Acquolina

4.4
235 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In Italian, Acquolina means “mouthwatering” – illustrating what happens when you see a delicious, inviting dish. This phenomenon can only happen when food is made with passion and love. For us, food “is a social matter. ” In turn, Acquolina weds a passion for food with a real respect for the community in which it stands – welcoming a mix of locals and visitors, singles and families, welcoming guests of all ages and lifestyles.

At Acquolina, we endeavor to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere where our patrons can revel in the experience of an authentic and “regional” Italian meal. The Tuscan-infused menu is meant to pair with an assortment of wines, with samplings from Italy and California. In the spirit of the Tuscan Trattoria, everything is meant to be authentic – the pasta boiler and the pizza oven came direct from Italy, brought here to guarantee a perfect plate of “al dente” pasta and a perfect slice of thin crust pizza.

Support Acquolina during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 235 people are saying
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AmyV
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor daytime spot for brunch, I will definitely go back again!

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vipZenese
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively street scene without tumult, so great people watching along with fabulous Caesar salad, scallops, and pizza giorno e sera for two. Ottimo!

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vipShelleyT
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good - stick to the pizza -
Pasta alright - appetizers pricey but flavor good. Service was really weak. Entrees served before appetizers, yet one entree was never served until after repeatedly requesting it. Waters never came yet requested many times. Negroni were not made to recipe - more like a aperol spritz - its north beach!! They should know how to make the national drink!!

Great location and they did have heaters for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great people working, and the food is amazing! Couldn't ask for much more. Beautiful venue as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. Very great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience...
Service was amazing!! Food&wine,perfect.
Heads up , Dress according to weather

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Had to wait 45 min for a table after our reservation time.

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vipMariaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The staff was nice and friendly. The food was good in general and I give a 4 star because nothing is perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waited 15 mins after my reservation time for a table. Our main dishes arrived 45 minutes after our appetizers. The manager snatched the pen out of my hand when I was about to sign my tab and gave it to a table of two that order a pizza 🤯.

I've been here dozens of times. The food was the worsted of all my visits and so was the service. My pasta was over cooked to the point it was disolving in my mouth without chewing. I'm not sure if I will ever return.

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TinaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was very overpriced for the quality. We got the beet ravioli which came with 4 pieces of ravioli. Additionally, the pizza was very mediocre. We got a pizza with mozzarella, arugula and prosciutto on top and it essentially tasted like cheese bread. There were no spices, garlic or sauces on top. We also got the cauliflower appetizer that was very bland. And lastly our drinks (espresso martini and spritz compari) where way too sweet and sugary.

While the location is fun and had lots of people, there were 3 homeless people that lingered around the restaurant and were being a disturbance to some diners. It provided a bit of entertainment but was also unpleasant for our dining experience.

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Dina
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing. Some of the plates were small but it’s good for sharing. The service was not the best and the tables were not spaced apart far enough but the food was so good!!

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vipRMarina
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great pizza. Nice and warm with heat lamps. Noisy group of 9 millennials at the next table but they were just enjoying themselves. Service was slow but I'll give them a pass as it was the last night for a month for dining out before the quarantine requirement of stay-at-home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful pizza and pasta dishes. Great views of the park - with comfortable outdoor seating and service was attentive despite being super busy on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The waiter came to our table literally only twice for the whole night. He literally took so long to get the check from us that I had to physically get up and bring him the check. The food took over an hour. It was a really nice ambience but the service was terrible

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Horrible service, I made a reservation at 7 and was seated at 8. And then the waiter took forever to take our order and it took so long to get the check we were there basically until closing. We wanted to order dessert but it took so long it was not worth it

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vipGreg
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Waiter could have been more attentive.

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Doug
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great ambiance. Mediocre food. Really mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as usual! It was our 5th visit in 2 months. It has become one our fave spots.

JM
vipJohnM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I was hoping for a quiet dinner at an outstanding Italian restaurant. What we got was great food, but an outdoor bar with ear splitting techno music, complete with 15 or 20 persons drinking and talking/shouting at shrill levels. It was so confusing the waiter lost our dinner order for a while.

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KPsf
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

yikes is all i can say

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Acquolina 3x now, and each visit was excellent, from service to ambience to the great food and drink selection. We highly recommend Acquolina for any day and any occasion or no occasion. It’s in a great neighborhood and right across Washington Square Park, where we go to after our meal to walk it off and to continue to enjoy the outdoors.

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BethB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

North beach was lively and the service was ok. Food overrated and over priced, maybe they were off due to covid

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vipLeilaniM
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed the beef carpachio. The lobster raviolis tasted fishy and the steak was ok. The service was great and friendly. The ambiance was nice. Maybe we'll come back and try something else.

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AtinderS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience4

The Ravioli and Tiramisu were amazing. We finished lunch with espresso shots. Loved the outdoor dining DJ. Overall a great time for the 4 of us

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vipmike
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic North Beach experience..all the way around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing to say the least

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super fun. Really nice staff.

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JoanneS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great during covid

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PamelaD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location in the heart of Little Italy. Food and service were fabulous. We dined outdoors due to Covid and the restaurant had plenty of patio heaters to accommodate us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Okay it was a nice ambiance

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disappointing food quality. We were served cold pizza.

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TonyA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed another great authentic Italian meal in North Beach SF

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Elias
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

During COVID-19 it’s nice to have a great food, outdoor seating and very friendly service. The entrees were delicious and so are their pizzas. I would recommend for friends, families and couples. Enjoy!

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KittiH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, I celebrated my 28th birthday there with my friends. The staff was extremely nice and we got free shots in the end ☺️

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vipkatk
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great, food was good and they've made a nice outdoor set up on the sidewalk. Only wish they had liquor license.

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vipElizabethF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were limited to outdoor dining due to Covid, but they made it feel as lovely as if it was their normal setup. The waiter was attentive and the food was actually really exceptional. They had outdoor heaters which were a plus on a San Francisco night. It’s in a bustling area of North Beach- lively and a lovely energy. Very much enjoyed it. Thank you for being open during this difficult time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice location for outdoor dining.

JG
JeriG
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a very fun evening. With the pandemic we were outside so very hard to judge ambiance and noise level. Waiters and food were great.

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vipMichaelS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We arrived earlier than planned on a Sunday, offered any table we wanted which was nice. Plenty of outdoor seating, so you can choose a quiet table on the park side or a bit of a livelier seating area on the busier street side. Wine list was good, all price points. Menu had enough choice to meet everyone’s taste, although the choice shrinks dramatically if you don’t want pasta or a pizza. A very good spot to relax and grab a nice lunch.

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vipChatch
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was great and the service was good. Reasonable prices.

FAQs

Acquolina does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Acquolina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 781-0331.

Acquolina is rated 4.4 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Acquolina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/981THFRYXMKZB/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.