There are many amazing restaurants in San Francisco, but one of the most frustrating things about eating out in San Francisco is the lack of late-night dining. As a European, I am used to being able to eat “late” – i.e after 9pm. Growing up, we never ate dinner before 8:30pm, which is the norm in Europe. So it was quite a shock when I moved to San Francisco to find that most restaurants close their kitchens at 9:30pm, including weekend nights.
However, thankfully, there are exceptions. And, in my opinion, Delarosa is one of the best. Located at 2175 Chestnut Street in the Marina, it is open until 1am, every night of the week. But the hours Delarosa is open is not the only reason to eat there – the food is excellent. Chef Ruggero Gadaldi’s extensive menu consists of Roman gourmet pizzas, salads, pasta, paninis, and more. My personal favorite is their Carpaccio of gold and red beets, goat ricotta, and truffle salad ($8) and sharing any one of their pizzas ($10 — $15). There are plenty of possibilities – find your favorite.
Their staff is both friendly and well-informed. This restaurant is busy most nights of the week, and if you don’t have a reservation, you may have to wait. However, they have a great bar where you can make the waiting more pleasant with a cocktail (or 2). Their bartenders are knowledgeable of the drinks and their ingredients, which is great if you are looking for a recommendation based upon your taste(s). While waiting for our table, I ordered a Whiskey Cocktail. What I also found impressive was the fact that not only did the bartender comment that it was his favorite drink on the menu, but, despite a busy bar, he came back over 5 minutes later to see what I thought of it, and how it compared to other whiskey cocktails I have had.
Late night hours, terrific food, and great customer service all make Delarosa a must-visit.
Delarosa is open for dinner every day, 11:30am – 1:30am. Brunch is served 11:30am – 4pm, Sat & Sun. Reservations can be made at http://delarosasf.com