Aperto
Aperto

Aperto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apertosf.com/
  • Phone: 4152521625
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Laura Guagliano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us directly for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Buy out of entire restaurant, minimum of 25 guest max. 45
  • Private Party Contact: Laura Guagliano 4152521625

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut
  • Public Transit: 22 Fillmore
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Easy Street Parking
A word from Aperto
Aperto sets aside certain tables for walk-ins, if you do not see an available time for your reservation, please call the restaurant directly.
Aperto is a small neighborhood Italian restaurant right in the heart of San Francisco's Potrero Hill. We are dedicated to serving the best seasonal, local and organic products that we can find and we feature Fulton Valley Poultry, organic pork & lamb, local and wild caught fish. We take great pride in our food our service and our wines. Our menu changes with the season and we also offer great daily specials on our blackboard. We offer over 16 wines by the glass, as well as full and half bottle selections of domestic and Italian varietals. During the warmer times of the year we have an outside seating area where you can soak up the sun and take in the beautiful views of the city.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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Aperto reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (35)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (16)special occasion (15)romantic (12)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (6)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • truly a neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is always very good, the service always friendly; Aperto is a wonderful place to dine, although it is quite noisy; not a place to have dinner conversation; but the delicious entrees make up for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Neighborhood Gem
    Hiker7
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Made reservations here to meet a friend from out of town. Small place with very good food. Not a bad dish on the menu. The stuffed squash blossoms were particularly good. Very attentive wait staff. Too full to try dessert but the chocolate souffle is highly rated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    first time there for lunch and we loved it. Great selection from salads, specials, pastas and sandwiches
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Italian
    kimber
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great neighborhood spot with modern Italian food. The menu changes often and the daily specials are always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, attentive service
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Aperto is one of my favorite places to eat! The food is always good, the staff attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious!
    NancePHVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love Aperto. I'm a neighbor & decided to treat myself to a visit Saturday night; it had been a while. Everything lived up to my expectations. My server Timothy was wonderful. He gave a great suggestion for a starter to go with my lamb chop main course. The faro salad was terrific. I also enjoyed listening to him make wine recommendations to other tables. He was descriptive without being pretentious. I went with the special dessert as is my pattern. The lemon buttermilk cake was tasty and with the marinated strawberries and whipped cream, yum. Sorry to hear Laura the chef is departing for her next chapter. However, I've been going to Aperto before her arrival and know that Chris will find us someone excellent to take over. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for brunch with family
    DiBo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my out-of-town family here for brunch, had a wonderful meal and enjoyed great service. The orange muffins were a treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elsiek
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Consistently good food over the years. Recently had the pasta with lamb sausage - delicious! The burrata appetizer is great also - the bread with it was grilled and really has a delicious grilled taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Date Night Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food, wine, and service are top notch. It's easily my favorite Italian in the city. I love it's neighborhood atmosphere and hope that the good reviews don't make it too crowded to get in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved those pancakes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Second time back for the pancakes. They are very good! I've had similar... but they are not as good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    i say 'disappointing' because our server didn't know the menu well enough to tell my friend who asked for gluten-free items that the fish she'd ordered was breaded. when fish arrived, friend couldn't eat it. so she ordered a different fish, and it came back raw. sent it back to kitchen and it appeared to be (still) raw! sent it back and owner/manager (?) looked it over and somehow managed to convince my friend it wasn't raw and that she could eat it. at least we got a dessert and a glass of wine comped :-)
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  • Lunch, dinner best
    fit4food
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Not the best for brunch, food is way less imaginative than at lunch and dinner. Great service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have been going to Aperto since it opened, and it amazes me how consistently good and fresh it has remained.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Italian Food
    David
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We've now been to Aperto about a half-dozen times. Each time the meal is an interesting take on Italian cuisine, and each time all are dishes are very good. There is always great options for both ominovores and vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still great after all these years
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Every time I go here it's just what I want, good food, gracious service, an all-around pleasant dinner. We've been going here for about 15 years and the menu changes seasonally and there are specials every night (one fish, one meat). The wine list has gotten better recently thanks to the new maitre'd. And our favorite waiter (Carlos) is still there, charming as ever. The rest of the staff is always attentive and if your waiter is busy, there is always someone else to get you what you need. The food is Italian and this is one of the few restaurants where I will eat risotto, they do an excellent job of it. The prices are extremely reasonable for SF. A go to favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    AredubVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Aperto has been one of our faves since it opened, and it's still great. Everything we ordered was delicious. Just go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, simple Italian feast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great spot, delicious small plates, housemade pastas and desserts and fantastic, attentive service. Wines by the bottle were really reasonable, too. Only tough spot might be the parking, but it wasn't bad early on a Saturday night...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for brunch, too.
    sfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've eaten at Aperto several times. (It is three blocks from my home.) This time I had brunch and left just as happy. The offerings were anything but run-of-the-mill. They also aren't all that Italian. I had chilaquiles with hangar steak, which was hearty and delicious. The green salsa really made the dish. We also had lamb sausage hash. It was manly as hell, and tasted great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suburb food
    Penny
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Every bite was a taste treat. The squash flowers and sauce were excellent. The tagliatelle with jalapeño and bacon is the best I have ever had. There is a wonderful, enticing dessert menu. The hot apple in pastry with gelato and caramel sauce fantastic. I could eat at Aperto every night! The quiet, neighborhood atmosphere is very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    Zack
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Try the stuff figs; they will be a great starter for a fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    NotthesameVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Salads, chicken and pasta dishes were great. Disappointed with the pork loin. It was rather tasteless, fried and dry. Our server was happy to take it our tab. The soufflé's were fantastic! Our all a great neighborhood meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The only complaint I have is that the waitress didn't exactly get my order right... and then, when I asked about my pancakes, she nodded, like she knew what I meant, but they still didn't come. Eventually the pancakes came and they WERE good enough to wait for! Next time I will speak louder. Granting that the noise level was HIGH!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS VERY GOOD
    davidVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been dining here for some years now. The food has always been very good. I have never been disappointed. Living in San Jose, one doesn't think of Potrero Hill as a fine food dining destination. You will be very pleased to find Aperto. I bring friends and family here all the time. My 84 year old aunt loved it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Burrata appetizer and pepati are always awesome. Enjoyed the seasonal lamb sausage pasta special this time as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find!
