Castagna - San Francisco
Castagna - San Francisco

Castagna - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.castagnasf.com/
  • Phone: 4154404290x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour - Tuesday thru Friday: 5 - 6 pm
    Dinner - Sunday & Tuesday thru Thursday: 5 - 9:30 pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5 - 10 pm

    Weekend Brunch - Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am - 5 pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Stephane Meloni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The whole restaurant is available for buyout.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerome Meloni 4154404290x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fillmore St.
  • Public Transit: Muni lines 22, 30, 30X, 43.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. There is also a parking lot at Wells Fargo Bank on Chestnut three doors down from Castagna (between Fillmore & Steiner), and another lot on Pierce (between Lombard & Chestnut).
A word from Castagna - San Francisco
Castagna is a chef-owned neighborhood bistro and wine bar featuring "sun-kissed" cuisine from Provence and the neighboring coastal regions of Southern France and the Italian Riviera. Dine al fresco with a leisurely weekend brunch at our sidewalk tables, enjoy a candlelight dinner in our intimate dining room, or grab a glass of wine at the bar for a view of our lively exhibition kitchen. We offer dinner six days a week (closed on Mondays) along with weekend brunch service. We also offer Happy Hour with food and drink specials every Tuesday thru Friday from 4 - 6 pm.
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Castagna - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (37)romantic (25)notable wine list (15)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (13)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • another Gem in the Marina of SF
    NGM6
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband & I have dined here about 6 times. It is now our favorite restaurant in the Marina. Although very small, (only about 8 tables + bar seating), food is exquisitely prepared & very delicious!! Cuisine is from Nice, France, with a touch of Italian. Service is outstanding, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MKS2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was excellent with many delicious flavors. The wait staff was particularly helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attitude!
    thereaderkat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I don't know about you, but when we dine out we appreciate professional, friendly service. We had dinner recently with four friends and initially believed we had found just such a place for our evening meal. One of our party, however, had the temerity to ask our waiter about the preparation of a pasta dish--his response was so condescending that it was not to be believed!! As it turned out, our entrees were uneven--sea bass was great, ratatouille not so great; and that pasta...well, nothing special. In fairness, I have to say that the rest of the staff--bus boys--were very pleasant and professional. There are so many excellent restaurants in San Francisco that I seriously doubt any of us will return to this particular one.
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  • Wonderful staff, food - Marina find
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had the mussels, bruschetta, squash blossoms, beef stew w/ ravioli, and apple crisp - all wonderful. This is a little French Bistro that feels like Paris - we ate on the street amidst foot and street traffic and the attentive wait staff took care of us beautifully. Shout out to the wonderful Bastian - a young man from the South of France that made our experience exceptionally memorable. We WILL be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Local's review
    LocalResident
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Some weeks ago my wife and I stopped in for lunch. The sandwiches were great and we decided we would come back and have dinner. My wife ordered a Chickpea dish which she thoroughly enjoyed. I ordered Beef Stew with small ravioli. The beef (brisket) was very dry while the ravioli were tough and chewy. ( we heard the customer at the next table make the same comment to his guest). We also had to ask twice for cream for our after dinner coffee. While I might return for sandwiches, we have no plans to return for dinner.
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  • bistro fun
    jasCAVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Mussels with frites- exceptional, as was Pasqals' service
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Cute, modern and clean (very important) little bistro, the food was so delicious I can go back every week, and the service was just excellent and impeccable! What more can I say, everything definitely surpassed my expectations! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Castagna rocks!
    NatalyaSVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We discovered this gem few years ago! Ate there few times and it was outstanding! We could not wait until they reopen! With a very short menu they succeed to rock every dish! We loved every bite! Kids asked for another round of chicken fingers! Outstanding! So happy they are back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina Gem
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food is excellent, wonderful presentation. Staff is very friendly. Chef stopped by each table to see how everything was. Very quaint restaurant. My favorite in the Marina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    RS0707
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We drove all the way from Peninsula to the restaurant. It is a good one if I was in the neighborhood but not a destination. Food is good (not great) but the menu is limited. Very tight seating.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, great service!
