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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: 242 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4509
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+1 415-986-9651
17:00 - 02:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 02:00

Art deco decor and a jukebox full of classic opera favorites round out the...

Art deco decor and a jukebox full of classic opera favorites round out the sophisticated atmosphere at this oh-so-trendy North Beach favorite.

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We were a late reservation and were seated in the back room which was great. Make sure you see the Sean Penn bullet hole! Our waiter was excellent- nothing was written down and... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Montclair NJ
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Montclair NJ
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73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We were a late reservation and were seated in the back room which was great. Make sure you see the Sean Penn bullet hole! Our waiter was excellent- nothing was written down and everything was perfect for our group of 6. The food was really excellent- our party enjoyed a number of different dishes and all were prepared perfectly.

Thank DavefromNJ
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This was wonderful. On the last night of our trip to SF we came across this Italian. Monday evening at 10pm we thought we might be out of luck - but no! It was bustling and welcoming and we had the most wonderful Italian meal cooked fresh and the ambience was lovely with a pianist playing. Do go there!

Thank TravellingDG
Las Vegas, New Mexico
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228 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Great place to drop in for a drink and meet wonderful people. Bartenders are top drawer quality as is everything else at Tosca. What a fantastic place.

Thank James M
Miltown Malbay, Ireland
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

On my last day of my holiday, I visited Tosca's, on the recommendation of my hosts, who accompanied me for our farewell meal. What a wonderful, restaurant, great ambience, pleasant and helpful staff and nothing was too much trouble. My steak was cooked to perfection, the vegetables were perfectly 'al dente', and the drinks menu was extensive and interesting. My... More 

Thank thebarkingspider
Fresno, California
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Good Italian food. Servers are attentive and friendly and the best Manhattan I think I've ever had. The pig tails as a starter were yummy,like the best chicharrones you've ever had. Definitely coming back!

Thank Darwins-Mom
San Francisco
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206 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Tosca is a perfect example of why San Francisco is such a great restaurant city. An old-line beat era restaurant has been reborn with a cutting edge chef in April Broomfield, but hasn't lost one bit of it's bohemian charm. We didn't get as far as the meat entrees, but the firsts, the pastas and the veggies were simply outstanding.... More 

Thank rhopelain
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

Great cocktail bar and wonderful restaurant. come here for one or both experiences. We stopped in for cocktails and loved the hip feel. Came back later in the week for a meal and found it one of the best of our time in San Fran. A bit pricey and not your standard Italian but well worth being a bit adventurous.

Thank Susan-Francis S
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2015

We went to Tosca because my mom´s husband remembered this place from way back when and recommended it. It was quite crowded, but the drinks were pretty good although a little pricey. We had the Tosca Cappuccino that has hot chocolate and bourbon in it and was quite tasty and the White Nun that has steamed milk and Kahlua in... More 

Thank Ginri
Portland, Maine
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 September 2014

Grabbed a seat at the bar and had a great experience. Servers were knowledgeable and very gracious. Drinks were meticulously crafted and entertaining to observe. Fun all the way around.

Thank FittyinME
Buffalo, New York
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84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We visited this bar, or shall I say saloon, for the ultimate old-school drinking experience, and dare I say we got what we bargained for. The bartenders were phenomenal, the drinks were outstanding and inventive, and the atmosphere was on point. Have them make a drink for you- they know what they're doing. Or just have them make you an... More 

Thank Laura D

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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