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Ristorante Franchino

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347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
+1 415-982-2157
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
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Decatur, Georgia
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went for dinner with my cousin who has lived in San Francisco her entire life and she raved about her new favorite Italian restaurant in this city. We went around 5:30 pm and it was already half full but we got a nice table for two by the window. Mama served us and was so delightful. I wanted a... More 

Thank Peter C
Rumia, Poland
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Following one tasty lunch there I have mixed feelings. The place is a nice, authentic, family-run Italian restaurant. The food (seafood pasta) was quite good. The young lady that was perhaps Mr Franchino's daughter (just guessing) was friendly and helpful, and even responded to our attempts at speaking Italian. So why the mixed feelings? Our bill was presented to us... More 

Thank Jacek D
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This family owned and operated restaurant is the best of what an Italian restaurant should be. Comfortable, friendly, Intimate - and great food. We were a family group of 7, celebrating the meeting of my granddaughter's fiancee. While we were there another couple got engaged to the cheers and applause of the entire restaurant. Many of us enjoyed the special... More 

Thank Eric G
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Buddy and I were looking for pasta and happened to walk by this place. He had lasagna and said it was excellent. I got the chicken parmigiana with homemade pasta. My meal was as good if not better than any I've had. The service was fantastic and very attentive. With the Italian restaurant competition in north beach being tough I... More 

Thank Jason G
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We had a family dinner here for my partner's birthday (2 kids, 2 adults). We ordered different things so we could try several dishes. The Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo was hands down the best we had ever had. The lasagna, Bolognese, and Mushroom Risotto were all incredible as well, but the Alfredo just blew us all away. We enjoyed some wine... More 

Thank Aaron V
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Firstly it's tricky to get a reservation especially like us during the Chinese New Year parade weekend. And on a normally busy Saturday night. However, we were fortunate they were able to take our reservation booking a couple of days prior. They do require that one's entire party arrive together-just a FYI. It's a very tiny restaurant that's odd-shaped, and... More 

Thank SF2015
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This is our second time to San Francisco and the second time to visit this restaurant. Very quaint restaurant with homemade food made with love. I had the special of the day, the "Parpardelle" and it was delicious as was the Caesar salad and homemade chocolate cannoli. This is a true gem of a restaurant and I would definitely recommend... More 

Thank Laura K
Seattle, Washington
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120 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Walked through North Beach in search of an Italian Dinner. Wanted a place offering a friendly atmosphere with a traditional menu. After a fairly thorough search, decided on Ristorante Franchino. Immediately fell in love with this place as the staff was so friendly we felt so welcome. Food was terrific too. I chose the Spaghetti w/calamari.. My wife had Veal... More 

Thank lawdawg1
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were wandering through North Beach on Friday night definitely in the mood for Italian. This restaurant is tiny, with seating for only a couple of dozen patrons. There was a table for two in the window with a great view so we stopped by. The restaurant is ran by a mother and her two daughters. We... More 

Thank Scott M
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Nice small Italian restaurant and wasn't overly that busy. Food was delicious and staff were friendly. Defiantly try it if you're in town.

Thank Ashley S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-2157

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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