    Angela
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious! French Mediterranean cuisine. Definitely try the cod. Service was great too. Our table wasn't ready for 14 minutes when we first arrived but we sat outside and were given complimentary sparkling wine. Very romantic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CPMc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I love the food/wine I love the owners and servers I love the outdoor and indoor seating... what more would i ask for!! It is like eating with family at one of my favorite french bistros n the Riviera! Love you guys, thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    Molly
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Castagna always exceeds my expectations. Walking in you are welcomed into a little piece of France. I am never disappointed and always look forward to 'next time'. Merci for a wonderful experience, every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service has been great both times I have dined here. They are attentive and friendly. I mentioned I had left my to go container the previous time and was disappointed because my meal had been so good and they brought out a little bowl of the pasta I had forgotten! The food has been delicious - the squash blossom appetizer!! We kept wanting to order more. Look forward to dining here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    sujet
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Even the parking wasn't bad on Saturday morning in the Marina, where we found a spot around the corner on Fillmore where there are actually some curb spots long enough for an SUV. My husband is always seeking the perfect Eggs Benedict, and Castagna's was the "best (he'd) had in a long while." The Hollandaise, which I tasted and thought needed more lemon, was perfect for him because the lemon was subtle. My Salade Nicoise was very good, and included small slices of rare Ahi and strips of anchovies, hard-boiled egg, green beans, olives, etc. around a center of arugula. The house coffee, regular, was excellent, and my latte was very good. I think I'd get the regular black coffee next time because the flavor was so good, chocolatey and rich.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reinventing an old favorite
    Fillmoe
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have been following the owners from their original restaurant on Steiner/Sutter to Chestnut because we love the food, and because the owners always make us feel as if we're old friends. We were so sorry when a fire forced closure on Chestnut for about a year. The new version of Castagna is more wine bar, less casual lunch. We haven't tried the new dinner menu yet, but the brunch menu was the same as formerly - very good, but short. All ingredients are the freshest, and any kitchen shortcuts taken are not apparent, but enhance the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic french Cuisine
    LarrySVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was authentic , the service perfect, and the presentation beautiful. They were also delightful in handling my granddaughter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosy spot on Chestnut
    dinerdeliteVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We enjoyed a fish dinner, and a citrusy house salad, w/almonds. The service felt a little rushed; eg, the lady kept coming to the table re-filling the wine glasses, however, all the food was good, and we were on our way to a movie, so it was fine. If we were wanting a more relaxed evening, I might have complained. A nice, convenient spot in the Marina.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic dinner
    TowellVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Gracious, friendly, professional host and staff; kitchen produces top notch, generous plates of traditional French/Med cuisine with a few novel twists/updates but all still close to original or what you would expect if you are familiar with highest quality home-style recipes from that part of the world, upped several notches to restaurant quality. All staff we encountered are original French speakers but fluent in English; about half the clients on two visits are francophones. Narrow room, close-quarters to neighbors, similar to what you'd encounter in France. This is one of our neighborhood favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 26 Seats ~ Better Grab One Quick!
    Hermans
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The exterior, somewhat deceiving ~ the interior, surprisingly modern and efficient yet intimate! Unique menu with something for everyone's palate and price. The owner is charming yet watchful which makes for a pleasant atmosphere and beautifully prepared and presented plates. The sea bass with black olive mashed potatoes was perfect. The monk fish stew served over zucchini spaghetti was meaty yet light and flavorful. Both went nicely with the side of ratatouille served moist and uniquely molded. Apple crisp for dessert ~ to die for! Service was attentive but just a bit brisk....who can blame them when a line is forming outside willing you out of your seat?! So glad we made a reservation!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Travel to France in the Marina
    pepperepperVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Delightful ambience and great food. Outstanding, personal service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Castagna - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Very good French/Italian mix
    NickT
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The owners of the restaurant (one of whom was our server and was a very nice guy) told us he grew up near Nice, France -- which meant they have a lot of influence from Italy and not just France. This results in a menu with both French and Italian flavored food items. I loved the sea bass, while my wife had a seafood pasta, which was also really good. Desserts were also very tasty. I had caramelized apple-filled beignets (amazing), while my wife had a really good creme brûlée (very good). Definitely recommend this restaurant... but beware -- especially if you are seated inside near the front window -- it is extremely loud and can be hard to hear your dinner companion without raising your voice, which means the restaurant gets even noisier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HelenWWVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything was perfect, from the food to the service. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood favorite
    Molly
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    So happy the boys are back on Chestnut Street. We missed them so when they had to close for revenvations after a fire. But, they persevered and have come back better than ever. Their menu offers new and exciting things, the wine list is great and service is outstanding. A delightful stop for a glass of Kir and a nibble or a romantic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    DoodelsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    So glad it's back in business. Interesting menu and great, attentive service. Everything we ordered was delicious DBS great presentation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Castagna
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This was a wonderful surprise. I checked Open Table for a restaurant near Ft. Mason and was delighted by our first (but definitely not last) visit. The menu offered authentic Southern French dishes, with specials such as squash blossom beignets. Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. The service was friendly and professional. This is a gem for those who love real French food in a charming atmosphere!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Petite: Française for small...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A cute petite place with a few petite tables, a Provençal-oriented menu with some traditional Italian items from across the border ::: Pleasant staff, a good wine list ::: We started with petite slices of so-so baguette with petite butter, then moved onto starters: a fine green salad and some meat-stuffed vegetables, lukewarm and overstuffed with meat ::: Our mains could have been better: the Chilean Sea Bass was fine, served with mashed potatoes and zero vegetables (hence, boring), and the Beef Stew was une petite salty ::: Chose a cheese platter for dessert for $16, it had the most petite slices of cheese, including an overpowering blue ::: At $200 for three diners, we were une petite disappointed...
