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2162 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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$30 and under
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Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Entertainment, Happy Hour, 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.
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
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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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
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
...listed and then a $210 bill...
I'd recommend going elsewhere if you are planning to spend"
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
I have recommended Amarena many
times..Love it and never disappointed."
Dined on 11/18/2013
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
The service really makes this
place. The waitresses have been there for a while and treat everyone so well. Great spot."
Dined on 11/16/2013
very authentic and our waitress is
from italy. Very warm and feel very authentic."
Dined on 11/15/2013
I will definitely dine here
whenever I'm in SF. Just off Hyde, a cable car ride was easy. Had a very lovely dinner with friends. Waiter forgot to bring a glass of Vin Santo I'd ordered, but made up for it by making it on the house with a side of mini biscotti. Veal was delicious."
Dined on 11/5/2013
The food was delicious and worth
the wait, but it took much longer than expected to be seated. I made a reservation on Open Table for 9 pm. We arrived timely, but were not seated until almost 9:45 pm. The server was great, the wine was amazing, and the food really hit the spot. If you are going on Saturday night though, expect to wait. The seating is limited and it's very noisy inside when crowded."
Dined on 10/27/2013
Went here because the Yelp reviews
were good, and they didn't lie. The food was amazing (I had the butternut squash ravioli, which I highly recommend), our waitress was friendly and really helpful with the menu and wine list, and the owner chatted with us before we left. It wasn't difficult to get a table on a weekday night and it's location makes it a place you might not know about unless you stumble upon it"
Dined on 10/22/2013
The ambiance is cozy, the food is
great and the wine list is Italian with some interesting choices. Has been around for a long time in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Parking can be a problem but taking the Hyde St cable car and making a short walk is the easy way if you aren't cabbing or have a car service. It's well worth the trip for authentic Italian food. If you live in the neighborhood you know that it gets busy and is a small restaurant so reservations are usually best. Would definitely recommend and have not been disappointed with any of the food choices!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
We loved coming to this
neighborhood restaurant. There's another Italian restaurant up the street that everyone raves about. I've been there and have never understood the high praise. Amarena has delicious food, personalized and friendly service, and a warm and energetic energetic atmosphere. Reasonably priced too."
Dined on 10/19/2013
The restaurant has gone down in
recent years. The banquette seating was full of stains and quite honestly I was embarissed to have my girlfriend sit down at this place. Bruschetta was very bland, no garlic or taste of decent quality olive oil. I am an advocate for small businesses but not when I waste $150 on a bad dinner The place was more or less empty - Should I have taken that as a heads up? Sadly I will not be back."
Dined on 10/16/2013
Amarena is on my must visit list
anytime that I travel to San Francisco. It is a great neighborhood restaurant that was recommended to me years ago by the Fairmont Concierge. I have never been disappointed by the warm surroundings, amazing food, and good wine list. Service was attentive without being rushed."
Dined on 9/13/2013
I have lived in SF for a year now
and have never been to a restaurant I didn't like - until last night. Was hoping this was a cute neighborhood spot. Went here with out of town visitors and was embarrassed that I chose such an awful place. Worst service we have experienced in awhile. Our waitress was rude, inattentive, and couldn't even keep our orders straight. Food was okay at best. Wine was okay at best. Definitely will not be back."
Dined on 10/15/2013
Greeted by the owner when we
arrived early, offered a beverage while we waited on the sidewalk outside. Fantastic waitress knew the menu and wine list; was utterly charming. Food amazing... Get dessert. We went with out of town visitors and it was the perfect choice."
Dined on 10/6/2013
Very small neighborhood
restaurant. Food was delightful . My husband declared the caprese salad the best he has ever eaten. Both my salmon & his tortellini were excellent. Our only disappointment was a large table behind us that included two very young & badly behaved children which was annoying & distracting."
Dined on 10/5/2013
Great food, great staff. Got the
small 2 person table in the window which was also nice. I had the chicken, girlfriend had the lasagna, both were excellent, red and white house wines were good as well as the tiramisu. Felt like dining in Europe."
Dined on 10/4/2013
Amarena is a great little place!
Oddly enough, one of the great things about it isn't the food or wine, or even the great service. It's that it's always full of locals. When I have guests from out of town, or even an important date. Amarena is always a first choice! One request! Please put your spaghetti with beef and lamb meatballs back on the menu!!"
Dined on 5/11/2013
I love the relaxed, friendly, home
like feeling of this place. You can enjoy a "conversation" while having a splendid meal, and good wines. The service is timely, and very friendly. The wine list is very good, but I am a Prosecco person. Il cibo: " Lipari salad" ( one of the Eolian Islands), and eggplant parmigiana " like nonna used to make it when I was a child in Napoli" an Italian friend told me when a first brought him here. Gnocchi al Gorgonzola-"divine". Actually the only place I ask for this dish outside Firenze. Il pesce, sempre tasty and nicely presented. In winter won't miss their boar or whatever game Paolo has caught that week. Il dolce? Tutti sono buoni... " One restaurant in the Bay Area where I bring my Italian friends""
Dined on 9/11/2013
I just moved into the neighborhood
and decided to try this little gem! I was NOT disappointed. The food was amazing and the servers are really nice. I've been back 3 times in 2 weeks and feel like a regular - what a great feeling! The food is spectacular and well-portioned, especially for the price. I will be back many times and intend to take every out of town guest that comes through here!"
Dined on 9/6/2013
We were a party of 7 on a late
Saturday night and Amarena took us in with no problem. Located in the Russian Hill area, you could tell this was a "locals spot." We were well taken care of by the wait staff. The Oriechette pasta and mushroom pasta were outstanding. At the close of our meal, the owner came over to make sure everything was right with our experience. Taking the time to care about this is what distinguishes Amarena from many other restaurant experiences. Well done."
Dined on 9/8/2013
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