About Villa D'Este

2623 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
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Villa d' Este, serving you with traditional Italian Cuisine has been owned & operated by the Oropeza Family since 1978. Villa d'Este is known locally as one of the best family restaurants in San Francisco. Offering menu selections of pasta, poultry, veal, vegetarian, seafood, and beef. Come and indulge in our seven course dinner including antipasto, mixed green salad, soup, pasta bolognese, entrée coffee and Spumoni ice cream. We also have serve A La Carte which comes with a mixed green salad or soup. We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! We are open for Dinner seven days a week at 4-10 p.m. We serve a Champagne Brunch on Sundays from 11am-2:30p.m. Interested in entertaining your guests as a private party? We also serve banquets and off-site catering. Call us or come by to learn more! Enjoy a full bar with great cocktails and get to know us!

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Daily 4:00pm-10:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
19th Ave. & Junipero Serra

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 334-0580

Website:
http://villadesterestaurantsf.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live music on Fridays and Saturdays! Monthly Cabaret shows the first monday of every month. Contact us for more information.

Parking Details:
Metered parking outside of restaurant, $2.00 per hour. Free after 6 p.m. everyday and Sunday all day.

Public Transit:
SF Muni lines 28 on 19th Ave. and K line on Ocean Ave.

Executive Chef:
Ofelia Lopez and Ramon Oropeza

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Villa D'Este Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

4

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (6)
good for groups (5)
kid-friendly (5)
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special occasion (4)
romantic (3)
great for lunch (2)
notable wine list (1)
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food4
ambience5
service5

My daughter and I had great time. I like ...

Dined on April 26, 2016

My daughter and I had great time. I liked setting and the service was great.

food5
ambience5
service5

Always a pleasure to have a nice venue h ...

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

Always a pleasure to have a nice venue here.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

You can always depend on the Villa D'Est ...

vip
Dined on March 8, 2016

You can always depend on the Villa D'Este for those kind of special events. Dinner, lunch, parties or a social event always pleased with the service and food.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Stay away.

Dined on February 14, 2016

A simply awful dining experience started with them not having the shrimp cocktail. Moved into a bland, sad looking antipasto plate and easily the worst attempt at garlic bread I have ever encountered. It was dry, bland and cold! At this point we were about 45 minutes into our meal. We spent the next 30 minutes totally ignored by our server. We were asked by a different server if we would like refills on wine and the kids drinks, but that was it. I finally questioned our server (1.5 hrs after we placed our order) in the timing of our entrees and he immediately became defensive. All he could say was that the kitchen was busy (I saw a restaurant that was about 60% full). He could not/would not give me an estimate on when they would arrive so I told him I would take the check for the appetizers and drinks we had. He left in a huff and never returned. We left $40 on the table and walked out.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always more enjoyment

vip
Dined on February 2, 2016

This is the place to go enjoy dinner. Whether it be a quite peaceful 2 person, or a friendly group or an event such as lunch or dinner, yo won;t be disappointed.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Just a fun, old school place. Good food ...

Dined on January 30, 2016

Just a fun, old school place. Good food and friendly, attentive service.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Sure, my mom and I took a friend of ours ...

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

Sure, my mom and I took a friend of ours who has never been at this restaurant. Live music was a big plus here, as our guest thoroughly enjoyed this a lot. Our food was very well, except our guest steak was a bit on the tough side, but he was taking it home to enjoy the next day.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Good place to go if you're not into being served

Dined on January 28, 2016

Villa d' Este had been recommended by a friend whose family has gone there over the years. We (group of 4) were really looking forward to it: we love "old school" spots that you still find around San Francisco and beyond. I'd love to be writing a wonderful review, but I just can't. The service, which consisted of a grandfather and his son, and a middle aged woman they must have pulled off the street was deplorable. From drinks at the bar, to being seated, to water, to having our order taken, to having plates removed from the table between courses, all had to be requested. There was no baseline or minimum level of customer care. Which is really too bad, the food is decent, kind of what you expect, and the atmosphere is fun. We won't go back, we'll go to Val's or The Basque Club or the Garden Club, or.......anywhere but Viila d' Este. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Good Italian Food

Dined on January 24, 2016

The food here is good but could be very good if more attention were paid to presentation. The shrimp cocktail was most disappointing because the shrimp were slightly better than canned shrimp and the cocktail sauce was bland. Also, it was served with saltine crackers just like in a diner. The soup, salad, and entrée were very good and the bread was excellent but needed more butter served with our 2nd helping. All in all a good place to dine at a mostly-reasonable price.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service4
value1

Disaster

Dined on January 16, 2016

We ordered veal parmigiana, veal scallopine, veal sweetbreads & calamari steak. Every order was inedible. It's sad to see a lovely restaurant that we like deteriorate so much.

food3
ambience4
service4
value5

Terrific!

vip
Dined on January 14, 2016

Good food and service and excellent value. Our family of ten had a wonderful evening.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Neighborhood gem is a local Favorite

Dined on January 1, 2016

Lovely setting with Art Deco decor . Especially enjoyed the pianist and vocalist throughout dinner. Nice bar on entering the restaurant. Very good food, pleasant conversation, wonderful service all made for a very relaxing New Years Eve.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great Family Owned Place with Great Food

Dined on December 26, 2015

I've been going here for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for almost 30 years now. The food is great and you never leave hungry. Very family oriented dining. Love this place!

