291 30th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.laciccia.com/
- Phone: 4155508114
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Massimiliano Conti
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Please call for details.
A word from La Ciccia
La Ciccia is a cozy and intimate restaurant located on the edge of Noe Valley. Husband and wife owners, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan work together to take you to a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively, flavorful food. The all Italian wine list,170 labels selection represent every Region with more than a quarter devote to Sardinia in order to pair the traditional earthy flavors as well seafood influence of Sardinia cuisine. La Ciccia is a tribute to Sardinia an experience not to be missed.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
- Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
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La Ciccia reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (97)neighborhood gem (95)notable wine list (75)special occasion (54)romantic (46)hot spot (12)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/20/2014LA Ciccia was nothing less than Wonderful. Everything we tried was great from the green salad to the Calamari Appetizers to the Seared Lamb Tenderloin to the Pan Roasted Pork Loin. The pastas were great too and everything had a very unique taste unlike any other Italian restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Felt like ItalybrowneyedgirlDined on 9/18/2014Went on date night and I felt like we were walking into a neighborhood restaurant in Italy. Food was very fresh and portions were large enough that we shared an appetizer, pasta and entree, and we left very full. First, we had a delicate saffron-spiced seafood soup that was very tasty, although it needed salt. Next, we had the pasta special with veal and sausage. The pasta was braided-ribbon shaped, which was new to me, but the sauce was a bit heavy and under spiced. Lastly, we shared the special fish which was swordfish with tapenade on a bed of cabbage. The fish was perfectly cooked and a large portion. The wine list was so extensive we relied on the waiter to advise us on wine, which was a smart decision! Will go again!Special Features:
- An Absolute GemSteveDined on 9/18/2014Some of the best food I've ever eaten. In the years I've been going (and returning) each time the food and service is as good or better than the last time. NEVER a disappointment. Lorella, the maitre de treats EVERY customer as family. And means it!! The restaurant is expensive, but worth every penny. This is why I keep returning 4 or 5 times a year. It's a real treat. Always.Special Features:
- Sardinian special!diningduoDined on 9/17/2014Out of the way neighborhood restaurant with limited seating, but it feels you have been transported to Sardinia. Food stretched our palate and was incredible with each serving. Waiter very nice and helpful with wine choice (who knows much about Sardinian wines?). Fun place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- La Ciccia Si!BrisbaniaDined on 9/10/2014Outstanding food with intensely flavored sauces and perfectly cooked seafood. Lovely presentation on beautiful plates. Of note was our super knowledgeable and helpful waiter who was unpretentious and unhurried even though the place was packed. Then there's the massive wine list ranging in price from very reasonable to splurge-worthy. The only downside is that the tables have been crowded in too closely for such a small venue. We were practically part of the conversation of the three tables around us and the overall noise level was fairly high. Squeezing in and out of your chair required some maneuvering. Taking out even one table might help.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GREAT FIND2RetiredFoodiesDined on 9/6/2014La Ciccia is a one of a kind and great restaurant. It just may be the only Sardinian restaurant in the area. Although probably classified as a neighborhood restaurant, it has a regional draw because of both high quality and unusual menu choices. Choices are Italian and continental with a Sardinian twist. The wine list is extensive and probably has representatives of every good winery in Sardinia. The wine list has about 200 choices, few of which were familiar to folks in our party. Wait staff is excellent in recommending wines for various courses. Parking is difficult. If possible, take Muni. The restaurant takes on-line reservations up to 30 days in advance. Try to book as early as possible to assure securing a reservation.Special Features:
- CrowdedFoodyVIPDined on 9/4/2014While the restaurant was good, the crowded seating made for a less enjoyable dinner, out table was right in the walkway from the kitchen to the rest of the dining room. Not a good spot if you want to enjoy your dinner.Special Features:
- Simply perfect.NYLOVESSFDined on 9/3/2014This is my second time here and it didn't disappoint. The pastas were amazing lamb was probably the best lamb I have eaten in my life. When ordering wine, do yourself a favor and ask the waiter for a recommendation. Have us a perfect pairing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Squid Ink Adventure!whats4dinnerDined on 9/2/2014We had a squid-licious meal at La Ciccia, with a Monterey squid appetizer and the squid ink, seafood linguine. The texture of the house made pasta was incredible and the squid ink and seafood, though strikingly black, were absolutely delicious! Our waiter provided excellent service throughout dinner.Special Features:
- wowza on seafood pastasuzietDined on 8/28/2014Wait staff is very friendly and the owner is the hostess and keeps an eye on things. Food is exceptional. Their signature dish is the squid ink pasta. If you can't get a reservation, try the pizza place 1/2 block away called La Nebbia. They have great cheese and flatbread pizza too.Special Features:
