Italian Restaurants San Francisco are delicious and scattered throughout the city. While San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood is still the number one destination for a great and sometimes overwhelming selection of Italian food, other sections of the city hold great promise for marinara lovers, too. Check out the guide below to some of the most popular and critically acclaimed Italian restaurants in San Francisco.
2400 Polk Street (at Union Street) (415) 928-5797
This cozy, highly popular and reasonably priced restaurant is well loved by San Franciscans who know their Italian food. The meat dishes are to die for, and the wine list has many affordable items throughout. Be warned that the restaurant can get a bit noisy.
Bucca Di Beppo
855 Howard Street (at 5th Street) (415) 543-7673 Bucca Di Beppo
Here's the Italian restaurant you want to go if you've got a family of 10, or a going away party to have for a friend or co-worker. This absolutely massive, elaborately decorated Italian restaurant serves up heaping platters of Southern Italian food family style, so bring your appetite.
Italian Restaurants San Francisco: Caffe Delle Stelle
399 Hayes Street (at Gough Street) (415) 252-1110 Caffe Delle Stelle
Residents of the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood have long considered this restaurant to be one of its culinary jewels. The cuisine has a Tuscan focus, and the restaurant's close proximity to Van Ness Avenue's theater district makes it the perfect place to dine at before or after the opera.
59 Columbus Avenue (at Jackson Street) (415) 956-9737 Caffe Macaroni
This tiny North Beach Italian joint is well known for its excellent pastas, massive wine selection and exuberant service. The noise level can rise when seating is at maximum capacity. Reservations are definitely recommended. Try to get a table that's located on the restaurant's cozy, loft-like second floor.
3621 18th Street (at Guerrero Street) (415) 552-4055
This simple yet stylish restaurant serves up mouth-watering Northern Italian cuisine in the city's hip Mission District neighborhood. An overnight sensation ever since it opened its doors in late 1998, Delfina offers food not nearly as expensive as everyone thinks it is. This always-bustling restaurant finds itself prominently displayed in just about every yearly survey that's taken of the best eats in San Francisco.
532 Columbus Avenue (at Green Street) (415) 399-0499
Rose Pistola has long been one of the most popular Italian restaurants on an avenue overcrowded with Italian restaurants. Definitely try something on the menu that comes from the wood-burning oven. The pizzas are a big favorite. Try to get in before 7 p.m. when the dinner rush explodes.
The Stinking Rose
325 Columbus Avenue (at Broadway) (415) 781-7673 The Stinking Rose
If you have someone in your life who's addicted to all things garlic, here's your restaurant. Just about everything on the menu contains garlic. More than 3,000 pounds of garlic is used in dishes every month, even the ice cream! The Stinking Rose is definitely a tourist haunt, but it's not a tourist trap. Nicely sized dining rooms make it a good place to come to with a large group.
1800 Mason Street (at Union Street) (415) 982-5728 Trattoria Contadina
This snappy, fun and dependable North Beach Italian restaurant dishes out excellent pasta and fish dishes. It can occasionally be a claustrophobic dining experience because the place is tiny. There is a second floor that's good if you've got a party of four or more. It's one of the best Italian restaurants San Francisco.