Farina
Farina

Farina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.farina-foods.com/
  • Phone: 4155650360x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am -3:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm -10:00pm;
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Angelo Auriana
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Farina has its own sound system both in the main dining and in the private room.
  • Special Events: Farina is available for Private Buy Out Events both for lunch & dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Guerrero & Valencia
  • Public Transit: Bus # 33 Dolores and 18th
    Bus # 22 16th and Guerrero
    Muni line # J Church and 18th
    Bart 16th and Mission
    Bus # 14 Mission and 18th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Farina
Farina brings to San Francisco the simplicity, elegance and style of the culinary tradition of Liguria, the Italian region that is home to Genova. Farina is housed in a 1951 wood-framed building remodeled with white tiles, old marble, custom steel fixtures and solid wood furniture with an 18 people community table. The main dining space is balanced by the free standing bar and focaccia preparation counters composed of antique hand-hewn Genoese marble sinks. Farina's careful research and passion for using the best of truly Italian ingredients mingled by executive chef Paolo Laboa, also from Genova, makes our menu offerings an authentic and pleasurable experience. At Farina you can admire the daily preparation of freshly homemade pastas, enjoying the tasteful “focaccia di Recco” while sipping a glass of Pigato wine or one of our specialty cocktails.
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Farina reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (17)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (11)romantic (10)great for brunch (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Overpriced
    dustyrose
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If Farina's menu prices were cut in half, I'd give it an outstanding review, but at the prices they've set, I expect far higher quality. The caprese salad tomatoes were mealy, the fried calamari was bland, the bread basked served dry with no butter or olive oil, the entrees were greasy and lacked the delicate flavor and subtlety I'd expect when paying these prices.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Still wonderful
    SB18VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Restaurant was surprisingly empty. Food was solid and service good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    fwfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Attractive restaurant with ok service and food. An acceptable option if you can't get in to any of the neighboring restaurants.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite!
    Enchilada
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You must try the handkerchief pasta-- it is one of the best tasting foods I have ever eaten. Ever. The texture, the pesto, the lightness. And it's filling. Absolutely divine. If I ever have to choose a last meal, it will be this from Farina. <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pasta
    HauteCuisineVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The homemade pasta (as in, the noodles are made here daily) is truly epic in texture and flavor
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible!
    2dine4
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went to this restaurant two years ago & remembered it being good.It was empty when we arrived at 6:00 & continued to be empty except for two other parties the entire time we were there.The food was so bad.The salmon vodka dish arrived looking like salmon out of a can w/ a runny sauce w/ no flavor.The gnocchi actually were pan seared on one side & had no brown butter sauce as it promised off the menu. There were 2 pcs of sage.Our waiter was pleasant enough.The manager was more interested in sauntering around the restaurant than connecting with his guests.The kitchen staff spent more time leaning on the counter outside of the kitchen that cooking.We will never go there again.Perhaps they are staying in biz by charging way too much $$$!
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  • Great experience
    Sanch
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Hi! We went for dinner at Farina. The service wAs excellent and the food was amazing. The portion are small but it is all worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    LDeMar
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was ok but not great. Including a bottle of wine, it was over $300 for 4 adults. I ordered lobster bisque and got lobster over pasta. Wait staff said the chef sometimes didn't understand English. Out of my first two choices in wine.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I went here to celebrate our 7 year anniversary. We love this place! It's so delicious, the service is always great and the restaurant is beautiful. Highly recommend for a nice date night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy
    mootaro
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was too noisy, couldn't converse and both of us had a headache when leaving the restaurant. Table setting is bad. Too dark in the restaurant so that we couldn't see the food in the dish to appreciate.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indifferent
    MangiatanteVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were "greeted" by the hostess who's mind could have been in Italy, as she paid us little attention. Indifferently she showed us to our table, two tables from the front door, good thing we made a reservation. Then she walked away, did she say "have a nice meal" or smile, ahh, no. We did get bread and water, and then waited, and waited and waited. Our initial excitement about trying a new restaurant changed to a very uneasy, negative mood. We decided to leave, as we got up, our waiter showed up, finally. He was shocked that we would leave, we're shocked that he was so clueless. We've been to Liguria and the people there are very hospitable, not so at Farina. If you want great food in a friendly restaurant, go to Italy, not Farina.