- Outstanding food2244MountainViewDined on 8/28/2014From the appetizers (grilled calamari, baby octopus stew, clam, mussels & calamari soup), main course (spaghetti in spicy oil and fish roe, linguine in squid ink, lamb tenderloin, toasted fregola tomato sea urchin cured tuna heart, sea bream dish) to dessert of gelato and Sicilian cheesecake were delicious. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful. Corkage fee of $30 not charged when ordering a bottle from wine list.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of the best.PkanterVIPDined on 8/27/2014This is one of best restaurants in San Francisco. Food & service are outstanding. Can't wait to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- La Ciccia still the tops!mangiabeneDined on 8/27/2014Sometimes a restaurant which has gained a wonderful reputation "rests on its laurels", so to speak. But not at La Ciccia. We have eaten here since the beginning, and every time we do, it is fresh and wonderful and warm in every way: the lovely Sardinian dishes coming out of the kitchen brought by attentive waiters, an amazing Italian wine list, all in an atmosphere that allows one to chat with ones neighbors and compare dishes. It is a gift to us from its owners, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan; and we will treasure it, and both of them, as long as we all are here.Special Features:
- love this placeOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/19/2014I love this neighborhood gem. The food is alwayd amazing, súper small but they always try to accomodate. Been there a few times but this last visit the service was a little off but I'm sure it was a fluke. Looking forward to my next visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Sicilian RestaurantNordahlDined on 8/19/2014Small menu but everything is good on it. Great wine list which the staff can guide you through, I got exactly what I wanted. All and all a great experience!Special Features:
- ciaobellaDined on 8/16/2014La Ciccia is amazing! The food was spectacular and the service flawless. What a perfect way to spend our anniversary!! I highly recommend this spot and look forward to our next meal here. A slice of Europe right in our own backyard.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- happydinerDined on 8/16/2014Everything we had was excellent and the prices are reasonable.Special Features:
- outstanding Italian with GREAT wineyumyumyumDined on 8/16/2014The food was all super tasty. Heavy on the salt and flavors but just take it slow and drink a lot. The best thing all night was the calamari, which was fresh squid dressed with olive oil and pesto. The much heralded baby octopus was tender with a very rich, spicy tomato sauce. The homemade olives were high quality. The vegetables were a little bland; the kale was better than the cabbage. The spaghetti with fish roe was on the heavy side but good. The squid ink linguini was very intense, and a bit much after a few bites but okay if punctuated by drinks. The wines were universally superb, and the list is extensive. Service was friendly although not over the top, and they were courteous about bringing fresh plates when the sauces changed. Go!Special Features:
- neighborhood restaurant for foodiesOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/14/2014We have visited La Ciccia on multiple occasions and have always had wonderful experiences highlighted by fabulous food. The service was off on our last visit, which was a shame, but I would still recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedcharlottesvillefoodieVIPDined on 8/8/2014Highly rated restaurant, lovely website, fascinating menu. However, the food itself was simply not very interesting. Portions are huge. Roasted squid meant a large plate of squid on a thin sauce with lots of arugula. Tasty but not different or interesting. The special fish was well-cooked but bland with large pieces of squash and a spoonful of tapenade (which was delicious). Lamb was succulent but simply sitting on a large amount of coarsely chopped cooked carrots. Service was okay but not attentive. Dress listed as smart casual. Servers are in jeans and most patrons were VERY casual - jeans and tees. Not good for a special occasion. Oh well.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/6/2014Not used to going to an Italian restaurant with few pasta options, but appreciative of the diversity in the menu. Loved how each dish was rich in flavor and enojoyed running my pieces of bread along the sides of my plate to soak up all the juices and sauce.Special Features:
- Superb PastaOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/2/2014One of the best pasta n not typical common northern or southern italian cuisine. Need i say more?Special Features:
- Worth the waitPasta47VIPDined on 7/31/2014We had been trying to secure reservations at La Ciccia for some time and finally were able to obtain one at a reasonable hour. The food service and ambience were terrific. The octopus stew as mentioned by many reviewers is truly excellent and don't miss the Sardinian flatbread,it's a real treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Let Sardinia steal your heart...MMoonDined on 7/31/2014This spot has been a favorite of my husband & me ever since the first time we visited over 2 years ago. We try to go at least once every 1-2 months because we simply can't stay away. Service is top notch, warm, unpretentious, professional, but as if you were part of the La Ciccia family. Food is prepared with such care & attention to detail. Bottarga pasta is a fave, I'm absolutely addicted. Thank you La Ciccia... you never disappoint!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a treat!MofflyDined on 7/31/2014Excellent meal and experience: great delicious food, unique fresh flavors, reasonably priced wines to accompany the meal, and friendly cozy atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Sardinian ItalianOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/30/2014Good meal at La Ciccia. The restaurant is small but the food is good. Spicy squid appetizer was very good as was the fresh pasta with prawns.Special Features:
- Unique Regional ItalianNomNomNomDined on 7/26/2014We had a great time at La Ciccia. All the seafood and the pasta were cooked perfectly. They welcomed sharing/family style which is a big plus. The service was casual and warm without being overly attentive. The owners definitely made us felt welcome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just brilliantMichaelVIPDined on 7/26/2014It's mainly about the food, which is brilliant. Regional, Sardinian, cuisine, very authentic (our family is Sardinian) and wonderfully prepared. Outstanding wine list, from all Italian regions, and the staff are really great at making excellent suggestions to match the food. The concept here, of a very localized, regional cuisine, works so well that it makes me wonder why more restaurants don't do this. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Always greatOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 7/25/2014One of the best in the city. Always a great meal and super service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/24/2014Very memorable. Food & service were excellent. Octopus is a must have dish.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Memorable Experience2RetiredFoodiesDined on 7/24/2014The restaurant is small, seating is cramped, parking is difficult at the Noe Valley location, and it is not easy to get reservations, BUT the food is absolutely excellent. The restaurant has one of the best kitchens in the Bay Area. Sauces are light and delicate. Try the octopus appetizer/first plate - excellent. The serving is large enough to share with your dining companion. Thankfully the wait staff is helpful and can pair appropriate wines with your selected courses. The menu has over 200 Sardinian wines and beers, of which we knew nothing about 99% of them. The restaurant has won awards from the Wine Spectator magazine for their excellent wine list. Award certificates are displayed on a wall in the unisex restroom!!!Special Features:
- Troppo fennelDisappointedDined on 7/22/2014We were disappointed this time around. We have eaten here 3 times previously and been very impressed. This time: 1. Octopus stew so spicy we all were miserable. This is the 3rd time I've had this stew. 2. The lamb served with cabbage and fennel had been over dosed with fennel and we kept biting into fennel seeds in addition to the fennel in the cabbage. It was far too strong, overpowering the rest of the dish. 3. We had a trio of gelati for dessert and one had goat cheese in it. Oye ! ! ! The quality of the food seems to be going down hill. I don't think we'll go again.Special Features:
- Top NotchEscambauDined on 7/18/2014We were warmly and efficiently taken care of by Philip, who chose a selection of house standouts for us, paired with Sardinian wines by the glass. The latter, being warm climate wines, not always have enough acidity to counter the spiciness. Calamari and octopus were superb, same for the pasta with botarga, not quite so much for the veal. Some tables have a better view of the room than others, but the food and service guaranteed a memorable evening, to be repeated on our next visit to SF.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Home away from home...ginaDined on 7/17/2014I'm Italian and an excellent cook. The only time I care to eat at an Italian restaurant is if we go to La Ciccia. Their octopus stew is excellent and reminiscent of my childhood. Their lamb dishes are always fantastic and their artisan pasta is always perfectly cooked with the best sauces. Lorella never disappoints with her wine choices and both she and her husband and chef, Massimiliano, always greet their guests warmly and make you feel like family. This restaurant is one of my children's favorite places to go as well and it doesn't hurt one bit that it's within walking distance of my home so if we overserve ourselves--in both viands and libation--easy to do--we can safely stroll down the street.Special Features:
- Fantastic!julietsfDined on 7/16/2014Still thinking about the perfect pasta, excellent wine pairing, melt-in-your mouth lamb, and attentive, perfectly timed service. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:
- EXCELLENT MENUEretiredVIPDined on 7/15/2014La Ciccia is a neighborhood gem. Remarkable Sardinian menu and well prepared. The wait staff was courteous, but most of all the wine list was the best for italian wines that I have seen. It is very hard to get a good cannanau, but this lit has at least 15 of the best. The pastas were outstantding and unusual for San Francisco. I thought that I was in Sardinia and I have been. Coming back!Special Features:
- Not your ordinary Italian...OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/12/2014This restaurant is Sardinian, has a phenomenal wine list, and the food is interesting and excellent. I cannot get enough of the baby octopus in spicy tomato sauce.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!!GoodniteoutDined on 7/12/2014I recently went here with my wife for an anniversary dinner. I had heard good things about the food and wasn't disappointed. Delicious appetizers, pasta, and then the lamb dish. Everything was fresh and had great flavor. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to enjoy a very good meal :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great nightalohaboydeanVIPDined on 7/12/2014The food was excellent...service knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive...and reasonably priced for the quality. Only negative was slightly cramped seating but everything else was so good it wasn't an issue. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still very good. No longer great.OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/12/2014We've been to La Ciccia perhaps 9 times over the years. The first few visits were absolutely stellar in every detail. Starting in 2011 and continuing through 2012, we noted an unfortunate decline in food and service quality as the restaurant became more popular. We considered giving up on La Ciccia, but have been heartened to see the place bounce back a bit over the last year. On our last visit, the food was quite good (although seasoning across the board needed a boost). Service was mostly good, but dropped off as the crowd gathered. We waited quite a while for the check, too ... always annoying. However, we will return.