Flour + Water
Flour + Water

Flour + Water

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://flourandwater.com/
  • Phone: (415) 826-7000
  • 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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Flour + Water reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (124)neighborhood gem (89)hot spot (77)special occasion (66)romantic (46)notable wine list (39)late-night find (21)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Top notch in every way
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I cannot think of one thing they could do better. The food is just uniformly delicious. Pasta dishes are unusual but entirely unpretentious and, of course, yummy. In a town full of delicious designer pizza, theirs is the best I have tasted -- no kidding. And then there's the service . . . casual but completely professional and thoroughly knowledgeable, and above all exceedingly pleasant. From the front desk, to the waiter, to the bus staff, everyone made us feel welcome and happy. This kind of across-the-board attitude is not an accident -- the owners must make this a priority -- and it colors everything else about the restaurant experience. Do not delay your visit!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1fanofdiningVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    How does one describe Flour + Water - just about the best dining experience you can have - !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love at first Bite
    BarbhmVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time and finally got here--it was worth the wait. We had four in our party and ordered a pizza and three pastas and the brussel sprouts with pork belly. Nothing better than a crispy pizza from a wood burning oven--the crust was not real thin but just right and the tomato sauce was just the right amount so it wan't soggy. The pastas were all delicious - light touch to the sauces and home made with the perfect texture. We had two desserts to share and both were very good, too. We all agreed that the food was delicious and made for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A hidden gem
    SteveSF
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have walked by this place for years on my way to work (they just celebrated their 5th anniversary), and I used to got to Cafe Gratitude across the street. But for some reason, I was never tempted to try it. It's just little off the beaten track for me – except for the former Cafe Gratitude, there is not much else nearby. But what an oasis of fine dining! We had one of the very best meal I have ever had – delicious salad, amazing pizza and spectacular pasta. I am vegetarian, and it sometimes hard to put together a satisfying meal from a basically mean-based menu. This was no problem at Flour and Water. Our waiter kindly allowed us to order our entrees from the Tasting Menu, which was a delightful treat. Also fabulous deserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go... Just go!
    Sophi
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    If you can get a reservation - GO! Delicious amazing food! We started with a roasted butternut squash appetizer, then moved on to the squid ink orecchiette, then the rigatoni (AMAZING), and then finished with a game stuffed tortellini of some kind. It was so good, that I ordered that last tortellini as dessert as opposed to a sweet dish. Amazing all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pastaswirl33
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    With its large windows and flickering candles, flour + water glows beautifully at night, making customers feel intimate and cozy, and passersby wistful they could be part of the magic. Friendly service, artfully-plated pasta that melts in the mouth, and a low-lit atmosphere that makes you and your guest feel like you're the only ones in the world. I like that the chef and servers aim to please while still keeping a warm, casual, unintimidating atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    BerlyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Our group of six shared several pastas and they were all excellent. Our server went above and beyond in making us feel welcome and making suggestions from the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Flour and Water
    Syed
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had a 5 course prix fixe dinner for two. The food was very good, server was courteous, no wait to get our table. However, service got a little slow as the evening progressed. I think there was too much food. Next time we would go ala carte
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No disappointments here!
    smalltowntxfoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful, small but not too, excellent and helpful service, fresh and wholesome, innovative cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    Sockbunny
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    4 of us; late reservation. We came here in 2012 & had dinner 3 nights in a row. That's saying something. What I remember were informative servers, a good selection for vegetarians, high quality food and a generosity imbued in the place. This time, there were very few choices for psco-vegetarians, we had to request both water and bread repeatedly & our food ranged from not good to edible to good. Having to ask the server was annoying. My tuna was overdone on the outside and gamey tasting toward the inner, more rare part. My son's gnocchi was over vinegared & had to be sent back. It was replaced with a delicious dish. The budino and Meyer Lemon Tart were delicious. In general we felt rushed and as if we had to flag our server down constantly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LulubelleVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We waited 40 minutes after making reservation at 9:15 a month ago. They didnot offer bread or drinks while we were waiting. We told them several time we were starving.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • yum!
    smm12
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    this place was delicious! we got several pastas, the funghi pizza, and a few secondis and salads for the table. the pastas were first-rate. will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SIMPLY THE BEST!
