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15 Romolo

15 Romolo

Cocktail Bar and Restaurant$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
200 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • alley
  • waffle shots
  • burgers
  • happy hour
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  • Grantland C.
    Grantland ChewJuly 17, 2016
    Don't come close to closing. At 1:30 they'll tell you you can stay until you finish your drinks and at 1:40 they'll swing by and pour out your drinks because fuck you.
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 3, 2014
    Need a chill spot for a drink after work? This 16-year-old handcrafted cocktail pioneer hidden off of Broadway 
caters to an old-timey crowd (no TVs here). Their Pimms cup is a neighborhood favorite. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistNovember 21, 2016
    A jukebox stronghold off an alley in North Beach, with good drinks and eats to boot, 15 Romolo gets props for its machine, which could potentially make your night for just $20. Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 11, 2012
    If nothing on the menu suits your fancy, all of the bartenders have extensive mixology backgrounds and can create a new drink for you…though it’s hard to ignore a freshly made Pimm’s cup. Read more
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyNovember 15, 2014
    It's all about the brunch. The hashbrowns are fantastic, like a gourmet McDonalds hash brown (don't lie and tell me you don't have a nostalgic taste for those) and the mushroom omelet is perfection.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RousselDecember 16, 2016
    Love the cocktails, love the look, enjoy the bartenders. Food has been off base. Fries are consistently over-salted & served with homemade but very runny ranch dressing. Would love to see this fixed.
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    With a solid classic cocktail list as well as a number of playful riffs, 15 Romolo has established itself as one of the most consistent and enduring craft cocktail bars in San Francisco. Read more
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 31, 2014
    This 16-year-old handcrafted cocktail pioneer hidden off of Broadway 
caters to an old-timey crowd (no TVs here), so it's no surprise their
 Old Fashioned stays close to the first recorded recipe.
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Hands down this is one of the best beverage lists in the country. The cocktails are impeccable (Imperial Suckerpunch, The Firebird, and the Knock Knock were our top picks).
  • Fai V.
    Fai VisuthichoFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Super busy on weekends, more accessible during late nights and weekdays. Cocktails are imaginative and bartenders are super knowledgeable. Kitchen is open late with always delicious food.
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    Scott Baird and Aaron Smith aren't fucking around with the drink menu, which features both adventurous concoctions and creative takes on classics. We recommend the Yellow Bicycle. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    15 Romolo is serving the best bar food in town (bar category, not restaurant-bar category). And of course, the drinks are among the city's elite. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonApril 1, 2011
    Loved so much about @15Romolo. Back alley ambiance, adorb hipster bartenders, insane cocktail list & killer locally sourced eats. My order: Troubled Waters, Tempura Avocado & Romolo Salad a pulledpork
  • Evan R.
    Evan RachalMarch 5, 2011
    The cocktails are delicious, just ask your waitress or bartender to suprise you; the food is equally yummy, cheap by comparison to other places; get the tempura avocado or the burger dirty south style
  • Mauro
    MauroSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The ever-changing cocktail and brunch menu keeps things interesting.. If you're there for brunch, make sure you get the waffle shots! Definitely one of SF's hidden gems.
  • Madison K.
    Pimm's Cup is amazing... sketchy location (my mom thought we were going to get jumped or something before we got here). Bartenders are exceptional! 9/10 💕
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BleierNovember 12, 2014
    Cute cocktail bar. Also a good spot for brunch. Look for the Romolo street sign and walk up the hill to find this hidden spot.
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PeppersJune 24, 2010
    Very trendy and in an aly way that is hard to find. Drinks are creative and the liqour selection is way beyond amazing and extensive. The bartenders are friendly and you should have The Blue Moon Redu
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    Tucked in an alley behind Stripper Row, 15 Romolo is a quiet, nondescript speakeasy that serves light, local foods with strong, tasty cocktails.
  • Anessa D.
    Anessa DaileyJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    First of all I don't like chicken. However the baricuas wings are the shit they are adorned with coconut, chili, lime and cilantro. Double yum!! Plus the cocktail program is fantaboulos!
  • Yelena D.
    Yelena DSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best brunch in North Beach!!! The skillet hash is delicious! And the punch is worth coming back for every time! Punch Drunk Brunch FTW!
  • Lindsey
    LindseyAugust 1, 2012
    Totally off the beaten path and completely worth it. Delicious and reasonably priced artisanal cocktails and food--get the Pimm's Cup!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BDecember 21, 2015
    Hidden gem in a bit so nice part of town. They will seat you which keeps the crowds down. Great service too.
  • Crispin M.
    Crispin McCabeDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you show up at 15 Romolo between 5:30 and 6:30 New Year's Eve, I'll buy you one of their excellent Sazeracs, they have a good menu also.
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara StephensonOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you don't know what you want, ask the bartender what should go with your favorite flavor (mine is brandied cherries). These kids make good drinks.