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  • Welcome Back!
    Susan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our first visit back since the reopening of the restaurant after the fire. Upon arriving we were once again warmly greeted by owner and staff. The remodel has updated the space and it appears to seat a few more guests. This restaurant is friendly, cozy and offers some of the best food available in the Cow Hollow/Marina neighborhoods. For the wine drinkers, their offering is excellent without breaking the budget. But to most important comment on a restaurant - the food is better than ever! The menu offers something for everyone from the pizza loving child to the foodie in some of us. We are always a party of three (mother-in-law lives in the neighborhood) and tried multiple items and sampled from each. Outstanding!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Provence lovers
    CynS
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This is a little gem for Provence lovers! Southern France fresh delicious dishes served with a smile and most welcoming staff. Located in great neighborhood, decorated with taste this little spot has everything to please the most francophiles!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic after recent re-opening
    TowellVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Truly wonderful professional-grade version of 'home-cooking' with hospitable co-owners host+chef in this small and energetic venue. Though still getting their routines down, the staff are very professional, friendly and accommodating. Menu is on the smaller side as is appropriate for a place of this size, but an excellent variety. Everything we ordered, as well as what we saw on surrounding tables, was/looked terrific. And the vibe was a bunch of very satisfied diners. The only downside, not the restaurant's fault: noise level was deafening - if you have loud table-neighbors, it's problematic. Alas this is more the rule these days at American restaurants. Wine list notable for reasonable prices and selection.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome addition to Neighborhood!
    Kapt
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Carpaccio and delightful thin crust pizza on first visit. Reports on all food excellent. Small, intimate setting inside. Great people viewing outside. And they take reservations! So no hassle.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The restaurant has limited seating, so reservations are highly recommended. Many small plates to choose from. All selections were delicious and nicely presented. The service was excellent.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Délicieux
    Belle
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This place this a gem! Great good, wine, friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. It's quant and charming busting with flavors from France. It is great to have them back in the neighborhood. It is a MUST try!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Castagna Reopens
    Friscocat
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    After being closed for about a year due to a fire, Castagna is back. The decor is more upscale and contemporary but Jerome and Stephan, the brothers who own it, welcome guests with the same warmth as ever. The food is wonderful. A trip to Marseille. So glad they are back in business. The neighborhood really missed them!
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Talk About Pour Hosting!
    DinewclassVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I made reservations for 3 for Easter Sunday brunch, and left instructions that one guest was from out of town. We arrived concurrently with an old couple (looking flamboyant!). Well, the owner gave them the only large round table available at the time. Then, she magically moved a small rectangular table (hardly fitting for one person) to a corner bench and expected the three of us to be seated there!!! The alternative was to wait another 45 minutes. Sorry, French hospitality is much better than that, but this Vietnamese owner has no business running a French resto!!! We left and dined elsewhere.
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  • Excellent Brunch!
    luvsgoodfood
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We each had one of the "benedicts" and they were all wonderful. Brunch is as good as dinner and dinner is outstanding!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So happy Castagna is again open!
    luvsgoodfood
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I was going to Castagna before it burned and am so happy it has re-opened! It's a small place but the food was wonderful and the wine recommendation was perfect. We went early so it was quiet, service was great. Will be going back often!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great food and the best service!
    Winefoodlover415VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We absolutely loved our dinner this past Saturday night after finding Castagna. The space is very intimate and well decorated. Not only was their food delicious, but the service is SO good. The menu has lots of different influences which enables the customer to pick from many different dishes whether one feels like French, italian, or even a California craving for fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood french bistro
    AmyjamVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    So glad that Castagna reopened. WE really missed this neighborhood gem. Everything was outstanding as always especially the pastas!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice cosi,friendly little
    catnipVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    nice cosi,friendly little resturant.zagat rated 2013.steak au poivre,linguini bolinese are delicious.this was our first time at this resturant,and was very impressed with the food.make a 1000 point reservation for 6 and you`ll save some quarters.parking meters ar offline at 6 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate