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L'Osteria del Forno

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$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
+1 415-982-1124
Sun - Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Tiny little Italian restaurant I decided to try because it was on a 10 best list and the prices were reasonable. A hole in the wall (aren't those the best!) that looked more like a pizzeria. I had the special homemade pumpkin ravioli in a butter and sage sauce. My daughter (who likes to stick with the basics) had spaghetti... More 

Thank HolistiKaren
Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I eat at this restaurant every time I am in San Fran. The food is well above average and a good price. Great specials, menu items and wine list by the bottle or by the glass. My lunch was out of this world. Great focaccia. Just love this small little reastaurant. Small so you need some patience to get in... More 

Thank Sean M
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95 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tried for the first time this restaurant in Italian quarter and was quite disappointed with the food quality, it looks attractive from the outside and the menu is reasonable in price. We wanted to try and compare with another restaurant nearby but were disappointed with the taste of the Pizza and Penne. Not at all the Italian style pizza... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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103 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant in North Beach area of San Francisco for dinner before the theater. A tiny space, but very good food and service. Portions large enough for sharing. Prices moderate for area. We came early on a weekday, but would advise advance reservations due to the small size of the dining room.

Thank RDB27
Santa Rosa, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The food is so good. I had house made raviolis. The wine is good also and reasonably prices. Make sure to make reservations as this place is small. I will go back and cannt wait.

Thank HelenHaz
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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399 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Stopped here after a show with friends. We split the pancetta pizza. It was artisanally crafted with seasoned tomato sauce, cured pancetta and slightly sweet mozzarella cheese on a thin, baked crust served piping hot. The accompanying Montepulciano red wine complemented the pizza perfectly. Service was prompt and courteous and they did not rush us out the door. Prices were... More 

Thank Teramo48
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We are in San Francisco for a few night prior to continuing on to Hawaii.Being from Boston I thought why not try the Italian food here in North Beach.Reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we thought L'Osteria del Forno might be a good choice.It far exceeded our expectations in service,food and ambiance.We could have been on Hanover Street in the... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were able to reserve a table for 10, and the service and food were simply wonderful. What a quaint restaurant with authentic Italian food. Conveniently located just around the corner from Beach Blanket Babylon. Locals were streaming in -- you know it's a great place when you see the locals there.

Thank Cindy89451
Wailuku, Hawaii
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197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Went for a late night pizza which definitely did not disappoint. The restaurant is cozy and intimate. Great for a "date night". Extensive menu of authentic rustic Italian dishes. Reasonable prices for food and drinks. Pizza was cooked to perfection! Service was attentive yet still casual and friendly. Delicious!

Thank Tom B
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had a delicious thin crust pizza at this cozy restaurant in North Beach. The menu is quite large, and prices are very reasonable. We walked in at 5 pm on a Saturday and got seated immediately with just a short wait for our food. The focaccia they serve before dinner is amazing!

Thank LuvMitten

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-1124
As our name indicate, most of the food is cooked in the oven, like the best thin-crust pizza in town, thinly sliced pork loin roasted in milk, penne with meat sauce... And our extraordinary focaccia!
We only cook fresh produce for 25 years!

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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighbourhood Profile
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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