Massive crowd at Delfina

The first time we went to Bi-Rite Creamery, we drove by Delfina and there was a massive crowd outside.  I went home and yelp’d it and found out it had 4 stars with over 700 reviews.  I decided right then and there that I needed to try it!  I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to try Delfina the restaurant or Pizzeria Delfina first.  They are right next door to each other.  Given my recent pizza addiction, I decided I should give Boyfriend a break from pizza and try out the restaurant.  I did make a friend outside while waiting for our table and it turns out he works at the pizzeria!  He gave us a list of his favorites so I know what to order the next time I go.

We started out with a salad with pancetta and cheese shavings.  It was delicious with just the right amount of balsamic vinegar.

Boyfriend went with a lamb dish with butter beans and peppers.  The lamb was cooked perfectly and didn’t taste game-y.  It was paired wonderfully with Boyfriend’s glass of red wine.

I went with the spaghettini with fresh Dungeness crab.  The waitress exclaimed that this is one of her favorite dishes and since crab had recently come into season, it was back on the menu.  Huuuge chunks of crab in the pasta. 

The restaurant is small and cozy but it’s so bustling that it’s quite loud.  Everything was wonderful and I really can’t wait to go back!  Even the bread and sweet cream butter was amazing and we got a second plate and finished it off.   Another plus to this restaurant is that it’s about a block away from Bi-Rite.  If you can refrain from ordering dessert at Delfina, head over to Bi-Rite for some ice cream after dinner!

3621 18th St.  (between Guerrero St. & Oakwood St.)   San Francisco, CA

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  2. Elaina Says:

    I love dungeness crab so much! I can eat pounds of it at a time. Tristika hates it when I go to SF market and bring back live crab to boil. She says it makes the whole house smell!

  3. Boyfriend Says:

    After waiting outside to get seated… I’m beginning to think the line was actually more for the pizzeria than the restaurant. Not that the restaurant wasn’t busy as well. It may just have been the effect of the weather as it was quite chilly outside. The salad was good, especially the bites with the pancetta. My lamb was very tasty. I thought the beans on the side were a bit out of place. The peppers on the side were a nice complement to the lamb (if you like the taste of peppers that is). I had a bite of crab from Girlfriend’s pasta and I have to say it wasn’t all that bad. If you consider the fact that I don’t like crab, you know it had to be pretty good/fresh.


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