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  • Italian yumminess
    weyrock
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time walking to this neighborhood find. Our hostess showed us to a nice corner window two top with a great view of the restaurant. I had the gnocchi and my girlfriend had the papperdelle and both were lick your plate clean dishes. We shared the artichoke appetizer which was also very nicely prepared. We will definitely return.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Mediocrity in abundance!
    OperaLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had always avoided Farina because my foody friends had told me it had just average food and poor service. I was hoping that it would not live up to its reputation. Unfortunately, it was as bad as or worse than I had heard. We waited 15 minutes before a waiter even showed up at our table and the place was only 60% full. The waiter did the right thing and gave us 2 glasses of wine for free. If that was where it ended I would have been fine. However, exceedingly average out of box pasta dish we order was not inspiring and overpriced. Then we had to wait 30 minutes between the first entree and the second. It was a long and painful evening. How this place survives in a neighborhood with great Italian restaurants like Delfina is a mystery
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  • Big bucks for geat pasta
    eatwell
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The venue, the service is average, the menu is typical and classic Italian but limited and definitely doesn't have any creativity. I'll admit what they do is very good with excellent ingredients but at those prices there are plenty of better choices with great décor and outstanding service.
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  • fantastic
    gvirgili
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything was delicious, but the mussels stood out the most. It's so hard to find mussels of good quality and are prepared well. These were perfect. We ordered a second helping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great home made pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Farina has great food, their hand made pasta is phenomenal. Service tends to be slow and takes time, not sure if it is intended. Wine list provides also a good selection opportunity. For a dinner where time is not critical it is a great restaruant
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2/5
    Real
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Appetizers were good. Service was unpolished, unprofessional and the entrees were very average. The dining room is very noisy. Many other restaurants in the mission that are much better.
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  • Worst SF restaurant experience
    jennifer
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Unfortunately our visit to Farina was a bad experience. Food was less than average, the service was ignorant, lazy, distant. The waitress didn't know what ingredients the portions contained. A nightmare if you have a special diet. Farina – never again!
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  • The spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've always love going to la farina love the food and restaurant will nv stop going
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long fall down
    SFDiningGuyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Farina was my favorite Italian restaurant in SF. The vibe was a great mix of locals, visitors, foodies, and people just out for a good night of quality food. The service was professional and friendly (if never warm or especially engaged). And the food was bliss: wonderful focaccia cheese melts, great appetizers, and sublime pasta. That has sadly changed. Last night will be my final time: surly and rude service, a white wine list that was half "we don't have that", a caprese salad I could have put together with fresher ingredients from Whole Foods, and a pasta that was uninspired. They were also out of a few desserts, so we got the cheese plate--with zero explanation of what we were served. Truly sad to see such a great spot fall so far.
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  • Unreasonably pricey
    PepperVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is great, but quite frankly, you should never have to pay $25 for 5 ravioli. Party of 2: a shared focaccia, 2 pastas, tap water -> total bill $80+ before tip.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food-POOR Service
    Greggo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was a bad night for service at Farina - the food was good, but not outstanding. For the price you are paying it should be spectacular. Our waiter had no clue. For instance, we paid $66 for a bottle of red wine. The wine we chose needed to breathe - but the wine was never decanted for us, just brought to the table. During our meal, our wine glasses and water glasses were never refilled for us once by the waiter. Crazy! We had to ask for bread - every other table we saw got soon after they sat down. The food was good - but if I am paying $28 for a bowl of pasta it should be spectacular.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Could be so much better
    RandallVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was horrible and the food was delicious. Plate size for $28 pasta was absurd. I don't want Buca di Beppo size plates, but I'd at least like to be full when I leave the restaurant. The server was clueless, and took 15 minutes to come take our drink order. Then he came over and asked if he could take our menus and we hadn't even ordered yet. I will say the bust boy was working his butt off. This restaurant could be amazing with a few minor tweaks, but I doubt it will be around for much longer.
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  • Too pricey
    TamiVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Unfortunately, I just don't think I'll come back to Farina. I love its ambience and pasta but the prices are really, really high. There are so many other options out there for great pasta!
