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Il Pollaio

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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555 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
+1 415-362-7727
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to find, fast, super casual, inexpensive, fairly healthy, tastes homemade, good for groups, safe for gluten free, on MUNI line.

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Paris, France
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stopped there by accident when we were visiting the surroundings without checking the reviews and we definitely didn't regret it. Chicken is good, served with fresh french fries. It was delicious and the portions were good for the money. We recommend this restaurant.

Thank Ahsio
San Francisco
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

I hesitate to even write this review, as this is a local secret. This restaurant has very friendly staff and great Argentine style grilled chicken. The menu is simple, but share a 1/2 chicken and a salad and pop a bottle of wine. (Corkage is $10-$15, I forget...) This is one meal in the neighborhood you can actually have for... More 

Thank sonj818
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

A very unassuming place on the outside and nowhere near as flashy as some of the Italian restaurants on the streets but this small place was packed with locals and served delicious roast chicken and chips. Excellent food.

Thank Elizabeth M
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We've been going here for at least 25 years for the most reliably delicious grilled chicken in the city. It comes with a variety of salads. They also have home-made soup daily. It has been owned by the same family (Italian and Argentine) since it opened in the 1970's so they know how to please the customers. The chicken is... More 

Thank zstone
Astoria, New York
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546 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our first day in San Francisco and we were invited here by our hosts for lunch. I noticed they had rabbit on the menu and suggested this to my friends as an an interesting alternative to the usual meat and poultry dishes. The cooked rabbit was delicious, but a little tough to cut.Otherwise, very tasty. The restaurant is situated on... More 

Thank neil102
McLean, Virginia
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We were delighted to find Il Pallaio, just around the corner from Beach Blanket Babylon, on Columbus in the heart of North Beach among the many, perhaps more charming Italian restaurants. We were drawn to the casual atmosphere, the varied ages of the customers, including 3 good- humored SF policemen, and the menu prices. We were immediately seated and enjoyed... More 

Thank Carlita62
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Tiny place with great chicken. We had half a chicken and salad each and it was delicious. Got talking to a couple at another table and they said the restuarant had been there for over 25 years. I love a little local place that has survived for so long, it's a good sign that the food is great. We then... More 

Thank Zoe M
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Passes this neighborhood favorite on a walk through North Beach, and decided to return for a "basic" meal! Busy and filled w/ locals on a Thursday night. Efficient and thorough service. Chicken was perfectly spiced, moist and delicious!--eggplant appetizer/salad a perfect accompaniment to a meal that met our needs for something simple and satisfying!

Thank J T
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

This triangle of a restaurant is another of the old North Beach original restaurants. They have been churning our grilled chicken, rabbit, lamb chops and lentil soup for years now and it's always just as good as the last time. Their three types of salad on a plate is a complete meal on its own and the staff are always... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 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: +1 415-362-7727

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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