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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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