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Rose Pistola - CLOSED

532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802
+1 415-399-0499
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (85 reviews)
“chopped salad” (11 reviews)
“risotto” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Seafood, Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802
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1 - 10 of 357 reviews

Reviewed 20 March 2017

Although being in a very good position (a very few steps away from Washington Square), food is very very oily and staff is quite rude.

Thank Marco G
LAT915, Owner at Rose Pistola, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2017

Dear Marco, Not sure when you dined at Rose Pistola but its been permanently closed since February 4, 2017. Thank you.

Reviewed 8 February 2017

Came for the gluten free menu choices. Many options were available, but no gluten free pizza nor pasta - which was fine with me! But, the waiter did not know what substitutions would need to be made, etc. It would be nice if the chef...More

Thank Valerie F
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We enjoyed our appetizers of grilled octopus and chopped salad. Then we had the fish special. We enjoyed a glass of wine from their ample menu of wines by the glass. Service was good.

Thank aloha2055
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Visiting before a Beach Blanket Sat night show and wanted a meal. This restaurant greeted us with a smile and let us sit at the bench table. We appreciated being accommodated at short notice on a Sat night. Food was good and freshly prepared behind...More

Thank ValueTravellerSydney
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We always eat here when we go to San Francisco, because we enjoy their grilled fish and seasonal ingredients. Our drinks were delicious as were the grilled octopus and mixed green salad. The calamari wasn't as good as it used to be, and the Caesar...More

Thank Gerri B
Reviewed 10 January 2017

My wife and 2 boys wanted to try a restaurant in the Italian district. This is a long restaurant that fronts 2 streets and featured in the middle is the wood fired ovens for pizza. Our family split a large Quattro Formaggi pizza that had...More

Thank bobbyza
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Happened upon this restaurant in passing. So glad we found it as I had the best bolognese I have ever eaten (veal). Had a lovely window table which was a perfect romantic spot for two as it was away from the main dining area. Waiting...More

Thank K3r0ld
Reviewed 26 November 2016

My family and I planned an impromptu overnight trip to San Francisco. Upon arrival we decided to walk around the city and headed for China Town. On our way we passed through Little Italy and came upon a cute Italian restaurant. Since we had our...More

Thank BradnOC
Reviewed 25 November 2016

We ate here over a year ago, so perhaps things have changed. I hope so, as a family of four from the UK with two teenage boys, we are not too demanding as customers. Give us some bread & a glass of water once we've...More

Thank mattw12
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We have eaten here many times. The service is ALWAYS slow so we know that in advance. The menu has changed from our last visit and the pizza was not as good as it was before. Not sure why the changes. It is fun to...More

Thank Kylie K
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.
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802
    (Between Green & Union Streets)
  • Public Transportation: Muni lines 9x, 9bx, 20, 30, 41 & 45 all stop within a block of the restaurant. The Powell-Mason cable car line stops about two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-399-0499
  • E-mail
Rose Pistola opened in 1996 to critical acclaim, including the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in America. Named for Rose 'Pistola' Evangelista, a neighborhood barkeep, cook and all around character, the restaurant has evolved in to a North Beach institution. Our food has always been inspired by the Northern Coast of Italy and sourced from local fishermen, farmers and ranchers. Rose Pistola offers free live music four nights a week. Our musicians are the best in the area and love playing for a crowd in the bar. We offer an excellent wine list that is focused on small producers from throughout Italy and California. The bar boasts a substantial collection of Grappas, Italian Liqueurs and Aperitifs, and offers original cocktails that change seasonally. Join us for local and innovative Italian food from new executive chef Steve Walker and enjoy a festive time in bustling North Beach
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