Acquolina

4.4
258 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.

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 258 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StefanoC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious Italian food. Great North Beach atmosphere. Busy on Weekends.

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DanielaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to hang with friends! The staff was really kinda and proactive. The food was above my expectations!
I’ll definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Margarita pizza and tiramisu were amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As usual,food was great, but unlike other times we’ve visited, the noise level and service were not the greatest due to an excessively large and loud crowd who were there to enjoy music played by a live DJ. We will continue to patronize Acquolina for the food, wine selection and atmosphere.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience, enjoyed the food and service. Server did recommend one item when asked, however the connection between server and customer was great!

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vipPeter
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were seated promptly on time and the waiter was very nice. I had read the reviews about the loud techno music so it was OK for a casual dinner. But it's a pity because it could be so much nicer with no or more regular, softer music. Food was quite good.

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StevenK
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Would have appreciated a heads up that we could expect a crowd of 50+ unmasked Eurotrash wannabes bobbing up and down to repetitive techno music on the restaurant’s front sidewalk. If you’re looking for a quiet North Beach dinner, this ain’t the spot.

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vipJTH7
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent as advertised as was the service. Music was a bit loud and took a few mins to adjust to allow a conversation. Would go back again prepared for a loudish scene.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waiter started off attentive, then went MIA. My cocktail ran dry, my water ran dry, our appetizer finished and we wanted to order more. I called another waiter who was in the area and he was confused. I complained we haven’t seen our waiter for a while and want to order more food. The confused waiter then had an argument with our re-emerging waiter within earshot of our table and said I was complaining. Our waiter then proceeded to ignore us. We paid our check and left. Original Joes on the opposite corner is WAY BETTER!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and warm outside area

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and food

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vipGauchoW8
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The whole menu looked amazing. We shared the heirloom capresse as an appetizer and had the lasagna and the linguine with clams as entrees. Everything was delicious. Great wine list as well. Unfortunately the service was bad. Our waiter didn’t acknowledge us until maybe 10 minutes of us being seated. When he finally approached u our table he expected the whole order. We’re wanted to enjoy our dinner. He never came to check on us. We had to return the lasagna because it wasn’t very hot (they corrected this and was delicious).

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keving
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent "real italian" pastas. Boar ragu and vognole stood out. Deserts were excellent as well.

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vipAmeliaG
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup for dining. Plexiglass to break the wind and keep in the heat from the heat lamps. Delicious varieties of GF options as well as vegetarian options for those who need the accommodations. We enjoyed the meatballs (GF), focaccia, chocolate pasta with boar meat, red sauce and olives and the lamb chops with potatoes (GF). Absolutely wonderful. They also have an excellent selection of wines and spirits

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BeaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Water smelled like mildew, pizza tasted like sbarro. I would not be going back here.

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PSH94121
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Ordered the Caesar salad which is a generous portion, prosciutto pizza, lamp chops (special entree for the evening). Everything was delicious! Oh and don’t sleep on the espresso martini!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my friends birthday, the service was fast and the food was amazing. Reasonably priced and they gave us free dessert for her birthday! Great ambiance in the middle of north beach.

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Ezra
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

March 2021 came to celebrate my birthdays indoor for the first time. My experience was great, every one was nice. Food was delicious. Our waiter and bartender ending up giving my group of 4 two free shots and they were delicious! Overall would give them 10/10.

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Kristinamarie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location overlooking Washington Square Park. Can be loud with cars and people going by, but great people watching and good food.

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ClareH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST service!! Acquolina has the nicest staff and best outdoor options for seating even in the pouring rain. Go here for your next birthday dinner, date night or dinner with friends the staff will treat you so well!

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MoniqueB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, warm and charismatic team, pizza might have been better then Tony’s ;)

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Andrew
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

They've set up a great outdoor dining area and are managing it well.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter that served us was amazing!

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AmyV
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
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
33 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
San Francisco
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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Evan
San Francisco
3 reviews
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
10 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
New York Area
3 reviews
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
59 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
Sacramento
2 reviews
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.

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 4.4 stars by 258 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.