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About Acquolina

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.

1600 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, European

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

Cross Street:
Union St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 781-0331

Website:
http://www.acquolina.us/

Catering:
Caviar, Postmates

Executive Chef:
Sergio Polidori

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Acquolina Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.6

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (2)
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Fun (1)
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Late-night Find (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Bad food, nothing Italian there

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·Dined on October 29, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Thanks for great food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good food, poor service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Celebrating

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·Dined on August 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 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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·Dined on July 31, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very touristy. Painfully average food.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Just okay. We had wished we had gone to any of the other nearby Italian restaurants.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Location was great, right in Washington Square Park. Food was ok. Pasta was a little bland and pizza was just so so.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I was very authentic Italian . You felt like your were in a small bistro in an Italian town. Great service. great appetizer's. Definitely recommend it.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vegan, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Awful. We couldn't get drinks for 20 minutes, then our waiter forgot 3 of our 4 food orders and wasn't even apologetic. The food was crap. Unless you are a tourist that doesn't know what Italian food should taste like, you will loathe this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Nice place close to a lot of the hotspots in Little Italy. The food was good and the service was really nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We were a large group for dinner and they were the only spot in North Beach that had a spot open for a group of 8 at 8PM on a Friday night, last minute reservation. Great location and open space, it is casual and easy, stick to the pizza and simpler dishes and you'll be good.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Terrible food.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Amazing find in the heart of Little Italy! The food was excellent but most importantly the staff was incredible. I cannot compliment them highly enough on their care and attentiveness.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We were craving authentic Italian food and thought we would try some place new in North Beach. Unfortunately, we were disappointed in the sauce at Acquolina. It was bland. We had the meatballs, cannelloni, and pasta bolognese with wild boar. With all of the other choices in this neighborhood, would not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Super yummy food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The service was phenomenal. Came with a group of 15 for my gf's 30th bday celebration and the wait staff handled our large group with grace.

The food was pretty fantastic, but they are only serve wine/beer, so be mindful.

Fun spot overall!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Excellent neighborhood restaurant across the street from Washington Square Park. Operated by a friendly, all-Italian crew and owner, Acquolina has amazing pizzas and salads and great service. Fun to sit outside and people watch. LOVE the Pizza Giorno e Sera - mozzarella, proscuitto, arugula, cherry tomatoes, parmagiano on a perfect thin crust as well as the Tiramisu for dessert. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2016

A friend of mine told me this was a wonderful little restaurant... He understated it! Acquolina is authentic in every respect. The decor is real honest to God just like you remember it from the old days, good. The food is excellent and the waiter it that guy with whom you went to Catholic school . If you don't go here, it is your own fault. Oh bonus item: you can get a home cooked meal here for what it would cost for the waiter to say hi... In a "pretend" fancy italian San Francisco joint. We had a squid ink pasta with shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari in a spicy arrabiata sauce that somebody's mom would have made on a Sunday after Church. Go here!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2016

The special of the house, cannelloni was served cold, without melted mozzarella and little sauce. When I requested more sauce it came in a small dish, cold. The swordfish was fair, potatoes undercooked. We arrived at 7:05 reservation at 7, waited until 7:50 for the main course. The staff was very nice, but we did not enjoy the meal at all. I was disappointed since it was for a special birthday. I wish I could have given a better review.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Well made Neapolitan style pizza. The options are not new or exciting but it is good. Everything else on the menu is also quality, and is fairly traditional. It does have nice setting on the park.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Superb service. The issue was the food. It was just o.k. not the spectacular find it used to be. Like a hollow shell.. Whereas before you came in and wanted to find more room to try the next item. always welcoming and never rushed ... Ambiance is incredible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2016

I recommend this restaurant for who want to try Good Italian food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2016

