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Amarena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amarenarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (415) 447-0441
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Davide Cogliati
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available also for Private Parties (lunch time) everyday. Please contact us 7 days
    in advance for large parties.
    Thanks very much.
  • Private Party Contact: Paolo Galli (415) 447-0441
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour at Amarena Restaurant Every other Thursday from 6.00 to 9.00 let Paolo treat you to a free, traditional Italian Antipasti buffet and a lot of Pasta made with different regional recipes while you sip on a glass of wine, beer from the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green St.
  • Public Transit: 45
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are three pay parking lots in the area: One at between Green and Union on Polk St. Another is on Polk between Broadway and Vallejo and the third is on Pacifica and Polk Street.
A word from Amarena
We are currently closed for remodeling and we will reopen Tuesday 6/9/14. Amarena is a chic, urban neighborhood hideout perfect for dates, a quick bite, or a casual dinner with old friends. Amarena delivers hearty, innovative and skillfully prepared dishes from the first course to the last.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great experience sitting at the bar and the recommendations were spot on. However we went there for meatballs and turns out they removed them from the menu!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely beet salad, and lamb chops, that with a bottle of wine hit the spot on a busy day. We recommend Amarena."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were greeted by a fabulous host who showed us to our seats. We ordered a bottle of wine and dinner. I had butternut squash ravioli per recommendation of host and my husband had the homemade pasta with the wild boar. The sauce of his dish tasted just like grandmas (who is NOT Italian) and I quickly asked for cracked pepper as there was not very much flavor to my ravioli. Fairly inexpensive but the food wasn't amazing so I guess you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was good- nothing incredible, but certainly tasty. Portions are good size- not too big as in some Italian restaurants. Service was good although it took quite some time to get our check. Have a nice wine selection, but if you're a beer drinker, they only have two not-well-known choices."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I love the ambiance ..... The food is generally quite good, though I tend to order the same thing. The service is usually well- paced, Paulo & the servers are very friendly, though it was a little slow the other night. We have taken a group including our grandson & it worked out, but I wouldn't really recommend it as a kids' place."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Went there for dinner with another couple. Ambiance was really nice, noise level was not too loud so could easily hear each other. Food and service were great. Small place, which is also nice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took my girl here after a comedy show at the Palace of Fine Arts on a friday night, as we both wanted to get away from the heavy north beach crowds. Excellent service, great wine selections, friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere for a quiet romantic dinner. Would definetely come back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ever since we first discovered this wonderful restaurant, we were drawn to come back - in spite of the difficult parking situation in Russian Hill! The food is outstanding, the welcome and service is superb. Whatever we ever ate there was really, really good. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Service, ambiance and culinary delight led by the owner, Paola - what can I say but "fabuloso"!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I was blown away. I eat at nice places frequently and more and more it seems all facade and very little substance. Amarena had it all and I will certainly be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience at Amarena. It was my wife's birthday. Our waitress and the entire wait staff made it special. The food was really good. I'd like to say excellent, but that would be hyperbolic this close to North Beach. Not that I expected it, but they didn't comp the dessert on her birthday."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A very solid menu in the Southern Italian tradition. Wild boar, pastas in great sauces, and extensive appetizer list."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The osso buco had obviously been cooked days before and was barely warm. The cucumber salad featured huge thick chunks of cucumber. I would not return."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Had dinner for a party of 8 on Saturday and we loved everything - food was delicious (seafood fettucine!), service excellent, and the staff was so incredibly kind. Will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my pasta dish and the service and ambiance are good. Wine wine and a shared salad it was a bit more expensive than we planned. We'll just have to remember that for next time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Something different from the current trend of bare-bones, wooden tabletops, and formulaic service restaurants in the polk street/russian hill neighborhood. White linen and moderate noise level allow for conversation at the table without resorting to shouting. Service was very good with entire wait staff making sure that water was filled and dishes brought out in a timely fashion. The housemade pasta was excellent. The tiramisu was also excellent and served in a slightly different way with additional espresso on the side. Will certainly return if I want a relaxed place to eat and converse with friends."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The portabello mushroom appetizer was amazing. It was the star of the show despite the two other yummy meals I shared with a friend."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious. From the wine to dessert, unbelievable."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Everything was "ok" but nothing was so good that I'd go back. Food was fine, but not a big menu. Service was slow and not so friendly - we got no welcome or told of specials, just "are you ready to order". Kinda pricey for the portion size. If I lived in this neighborhood I'd maybe go a couple times a year, but not worth a drive from elsewhere in the city or out of the city. The Bruschetta appetizer was good but only 3 teeny little pieces of bread."