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1448 Pacific AveSan Francisco, CA 94109Map & Directions
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Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
09/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love trying new restaurants and as I am in the entertainment industry I have that opportunity often. But, I always come back to Ristorante Milano. New restaurant scenes come and go, as do hot musicians. Since I have been working with the best for a long time I know what makes for longevity. It is their talent and delivery... for Ristorante Milano it is the food and service. Everything I order there is fresh and their fish is never farm raised. The high quality of the ingredients: the cheeses, their pasta made fresh daily, their heavenly foccacia brought to the table, they have been doing this for years, they know what they are doing! I brought a band in before their show for an early dinner and we had the gnocchi, seafood polenta, fettucine with a Milanese sauce and a bottle of Barolo. We had a great discussion with the owner about the Blues shows he used to do in Italy. Another woman working there is a classically trained singer, the other waiter was a southern Italian, totally friendly. Their personalities added to total experience. The staff knows me, but it was the first time for the band members there and they loved it.
Yeah, it's good to try something new....but come back to the best.
We met friends for dinner at Milano and although the food was exquisite, the entire experience was ruined by our waitress and the attitude of the manager on duty, Albo/Aldo(?). Our waitress was a Spanish/Hispanic brunette woman on the shorter side (wish I knew her name) who was extremely rude to us while ordering and during the meal.
At one point, one of our friends asked, ""Is the fish a special?"" and she said ""Yeah...I just told you that!"" Needless to say, we overlooked the 3 times she snapped at us/was rude because the food and ambiance were nice and everyone has a tough day once in awhile. However, after ordering our after-dinner coffee we were sitting and talking when the waitress came up and said ""Excuse me, but folks are waiting for your table so please finish up your conversation as we need the table now.""
ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? We just dropped $250 for dinner and we weren't lingering--we were still drinking our coffee! That was the final straw...I walked down and asked for the manager. He identified himself as Albo/Aldo. I explained what had happened and he said ""Can you tell me exactly how she was rude?"" I replied, ""you mean outside of trying to kick us out of your restaurant after we spent $250?"" He offered to talk with her later, but wasn't in any rush to assuage our bitterness.
We decided we had better leave (after all, they apparently needed the table despite not seeing anyone waiting at the door). On the way out the door, Albo/Aldo tried to explain that sometimes they get backed up and they just wanted us to know that there were folks waiting, but they weren't trying to kick us out. Again, ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? ""We wanted you to know that folks aren't waiting, but we aren't kicking you out""?????
Needless to say, despite fantastic food I would avoid this place. They overcharge a bit (which we were willing to overlook) and the service and management are really, really awful!
A great find! This is definitely one of the places I miss most now that I no longer live in Nob Hill. I love trying new places in SF, but this restaurant keeps me coming back. When I do go to a restaurant more than once, I usually just get the same entree...why mess with a good thing? At Milano, I was adventurous to try something different each time and was blown away all 5 times. The food is most important, but service and ambiance are also key. The wait staff always welcomes us with a smile and makes great recommendations. I love when they recite the specials...a tremendous list where everything sounds delicious! It's really the most adorable restaurant. It's inviting, comfortable, and not too loud - everyone is having a good time but also able to enjoy conversation without yelling. Make sure to make reservations and give yourself time to find parking!
01/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Upon entering the restaurant, you feel like you are being invited to a friend's house...homey, cozy, non-pretentious...one of those places where you know that you will come back even if the food wasn't spectacular...but what a parade of amazing dishes from start to finish! From the perfectly dressed salads, gnochhis to die for, sardines that melt in your mouth to the out of this world Ricotta Tart...My 2 friends from Japan were almost speechless...how about a branch in Tokyo Mr. Blasi?
PS: Did I mention the incredible service?
12/31/2006Provided by Citysearch -
What a find! Recommended to me by my favorite bartender in LA, I came up to SF with my boyfriend and tried Ristorante Milano for the first time. We had one of the best Italian meals I have had outside of Rome! We had some very fresh seafood appetizers and then continued with homemade gnocchi which was surprisingly light. We split some of the most tender veal I have ever had, then shared tiramisu and granita for dessert. Everything was served promptly and in a professional yet relaxed manner. Heaven. What made it all the more fun was the very friendly and competent service. It's a very international scene there, our hostess was charming, we enjoyed talking to her about the local music scene and her singing experience in Europe. Our waiter was friendly also, and we talked to him about Brazil and world cup soccer. We travel alot for our business and Milano is exactly the kind of restaurant we seek out wherever we go: intimate, great food and friendly service.
11/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I love italian food. This place is awesome. The pasta was great and so was the wine. We had a late reservation and waited about 5 mins when we were seated. The place is a bit crowded but I'd rather go here than some overpriced place like Alioto's with a smug waiter. Go here!
