Filbert and Columbus
phone: 415.981.4664
Cash Only!

You find throughout these pages there aren't many North Beach restaurants. That's because usually I can't bring myself to travel across town to the circus of tourism that's taken over Washington Square. Of course, occasionally exceptions must be made.

Daflora is my favorite restaurant of all time. Suck on that for a while. The food is impeccable and the atmosphere is perfection. Let's look a little closer, shall we?

The Ambience:
What could be better then 10 tables in a tiny, dimly lit, deep red corner building. Overlooking Columbus street, sipping violet dessert wine and listening to old recordings of vocal jazz from the 30's makes any night a good one.

The Menu:
If you talk to the woman who seated you (aka the owner), you'll learn that every ingredient on the menu has been hand selected from all over the world. I admit that my recent menu proved very similar to my menu a year ago, so I'm not sure how often it changes. If it ain't broke though...

The wine list is extensive and unique. Our friend the owner is happy to discuss their facets with you if you like.

Appetizers such as prosciutto, potato gnocchi and homemade caeser salads are about $10. Homemade pasta and the fish or pork range from $15-$20.

The Food:
Nothing like it. Their foccacia arrives with no butter, olive oil or pesto. No need, friends, no need. It is HANDS DOWN THE BEST as my dinner partner (a chef) proclaimed. I couldn't agree more.

The rest of the food is no exception. Everything is fresh, vibrant and creatively paired to offer truly unique and delicious creations.

The Service:
Very friendly and extraordinarily knowledgable. The waitress seemed more like a partner in the business than staff. When the joint filled up we had a hard time getting our check.

Reservations: Strongly Suggested.

Overall: A
Even your belches will taste exquisite.

Reviewed : Oct 2003

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