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Luisa's

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1851 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123-4307
+1 415-563-4043
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17:00 - 23:00
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Mon 16:30 - 23:00
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 23:00
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Bowie, Maryland
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

What a gem of a place. We loved it here, the authentic food, the ambience, and especially Luisa. She was a wonderful hostess. Looking forward to my next trip to SF.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

During a business trip to SF back in 2013 I had the chance to visit this restaurant, it was the only one accepting to take a group of 5 after 10 P.M and it was great! I loved the pasta and the seafood soooo good. Luisa is such a trooper we had an amazing evening. But I have to admit... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

My wife, Daughter and myself went to Luisa's in mid July to have an early dinner and try their Lasagne that I had experienced 10 years ago. My wife and Daughter split the Bolognese Lasagne and I had the seafood Lasagne. Both were very good. However the 2 salads for the table were plain (mixed green & Cesar salad) were... More 

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Berkeley, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

I couldn't be more effusive about how much I loved this restaurant. We were warmly welcomed by Luisa, the charming proprietor who is in her 80s but looks like she could be in her early 60s. The food was top-notch but not fussy; just very authentic and fresh Italian. The Saltimbocca Alla Romana at Luisa's was just as good, if... More 

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San Diego, California
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101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

87-year old Luisa Hanson has reopened her classic Southern Italian restaurant in Nob Hill. If you are unfamiliar with Luisa, be prepared for a treat. She's about the most diner-friendly owner I've experienced, who isn't shy about sitting down with you and chatting about her long personal history and why she is a perfectionist about her cuisine. At our recent... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

We arrived early evening after a long walk from Union Square. We were introduced to Luisa (she's 87 in case she asks you to guess). Food was very tasty, if a little expensive. Atmosphere could have been a little livelier but not a bad choice.

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Thank ChrisGander
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

visited the one on California street, the food was awsome! Take it from a person that loves cooking, you will not be dissapointed. Not to mention, if you are lucky the grate Luisa her self will come by and make shure you are having a nice dinner! Love from the Norwegian couple

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2014

Louisa had just moved into the restaurant and charmed us as soon as we arrived by her personal history and description of her delicious food. Despite being in her eighties it was clear that she had still coked much of it using old family recipes. We all enjoyed great food and wine but went home with empty pockets.

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Thank Ruth J
Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

In October 2012 we stayed in San Francisco for 5 nights. We enjoyed many wonderful meals however on our last night we found an absolute hidden treasure in Union St near Pacific Heights. This Italian resturant is owned by a San Francisco icon in the restuarant world. When you walk in the atmosphere and decor is stunning and very inviting.... More 

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2012

My family and I spend Thanksgiving weekend or the weekend before in San Francisco and usually eat, one night, in the Little Italy area. This year, my sister in law decided to look for somewhere new to go and found Luisa's so we thought we would try it. My mom, stepfather and I were just in Italy in September so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
16:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1851 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123-4307
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighbourhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-563-4043
Description
"...Luisa Hansen, beautiful and vivacious owner, whose authentic old-family recipes will guarantee that only the finest central and Northern Italian food will be served..." The Guardian
Luisa has created a warm, romantic, cozy, Florentine atmosphere that makes one feel as though they are really in Italy. She has been cooking authentic Italian cuisine since 1959 with passion and makes all the Italian specialties in house; Luisa only selects the finest seafood and Niman Ranch organic meats. All pasta and bread is made fresh on the premises. Come enjoy a beautiful summer evening with dinner out in our outdoor courtyard.
Our bar "Notte" now has happy hour from 4:00pm until 8:00pm everynight!
We also have a cocktail lounge that is open until 2:00am.
Every Sunday thru Thursday, exluding Holidays, come enjoy 20% off all food items from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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