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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good, hearty Italian food. Large portion sizes, friendly service. Dining room was a little bit crowded and our table near the door was a bit drafty, but overall, we enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I have been to Capaninna over 20 times and it never fails to deliver a great experience with delish food. The owner always treats you like family."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service was exceptional and the price (especially for San Francisco) was quite reasonable. The fact that we shared much in common with the owner, Michele, made the evening ever more enjoyable. Definitely one of the better, if not the best, Italian restaurant we have eaten at this side of Rome! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We love Italian food and this restaurant serves some of the best we have ever tasted. We had heard from others that this was a special place and indeed it is. The service was superb ( Sergio is one of the best waiters we've had in a long time) and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Every dish we had was special and all four of us couldn't stop raving about the food. There are so many great restaurants in SF, it is difficult to try them all, but give this place a try! We will be definitely be back here often!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful. First time at Capannina and we will be back. Our server was gracious and very knowledgable about the menu. The restaurant was welcoming, giving the feel of being in a family home, yet still having the sophistication of a nice restaurant. All the dishes served with fresh black truffle were excellent."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Although San Francisco has many Italian restaurants, often the food doesn't live up to the hype or expectation. Campannina, offer excellent Italian food and great service. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This was our second time at Capannina and I'm glad to see that our first experience, which we thoroughly enjoyed, was not a fluke. My risotto with parmesan fonduta and black truffles was delicious. Though the portion was humongous, I somehow managed to devour all of it. My beau had the seafood grill. He would have opted for the salmon, which he had the first time, but didn't after finding out that the salmon isn't wild. Although it's been a few weeks since we were first in, the staff remembered us and asked if we wanted the same table as last time. Service was attentive until the restaurant started to fill up. (We had a 6:30 rez.) Then we kind of got lost in the shuffle. But overall, a commendable dining experience and we'll return soon. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything about this place is amazing! I love it!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The best Italian in SF - a title I don't give lightly. The food is always excellent, there's a good wine list, authentic Italian service and great touches - like free limoncello and desert for the regulars. And I'm not even there that often any more, as I now live in WA. Sit outside when it's nice and watch the Union St people go by. Truly fabulous. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Simply one of the best authentic Italian restaurants -- anywhere! The food was fantastic, but if we could give 10 stars for the service, we would! Thanks again for a memorable evening! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Had a great meal. Live in the neighbor and enjoy walking up to a local neighborhood resturant. Looking forward to another great dinner soon. Will. Bring my family next time and friends."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Didn't have terribly high expectations but Capannina delivered. As a non fish eater the appetizer menu could have had a bit more to tempt me but the home made tortelloni were fantastic. The gelato was amazing. Great bottle of Barbera D'Alba in the mid $40s. Overall, an unexpected find. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Setting was really nice. Prix Fix menu is a great bargain but I wish I chose a more adventuresome item (Salmon was cooked perfectly). I'll definitely come back again."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our second visit and it was great again. Innovative dishes, good cooking, excellent service. Can't ask for more."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This is the absolutely best restaurant that I have been in several years. We will be back again!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal at Capannina. The appetizers (carpaccio and grilled octopus) were delicious, and we really enjoyed the pappardelle and the shortribs. The salmon and risotto nero (which we had as a main course) were ok. As for the deserts, the tiramisu was good, but I tasted more whipped cream than mascarpone. The lemon panacotte with mango sauce could have used a little more mango sauce."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Been there many times and each visit has been wonderful...which is why we keep coming back !"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We celebrated my fiance's birthday dinner there last Saturday night, and introduced our parents! The food was delicious, especially the Ahi Risotto. Authentic food and great wait staff! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Capannina and it has been consistently very good. The first two times, our waiter was Lorenzo. Lorenzo certainly makes your dining at Cappannina an memorable experience. This past visit, we were disappointed not to have Lorenzo as our waiter, but the waiter we had was very good. On our next visit, we will certainly request to sit at one of Lorenzo's tables."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful menu. This is the kind of restaurant we all want in our neighborhood. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We just caught the end of the fixed price menu--3 courses for $25 from 5-6pm. The food was delicious, particularly the main courses (Papparadelle and the Pressed Chicken) and the dessert (Tiramisu and warm chocolate cake)."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. Good food. Nice people. Attentive service. A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a real Italian quality that makes you be on vacation for an hour or two. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We have always loved this restaurant but last weekend we went with some friends and our waiter ruined the experience. Lorenzo (the waiter) would not let us enjoy our drinks without coming every 5min to take the order. Then he proceeded to bring entrees before we had finished our 1st course. On top of that he brought one wrong entree and said that was what our friend ordered. After we all disagreed he brought the correct order. Also, we specified a certain bottle of wine and he kept referring to another (higher priced) bottle. It took 3 tries before he understood we wanted the bottle ordered. If I ever return I'll make sure I do not get in his section again!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We've been to Capaninnina several times and it never disappoints. My husband loves the sand dabs and I love everything on the menu! The service us wonderful! Not only punctual and helpful, but also lots of fun! A great choice for a couple, entertaining friends from out of town, or that special celebration."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Came in with high expectations and found food and ambiance mediocre. Not horrible in anyway but just adequate which really surprised me for a well-reviewed place in SF. Wouldn't bother going back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014