Capannina
Capannina

Capannina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.capanninasf.com/
  • Phone: 4154098001
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our full menu is available for catered events.
  • Private Party Facilities: For larger parties or private events, please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Di Ruocco 4154098001
  • Special Events: We have a Prix Fixe menu everyday from 5:00-6:00 PM, a three course dinner for $25.00 per person. Right now we are serving Black & White Truffle menu specials.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna & Octavia
  • Public Transit: MUNI #41 & 45
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Capannina
Everything about Capannina is soft and subtle. The decor - celadon green upper walls, ambra marble below, handmade glass lamps, hanging mirror panels and faux columns that glow from the lights behind them - is simple yet striking. The marble, the lamps, and many of the ingredients used in the excellent dishes are all imported from Italy and the subtle softness of the interior extends to the food: eclectic Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian tradition while still maintaining well-orchestrated choices from all over Italy. With pasta made in-house and delightfully fresh buffalo mozzarella coming from Italy, Capannina offers the essence of subtlety in the artistic presentation of its menu, along with an atmosphere that conveys the slightest California touch. PLEASE NOTE: We serve a prefix menu, consisting of a three-course dinner for $25 per person every day from 5pm to 6pm. Thereafter, we serve a regular menu. Black and white truffles imported from Itali & a seasonal menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Capannina reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)fit for foodies (87)romantic (47)special occasion (45)notable wine list (42)great for outdoor dining (14)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (11)hot spot (11)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in SF. The short ribs tortellini are truly amazing. We have been there several times and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian in a great hood
    JimDVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Capannina is still consistently serving excellent Italian fare and definitely worth going to - even if you don't live in the neighborhood. It is certainly easy enough to get to, and right in the main shopping / dining area of UNION Street (Cow Hollow/Marina area). PLUS the restaurant is always very accomadating witch to me is a big plus. On the night I visited, my dining companion asked for an entree they used to serve (Gnocchi Gorganzola), and without hesitation the waiter said they would be happy to make for him. Not only did they make it, it was outstanding. I had the pork Milanese, and as always it was perfectly cooked, and tender enough to cut with your fork. My only complaint is the wine list is getting a bit expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing meal and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The mozzarella heirloom tomato salad was amazing! The linguine and clams were soooo tasty! The braised beef tortellini was absolutely incredible! I've been here several times and have always had a wonderful meal and a great selection of wine as well, not to mention the amazing service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sfsfVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a very disappointing dinner and won't be back. While the pasta was okay, the swordfish was cold and tasteless. Additionally, the waiter never brought our second glass of wine. Lastly, the restaurant was so loud that conversation was almost impossible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We keep going back!
    CouldBeBetterVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    There are many choices for us to walk to dinner, but we keep going back to Cappaninna because the food is so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Superb!
    bluebuddha88
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took the wife to Capannina for anniversary dinner: fantastic food and service. The risotto and the Tuscan brick-pressed chicken were delicious. Tables are set close together and can get quite noisy -- but the meal and attentive staff cancel out any negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nailed It
    PHL2NYC2SFOVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Not sure why it took my wife and I to find this place, but now it's heavy in the rotation, and on our hosting agenda for out-of-town visitors. Fantastic food, service, everything...
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  • Lovely!
    drsully
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to Capannina on the recommendation of a friend. Making reservations was easy with open table, and the restaurant called that afternoon to confirm. We arrived on time and were seated immediately in a cozy booth in the back corner. The restaurand was somewhat noisy but the corner table was quieter. The staff were very attentive and friendly, but not intrusive to our romantic dinner. We never had to ask for anything. The food was divine, from the appetizer to the pasta to the entree to the dessert. We overstuffed ourselves because the food was so good! I highly recommend Capannina for a dinner date in San Francisco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    JackNV
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I don't venture too much into the Marina for social events but was very pleased with my trip to Capannina. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, attentive but not pushy. They knew their menu and they knew there wine. There was not a long wait for any of the courses, they were fresh and delicious when delivered and the spacing of the courses was excellent. It's small, the bar is tiny, a little bit loud when the dining room is full and after 7 reservations are a must, but the food and staff outweigh any of those concerns. I would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit!
    hbfam14VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was terrific and service attentive and relaxed. Really enjoyed it and will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Despite its location on trendy Union Street, Capaninna is the real deal. Very good food, attentive service and reasonable prices. What's not to like?
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where Italians eat in SF
    Spencer1228
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Capannina never disappoints. This romantic little gem has a great kitchen and staff. They serve the kind of food that's so good that whole tables go quiet as people eat (or trade bites). Consistent, delicious, special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great Italian experience
    sfrefVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Capannina is the complete package, and one of our favorite dining venues in SF. The lively dinner crowd and the décor create an ambiance that is energetic but intimate at the same time. Owner Michele is the consummate host and makes every diner feel as if he or she is being invited into his home for dinner. The service is always top notch. My wife and I have dined at Capaninna for six years and find that the cuisine is consistently top tier Italian - there is no menu item that we would not recommend. Some personal favorites are: starters => black ink risotto w/scallops, beet salad; pastas => all, but with a shout out to the pappardelle and the orecchiette; mains => veal scaloppini al limone, salmone alla griglia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian neighborhood dining
    Ravioli
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a true neighborhood Italian restaurant, with great food and service. If you want Italian food in a lively atmosphere, this is for you. We look forward to going back to try more of the menu. Folks should be prepared to meet your neighbors, as they have packed the tables in to accommodate as many as possible. Reservations on the weekends seem to be a good idea if not required.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very good neighborhood restaurant. It was nice to go somewhere with good food outside of the tourist areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brush up on your Italian
    DeliciousandNutritiousVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our server was straight from Italy and most pleasant. The salads were generous, as were the main courses. Every bite was delicious. This is definitely a place we'll keep coming back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabyc5VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went by coincidence it was the only restaurant with available tables and it was a big surprise! One of the best restaurants I've been in San Francisco! Great menu real Italian, and great prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and original Italian
    Paul31
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful, friendly server. Good suggestions. Food is quite tasty with surprisingly good portions. Roasted pressed italian chicken was amazing. Squid ink Scallop risotto was exotic and incredibly tasty. Panna cotta was smooth creamy and delicious. Wine selection good. Warm, comfortable atmosphere. Popular place, so every seat in the house was taken, including some street seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a find
    ShihuVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This small neighborhood gem is one of the best Italian restaurants in San Francisco. The food is prepared and served beautifully , the wine list is priced fairly, and the proprietor is always attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    erniec
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Finding really authentic Italian food in San Francisco is difficult...Capannina provides that. You could be in Capri enjoying the same fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Early Bird!!
