Flour + Water
Flour + Water

Flour + Water

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://flourandwater.com/
  • Phone: 4158267000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
    Friday- Saturday: 5:30pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas McNaughton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005.
  • Special Events: Flour + Water has three private dining spaces available: Test Kitchen, Dough Room & Butcher Block, with the largest having a capacity of 16 seated and 25 standing. The menu is highly seasonal and changes every day, so our chef prepares a special menu just for each group based on the best of what's available that day.

    Inquire with our Director of Events, Kate Michels at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005 for pricing and further information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Flour + Water
Fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, house-cured meats. It’s all about simple and authentic Italian food rooted in the south, executed with skill, expertise and old world standards of care. The defining goal of the restaurant for its ambiance and style of service is to make everyone feel welcome. "We feel very strongly about creating a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere in the restaurant."

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Flour + Water reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)neighborhood gem (88)hot spot (75)special occasion (72)notable wine list (50)romantic (46)late-night find (29)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Thank You
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We truly enjoyed our experience at Flour + Water. Everything from the waiter; to the food, drinks and dessert were great until our departure. We will definitely be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but music too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was great, but we couldn't even talk over the music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gillton
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was a little disappointing after hearing all the good reports. It was OK but not special as we had been lead to believe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been better...
    Slater
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love this restaurant and have had incredibly delicious, memorable meals when I've eaten here. But not this last time. Everything was overly salty. When I told a server, he was super friendly and accommodating about it and had our main courses re-made. I was not expecting that! He thanked me for telling him as well. While the service was great as usual, the food was still below their standard, even once it was re-made with less salt. Perhaps I came at an off time with their rotating menu, who knows...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in San Francisco!!
    GREATVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Delicious meal and excellent service combined with a vibrant ambient.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the Hype
    KristieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was great, wine was great, service was great... Definitely lived up to the hype!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Fantastic, fresh food, Hall & Oates in the background and perfectly dimmed for romance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta Love
    Dallasfoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The pasta was really good & very creative. The pasta with rabbit was incredible. The pizza was good but nothing special. I've had better pizza many other places! If you stick to the pastas you will really like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty Good
    NicTaylor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Second time here, not quite as good as my first trip but still a good night. We had a reservation for 7:30pm and they said they were running 10-15 minutes behind, we were seated 30 minutes late (made the reservation 60 days earlier), I would have expected a little something for having us wait 30 minutes past our reservation. We also asked our server for some bread when we were seated and she forgot to bring it to us so we had to ask again 10 minutes later. Our server never came back to check on us after our pizza's were delivered but another random server did. The eggplant pasta was a GREAT starter, very flavorful. Overall, good experience, but not amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A variety of pasta
    yomi
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Flour + water is fame for its outstanding pasta, so finally my friend and I tried their pasta tasting. The five different pasta all have their unique flavor. Overall, I would say it was a special experience. Well, I have to admit some pasta are just not to my taste(like the pasta in tomato base soup) But for pasta which is not "too special", like beef raviolini, I really enjoy it. If I have a chance to come back again, I might try to order their regular menu and choose the pasta which is my taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pasta in the known universe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    While I love many of their dishes, it's their pastas that in my view really set them apart. We've taken to often ordering their pasta tasting menu which is for two, provides a small appetizer/salad 5 pasta dishes brought in succession, and the. A dessert. The portions are perfect, but the flavored even more so. This restaurant never disappoints but our dinner Saturday was the best ever with each dish nearing perfection. This restaurant continues to stand out and if I was forced to choose my last meal, I think I'd pick flour + water. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Second visit to Flour+Water and what a pleasure to see that our first spectacular time there wasn't a fluke. The salads... the pasta... the fennel pollen encrusted olives - all good. And the service and welcoming vibe - exemplary. Other notable restaurants in San Francisco could take a lesson from Flour+Water as to how to treat their customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot, nice food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Pasta is probably not worth the hype, though the bread and service were outstanding. Good food overall and a pleasant dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up for the food
    Axurit66
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Came here after work and at 10:45pm the place was still packed. Sat at the bar. Server as quick at the beginning to get my drink order in. But once that was done there was no more attention to my sit. The other waitress dropped of my food. Then it took a while to get his attention for clean up and dessert order. His recommendation for wine was good. The food and wine selection are on spot Just need to work in service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely come back
    luigimariem
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service quality is simply superb. Great spot for all occasions. I would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why so popular?
    Smitty
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I'm giving 3 stars because I found the restaurant to be average. What is all the hubbub about this place? I made my 5:45 Thursday night reservation 6 weeks in advance (twice, I had to cancel my first reservation). I have no idea how long it would have taken to get a 6:30 or 7:00 spot. The food was good, but nothing special. The waitstaff, again good but nothing special. The environment nothing great, the artwork is awful. It was a nice evening, but I wouldn't write home about it. I was ready for a lovely dining experience - well appointed staff, white tablecloths, memorable food... Our bill for 2 was $120 including tip. We split 2 small plates, 1 entree, dessert and 2 glasses of wine. It was just the right amount of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal had by all
    livnlargeVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our family of 4 including 2 children (10, 13) all enjoyed our meals here. They do not have a kid's menu but we had no problem finding delicious options for them. We had the tagliatelle with beef that was amazing. The Capellacci dei briganti with rabbit (this was the table favorite) and the agnolotti dal plin (meat ravioli in butter/lemon sauce) that was also delicious. We also enjoyed the uovo pizza. The crust was light and chewy, so yummy! Also had the octopus anitpasti and bread salad - both were wiped clean by the table. We all really enjoyed our meal. Only downside was the wait even with a reservation. Stood in crowded bar area for a good 30 minutes before we were seated. Not a huge deal, but no real apologies about the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but didn't meet expectations
    rosieVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I ate here recently for the first time (finally!) - the food was good, but not great. Didn't live up to the hype. Plus, while our server was very friendly, the service itself was quite slow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hotspot restaurant
    trixie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went to a recent dinner at flour and water after hearing about this place a lot. The food was good but not great. Octopus appetizer was great. Pasta with beef was overly reasoned with salt. Very hard to eat and didn't finish. The pizzas were great and simple which was good following the saltiness of the pasta dish. Dessert was underwhelming and disappointing since it looked like no effort was put into it. The service was a bit weird. On way, the overall staff was good but our particular server was a bit off. When asked for bread, he said he was legally allowed to. But the table next to us got bread 10 minutes later. Also, when asked for wine recommendation, the wine itself did not go well with the food. Only a one time experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring friends & try everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed the panzanella salad with heirloom tomatoes, a whole wheat pasta dish that was exceptional for texture and flavour, pizza was excellent. The dessert menu was so enticing we asked for all three and we typically never order dessert; the zucchini dish had a goat cheese stuffed blossom!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The pasta tasting menu delighted us with flavors we've never encountered (but couldn't get enough of), and some of the best wine pairings we've experienced. It was a tremendous and memorable night at the dinner table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the fresh Pasta!
    PamEats
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Delicious fresh pasta. There was only one option for vegetarians on the a la carte menu, but they were able to give us one of the dishes off the pasta tasting menu a la carte when we asked. Not so impressed with the sides, but loved loved loved the pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it!
    shelman88VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    To get into this place I had to book a 5:30 on a Wednesday. Normally I don't like eating this early but for this place it was well worth it. The pizza was amazing, pasta was extremely fresh, and the food came very quickly. The restaurant was not yet buzzing but I'd have to imagine that by 8 p.m. this place would be fun to be at!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Decent food but way overpriced. Not worth the hype.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special place
    impressedVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    we loved our meal at flour and water. everything we ate was packed with exciting flavor. The service was friendly, attentive and added to our experience. Relaxed cool atmosphere. Want to return and return and return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pastas!
