Early Evening Dinner Spot
We often go to the City for either theater or City Arts and Lectures, P&P is a great location just steps from the Theater District or quick drive to the Civic Center for City Arts and Lectures, Symphony, or Opera. Far enough away to not be crowded and the usual running late overbooking causes.
Staff is professional, chef is outstanding, and atmosphere is busy, but easy to talk and enjoy time with friends.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a breakfast there. The
Had a breakfast there. The waffle I wanted was not served that day, so I opted for the Continental. The pastries were so worth dying for!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
VERY GOOD...VERY FLEXIBLE
VERY GOOD...VERY FLEXIBLE TO PREPARATION AND SPECIAL DIETARY NEED
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
30th Surprise for the wife!
I decided to have a party of 14 for a surprise birthday for my wife. The restaurant was more than willing to accommodate with balloons, table decor, cupcakes etc. The wait staff was super helpful with the setup so our table was kinda hidden from the wife when we walked in. We had a designated waiter who was there at every need. The other wait staff also would chime in when someone needed a beverage. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have the gathering. Our noise level didn't seem to bother any other guests and our changing seats didn't seem to confuse the food delivery. I'd have to say the service is EXCELLENT here. I will be going back since the food paired well with the service.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clever and good
Clever additions like capers and sun-dried tomatoes make a better tapanade. Lemon and arugula made risotto more flavorful. Light dressings were great on salads. All very good.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love coming to Puccini & Pinetti! Every time the meal is delicious, the service is friendly and accommodating and the place is packed with people. This is my go to place whenever I come up to San Francisco to see a play or show. My mom and I shared the Carpaccio, which was perfect on top of the grilled sourdough bread they gave us. I had the Chicken Marsala with extra mashed potatoes which was extremely flavorful. I was sad when I got to the last bite! My mom had the salmon with roasted potatoes and she loved it. I will definitely be back. Thank you again for such a GREAT meal!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Puccini & Pinetti
During our 6 day visit to San Francisco, Puccini & Pinetti was the best restaurant that we ate at.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good drinks social environment but needs to work on some menu items. I would not go back unless for happy hour
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Union square dining spot
I needed a place for 6 people on a Saturday night as a last minute plan. 5 of us were headed to the airport to catch a redeye. We were able to book online about 6 hours in advance. Food was good, served quickly. We were pleased with the quality and presentation. Not a place for a romantic dinner, but a very good option if you are staying in the area.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great dining experience! We felt well taken care of, from the time we walked in the door to the moment we departed, everyone was on point. We had the experience of the Chef's wine maker paired dinner and it was amazing! We will return again and again.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location accessible
Great location accessible with an easy walk from local hotels. The food was amazing and the customer service was great. I would reccomend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great Italian dinner in the city.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great go-to place for so many locals....they never have disappointed us.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress gave us a free bruschetta and bread with dipping sauce just for making a reservation! They also accommodated our desire to try two different entrees but in one portion by giving us a plate with half of one kind of pasta and half of the other - very generous!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Service Ever
I made some "special requests" under OpenTable. I never thought they'd ever accommodate them........and they did every single one! It made us feel so good. We were really, really pleased.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb dining experience!
