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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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Milan, Italy
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204 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 

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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
Switzerland, Fla.
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240 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Il Fornaio is located on a tree lined street near the Embarcadero Pier area. We needed to find a great Italian restaurant, quiet enough to carry on a conversation, and able to accommodate 8 people. We were glad to find this "hidden gem"- easy to get to, and huge inside. The service was wonderful, and our waiter was friendly and... More 

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Oakland, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We went for dinner to a wine maker event. It was well set up for the event and the host did a lot to make it a great evening. The staff was really un attentive and very slow. Bills came to the wrong people with no explanation when requested. No apology or anything. Food was fair compared to past dinners.... More 

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Minden, Nevada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had 2 friends visiting from China and I really wanted to impress them. After a long search I decided to take them to an Italian restaurant. My wife suggested Il Fornaio near Embarcadero. As we arrived the hostess received us with a warm smile and offered to take us to the reserved table, we decided to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

we found this restaurant one evening and decided to stop in and have a bite well it's was so worth it, the service was great the food was amazing (i'm Italian so i know good Italian food). on our way out they gave us (as i call it) a parting gift free home made pasta.!! talk about a great place.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Good food. Good service. Good time. Pasta tasted homemade. Atmosphere was clean and standard. I would recommend.

Thank MelB_1384
Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Prompt, polite service and good ambience. A little out of the way so easy to get a table. A little pricey for lunch but all in all good.

Thank majormotoko

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$55
Italian, Pizza
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
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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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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