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Delfina Restaurant

4.6
75 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. PLEASE NOTE: Delfina only accepts limited reservations on OpenTable. For more tables and availability, please visit Delfina's website or contact us directly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 552-4055
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Craig Stoll
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Guerrero Street
Additional
Wine
What 75 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I set the noise level to loud only because the two men at the table extremely close to us were quarreling. Everything else was great.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Have been going here for 20 years. Have NEVER had a bad experience. My favorite restaurant in SF.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

All 6 of us enjoyed our meals. As it is a very popular place, it was a little crowded & noisy.

Despite this, the food was very good & so was the service.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delfina is always fantastic. The pastas are terrific, the chicken is incredible, even the butter for the bread is amazing. The staff is one of the best in town.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great food, if pricey. The wine choices are very pricey, especially for a neighborhood bistro.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Just great. From the pleasant and attentive service, to crusty bread and delicious butter, to the fabulous courses of scrumptious food. Just great.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The food was fantastic, but I think the kitchen forgot about our main course before they started shutting down for the night. It took far too long for our mains to come out. As an apology the server brought us bread, and the manager brought us warm olives. Once our mains did come out though, they were absolutely delicious. I just would recommend not booking a 9:30pm reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Dining at Delfina is always a delight. I like to visit late after a concert or performance, when the evening rush is finished and the scene is starting to quiet down.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Excellent; excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was so good - we came for fresh, handmade pasta and we were not disappointed. Everything was delicious and they paid excellent attention to details. Our server was fantastic. We were here for my boyfriend's birthday and we had a wonderful time. The only complaint was that the tables are extremely close together, but living in SF where every square inch counts, I understand and am used to this.

We loved it and will go back!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We come here every couple months or so. The food is always top notch. But it can get really loud. We were one of the earlier tables on a Friday and the restaurant was 90% empty. It started off great and then 10 minutes in, with an empty restaurant, the music was turned up so loud we could barely hear each other across the table. I think the louder music drives louder voices,, and with an empty restaurant, they should take care to manage the volume accordingly. No one is there to listen to a soundtrack.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

I’d definitely go back!

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2.0Dined on January 31, 2018

I was looking forward to the spaghetti, which is supposed to be one of Delfina's highlights. Unfortunately, the dish was overly salty and certainly not pleasant eating. My friend's quail dish also was over salted.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Vegetables simply prepared and delicious! Pastas divine! Panna cotta, the best I've ever had!

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Our entrees were delicious, although the portion of my husband's risotto was small. We also shared a rich chocolate pudding (bonet) that was spot-on. We resented having to pay $4.00 for the bread as in the past the Tartine-baked bread had been part of the experience at no additional cost.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2017

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Beautiful meal (especially the fish) and wine, knowledgeable and helpful staff, great atmosphere, best meal we had while visiting San Francisco

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and great service at Delfina. The menu was a bit foreign to me and my family (a lot of Italian lingo), but the staff were very accommodating in helping us select food and beverage. They are very patient.

My only complaint is that if it’s above 75 degrees outside this restaurant gets hot. I was sweating while I was eating, but it was still absolutely delicious and worth it.

Note, if you order the pasta, they are smaller portions, but don’t be off put, they are very very rich pastas.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

This place is cold and they leave the door open when it's chilly out. The food is so-so. I don't understand the buzz about the spaghetti. We shared a big dish of it and no one was very into it because it's nothing special.

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3.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Found this on a list as a hotspot for SF dining. There are so many choices but decided why not. Our Waitress made us feel like we weren’t welcomed to ask questions about the menu. When we did, she was awful at explaining the items (while the table next to us had a wonderful waitress). Once our food arrived, the ravioli order looked like half an order (12 small ones @$21 and nothing else. No pizazz/presentation). My stuffed hen and pancetta agnolotti (also very small and $20+)was good but... The chocolate Torrone Bar for dessert was good. Based on the experience and dining choices we would never go back. However, everyone raves about there pizza next door. That we would try.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2017

J'ai aimé l'ambiance conviviale de ce restaurant, la gentillesse du personnel et la qualité de la nourriture.

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3.0Dined on October 4, 2017

I would recommend this restaurant if you were going to be in the neighborhood but would not go out of my way to go there. For the price and service there are plenty of other options in the city.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Always a great meal at Delfina.
The wine selections are fantastic, the mint tagliatelle and the gnocchi ragu are superb.
Don’t miss this excellent dining experience!

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Such a raucous noisey place! Too many tables/people packed into too small a space. What a din! Impossible to speak to your guest without both having to raise voices. Take some Tylenol with you...

