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“Ugh - tourist”

Ristorante Franchino
Ranked #153 of 5,645 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Hong Kong, China
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363 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
“Ugh - tourist”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

NO WAY: This place seems to have managed to get some good reviews. But frankly, it's can opener Italian food. I was disappointed to bring a business colleague here. The staff is very friendly, but the place is simply tired and the dishes unremarkable by any stretch of the imagination.

Basic green salad, stale bread, and the touted gnocchi straight from a vacuum pack. You can do so much better in San Francisco.

The tiny rest room opens right into the kitchen which sets the mind going.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bali, Indonesia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Insult to Italian kitchen”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

Insult to the Italian kitchen.sorry, this I cannot believe. How can all reviews be so good. This is not good. We ate with 3. we had the salmon proscitto, the veal parmasan, the chicken garlic and aubergine parmazan. The bread was old, the salmon old and very ery salty as well as the veal, the aubergine was no aubergine but some kind of ommelette, no trace of eggplant. Still want to go here. Judge for you self, but decide to leave once you tried the first dish and go while you still can safe your evening and money (100usd). we thought to give it a chance; do not make the same mistake.

  • Visited May 2014
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Had a really nice dinner at this little place. Strangely the olive oil was delicious (I don't usually notice the taste of olive oil). I had the arriabiatta which was spicy, I was probably a little too adventurous because I couldn't finish it due to the heat so if you like it spicy get this dish.

Visited April 2014
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Amsterdam
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Nice Italian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Although the whole area feels a little bit like a tourist trap, we heard this was one of the best Italian restaurant in Little Italy. The mussels were splendid with a spicy sauce. We also really liked the seafood pasta and the cheesecake was great. It is a family restaurant and there were a lot of italian customers which is always a good sign. There was one waiter (lady) that did not speak Italian so I would have preferred one of the other family members to serve us.

  • Visited April 2014
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Penne Arrabbiata ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

This dish was fantastic!!! Loved the spicy sauce and it tasted so fresh. I wish I had the recipe on this one. A little if everything for your family's taste hear...

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