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Rose Pistola

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$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802 (Between Green & Union Streets)
+1 415-399-0499
11:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 review

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

Mountain View, California
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 would label items "GFA - Gluten Free Available" to help customers choose. The pizza dough... More 

Thank Valerie F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 a couple of wood fired open kitchen areas. We shared an appetizer and a risotto... More 

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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212 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 salad was yellow and mostly radicchio. The hostess was a pill, but everyone else was... More 

Thank Gerri B
Phoenix, Arizona
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 bartlett pear, pancetta and carmelized onions, and split a salad as well. The food was... More 

Thank bobbyza
North Berwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 staff were superb.

Thank K3r0ld
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 small dog with us we sat outside on the sidewalk bistro tables. Our server was... More 

Thank BradnOC
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 sat down & we're happy for 10 minutes or so. The food was pretty good... More 

Thank mattw12
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 sit at the counter and watch all the food prep and it is also a... More 

Thank Kylie K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Seafood, Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
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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Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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