  • TOMS
    TOMSFebruary 10, 2012
    Gem of a bar – dark and classy – go on a bustling Friday or a quiet Monday to sip their signature drink Track 42 and catch up with an old friend over some tapas.
  • Graham S.
    Graham SiegelJune 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails. Don't be afraid to order food, too. You won't be disappointed!
  • Bart C.
    Bart C.May 1, 2013
    This may be minimally helpful, but there's an Icelandic beer on the menu that's relatively cheap and very good -- worth ordering
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenJune 8, 2014
    It can be kinda a shitshow, but they have a very good cocktail menu and efficient service, which makes up for it.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SlotnickMarch 19, 2016
    They have pitchers of Pimm's cup and Sangria for happy hour. We really liked the grilled octopus at dinner.
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnMay 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this neighborhood gem. Great, low price brunch. The pork belly skillet and housemade sangria are delicious.
  • Emma H.
    Emma HilgartOctober 28, 2015
    This is my favorite bar in the city. The atmosphere is amazing and the bartenders are out of this world!
  • Dapper D.
    Dapper DinerMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the croque madame for brunch. Or get the bone marrow fritters and add them into a yo mama burger.
  • Geoff
    GeoffNovember 20, 2012
    The fried chicken sandwich was on another level. Get it with no pickles and spinach and you'll want another when done!
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 17, 2014
    Nice cocktail bar with knowledgable bartenders. Order a Last Word made with Fernet, you'll love it.
  • Craig M.
    Craig McGreeFebruary 21
    Great barmen & staff! Go here and enjoy an evening of great drinks and service, you will not regret it!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel Stansell5 days ago
    Brunch. Waffle shots, great brunch cocktails and some seriously good food. Chicken + Waffles is the way!
  • Yuri K.
    Yuri KyeDecember 3, 2010
    All the food is good. Pixie is awesome. Racer 41 is awesome. Pimm's cup is double awesome. Brandon is awesome. So is Josh. I love this bar!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderJune 14, 2015
    The American 76 and the Brazilian are the cocktails to try here!
  • Talton F.
    Talton FigginsMarch 21, 2012
    The pulled pork here is amazing. Glazed in fatty goodness. The owner is from Texas so this is no surprise.
  • Subhadra
    Subhadra1 week ago
    Great spot for brunch! Love the chicken and CHURRO waffles plus the pork belly and egg.
  • Pedro L.
    Beer is good. Food is espetacular! Place is cool! I recommend!
  • Nader F.
    Nader FarzanAugust 13, 2014
    A fantastic respite in an otherwise tumultuous stretch of Broadway. The food is as good as the delicious cocktails!
  • Kirk H.
    Kirk HerlitzMarch 29, 2015
    Great cocktail and beer selection. Nice dark, speakeasy type feel off the beaten path.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarackmanDecember 10, 2010
    Had a sweet gale ale, a rare beer brewed with an herb that went out of style in the 16th century. Reputed to have stimulating effects other beers don't...
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry DarkoJanuary 21, 2014
    Get the peanut butter burger. "Yo mama style". Add bacon. Don't add cheese. Trust me.
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie N.August 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork sliders, $24 sangria pitcher tip 7:30pm and great fried with madras curry Katsup
  • Anna P.
    Anna PotterApril 8, 2012
    Best bloody mary I've ever tasted, which is saying a lot, seein' as I'm from north cackalacky!
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GrahamAugust 9, 2014
    It's a little out of the way, but this is a chilled place on weekdays, and a fun bar on weekends. Just another decent bar.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GioiaMay 27, 2013
    The jukebox promises 7 plays for $2, but have me only 5. Also, did you know that "jukebox" is the highest scoring word with which one can open a game of Scrabble?
  • David
    DavidJune 4, 2013
    Excellent cocktails. The Peach blanket BBQ is very flavorful without being too sweet.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.June 27, 2015
    Don't forget to check the specials board for some great drink ideas. Or just get the Pimm's Cup.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BacksJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a Kentucky Porch Wash - Amazing Whiskey Drank
  • Julia S.
    Julia SJanuary 21
    Located in a sketchy alley. But awesome paella and def recommend the Darjeeling drink.
  • Alexi K.
    Alexi KostibasSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The veggie burgers here are insanely good, even if you're a carnivore. (Oh yeah and they make good cocktails.)
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Going on off days (or off hours) is the way to enjoy some of the best cocktails in the hood.
  • Josef R.
    Josef RichterFebruary 10, 2014
    surrounded by tasteless strip clubs, but worth coming here for great signature drinks. surprisingly not really crowded on saturday night.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesJanuary 17, 2015
    Tiny hidden spot in N Beach - great cocktails and food. Good for brunch
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJuly 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the drinks and vibe here, but it's often too crowded to be enjoyable.
  • Dapper D.
