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Albona Ristorante Istriano, San Francisco, CA

Albona Ristorante Istriano

4.4
4.4
906 Reviews
$31 to $50
European
Albona Ristorante Istriano serves cuisine from the small nation of Istria. Istria is located on a peninsula in the Adriatic sea. The cuisine here is an interesting mix of Italian and Eastern European with local culinary traditions mixed throughout. The atmosphere of the restaurant is distinctly Mediterranean, with Grecian decor and styling. The menu at Albona Ristorante Istriano has cuisine that is entirely unique, and diners are unlikely to find its specialties anywhere else. One such dish is a half-braised rabbit with onions, juniper berries, honey, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, all served with broiled polenta and baby carrots. Another popular item is the pork loin stuffed with sauerkraut, apples, plums and prosciutto, served with red cabbage sauté. Albona Ristorante Istriano also has an extensive wine list, with vintages from all over Italy and California.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    European, Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 441-1040
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Hernandez
  • Private party facilities
    Luncheons and Dinners 7 days a week.
  • Private party contact
    Samuel Hernandez: (415) 441-1040
  • Neighbourhood
    North Beach
  • Cross Street
    Taylor & Mason Sts.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Last stop of the Powell-Mason Cable Car Line at Taylor and Francisco Sts. (1/2 a block away).<br />No. 30 Bus stops at Columbus Ave. and Francisco St. (1 & 1/2 blocks).
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 906 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 1.1Value

NoiseModerate

906 Reviews
  1. RovingGourmand

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Now closed. Have enjoyed this place for more than 20 years. Apparently, I should have enjoyed more often...

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  2. Maurenkg

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first plates (mushroom soup and pear with gorgonzola) were amazing but the main dishes were a bit under our expectations. The fish of the day with too much lemon and the risotto a bit plain.

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  3. PeterS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Too bad they are closing! This was the perfect spot!

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  4. BillyDeeWilliams

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We're going to miss you Albona, so many special occasions were celebrated, delicious meals were had, and plenty of great memories. Thank you for being awesome, and thank you for being part of our story in San Francisco! All the best in 2019 and beyond!

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  5. nanwebware

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's very sad to see such an iconic, special place like Albono's leave us. We just had to go one last time and it was very special. We're going to miss you!

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  6. BarryL

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful restaurant. It is a pity it is closing.

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  7. KevinP

    San Francisco

    143 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very sad to learn that Albania will be permanently closing as of December 31.

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  8. tanuki

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly, this gem is closing at the end of the year. It's a real shame because there's nothing else quite like it in SF. The food is unique and perfect every time; the service is impeccable; and the ambience is like being in Europe - quiet and cosy. Sam is an excellent chef and Jesus is a great waiter - we will miss them and Albona when they are gone.

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  9. BDGE

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We heard that Albona was closing and wanted to have at least one last meal there. And it was fabulous, delicious as always, huge portions, wonderful menu choices. The rabbit was unbelievable. And staff were friendly and helpful. So so sorry it is closing.

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  10. quiet

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are very sorry that rent increases are driving this gem out of the neighborhood.

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545 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Taylor & Mason Sts.
  • Neighbourhood
    North Beach
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    European, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    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).
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Samuel Hernandez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 441-1040
  • Private party facilities
    Luncheons and Dinners 7 days a week.
  • Private party contact
    Samuel Hernandez: (415) 441-1040
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