Party Earth Review There are tons of places in the city to grab a slice of pizza, but at the always-packed Beretta, an artisan pie comes with artfully crafted cocktails on the side. A long communal table and wide bar provide plenty of opportunities... ... read full review
1199 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 24th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 22nd Street
M–F 5:30pm–1am, Sa–Su noon–1am
Closing time denotes end of kitchen service, as the bar often stays open later
Mission, San Francisco –
There are tons of places in the city to grab a slice of pizza, but at the always-packed Beretta, an artisan pie comes with artfully crafted cocktails on the side.
A long communal table and wide bar provide plenty of opportunities for singles and groups to mingle, while intimate candlelit tables by the windows and on the sidewalk offer the perfect spots for conversation and people-watching.
Iron chandeliers, thick wooden beams, and gilt mirrors give the venue a vintage speakeasy quality, though the late-night clientele is mostly well-dressed hipsters and young creative tech professionals who stop in as much to eat as to flirt.
Although often quiet and cozy early in the week, boisterous pre-party crowds meld with the noise and heat of the open kitchen come Thursday nights, creating a vibe far more upbeat than softly romantic.
Delectable desserts like gelato with olive oil and rhubarb crumb cake quickly appear once the last bits of margherita and prosciutto di parma pizza are gobbled down, while mixology fans debate over favorite drinks like the rye- and egg white-infused Rattlesnake and the bourbon and minty-mixed Kentucky Mule.
Weekend brunch, meanwhile, draws hungover party animals and upper-crust shoppers back in for French toast and crêpes – and probably a few early cocktails. But regardless of when they come, everyone at Beretta leaves with a new appreciation for pizza, and maybe even the number of someone they can bring back next time.
Well-informed bon vivants of the Internet and technology industries, young college grads, local arts types, suburban foodies, and older nine-to-five professionals, mid-20s to late 40s+.
Mostly lounge and European pop, along with random 80s hits and retro electroswing.
Contemporary Italian menu of pizzas, fish, and vegetarian and vegan dishes. Brunch menu includes fresh crêpes and French toast with mixed berries and mascarpone.
Brunch menu $6–$17, appetizers, charcuterie and salads $5–$13, pizzas $10–$16, entrées $13–$26. Beer $6–$20, wine $9–$14/glass or $30–$60/bottle, cocktails $9–$11.
Business casual to hipster/trendy: dinner jackets, vests, sweaters, vintage wear, cocktail dresses.
Thursdays through Saturdays during regular dinner hours for a packed scene of the young and hip, or earlier in the week to sample the menu with quieter and slightly older foodies. Weekend brunch is also popular.
Heart (1270 Valencia Street) serves sophisticated wines and snacks in a delightfully unrefined industrial space that doubles as an art gallery.