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Delfina, San Francisco: 4 reviews and 10 photos

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Speaking strictly as a tourist, I suppose there may be probably better places to eat in the city, but this is my favorite and always my first choice.

And I think you can tell a really good restaurant by watching the rhythm & performance of the line cooks.

Instead of a table, sit and have dinner at the bar some busy Friday or Saturday night and watch the line kick ass.

(Delfina feels like an ex-lover that has mercy & invites you over when you're lonely.)

Favorite Dish: I recommend (when available):

- a bellini;

- grilled calamari with the white bean salad;

- a glass of Miner pinot noir;

- roasted fennel quail with polenta and a side of spinach;

- profiteroles & coffee

or if you finish early (before 8pm) & it is open, skip dessert and have a croissant or pastry from Tartine on 18th and Guerrero

Here is a great little piece / movie about Tartine for your dessert.
I just thought of something.
It actually IS possible to have a less-than-amazing dinner @ Delfina. HOW?
Cop to the steak frites or the roast chicken.
Neither is "bad" but imo neither shows off what Delfina does best.
Go for something more "exotic" like quail, lamb, pork belly with sepia, fish, etc. for Secondi.


Address: 3621 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: 18th & Guerrero in the Mission dist. (take a cab)
othercontact: email -
Phone: (415) 552-4055
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 5
Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2015
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