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Il Fornaio

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€€ - €€€
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1265 Battery St, Levi's Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111-1101 (Greenwich)
+1 415-986-0100
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My father-in-law and I ate an epic meal here. I say epic because we spent nearly 4 hours chatting and enjoying the atmosphere that the restaurant provided. The wait staff exemplified professional servers. They displayed an intuition for when to visit the table to offer service - there was certainly no rush though no long waits to see the server.... More 

Thank Marie S
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The white table cloths & ample space speak well, also the cozy bar, then the starched napkins at your place. Bresaola served with crescione & an aromatic olive oil, so temping together with the fresh look of the bread that I had to taste & was rewarded. The petto di pollo con pepperoncino was what it promised, quite sharp The... More 

Thank sicelidas
New York City, New York
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231 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this restaurant. I had fresh grilled seafood which was superb. It was, however, one of the few dishes without gluten or dairy. I had to ask them to hold the cheese and croutons on the salad. Surprising in trendy California. Others in my party loved the pasta, meat balls, and petto di pollo con pepperinato. Too few California... More 

Thank ScoopTraveler
Union City, California
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71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for my youngest son's birthday & food tasting for my oldest son's rehearsal dinner. It is located at the Levi's Plaza on Battery & Embarcadero overlooking a waterfall. The restaurant is not visible from Embarcadero but hidden behind tall shrubs & trees. There is ample parking along the street. Parking is free after 6 pm. For starters, we... More 

Thank lagingpasyal
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch after walking down the 400 steps from Coit Tower (just hang a left). Slowish service but fantastic wood-fired pizza and house salad. Their complimentary olive bread with oil & balsamic is fantastic. A bit pricey, but excellent overall.

Thank Sylvia B
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been there 10 times I imagine, and every time it is solid. It is really convenient for tourists, at least those who long for a quality meal without pretence.

Thank Ludgatecircus15
Milan, Italy
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206 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Had dinner with office colleagues in December 2016. Despite not being very busy the service was extremely slow. It took 2 hours to get starters and the mains served for a group of 7. The quality of food was very average. The pastas were dry and the sauce was not flavor some. The fish was good and the focaccia was... More 

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Armonk, New York
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Our son chose this as our first restaurant to try on a four day visit to San Francisco. I cannot say enough great things about our visit. First of all, the restaurant is beautiful. We were seated immediately, and offered a drink and bread while we waited for our son. Our meals were all delicious and our cappuccino's were probably... More 

Thank TBacchi2013
Rhode Island
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106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We thought we were under dressed, but we sat at the bar, and the 2 bartenders were helpful and great. Great drink, ravioli and pizza.

Thank am420jeep
Neenah, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We eat here every time we come to San Francisco. The setting and menu are high style Italian. Service is efficient and unobtrusive. You will find classic dishes as well as correct innovations of Italian cuisine. Wood fired pizza options are all great. Good Italian wine selections at a fair price.

Thank marinaramamma2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$55
Italian, Pizza
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1265 Battery St, Levi's Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111-1101
  • Public Transportation: Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-986-0100

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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 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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