Da Flora

4.8
109 reviews
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Da Flora is an Italian restaurant that sits just on the outskirts of North Beach in San Francisco. Locals cherish this beloved restaurant for the painstakingly prepared meals and romantic atmosphere. During dinner service, the Murano glass chandelier is dimmed to create the perfect ambience for an intimate dinner, while the candlelit tables invite guests to sit and relax for a delicious meal.



Da Flora's Chef Jen McMahon has traveled extensively through the Italian countryside and urban centers to perfect her special brand of cooking. Her dishes take the heart and soul from traditional recipes and infuse them with a personality all their own. House-made sweet potato gnocchi in a sherry cream sauce with bacon and sage as well as Sicilian rosa bianca eggplant caponata crostini are perfect examples of the unique perspective Da Flora brings to the plate.


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m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, wonderfully accommodating, and with a menu to match. Just a truly lovely evening, thank you.

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TT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Charming atmosphere with a creative menu and delicious food.

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GA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in a quiet, intimate atmosphere. You feel Ike you are the only customer they are serving. The service was fantastic. Our waiter recommended an excellent wine pairing, and the risotto and gnocchi were delicious. Will definitely go back again when I’m in Dan Francisco

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely happy service. The wonder is lovely. A tiny bit rushed but I assume that is because we had a 6pm res on a Friday night and they needed to get a second and possibly third seating in.

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DL
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. The pastas are so delicate and fresh. The salads are very creative. Even the wine selections are first rate, and reasonably priced. The husband and wife team are gracious, knowledgeable and very approachable. Food of this quality is often accompanied by a pretentious air. Da Flora is such a comfortable place it is like going to a good friend's house - except this is a friend who is an amazing chef.

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LM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took some out of town visitors and everyone loved this resturant

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h
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love Da Flora. The ambiance and food are terrific.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience from start to finish!

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RG
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always delightful.

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LT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small but interesting menu; wait staff is friendly and attentive. Our sense was that there were a lot of local regulars who appreciated the quality of the restaurant. Definite return visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, atmosphere and food!!!! Will definitely revisit again!

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CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the first restaurant we go to in San Francisco and it never disappoints. Great atmosphere and service. Get the gnocchi and try something you wouldn’t ordinarily order because it’s going to taste great. The wines are good.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate, eclectic, warm & welcoming, Da Flora is one of the brightest gems in a city of fabulous restaurants. Every dish is a star (warning: don't pass up the gnocchi), the small wine list is carefully chosen to beautifully pair with the food and the service is impeccable.

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VM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains one of my favorite restaurants in the city! From the decor to the tastes to the delightful waitstaff and chef every detail is considered while not pretentious. I was also very happy to see Flora herself there as a customer the last time I visited. A very unique and special place full of creativity and art.

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SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Our waiter was fantastic and very engaging. Would highly recommend.

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OT
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening, with superior service, food and ambience. We loved every moment. This is a special place with attention to every detail. Simply lovely.

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C
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very small and intimate with a limited menu (which is good). We ordered a variety of entrees and each one was delicious.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Da Flora. Our food was incredible and our server, Christopher, was excellent.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love going to Da Flora. They are so warm and welcoming, have very good food and wine, and it's quiet and charming. What more could one ask?

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I've reviewed Da Flora before, and am back to reassure on some points and to register some loving criticism on others. It is still a terrific place for a quiet conversation, romantic date, or friendly get-together. The owners (who I believe are the chef and the sole waiter) are still as friendly as can be, and take very good care of the customers. But in previous visits the tastes seemed a bit more strong and intriguing, whereas this time everything -- from the porchetta slices in a tuna sauce, which sounded amazing on the menu, to the butterscotch pudding -- was a little muted, verging on bland. Portions were smaller, while prices remain high -- not stupid high, but I'd expect a little more for what I was paying.
I still love this place and will still come back, but if they're reading this, I hope this was just an off night.

