Seven Hills is located in upper Nob Hill, San Francisco. It’s a cute Italian bistro with an emphasis on homemade pasta dishes. The interior is cozy and warm with grey walls, bare-wood tables, burgundy accents and a lot of mirrors – probably to make the small space look bigger. After walking to the restaurant from my hotel – uphill both ways is a phrase that seems to apply to any trek through San Francisco – I was certainly ready for some dinner.
We started our meal off with a glass of Prosecco to accompany appetizers. Since we had bought much more wine in Napa than we were allowed to take home with us, we brought our own bottle to have with dinner. The corkage fee was $17.
We had a number of different appetizers. We shared some Parmesan crisps and olives. My mom got the grilled wild Spanish octopus. I didn’t try this dish, but it looked really good. The serving size was also quite large, for an appetizer, compared to most of the other dishes.
I got the seared sea scallop for my appetizer. It was served with mushrooms, crispy prosciutto and a really lovely sauce. The flavour was great and the scallop was properly cooked, but unfortunately it was a little bit gritty.
For my main I had linguine carbonara. It was really good. The house-made linguine had a great texture, and the sauce was delicious – rich and just the right amount of saltiness. The pasta wasn’t over-sauced either. All the pasta dishes came in both half and full sizes. I ordered the half-size and I found it was the perfect size for my appetite (plus I wanted to save room for dessert.)
The dessert menu was a bit limited. My mom and I decided to share the ice cream from local Swenson’s Ice Cream Parlor. The flavour of the day was mint chocolate chip, which is my favourite, so I couldn’t pass it up. The ice cream was topped with caramel sauce and nuts, and was very tasty. Plus, the chocolate was the right kind of chip (no chunks or swirls!).
I enjoyed my dinner at Seven Hills. Most of the food was good (my only complaint was the grit in my scallop), and the pasta was great. The atmosphere was inviting and warm, and the servers were charming. I think it’s a great option for a reasonably priced meal in San Francisco.