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Sun-Mon and Wed-Thurs 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm

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04/11/2011
Delicious simple Italian food

just LOVE this place! If you are looking for simple, delicious Italian food, this is the place to go. We heard good reviews about this place so my husband and I decided to give it a try. We almost missed the place because it is tiny but OMG you feel like you are in Italy!! It feels like visiting your relatives (even though you are not Italian :-) and seat a table with family-cooked, very tasty Italian dishes! The ow... view more

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09/11/2010
Owner is a B.....

Owner is a B...... My husband and I couldn't decide on a main dish to share, so the waitress offered some ""marinara"" sauce on the side. It was delicious, but we didn't realize it was made from ""gold"". When I asked for some more, the owner bawled me out like she was my mother. She also charged us $5 for the 4 T. of ""marinara"" that the waitress had brought us. Unbelievable!! She turned what was a wonderful meal ... view more

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11/03/2009
Worst meal I have ever had in San Francisco

The wait staff was surly and appeared quite bothered to wait on customers. The pasta Bolognese made me wish for a frozen dinner, a frozen dinner offers more food too! If you only accept cash, perhaps they should make note of that prior to presenting the check. They do have a sense of humor, they thought they deserved a 20% tip! Stay away!

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10/03/2009
A taste experience not to be missed

They make such a perfect thin-crusted pizza that since I first discovered them 15 years ago I've had a hard time bringing myself to tour the menu. Due to the tiny kitchen size, they can't get city approval for any cooking devices but the pizza oven, and their entire repertoire is a function of that odd constraint. They do amazing things with au gratin and roasted vegetables. The wine list is put together by a sch... view more

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11/02/2008
Can't Beat this Food for the Money

Afraid that their being listed in Zagat might have changed things, we went back to our favorite Italian food restaurant not knowing what we'd find. Everything is as it was when we left it - the food, the wine and the prices are all exactly like we remembered. Great food, especially great prices and brisk, but accommodating service. If you like Olive Garden, don't take up space in this restaurant, please! This is so m... view more

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02/24/2008
NOT RECOMMENDED! did not even deserve one star

On satuday Feb 23 around 4:30pm my son and I decided to dine at L'Osteria since we've drove by the restruant a few times. As soon as we open the door the waitress gave us a look like, ""What do you want!"". When we walked in I noticed there was only one other table with 3 customers who already placed their order. It took 10mins for them to give a menu then another 20mins to take our order. As we were waiting I al... view more

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08/05/2007
If you're young...

There is a perfectly good reason why I'd give this restaurant three stars. A good friend of mine and I went into the city to bum around North Beach and hang out to get away from the East Bay. Neither of us look too particularly young, but we both happen to look around our age, which is about 20 years old. The servers picked up on this almost instantly; it was like they could smell we weren't going to purchase drin... view more

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11/11/2006
Tasteless.

I waited for a table for an hour outside and when I finally was seated ordered polenta with gruyere as an entree. It arrived on an off white oval plate with absolutley no garnish or color. The cheese gave it next to no flavor and looked less than appealing. When I asked the waitress for some kind of tomato sauce (which would be fundamental at an Italian restaurant) she said, "" we don't serve it that way"" and walked... view more

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11/03/2006
A tiny whole in the wall you'll love!

I friend raved to me about this place for nearly a week before he took me there and I couldn't stop raving when I left. This tiny italian spot feels like your dining at someone's house. The food is AMAZING, but the ambience I thought, was way off mark. The service is very casual and not necessarily very good, but the food is worth the trip. I promise you'll love it! The prices are very reasonable too.

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05/02/2006
Good food, cute place

This place is tiny and very narrow, but the food and service was great! Definitely has an older feel---i.e. not hip and trendy, but homey and comfortable. I ordered the special of the day which was cornish hen and it was excellent---not at all dry and the flavors were delicious. It was also pretty reasonably priced--for the two of us, we got a glass of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and it came... view more

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