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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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“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 weeks ago via mobile

This place may not look like much from the outside but the inside is cozy and warm, the service was perfect and our food was fantastic. We are vegetarians so went heavy on the salad options and they did not disappoint. The salad daily special...More

Thank JoyceAna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to get away from the touristy restaurants and Albona was a perfect choice. It's a small, sweet restaurant with fabulous food and outstanding service. We were VIP treated and the rack of lamb was out of this world. Would highly recommend!

Thank beaches56Duxbury
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A quiet place on side street with attentive waiter and home style food. Good wine list. Would go again.

Thank sunshine5060
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Almost impossible to find. Doesn’t look great from the outside. Inside is small and rather old. But the food is outstanding. Old school Istrian food. Very nicely prepared. Definitely a place you can go for a great meal. Ask for the specials to make sure...More

Thank Bernhard W
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 12 April 2018 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 9 April 2018 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 6 April 2018

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
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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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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