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Trattoria Volare Caffe

North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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561 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
+1 415-362-2774
04:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 04:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 22:30
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

I bought a Groupon coupon and tried calling this restaurant, but the phone number didn't work. Thus, I couldn't make the reservation that the fine print required. I visited the restaurant's website and confirmed that Groupon had the right phone number for the restaurant, and I also confirmed that I dialed the number correctly. Thinking the restaurant might be closed,... More 

1 Thank rita h
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213 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015

Very good dinner. We had house green salads, calamari appetizer and cioppino and all were excellent. They even served their draft Peroni beer in nice chilled glasses. The only improvement I would recommend would be to serve a crusty Italian bread instead of focaccia as it does not lend itself to mopping up the great cioppino broth. We actually had... More 

Thank dwmv65
Salt Lake City, UT
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

We are here on a Saturday evening with young kids. Got right in without a reservation. Italian drama was showing on one wall. Server was friendly and engaging until we didn't order wine. Lasagna was great! Cioppino was the best- not just seafood in tomato soup, but deliciously prepared. Kids pizza was very acidic. Took 20 minutes to get our... More 

Thank SLC17
Renton WA
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

We were searching for a restaurant for dinner. A server led us in with some bruschetta samples, often a sign of a commercial restaurant. However the bruschetta was delicious, the servers were from Italy and the food and atmosphere was good. We were happy with our meal. Contrary to other reviews, the service was good, very similar to the service... More 

Thank annezk
Healdsburg, California
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2015

Used a Groupon and showed up early on a Tuesday late afternoon. They could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Upgrade our glasses of wine, served good Cioppino & a very fresh salad. Seated us at a window table. Good old-line North Beach Restaurant.

Thank timm5353
New Jersey
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148 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2015

We enjoyed superb and prompt service by friendly staff at our windowside seat in Little Italy. I had the salmon in pink sauce over homemade fettuccine, which was delicious. My wife liked her shrimp and scallops on pasta. Nice atmosphere. Can't go wrong here.

Thank Travelingman16
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Stumbled onto this place cuz we were hungry and Tony's Pizza was packed. Our server was very short and not friendly. I asked if they serve garlic bread, he said no and walked away. Would've liked it if he said they just had bread. But even then, bread wasn't brought out till halfway thru the dinner. We ordered calamari appetizers,... More 

Thank Andrew C
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232 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

We went to this place after finding a groupon. We walked from the Marriott Marquis. It was an extended walk. I have to admit that we did not expect much initially. We expected even less when we actually saw the storefront. We received a lot more than we expected. We had appetizers which were excellent! I actually tried an entrée... More 

Thank Lonnell D
Ocala, Florida
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2014

The fettuccini bolognaise was homemade and very good. The other pastas ordered by my friends were not part of the homemade pasta menu and were not as good. The waiter was unfriendly, never brought one of the appetizers ordered, a large glass of water requested, the extra bread someone asked for nor the t-shirt my friend asked to buy. He... More 

Thank Greta C
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

We went there for pizzas. We waited quite a while before getting them and were very disappointed : the crust was overcooked on the edge but undercooked in the middle, and the toppings were not very tasty. But the worst was the service. At some point the waiter removed bread, oil and spicy sauce from our table just to give... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 22:30
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 561 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-2801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-2774

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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