500 Florida St., San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410637.762591 -122.411485
Tue.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. lunch; Tue.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. dinner; Closed Sun.-Mon.
Neighborhoods: Central East, Mission
Cute Decor, Friendly Service, Decent Food – My friends and I came here for a friend's 30th birthday celebration. Upon our arrival, we were seated promptly. The decor was really cute. We chose a pre-fixed menu, which offered a better selection for the price. The empanada was really tasty! However, the risotto was not great. The rice seemed undercooked. For dessert I had the bread pudding, which was decent, not exceptional. The mojitos were excellent! They made them just right- not too sweet or strong.
Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. After dinner, we stayed at the lounge area for a few more drinks. At 10 pm it turned into a nightclub. The crowd looked interesting and the music was good, but we didn't stay long because we were tired.
I'd definitely recommend this place to a friend for a fun night out. I food was ok, but the drinks and vibe were exceptional.
Great place to dine – I was there for a friend birthday. The wait staff was very good. They took care of us. We bought our own wine and they only charge us for the first bottle corking fee. Our glass was never empty, they always had someone standing by to make sure we got everything we need.
One of the worst dining experiences ever. – Don't be fooled by the reviews. I rarely write these, but am compelled after the experience we had there the other night for our friend's 30th. After being pleasantly surprised by the cool ambience inside, we sat down and over the next 3.5 hours we had to basically beg to get our food, decent drinks and our check. The waiter forgot at least 5 appetizers, an entree, several drinks and didn't come back for ages after realizing he was dropping the ball. Early on he apologized for neglecting the table, but then didn't do anything about it. We couldn't even get our bill until 11:30 or so, when the restaurant was empty. We expected a decent comp on the bill after asking for, and have a brief and meaningless discussion with, the manager. No such luck. Our $400 or so bill was generously reduced to $386, not even equivalent to one of the terrible martinis we had. And when confronted about it, the manager (I wish I had his name) said "It's not my responsibility." In the end, pretty pathetic. They claimed they had a big party in the back, but they should just allocate resources for it. They seem to have forgotten the basics in restaurants - people come in, order food and drink, you bring it to them, they eat and drink it, pay and leave. Pretty simple. Never again with that place.
Great restaurant with a fun bar – I have fun here every time I go, thanks to the space, the crowd, food. But mostly its because the bartenders there are really good. Even when I've been there on a couple of very busy occasions, its not a madhouse at the bar, because the bartenders work fast and know what they're doing. Good place to keep in your back pocket to take clients, and friends.
Great Seabass! – I highly recommend this restaurant! I loved the food when I was there. The seabass is at the top of my list. The decor is very trendy and hip. They have a full bar and great wine list. I attended a birthday party there and received fabulous service. The wait staff was courteous and well trained. I really liked the area of the restaurant as well. In general, I had a great experience there and would definitely go back again and again.
No Metal Detectors here – "Thug" is the only word I can use here, it basically turns into a thug club full of hiphop people in their sports jerseys and baggy pants, I guess you have to pay the rent somehow.
VALUE HAPPY HOUR and QUALITY WINES – Although I eat out for work all the time, I don't usually write restaurant reviews, but I have a real soft spot for Circolo. I have seen first hand how this restaurant has improved and matured over the last 2 years and it's really hitting its stride. Prices are reasonable and the quality of the food and drinks are well above average.
FOOD: Patrick Kehler, Circolo's Chef, formerly of Aqua, has been with the restaurant since its inception. Kehler is really coming into his own and the food shines. Happy Hour is not to be missed: $1 Fish Tacos and Empanadas. You can fill up on 5 dollars!!
DRINKS: As most reviewers agree the Signature drinks here are fantastic!! Don't miss out!!
WINE: I work in the wine business and this list, focusing on high quality South American wines, has some real gems on it. But if you want to bring you're own bottle the staff isn't stuffy about it.
Good food and music, AVOID the wine list at all costs – great drinks at the bar, very good attentive service, we shared the ahi tuna and the filet mignon
which both were well made, the ahi was a little over cooked, but still nice flavors and a good
portion. The wines by the glass were WAY OVER PRICED! they were $10 for a 5 dollar bottle of
wine. It seems like they're trying to make all of their money on their wines by the glass. Some places
you know the glass price is the what they paid for the whole bottle, but i knew several of the wines
were yellow tail prices and cost 9 or 10 dollars. The music was perfect.
Amazing Sea Bass!!!! – My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and we were pleasantly surprised. The drinks were great and the service was excellent. Our server was really friendly and helped us navigate our way through what the best items on the menu were. We both orderd the sea bass for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! It was a miso glazed sea bass and it was the best one I have ever tried.
They were very accomodating with my food allergies and were happy to replace certain items with those that I could eat. The surroundings were comfy and romantic and all in all, it was a fantastic place to spend an evening. I highly recommend you try Circolo.
Avoid the risotto.... – In terms of food, it shocks me there are any good reviews for this restaurant. Simply said, the food is off. Each entree at our table missed its mark. I see one review, and would like to expand. Learn how to cook risotto!!!! Or simply, don't serve it, it is difficult to get this right outside your own home kitchen, but it must be done correctly if and when attempted.
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