    Dapper DinerMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Fernetaboutit. Get one. A Fernet twist on the last word. Also get the yo momma burger.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YOctober 5, 2014
    If you're overwhelmed ask the bartenders they're always very knowledgeable about their craft
  • Charlie B.
    Charlie BrownOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    New Menu is BADDASS! Where else can you get great food until 1:30am EVERY DAY!
  • Rob R.
    Rob RayDecember 27, 2011
    When in doubt, just ask them to make you something based off of your favorite poison. This works especially well for burbon based cocktails.
  • Tom R.
    Tom Ryan-elliottAugust 19, 2014
    Cool bar, great happy hour specials. Go for the Pimms cup
  • Noah L.
    Noah LucasMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bypass the creepy strip clubs to find this great cocktail bar hidden in an alley.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GordonJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go during the daytime on weekends. They have excellent punch for only $4.
  • Alli S.
    Alli ShultzAugust 10, 2014
    Great little cocktail spot... Servers and bartenders are friendly to boot!
  • James T.
    James TAugust 16, 2014
    Bar food is small plate, but tasty. More to hit the spot than fill you up.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSOctober 19, 2015
    Try the Cocktails & Croquettes - Yum (via @Foodspotting)
  • Fatima
    FatimaJanuary 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    fries are delicious but bring your own dipping sauce!
  • MJ C.
    MJ CaoOctober 6, 2016
    Always good atmosphere. Their food is way better than most bar food.
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonFebruary 2, 2012
    Serving food late. Great drinks concoctions and drink specials (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiSeptember 18, 2010
    15 Romolo has the nicest ambience. Mellow, cozy but not claustrophobic like those casual chic bars on the east coast.
  • Matt E.
    Matt EnnySeptember 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I come for the music & stay for the cocktails! Always indie rock, Postal Service now, makes an indie kid happy!
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 13, 2015
    Great cocktails and one of SF's biggest whiskey collections.
  • Lina M.
    Lina MartenssonDecember 12, 2011
    This place is awesome! If you like orange, have a blood and soul. The sliders are amazing.
  • Steven K.
    Steven KaplanMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    best pimms cup I've ever tasted.
  • Nadine M.
    Nadine MansourAugust 31, 2014
    Great food but on a Friday night, you can barely hear yourself think (you've been warned).
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 17, 2014
    I love this bar's speakeasy-vibe. The Pimm's cup is amazing!
  • Mpkam
    MpkamMarch 6, 2013
    Notable food, Extensive drink selection, Noteworthy cocktails
  • Zinio
    ZinioJanuary 25, 2011
    A hidden oasis in a sea of adult clubs and bars. Esquire recommends a Black Irish Flip. Read more
  • Trish R.
    Trish RenehanJuly 28, 2013
    Pork sliders and soup of the day! I had the Eartha Kitt. Really great prices on drinks.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarackmanSeptember 29, 2012
    The Famous Fizz is a super gross combo of anise and strawberry. Save your $10.
  • nils j.
    nils jansonAugust 27, 2015
    Great for happy hour if you like it quiet.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SiuApril 8, 2010
    We met Jake the chef...dude cooks some mean burgers. We had the 'dirty burger'...i recommend it highly (along with the sangria!)
  • Kareem Z.
    Kareem ZarwiOctober 6, 2014
    Drinks, booze & cocktails, but dont ask for Grey Goose...
  • Supallav
    SupallavNovember 4, 2012
    Waffle shots: best way to start off brunch!
  • Elon L.
    Elon LenkaMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Veggie scramble + hashbrowns is an amazing brunch! Mmmm.
  • Scott T.
    Scott TurnquestJanuary 29, 2012
    For the waffle shots make sure to use the waffle as the chaser.
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WestJanuary 27, 2013
    The Old Fashion is probably the best I have ever had!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    Put twenty dollars into the jukebox. I guarantee you'll be able to spend it ALL on music you'll love.
  • Mansi S.
    Mansi ShahMarch 5, 2016
    Cocktails. Expensive and long line and a bit loud but still has a cool vibe
  • David S.
    David SuenAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask the bartender to mix you the flavors you dig! Oh and photo booth in the corner
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LutzeMay 19, 2012
    Order your drinks directly at the bar - the wait staff is understaffed and slower than molasses.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Creative cocktails. Get the Rio Grande if you like tequila.
  • Chaz F.
    Chaz FlexmanApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you get the burger Yo Mama style - aka with peanut butter.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinOctober 28, 2016
    great neighborhood gem hidden behind the strip clubs!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WestJanuary 27, 2013
    The Night Rider #2 is tasty, but has this odd gasoline small on the head
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If it's cold out, enjoy the hot toddy with bourbon.
  • Sabrina B.
    Sabrina BruningOctober 30, 2011
    Brunch is so good it will make you refer to yourself in the 3rd person.
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