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tango325 Nov 11, 2011 03:01 PM

Is it as outstanding as the concierge says?

  1. wolfe Nov 11, 2011 07:16 AM

    One regular thought it was excellent. Please report back.

    1. t
      tango325 Nov 13, 2011 11:42 AM

      Outstanding. Both the Mushroom Ravioli and the Wild Butterfish were excellent. The Burrata Cheese appetizer too was memorable. The owner Alex is welcoming and takes his restaurant very seriously. I would definitely make a reservation versus dropping in and be sure to ask about parking.

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      1. re: tango325
        PulledPork Nov 13, 2011 11:54 AM

        In my opinion, Seven Hills is serving some of the best pasta in San Francisco. Despite being somewhat under the radar, I think they should be right in the conversation with Quince, Delfina, Perbacco, SPQR, etc.

        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

      2. wolfe Nov 13, 2011 05:21 PM

        Seven Hills

        Seven Hills
        1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          ladybugthepug Nov 13, 2011 10:25 PM

          Clearly the concierge knows food. The hands down best pasta I've ever had was at Vetri in Philadelphia. If you sat me down at a table in Philly and put that Ravioli Uovo from Seven Hills in front of me, I would have thought Marc Vetri himself had made it. That dish right there is worth the price of admission. The caliber of food that comes out of that kitchen represents a tremendous value.

          As for reservations? You wouldn't catch me climbing that hill without them. Word is getting out and the place is packed by 7pm. Good luck finding a parking spot up there if you plan on driving.

          Seven Hills
          1550 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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          1. re: ladybugthepug
            wolfe Nov 13, 2011 10:42 PM

            Hill, schmill, doesn't a cable car go by there? ;-)

            1. re: wolfe
              ladybugthepug Nov 13, 2011 10:56 PM

              It does. I personally have no problem walking anywhere in SF, but I know many people do (especially if they're dressed up). You are right about cable car, though. It's right there.

            2. re: ladybugthepug
              arepo Aug 1, 2012 02:08 AM

              Being a Vetri buff I hear you. I will now go to Seven Hills with confidence.

              1. re: arepo
                arepo Nov 30, 2012 09:59 PM

                A reply to all Chowhounders who recommended this restaurant.
                You were all so right -- and then some.
                This is a little hidden gem with a creative chef in the kitchen.
                Rarely have we found such finesse in Italian cuisine. (and their bread is to die for!)
                Of all the places we dined last week, (including the disappointing Gary Danko's), this one takes the cake, hands down.

            3. Robert Lauriston Nov 21, 2013 02:00 AM

              Inside Scoop reports chef Alexander Alioto sold his half to his GM partner and has left to start his own place.


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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                sugartoof Nov 24, 2013 05:09 AM

                What's curious about that is Seven Hills was intended to be Alioto doing something on his own in a chef driven project, and his GM partner was a family in-law.

                I have to wonder if the improved reviews for the food (as opposed to the initial marketing) is as a result of Alioto distancing himself from the restaurant, or simply applying himself after a rough start, and some mistakes (like the choice of location).

                1. re: sugartoof
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 24, 2013 07:32 AM

                  What marketing? First I heard of the place was when tourists started posting that they'd had great pasta there.


                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    sugartoof Nov 24, 2013 07:49 AM

                    They got full page advertising mock ups to look like reviews in 7x7 amongst other stunts.

                    They got Willie Brown mentioning it.

                    Also note it was a hotel Concierge that tipped off the OP in your link.

                    That's the kind of marketing they went for.

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