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Ristorante Franchino - 26 Reviews - 347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 982-2157

Ristorante Franchino

347 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (at at Vallejo)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-2157
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Ristorante Franchino - San Francisco, CA
Ristorante Franchino - San Francisco, CA
Ristorante Franchino - San Francisco, CA
Ristorante Franchino - San Francisco, CA


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Visited on a whim and after reading reviews - after living in Italy for the past 4 years, looking and finding a authentic GOOD restaurant has been proving difficult...until the ot...


I am appalled by the treatment that non-whites get at Franchino...but hey...its a family run restaurant and if he's a be it...He will not get my business as well and I...

No Place for Racism in SF 4/18/2012

I am appalled by the treatment that non-whites get at Franchino...but hey...its a family run restaurant and if he's a be it...He will not get my business as well and I will tell my ""white"" friends not to come here as well...let's see how long this restaurant will last :) There are plenty of Italian restaurants in this town... more

Bellisimo!!!! 3/1/2010

Visited on a whim and after reading reviews - after living in Italy for the past 4 years, looking and finding a authentic GOOD restaurant has been proving difficult...until the other evening! A family run establishment offers GREAT service, GREAT atmosphere, GREAT wine, and the food is absolutely fabulous! I cannot say enough about how amazing this place is! Felt like one of the family - see for yourself! If you love Italy and Italian lifestyle, food and drink, you will NOT be disappointed! Can't wait to go back! Thanks to Franco and his family for taking such good care of us! Pros: Best Italian on the West Coast!! Cons: Nothing! more

Highly not recommended for non-white people 7/4/2009

I came there with friend (we're Asian and the only non-white at that time) & Franchino pretended as if we're not there.\r When we're in line, he came & didn't even talk to us, instead he greeted the people standing behind us.\r \r He intentionally gave the table to people that obviously standing behind us, while we're the first in line.\r We saw he was joking & laughing with other customers, while he never came or greeted our table.\r \r Finally, at the very last time he came & took the bill along with our credit card payment, he checked it well & seriously then he asked why we didn't give a tip.\r We did put almost 20% tip & after a long conversation, he finally realized he made a mistake. That's it. \r Coming to that restaurant was totally ruined our day.\r Food was okay compared with other Italian in North Beach. \r \r I put my review honestly & based on what happened to me and my friend. more

This place is AWESOME! It is a family owned... 3/7/2009

This place is AWESOME! It is a family owned and run place where the Mom cooks, their daughters serve and... more

This place is AWESOME! It is a family owned... 3/7/2009

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This place is AWESOME! It is a family owned and run place where the Mom cooks, their daughters serve and the Dad seats customers and performs! Yes... more

Crismeow is a moron. BEST ITALIAN IN THE WHOLE BAY. PERIOD. 1/15/2009

If you really love her man, you take her here. I come from a fully Sicilian family that has a wine and olive oil co-op out in Castelvetrano, and going to Francino's is just like having my relatives like Pino and Phillipo back in town for dinner... except I can actually understand Francino's charmingly broken english.\r \r Oh yeah, he sings pavarotti (and amazingly well) while you eat! Beat THAT m******cka! Seriously, if she's the one, you go here.\r \r Crismeow, you and your friends obviously have yet to develop any sense of taste. Pros: Food, atmosphere, people, music, food, romantic, classy, food. Oh yeah the, food is good too. Cons: Get ready to pop anywhere from $40 - $100 a head. Smaller groups are better. more

Turn a Bad day into the BEST NIGHT EVER 12/1/2008

I worked all day and was just ready to go home and go to bed. My boyfriend insisted to take me out to this family owned Italian Restaurant for my birthday (He made reservations). So I got ready and as we were leaving I busted my knee on the dining table, Awesome! This just made my day, but he kept insisting. We found parking pretty quick (around the corner in the police parking garage). \r We were late for or reservations but they never treated us like we were. They sat us at the next table available, which so happen to be outside (Not one of my favorites, especially on a busy S.F. sidewalk.). But let me tell you, I felt like I was inside! Franchino was outside the whole time singing and dancing. He was even catching the attention of guests at other restaurants?! I ordered their homemade soup and Raviolis! Delicious! My boyfriend ordered the veil! He LOVED it. By the end of the meal I completely forgot about my hurt knee and was up dancing with Franchino. Lovely service, the mother AND daughter were both helping everyone. I would Highly Recommend to anyone who wants to have home cooked Italian dinner and a SHOW!\r Pros: Owners, food Cons: Seating more

Best Italian food ever! 5/16/2008

Like many of these reviewers Franchino caught us on the street looking at menus & told us to come in promising the best Italian food. He did not disappoint. I had the best gnocci & my fiane said the lasagna was the best he's ever had. This family run restaurant did not disappoint. We loved it so much that we came back 2 nights later in order to have our last dinner in San Francisco there. After being there only once, the waitress (Franchino's daughter) remembered what we liked & we walked out of there with some of our best memories of San Francisco. We even sent them our picture that we took with Francino & can't wait to go back & see if it's posted!\r \r You will not be disappointed here!\r \r Grazie! Pros: service, food quality, atmosphere, owner! more

Best Italian food anywhere, bring your own wine, great service, fun owners 5/3/2007

