About La Briciola

489 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday-Monday 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday-Saturday 5-10:30

Cross Street:
Bryant

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 512-0300

Website:
http://www.labriciola-sf.com/

Parking Details:
Large & affordable parking lot right around the corner on Stillman Street. There is also plenty of street parking (meters run until 6 pm).

Public Transit:
Located within walking distance from both Bart and Muni systems.

Executive Chef:
Gian Luca Toschi

Private Party Facilities:
We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 25 guests. In addition, we can accommodate larger parties in our main dining room. Please contact us to plan your event here!

Private Party Contact:
Rhiannon: 415-512-0300

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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La Briciola Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (34)
neighborhood gem (30)
good for groups (23)
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romantic (23)
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great for lunch (12)
notable wine list (11)
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food5
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service5

Delicious and fresh, authentic Italian o ...

Dined 2 days ago

Delicious and fresh, authentic Italian ownership, attentive service. Loved the dish that was their

food5
ambience5
service5

The wine selection was good. It had wine ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

The wine selection was good. It had wines ranging from good and affordable to fabulous and expensive. The food was great. The lamb shank was terrific. Our server was knowledgeable. I would recommend this restaurant.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

good quality italian food in SOMA

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

we enjoy dining at La Briciola since its near our apartment: the food is always fresh, well prepared, innovative and delicious. We strongly recommend La Briciola to those looking for authentic Italian cuisine.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience1
service3
value2

It was extremely average

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

Everything about this restaurant was dated and long past its prime. The dishes, menus, flatware were all past their prime. Food at best was mediocre. There are better places to go.

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Good food, ok service

Dined on April 4, 2016

I'd recommend for good Italian food. Our server was very nice, just very slow. There looked like there was only one server and one bus boy.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Pleasant dinner with friends

Dined on April 1, 2016

Very friendly staff and delicous food! Highly recommend the burrata and cheese plate for starters and the lasagna and mushroom tagliatelle for mains. The bottle of nebiollo paired well with the dishes. Keep up the great work!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

good for foodies

Dined on March 31, 2016

This was the second time to La Briciola, not disappointed, the food was as food as the first time. Hope the quality will remain.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Just O.K.

Dined on March 18, 2016

The wine was expensive by the glass. The food was just o.k. The octopus salad was the tastiest item I had. My friend had chicken Sauté of some kind but the chicken was overcooked and unexciting. The price was not what I expected.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Magnifico!

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

The food here was amazing as always. The steak con fonduta was cooked exactly as I asked and my husband adored the lamb shanks. That's why we keep coming back every month!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service4
value2

neither here nor there

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

There was nothing I didn't like about this place. I just didn't find it notable in any way. The prices were reasonable but I felt like I overpaid for presentation and food that I rate as "OK."

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Our favorite Italian restaurant

Dined on March 4, 2016

Consistently good food and wonderful service at moderate prices. We have never been disappointed in any of our many visits here.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great but little known with the freshest ...

Dined on March 2, 2016

Great but little known with the freshest Italian food, very close to Moscone center for business meetings

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Nice local restaurant

Dined on February 29, 2016

Nice local restaurant, sweet decor and good service. The lasagna was amazing!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

La Briciola is our neighborhood go-to trattoria.

Dined on February 28, 2016

Authentic food, impeccable service--attentive, good-natured and cordial without being hovering or overly familiar, as it seems only Italians know how to do. It is always quiet enough to chat. Highest recommendation.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Slow Service and Mediocre Food

Dined on February 24, 2016

Came here for my boss' birthday lunch, made a reservation for party of 5 at 11:30am on a Wednesday. We were the first guests to arrive, so I figured great we'll be in and out of the restaurant in roughly an hour or so, with time to share a dessert. This was not the case. The waiter's demeanor was a bit sour and though he wasn't rude, he also wasn't friendly. It took about 15 minutes for the waiter to take our order, when there was no one else in the restaurant. The bus boy did bring us fresh hot bread with oil and kalmata olives in the meantime, which helped with the waiting. The food came quickly once we ordered but it wasn't worth the prices. I'm glad we stuck with the Lunch Menu instead of the higher priced Main Menu. The Bruschette Assortite Zucchini and the bread were the highlights of the meal. I ordered the Scaloppina Di Limone, the veal was over cooked but the lemon caper sauce was tasty. The veggies, broccoli & spinach were overly steamed and bland. The bus boy and another gentleman served us our food and the waiter never came to check on us until after we finished eating, about 15 minutes after we were done. He never asked us if we wanted to see the dessert menu but simply brought us the check. I didn't make a fuss since we had to get back to the office and we passed up the hour mark from when we sat down in the restaurant. The slow un-attentive service really brought this place down for me. When we left there were only 2 other small tables in the restaurant.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Very Tasty!

