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Trattoria Contadina ****


Cuisine: Italian

Description & Atmosphere
Trattoria Contadina is a North Beach institution — it's been around since 1984 and today, it's still going strong. We always feel as if we're back in Italy whenever we dine here.

Charming, casual, family-style, popular with locals and tourists alike best describes this popular eatery, located in the heart of North Beach. It's a fun place to come with friends, family, to celebrate a special occasion, or bring out-of-town guests — portions are large enough to share which is always fun to do if you want to taste a little of everything.

Buon Appetito!

We prefer seating on the main floor of the cozy split-level restaurant vs in the smaller upstairs dining room. It can be a little noisy, especially during peak dining times and weekends, so don't come here for quiet conversation.

Italian cuisine (using organic sustainable ingredients) is always spot on — every meal we've eaten here over the years has been wonderful. And their 80+ selection of fine California and Italian wines isn't bad either!

For starters, we recommend ordering an Antipasto (serves 1-4 ppl) — delicious meats and cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, warm olives, roasted peppers and pepperoncini topped with a little olive oil.

We like their traditional Caesar Salad or the Caprese Salad (fresh buffalo mozzarella, freshly sliced tomatoes, basil, pesto and a side of mixed greens).

Excellent Pasta entrees — again, great for sharing, especially for larger parties. During one of our recent visits we enjoyed several tasty pastas — seafood pasta filled with mussels, clams and calamari, a special pasta of the day with prawns in a cream sauce, and a pasta pesto with olives. Traditional spaghetti or linguini with homemade meatballs and fresh tomato sauce is always good.

Menu options also include Chicken or Veal Scaloppini, Fresh Fish & Seafood, Lamb Chops... and more!

Save room for dessert — we love their Homemade Tiramisu. If you're celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, be sure to mention it to your waiter (they'll put a candle in it). Little touches like this guarantee a return trip — maybe we'll see you there!

Sun-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Reservations are highly recommended. Be prepared to wait for a table, especially during peak dining times and weekends.

Note: There is only one "round" table (for six) on the main floor — we requested it for a special birthday celebration (and we were lucky to get it). It's usually only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Limited street parking; North Beach parking garages are located nearby.

Fast, friendly and efficient service



Pasta Pesto with Olives at Trattoria Contadina in North Beach, San Francisco

Seafood Pasta with mussels, clams and calamari at Trattoria Contadina in North Beach, San Francisco

Pasta with Prawns in cream sauce at Trattoria Contadina in North Beach, San Francisco

Celebrating a special birthday at Trattoria Contadina - Michael, Alana, Lorraine and Barry

Birthday Girl (Lorraine) celebrating her special day at Trattoria Contadina - Homemade Tiramisu

More Info
Trattoria Contadina

Google Map

1800 Mason Street
(corner of Union)
North Beach


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