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Ristorante Franchino

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-982-2157
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a family dinner here for my partner's birthday (2 kids, 2 adults). We ordered different things so we could try several dishes. The Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo was hands down the best we had ever had. The lasagna, Bolognese, and Mushroom Risotto were all incredible as well, but the Alfredo just blew us all away. We enjoyed some wine... More 

Thank Aaron V
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly it's tricky to get a reservation especially like us during the Chinese New Year parade weekend. And on a normally busy Saturday night. However, we were fortunate they were able to take our reservation booking a couple of days prior. They do require that one's entire party arrive together-just a FYI. It's a very tiny restaurant that's odd-shaped, and... More 

Thank SF2015
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second time to San Francisco and the second time to visit this restaurant. Very quaint restaurant with homemade food made with love. I had the special of the day, the "Parpardelle" and it was delicious as was the Caesar salad and homemade chocolate cannoli. This is a true gem of a restaurant and I would definitely recommend... More 

Thank Laura K
Seattle, Washington
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117 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked through North Beach in search of an Italian Dinner. Wanted a place offering a friendly atmosphere with a traditional menu. After a fairly thorough search, decided on Ristorante Franchino. Immediately fell in love with this place as the staff was so friendly we felt so welcome. Food was terrific too. I chose the Spaghetti w/calamari.. My wife had Veal... More 

Thank lawdawg1
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were wandering through North Beach on Friday night definitely in the mood for Italian. This restaurant is tiny, with seating for only a couple of dozen patrons. There was a table for two in the window with a great view so we stopped by. The restaurant is ran by a mother and her two daughters. We... More 

Thank Scott M
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Nice small Italian restaurant and wasn't overly that busy. Food was delicious and staff were friendly. Defiantly try it if you're in town.

Thank Ashley S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Excellent food and such a fun place. Felt like a special neighborhood spot in North Beach. Fettucini Franchino - amazing!!! And the special with wide fresh noodles, italian sausage and marinara and tons of parmesan cheese. Family run and they are delightful.

Thank Susan T
Reno, NV
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Delish--and then some. The restaurant seats about 40 patrons maximum. We reserved for 20 on a busy Friday night, and they accepted, graciously. No contracts, no credit card guarantee, nothing other than a kind ask--please arrive with your full party, on time. Our group of 20 arrived on time and were seated promptly. This is a small, family run business,... More 

Thank wpack99
Portland, Oregon
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great food served by a wonderful family. It's so nice to have the owners come out and speak to you while you're eating. The food was really good, yet simple. I highly recommend this place!

Thank Chris H
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Came across this place on my last night in San Francisco. Nice family run restaurant, food and atmosphere were great. The best meal I had in san Francisco.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-2157

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

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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