My daughter and favorite nephew enjoyed celebrating our BD's at P&P - surprised by comp appetizers - yummy! Scrumptious dinner & best Tiramisui - comp'd also - with 3 candles - another wonderful surprise!!! Service was perfecto!! We had such a special time - enjoyed it all - we were all dressed up in vintage finery which was also appreciated by the friendly professional and happy staff there! It was all timely for our 8 pm show at the Orpheum!!! Thanks so very much for helping to create a fantastic MEMORY for the 3 of us!!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special night with a friend
This was an exciting find as it was fun to visit with friends. The bar was loud but everyone seem to be enjoying themselves. The mussels appetizer was excelent along with Fruitti di Mare. My friend had the Short Rib dinner which they enjoyed also. We both had leftovers to enjoy again the next day. With only being a block away from BART and a block from Union Square this is a great place to come and enjoy a great dinner.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A really good dinner
Went there to celebrate our 15-year anniversary, and it was just right. The bartender was good-looking and charming and mixed a great cocktail. Our server was phenomenal. He explained the nuances of the various menu offerings to help us choose, he recommended a remarkably good bottle of wine, he was super friendly and distractingly good looking. He checked in on us frequently but not so often that we felt badgered. It was a great experience. Although we were in the mood for something more traditionally Italian (garlicky and savory with red sauce and cheese), we ended up having the tuna on beet special. I know, it didn't sound appealing to me at first either, but it turned out to be a very good dish, so kudos to chef Avery for that one.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent choice for Brunch/Lunch
Excellent choice for Brunch/Lunch before Theater. Vibrant atmosphere..Staff is very welcoming and accommodating. Food choices varied and way above average. Close to BART, Theater and enjoying the tempo of The City after the theater.
Would highly recommend.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great before the theater
The brucheta (/) was great; the focaccia (?) was great; the linguni de mar was excellent
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't Miss Out
I've passed by this place for a number of years and am sorry I never tried it before. The square pillows of ravioli sprinkled with sweet corn, peas, and tomatoes in a brown butter sauce was delicious. Also loved how the crunchy topping cracked over the creamy custard of the creme brûlée Yum! I'll be back to try other menu offerings.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you like Italian food,this is the place.The food was just like being at a place in Italy.Would definitely go back.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Puccini & Pinetti's = Perfection.
I came her to my birthday dinner, and like every time I dine here, I left satisfied and happy. The service was great, great prices, the food came quick and everyone's meal was absolutely delicious, best bruschetta I have had in my life. I come here literally every time I'm in the city.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Choices for Gluten Free
I think this is the first time I've ever been able to order gluten free spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant. We'll worth the visit and friendly staff.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here frequently before
We dine here frequently before the theatre. Have always had a good experience.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, Good food
Great service and the food was good. Very good prices, considering we were right in the center of Union in San Francisco. I would definitely come back here when in San Francisco. Only had dinner there, but breakfast sounded good too.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We descended upon Puccini and Pinetti to have brunch before our wedding. There were 16 of us in the group. The restaurant was quiet on a Saturday morning, which was nice. The staff were helpful and handled our group well. My dish, a riff on Eggs Benedict, was excellent, and I believe everyone else also enjoyed the food. It was definitely a cut above the usual brunch food I've had elsewhere.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
After Theater Delight
We attended a show at the Curran and made reservations for Puccini &Pinetti. I was not sure of the walking time from the theater and we arrived a half an hour before our reservation. The Hostess said no problem and we were immediately seated. There were some noisy family tables near the front and I appreciated the fact that she sat us towards the back. We enjoyed an excellent bottle of wine and incredible meal. My salmon was perfection. Because we had come from the theater and made a reservation through Open Table, we were treated to an appetizer of bruschetta. The four of us enjoyed ourselves and would definitely return. The only disappointment was the fact they were out of the pork chop and it was early evening.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Charm Off Union Square
Puccini & Pinetti is a short (two blocks) walk from Union Square Park, and I think one of the best restaurants in the area. Our server was excellent, asked several times "How is everything?"
The clientele is youngish, vibrant, and very loud... if you are looking for a quiet, intimate, romantic dinner, this is not the place for that.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First, I am a tough scorer plus being a tall large person (6'7" & 260#) most eateries aren't roomy enough for me to walk or sit. The server described the food selections well. Taste and texture was very good. The staff that served our table lacked the energy and interaction to be a top notch staff. They were average at best. Location was great and within walking distance of the Marquis. I oils consider eating here again.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Gluten Free Entrees
We had the salmon and Niman Ranch pork chop entrees, along with warm spinach salad. The food was attractively presented and very tasty. The pork chop was as good as any I've tasted in a restaurant, thick and juicy. The polenta was creamy and delicious. P&P has a very good gluten free menu and is one of the reasons that we frequent this restaurant.