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MR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I really loved the service and the atmosphere— it was absolutely lovely. The disappointment really came with the food. I ordered the mushroom and ricotta crepes. I was told it will be awhile because it’s made fresh, which was fine, but it certainly was not worth the wait. The flavor was a absent and it was a shame. The wine was fantastic, but I preferred the bread and oil.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our long time favorite Italian restaurant in SF. Still as good as ever!

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DW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. Small, intimate neighborhood restaurant with great wine and food. The menu is limited and varies. Wines, starters, mains and desserts are designed to allow you to create a wonderful dining experience. The night of our visit, Diver Scallops were on the menu. They were perfectly seasoned and cooked (very difficult with scallops!), and on a bed of pureed celery root. Our table had 3 of the 6 secondis and they were all delicious. Desserts were amazing and made in-house. My butterscotch pot du crème was smooth and delicious. The service is warm, gracious and attentive, and we were not rushed in any way. We loved Da Flora and would absolutely recommend it for an intimate meal with a special person or real friends who you want to actually talk to during dinner!

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WB
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Truly wonderful Venetian cuisine.

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TK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! One of our must go-to dining experiences whenever we are in SF. The gnocchi is the best we’ve ever had!! Service is impeccable and the owners friendly and approachable (not to mention being awesome chefs)!

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JL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real neighborhood gem. Great food! Small and intimidate

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PN
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 3rd visit there and we will always keep coming back. Jen is a great chef and Darren and The Big Kid are diligent servers.

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E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite SF restaurant did not disappoint. The tagliatelle was superb. Recommended wine excellent. We were greeted like the loyal customers we are, visitin 2-3 Times a year.

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TL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Victorian parlor with warm and personal service. Not a place to rush thru nor a place to bring someone you don't intend to actually talk to. A place to appreciate the food and the service and the quiet room made for conversation. The food and Menu are hand-made and hand-written. Each entry is special as is the wine list. Invite someone for dinner who is special to you, who feels the same about you. Anything less, and atmosphere of this restaurant will expose you or them to the light. Kind of Twilight Zone.

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d
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a small intimate family run restaurant. All of the food is handmade. We had the beef carpaccio, sweet potato gnocchi, squid ink pasta and ling cod. Even the pasta was homemade. The food was fresh and delicious. Our waiter suggested a fantastic bottle of wine for us, based on my request.

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SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You've walked by and admired the chairs. Now make a reservation...that special person in your life deserves it! Or...wander in with the strangers you just befriended at Specs and cement your friendship over a meal if you manage to snag a table :) Everything about Da Flora is touched by the magic of old San Francisco :)

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m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Da Flora is one of our favorites places in our neighborhood. Great food. Incredibly warm service. Darren is the owner and right at the table serving you and making you feel incredibly welcome in his restaurant. Good place for the North Beach tourists, but even better for the locals. Becoming one of our go-to places.

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GA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, cozy restaurant with excellent service. The sweet potato gnocchi is my favorite! I try to visit every time I'm in San Francisco.

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic venetian food, prepared well and served with a smile. The couple that run this restaurant are just lovely, and they've refined the art of creating an experience over many years. This place is especially good for a date. Conversations can be had without too much background noise.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for any get together

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G
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this little Italian gem! Everything was so delicious!!

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JR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food paired with a somewhat limited wine list.

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MM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A Nice Spot right on Columbus with some window tables looking out onto Columbus. Lots of on Street parking in the area and also a parking garage located DIRECTLY across the street at 721 Filbert St. We Went there to have a bite before attending Cobb's Comedy Club which is just a short walk down the street. Their food is described on a handwritten menu, and is very seasonal and delicious. The one item you MUST try is their decadent Sweet Potato Gnocchi - light and fluffy and of course use the house made Focaccia to soak up the rich sherry cream bacon to die for gravy.
A wonderful family owned and operated neighborhood find!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Try everything. Have yet to have “bad” meal there.

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Best restaurant in North Beach!

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