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Albona Ristorante Istriano

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££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Seafood, European, Central European
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545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803 (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
+1 415-441-1040
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked into this restaurant on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews and we were definitely not disappointed! It is an unassuming little place - we almost walked past it - but we really enjoyed our dinner there. We had mussels and pear with gorgonzola as appetisers, and veal shank and spaghetti with meatballs as entree. It was all delicious and... More 

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Lichfield
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food here is excellent. Read the history of the place to understand where your food is based. We had a couple on next table to us and conversed with them about wine, they having come to town from Napa and brought own wine, and the food we were served. We all had different courses which were mostly excellent. Soup was... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We were four friends who visited Albona on a not so busy Thursday in October. Actually, a taxi driver in San Francisco recommended it to us - and thank you, taxi driver, whoever you are - you were playing Miles Davies on your stereo and told us that you make wine at home on a hobby basis together with your... More 

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Canton of Thurgau, Switzerland
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to eat delicious Italian food, it's the right place. A small restaurant serves great Italian food, better than in many restaurants in Italy. Great wines, friendly service.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We went there for business dinner. We ordered calamari, mussels, seafood pasta and soup. Soup was not very good but the rest was perfect. Waiter recommended a red wine for us. This wine was not the most expensive one. The price of the wine was average amongst the menu or below. But it tasted just great. He could have recommended... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We had the most wonderful dinner at this restaurant. It is an elegant small place with excellent food and wine choices. I highly recommend visiting.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Had a wonderful delicate meal here, thoroughly enjoyed by us. If you want to be in a more neighborhood restaurant this is a place to go. The food was a pleasant fusion of Austro-Hungarian, Italian and Dalmatian. Interesting and so tasty. The Babich wine was great. You need to book in advance for a Friday or Saturday night. Enjoy!!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This gem of a restaurant is tucked away in a neighborhood. There was only a single waiter for a Wednesday night dinner. Luckily it's not a big place. Maybe it took a little longer for him to get around to us, but the food showed up piping hot. The seafood linguine was done to perfection, my Italian host did not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is a gem. A little bit hidden and the front isn't overly flashy screaming "restaurant here"...but thank god it isn't. We saw reviews on Trip Advisor and went. It was excellent!! The host/server/waiter was excellent. One guy took care of the whole front of establishment and did it well. I had the pork and my husband had the... More 

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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We have been here before and invited another couple as expected our dinner was excellent. The pear and Gorgonzola appetizer is still one of our favorites of all time. The rack a lamb was cooked to perfection and extremely tasty. The stuffed calamari was exceptional. The veal shank was fantastic too. The rabbit was very unique and quite tasteful. As... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, European, Central European
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
    (Taylor & Mason Sts.)
  • Public Transportation: Last stop of the Powell-Mason Cable Car Line at Taylor and Francisco Sts. (1/2 a block away). No. 30 Bus stops at Columbus Ave. and Francisco St. (1 & 1/2 blocks).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-441-1040

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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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