    jaa1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    From 5 to 6, this restaurant offers you a wonderful selection from their regular menu of large portions and great soup/salad, entree, and any dessert for 25.00 per person. Loved it. The food was ample, fresh, and very tasty, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italy On Union Dtreet
    bruce09VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the best Italian. We were warmly greeted, and sat down immediately. The atmosphere was quiet, and the decor was warm and inviting. I started with a glass of cabernet from Napa, perfect. My starter was the Black Pepper Carpaccio Di Manzo. It was with a mustard dill sauce and argula, the best ever. My wife had the mozzarella di bufala con prosciutto pepperoni, excellent. for the mains we ate Veal Scaloppini Al Limmone,again the best my wife ever ate. I had the tortolini with a bufoal ragu the that was marvelous. I will go back to Capannina , and make it one of my go to places. Bravo…..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner. Seared Tuna was delicious. Service as friendly. Will be back. Only downside: not much space between tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Always delicious, and with impeccable service! A real gem, great for both special and normal need some great Italian occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    foodie415
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was amazing. It was prepared with care. It wad prepared like it wad an art piece and it tasted delicious. The service was really good. The server had a very strong italian accent which made the vibe even better. I definitely will come back. I would recommend to friends.. but at the same time want to keep it to myself so I can bring my dates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food, slow service
    ATL2SFVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything tasted great and fresh, but service was slow. Prices also weren't totally unreasonable (relatively speaking). Other than being forgotten for long stretches by the wait staff, it was a pretty good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our family - with two girls 10&13 - always enjoy our dinners here! I particularly like their squid-ink risotto! Highly recommend you try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Welcoming
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Greeted with a friendly welcome. Food is better than remembered. Will return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    ScoutyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Capannina was recommended to us because our daughter just moved to San Francisco. We went for the first time last night and it was great. The caesar salad w/ crab, salmon, veal scallopini, and penne pasta were all perfect. The gelato and warm chocolate cake were delicious! We look forward to going back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot with excellent food.
    Macreviewer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very attentive staff with excellent food at very reasonable prices. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner for everyone
    nene808
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All three of our meals were delicious and we tried to go back the next day but they were booked. My dad enjoys his seared ahi dish with risotto and since he is from Hawaii he has a lot of ahi to compare that too. It was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Carbonara was disappointing
    PCKa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Caesar salad with crab was delicious, lightly dressed- perfect. Carbonara is a decadent pasta that I judiciously treat myself to. It came well- presented, topped with shaved black truffles. The pasta was al dente but it did not come in a silky, shiny sauce as carbonara should. Rather, the pasta came in a clump, as it appears the egg had turned grainy. The owner was extremely pleasant however he looked right at my dish as it was set down before me and failed to make amends (He thought it was properly prepared? Or he felt I wouldn't know the difference- wrong!) I did enjoy the glass of Italian wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    food remains top notched.............restaurant continues to up-scale itself but but it is a little too crowded they are trying to " pack them in " pushing small tables for 2 together to get more people in.otherwise the best neighborhood restaurants
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kudos to Capannina
    mrtNsf
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were looking for an early dinner in Cow Hollow, and could not have been happier with the meal we had at Capannina. Gracious hospitality, a scrumptious menu, thoughtful service, reasonably priced, all reasons to look forward to our next visit. "Molto Bene" for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    Bunny
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Lovely overall dining experience. Unfortunately we made the wrong menu choice. Delicate and delicious sanddabs were served atop a strong (harsh) zucchini with tomato sauce. The sauces totally fought each other. Excellent wines. Will try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must
    CjLaniVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the best meals we have ever had. Service was also the best. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dukeofdining
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Staff is welcoming and knowledgeable and very appreciative when we shared a special wine we had brought. The food was excellent:we all had seafood, tuna, sand dabs and swordfish--and all were prepared perfectly and accompanied beautifully. Small and close tables so it can be noisy but we asked to be moved to booth in the rear which worked out great. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Friends
    Chemystre
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I found this restaurant based on its reviews and it did not disappoint. The homemade tortellini with spare ribs and a red wine reduction was fantastic, and the two of us that had it both agreed we would return just to enjoy this dish again. I also had the rack of lamb which was perfectly cooked and very lean.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    kellyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    After so many great reviews, I expected more. It wasn't bad, but also, nothing to write home about. With all the great spots in SF, I'm just not sure this is near the top of the list.
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  • Another wonderful meal.
    Voyacomer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've eaten at Capinnina many times, and are never disappointed. Good food, simply yet elegantly prepared, with wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.