$10 for $25 of Authentic Italian Fare and Drinks at Cafe Altano

Hayes Valley

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In a Nutshell

  • Fresh Italian fare
  • Brunch, lunch, or dinner
  • Cozy atmosphere
  • Central Hayes Valley location

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Promotional value expires Jul 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of authentic Italian and European fare at Cafe Altano in Hayes Valley.

The neighborhood eatery offers a fresh menu of authentic Italian fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Start with an order of oregano-, lemon-, and olive-oil-marinated olives ($6), savoring the flavor-infused spheres while a herbivorous tablemate noshes on the grilled polenta cakes with Manchego cheese, mushrooms, and red-wine sauce ($8). Personal pizzas, such as the prosciutto pie with gorgonzola cheese and balsamic reduction ($12), please orbital eaters, while plate-bound diners can feast upon house-made pastas, such as the butternut-squash ravioli with brown butter, sage, and mascarpone ($14). Other entrees include a decadent pork osso bucco ($18) with potato puree and aromatic vegetables under a port red-wine sauce and a filet of sole with veggies and mustard-seed and caper-berry aioli ($18).

The chic eatery's neighborhood atmosphere is accented by expansive corner windows, an open kitchen, exposed-brick columns, sleek wood furnishings, a staff of closet hypnotists, and plush window-bordering banquettes. Stop in for a pre-symphony glass of wine, or commit to a coursed meal and savor the musical medley of Italian eats. Call ahead for a reservation.


Cafe Altano received a two-star ("good") review from the San Francisco Chronicle. More than 130 OpenTable reviewers give it a four-star average, and Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average:

  • I'd also return for the pork osso bucco ($18), with meat that falls apart on the fork into a rich port wine sauce underneath. The salmon ($18), too, is mild and cooked until flaky and moist. – Amanda Gold, San Francisco Chronicle
  • The service was excellent, food was scrumptious and the prices were also reasonable. – An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 6/2/2010
  • But by far the best part of this restaurant is the red wine poached pear. Every time someone comes to visit me from out of town, I make sure I take them to eat one. – Lynne J., Yelp
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    Hayes Valley

    602 Hayes St.

    San Francisco, California 94102

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