Dined on February 20, 2016

I had been meaning to try out La Briciola and finally made reservations. It was worth it. My friend and I had great dishes , cooked well and full of flavor. The staff was attentive and helpful. I will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Very good pasta

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

We enjoyed a nice dinner on Valentine's Day with the regular menu instead of a special Valentine's Day menu with fewer choices and higher prices as many other restaurants tend to do. There were, of course, daily specials. My husband enjoyed his black squid ink spaghetti with seafood and I thoroughly enjoyed my perfectly cooked tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle oil. Bread was crusty, fresh and warm. Dessert was very good and my salad was also a hit. Although tables are spaced close together, we were able to carry on a conversation without any problem. I would return to this unpretentious but very good Italian restaurant.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

A Touch of Italy in SOMA

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

we typically dine at La Briciola weekly and have taken family members here for special occasions. we've never been disappointed: the fish dishes, meat and pastas are truly fantastic; service is personalized, the atmosphere resembling a trattoria in Italy.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service2
value3

Super Bowl Weekend

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

We had a group of 10 for dinner. While they were late in getting us seated, the table was able to comfortably accommodate our group. Most people liked their food, though one dish came out piping hot and wasn't able to be enjoyed. The wine selection was good. I'd suggest trying again when it's not such a busy weekend downtown.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service4
value3

We had a very uneven experience. The ch ...

vip
Dined on February 1, 2016

We had a very uneven experience. The chick pea soup and the grilled octopus appetizer were great. I loved the black ink seafood spaghetti special. My companions both had pasta dishes off the menu and were disappointed. Neither could eat more than a few bites.

food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Very disappointed

Dined on January 31, 2016

Although the service was okay, my partner almost got the wrong food. I had to keep asking for butter, and my pasta was so ardent I could barely eat it. The calamari was greasy so we didn't finish it, but the desert was good, and it only ran over $100. Obviously, we won't be going back their again. It is a neighborhood nightmare!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Third time is stall a charm

Dined on January 9, 2016

This is our 3rd time visiting La Bricola and we had a wonderful time. Brought several old country Italians and they LOVED the food! From the moment we sat down until the end of the meal, the wait staff, front of the house manager and our waiter could not have been more attentive or helpful....they made the night memorable. The food was outstanding once again, from the carpaccio, burrata, crostini & calamari appetizers to the rabbit (awesome), the risotto (to die for) or the gnocchi, there was not a miss to be had. We WILL be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

Treated like family!

Dined on January 9, 2016

We love this gem of a restaurant. It always feels like visiting family when we come. They remember us and make us feel welcome. The food is not your American red sauce and spaghetti type menu. It's authentic and sophisticated Northern Italian. On our latest visit, we had someone with us who is lactose intolerant. They handled his special food needs perfectly and made him feel like he was pampered. Have the profiteroles for dessert. They are the best! The only issue this time was it was a hopping Friday night and we seemed to have been forgotten at the end of our meal. We had to ask for the check and then ask again for them to take our money! That certainly won't stop us from coming back again and again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

One of the great San Francisco secrets

vip
Dined on January 4, 2016

This unassuming place South of Market is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. With a great variety of dishes and spectacular service, it ranks right up there with the more famous competitors. The seafood was done beautifully and the salads were excellent. Service was attentive and friendly and feel of the place is warm without being inauthentic. Gnocchi was great too. I recommend very highly.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Dining Experience. Better Than Italy!

Dined on January 1, 2016

One of the best dining experiences I've had. The food was amazing! Great flavour and the portions were generous. I tried the ink squid spaghetti and the braised lamb special. The servers were attentive. Definitely a cosy, nice and romantic restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Our kind of italian dinner

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

The crowd was as light as we have ever seen it here, but the food, wine and service eere as great as always, and we enjoyed the Viello Valdestano as much as always. Great value and highly enjoyable1

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Classic Italian Bistro

Dined on December 30, 2015

If you're looking for the classic San Francisco bistro that the tourists have yet to discover, this is the place. Small, quiet, great food (the seafood lasagna, though a pairing I had never had before, was outstanding), attentive service. Conveniently located, a 20-minute walk along 3rd Street from either the Montgomery Street BART station or from AT&T Park. This was my wife's and my first visit, but we'll be back. Reservations recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

La Briciola is a bit of Italy in SF.