One thought for consideration: since bread and topping is the universal complimentary dish, perhaps something more appropriate could be provided for those with GF diets that can't enjoy this.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot in San Francisco
While in town on business found this restaurant on Open Table. Great food and service. Look forward to returning
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stayed at the St. Francis hotel for a conference and this Restuarant was within walking distance from the hotel
Food was outstanding! I had the chicken Marsala and enjoyed every morsel
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a Great Dining Experience
I've never been disappointed in the food or service at P&P. Everyone in our party was very impressed by the quality of their dishes and had a great experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, fabulous service,
great food, fabulous service, great pre-theater dining,
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
the food was very good basic Italian. very fair value
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Lunch Option
Off Powell/Market nice ambiance and perfect location for a quiet lunch. Good antipasti and my risotto was fantastic.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for Business Lunch
Food's good, not too expensive. Fast service. Good, professional atmosphere. A member of our dining party called it a 'great urban spot.'
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Puccini & Pinetti is a good choice for pre-theatre dining. Food and service are very good. Fair warning: reservations are highly recommended, even mid-week, and he noise level is ear-splitting!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good meeting location
Took bART in to SF to meet someone staying at a hotel on California. We
were seated promptly. The restaurant was crowded on a Wednesday
night with a lively crowd. Our waiter was excellent and the food was
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice respite from the rain
I met a friend here for lunch on a day filled with pouring rain. The restaurant is very comfortable and the service is great. I was able to get something vegetarian and my friend ordered gluten-free. We had a great time. Would return, for sure.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place. They are
I love this place. They are so friendly. Great food. Great wine.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant for theatre goers
My wife and me chose Puccini and Penetti for the great reviews and it's location close the Golden Gate theatre. We will definitely be coming back, whether for pre-theatre or post shopping dinner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good stop
We were lacking some food quantity for the day and P&P was on our list to fill up with "pasta" and "wine".
We were not disappointed! Always good and busy!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic. Dine there at least
Fantastic. Dine there at least once a quarter. Wonderful staff-team with Ray Manning at the helm.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Party Place
We had our employee Thank You lunch party and the staff was extremely nice and accommodating. Some of us had food allergies (gluten, sugar-free) for which they had separate menus with additional items listed that weren't available on the regular menu. I was very impressed. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. They even set us away from the lunch crowd so we could have space to ourselves, even though the venue doesn't have separate meeting rooms.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great selection of gluten free items complements the regular menu. Service was outstanding. Had a family reunion party of 10 that needed to get to a show. Nothing was rushed: they timed everything perfect, got us served and on our way exactly at the requested time.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food--Great Service!
Went on a Sat. night with my girlfriends to celebrate my birthday. Our waiter, Ian was really great. We got a chance to
meet the chef, who sent out a complimentary platter of bruschetta when she found out we were there to celebrate my
birthday. The food is pretty consistent here. One of my friends had the risotto and loved it. There were two of us that
had the special short ribs that evening--very tender. They were more like a pot roast than what we would consider
short ribs, but still very good.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Puccini & Pinetti is a great Italian option near Union Square. Very popular the night one of he local marathons. Great pizza and pasta. I would however caution arabiatta purists that theirs has it's own flair. The sauce has ground meat or sausage and lemon peel. It is a good dish, but I'm fond of the simple version of spicy sauce with a small amount of pancetta.
All in all, we enjoyed our meal, had good service and will come back.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had to Go Back for More!!!
My first experience at your restaurant was the night before the Nike Women's Marathon, so I could not eat and drink freely, as it would have effected my run the next morning! I decided to go back for my post -race dinner last night so I could enjoy the wine, excellent Caesar salad, Frito Misto, and some yummy dark chocolate bread pudding! I will be back next time I am in the city!!!
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good place for Italian in Union Sq
We were in town for a family wedding and stayed in Union Square. There were 10 of us looking for an Italian place nearby. The service was pretty good, everyone enjoyed their food. I had the penne arrabiatta and I would give it 4.5 out of 5. I would visit Puccini again.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM