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Albona Ristorante Istriano
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Ranked #214 of 5,665 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Taylor & Mason Sts.
Transit: 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).
Cleveland, Ohio
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Very small and intimate. Attentive service but not overbearing. We had arugula salad, veal shank and rabbit. All were delicious!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank DVenturer
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Melbourne, Florida
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious food”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Cozy restaurant near Talylor and Powell. We had delicious food and waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. I hade the Involtin de porco con capuzi garbi e prosuto - which is
pork loin stuffed with sauerkraut, prosciutto, apples, and plums
served with red cabbage sauté. It was heavenly.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Alice E
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Elmer, New Jersey
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294 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

While walking from the Taylor & Bay Cable Car trying to find Fisherman's Wharf we came across this hidden gem. Tucked away on a side street you can easily walk past. Don't! We arrived late afternoon and were seated immediately without reservations (but reservations recommended). Very romantic setting. Food presentation was exceptional but more importantly the meal was delicious. Our waitstaff treated us 'commoners' like VIP"s! Overall a very wonderful and memorable experience.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Nicemeany
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North Kansas City, Missouri
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A taste of Tuscany!”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We dined there twice while in San Francisco . It was very good and definitely continental. Do not go for American Italian food, for example "Chicken Parmesan ". Go there to savor authentic cuisine. It's within walking distance of hotels in Wharf, and in the area know as little Italy . It is small and intimate and reservations may be needed on weekends. There are moderate menu items also .

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Mike E
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Chicago, Illinois
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136 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“First rate food and service”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Unbelievable that this was a local deal that gave us full access to the menu. The food and service could not have been better. Everything delicious and cooked to perfection: rack of lamb was the best I ever had, and her raviloi likewise. Especially noteworthy was our waiter's candor: Marco, our server, was amusingly subtle but clear in directing us on all menu choices, wine included. In fact, if we ever have the opportunity to return, we will simply hand the menu back to Marco, one of the very rare servers to whom you should surrender your ordering privileges.

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank Pentwater--summerjoy
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