Dined on December 27, 2015

We always enjoy eating at La Briciola and make an effort to have at least one meal there when we are in town. It reminds us of some of the great neighborhood restaurants in Rome.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Another good lunch at Briciola

Dined on December 17, 2015

We've been coming to Briciola for years now for our company holiday lunch, once again they did not disappoint!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Authentic Italian Cuisine

Dined on November 27, 2015

We dined here for the second time after three years, and La Briciola confirms to be an authentic Italian restaurant, among many that pretend to be like that. As an Italian born and raised, I can tell that the dishes were prepared according to the tradition and with very good quality ingredients. The lasagna was outstanding, exactly the same that I could expect in a traditional Italian home (and that takes a lot of time to be properly prepared). Interesting wine list, with some "excellent" bottles (although, expect to pay a good amount of money if you want one of them). I would definitely recommend La Briciola

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food, service and ambiance for ...

Dined on November 27, 2015

Excellent food, service and ambiance for date night.

food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent baked fish and Chianti. We for ...

Dined on November 27, 2015

Excellent baked fish and Chianti. We for dinner on Thanks Giving and we loved it!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service3

Pasta was awesome, but the t-bone stark ...

Dined on November 22, 2015

Pasta was awesome, but the t-bone stark was horrible and burnt, The steak was suppose to be cooked medium. They never brought another steak out so my husband left hungry. Very sad about that T-bone steak being black and hard! Don't order steak at a Italian Resturant

food5
ambience4
service4

Great Northern Italian food

Dined on November 16, 2015

We needed a nice place close by to celebrate a birthday, so we chose La Braciola. All our diners were very pleased with their food. AND, My lasagna was simply the best I've ever had in a restaurant. Service was great, attentive but not cloying. And the Italian Barbera wine was as delicious as any I remember having in Italy.

Tags: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4

Delightful

Dined on November 14, 2015

My husband and I arrived to our reservation about 30 minutes early. The host seating us put us all the way in the back. I'm not sure if it's because we were in jeans and hoodies (trendy, but still casual) so he wanted to hide us or if it was because he wanted us to have the most romantic seat in the house. Unfortunately, I think it may be the former but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with the latter. Once sat, we were greeted and taken care of by the kindest server. He seemed genuinely interested in making sure our dinner was wonderful. We asked for recommendations from him and he steered us well! My husband had the lamb ragout and I had the ravioli with lobster sauce. Both were delicious. I think our favorite thing was the panna cotta with cherry coulis. Whatever you do, get this. Paired with a cup of coffee (comes with biscotti), it makes a perfect ending to a wonderful dinner.

Tags: romantic
food4
ambience4
service3

While LA Bricola is listed as a $$ resta ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

While LA Bricola is listed as a $$ restaurant, the prices were a little on the high end of $$, low end of $$$. We had a good experience there though.

food4
ambience4
service5

Gracious

Dined on October 30, 2015

Gracious service. Delicious food. Classics w a twist done well

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service4

Nice little place in the City. There we ...

Dined on October 30, 2015

Nice little place in the City. There were several more than 4 people table but the noisy level didn't go up high so we could carry on a quite conversation. Ordered Della Casa salad which was tasty and portion was huge! We could have done with the salad. Ordered Filetto Con Fonduta AL Tartufo, a filet mignon, fontana cheese and black truffle. Cooked perfect medium and just enough truffle not to overwhelm the steak itself. Hubby ordered Vitello Alla Valdostana, rolled veal, spek, fontina cheese, white wine, but it was a bit tough and salty. Maybe used salt cured prosciutto since I don't know what spek is? Overall good evening with good service and decent food and Great Price!

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Nice out of they place. Reasonable price ...

Dined on October 29, 2015

Nice out of they place. Reasonable prices too.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

my go to for local good Italian fare

vip
Dined on October 25, 2015

wonderful seafood, tender veal, all is good at this local trattorria, we highly recommend it to those seeking quality Italian food but at fairly reasonable (for SF) prices. not pretentious, just good food.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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