very accommodating staff,
very accommodating staff, good people and great experience
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cupola is great!
this is a greatplace. Food is super, wait staff is good, management and chef are the best. No need to go to North Beach for Italian.... this is the place.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The warm pulled mozzarella
The warm pulled mozzarella is fantastic. The dome salad is a must. It's mostly carrots, but it's so unusual and yummy. They also have my favorite pizza crust in the city. I don't know what they put in it, but it's delicious.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first visit to
This was my first visit to Cupola. We ordered the tasting menu and there was a good variety of items served. There was a VERY long gap of time between the pasta course and pizzas. I think that the kitchen got very backed up with many other diners ordering the tasting menu. We had indicated when we ordered the tasting menu that we wanted the fried chicken to be one course. Another server was getting ready to box up our pizzas and we inquired about the fried chicken course. Apparently, the order did not go through so we had to wait another 15 mins until it arrived. Although our server acknowledged the mix-up, we thought it had been made pretty clear. I would go back but service needs to pick up! It took us 2.5 hrs for dinner. Too long!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I read the review in the SF
I read the review in the SF Chronicle and discovered for myself that you really can enjoy a wonderful 9 course meal in SF for $30.00. We had a great time at Cupola and will most surely return! I liked the wine on tap as well.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and the service at
The food and the service at Cupola are great, and the La Festa di tutti le Feste is an amazing deal. We got to try two different pastas, three different pizzas, the justly renowned Dome salad, and more, all for $30 each. Everything was delicious, and there was so much food we ended up taking some home. I can't think of a better deal in San Francisco. The Feste di Bacchus wine flight was also a very good deal, and the wines in general are also very nice and a good value for the money. Service was enthusiastic and very accommodating. You can easily find places where you'll pay twice the price and not get food or service this good. We can't wait to go back.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a great find and
This was a great find and a nice treat. My wife and I both had the "Feast of all feasts" special which is a 10 course meal for $30. Each course was very nice and included a medium size pizza for each of us. The food was great and the value was ridiculously good. I highly recommend Cupola's.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome pizza and people watching
I'm always surprised when I read people ding these restaurants in malls--snobs! It's a great place to watch people. We sat on the patio and had a wonderful lunch (too much lunch, but that was our fault. I loved the tripe and the asparagus antipasti--the sausage sandwich and the pizza. Non-alcoholic drinks were really good. Should just have had wine, I was so full I hardly got any work done anyway. But that was my fault--if only they made the food taste, well, not so good....
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
A delicious sampler
We had the Feast -- it was too much food but we couldn't resist and managed all but one slice of pizza. It seemed loud but there was actually no problem hearing each other. The chairs looked uncomfortable but were not at all, and they moved easily to adjust position. It was a great opportunity to sample a many dishes without committing to a full order or having to make many visits. We immediately identified the dishes we'll order first next time (and we WILL be back). Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. Overall a great value and a terrific time (but don't eat anything after an early breakfast!).
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were 3 of us & we all had the $30 feast. It was great!! We would all recommend Cupola & are looking forward to going back again. The feast is a great value with so many delicious dishes. One person is a vegetarian, so most of the dishes were accommodating to her preference & only 3 dishes had meat...but it wasn't missed at all. Everything was really yummy. The waitress was very nice & not intrusive, but very present.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
lots of food
enjoyed dining at Cupola with my two sisters. From the anti-pasta to the salad, mozzarella dish, pastas and pizzas, everything was delicious and in abundance. We thoroughly enjoyed the dessert and the servers were all friendly and professional. WIll definitely return...........A bit noisy, but enjoyed the ambiance nonetheless
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed this restaurant a lot. Everything we had was good.: the grilled shrimp appetizer, the salads, the fried chicken and, of course, the pizza. I was not expecting to see fried chicken in an italian joint but it was crispy, flavorful and juicy. It was a pleasant surprise. The pizza is what they are know for and it was very good. We the margarita. It had a delicious sauce, nice balance of flavors and best of all, a wonderful thin crust with the right amount of chew.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thin crust pizza! Like we had in Rome. Great salads. Appetizers are very small portions, but very tasty. Nice selection of wines and beer. Nice atmosphere, did not feel like we were in a shopping center. The Spumoni ice cream for dessert was the best I've had.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feast of all feasts
All three in out party ordered the feast of all feasts. Probably the best deal in town, all courses were great!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best deal in town!