My mom and I were looking for a place to eat in North Beach and Franchino asked us to join him for dinner. It was the best Italian food I've ever had in my life. I had the seafood risotto and my mom had the same but with pasta. FANTASTIC!!! Bring your own wine though. Their wines aren't the best. The beer is good! Pros: Inexpensive, excellent quality, tastes fabulous, fun atmosphere Cons: wine more

Great home-style italian food 2/23/2007

This place is a family affair - Franchino hawks diners in from the street and oversees the kitchen, mom waits tables and keeps an eye on Franchino (Little Frankie). Their daughter helps out a few nights a week. We started dining here when Ristornate Franchino was written up as one of the best places for pasta in North Beach by the San Francisco Chronicle. The pasta is wonderful - fresh, hand-cut in many cases. The sauces are subtle, aromatic and delicious. The portions are larger than necessary - but to many I am sure that's a plus. Franchino as a host is a total character: he sings loudly and badly, but still manages to be charming in a very rustic Italian way. He is an expressive gesticulator and quite a flirt. All in all, he makes the place personable, memorable and very fun. Unfortunately, the wine list has only the most ordinary selections, but you can always bring your own (recommended). We love this truly family-run place. We are SF natives and regularly bring out of town guests here for dinner. We have had nothing but great experiences at Franchino's. Pros: Great pasta, antipasto, service Cons: Wine list needs imrpovement - only the most ordinary wines are sold. more

I'm Addicted!! 7/11/2006

I believe Franchino's to be quite possibly one of the most worthwhile restaurants in San Francisco. This restaurant is family owned and operated, the food is always incredible, and the service is wonderful. You can always count on family and friends to stop by and start up a conversation with the owners. This is a very mellow place in an otherwise tourist-packed neighborhood where you can really enjoy quality food. It is always a pleasure to come here, and i would recommond Franchino's to absolutely everyone! Pros: Food, Ambience, Service Cons: none! more

Absolutely Fantastic 12/2/2005

We frequent Franchino's often. We even filled it with our family and friends for our wedding rehearsal dinner with a party of 25! It's a family run resturant, the owner who's name is the inspiration of the restaurant's name greets you at the door like family. Let Franchino order for you if you're not sure what to try, we are never disappointed. The fried calamari (which is not on the menu) has no equal!!! It is amazing. Parking is only an issue if you don't want to pay $4 at the North Beach Parking across from the Police Station @ Stockon and Vallejo. Pros: Food, Friendly, Feels like Home more

highly not recommended 11/14/2005

The waiter and waitress (which are the owner) they presented a lousy customer service. The good reviews can be deceitful. I highly not recommend this restuarant. People there are very rude and mean. I was so embrassed that I took my friends to this restuarant. It was a nightmare! We all had a terrible experiences at this restuarant. I will never go there again. Cons: bad customer service, not professional , not friendly at all more

It was a special occasion!!! 3/24/2005

What a wonderful wonderful place to be. It is like steping into Italy. We let Franchino pick the wine, we got pampered with homecoking and we left laughing. It was our first visit but we were treated like we had been going there for years!! How absolutely delightful!! We didn't tell them it was our first wedding anniversary but we will keep going there year after year because they made it so wonderful for us!! THANK YOU! Pros: Franchino, Wonderful Atmosphere, Home cooking Cons: Smallish servings more

The Best in North Beach 6/21/2004

It's not a trendy, see-and-be-seen kind of place like many of the restaurants in the area. It's a comfortable, I'm-here-to-enjoy-the-food kind of place. And not to mention the service, which is impeccable from this family run establishment. Franchino will personally greet you, sing Italian Opera for you, & even dance with you. Franchino and his dishes will keep you coming back -- like me! Pros: Dishes, Service, Franchino more

Satisfaction guaranteed 6/21/2004

We don't dine at any other Italian restaurant. I've taken my family here since they first began. Franchino, his wondeful wife and family have made this place a local as well as national favorite. I've recommended it to friends, family and co-workers from out of state. Franchino is usually waiting outside to invite you in. You won't be disappointed. Parking is available around the corner at the Police Station garage. Pros: Food, Wine more

Ultimate Italian dining experience 5/31/2004

For Italian food and hospitality at its best, go to Ristorante Franchino. Food is heavenly, service is outstanding, and the price is just right. It was a great dining experience! more

The Best Italian in SF 5/27/2004

Franchino and Josephine produce the best Italian food in North Beach. With the entire family running the show, the service and attention to detail is wonderful. If you are lucky, Franchino will dim the lights and sing the night away! Pros: Owners, Food, Value more

Good Food! Good Times! 12/3/2003

The greatest thing about this restaurant (BESIDES THE INCREDIBLE FOOD!) is the incredible staff. What wonderful people! It's a small family owned place that makes you feel like you're at home too. Did I mention the food? Absolutely faboulous. Fresh, tasty and truly (coming from a first generation Italian-American) authentic. Pros: staff, enviroment more

Fun, good food - careful about the wine 6/2/2003

The key to this place is the ambiance. Most nights, the owner gets a little (or a lot) tipsy and begins to sing. The staff are all his family and they're really nice people. Order the antipasti (not on the menu) as its really good and they appear to really love that people know their place well enough to ask for it. One caveat: Every time I've been there, the wine was a little to a lot off - I'd recommend paying the corkage to bring your own if you really want to enjoy wine with dinner. more
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  • Enjoy a serenade from the owner of this North Beach restaurant serving traditional Italian dishes, plus Italian and Californian wines.

  • 4/20/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun.-Thu. 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northeast, North Beach