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
138 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (106)fit for foodies (79)special occasion (42)romantic (40)notable wine list (34)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Italian neighborhood dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcoming
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Greeted with a friendly welcome. Food is better than remembered. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Wonderful find!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    While recently visiting San Francisco our family of 4 adults and 2 kids stumbled upon this restaurant via Yelp. We could not have been more blessed. All of our meals were delicious, the service was great and the owner was a delight to talk to. Highly recommend this to those in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food carried the evening
    Surprised
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was creative and imaginative; Great for large parties; Not so great for a couple wanting to have a conversation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    CushionPeak
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    OpenTable helped me save the evening when my boss's original plan went south. Everyone raved after dining at this welcoming, compact and delightful establishment with a fabulous menu and a killer selection of wine. Super fresh and friendly. Can't wait to return to the bay and enjoy another evening at Capannina. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is the best restaurant on Union St. Food is fantastic and the wine list is reasonably priced. Excellent fish and pasta dishes. Go-you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was not bad but disappointing, especially after reading the reviews. Our waiter must have been in a hurry, he was at our table every 5 minutes to take our order we couldn't enjoy a glass of wine before our meal. When we ordered, the food was out right away. He must have been told to turn the tables that night, not sure if I go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood gem
    Rese
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We shared the gnocchi for an appetizer and it was so delicate and delicious. The seared ahi tuna over spicy prawn risotto was very tender and had amazing flavor. We will definitely return again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truffle
    Reviewer
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    one of the best dinner that I have ever had.: Truffle special
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Capannina is a fabulous restaurant! We were directed there by a stranger we met in a store and were very happy with our choice. The portions are average but the seasoning and preparation were outstanding. We enjoyed the Italian white very much and then had a fabulous Napa Valley red. Very fun experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AddieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Really a neat, dependable place. Good food, great service AND you can hear. That makes all the difference. :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    True italian with great technique. Amazing all around
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as the first time!
    Joeblow
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We ate at Capannina a while back and were so impressed with the food that we came back on our anniversary with our family. The Early Bird special is a great deal-wife had the salmon and I had the papardelle with wild boar ragout. The salmon was so spot on the first time I was curious if they could do it again. . . curiosity satisfied. It was sooo tender and just cooked, juicy and melt in your mouth. The papardelle was satisfying and flavorful, and the portions weren't overwhelming nor skimpy. Caesar salad with crab was so fresh. Dessert was warm chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato. . .WOW! Service was very attentive, water glass always filled, dishes cleared. Would return again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tastebuds
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great veal dish and wine selection. The beef carpaccio was mediocre. Tiramisu was very delicious. Won't mind going back to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a fantastic meal
    SteveK
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I were visiting SanFrancisco on an impromptu trip from the east coast. We flew in that day and made reservations based on the reviews in Zagats. I can tell you we were impressed. The service was impeccable. I had the papradelle with wild boar and my wife had the lamb chops. Both dishes in our opinion were at the top of our lists for the best we have had. The wines offered by the glass were a good selection and reasonably priced. I travel a lot with my job and am lucky to have enjoyed meals in fine restaurants all over North America. This reataurant will be at or near the top of my list. All in all a wonderful restaurant and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.