Had the $30 fixed prix dinner. This was one great feast. Not only was it abundant, but it was delicious made from upscale ingredients and interesting combinations and flavors. Meal started with a couple of appetizers which actually consisted of about 6 offerings, including their fresh hand pulled mozzarella topped with pistachios, delicious lamb meatballs, some salads including a calamari with arugula, 3 different pastas, an artichoke lasagne, torn pasta and then a gnocchi in a very yummy meat sauce. Then 2 different very thin crust pizzas. One pizza with 3 different meats and one marguerite. I was amazed by the quality of the food. I forgot to mention 2 desserts arrived just when I thought we couldn't eat another bite. Friendly service.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the lunch for two
Enjoyed the lunch for two splitting a very generous Caesars salad and pizza. Excellent pizza crust. Also had grilled shrimp appetizer -- shrimp were good,accompanying potatoes and green beans were bland. Server was very pleasant and helped us get out quickly.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back to normal
In a previous post I was not happy with the changes in service and menu. Alas, I'm one to give a second chance and the service and food are back to the standard I expected. Things are as good as or better than ever.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and food are amazing, and very reasonable prices. This place would be 5 stars all around but the tables and chairs seem almost diner like, and aren't very comfy especially if you are shorter (I am 5'3). I'll definitely be back though.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place. Perfect for after a Giants game if you don't want the hustle and bustle of the other restaurants near the ballpark. Very relaxing. They even have happy hour which was a real treat. Perfect place to unwind after work with coworker and friends. The thin crusted pizzas are great.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is way underrated. The Neapolitan pizza is some of the best I have ever had, and the pasta is terrific also. We have been to Cupola numerous times and have had great service every time. The food has never been anything less than amazing.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent cuisine, bargain price.
We ordered the $30 per person Festa and had a fantastic dinner of four small plates, two pastas, two half pizzas, and two desserts. No culinary corners were cut. The chef gave us an excellent introduction to the variety and high quality of the restaurant's small plates. We noticed that many other diners came in just for a light meal of a few small plates, something we'll try some day when we can resist the Festa. The wine list is reasonably priced and includes a good selection by the glass or half carafe as well as by the bottle.
Overall, Cupola is one of the best downtown options, not to be missed.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got the pizza and Caesar salad for $25...what a deal! The salad was more than enough for two and had a nice lemon and anchovy dressing. We had our choice of either a spicy (Arraiabata?) or Marguerite pizza. We opted for the spicy pizza and it had a nice tang to it. I usually eat here when I'm in the area, whether I'm shopping or not. They also have a bar, do have a glass of wine too!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to this restaurant
I've been to this restaurant at least 6 times, and each time, the food was terrific. Given its location, it's the perfect spot for a bite before or after taking in a movie.
Our server, Kara, was knowledgable and attentive. The drinks we ordered were delicious, as was the pizza.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Pizza crust is extraordinary, among the very best in town, ingredients are of superor quality and the service is efficient. Add a more than decent wine list and you have a recipe for a very satisfying meal. Best in-mall restaurant?
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I have gone
My friend and I have gone to Cupola consistently for the past year, The staff is friendly, the pizzas are great and we have enjoyed our meals there.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Cupola Visitors to SF
My wife and I were in SF for a few days and found Cupola in one of the visitor's guides. Very attractive décor, nice ambience, and great food. We ordered the pulled mozzarella (with morels, asparagus, and spring onions) starter, a mushroom and leek white pizza, and the "torn handkerchief" pasta with red sauce. The starter was very tasty on toasted bread. The pizza was excellent, and the combination of fontina, oil, and leeks made for a taste that was reminiscent of my late Polish grandmother's pierogi. The pasta also was quite good and a nice counterpoint to the white pizza. For dessert, we shared the chocolate custardy confection with salted caramel drizzle (sorry, can't remember what it was called): the perfect end to the meal.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for casual dining
This is a great place for casual dining with friends. Wine list is very good, and servers know a lot about the pizzas they're serving. Place is a bit dark, may not be great for small kids. Reasonable prices.
7/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were late getting to the restaurant and they held our private table, on a busy Saturday at lunch time. Thanks so much for great service!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yes - for Cupola!!
