Delfina Restaurant

4.6
84 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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 84 People Are Saying
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New England
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delfina was a recommendation from a friend; we were in San Francisco being tourists. I had the seabass special and it was just ok... a little dry and not much taste to be honest. My son had a modified pasta dish. My husband had bolognese and he enjoyed it. The squid appetizer was the best food we had, grilled over greens. Very nice. No wow but a nice evening.

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OY
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Great service

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JP
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is excellent. The music is terrible and contributes to an unacceptable noise level.

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San Diego
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I looked forward to outstanding pasta, better than I can get on the Peninsula. What I tasted was very pleasant, but a notch below some of the best of the mid-Peninsula (Vina Enoteca, Donato Enoteca, Terun -- I've not tried all the best on the Peninsula, but my understanding is that the best of SF is better.)

I had the famous spaghetti pomodoro, and small ravioli (lunette?) filled with cheese and served with peas and pea shoots. I am a fan of pasta al dente, to the extent that I will sometimes ask for it at a midrange Italian place. I felt it wouldn't be necessary here; in fact, the spaghetti was the firmest I've ever been served in a restaurant. Even firmer than I would generally prefer, but interesting and enjoyable for once. The sauce was delicious. The pasta itself didn't strike me as having much taste (compared for example to Martelli), whereas for such a simple dish I'd want the pasta to be a star.

The small ravioli were tender, delicious (both pasta and filling), and burst delightfully with a little liquid when I bit into them. The peas were disappointing. For a Spring-themed dish I'd want them to be at peak sweetness and freshness, but they were not on par with what I'd gotten at a farmer's market 1-2 weeks earlier. When two separate people asked me how my meal was, I shared both the good and the disappointing (the peas), and one laughingly and good-naturedly pointed out that it was officially no longer Spring. This was correct (by 1-2 days) but on reflection not really a satisfying response.

I sat by choice at the bar, because I was told it would offer a better view of the kitchen. This was true, but the view wasn't that close-up or interesting. However, the bar-tender was friendly and generous, offering tastes of a couple of wines as I considered whether to have a half-glass. In the end I chose not to order, and she was totally cool with that.

I'd heard good things about the desserts and bread but I went beforehand to Tartine around the corner instead.

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M
Tahoe
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Attentive service. 4 only for noise—partly due to crowded tables.

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Still v good 20 Years on! Great neighborhood restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

So I ordered the quail and is was cold plate was cold. Server took over 10 min to come back and ask how are food was, and I told him it was cold and said they’d warm it up took another 15 min for that. Quail came back over cooked salad was wilted was like they just stuck the plate one the oven till it was so hot you couldn’t even touch it over all my experience was lame

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o
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good Italian place, inventive wine list. One of my favorite Italian places.

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B
New Orleans
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best meals I've ever had. Definitely the best octopus ever. Service was spot on and wine was outstanding.

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AB
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Toronto
4.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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PE
San Francisco
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JA
San Francisco
4.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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CM
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

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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RS
San Francisco
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MH
London
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent; excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service.

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MR
Chicago
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DL
San Francisco
4.0Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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e
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d definitely go back!

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New England
2.0Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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B
San Francisco
5.0Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Seattle
5.0Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco

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R
San Francisco
5.0Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DP
San Francisco
5.0Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Seattle
4.0Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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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AM
Phoenix
3.0Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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C
New England
4.0Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
3.0Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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J
San Francisco
5.0Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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KM
San Francisco
3.0Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

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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London
5.0Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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South Dakota
3.0Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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San Francisco
5.0Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Denver
4.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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K
San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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