If you have been to some of the snob hill wine bars and have been disappointed in their friendliness and menu, maybe you should try a more low key one in North Beach. Whether it is sunny outside with the wall of windows open for people watching or it is cold and rainy and you sit in one of the corner pockets with pillow topped benches or you want to belly up to the bar -it is a great place to enjoy nice people, good wine, and delicious appetizers.
Dell’uva, meaning “of the grape” in Italian is the spot to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine or meet up for a happy hour drink before dinner. Nestled in the middle of North Beach (on Green Street between Columbus and Jasper) it manages to remain quiet and off the beaten path. They have a nice selection of wine from around the world that changes every month and small plates to put a halt to those cravings. My suggestions: The Bruchetta, which includes crostinis, slices of fresh mozzarella and a garden picked mix of bruchetta, Bianca Pizza complete with truffle oil, mushrooms, two cheeses, garlic and artichoke hearts and lastly the Pecan Tart which is deliciously topped with port chantilly cream (insert wiping drool from face now). All the above mentioned for only $5.50 each! The staff is always enjoyable and knowledgeable about their wine list and menu.
The ambiance changes with the weather and the time of day. Bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch, live music on the weekends and happy hour every weeknight from 5-8pm. It has comfortable seating inside and out…and it’s dog friendly, what more can you ask for from a “casual wine bar”?
565 Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94133