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  • Over Priced and No Service
    Dingo
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was the second time I had eaten at this restaurant and was disappointed yet again. The food was nicely presented and the portion sizes were generous, but the food wasn't that special to justify such high prices. The service was awful despite the restaurant not being busy. The staff hung about at the back of restaurant talking to one another. There was no condiments on the table, or wine glasses, or bread plates. No grated cheese was offered with the pasta dishes ordered. There was no follow up from the waiter on water or drinks. We basically did not get any sort of service. There are plenty of other restaurants to choose from with better food and better service.
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  • Sophisticated Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Everything about this place screams sophistication. the music not so much. The exquisite attention to detail, the ambiance, the food, the wait staff, the wine list, is what makes this restaurant stand out in a crowd of other fine Italian eating places. But what doesn't seem to be in sync, and maybe I'm showing my age, was the choice of music. It would have been much more in keeping with the general gestalt of the place if perhaps the music was authentic Italian - even Italian pop ....or anything but American top 10. Maybe opera would be nice once in a while.
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    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Way expensive for what it is
    SteveSFVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I'm not getting the hype. Quality of food is excellent, but this place is wasaay overpriced for what it is. Limited wine list. Bare tables and chairs. But $38 for a fish entree? $16 for an appetizer? The spare smbience certainly doesn't justify Nob Hill prices.
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  • One word: Mandalini!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The mandalini are out of this world! A must eat! We've been a few times just to eat them!
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  • I found Farina mediocre
    outtodine
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Farina's is that in the range that is above average SF restaurant prices. However, the food is average. Not bad, not great. I didn't find anything creative or outstanding to warrant the prices.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pesto Pesto Pesto
    Beberegale
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The almond pesto won a world-class award ... and well deserved! I have never been a lover of pesto, but this is superb. The noise level warrants mention. If you want to have a nice conversation, take it somewhere else.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1368 reviews are from the Farina reviews archive.
  • Over Salted
    eatoutwhenucanVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    One person in our party ordered a beautiful veal chop but couldn't eat it because it was extremely over salted. Everything else was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    A little pricey, we came very early and it was nice and quiet...noisy at the height of the dinner hour. Excellent service. Pasta with shrimp outstanding, salads good but do not vary enough from one another, zucchini flowers very good, very filling.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Good but not to die for
    Cityfare
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We saw these guys featured on check please and were so excited to give them a try. Foodies will love their labor of love as bread past, everything is made by hand right there for you to see. It was good but lacked flavor. I don't know if it's due to the area of Italy that they come from. Service was good and they remembered it was our anniversary so they gave us a complimentary dessert-Which was the best tiramisu I have ever had! Quiet quaint place in a bustling neighborhood. Parking is not easy to find, so leave time accordingly . Overall my expectations were high but it was a very simplistic, meal with great service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • No lunch menu
    Frenchie
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I called to make sure their website was right when not mentioning a brunch menu and that they had their regular menu on Sunday and they confirmed it. That was a lie, they only served a very limited and rather bad Brunch !!!
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  • A Splash of Italy in the Mission
    KristyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to Farina on Saturday night for special dinner and it was above our expectations which were already high. Our server was wonderful and the food was even better. We never felt rushed, enjoyed way too much food and had great conversation (in Italian) with our server. I will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • overpriced
    CandyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    even tho mixed reviews preceded our dinner at farina, i had hoped for more. the service was fine, albeit with one very late entree, and the food was mixed at best. prices were very high - $28 for a plate of mediocre pasta - and i doubt we will return.
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  • dawg
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I would not recommend this restaurant. I dined at farina a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Dine again on Christmas Eve and was disappointed but decided to give it another chance. There are too many other good restaurants in the city to warrant a return visit by me.
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  • Menu Issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The menu on the Open Table web site is nothing like the menu at the restaurant for dinner. The open table menu is pizza, which I was looking for. The dinner menu had not pizza and was very expensive. I suggest that they post a dinner menu in addition to the lunch menu (assuming this was the pizza menu). Pasta was very good.
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  • Good food, bad service, expensive
    LancerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The homemade pasta is the reason to come here along with the hip interior design. Really expensive for what you get and not much service from any of the waitstaff.
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  • no hostess to seat guest
    sfdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was delicious, however when we first arrived there was no hostess to seat or greet us. A gentlemen came to answer the phone at the front desk and did not look at us our acknowledge we were standing there waiting for a table. Our waiter finally came over and sat our party. He was great and the food was too.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.