This cozy neighborhood spot
This cozy neighborhood spot is fantastic for a date-night or casual dinner with friends. The food is all yummy, the service is fantastic, and the views of the city are always a great way to end the meal.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent dining place - haven't
Excellent dining place - haven't had a bad meal yet -always something interesting to try. Love their bread
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was recommended by a friend
It was recommended by a friend and it was outstanding! I would definitely go back.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here was always good
The food here was always good but it has been raised at least a notch or two. Everything I had was spectacularly flavored. If you haven't been in a while try it again.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten at Aperto several
We have eaten at Aperto several times and always enjoyed it. The food is very good, and the service is always prompt and friendly.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'll be back
Had dinner on a Saturday night and was thoroughly impressed with every part of the experience. The food was simply outstanding and the service was very attentive without being intrusive. I have already begun telling friends about my experience and can't wait to go back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Aperto has been my favorite
Aperto has been my favorite restaurant since the early 1990s. Gotta get my tagliolini peppati! I reserved the whole place for a graduation party in 1996 and friends still remember it.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful as always. Fava
Wonderful as always. Fava bean bruschetta so yummy! House specialty tagliattini superb. Fettucine great. Shared a desert. Staff always knowledgable about the food and the wine and very attentive without hovering. One of our favorite places! It's tiny though so reservations are a good idea altho' there is a window bar that is usually available for walk-ins/singles. There was a slight entree difficulty at the table next to us that was handled quickly and graciously, so that table was very pleased.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Returned after 20 years
We were regulars at Aperto 20 years ago. It was stellar then. It is stellar now.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Home Cooked meal!!
What a sweet little place on the hill! My Mom was visiting so we went there for dinner. The food was just outstanding. I will come back again.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local spot
As a local, this is one of our favourite restaurants...it's not as much of a secret anymore though! With delicious food that is reliably good from visit to visit, and a nice seasonal menu, Aperto is a good restaurant to know about. Service can be a bit spotty, and it's sometimes hard to catch the eye of a server if you need water or coffee, but the place is made to sit and chill out, have a good meal, hang with friends, or look across the table at the one you love. A favourite of ours for Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve; it's just lucky for us we don't need to find parking, as the area has exploded in popularity due to the dot.com influx (which is not a improvement to the area).
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly waitstaff. Described
Friendly waitstaff. Described dishes well, tempting menu, executed . Will return when in area
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Service
Although there was a problem with our OpenTable reservation, Aperto was very accommodating and was able to get us a table in little time. Everyone at Aperto is nice and the food was excellent. We had the gulf scampi for starters with the featured wine. Followed with the lamb sausage Conchiglie and the Salmon special. Everything came out fresh, hot, and delicious. I will definitely be coming back.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
VeryGood friendly neighborhood spot
Nothing pretentious;what you see is what you get. Just a very good local spot where you can find good Italian standards as well as some unusual specials like delicious soft shell crabs. The standard Caesar salad was especially good although wine section was quite limited and the 'pour' was very small.
5/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an exceptional Meal!
As always, the meal was wonderful. I usually get the fish special when I go there, this time was no exception. The chef here really knows how to put out a good piece of fish. Than being said, my dinner partner had the chicken,.....as did many others that night as I looked around the restaurant === must admit, that will be my next choice!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been there twice and each time I am amazed at the simplicity but amazing artfulness of the flavor s combined in their dishes. Kudos to the chef!
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very tasty.
Set for lunch was good conbination, tasty and reasonable price. The moose like aptizer with salad was especially good.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious, authentic Italian
I love the food here -- it's fresh, beautifully prepared, and wholly delicious. The specials are intriguing and superb, and the menu has a lovely variety to it. If you're in the 18th St. / Potrero Hill neighborhood, and love real Italian food (pasta homemade, succulent meats, scrumptious fish dishes, all done with subtlety and just the right touch), this is the restaurant for you.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in the neighborhood
The food was quite good. A foodie friend had recommended this place, and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is smallish and tucked away in the neighborhood. We were pleasantly suprised.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was in SF with my girlfriend for 4 days and we went to Aperto on the first night because of a review in "Spotted by locals". The food was great (fresh) the service was excellent and the wines were also of great quality.
