La Briciola

4.4
1022 reviews
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Authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of SOMA. Enjoy Northern Italian food in a cozy & intimate environment. We specialize in Tuscan and Piedmontese cuisine, serving a variety of home-made pastas in addition to traditional dishes Dalla Terra & Dal Mare.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience! Waitstaff is quite kind and attentive, and we thoroughly enjoyed our food. Only complaint is that they were out of both the beer and wine that we initially wanted.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was great, food solid.

JB
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Initial service by manager was excellent, but once transferred to waiter—he was inattentive. Advertised fresh pasta with truffles, but were canned or used oil. Pasta was quite soft (not al dente or even close) but that might be so to American tastes. Octopus was quite good. Think there are better places out there.

OT
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have not written a review in quite sometime, but this restaurant pulled me out of my slumber.
We have dinned out a lot lately and have enjoyed many fine restaurants but this one I thought was something special. Nothing special about the decor,or the location but what a wonderful experience.
We were greeted by the owner and mastermind of this establishment with a pleasant smile and how do you do and brought directly to our table. The server was very attentive and anything we asked for was handled immediately.
We ordered wine. and at the same time a basket of wonderful crusty bread with olive tapenade was delivered. We shared a charcuterie board. I had the lamb shank which was fantastic and my wife ordered pasta with mushroom and truffle oil.
For desert we did not have time to order because they brought out a terrific tiramisu in honor of my birthday.
There are many fine Italian restaurants in San Francisco and this restaurant does not have the glitz of many of those, but if you want a good meal in a quiet a welcoming place. this is for you.

PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the coniglio.

“Just like Mama used to make” is an understatement, not just because she still cooks.

“Brought tears to my eyes” doesn’t describe the yawning chasm of difference between this and the depth of “great but not what I grew up with” Italian food I’ve been surfing for decades.

Great food, great service, great ambiance, I’ll be coming back for more.

e
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is lovely. It's quiet and good for a meeting or a team outing. You can actually have a discussion without screaming. Food is delicious and hot to table. Table service was extremely attentive without being overwhelming. The only issue is that the meals took forever to arrive! I'd estimate 45 mins. That's fine for a leisurely lunch, but for a work or business lunch it's waaay to long.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was badly prepared: Kale in soup still had ribs in it, risotto didn’t include what the menu said it would and the fish was way over cooked. My husband had the baked halibut and the seasoning was weird and the potatoes were raw. All in all a huge disappointment.

JH
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I LOVE this place! The food is so good that it’s hard to order different dishes. The Orecchiette pasta is superb and the lasagna is to die for. Aside from the terrific food, the whole wait staff is wonderful - attentive, focused, and truly desirous of your enjoyment. I highly recommend La Briciola!!

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here several times as it's a great option when out-of-town guests visit. Our waiter was fantastic and checked on us often enough, but also gave us space and time to catch up with old friends. We felt terrible when we realized it was past closing and we were the only ones left in the restaurant. Our waiter showed tremendous grace and didn't rush us out or make us feel bad for carrying on our conversations. The food is always delicious and they have a great selection of wines. Between the great food and impeccable service, La Briciola continues to be one of our favorite SF restaurants.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server! It was my moms birthday and he made sure to make the occasion special for her. Food was great! We will be back.

VB
Dublin
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here for business lunches. Great service, nice food, ambience. Very consistent high quality.

MG
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had squid ink pasta with seafood. The pasta had nice flavor but the generous portion of seafood was all over cooked. Nice dining room

K
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the rare Italian restaurants in the SoMa area, this was a great place to take work colleagues for a celebratory dinner. No cocktails, but definitely an adequate wine list, with beers and Prosecco available. Luca provided us excellent service, and the pasta dishes were all amazing. We'll definitely be back!

EW
New England
56 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an out-of-the-way neighborhood gem . The chef is an artist who’s food is as pretty as it is delicious. We never made it past the marvelous polenta trio and the puff pastry. Even the afogato was creative and delicious with a trio of vanilla scoops cover by two (yes ask for an extra shot of expresso). The entrees received great reviews, but after four appetizers, we’ll have to return.

E
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. Luca and the rest of the staff are fantastic. Charming.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting my daughter in SF and extremely pleased by this off the beaten path SOMA Italian place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 1

Food was really good but service was a bit slow. We got a table next to the window towards the front of the restaurant and servers rarely came by.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Its Saturday night, we went in with a reservation. The restaurant was basically empty. We ordered from the specials menu and they were out of a 'star' item (shank of lamb). None of the specials were elevated and that surprised us given La Biciola has a 4.2 out of 5 rating on OpenTable. The cannoli shell tasted stale. We ordered coffee expecting a nice Italian roast but it was an Americano because they had not brewed up any coffee. The price was not $$, more like $$$.

On the good side the service staff was EXCELLENT. They need to check the overarching Saturday evening management staff.

JH
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this place! The food is so good that it's hard to try new things as we have our beloved favorites that we order again and again. We always leave stuffed with food and with a smile on our faces!

SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was pretty mediocre.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Tasty food. I love this place.

DB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Can’t go wrong here.

RC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy atmosphere.. nice team..

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The loudest screaming children were running around. Other than that, all good

r
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The starters, grilled squid and minestrone soup were great. The waiters were professional and attentive. The place looks authentic and well run, and quite full on a week night. Our only disappointment was with the truffle pasta, which tasted starchy and didn't have any truffle scent, and the profiteroles which were undercooked. It's only our first time there - we may give it another shot. We so wanted this place to be good.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and good Italian food

DP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Stick with pasta. Calamari, sword fish over cooked. Didn't taste fresh!

TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent italian food. Authentic Italian restaurant with great dishes and nice staff. Good location.

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We wanted to try a “new” place. Immediately upon entering, we asked ourselves, “Why haven’t we come here before now?” It’s a lovely, even romantic trattoria, with an attentive and jovial staff. The menu and wine list are extensive, including daily specials. Servings are ample and delicious — I’m guessing someone’s mother bequeathed some of the recipes to the chef and restaurant. Yes, it’s that authentic. We will definitely come back. Again and again!

B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Berkeley but go to La Briciola for Italian! Enough said.

D
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Listen to the recommendations! The menu offers many intriguing options, but the waiters know what you should order on any given night. But if you're stubborn you'll still be fine. Hard to go wrong.

RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Briciola is a wonderful find. Warm and cozy atmosphere, great service from a staff that seems to truly care, and delightful Italian food that is the real thing. Highly recommend this place.

R
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Really great service and quiet ambience; unfortunately the food was mediocre.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I make an annual pilgrimage to this standout Italian eatery. A must dine experience.

a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic! Service is great. It’s a very intimate place where friends can enjoy the food and wine while talking. Love this restaurant!

E
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just love this place. Luca is the most charming of servers, and you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The lasagna was amazing, as was the burrata and panino. We alway do lunch, but I'm sure dinner is an equally good bet. Alla prossima!

SC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gian Luca Toshi is by far the most authentic Italian chef in all of San Francisco. His dishes never disappoint, the stewed rabbit is to die for, try it.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

To be honest I don't know what the fuss is about over this place. Maybe it's because I spent so much time in Rome (lived there for several months), but the food is mediocre at best and the service is cold and unfriendly. Don't bother.

G
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day spot :)

D
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice staff. Will visit again, if in town

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