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience2
service2
value2

We've been going to Vill D'Este quite a ...

Dined on December 25, 2015

We've been going to Vill D'Este quite a few times over the years. It has steadily declined and this was our worst experience. The food would have to have improved to be mediocre. No choice of salad...ceaser or nothing. Ordered a Rob Rou cocktail and could not taste the scotch. Mashed potatoes still had the ice cream scoop shape. fish was barely luke warm. They could have used the potatoes scoop for the ice cream but appeared instead to use a teaspoon. Smallest scoop I have ever had. Good reservation, pleasant staff. not going back

food2
ambience3
service4

Quaint Italian resturant - service was g ...

Dined on December 12, 2015

Quaint Italian resturant - service was good but the food does not measure up to expectations. The clam chowder was watery thin, and the clalmare was rubbery and extremely tough to cut. Veal dishes were good. It was a friday music nite - Christmas music with pianist and vocalist with diners invited to join in and sing along, which made it a noisy nite - don't know how it would measure up and a "normal" nite.

food4
ambience4
service5

Charming old-school dining

vip
Dined on November 8, 2015

Remember the time when you didn't rush through dinner, and restaurants didn't try to rush you to be done so they can turn the table? Nestled in the "outer" part of SF right on the MUNI line, this restaurant almost expects that you'll start your meal with a cocktail -- either at the bar or at your table. Then if you order the dinner version of your meal, you get what amounts to a 5 course meal. It's not the trendy restaurant in town, and you won't find hipsters there. In fact, you might end up being the youngest person dining in the place. But this is a place to have a relaxing meal with friends, with good food, and be on your schedule.

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

Yes, always pleasure to dine here.

vip
Dined on October 17, 2015

Dining here is always a nice way to entertain guests. Enjoyable, nice wine selection, and food always fresh!

Tags: good for groups
food2
ambience2
service3

Piano bar & karaoke not expected

vip
Dined on September 19, 2015

We didn't expect a piano bar & singer. She was a good singer. But when they started letting everyone up for karaoke, it made for a somewhat entertaining, but mostly annoying dining experience.

food5
ambience5
service5

Supper Club special night

vip
Dined on August 29, 2015

I cannot tell you anymore, except you need to try this on the first Monday of the month for dinner. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food3
ambience5
service5

Wonderful vintage restaurant

Dined on August 22, 2015

I took a friend and my daughter to Villa d'Este for a birthday celebration. I wanted a restaurant in this location because of another commitment in the same area. I think the reviews I read were right on. The food is fine--more or less, family-level fare, but generous portions. The services was excellent. There was a pianist and an accompaniest singing old songs, and I Foodies with expectations should avoid this place. I understand that they also have a cabaret night once a month. There is a bar there, too, with subdued drinking and conversation. I was a little surprised that for a Friday, it was this low-key, but this may be how the place usually operates. My friend was Italian, and I think he liked it very much. I would definitely go back. I thought the entire experience was very pleasant, and the atmosphere, well-suited to unhurried dining and conversation.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely enjoy going to Villa D'Este ! ...

Dined on August 14, 2015

Absolutely enjoy going to Villa D'Este ! It's my favorite spot.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience1
service2

Retirement home or restaurant??

Dined on July 30, 2015

Upon first walking in, there was no one to greet us at the host stand or at the bar that was left unattended right next to the exit... But the smell of the place was horrible. It literally smelt like a retirement home cafeteria. When someone finally walked up to greet us, I told them our name and party number, they looked at us like we were crazy and seemed surprised that we were there, even though I made the Open Table reservation. The place looks like it was built 100 years ago and the wall paper was peeling off. I was so embarrassed that I made the reservation and brought my friends there... but I relied on the Open Table reviews.... The food was okay. Obviously frozen at one time, but it was cheap, so what do you expect? I am surprised this restaurant is still open.

food4
ambience4
service5

Family dinners enjoyed every time we visit

Dined on July 28, 2015

Delicious food, comfortable dining, and wonderful staff.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

1928 Charm and Plenty of Good Food

Dined on July 19, 2015

I have eaten here before with a job-related group, but had forgotten the spectacular period decor. We were with guests from the Midwest this time, some of whom have conservative palates. They had standard Italian-American pasta fare (like spaghetti and meatballs). We had more elegant Italian dishes. The veal parmigiana was great. The Chicken Lombardi (with mushrooms and artichoke hearts) was tasty, with tender pieces of chicken breast. Most of us had the full meal, which includes antepasta, salad, soup, small pasta Bolognese, ice cream and coffee. The child in our party had a child's portion of pasta and shared adult salads and soup. At the end of the meal, the waiter took her into the kitchen to show her around and she returned with her ice cream that they had spritzed with whipped cream. She was thrilled to see the kitchen. All in all a very good deal for the price and a perfect spot for a leisurely meal, a meal with children, or a place to take out-of-town guests.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Supper Club Night

vip
Dined on July 7, 2015

The Supper Club feature is a nice night, with a set menu, you don't go wrong. It is usually a packed restaurant. It is also an opportunity to hear live singing, piano and base players too which makes for a another comeback experience. This night I took an elder for dinner to enjoy.... perfect, and well received too. Will be coming back again soon.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

neighborhood gem

vip
Dined on June 25, 2015

Low prices, good food, old-school service. We'll be back more often!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

