times in the 1990s, when it was still operated by the original owners/chefs. The menu was always limited, but the plates were delicious and served with care. Among our favorites were the roast pork and the beef carpaccio. Salads were...More

Thank paulrudenia
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-1124
As our name indicate, most of the food is cooked in the oven, like the best thin-crust pizza in town, thinly sliced pork loin roasted in milk, penne with meat sauce... And our extraordinary focaccia! We only cook fresh produce for 26 years!
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