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Acquolina, San Francisco, CA

Acquolina

4.1
4.1
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 781-0331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Avila Marco

  • Private party contact

    Dario Tobia: (415) 374-0578

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Union St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 373 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great , especially the meatball appetizer.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I love the food there it’s was great I’ll go back there again !
  3. RO

    ROBERTM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service staff were kind, funny and attentive to our table. I love the ambiance and location.
  4. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s so funny because people eat across the street but the food is better here. Great pizza, great meatballs, great salads, and great chefs.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great time meeting up with friends! Food and service were great !
  6. ME

    MELINDAA

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal the prep at the table in the huge cheese rind was amazing. Would definitely make a repeat visit here
  7. C

    Chris

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I don't typically write bad reviews, but the experience I had on Columbus Day was so terrible I want to warn others before they make the same mistake I made, believing this restaurant is "high end." Reservations mean nothing here unless you know the owner. When I arrived 15 minutes early and was told that I wasn't on the list and asked if I had reserved through Dario the owner, even though I had made the reservation 4 months in advance and showed them the printed reservation. Only then did they agree to seat me and my grandma. After talking to two airheads up front, we were directed to the area that wasn't for reservations. I asked for the corner, the airhead said that's for four people, so I said why don't we just split the two tables up so more people can be seated and then he agreed with me. So much for being customer oriented I guess. The octopus dish was decent, but the pizza was trash. One thing they both had in common was that they weren't using fresh ingredients(the Italian way). The sauce and dough from the pizza and the octopus tasted like they were just taken out of the freezer and heated in a microwave. If you want good food and service try Tony's pizza across the street or Original Joe's.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If you are a local stay away from this place. I should have known this was going to be a subpar experience. The service was ineffectual. I had to get up to ask the host to have the waiter come and take our order. The food was absolutely the worst and such a high price. The Caesar salad was watery and tasteless. The pizza margarita was cold and rubbery. Their signature dish of the pasta made in the parmigiana wheel was completely without flavor. It just tasted like the pasta water and the mushrooms were old and sour. The lasagna has some flavor but just tasted like it was frozen for the last decade and just recently heated up. Then to add insult to injury, I ended up hurling up the entire meal 5 hours later. Leave this place to the tourists.
  9. JH

    JohnH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We made a reservation during peak hours on a busy Saturday. The restaurant did not save/honor our reservation for a table and we waited in queue with walk-in customers (outdoors, cold and windy conditions. Service was rushed. The restaurant was very loud, it was difficult to have a conversation. The food was ok. Kids liked the pizza. The sourdough bread that came as an appetizer was not very good. Mushrooms in pasta had not cooked to remove water and were chewy. Overall, disappointing for cost. The restaurant does not limit bathroom usage to customers only and there was a long queue of tourists lined up through the center of the restaurant for most of the meal. While this is generous, as a paying customer it was annoying to have people hovering near our table, at times commenting on food and even taking pictures.
  10. S

    Sjc22

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Everything was just okay. For the area and the price we expected more flavor in our dishes. With so many other choices in the area we probably won't go back anytime soon.
  11. LI

    LoveItaly

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Fun place for large crowds and celebrations. We were outside near a group of twenty who were having a good time and drinking a lot. It's great for the restaurant but too energetic for me. The porchetta pizza was tasty and lightly seasoned. The crust was good and thin. We also ordered the burrata ravioli with aspargus. Fresh ravioli and light sauce with caramelized onions. We were left alone during the evening. I wanted bread to mop up the sauce but after we asked twice, none was provided. The house red wine was fruity and paired well with our plates. The tiramisu was balanced and creamy. Not too boozy or too espresso-forward. The espresso was good and strong. Just wished our server was more friendly and more attentive.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was out of this world. This was our first time but won’t be the last. This might well be our new go to place. Something for everyone in the family. Pasta was fresh made, pizza was authentic, and the lamb is the best I’ve had in a long time.
  13. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff was nice and the food was amazing!
  14. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best pizza in the city.
  15. RE

    RayE

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    2nd time here, and it’s been so far a great time . Food n service have been SPOT ON !!! Will be coming back for sure😁😋🤙🏽
  16. P

    Peter

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Feels dated, salad soggy, needs a revamp. Great service
  17. c

    christina

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service, food all good. My only complaint manager should be keeping better eye on bathroom paper towel stock!!! Cheers
  18. LH

