1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110-3026
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Beretta

Neighborhoods: Mission
Cuisine: Brunch, Lunch, Late Night

Beretta is a Brunch, Lunch, and Late Night restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid more than $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Love the neighborhood, but this place, not so much

Located in the Mission District where Last Supper Club used to be, this hip Italian restaurant draws big crowds on weekends. My friends and I reserved a six-top and were seated in their dark, dungeon-like room downstairs. It took several minutes for our eyes to become accustomed to the dim lighting and actually see our menus. Seating was interesting, half of us sat in regular chairs and the other half sat in an old church pew.

When I’m in the mood, I enjoy cocktails with either Grey Goose or Belvedere vodka. But our two servers made it abundantly clear that the bartenders turn up their noses at vodka which is apparently inferior to rums, gins and the like for mixed drinks. They said vodka doesn’t do anything to enhance those kinds of drinks. That explains why they only had several vodkas and each were infused with weird flavors like basil.

I tried a highly recommended gin drink, (I hate gin but one of our servers insisted that it was worth a try), and traded it in for a glass of red wine. Then I tried to focus on the food.

Our group shared a bunch of dishes, including roasted beets with ricotta salata which was my girlfriend’s favorite, and meatballs in tomato sauce which were a little too soft but had good flavor. It came with a couple slices of grilled bread to sop up the sauce. We also had a proscuitto pizza with tomato, arugula, and mozzarela which had a thin, crispy crust but was just okay. The marinated sardines were very tart which is the way they are supposed to be, but my mouth got really puckery. The salumi platter was nice, as was the saffron risotto with osso bucco which was comforting and rich.

We had a couple of espresso-laden desserts to finish the night.

Honestly, there are so many other restaurants where I can get a great Italian meal with a nice vodka cocktail and good lighting beyond the bowels of a restaurant. I’ll be back in the Mission soon since I love the overall vibe of that neighborhood, but I don’t think Beretta will be among my stops.

salumi platter at Beretta

salumi platter

A fun dish to share, it consists of a variety of meats from Boccolone Salumeria which you can now buy at the Ferry Plaza (a joint venture between Chris Cosentino and Mark Pastore of Incanto). It consists of mortadella, proscuitto di parma, lardo – yes, that’s lard, but better than Crisco – sopresatta (Italian dry-cured salami), and lonza (cured pork tenderloin). It comes with toasty slices of bread and pickled vegetables.

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Tips
  • Try the popular Dolores Park Swizzle, a intriguing concoction of rum, lime, maraschino, absinthe and bitters.
  • Finding a spot in this happening area of the Mission is tough work and the restaurant doesn't offer valet, so budget time to prowl the side streets for a parking space.
  • Try the popular Delores Park Swizzle, a intriguing concoction of rum, lime, maraschino, absinthe and bitters.
  • A room downstairs is available for private parties of up to 35 people.
  • Although the kitchen closes nightly at midnight, the bar continues serving until 2am.
  • You can't go wrong with any of the specialty drinks, but the refreshing Italian gimlet (made with vodka, fresh-squeezed lime juice and basil) goes down especially easy.
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Beretta is located near the cities of Hayes Valley, Mission District, , Chinatown, and Haight Ashbury.
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