We went for the prix fixe dinner, they won't tell you ahead of time what those choices are, but everything was delicious. 3 Starters: pickled beets, beans with a mustard seed dressing and fried calamari. 3 pastas: Orecchiette w/sausage in white sauce, tortellini w/lemon mascarpone and a pasta w/marinara. Pizza Margherita Extra, sweet buffalo mozzarella - the best! Desserts: chocolate mousse and vanilla ice cream w/coffee syrup and candied almonds. Service impeccable; never felt rushed, was friendly and fun. Only slight drawback was the seating. The banquet style booths are small, narrow and high; so if short, your feet will never touch the ground. They do have communal tables in the middle or you can request to sit outside in the mall.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for vegan foodies
Great vegan options which is often rare at Italian or pizza restaurants. I love their pizza crust and wine list. Plus the 1/2 off bottles of wine deal for July is awesome!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Feast of all feasts
We tried the feasts of all feasts tasting menu. It's an amazing deal. Do it. Their pizzas are always amazing.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This good in a mall
Despite being situated in a mall, food was very good. Pizzas were terrific. Several beers on tap, including locals. Flash fried chicken a great surprise. Dessert was lite and flavorful strawberry tiramisu.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for authentic Napolitano style pizza and found it at Cupola. The Margarita pizza was excellent. We've traveled throughout Italy and found Napolitano style to be the best.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, especially
Excellent food, especially for the price. The service was very good, too.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best pizza I've had outside of Naples (and better than most there for that matter) This place rocks. It isn't just a pizza restaurant - terrific pastas, salads and antipasti as well. Try their version of spumoni (not the same as i grew up with, mind you, but it might even be better!) Can't wait to go back!!!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Feast In A Mall
Must try La Festa - a $30 per person feast! The meal is the chef's choice and includes 2 appetizers, salad, 2 pastas, pizza and 2 types of dessert. We've been before and were worried the Festa would have the same menu, but no need to worry, everything was new and fresh. The portions are plentiful and after the pastas are served you forget pizza has yet to arrive. If the Festa seems too much, try one of their pizza dishes which is served on a metal rack- crust is thin and the edges crunchy. Wait staff are great, friendly and solicitous, but not intrusive.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch on Trey's bday
Great spot for lunch! Looking backwards down the number line, I found this to be a great spot for a birthday lunch...that birthday, of course, being Trey Anastasio, Phish's front man and lead guitarist. I had a proscuitto pizza to celebrate, and it was delicious. The waitress was very friendly and killed it, like Trey did during the Tahoe Tweezer, on the app recommendations.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best kept secret
Try the Festa tasting menu. For $32, it is the bargain of the city. It's more fun with 4 or more people.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem inside the mall!
Don't be put off that Cupola is inside a mall. The pizza is great, very close to the real deal in Naples! I rate da Michele in Naples a 10 (the best) and this is a solid 8.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pasta and pizza
The food was very good. Had pappardelle for the first time. The warmed fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with toast was excellent!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and good ambience
The food is really tasty here and relatively healthy compared to other pizza/pasta locations.
Always had a good time, service is really good.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a deal!
I love the lunch for two here--a Caesar salad and pizza--for under $27! We always get the spicy Ariabatta pizza with yummy pancetta. I love the thin crispy and chewy crust on the pizza. There's a full bar here, so it's a perfect place for lunch with girlfriends after shopping in the mall (without being with the loud mall crowd downstairs) or lunch with my husband before attending a downtown play.
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cupola at Westfield
I keep going back to Cupola. Their pizza is great and the Chef's feast for $32 is a bargain!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Enough for the Price
My friends and I thought it cost too much for too little food. The bread they brought out seemed a bit old. On a good note, the buffalo mozzarella was really fresh and great on the pizza. I would only get the pizza if I came back, because the portions on everything else were too small.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was a refreshing discovery for me, recommended by a client and friend of mine.
All of the dishes we had were enjoyable, but the Charred Squid appetizer and the Carne Pizza and Arugula Salad were our standout favorites.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Cupola many times and the food is great as usual but the male waiter on this visit was less than engaged. One example was my friends got their ice cream while I did not. No reason given. After sitting a while, I tried to get his attention. No doubt he knew I was wondering where my ice cream was but he merely nodded in a knowing way. I thought he should hag at least acknowledged the delay.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waiter convinced us to
The waiter convinced us to do the Chef's tasting menu and at a great price we opted for it. We were all excited as it was the Chef's choice and there is nothing better than to be surprised! From start to finish the choices were excellent - this place was not just known for their pizza. Thank you for making it a memorable experience. We will be back!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful, unique food. Super
Wonderful, unique food. Super wine selection. Perfect group dinner for us!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent prix fixe offering-2nd
Excellent prix fixe offering-2nd time with new guests, and they loved it! Guest returning on own for future reservation!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Pizza for a Great Price
The pizza here is really good! The price is also very fair and well worth every dollar. This place was great for our group of 8 and I definitely would come back here if in the neighborhood.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM