Ristorante Milano

4.7
1412 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
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SL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Owner came around a few times and checked on us! When we left, he remembered our names! We will be back! Thanks, Aldo and team!

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SU
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, authentic Italian restaurant- All food outstanding & very fresh! Wonderful servers and staff. Ristorante Milano is a charming neighborhood gem in the Russian Hill neighborhood.

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ER
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our friend was visiting from out of town and he specifically asked for the best Italian in the city. I had never dined at Ristorante Milano but the reviews were impressive. Our dinner did not disappoint! The food was authentic and delicious! The restaurant was small and intimate. Our friend was really impressed very happy we came

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BB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in SF. Never had a bad meal. In over 20 years. Food always fresh. Staff excellent.
Bob Barrett

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n
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday weekend looking for a good restaurant near Pacific Heights. Watched Check Please, channel 9, and saw Ristorante Milano which got rave reviews and especially the Tiramisu.
Greeted by the owner and seated before our reservation. Our waiter was exceptional and very attentive. The food was wonderful, the wine was great and of course we had the Tiramisu! and it did NOT disappoint!

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C
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is well prepared and delicious. The only thing I was disappointed in was that I wanted to purchase just a 1/2 glass of wine, I was drinking it by the glass so it shouldn't have been a problem and they said they didn't do that. I have never asked for this and been denied. In fact many places offer it if you are hesitant. However I would go back.

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MC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fresh pasta is truly superb. The wine selection is solid. I just love this place as a neighborhood gem.

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J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Good portions . Susanna was a super waitress!

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming to this restaurant for a few years and we are never disapointed. The food is amazing and and the service is as well.

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G
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, we had an excellent evening. The table was ready as we arrived for our reserved time. The service was relaxed and efficient. The food was delicious. What more can you ask for ? Thank you.

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HS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a good meal with excellent service. My rating drops some because the dishes were all heavy on olive oil, butter, cream, etc. I felt excellent flavor could have still been achieved with a lighter hand when using fats. I will be coming back though as the quality of the food was quite good.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Small neighborhood place that adds to the meal.

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JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The noise level was perfect because we were in the small room. The larger room would have been way too noisy for us. The food was outstanding except for the bread which is just good- but not excellent. Maybe because in S.F. we're spoiled by the great sourdough bread. Loved the ricotta cake - very unusual to see on a menu.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Cool place, food extremely underwhelming.

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San Francisco
263 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service and food were very nice. Small restaurant. Table too close to each other, table needs to be pulled out to get in and out of tables. I feel the restaurant is pricey, but it is SF and I do understand that all these min. wages, city imposed taxes, etc. drive up operating costs, but still pricey.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful cozy environment. Attentive, personable staff across the board from the owner, waitstaff and bus crew who gave great recommendations with a touch of humor. Food was excellent and reservations online made it a simple, great, romantic experience!

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M
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Never disappoints and the food is always great! Our GO TO place.

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KL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my first time being there. Initailly, we had a hard time finding parking. We wish that there is a valet parking in the future. At the end, we've managed to find a street parking 2 blocks away. We got in and ordered grilled baby squid (Calamari alla Griglia). It was prepared wonderfully. Then, we ordered husemade pasta with mushroom and seafood risotto. They are excellent choices. At the end, we have a tiramisu as desert. That was the highlight of the night. We ended up ordering Gnocchi con Salsa Aurora and the housemade pasta with mushroom to go. My kids love it. We will go back there again!

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DW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food (lamb chops and swordfish). Excellent wine list. Good value for the $$ we have gone many times over the last few years

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here the first time 3 years ago, loved it. But kind of forgot about it until this trip. Will be a stop for me every time I am in town, which is once a month.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Milano is my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. The food is great the ambience is cozy and friendly and they even have a Brunelo by the glass.

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SF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is warm and welcoming. The staff are attentive, friendly and patient. The restaurant has its regular menu, a menu of highlighted specials, and some daily specials. There were no complaints, only praises for the food and friendly atmosphere for a relaxed meal with friends. We went with the white wine they were featuring that day; we were not disappointed. This is a cozy neighborhood gem.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best Italian restaurant we’ve ever eaten at. Food, service, atmosphere were spot on.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant that most people haven’t heard of in SF. Always delicious and great service.

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T
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome menu! We had trouble narrowing our choices to one each for the evening. Each was excellent! Service was timely but unobtrusive, and friendly! Lots of apparent locals in the establishment - definitely a neighborhood pick! It's been there for over 30 years and for good reason! We'll be back!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and wine from top to bottom. Aldo’s a great host (and owner) and the Lasagna and angel hair pasta was to die for. Can’t wait to come back again! Ten thumbs up!!

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DH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and a delightful experience. Great wine list. This is a good to spot for us as out of towners (Napa Valley).

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l
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ristorante Milano consistently delivers good experience with delicious food and warm hospitality. Although we dined on NYE and the restaurant was extremely busy, unlike at other restaurants, the food at Ristorante Milano did not disappoint: the anchovies appetizer was excellent although the burrata one had a bit of soggy arugula; veal scaloppini and swordfish were delicious as well. Out of three desserts ordered, the chocolate almond cake was the most decadent one. We love this neighborhood gem and always look forward to dining here.

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AB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place and would visit again but not the kind of quality food I was looking for. I had a much better experience previous times but did not recognize the waiter/host this time around (4 months later) - not sure if something changed. Service was great though.

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RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice New Years. Excellent Italian.

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LS
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We actually thought we were going to a restaurant that we had previously visited. Initially bummed, but food was good, service was very good and considering it was New Years Eve they delivered.

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g
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the NYE tasting menu with the chosen wine selections. Each bite was delectable and perfectly prepared. A very special menu for a special night. Thanks to all at Ristorante Milano!

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P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We recently came to RM to dine as a family based on a review of the restaurant's homemade pasta. While the pasta (linguini) was very good, everything else left something to be desired and generally missed the mark. You might like RM because it's intimate and charming and located in the Russian Hill neighborhood of SF giving it a local, off the beaten path vibe. The service was efficient but lacked the spirit of warmth that I generally enjoy about authentic, family operated Italian restaurants. The food was the real let-down. The swordfish with tapenade was probably the best entree - certainly better than the gnochi which was not properly rolled and was served in too large a quantity...though topped with white truffles. Likewise the lasagna was oversized and lacked the delicate flavors one might expect of something delicately crafted. The two wines we sampled, a barolo and a barbera were lacking in depth and, frankly, were indistinguishable. The bottom line is that the restaurant is charming but the food, which is almost all I care about, was not worth a return trip. Three entrees, four glasses of wine, two dishes of pasta topped $300 (including tip). The price would have been worth it if the meal simply tasted better. Come for the ambiance, not the food.

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved it. The white truffles were an unexpected pleasure and the vibe was wonderful. Would go again and again

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SD
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy groovy.

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SN
New Zealand
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Apart from having to wait for almost an hour for our table to be ready (we had a reservation for 8.30 but was not seated until close to 9.30) the meal and service was excellent. Maybe they should be a bit more realistic with the time their guests take, especially at busy holiday times.

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RJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little neighborhood gem! We went for Christmas Eve dinner and unfortunately had to wait even though we had a reservation. The rainy weather caused a lot of people to arrive late and created a bit of a snowball effect. But the staff really did a great job given the situation and once seated our service was stellar! The lasagna with homemade pasta was amazing and my boyfriend loved the sardine appetizer. Also, great wine recommendation from the owner. If they had a bar area we'd probably be there more often.

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N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian food selections, outstanding service, the owner present looking after all things. Intimate seating smaller restaurant, very knowledgeable staff. Not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for. We'll be back...

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, delicious bruschetta and lasagna. Outstanding service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing high quality Italian food with great service!

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