11/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This small restaurant hidden in the middle of Pacific St was very quaint. Not your traditional Italian place with spaghetti and meatballs, this is Milano! The food was delicious, the place is small but very loud when it is filled up. Waiters are pleasant!
10/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I loved this small cozy restaurant. The servuce is so grat that they make you feel like at home.
Food is good but not the real thing ! I asked for saltimbocca alla romana and instead of the traditional veal involtini I have been served a pice of chicken with melted cheese and ham on the top, even though the menu gave a totally different explanation of what saltimbocca are (I am also italian by the way). The antipasto plate speck and cheese was a little poor, they were out of Burrata which they replaced with three pieces of mozzarella for $11.5 (I have to say that the waiter was honets by saying that they would have replaced the burrata with mozzarella). I tried my friend gnocchi and they were light...delicious. The pear dessert was a surprise, there is nothing bettere than a healthy dessert. By the way the served warm homemade rosmary focaccia. I would go back if it wasn't for the parking issue.
10/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The food was good--no more and no less (if it had been any less good, I would have been unhappy). Typical American Italian food--nothing noteworthy. I will eat there again if I find myself hungry while nearby, but I won't suggest it as a destination when planning to dine out.
09/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been coming to this restaurant for over 12 years and it has never disappointed. When I think of a cold foggy night in San Francisco, this is the place I come for hearty Italian food, wonderful aromas, and a wait staff with style and flair. I recently relocated to SF and am happy to now be closer to this wonderful restaurant. Good work Milano!
09/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I like variety. I rarely go to the same place more than once (and living in the city, this is not hard to do). Milano has rendered this propensity nearly impossible to indulge. I have been back several times and each time my bond with the restaurant grows stronger. Try Milano. You will not be disappointed. Call for a reservation in order to get one of the uber romantic tables in the back.
08/31/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 10 year anniversary over an authentic Italian meal. It was so authentic, when we called you could hear Italian being yelled to each other in kitchen in the background. Reservations are highly recommended as the place is VERY small (true European feeling). The staff was very accomodating, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delightful and portions were comprable to going to Europe where you are given the right amount. If you are uptight about tables being too close, overhearing other tables laugh and enjoy their food - don't go. Part of the romantic setting is the intimate feeling with everyone in the place.
08/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I read other people's reviews and I really find them useful. I have lived here in the city for a year and my boyfriend has been here for 8 years. I was looking for really good italian food that was not a tourist trap. This is not this resturant. Its really busy and hard to get a seat. There is no ventilation in the resturant so it the whole resturant is REALLY smokey. My boyfriends chicken was chared so it tasted like charcol. My pasta sause was ok, but not what I was looking for.
Customer service was great, but that was it.
Ristorante Milano is the best kept secret in San Francisco. I recently dined there with close friends and we were all impressed with the experience we had. The size and location offers an intimate and comfortable dining setting with an amazing staff that takes care of your every need. Everyone from the host to the chef was very personable, prompt and had great recommendations to offer when needed. From the food to the wine everything we ordered was exquisite and beautifully served. Its especially enjoyable for a birthday experience or a nice night out on the town. I highly recommend it.
my boyfriend discovered Milano a couple of years and it's one of our favorite places. the food is always great and service is gracious despite the sometimes crowds waiting for their table. this is a neighborhood gem. make reservations and give yourself extra time for parking.
We had heard about the Milano and finally tried it. The service was friendly and the ambience clean and unimposing. Everything was explained carefully and we chose grilled calamari with small white beans, and radicchio with walnuts and gorgonzola. My lasagna was perfect and her gnocchi was
amazingly light. Desserts were homemade mint pear sorbet and really good tiramisu, big and fluffy.
04/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We were aggressively rushed from the moment we sat down. The food was completely mediocre. Angry people in doorway waiting whose reservation time not being honored, which evidently is their policy. Spilled red wine over my wife with no apology or offer of compensation. It was a hostile environment to patrons serving bad food. We couldn't wait to leave.
01/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to many Italian restaurants in the city...trying to find the perfect one. This place is great! It has a very cozy feeling since it's nested between apartments. You feel as though you found your own lil Italian gem. The food was delicious and service was excellent. I'd definitely go back for more!
09/08/2005Provided by Citysearch -
The prices, service, atmosphere, and portions are more in line with a Trattoria than a Ristorante, so a more accurate name would be ""Trattoria Milano"".
The food is delicous. Great flavors and fresh. Not over salted like some other SF Italian restaurants The pasta and vegetables were cooked perfectly. The wine was the proper temperature. The desserts were excellent and generous including one made by Nonna in Italy that we haven't encountered in the States before. The portions are large for Italian standards, but average for American standards. When Italians go out to eat the point isn't to get ""filled up"" so you feel like you got ""your money's worth"". It's to enjoy excellent food and company while someone else cooks and cleans :-)
Environment: The tables are too small and too close together. Otherwise it was fine.
Summary: Closest thing to an Italian Trattoria in SF.