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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.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Acquolina Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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