The food was so delicious and we were treated like royalty. Out waiter knew exactly way to serve us...16 people...the food kept coming at the perfect intervals and nothing was wasted. So much fun. So grateful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Fabulous staff. Delicious food. Cute interior. Great people watching. The menu is a little small, but the food was so authentic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Our server was the best, which says a lot for a table of 8 at peak hour. The food was prepared very, very well--the pizzas and pastas were outstanding, as was the drinks and dessert. My wife's fish wasn't quite right and the cocktail selection is very small (just four), yet this is a very strong 4 rating for an up and coming restaurant in a hot neighborhood. You cannot go wrong here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Our server was extremely responsive and helpful. Unfortunately the food was pretty poor and certainly pricey for the low quality. Our seafood appetizer's broth was tasty but a good third of the muscles and clams were unopened with one of the clam shells arriving crushed. The bruschetta was visually appealing but lacked any and all flavor, non-existent seasoning. Our bolognase pasta dish was also under seasoned with a watery sauce. The pasta had good, homemade texture but the overall dish was quite bland. We had high hopes for this neighborhood restaurant but could have easily made a much tastier meal at home for a fraction of the cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2016

My 27 year old daughter (I'm 73) visited from Manhattan's Soho, and I wanted to take her out to a restaurant in my Northbeach neighborhood. I chose Aquolina since it always looked like an elegantly friendly place when I passed it on my dog walks. With a 7pm dinner reservation, we were immediately seated, and given a choice of two different tables. Our glasses of prosecco were affordable and delicious. Our waiter was friendly, yet not overbearing. The octopus appetizer came after a reasonable time, allowing us appropriate conversational time, and was delicious. My squid-ink pasta was perfectly prepared and just the right amount. I tasted one of my daughter's raviolis, and it was scrumptious. We were never rushed, nor were we ever uncared-for. My only criticism was that for my 73 year old ears, the sound level of the ambient music was a bit on the loud side. I would definitely go there again, and would recommend it to friends. A great addition to the neighborhood, and a great choice among Northbeach's many Italian restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

The noise level in this small Italian restaurant was amazingly high. Forget about conversation. The food was good and the service acceptable. I ordered a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and received a bottle of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, with a confusing label. I didn't complain because the d'Abruzzo was very good and I couldn't blame the waiter for misunderstanding me given the high noise level.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2016

Staff made it fun, they were so nice to my guest. Pouring lots of wine, serving good food and the live music was fun not overwhelming. We felt like we were in a Woody Allen movie!
Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Pros:
We booked on Friday for a table of 10 on Saturday. Had to call back and add 2 more. They were accommodating. Varied yet small menu - made easy choosing. I believe the menu changes periodically. Food is a good value for the money.
Venessa our server was really great, especially at wrangling a big crew and offering menu suggestions.
Variety of wines on list - some very decent Italians (red & white) at a very nice price point. Do your research and you'll find some very interesting choices.
We ordered: pizzas (good thin crust, a little limp this night but very tasty - the prosciutto was excellent), eggplant parm (on starter menu but big enough for a main), pastas (homemade pasta - yum - bolognese & seafood were a hit, portions on the small side but the portion was right for the price), salads (meh - or maybe I got the dregs cuz we were all sharing).
They offered to serve us family style or individually.
The entire staff came out to sing us happy birthday in what seemed a warm and sincere way.

Cons:
Tile floor makes noise resound. Impossible to hear if you have to call them on the phone.
First table we were offered (we were back down to a party of 10 at that point) was the communal table with others already sitting there. Not a great choice by the host as the space looked big enough for maybe 7 more but not 10 more. Plus they knew it was a birthday dinner - would have been awkward sharing the table. We were able to wait a few minutes for another options - probably would have been impossible on a non-rainy, regular busy night.

Overall:
We will def come back - it's comfortable, unpretentious, there are many more things I want to try. We live in the Mission and I will drag myself across Market to revisit - if you knew me - that says a lot.
Food is not blow your mind - but truly interesting touches, solid execution and isn't it SO nice to have someone else cook for you and do the dishes?
Absolutely worth a visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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