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15 Romolo

15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 15 RomoloCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Aug 09, 2013

    One of the best bars in the city with amazing drinks and a mouth-watering menu of fancy bites. Prices are reasonable and the staff are great. The crowd can be a bit much on a peak night, when even getting a drink can be a time-intensive challenge.

    If you're a fan of the It's-It—a dessert originated in the Bay Area made of two cookies, ice cream and chocolate—you need to try the That's-That here. It's the gourmand's version.

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  • 15 Romolo
    Roy Chi
    2 Jan 04, 2013

    What a let-down. 15 Romolo was hyped up to me by a number of friends and so I was pretty excited to check it out. The place is a huge open space that seems like a pretty typical bar in North Beach, isolated in the middle of long alleyway. We just wanted a quick appetizer, so we ordered the avocado tempura which was pretty good. It was a little too salty, but any form of avocado is good to me.

    The primary problem here is with 15 Romolo's drinks. The drinks are not good at all -- you can tell immediately upon first sip that the "mixologist" (I use that term VERY loosely for this place) does not know the elements that go into a good drink. Their famed Pimm's Cup is a watered-down, poor man's version of the real thing. The ginger flavor is bland and it has no alcoholic flavor whatsoever. In fact, it tasted more like Ginger Ale mixed with soda water -- it was disgusting. I admire the uniqueness of using a cardboard straw, but realistically, I hated the soggy paper taste from the straw after about 10 minutes.

    I tried 3 of the other drinks: Lambo, Hemmingway's Daiquiri, and this other one called Rio something. All were not very good.

    Within 20 minutes, we quickly paid the bill and got the hell out of there. There are way too many good bars in North Beach to waste another minute at 15 Romolo.

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  • 15 Romolo
    Hannah Coughlin
    5 Nov 26, 2012

    Great food and atmosphere, always a friendly bartender to chat with, when they're slow of course.

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  • 15 Romolo
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Wow, had a great experience there.

    We were 7 hungry and too sober people, and wanted something not too fancy. We ended up going to 15 Romolo.
    The atmosphere is a pretty-dark, somewhat loud bar with nice music and people.
    We were so hungry so we ordered lots of dishes, such as the Chicken Wings (which were pretty awesome, with some coconut milk/gravy sauce), Fries with curry ketchup that made the whole difference, and a burger with peanut butter (sound weird, tastes great).
    Great service too!

    Will definitely come back.

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  • 15 RomoloPro 2014
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    15 Romolo is actually the non-creative name of this dark, casual, but pretty cool drinking and apps establishment. Why?

    Because that is the address of it, 15 Romolo Place. Romolo is one of the shortest streets in SF, also one of its non-flatest.

    Romolo, sounding like a brother of Romulus and Remus who built Rome, is in the heart of San Francisco's historic sub-cultures that influenced the nation. It rises briefly and nearly straight up above the bright lights of Broadway, amidst the remaining old strip clubs first made famous by Carol Doda (well maybe her 44 double D's were more famous) at the Condor Club in the early 1960's. She was the mother of all topless joints.

    Back then topless was rare anywhere (now, if you've seen one, you've seen two!), and it was the erotic transition period between the Go Daddy-o black beret Beatnik days in upper Grant and North Beach of Jack Kerouac to the on coming social phenomenon of the Flower Children Hippy days of Haight-Ashbury, with its own San Francisco centered musical explosion of Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Santana and others.

    That period of Doda, when Mod was the fashion and the Beatles were just coming across the pond, had it's own Iconic symbols of San Francisco's embrace of the free spirited. There was Mort Saul at the Hunrgry I comedy club, with visits from legends like Lenny Bruce and Phylis Diller. The Mitchell Brothers were making Pornos like "Behind the Green Door" with Marilyn Chambers, the Ivory Soap pure girl (RIP). There used to be a freeway entrance (pre-Loma Prieta earthquake) to the Embarcadero freeway at the east end of Broadway, where you would pass Go-Go girls dancing in cages outside the clubs on Broadway.

    If you look at the sign of the building at 15 Romolo, it says the Basque Hotel. This space used to be a very popular, wait in line all the time, family style Basque restaurant. It was a little secret gem of foodies in the 80's, who could sit on long tables family style with strangers, before it became tagged as the "Community Table" of more chi-chi places today, and imbibe on generous pourings of red wine and hearty Basque dishes of legs of lamb and other Spanish mountain delights.

    Today, it is the same space, but now more of a quiet, dimly lit, popular "secret" hideaway to the 30 something singles of San Francisco. Gone are the community tables, but the wood floors and decor are still here. And besides an interesting and creative drink menu that is de rigueur for any SF hot spot, but with concoctions that would be scoffed at by any true, independently minded Basque, it offers pretty good little eclectic dishes, apps that hint at least to the concept of Tapas-like dishes of the previous restaurant's region, if not the actual ingredients and delivery.

    We had chicken wings covered with a Thai curry sauce (not exactly Basque or Tapas), and pomme de terre frittes, er I mean french fries. Table service was friendly by the solo gal working that night.

    This place has a low key vibe, quite unlike its previous incarnation of boisterous revery by a proud Basque heritage of hearty and independent mountain men with red cheeks full from red wine and red meat.

    It has morphed into a semi-hipster, androgynous, post-yuppie puppy feel of a Valencia street dive bar, but without the drunken rancor. It actually could be a nice drink place for a date amongst Yelp friends or on-line first daters form Match dot com, the 2 electronic trends born in The City that are currently transforming San Francisco and the country.

    Sort of like Carol Doda's twin 44 DDs.

    History sometimes repeats itself, if you know anything of the past.

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  • 15 Romolo
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Love that it's tucked away in an alley. Walking along Broadway amongst the strip clubs, you wouldn't even suspect that it's there. Cocktails that take a bit of time to make, and bites to fill that hole in your belly.

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  • 15 RomoloPro 2014
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    A North Beach favorite. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the drinks can be on the strong side. Large crowd + loud music = don't expect to do too much talking. Oddly enough, there's a built-in photo booth in the corner.

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    Kevin Picholo
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    When you're around Broadway and Columbus area, this is a great watering hole to stop by for a drink. It is in a little ally off Broadway, called Romolo, among the strip clubs. Make sure you go into the right door way! :-)

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    Veronica Sartori
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    15 Romolo is a classic bar that was recently reopened, situated behind a strip club! It can be a bit difficult to find, just walk up the steep alleyway and look for the neon sign.

    It's never very crowded here, however it always gets disgustingly hot inside. This is my major dislike about 15 Romolo, the heat. Otherwise the drinks are fantastic and the crowd is very diverse!

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    Jose Calvo
    5 Aug 26, 2012
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A hidden diamond-in-the-strip-club-rough, 15 Romolo manages class in a hilariously sleazy location. Fun twists on classic cocktails, casual and rustic decor, and upmarket bar food-- done before, but always appreciated when done well.
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Aliases: Fifteen Romolo, 15 Ramolo, 15 Romalo