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

Amazing as always ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Delfina continues to offer a great dining experience. In addition to the food, our server Kelly A is what stood out about our latest meal there. She is a true professional. Even though we were a tad late due to traffic and the restaurant was packed, she welcomed us and didn't rush us along. Her knowledge of the menu and ability to recommend dishes was appreciated. Food is outstanding. Tables close together so be prepared to enjoy conversation with those nearby...it added to our experience!

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3.0Dined on August 17, 2017

It had been several years since we've been back to Delfina, one of our favorite restaurants for many years. Our party of 4 arrived at 5:36 and we were promptly seated. The menu is manageable, perhaps slightly shorter than in the past. However, the first eye-opener is the appearance of non-Italian wines on the Wines by the Glass list. We'd only seen Italian wines on either the glass or full wine list in the past. Our female server was competent, if overall indifferent. A Cocchi Americano and Soda was a nice aperitiva. However, was stunned that they had no Aperol, because had first asked for a simple Aperol Spritzer, a standby in Italian restaurants. They couldn't make a Shirley Temple for our daughter, and in fact they are not a full bar at all. They can simply make the short order of cocktails on their menu and nothing else.

For a tab nearing $300, the food was spotty. The iconic spaghetti, raved even recently by many diners, was judged merely decent by several. The gnocchi with ragu said to feature beef, pork and veal, was in fact orange in color, with the barest flavor of meats possible. At this point we were fortunate that the bread was very good. For mains, we ordered the roasted chicken and grilled hangar steak. These meats were cooked really well, especially the chicken, and we would order them again. The hangar steak was a perfect medium, but quite cool when it arrived. The herb-flavored french fries accompanying the steak were very good.

We get that this has been a famous restaurant for many years. We've had a handful of truly excellent meals, and have even posted former glowing reviews. However, taken as a whole, the bloom has obviously come off the rose, and we will now be in search of a new favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

The food here is absolutely wonderful! Every taste is fantastic, complex and delicious. The wait staff is very friendly and efficient. I have recommended Delfina to friends for quite awhile now. You can't go wrong here.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

the service was great, the food was delish. I am pregnant and needed a different chair so they hopped to it quickly and with enthusiasm, they even rustled up a pillow!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Food is spectacular -- wonderful flavors and great wine recommendation to accommodate the entire table.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Our dinner was outstanding from beginning to end. The service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2017

I have been going to Delfina since they opened -- at least 20 visits over the years. This has always been one of my go-to restaurants. I was very disappointed with the last meal and sincerely hope this is an aberration. A couple of things stick out. First of all, the appetizer choices were unimaginative and poorly executed. the Anchovies where canned and had an off taste. The mussel appetizer was silly, containing just three cooked mussels. The pasta course we had was poorly presented -- pasta on a plate with no garnishes? The "coal" summer squash tasted like burned vegetables. Finally, the wines by the glass were extremely poor value. $16+ for a Santa Barbara pinot noir? I was always impressed the interesting Italian wines by the glass before, always something interesting. We tasted four wines and all were well below par.

Maybe Delfina is focusing on its pizza brand and no longer cares about the restaurant. This last visit certainly felt like a restaurant well past its prime.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

My partner and I love Delfina. The spaghetti is particularly delicious and tastes homemade. Get it as an appetizer or entree. We also had the warm olives for an appetizer and they were delicious. This is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Delfinas is usually very good, but the menu is constantly changing. This time the food was good, but our entrees and dessert were not as amazing as the last time we were there. We got an apricot rum cake for dessert, but it was super dry and seemed like they completely left out the rum. Our appetizers were great, so we will still be going back, but we are truly hoping the dishes will go back to being absolutely delicious instead of meh like this visit.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Great food, relaxed but attentive service.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

My only concern about the meal I had was that the wild boar ragu was way over salted. It was as if no one in the kitchen had tasted it. I am used to saltier restsurant meals and I don't mind it all all. This however was unbearable and my family couldn't eat it.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding.

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2017

The service was very poor. Food was uncooked. A true disappointment. I will never step in ever again.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Always love Delfina. This visit staff was fantastic. Just the right amount of professionalism and playfulness that made it so welcoming and comfortable. And fun.

Grilled calamari w white beans. So good.
Gnocchi w morels and peas. Delicious as was the Palgia e Fieno. I will say that I love salt but everything bordered on salty as a culinary trick rather than salty as a flavor enhancer. Still very good.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2017

This is perhaps my 4th or 5th time at Delfina. I really like this restaurant. It's one of my favorite places for dinner in a very competitive landscape such as San Francisco when comes to options for dinner. The only thing that was "a bit" off was the service. Our server seemed a bit preoccupied and not as "engaged" that I have accustomed to, given the fact the Delfina has very high standards.

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