We also enjoyed the location, which was lively and vibrant.
If you want good Italian food for a reasonable price with friendly service this is the place to be...
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another wonderful meal
Aperto has become our "go-to" spot in our neighborhood. Now that the take reservations, it takes the gamble out of getting there and not being sure there's a table. Even though we are locals, and appreciate that others love this place, it is good to know it's still got a neighborhood vibe to it. Service was a little off this time, but the food was wonderful, as always. The Fulton Valley chicken with lemon is cooked perfectly - don't know how they do it, but don't change a thing! The specials always offer a wide range to suit any palate, and the desserts are divine. The servers seemed a bit harried, and without the usual attention to detail, but they are nice and helpful when asked.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian "comfort" food
Aperto's roasted chicken with potatoes and lemon is delicious, and the folks who work there are so friendly and accomodating.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all round restaurant
The food is always good, wonderful neighborhood restaurant as well as anyone from anywhere, local or out of town visitors.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
stalwart and stunning
Our go-to restaurant when we want really good food at good prices. The only place outside Italy where I'll order risotto. The corn ravioli was unbelievable in a silky, light tomato sauce. Prices are excellent.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came for dinner and had an amazing meal. Service was attentive and efficient. Food was excellent. Everything was super fresh and delicious. We will definitely be back.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite pasta...ever
I was visiting San Francisco recently from New York and had to return to Aperto. This was a favorite of mine before I left the Bay Area 7 years ago. They serve my favorite pasta ever, and it's still on the menu. The Taglioni or Pepati is very flavorful with a great combination of panceta, arugula, roasted tomatoes, garlic and jalapenos in a tomato sauce that is spicy, and well balanced. The service was great, the arancini and salads we had were well executed. There is a reason this restaurant has been there for so long!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a favorite
Fantastic food at a reasonable price, this has been my go-to place for a while.
The seasonal menu items are always a treat.
Perfect (in my opinion) service - attentive without being annoying or too formal.
It does get a little noise due to all the hard surfaces.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than expected
We have sworn off fancy restaurants because we're almost always disappointed. All we want is a simple place with food that feeds your soul, friendly and helpful staff, and normal prices. Aperto is all of these things. I had the roast chicken and the others had the taglioni(?). The chicken had such deep flavor and was better than I've had in a very long time, and Ihad Zuni chicken not too long ago. The pasta was so good I almost wish I had ordered that, almost. Salads, clam app, and soup to start with were all very good. We ended with the chocolate souffle cake and apple crostana, which both were very, very good.
The service was great with everyone friendly and easy going while always making sure we were happy.
I'll be back soon.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu = fantastic! Always
New menu = fantastic! Always loved this little neighborhood gem, but was delighted to see new items on the menu. Will have to head back soon since we couldn't try everything in one visit!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
great neighborhood date place
this restaurant is always great food, a nice atmosphere and an intimate date restaurant. every time we go we get several things to share and love everything we've tried. good wine list, and $15 cork fee to bring your own bottle. it's our go-to want to have a nice intimate dinner place.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful, as usual
Our regular go to spot did not disappoint. I had three authors to entertain for brunch, and the food and ambiance combined gave us a wonderful afternoon. Mimosas, frittattas, hash, and good conversation made this a win!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
food very good, hostess very
food very good, hostess very friendly, efficient, excellent!! Our server seemed a novice.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The hostess and our server was fantastic. We never had to grab the server's attention, he made sure our needs were well met and he was very friendly. It added to the dining experience. I will recommend this restaurant to friends!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely recommend Aperto.
Great food. Family owned. Knowledgeable staff. Good prices.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
comfortable and delightful
This was the first visit to Aperto for everyone in my group. Finding parking was challenging and required a goat-like climb up the hill to the restaurant (one in my party has knee difficulties). The only negative in our experience.