    SheilaF123
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    FOOD WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!! Too many incredible choices to narrow it down to a few. Served family style allowing you the luxury of tasting it all. Seating is tight, and room a bit loud... But this would not deter me from returning again and again! Make reservations EARLY in your trip planning phase. Service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated
    chisurf
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was good bit not great. We made a reservation 3 months ago because it was so hard to get one. We had 1-2 appetizer, pasta and pizza. Except the desserts, all were too salty. I wouldn't come back again for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent food. Interesting ingredients. Friendly and professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The portions are a little small to suit me. The noise level, like most SF places, is ridiculously loud. Why the need to play such loud music? THe food was decent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went here to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary!! It was a perfect restaraunt for that!! Great food and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pasta ever!
    Binny
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Being a vegetarian never thought there was so many good options in pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated but fair
    FoodfunVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was fair ....small portions ...nice staff....but really overrated.....there are better Italian/ pizzarestaurants with less hype in San Francisco.....but I'm not sorry I tried it
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good..but didn't match all the Hype
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Big expectations going into this restaurant for service & food but was not greatly impressed. Been quoted as "One of the best in the city" from many of my SF foodie friends...not agreeing with that too many other great places in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I expected more. The service was terrible. The bread was excellent but the tuna appetizer tasted like canned tuna, the pasta with roasted pork was nothing to talk about and the pizza was burnt in most places and raw and undercooked in other spots. The wine was very good but overpriced. Not worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, Small portions
    Nicole
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We loved the food! great quality and outstanding flavours, however we must say the size of the pasta portions are extremely small for the high price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The only thing good about this restaurant is the food. Everything else runs like a money machine. It is not a place that I would come back. You leave the restaurant not satisfied and the disappointment with the service is 100%. For the price paid, they MUST find a way to offer a better service. I can have better satisfaction somewhere else, that is for sure. Plus, their Tasting Menu, at dinner, is not felling. The portions are way too small. It does not matter it is a "tasting menu", it's dinner time fort God's sake!!! That was a bad mistake from the server for NOT telling us that the Tasting Menu would not be enough food. To end the dinner, they did not accept our gift card from OpenTable. Such bad customer service and bad business!
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  • over-hyped?
    SpartyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Three of us had the pasta tasting menu with the wine pairing. The pour on the wine was quite generous and was thoughtfully paired with all the dishes. The pasta courses, while pretty good on their own individually, felt fairly redundant. It seemed like all the pasta was cut from the same dough, with no variation in texture or flavor...just different shapes. Every sauce was butter based as well, which lead to a heavy meal that became laborious to eat at the meal went on. It would have been nice to break up the tasting with something tomato based or with a bit of tang to cut into all that butter. I'd probably give it another go because all in all the food and atmosphere was pretty good, but order a la carte instead of the tasting menu.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    sonjamadd
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    excellent food, service and ambiance. really enjoyed it both times i went...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    ChelseaStVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Flour + Water never disappoints! All of the pasta and pizza dishes are amazing and you can tell everything down to the dough is made in house. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Gone downhill!
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were so surprised to find that this gem has gone downhill. We arrived on time for our reservation, but had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. At one point someone came over to us and offered to get us a drink, then immediately turned his back on us an dashed away before we could ask for anything! The restaurant was overflowing with waitstaff who seemed confused and clueless. It seemed that many of them were just being trained, and at our expense, as we were shunted aside while the staff trained each other. Service was chaotic after we sat down. We received an unexpected pasta by way of apology, which was the best pasta we had that night, as the ones we ordered were substantially inferior to past experiences. Alas! What gives?
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  • Delicious
    stephonz
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Absolutely amazingly delicious, smaller sized portions though But, the best pasta I've ever had! Great atmosphere,super friendly staff Would love to come back in I'm in SF again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta
    Pinky
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Definitely try the pasta - very delicious - made in house fresh. The very dark chocolate dessert was very good also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better in the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Early table in an empty restaurant. Food came out fast fast fast. Flavors were nothing special. The pasta dishes that were amazing in the past were nothing special at all - the kind of food you'd expect from an ok dinner. The fact that the food was only warm when it was served didn't help a bit. Service was slip shod at best. They offered a spoon to eat a meat terrine (pate') with and were clearing plates that still had food on them without asking if we were finished. Expensive, uncaring, ok food from a kitchen that has lost it's luster. Place was still empty when we left - could find no reason they wanted us in and out so quickly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • Could have been better...
    SlaterVIP
    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...
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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
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    • 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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.