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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
+1 415-441-1040
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been dining here since 1993. Since then we've moved away and whenever we get back to SF we try to fit in dinner at Albona. The food on our recent visit was just as excellent as we remembered. It was an easy walk from...More

Thank Highlandsgirl
Reviewed 17 December 2017

This was an unexpected surprise on our last night in San Francisco. Describing itself as offering Istrian cuisine, it definitely had an Italian/Slovenian vibe. We arrived late-ish - but the staff were happy to serve us. I had a salad starter (salatina mista) which has...More

Thank Helen B
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We wandered into the restaurant, fairly late on a Sunday evening in December without a reservation. They allowed us to dine with them, although we suspect they were looking to close a bit early, as only a few tables were occupied and no one showed...More

Thank 2Arnolds
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

We were a party of 4 staying at a nearby hotel. The concierge recommended Albona to us. What a find! 4 people with very different food preferences all rated their meals 10/10. It's a small, intimate restaurant with a lovely ambience. The host, Sam, welcomed...More

1  Thank andis809
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Easy walking distance from our accommodation at Columbus Motor Inn and very pleasantly surprised by the food and wine quality. Meals not too expensive by San Francisco standards and although not large portions very enjoyable. Service was friendly and efficient and our dining experience was...More

Thank Traveller839
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Visited as our last night in San Francisco and what a find! Sam the owner was welcoming and friendly and quick to offer water and menus. Love the cozy intimate space and snowy white tablecloths. The food was delicious, we ordered the pan fried gnocchi...More

1  Thank Kerri P
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

While searching TA for a restaurant in the North Beach neighborhood, I found Albona Ristorante Istriano. My daughter's boyfriend really enjoys finding new and interesting food choices and Meleah and I love Italian food so this was the perfect mix of the two. We had...More

Thank debonvine
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Albona is an interesting place that serves Istriano food -- it is similar to northern Italian, but mixes in some unique flavors. I think most folks who enjoy northern Italian cooking will like it. The restaurant itself is quiet and a bit old school, and...More

Thank Rockdog33
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a meal there with a group with very different food preferences. The vegetable dishes were savory and unique. The staff was highly accommodating and made us laugh a few times. Great senses of humor. We were the last in and they didn't rush...More

Thank Dori D
Reviewed 18 June 2017

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but this gem was excellent! It only held a couple dozen people, so unless you are going early on a weeknight, you'd better get reservations. The food was excellent, and so was the service.

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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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