But after being seated, the service was friendly, patient with our conversation, and timely.
We found a favorite wine on the list of Italian wines offered. And all of our plates were appetizing and good-tasting, building on the seasonal produce that early September offers.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian anytime
A great dining spot, great Italian fare, reasonable wine list. One of the tops neighbor gem in any SF neighborhoods, this happened to be Potrero Hill.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noisy, but worth it!
This was a special occasion dinner and the meal did not disappoint! Everything we tasted was well executed and delicious. We loved the little corn cobbettes with romesco and ricotta salata. We loved the risotto with figs and gorgonzola (teensy bit salty but great anyway). The buttermilk panna cotta with orange honey syrup made our eyes roll back in our heads! It wasn't too noisy there to have a conversation with my companion,but almost. But it was a Saturday night, after all, so I tried to roll with it, although noise level is usually a deal breaker for me. However the food was outstanding, and we would go back. Otherwise the place had a sweet neighborhoody vibe that was quite pleasant.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant.
Great neighborhood restaurant. Very relaxed atmosphere. Yummy food.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just happened upon this restaurant
Just happened upon this restaurant and it was quite a surprise. Nothing fancy but very good food and friendly wait staff. Others must know about this place as it was crowded! The menu is innovative. Corn ravioli was delicious, watermelon salad with pickled radishes very good and use of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Fulton valley chicken is my favorite...never disappointed.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
So far one of the best..
This is overall one of the best restaurants we have eaten at in SF. The most notable thing is how wonderful the staff is. They even comped us dessert because we were nice customers and it was our first time there. Will definitely go back! The price was also amazingly affordable for San Francisco.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food had been good for 20 years. This is like our kitchen in our neighborhood. We dine at Aperto about 10 times a year on average. Great kitchen in all aspects, tastes, innovative, consistent. What else can one ask for?
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
An very nice neighborhood gem!
I go to Aperto on a regular basis. The food is always fresh and well prepared. The service is always friendly as attentive! A real SF Charm on Potrero Hill.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was friendly and prompt but did not hover. The menu offers variety but does not fall into the trap of trying to be all things to all people. The dining room is small and the tables are close together but it was possible to have a quiet location over well priced, high quality wine. This was my first visit and we will definitely go back.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My New Go-To
The swordfish was superb, the service as well. Didn't have to make a reservation a month ahead!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoughtful service Seasonal cuisine
I love this place! The manager, Caroline, is especially nice and he food seasonally fresh and delicious. I came here weeks back with my high school teacher and observed how kind and attentive Ms. Caroline was with my elderly professor; I was so impressed I brought my partner who is in the business too. My partner thought the service from the young man was great and the butternut squash ravioli divine. Definitely coming back.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wonderful service
The food was wonderful and the waiter was great in sharing ideas of the ideal food for our first (of many) dining experiences there. I would recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy good food, prepared extremely well, at a great price. Nice date place as well even for married couples.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food & Reasonable
This little gem of a place on Potrero Hill consistently produces really delicious Italian food that is reflective of northern Italy and other regions—not just southern Italy, which you find in many places. So, in addition to very flavorful tomato sauce, Italian sausage, etc., you'll also find some dishes that are more delicately flavored—whose sauces include a little cream, some with browned butter and sage, etc. The salads are made of the freshest ingredients. The kitchen is very skilled, and I always have a difficult time deciding from among the many wonderful choices. There are always delicious daily specials. I usually go for lunch, and I can always find parking very close—within half a block. And the prices are very reasonable.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and the prices were reasonable, especially for SF. We shared a salad, each had pasta dishes (both were good) and shared a dessert. We asked the waiter to pair our food with individual glasses of wine and he was spot on. It's a small restaurant so you will be very close to your neighbors but it's worthwhile!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find in quaint area
Small, warm and neighborly place for good wine and tasty food. Try the ravioli. Best I've ever had.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM