Capannina

4.7
1714 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Everything about Capannina is soft and subtle. The decor - celadon green upper walls, ambra marble below, handmade glass lamps, hanging mirror panels and faux columns that glow from the lights behind them - is simple yet striking. The marble, the lamps, and many of the ingredients used in the excellent dishes are all imported from Italy and the subtle softness of the interior extends to the food: eclectic Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian tradition while still maintaining well-orchestrated choices from all over Italy. With pasta made in-house and delightfully fresh buffalo mozzarella coming from Italy, Capannina offers the essence of subtlety in the artistic presentation of its menu, along with an atmosphere that conveys the slightest California touch. PLEASE NOTE: We also offer a prix fixe menu daily, consisting of a three-course dinner for $30 per person from 5pm to 6pm.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9.30pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10.00pm
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Phone number
(415) 409-8001
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
For larger parties or private events, please call the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Michele Di Ruocco: (415) 409-8001
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Catering
Our full menu is available for catered events.
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Cross street
Laguna & Octavia
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Public transit
MUNI #41 & 45
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Special events & promotions
We have a Prix Fixe menu everyday from 5:00-6:00 PM, a three course dinner for $25.00 per person. Right now we are serving Black & White Truffle menu specials.
Additional
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 1714 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a repeat appearance. This is the restaurant that I go to again and again and again

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

We really like this restaurant a lot but it could use a facelift. Paint, art. Another bathroom if at all possible. And the noise level isn’t energized but rather annoying. I couldn’t hear anyone last night at our table

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going here for 12 years. Better than any Italian in North Beach!! Love the salads, pasta, brick chicken and desserts!! Waiters and owner are great too!

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RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food And good menu selections. Service was very prompt and courteous. Presentation was good as well. Food arrived quickly and was nice and hot. The wine was also good. A good list of Italian wines as well. This is our fourth time there and we’ve never had a disappointment. We will be returning as often as we can thank you Capannina.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good and food was great!

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J
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and elegant. Excellent service. Pre fixe early dinner is a good value. Caesar salad with crab is very good, and desserts are outstanding. On this occasion the chicken and roasted potatoes were more greasy and salty than I remember. Otherwise they are quite good. An elegant dinner at a friendly price.

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CJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved absolutely everything about this restaurant. It’s been several years since I’ve been on Union Street and Capannina is right in the heart of what makes it a destination...shops, bars, more restaurants, etc.
Our Italian waiter was a delight, so personable and knowledgeable about the food and wine. He gave us lots of time in between courses so we never felt rushed and could enjoy both the food and our conversation.
We each had the veal scaloppini, which was cooked in lemon and wine sauce and served with spinach and risotto, very large portions and so delicious. We shared a half bottle of the recommended Chardonnay and a fruit tart for dessert. We will definitely be back...I considered not writing a god review to keep people from “finding” this restaurant, but Capannina deserves the accolades!

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Friends get together. Great food. Service was great, almost too quick! I think we got in and out within 50 mins!!? Also servers were noticeably unfriendly - nevertheless would still come back.

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AB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt seating at reservation time. Very authentic Italian bistro, friendly staff, knowledgable about the menu and ingredients. Not inexpensive, but good value. Suggest one night each week for no corkage fee.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelent restaurant in San Francisco for a good price!

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n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Not impressed. Food was just ok. The service needs some improvement. We were served with a cold loaf of bread in the beginning and ended our dinner with the a restricted max 2 split credit cards only to pay! It was inconvenient to pay with cards so we ended up paying cash. Who limits # of credit card payment anyway!

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find! Food is wonderful, tastes authentic, excellent time, love the Italian waiters, will definitely go back.

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v
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we have eaten here and the food and service is excellent!!!