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times- I keep going back for the great pastas and sangria. Speed is not their strong point, which is ok, a nice lingering dinner is lovely. Yet the service we experienced this weekend was abysmal. Drinks didn't come out for 20 minutes, our order wasn't taken for another 10-15, and we waited well over an hour for the actual food. (all 4 orders were just pasta!) The waiter had the audacity to drop by after we had been sipping the SAME drinks for 30 minutes to ask how everything was?? We had NO food and no refills. We watched adjacent tables start and finish meals while we waited. He had clearly forgotten to fire our order, and did not have the confidence to rectify the situation appropriately. So disappointed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went to Amarena for Valentines and the fixed meal was perfect. Awesome food, great service....love this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "...listed and then a $210 bill... I'd recommend going elsewhere if you are planning to spend"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We frequent this restaurant and usually love it but our valentines day dinner was terrible. Awful food with the pre - fixe menu and way more tables than normal. Very dissppinting valentines day dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went on valentines day and they had a set menu -it was good but the pasta and main courses arrived luke warm. The food was good but not worth the 85 per person. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food, the waitress, the owner are all exceptional for a neighborhood spot. Parking can be a challenge so if you can walk or take UBER - that's your best bet. But the owner was terrific and helped us find a spot -- so all in all a great experience!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We took a friend with us and all three had different dishes, all of which were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We will definitely return and send anyone who wants a taste of Italy in a place that let's one feel like they are right in a Tuscan or Umbrian village restaurant run by a chef who would be 5 star if s/he were in SF!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Great neighborhood spot, excellent food and nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Nice to encounter a restaurant participating in "Dine About Town" (Jan. 2014) with very appealing choices for each course. Food was well prepared, nicely seasoned, with yummy flavors throughout. Quite busy for a Sunday evening, which may have accounted for longer wait for the entrees to arrive after the first course. Overall, lively neighborhood place with warm colors and feeling, good selections and reasonable prices on most items. Hadn't been in quite awhile, but plan to go back soon. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant thru the 'Dine about Town' initiative and were absolutely wow-ed away. Cute small simple place. Impressive wine list. The best had still to come: the food. The Dine about Town menu was a selection of their regular menu and had THE best and freshest burrata we had in the SF Bay Area. The other starter was the beet salad with nuts and spinach which was incredibly fresh with an exceptional dressing making it a very healthy, tasty enjoyable dish. Beautiful colors as well. One of our main dishes I can't not tell about was the butternut squash ravioli, OMG! THE softest you'll have and sooo tasty. Desserts were gorgeous too. All in all one of the better Italian places we got to know in SF. A true pleasure to dine here."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We spent my husbands 50'th birthday at Amarena for dinner. It was a fabulous choice. We brought our 1 1/2 year old who was probably a bit too noisy but the owner was very sweet to us regardless. Salmon is a favorite dish for me and the salmon at Amarena may be the freshest and best I have ever tasted. There were these roasted strips of potato or parsnip laid under the salmon that added a delicate sweetness and texture, making the dish fondly memorable too. The porcini mushroom appetizer that my husband ordered on creamy polenta cries out for mention. Yummy! Remember to try the amarenas (cherries in syrup) because they are like sugary kisses."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This is a lovely Italian restaurant. Nice classic Italian starters and awesome pastas. My favorite Italian so far in SF."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I love this place. First of all, the food is very authentic and delicious! It also has a very charming and cosy atmosphere that's great for a catch-up with friends or a date. The staff is super nice and friendly (and Italian!). Great spot - check it out."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!! As my wife said " you walk in and it smells like Italy!!..." More importantly it taste like Italy. And the service is great too... The ones we love the best are; waiter (Tario) and waitresses (Giada, Nicola)."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Located on a quiet corner in Russian Hill area, Amarena was exactly what we where looking for. We had early reservations (6pm) and were just the second table of diners, but by the time we left the restaurant was full. The service was excellent until the rush came and we had a wait for the desert menu. That proved to be worthwhile for the Crème Brulee was as good as I've tasted anywhere."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I love this place; it has been a favorite for years. Friendly, unpretentious, neighborhood gem, but perfect for a special occasion. Always feel welcomed and the food is never disappointing. Recommend."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Loved our experience here - it was a quiet mid-week evening, service was attentive & warm, atmosphere warm & evocative. Clams with pasta was delicious - the salmon special was exactly that, would order it again in a heart beat. Prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We walked down for dinner after drinks at home. This isn't the first time this has been our modus operandi. We are always remembered, the wines are good and well-priced, and the food is like Italian comfort food. It will continue to be our go to place when we don't have the energy to organize a full-fledged dinner party at home."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I expected better after reading the menu. The gnocchi portion was too small, the salmon was mushi. Carpaccio good, ossobuco average. Most of the food was too salty. Good ice cream."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Yes, Amarena is still holding its own. The wide spaghetti all'amatriciana was fabulous; perfectly cooked pasta with a flavorful and rich tomato sauce. The Red Snapper special was tasty although at $24 not quite worth the price. It remains one of my go to Italian restaurants in Russian/Nob Hill area."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I have recommended Amarena many times..Love it and never disappointed."
    Dined on 11/18/2013