Nice Neighborhood Restaurant

Dined on June 21, 2015

The servers, bartender and bussers were all very courteous. There were only 2 issues I encountered that did not let me give this restaurant 5 stars. My Prime Rib was overcooked, I asked for med rare and got well done. I ordered the high price glass of merlot and they were out of it and on a weekend. I ordered the lesser priced and it was not what I was expecting. The other entrees and the appetizers and desserts were all fine.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service1

Can't Review What Didn't Happen

Dined on June 2, 2015

Waited over 20 minutes at the reception desk and no one even took our name. They were obviously in the middle of a big Monday Night Supper Club event that included a show that had started half an hour before our reservation. The place was packed and there didn't seem to be any tables available anyway. Twice, a waitress asked if we had been helped but did not help us and the promised help never materialized. We also couldn't find any evidence of our reservations in their reservation book which was lying there open and easy to read. It became obvious there was a glitch somewhere, so we left. Architecturally, the place looked pretty fun. Might try it again.

food2
ambience5
service5

Food doesn't fit decor

vip
Dined on May 9, 2015

The service was great. The food was just ok which is probably why the prices are so reasonable. The decor is reminiscent of 20's style clubs. I think it would be great if they would have a dance floor to go with the live music. It's definitely a popular spot for the senior crowd.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Loved the non-rushed multi course tradit ...

vip
Dined on April 26, 2015

Loved the non-rushed multi course traditional Italian dinner. Service was good and friendly.

food2
ambience4
service3

Architectural extravagance from the 20s

Dined on April 19, 2015

Dining at Villa d'Este is an opportunity to roll back time and enjoy the extravagant décor from the boom times of the pre-Depression era. Perhaps they hired a mad Hollywood designer to come up with the plaster pillars hung with plaster curtains that separate the main dining area from the more secluded tables near the walls. On the street side, a series of French windows admit natural light and provide a view of a small garden. The food is also reminiscent of a bygone era. The Italian-style meals are served with antipasto, soup, salad, pasta, main course, coffee and dessert -- for a very modest price. It is not haute cuisine by a long shot, but it is a decent, inexpensive meal. To me it's a restaurant you might take a friend to on a lark, more for the experience than for the cuisine. On the Saturday night I went there, there was a pianist to add to the ambiance.

food5
ambience5
service5

Introcuced more of my friends

vip
Dined on April 18, 2015

Pleasantly surprised were friends I have introduced and dined at the Villa. They have been back again two times, and we plan to have a couple events at the Villa.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Food was very and the full dinner is a good value.

Dined on April 12, 2015

We have not been there for a while but food and service was very good as always. It is a great neighbor restaurant and parking is easy. Hope to go back soon

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

March 2 get together

vip
Dined on March 3, 2015

Enjoyed Villa D'Este. Good food enjoyed by our group of 11. Most for the first time listening to the nice music of the Villa's Supper Club entertainment. For a Monday night, it's not a late all night evening which is good for those who have to work the next day. Well planned! I'm going again in April, and have made my reservations for 12.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

nice.

vip
Dined on February 12, 2015

As always a gem. Never had a so so dinner or lunch. Wine is also nice to choose.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

nice supper club

vip
Dined on February 5, 2015

For the first time I dined for the music night, it was nice, fun and plenty people enjoying too. Nice live music.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

An Old favorite

vip
Dined on January 31, 2015

Have been going there for years but had not recently but they didn't disappoint! The menu has a great variety for all taste buds and the piano and vocalist added great ambience and joy!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Nice neighborhood spot

vip
Dined on January 21, 2015

A fine place to go for a typical Italian dinner (antipasto,bread,salad,soup,entree,desert and coffee) at a very reasonable rate. Nice neighborhood, easy parking, white linen, fast service, quiet. Not trendy, yuppie, loud or for all those people that suddenly have gluten problems or some ailment that they need to have to make themselves different from everyone else.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience2
service3

not the spot for a date

Dined on January 1, 2015

Went New Year's Eve. Fixed menu, so I expected something fantastic. Felt more like I was at a budget friendly wedding. Cold food, substandard meat. A scoop of cheap ice cream for dessert. It was a last minute find and reviews were mixed. Sadly I wouldn't go back. Felt like I was at a cafeteria in a retirement home which I wouldn't have mind if the food was good. The staff was wonderful. Shame the food didn't match that

food5
ambience5
service5

1920s Style

Dined on December 22, 2014

Restaurant is set in a 90 year old building in the grand style of the 1920s era. Ramon, the owner, is quite friendly and sets a nice tone. Food is tasty and service is friendly and efficient.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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