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Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood risotto I have ever had. Excellent service.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents to Capannina this past weekend while they were visiting from NYC. I wanted to find a place that wasn't too loud, walking distance to the water and had good food. This place nailed it! The ambiance was amazing - super cozy, well lit and nicely decorated. The prices were very reasonable for what you were getting, especially in San Francisco. Most importantly, the food was very tasty and the service was great. The Gluten Free pasta was the best I have ever had. Although I am not celiac, I live a DF/GF lifestyle because I feel so much better. It can be really difficult to find a good meal that's worth the money when you have those types of restrictions. After dinner we walked about 15 minutes down to the marina waterfront and watched the sunset behind the Golden Gate. I highly recommend Capannina to celebrate a special occasion or just for a nice date night - either way, you won't be disappointed!

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ended up doing their Prix Fixe menu- which was a great offer and everything was delicious and beautifully presented. We will be back.....it's a gem, conversation friendly and great SF waiters!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place - the food is delicious, authentic Italian. The quality is consistent and it's crowd-pleaser when my parents are visiting from out of town.

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, good value & excellent service.

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AY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been here in awhile since I moved out of SF, so I was looking forward to coming back here for dinner. As always, food was fantastic! It was great to see familiar faces, too. (They remembered me!) What a great neighborhood spot still!

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AB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good! Veal Picatta 10 stars. Honored reservation promptly.

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d
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but very good veal with lemon, caper and butter preparation. Parmasean rissoto was superb.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall authentic food experience at a great ambiance. I would come back again but portions are smaller than expected and therefore, I would recommend getting an appetizer to start with

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LD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seared tuna was incredible. The green sauce around the dish was amazing!

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HC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Italian restaurant with great service! We enjoyed beautifully-plated dishes and will definitely be back.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We thought that there were 2 different soup specials. One with salmon, and one potato leek.
I ordered what I thought was potato leek only to find out it was one soup special with salmon as one of the ingredients. ( I do not like salmon). $14. When I pointed out that I had ordered potato leek, there was no compensation. The restaurant was out of my friend’s first course choice. The server talked him into another/ an $18.00 salad. The 2 ravioli dishes that we ordered were excellent.

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d
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The petrale sole was light flaky and the caper olive sauce was delicious!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is dependable. Always very well executed.
Great service. Delicious pasta.

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NH
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food.

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W
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service and nice neighborhood crowd. This ha become my go to place in Cow Hollow.

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this place. Small neighborhood restaurant with wonderful service and gorgeous food. My husband had the lamb chops and I had the seared ahi over shrimp risotto. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and ingeniously flavored. The waiter moved us to a more secluded table that gave us more elbow room. He was attentive but not invasive. The $100 bottle of Brunello was a great value. Don’t miss the crab Caesar salad. The dozen oysters for $24 were crisp and delicious. We wish we lived in SF so we could go to this restaurant every week. Great value for top notch food.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Short Rib Ravioli was very good. The deserts were nice. We enjoyed our meal. A nice addition to our visit to San Francisco.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Great service. We love it

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W
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food!!!!

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RP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. Service was charming and personal. Food was delicious. The filet of sole , the salmon and the cioppino were all delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh pasta and seafood. Great wine selection with expert recommendation from the staff.

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have now eaten at Capannina twice. Both times the food was terrific and outstanding for the price. Portions are large - larger than this 71 year old can finish. Service and ambiance are more than adequate. Only complaints: (1) Like many Italian restaurants Capannina serves up cold, white "Italian" bread as its only bread. Time to discover one of the Italian whole grain bread recipes and warm it before serving. (2) When the restaurant is full the noise level makes conversation difficult. The dining experience would be much improved is the owners installed some sound absorbing materials on the walls and the ceiling.

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TS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Capanninna and this recent visit introducing friends to one of our neighborhood spots did not disappoint. Pastas are wonderful - especially love the pappardelle and the raviolo. Insalate Cesare is another favorite. Nice list of Italian wines. Love the owner and staff - makes me feel like I'm on vacation in Italy but with only a short walk down the hill.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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