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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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San Francisco, California
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75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hosted a business dinner for about 40 guests. It worked so well. The staff were on top of things, the private room was just right, as were the food and price. This chain does a terrific job!

Thank J G
Ashland, Oregon
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found the salmon to be cooked just right (not overcooked and very tasty), great salads, and a good and interesting choice on the menu. The atmosphere was pleasant too, though it tends to be somewhat snobbish. Still, we have a nice memory of two outings to this restaurant in February 2017, both very pleasant lunch and dinner experience.

Thank Anna Y
Santa Barbara
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Experienced a taste of Umbria region at this wonder gem off Embarcadero. Our waiter with an Italian accent was more than enthusiastic to describe the monthly menu. We shared the tasting menu and suggested wine pairing and were rewarded with two small bottles of olive oil to take home. Will return.

Thank 264dalez
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I had the Vegetariana Pizza It was freshly made with an abundance of good quality veggies. We were there for dinner. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was good.

Thank Clarel A
Fairbanks, Alaska
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

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
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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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236 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 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 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 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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122 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

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

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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

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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