About Luisa's Pizza & Pasta

1550 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Executive Chef Luisa Hanson has been in the restaurant business since 1959, following in the footsteps of 5 generations of Italian restaurateurs. The original Luisa's Restaurant was located in Lakeshore Plaza, then moved to Russian Hill, Union Square, the Castro, Marina & is now back at a new location in Nob Hill. Voted "Best Gnocchi" by SF Weekly & SF Bay Guardian & "Best Pollo Piemontese" by the Mountain Democrat in Placerville, the iconic Luisa also makes a hell of a lasagna & is a local legend. The hallmarks of Luisa's cooking are quality & passion which is why her fans will follow her where ever she goes. Her menu includes homemade pasta, seafood, pizza & calzone, and daily specials along with Californian and Italian wines as well as a selection of domestic & imported beer. Sweets include tiramisu, cannoli, tartufo and many others. Weekend Brunch features a mouth-watering amaretto french toast, eggs Fiorentina, eggs benedict, omelettes & a selection of sandwiches.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Italian, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Weekends open until 12:00pm
Closed on Mondays

Cross Street:
Polk Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 563-4043


We don't offer live entertainment, however, we have a big screen TV in high definition for late night viewing.

Parking Details:
Street parking available and an indoor garage within a few blocks (Sacramento between Polk and Van Ness)

Public Transit:
Bus lines #19 (stop at Polk and California, a few feet from our restaurant) or #49 (stop at Van Ness), #1 from Nob Hill (stop at Jones Street). California Street Cable Car line takes you to our block.

Executive Chef:
Luisa Hanson

Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine

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Luisa's Pizza & Pasta Ratings and Reviews



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100% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (4)
good for groups (2)
kid-friendly (1)
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I love Luisa's! The food is delicious an ...

Dined on June 3, 2016

I love Luisa's! The food is delicious and I love how Luisa is always there! She is such a lovely woman and he family recipes are delicious!!!! I will definitely be back.


the food had a home made taste. truly ...

Dined on May 2, 2016

the food had a home made taste. truly a hidden gem . you will not be disappointed.


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Dined on April 10, 2016

This was a good value in that the quality of the menu was commensurate with the price. It wasn't the best Italian food I've ever had, nor the worse. It was decent and priced appropriately. The best thing about the place was Luisa herself. Still going strong at 86, she was fun and vibrant to talk to. She was a gracious hostess, but not overwhelmingly so. She had a lot of history and stories to tell, which, for out-of-towners like us, was very cool.

Tags: kid-friendly, neighborhood gem

Luisa cooks the most authentic Italian i ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Luisa cooks the most authentic Italian in ALL of San Francisco. This place is simply the best!


Good food but Luisa talks too much

Dined on September 3, 2014

My friend and I went here for the first time. I had been to her place on Union street for years. The food is always good, not great, but just consistently good. Luisa is very sweet and I do like her but both my friend and I wanted to have a conversation with each other and Luisa kept coming over to talk to us. Not just to say a "hello" but o have a long, drawn-out conversation for 5 minutes! And, then, she came back several more times during our meal! She needs to stay out of the main dining room or limit how much time she spends with each customer. It is nice at first but wears thin after the 5th time she stops by to ask you how you like her meal and to remind you how she is the best in the Bay Area, etc. I will not be back.

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