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Acquolina

3.9
68 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Acquolina owner Dario Nicotra hails from Livorno, a city on Tuscany's western coast and serves the food of his native Florentine region. Acquolina, which means "mouthwatering" in Italian, is reminiscent of his old days of hanging out at the beach in Tuscany and frequenting a local family restaurant. Acquolina offers casual brunch and lunch options, with omelets, breakfast pizza, pastries, and espresso in the morning and pasta, focaccia, and pizza made in an imported, stone oven in the afternoon. Dinner is more sophisticated, with meats and seafood plus pizza and pasta. Chef Meri Serpillo prepares all of the pasta daily and freshly for each dish. A selection of wines and beers from Italy (and California) complement all the dishes and the fresh fruit cocktails are the perfect aperitif before your meal. Acquolina offers outdoor seating directly in front of Washington Square Park for a classic San Francisco outdoor dining experience and some of the best people-watching in the city.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, European
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 781-0331
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sergio Polidori
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Catering
Caviar, Postmates
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:30PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 12:15PM

What 68 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsheilazc (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

First, they gave our table away to someone who claimed to be me (using our reservation), so we had to wait 20 minutes after our reservation to be seated. They didn't really even apologize. Then, they seated us outside, which was fine, but they neglected us the whole time we were there (no refills, no asking if we needed more bread, etc.). The cheese plate was okay, but overpriced for the cheese quality. Then it took like 30 minutes for our entrees to come out. My pizza was fine, but not great. My husband's pasta was fine - he rates it 7/10. Then the bill was super slow also. They were busy, but it was my birthday meal and it really wasn't great, all things considered.

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vipDOOMSDAYBRUNETTE (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Delicious pizza!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The staff was very friendly and thoughtful. Thank you for a very nice Valentine’s Day dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Place wasn't as nice looking as it seemed online. Completely open floor plan with cheap furniture. Wait staff was distracted and inattentive. Menu was very different than one posted online, they likely don't update it often. Wine list was very nice and reasonably priced. Porchetta was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The location is great! North Beach is my favorite part of San Francisco. We were a party of 6 ( 2 adults and 4 kids) and ordered pizza, eggplant parmigiana, spaghetti, the salmon special, and the pasta with wild boar ragu. Everything was hot and delicious when it arrived. Our server was kind and efficient. This is a way wonderful little neighborhood restaurant that is perfect for a casual family dinner. I would definitely recommend and/or go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a wonderfully authentic Italian meal. Our server Jacopo was excellent.

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vipDaneH (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I would not go back to this restaurant as they ruined a cork in my wine bottle and then still charged me a corkage fee. My table was not set up before I was seated.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

It was dinner and on the earlier side, front door left wide open so it was freezing almost the entire meal, only warming up much later as guests came in. We were sat and given some water glasses then left alone while five visible staff members walked around talking to each other. When service actually started it was fine, food was delivered on time and hot, however gaining the attention of a server was a struggle. Not a bad experience but with so many places to choose from nothing experienced here merits a speedy return visit.

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Christine (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Our family enjoyed every bite. We highly recommend to order extra food to take home for the next day. Delicious!!

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vipelle (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Something about the place does not set the right mood for Italian dining. Must be the lighting and the table setting. It has more of a cafe feel. Food was just alright. The waiter tried so hard to be nice.

We were not surprised the place was empty.

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vipneener (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Very very very authentic food and good wine list
In famous North Beach and nice small casual lace

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Our waiter was very obviously interested in other parties

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

very authentic and delicious! service and prices could be improved.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been to Acquolina before and had a very good dining experience. This time, there were issues with the food. Our eggplant appetizer, Tuscan soup and the Special Christmas Cake were delicious. However, the lettuce in the salad was wilted and there was hardly any salad dressing on it - we had to ask for more. The ravioli was way undercooked and a bit crunchy.My daughters could not east it. We all like pasta al dente - but this was too tough and not cooked nearly enough. And the Lasagna special as not lasagna as we know it. It was a very small dish with a large noodle, bolognese sauce and a think layer of cheese melted on it. More like a small appetizer with no layers. The quantity of cheese made it hard to eat.

The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Oh my goodness the pizza's were incredible. Thin crust, good crunch, fresh arugula and prosciutto, and delicious. We decided to go for Thanksgiving, because this mama is not cooking nor cleaning. So glad we decided to go. The ambiance was lovely with all of the twinkling lights and the view of Washington Square Park. It almost felt like one of those darling cafe's in Paris. I would absolutely go back.

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LaurieM (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

we we're going to a show and we're having difficulty finding a reservation. We stumbled upon Acquolina and were so glad that we did. Fantastic salad and delicious pizza. The crust is to die for. The staff was friendly and very conscientious. I'm so glad we stopped. We enjoyed the whole dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Bad food, nothing Italian there

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Had meatball and antipasto apps which were really good. Most of us had pizza while the wife had the lamb special. Pizzas were ideal for 2 people and excellent. The lamb chops were perfectly prepared. Staff were friendly even though we were the last table to leave.

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vipAnatH (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Thanks for great food and service!

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MelNem (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Less than good food. Of all the amazing places we could've gone to North Beach we definitely did not choose well. Bland food and mediocre service. This is not a place I would ever go back to.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food, poor service

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Review of a busy Sunday night table for 5. Below average food - "cheesy saffron" ravioli sauce looked and tasted like Kraft Mac and Cheese sauce and Cannelloni cream was way too floury. All dishes bland. Pizzas were fine. Service slow and grumpy - had to keep reminding about missing drinks, missing food, etc right until the point of needing a tip. The location brings in many tourists, but we felt exploited for the price.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Celebrating

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

This has become a must dine location whenever we are in town. Service is always beyond friendly and helpful making you feel so welcome, food is always delicious, great wine menu!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

I have lived in sf for 20 years, and always want to support the smaller restaurants. I went to this restaurant because I had a good experience months ago with a friend. This time, unfortunately, the waiter could not have been ruder. We sat at the high table. We ordered our food and had to ask repeatedly for water, Parmesan, plates, etc. When the food came, he practically threw the plates down. When asked if they had vodka, because we didn't quite like the drink we ordered and wanted to order something different, he answered 'no' and walked away. No other suggestions. I brought my out of town guests in to experience a not so touristy restaurant and I was just extremely disappointed- and offended by the way they treated my guests. When I called back and was directed to management by the other waiter staff that wanted me to give the feedback, the 'management' said they were really busy and would handle a reservation but I would need to call back another time for feedback. I wanted to support a place that's usually not so busy, but now I know why they aren't so busy.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

A fun place for authentic Italian. Both the food and service were very good.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Very touristy. Painfully average food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

Service was excellant. Food was also.
Very casual. Music was not appropiate for the a restaurant that also calls itself a wine bar.
Ditch the TVs.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

This is a tourist trap. Great location with nice natural light. Too loud. Not for children or locals

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StefanoC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Good traditional Italian with a causal ambiance. Great place for dates, families and friends. Will go back and try the pizza next time, it looked realy good.

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