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“Almost 30 years old and still great after all these years”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Jackson Fillmore

Jackson Fillmore
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Ranked #717 of 5,644 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Pacific Heights
Cross street: Jackson
Oakland, California, United States
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Almost 30 years old and still great after all these years”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

I have been a regular at Jackson Fillmore since their opening nearly 30 years ago and at the end of the day, when you're looking for a truly great, authentic trattoria one is hard pressed to find anything better in this town or any other around the world. Every appetizer and entree is delicious and ultimately satiating. Portions are generous and served piping hot.

I recommend the Contadina Mista if in the mood for something very hearty, as well as the old standby, Pasta GOA. Veal Chop always great as well. GREAT ITALIAN COMFORT FOOD

They DO get very busy and sometimes the staff has issues keeping that cup of coffee refilled but otherwise service quite good. I always recommend this place.

  • Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood restaurant with authentic cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

One of my favorite San Francisco dining establishments. Friendly staff, good chef and authentic Italian peasant food. I have never had a bad meal or bad service here. Get to know the staff and let them order for you. Extensive wine list. This is a Pacific Heights neighborhood gem.

  • Visited November 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“An impeccable gem and a great place to get to know”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Jackson Fillmore has been a neighborhood gem for years and maintained its excellence and increased its distinctiveness versus all other choices. It's the best. The key is consistency. The recipes are proven, the preparation and execution impeccable and the atmosphere is wonderfully warming. Jack, Casey and Kelly and all the staff will greet you, chat with you, tell you the wine and food stories, help you choose, and make their place your home for the evening. If there's something that's not on the menu but they have the ingredients, they'll make it for you. The wine list has lots of low price / high value choices that are made possible because the team do all the hard work of discovery themselves, get to know the owners, winemakers and importers, and negotiate personal terms. This is a great place to get to know. Go often.

  • Visited February 2014
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boulder, co
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Charming little neighborhood place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

The Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is nothing to look at from the street, in fact one might even drive by. Once inside it becomes immediately apparent that this is a traditional trattoria in every sense. The service was great and some of the items we had were excellent.

My wife and I loved the antipasti frito. She had a very nice ravioli dish and I had the red snapper "special." Unfortunately, I seriously doubt it was fresh red snapper. The fish was overwhelmed by a tomato sauce which was overly spicy. It was very difficult to enjoy the fish.

We won't be put off by this one dish and intend to come back as the menu offers lots of choice and we noticed a number of other dishes being served which we might order next time. We really enjoyed the charm of the place.

Like so many places in the city, if you are driving, go a little early so you can find parking.

  • Visited February 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hidden Italian Food Gem in SF”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I give Jackson Fillmore a 5 for everything: ambiance, value, and deliciousness! They seem somewhat hidden - if I were walking down the street and didn't know they were there, I would definitely not look in their window twice. But since I DO know they're there, all the better!

The food was amazing - I highly recommend the parmesan-crusted artichoke starter, for one - and the service was very friendly. This is definitely a place I plan on coming back to next time I'm in town!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Catherine M
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