Capannina

4.8
1859 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. Cow Hollow, San Francisco. Heard about this on a lucky tip while dining in Lincoln Center, NYC.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The place has a nice neighborhood , family vibe . The tables are a bit close , and staff bumped our chairs often . Our real disappointment was the food - the entree halibut was dry , the sauce was very salty . The black truffle pasta was good - but not worth $50 . The steak was over cooked . We would not go back . The bill was over $ 500 for 5 people . Only 1 bottle of wine at 50.00

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner

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PO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seasonal truffle menu was delicious. The wait staff was attentive.

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JB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sergio was our excellent server for the evening. We went with another couple and everything was perfect. A nice relaxed evening and the pacing of our meal was great. All 4 of us would return to Capannina and highly recommend the restaurant.

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BE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was great with quality service and we loved the food. Our waiter recommended a great cab that we really enjoyed. Look forward to a return visit. Thanks Mr Niven for a great referral.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent but the room was jam packed with too many small tables that made it impossible to move. There was too much noise that made it impossible to hear your partner. The entrance had a dirty curtain that was really old and ugly and definitely needed a change and the waiters seemed to just want to rush you to finish your food so they can seat new guests.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, we will not go back to Capannina in the near future.

The table we were given last Saturday was in path of every person arriving to the restaurant, who had to squuze by - many with canes and or/walking difficulties. Moreover, a cold wind was coming in with every door opening.

The owner, who proclaimed himself as such "I am the Owner here, not Sergio" seemed irritated, over stressed and not at all welcoming.

The whole evening was a struggle to hear our conversation (poor acoustics) and avoid having my guest's chair being pushed by incoming guests.

We came for Sergio, knowing his quality service, but likely stop going to avoid annoying "the owner".

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with fantastic seafood!

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AS
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect neighborhood Italian restaurant with delicious food and very accommodating service. I especially love the octopus appetizer. Portions are generous and the owner obviously takes care in overseeing this operation. Bravo!

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LZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to wait a bit to be seated as the place was jump'n.
Food and service was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We will definitely be back!!

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B
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This was Valentines day. prices were jacked up and. regular menu not available.
Sevice was wonderful.
food was not as good as usual.
I will go back but not for a holiday meal

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely service great food. No complaints

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wine, ambiance, and service. We ordered octopus salad which was the best we had ever had. The Barolo recommended by our waiter was excellent. I had the veal scalopini with Parmesan risotto and my wife had the lamb chops with black truffle potato’s, both delicious.

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F
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good italian food.
Restaurant a bit noisy however.

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There’s something wonderful about Capannina: the food is consistently excellent and fresh. I eat there once a week and never had anything but outstanding dinner. Service is attentive(!) and excellent. I commented outside on my way home:” when at Campaninna” one feels in another ( super friendly) Country. It’s like being actually in Italy.
The Best!!!

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FC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Capannina has been around for many years on a street that can turn over rapidly. There is a good reason for this. A well run restaurant with excellent Italian food at reasonable prices. Great appetizers, lots of fish and shell fish, well-executed pastas. Good wine list where $40-50 wines are featured. The room is crowded and the waiters move fast. You cannot go wrong at Capannina

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The owner Michaele and staffs are wonderful. Food is great.

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SH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious meal and great service! Pacing was a little too fast though, dishes came right after the next which made the meal feel a little rushed.

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FK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Romantic restaurant with great food and price fix menu was a good value. The only downside was the service was rushed and not enough attention to detail.

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JC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opentable, you need to create a sixth star for this restaurant.
Everything was superb, the food, the ambiance, the service.
This place is now on my top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

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g
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Split a salad and ravoili stuffed with short rib- excellent. I had great bronzino and my husband had the veal scallopini with black truffles. Everything great. Cozy atmosphere.

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JD
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Capannina is a gem of a restaurant on Union Street in Cow Hollow. It is surrounded by cute shops and eateries, so it is a perfect place for dinner after an afternoon of enjoying the sights and shopping in one of San Francisco's most charming districts. The Caesar salad was one of the best I've had, and it was topped with fresh crab. My sole was delicious. The gnocchi was good but a bit bland. Our waiter was helpful, prompt and friendly. We enjoyed our dinner very much.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed or dinner. The ambiance was very nice, service attentive, food excellent and wine list reasonably priced and well represented. Overall value was good and everyone enjoyed every aspect. Will definitely return.

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LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son is a gluten-free eater and our waiter rattled off all the items from the menu that could be prepared gluten-free for him, without a moment of hesitation. Owner and staff are very welcoming and the service is excellent.

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P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my 4th dining experience here and I have always loved this place as the best on union street.
However, I was quite upset when after dessert was served, the waiter asked that we please hurry to leave as he needed the table as others were waiting to be seated.
This was a rainy Tuesday nite early bird dinner for 2 at 5:30pm and there were only 3 other tables occupied. It was 7:30pm when we left so I guess we overstayed? But there was no line in or outside and there were plenty of tables for 4 and an empty table for 2 near us. There were only 6 other tables occupied when we left. It was a wonderful meal and service and then that comment just didn’t sit well. I guess I have to remind myself that I am not in Paris....

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each item we had was extremely fresh and perfectly made. I probably won't be able to eat fresh mozzarella for a long time now because theirs was so good. Pretty much goes for every component on each dish we were served. This restaurant will now be one of the reasons that I return to SF.

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SP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another terrific meal at Campanina. I continue to believe this is one of the most under appreciated restaurants in the city. Excellent food offering combined with friendly service and reasonable prices make for a winning combination. Their $30 early dinner special has to be the best bargain in SF! We will be back!

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LF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on a really good night because they got a huge batch of black truffles in so they were adding black truffles to alot of their dishes for 1/3 of the normal price for truffles. The food was amazing. This place can easily become one of my regular haunts. We loved it.

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ET
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my third time here and I love it.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delicious meal in a so many ways! The wait staff was so kind to my Mom and celebrating her birthday. The food was delicious and it was not loud. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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JB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Old school Italian. Solid meal but nothing extraordinary. Pleasant staff and service. Definitely would return.

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AS
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice neighborhood restaurant. My grilled octopus and roasted sea bass were both outstanding.

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in all aspects.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the service is excellent, the atmosphere is convivial, and the food is high quality. Special dinner deals between 5 and 6 pm!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, busy place with solid italian food and a good wine list with reasonable selections.

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