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Don Pisto's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-395-0939
17:30 - 00:30
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Tue - Fri 17:30 - 00:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 12:30
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St. Catharines, Canada
Level Contributor
70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had two of the soft fish tacos and a margarita. All very tasty. Nicely serviced and hot. Great waitress.

Thank Laurie e
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were scootering around the West side of SF and we had a hankering for some good Mexican food. We checked the reviews on line, and at the top of the list was Don Pisto's. I was ready to head down to the South of Mission, but when I checked the map the restaurant was in the... More 

Thank Harry W
Montreal, Canada
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place by doing a search for somewhere that serves tortilla chips ( our son's dinner request). Google Maps pointed us to this resto. If you weren't looking for it, you could very well miss it as it is up a less traveled street and has no obvious sign indicating it's a restaurant. The ambiance is sort of... More 

Thank TravelingCurlyQ
Tunbridge Wells, UK
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90 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend of mine from San Francisco booked a table at this restaurant for 7 p.m. for myself and another friend, who called to say he would be slightly late. The guy on the door told us we could not be seated until the other friend arrived (never heard that one before!). We stood in the doorway, feeling very awkward,... More 

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Glastonbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Wonderful latino atmosphere, great music, and warm welcome. This was the best! Really excellent on all levels, not to be missed! The food was heavenly. Fresh and delicious. The soft tacos and ceviche was divine. The waitress was amused by my husband tasting the salsa verde with a fork ... he was trying to single out the ingredients ... it... More 

Thank WellKeeper
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to go for brunch! Bottomless agave margaritas/mimosas/sangria and delicious! Zakiya was the best waitress who served up those complimentary shots of agave mimosas! They even play great music! Great place to go!

Thank g522
Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Seriously one of the best meals I've ever had outside of home-cooking. Not only was the staff absolutely wonderful to work with our large party, we never had to ask for anything. We ate tacos family style, and shared everything across the table of 10. Every single plate went back clean, we scraped every last piece off all dishes. We... More 

Thank Wybam
Cypress, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We found this place last minute on our phone and followed our "walking" app to the location, after standing outside the door for 5 minutes (there is no sign!) a very nice woman helped us and pointed to the door and said "they don't have a sign, that's how we keep our little gems hidden" and I can see why.... More 

Thank bhyde77
Adelaide, Australia
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Don Pistos is noisy, hard to find, doesn't take bookings for small groups - things that normally annoy me But the food is worth it all. The shrimp tacos were amazing as was the guacamole and sangria ( to make these two staples memorable is an achievement) Recommend for a group (but not the venue for a relaxed quiet meal!)

Thank PeterAB66
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Easily the BEST dinner we have had during our stay in San Fran's North Beach. Great atmosphere, attentive and kind staff. After reading other reviews, my husband and I decided to try their signature Pork Chop dish (to share along with an order of Carne Asadas tacos). It was insanely delicious! Crispy, tender, seasoned perfectly...full of flavor and a huge... More 

Thank Haley C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 12:30
17:30 - 00:30
17:30 - 00:30
17:30 - 00:30
17:30 - 00:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 12:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-395-0939

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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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