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Il Pollaio

555 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
+1 415-362-7727
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good43%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chicken” (25 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
“fries” (2 reviews)
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Italian, American
555 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

This has come a bit of a local for me when I don't feel like cooking. Great for a reasonably quick bite with always fresh chicken. Salads and thick fries are great and the staff are always welcoming and make it kind of homey!

Thank Myles L
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Great grilled chickens...perfect for a quick grab and go take out dinner. Friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Thank davidcA9227ME
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
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
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...More

Thank sonj818
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
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...More

Thank zstone
Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank neil102
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...More

Thank Carlita62
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...More

Thank Zoe M
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

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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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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