    hanker
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I am soo happy to have found Aperto, having searched for creative Italian cuisine in a casual setting in SF for awhile. The food was superb (all 6 of us loved our dishes) and the service was fantastic. Notably, the prices were very reasonable and pasta dishes were available in multiple sizes. This is considered a neighborhood restaurant, but I will certainly go out of my way to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burrrrata - and pork belly - OH MY!
    RPaulHVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Aperto food is consistently like a short round-trip to Italia. Hand-made burrata appetizer with stone fruit - always pleasing. Pork belly melts in your mouth - fantastico! and the pasta is fresh and tasty - tagliolini, risotto, and more. We send all our visiting friends there, and always a high grade.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cassandra
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have been going to Aperto for over fifteen years. I have never had anything I didn't love and everyone I bring there is delighted. I have had many special event evenings there and numerous exquisite lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Dinner
    happytoshareVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We really enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner. The pastas were awesome and the appetizers were better then expected. We will most definitely come back. Very budget friendly and super delcious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping from former reputation
    LandscapeinsfVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Longtime clients, always loves this place, but seemed to be off this time. We always take special out of town guests here. Sign on door "Help Wanted" might have been a clue. Maître D was not friendly, seemed a bit grumpy when we asked to have window shade lowered. All of us had hard time understanding waiter explaining specials. Waiter did not remember who ordered what (party of 4!) We are/were greatly disappointed and sad to lose a great place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 469 reviews are from the Aperto reviews archive.
  • Great Gem
    NotthesameVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What a great neighborhood find. Chris (the GM) and his staff were fantastic! The ambiance was perfect but the food stood out and was pretty amazing. We started with the mussels were plentiful with a nice broth with pancetta bread for dipping, yummy. Both the veal and the chicken were well portioned and simply AMAZING. We ended with a chocolate lava cake and cream. Yum, Yum! We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every bite
    localTraveler
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Every bite of every dish is worthy of praise. My friends and I each ordered the fixed price lunch, choosing a total of 9 different dishes, including an ala carte appetizer of the burrata cheese, accompanied by a special pesto spread and their delicious bread. We loved the risotto with squash blossoms, the short rib sandwich (gosh, can't remember if it was short ribs or another delicious shredded beef), the bruschetta which was far from ordinary in its flavors. We can't wait to return. Very unassuming place, but very special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Always a pleasure to spend time at Aperto. It's a real go-to spot for me and my husband.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our "go-to" restaurant
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great pastas and available in two sizes. Best chicken anywhere. Very good appetizers and salads. Good wine list. Everything anyone could want! Highly recommended...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Place for Special New Guy
    Sniggie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It is hard to rate because I was just looking at my date the whole time. It was our first meeting. It was so funny because the server kept coming over to put cutlery away near our table and we would stop talking. Then the server made a joke by putting the last fork in really slowly. I have such a delightful memory from this date that Aperto is always gonna be special. Always. Thanks, Aperto!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't tell everyone
    Charlene0628
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Amazing food. Great little neighborhood gem. Pasta was unbelievable. Just don't want it to get any busier :-). So so delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious!
    NancePHVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I am a longtime Aperto customer and fan. I feel so fortunate that I have this gem within walking distance. I dine there regularly: brunch, lunch and dinner. I must comment on my most recent meal which was just outstanding, from the start to finish. This time, I selected all items from the specials of the day and I was thrilled with each: Broccoli di cicco, incredible (and huge) pork chop with escarole and butter beans, and the amazing apricot upside down cake for dessert. It was a masterpiece. And so reasonable. The service at Aperto remains low key, professional and very personable. They do a great job selecting their staff. This place is wonderful for routine dinners and special occasions. Try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Trying
    infrequentflyer
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was good, service attentive and efficient. Menu diverse enough to satisfy the carnivores and the vegetarians. Wine list supports many palates. Enjoyed the experience and the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was great, service was impeccable, restaurant was clean and inviting. Would go back again as all in my party agreed and it was our first time eating there. Great neighborhood spot and street parking was easy and free a plus for SF.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fabulous lunch
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We lunched a few days ago at Aperto. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The service was first rate, casual, friendly and well-informed. The food was inventive and excellent. My guest and I shared a soup of pork belly and lentils; each of us had a decent portion and the soup was perfectly prepared. Then I had a similarly perfect pasta dish followed by a gelato sundae with chocolate and caramel sauces and "hot nuts". Everything equaled restaurants of twice the price, but without the pretense. I also had a glass of red wine from the Puglia, a steal at $9 per generous glass. This is a great spot for lunch and probably also for dinner. I think its food is unusual, skillfully prepared and served at affordable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SusannaSVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch here with friends. This was the first time I have ever had a veggie frittata that wasn't cooked hard all the way through – this one had a wonderful silky, "custardy," quality, probably because of the excellent eggs, and delicate flavors. The server was friendly and unobtrusive, and the space was pleasant. Definitely a keeper!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate