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  • Capannina

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  • Address:
    1809 Union St
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Capannina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.capanninasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 409-8001
  • 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: Italian, Seafood
  • 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 (415) 409-8001
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "One of the best meals we have ever had. Service was also the best. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Food was creative and imaginative; Great for large parties; Not so great for a couple wanting to have a conversation"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "one of the best dinner that I have ever had.: Truffle special"
    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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Really a neat, dependable place. Good food, great service AND you can hear. That makes all the difference. :)"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "True italian with great technique. Amazing all around"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great veal dish and wine selection. The beef carpaccio was mediocre. Tiramisu was very delicious. Won't mind going back to try other dishes."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went to celebrate my mom's birthday. When I was searching for a good Italian restaurant via OpenTable, one of my criteria is to have a good noise level environment so I can spend some good quality time with my parents. Second was they gave us a good, big enough table for 3 of us so we can sit comfortably. Third was I wrote a note through my reservation that it is my mom's bday celebration, and they made a candle on the dessert my ordered. We all liked the food, and the experience was wonderful. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "You don't expect to find Italian food this good in your neighborhood! Lovely menu. Good wine list to accompoany it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "my girlfriend and I enjoyed an amazing date night on Friday night must come if you've never been in this area or love Italian food. make sure you come a little early to enjoy the neighborhood shops."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Capannina was terrific. Wonderful food, great service, expansive menu. We all ordered different entrees and everyone was very happy with their choices. My ciopinno was outstanding. Will absolutely go back - and often!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One of our favorites! Always a great meal and a warm and friendly atmosphere. The Italian food is excellent and very well presented."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had a great dinner. Will for sure be back! Went with family and everyone enjoyed their meal Each of us had a different meal and all were really very good. Fun place to take quest from out of town."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Best chef on Union St. Excellent food and vibrant atmosphere. Can get loud, but the food & service are nearly perfect..."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We came here after our long flight and were looking for something close to the hotel. Wow what a meal! We went with the three course meal. I felt like I was back in Italy. The food was delicious, the waiter was attentive and the feel of the restaurant was calming. We felt so relaxed after our long flight that we were able to enjoy the rest of our evening."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Good restaurant: excellent service, elegant ambience in a nice area, very goog food"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "One of the best Italian restaurants in The City. Authentic in every way."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed excellent salads, entrees and dessert. The mixed seafood grill, tortellini and veal dishes were perfect! Ciappino was ok. Warm and professional service with a nice neighborhood vibe, though a little loud. Go early for quiet conversation."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The cuisine is authentic Italian. If you are looking for spaghetti and meatballs this restaurant is not for you. Every course was a culinary delight!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Always treated well, with cordial service and delicious meals. The desserts are exceptional."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food here is always EXCELLENT! they know how to make tasty, and clean food, I have never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Mixed because my wife was not enthused with her dinner while I thought my brick chicken was excellent. Wine list was adequate but the service was excellent. Noise level was loud but not obnoxious - friendly and active. ."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went to Capannina for Father's Day dinner and were very pleased with the food and the service. We had the $25 price fix dinner which is offered from 5-6 PM every day. Here were my choices which were very good: antipasti (caesar salad with crab), second (grilled salmon) and dessert (cranberry pear tart with vanilla bean gelato). The dessert was amazing. I would go back for that dessert. Our server Lorenzo was excellent--very friendly, knowledgable and attentive."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We go here often. It is very good and consistent. One of the best Italian restaurants in SF. Very friendly."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We had an early and excellent dinner. The early bird dinner is quite a bargain. Portions are ample and easily sharable. Quality was excellent on the chicken and the seafood over spinach risotto. Profiteroles were excellent way to finish. Place was quiet while we were there and service was excellent at this hour. We will surely return and have recommended this place to friends."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Taking out of towner's here impresses them with the fine food and great service. As with Trattorias, the noise level was very high. Two birthday parties contributed to it but the level went down when they departed. I am never disappointed here!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "loved the food the waiter was very friendly and knew the menu perfectly loved the place!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014