    LeviH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    I had asked a friend to recommend a "tasty, moderately-priced Italian restaurant in North Beach" for a special occasion. She recommended Acquolina unequivocally, however it missed all of those marks. The only non-alcoholic beverage on the menu were water, soft drinks, and tea. We ordered their famous $40 pasta, but it turned out that they used (literally) a gravy boat full of vodka to melt the cheese for the dish. Although much of the alcohol content was burned out, all we could taste was flavor of the vodka. We do not generally send dishes back, but we sent this one back as we are both sober and the vodka taste was startling and frustrating for both of us. The meatballs we were served were room temperature when they got to the table. And the Brussels sprouts were undercooked (difficult to get a fork into and crunchy, this coming from someone who truly appreciates an al dente vegetable), under-seasoned, and incredibly oily (as in a pool left on the dish). We ordered a pizza to replace the pasta - the server brought the wrong pizza (assuming he heard wrong, we ordered the "boar ragu" pizza and received the "burrata"pizza), which was somehow simultaneously undercooked (crust) and tasted of char. We ended up paying $88 for a soda, an iced tea, and a pizza plus two appetizers to split. I myself have worked as a chef and understand food pricing, busy Saturday nights, and menu communication challenges - but this experience had too many big "miss" moments, we left disappointed and hungry.
  19. S

    Spam

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I didn't reserve and didn't visit the place........
  20. TP

    TPow

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We found the Caesar salad to be watery and bland, we let the waiter know and he shrugged his shoulders. There’s only one bathroom and it created a long line in the center of the restaurant. It was also very loud and not at all how it presented online.
  21. W

    Waterbar

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The food just wasn't good. Another tourist trap in an amazing location.
  22. B

    Blee

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food is above average. However, the restaurant charge credit card fee if pay by credit card. This is the first time we come across restaurant with CC fee.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was my 2nd time here and the food was amazing, this is still one of my favorite restaurants in North Beach!
  24. RA

    RAinSF

    San Francisco

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. We sat outside and enjoyed the people-watching while drinking wine and eating delicious food. Try the pasta they prepare in the cheese wheel. It's a great show PLUS the dish is delicious!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Good was mediocre and waiter seemed bothered
  26. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I've had a restaurant in a long, long time. Rich flavors, great service, and wonderful vibrant atmosphere. Thank you, Acquolina!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing and perfectly attentive. Appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wine selection were all fabulous.

    AcquolinaResponded on July 10, 2022We really appreciate you took the time for leaving us a 5-star review! We hope to see you again soon.

  28. MC

    MarthaC

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It’s a nice neighborhood to visit, the food was ok, nothing extraordinary and I think it was expensive. The service was good.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  30. TG

    TressaG

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Caesar salad, the Burrata and marinated veggies, and lasagna. Everything was wonderful, including the service. Lovely lunch outside on a beautiful day.

    AcquolinaResponded on July 10, 2022We are glad you had a positive experience on your last visit, customer care is our priority. Thanks for sharing your review, we hope to see you again soon!

  31. PC

    PastaCharm

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Iordered the risotto with gamberi and zucchine. I had eaten that dish recently at your restaurant with pasta rather than risotto and preferred the pasta. Just saying.
  32. J

    Jack

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, a little pricey. House wine is delicious, but again a little expensive.

    AcquolinaResponded on June 21, 2022Thanks for sharing your 5-star feedback!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Far from elegant, terrible service and food was decent. I should’ve just made the dishes myself, they would’ve tasted the same. We sat down at 7:05 with a birthday reservation and we’re not even properly greeted until 7:28.. Yea lol Glad I didn’t order a birthday dessert, that would’ve been just as disappointing. A man which I didn’t get a name from came from outdoor dining to serve us inside after eye f-ing him for like 5min, bless him and he’s too good to be picking up slack of others. Forgot to mention how creepy from the boh to foh it was from the men but hey, that’s Italian for you. Save the $100+ and go across the street.
  34. TZ

    TracyZ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Lack of service was a major disappointment

    AcquolinaResponded on June 21, 2022Thanks for your feedback, we are sorry you had a not optimal experience with our staff but but we still appreciate that we brought this episode to our attention. We will examine it carefully and ensure it does not happen again.

  35. J

    Jacob

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Made reservations, showed up early. Table not available, had to sit outside where it had cooled down. Server never came back during the meal, empty drink glasses most of the meal. Very bummed!
  36. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their salads are exceptional. Make sure to get the dressing on the side and you can really enjoy the fresh tomatoes vegetables and kale. The pastas are homemade and the meat is super. Love that spaghetti and meatballs. Great outdoor dining.

    AcquolinaResponded on June 21, 2022We are incredibly grateful you enjoyed your last visit and found the time to leave us a 5 star review. Hope to see you soon!

  37. g

    greenwithenvy

    San Francisco

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved dining alfresco and the food and service was wonderful! Busy corner made it extra enjoyable
  38. SB

    SBushy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food and the service was great! Though it was pretty noisy out on the street.
  39. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had two salads and the spaghetti and meatballs with some lovely Chianti wine. I think the best thing about this restaurant is the food and great service. Their outdoor dining is comfortable although it’s on a little tilt. Great fresh pasta.
  40. L

    Luvtoeat

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing friendly staff with professional waiters, authentic Italian food that is delicious and beautiful ambiance! Lots of outdoor seating looking out over Washington Square Park.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Acquolina is rated 4.1 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Acquolina

1600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Union St.

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Avila Marco

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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