Last time my wife and I were in San Francisco (three years ago) we tried to eat at this small unassuming restaurant, but they were booked for the evening. However the owner was extremely gracious and booked a reservation at another establishment for us. I always remembered the hospitality that was shown to us that night, so this trip I made sure we reserved a table for Saturday night a couple of weeks in advance. I am glad I did for the restaurant is not very large and was filled on the Saturday that we were there. The restaurant features dishes from the Istrian Peninsula, an area on the Adriatic Sea, and is quite different from the usual Italian cuisine. My wife and I started our dinner with a large Insalata di rugola con pomi, prosuto e funghi con oio de tartufo (an arugula salad with granny smith apples, mushrooms & prosciutto in a white truffle vinaigrette.) Which was delicious and a blending of flavors I had not experienced before. For an entree I had the salmon in a light lemon, white wine, shallot and butter sauce served with sautéed, seasonal vegetables. Which I found to be wonderful. My wife was a bit more adventuresome and choose the Strudel con pasta fatta in casa (fresh pasta roll filled with slices of prosciutto & Lappi cheese; baked in a casserole
with toasted bread crumbs, béchamel, & tomato-cream sauce) and she was very pleased.
The restaurant is very intimate and the tables are very close together, so we struck up a conversation with the couple sitting next to us, who were running the Bay-to-Breakers road race the next morning. It made for a very enjoyable evening.
I might add, that Albona is an easy walk from any of the hotels at Fisherman's Warf, and is a great escape from the touristy crowds and over packed restaurants of that area. For others it is only around the corner from the terminus of the Mason St. Cable Car.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.