Frascati is a Mediterranean style bistro neighborhood restaurant on Russian Hill in San Francisco. Since 1987 this place has been serving it up. It has some of the highest ratings on Yelp.
Decor, Vibe – Small corner building with 3 inter mingled levels. This place has neighborhood charm and had lots of locals in their 30’s to 50’s eating. The hostess knew many of those dining.
Big Wine list
Wine by Glass
Russet Potato Gnocchi ($10) with butternut squash, black trumphet mushrooms, melted leeks and white truffle oil was very good. Good portion of tender gnocchi, cooked just right.
Maple Leaf Duck Breast ($26) with herb spatzle arugula, hearts of palm salad, scallions and huckelberry sauce was cooked to a requested medium rare. The top duck piece had a crispy skin. Cooked just right and tasted wonderful, one of the better duck’s around.
Osso Buco Milanese ($27) with saffron scented risotto, carmelized leeks, baby spinach, citrus gremolata was very tender and full of flavor. They even give you a spoon for the bone marrow. The risotto was even better.
Roast Cauliflower Soup ($8) with cauliflower salad and Basil oil was very good, smooth and creamy, but not too heavy. Oil gave it a nice accent.
Apple Cobbler ($8) with vanilla bean ice cream was hot out of the oven. Pretty big size and decent quality. Good ice cream.
Duck Confit Salad ($10) with baby spinach, red onion, dried cherries, gorgonzola, and balsamic vinagrette was a good salad but very meaty. Dressing was also on the heavy side. Get it if you like duck and are not getting the duck breast for an entree.
Blue Nose Bass Livornese ($25) with tomato, chiles, arugula, potatoes, white anchovy and black trumpet salsa was a fair dish. Fish was not cooked as well as it could have been. The tomato pairing did not work well.
Frascati had above average service with servers around most of the time. Quality was high as were prices. This is not an everyday neighborhood eatery unless you are very wealthy.
While the food is very good, we feel it does not reach the level of the top tier restaurants in the city. If you are looking for a quaint romantic neighborhood place, this is a good place to dine at. This place reminds me of Chapeau!, a quaint neighborhood place in the outer Richmond, which has better food.