    Jork
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We experienced excellent, creative & delicious pastas, salads, and seafood. Pizza & desserts were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Matt
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I took my girlfriend here and we had the great time. The atmosphere is very social and the food was delicious. We had the Squid Appetizer, pappardelle and shared a pizza. The pizza was good but I would recommend the squid and papperdelle over ii if this is your first time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid place
    jrig27VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I like this place for it's ambiance and good solid food. Pizzas and pastas are tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Everything about this meal was excellent. Our server paired wines for us with every course and for each pasta. One of the chefs recommended several great restaurants for us while we were in SF. Will definitely be back next time in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    missionlove
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Our hostess offered us seats at the bar because our reservation was running late- it turned out wonderfully. The bartender was excellent and knowledgable about the food, and our experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, so why wouldn't I recommend?
    Emily
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. The wine recommendation was spot on. The fruit salad was original and the pastas were yummy. So why the 3 stars? About three bites into our desserts, the check was placed on the table. No offer of another glass of wine, which my husband wanted. No offer of an after-dessert cup of tea, which I wanted. Staring at your bill while not even done with your food suggests one thing: you are on borrowed time and should leave because your hour and a half of allotted dinner time are up. This is a classless way to end a dining experience and leaves the diner with a bad taste in their mouth no matter how good the food was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth waiting for
    KarlR
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We couldn't get in until 9:15 It is soooo worth the wait. Both wines they suggested were remarkable. We "over ordered" intentionally to try more items and "thought" we would take the remaking home.... Didn't happen...are it all. Chocolate Budino is a must for chocolate lovers! Now stop reading and make an open table reservation!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Fresyes
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Was thrilled to get a reservation when we were going to be in San Francisco for the weekend. Didn't feel it lived up to the hype. Zucca pizza was interesting - good flavors except the crust was charred black & soggy from too many toppings. Pappardelle noodles were stuck together. The green beans were drowning in oil. Highlights - the panzanella and the chocolate budino. I wish we'd had a bigger party so we could have tried more dishes. Maybe we just struck out with our choices. Service was good, music was too loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Anne
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My family and I had the best dinner here during our 5 night stay in San Francisco. Everything was so delicious from the sourdough bread before dinner, excellent pizza and pastas as well as amazing vegetables, so fresh and vibrant in our appetizers. Coming from Chicago we appreciate great food and this really lived up to our expectations! Highly recommend Flour + Water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, poor service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early for a 715 reservation and were sat 20 minutes after our reservation time, with no apology and an annoyed, hurried attitude. Our waiter was like a ghost, seemingly popping up to frighten us and then leaving and not returning. Our appetizers were fine, though not impressive as we had been led to believe, and then a half hour passed before our entrees arrived. My fiance's pizza was again, fine, though not any better than San Francisco's other "artisan" pizza as we had been led to believe. My pasta was, I will admit, fantastic, though at $22 for about three bites, particularly after such a wait, was still not worth the cost. Seemed that Flour + Water was more concerned with "coolness" than experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flour + Water dining experience.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed our first time there on a perfect warm evening! The service from the start was excellent. The servers were very knowledgeable and pleasant. Our food was tasteful and excitingly presented. The seared sea bass was so tasty moist and flaky.It was a perfect night for dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italian wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    F+W has an amazing selection of Italian wine to accompany the great pastas they serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great trial while visiting the city
    ronstoppabl3
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I heard about this through word of mouth, and I did not regret it! Portions were decent, and the food was very very authentic. Make sure you try out their desert menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Flour & Water.
    TruffleDinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The staff are super friendly and the waiter helped us to pick what we should order. He also appreciated that I am a Lambrusco fan. The food was very good and very interesting. We had the caponata (sp?) and the stone fruit salad. Both were delicious - ask for bread to go with the caponata. We had a pizza margarita, also very good. Then we had the corn pasta with the chocolate mint and holy moly. It was very unique and I'm glad we got it, even though I think we ordered the duck pasta! But sometimes it's good to just go with it. The peach gelato for dessert was a nice ending to the dinner. I'd really give it a 4.5 - almost perfect except for the music level and the slight delay in getting another glass of wine. But I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!!
    Chettsp
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We had a perfect summer meal: corn pasta and heirloom tomato salad--amazing waiter--will be back ASAP!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.