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Albona Ristorante Istriano

545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1803
+1 415-441-1040
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“veal shank” (37 reviews)
“strudel” (28 reviews)
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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 days ago

Lovely meal here but like most places it finishes taking orders about 9 o'clock - we were quite late going on so there was no offer of a dessert or coffee when we finished our main course!

Thank Mary I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service is perfect. Very friendly. Quiet and cosy atmosphere. And the food is excellent. Real authentic Italian food. Good selection of wines. We have only a few days but we will return for sure.

Thank Vincent S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great dinner! My boyfriend and I were alone in the restaurant for hours. It was like having a private chef. (Sam said that they were crazy busy Friday and Saturday night so they welcomed the quiet.) They deserve to be busy. My boyfriend...More

Thank valleytrekker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place where the neighborhood goes to get a excellent meal. Tucked in, just off Francisco and Powell, the food is great; veal shank, rabbit, spaghetti, meatballs and ravioli, it is all delicious food. you finish with the home made tiramisu...and it bustles...More

Thank dsr256
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We found this restaurant on trip advisor. It was close to our hotel and rated very highly. It did not disappoint us. I had pasta, and my husband had the salmon. Both were excellent. It was dark when we arrived and it was hard to...More

1  Thank NORMA P
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful experience, with unique flavors that I have not experienced in Italian dining before.

Thank atktraveler
Reviewed 3 March 2018

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
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
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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Response from Amy C | Reviewed this property |
Not sure-call restaurant
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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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