Capannina

4.7
1783 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.
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 1783 People Are Saying
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JS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We came for an 8:30 pm dinner reservation. We asked to have our dinner in three courses. Instead, all of the food was brought out at once. When we asked why, they told us the kitchen was closing so they decided to send out all of the food at once. In a city with abundant restaurant choices, there is no need to return to a place where the closing of the kitchen is more important than the dining experience of the patrons. We would not recommend this restaurant.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought me back to Italy, a recent trip that I cannot wait to repeat. Staff was very friendly and food was deelish! Dare I say maybe better than a lot of the food I had IN Italy...!!!

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TL
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We overnighted in San Fran with friends just so we could eat here again. Michele and his staff don’t disappoint. The food was just as good as we remembered. Can’t wait to return again. Thank you so much and god bless your cousin, Tony, who introduced us to your restaurant. 🙏❤️

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully service and friendly staff. Food is excellent as well

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f
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service excellent. Not sure if is customary in San Francisco to add the tip amount automatically or to leave it up to the customer, in this case they added to the bill with no other option

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PH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The menu and decor are dated. The service is rushed.

Not awful, but not great.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service on my wife's birthday. She was go glad that I took her to this restaurant to celebrate her special day.

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food & attentive service! a true neighborhood gem!

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RI
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service mediocre.
Food very ordinary except branzini (whole fish) which was excellent.
I wouldn't return unless I lived on the block.

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EB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We have ALWAYS looked forward to eating at this restaurant, so were naturally disappointed this time. We usual reserve a table around 5 pm to avoid loud crowds. Naturally on a Friday nite, the restaurant just had a couple of tables occupied. No sooner were we served food or wine, there an usual amount of discomfort by table servers CONSTANTLY asking if we were finished. Maybe there is someone out there who can finish a plateful of dinner in 5-10 mins, but I can't. Also it was pretty obvious our plates were full. I can understand one interruption, but 5 within less than an hour!!! What gives CAPA???

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and people. Mikeli (owner) is a super guy!

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E
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian. Good food, attentive, friendly staff and roomier than most Italian restaurants I’ve visited in San Francisco. Highly recommend for a reasonably priced and not pretentious little neighborhood gem.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was yummy, but very quick.

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SR
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Second time to review this restaurant. We really love the food here, however, I have one small complaint this time....a little heavy on the salt. I ordered the lamb chops and they were very good except for the excess salt. My friend had the seared tuna and also said she would have liked it a little less salty. Overall the rest of the meal was excellent. The roasted octopus was tender and perfectly grilled, the carpaccio was the delicious as were our desserts. One of the best things about this restaurant is the staff. Our waiter was charming, great at what he does and very attentive. If you are in the area and are craving authentic Italian food - Capaninna is the place to go.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere was outstanding for entertaining out of town business clients. Highly recommended!

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EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant especially for a weekday night. Great food, good wine, excellent service and nice people. This is our "go-to" restaurant when friends visit.

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WT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Capannina it is a typical italian restaurant. Bread and olive oil served before the meal. The pastas are good and the same for the “veal scalopino a Marsala”, a popular dish of Italia

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

This is our #1 "go-to" for dates, out of towners, special occassions. The owners are absolutely charming, the food never disappoints, the truffles during the season are outstanding and the place is always filled to the max, which makes if extra fun and lively. If you can grab a booth, the noise level is reduced greatly. If you are Italian or have friends visiting from Italy its extra fun to get the Italian banter going with the guys!

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RM
West Virginia
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small restaurant with fantastic food. Go. The wait staff are awesome. Listen to their suggestions. You’ll have a fantastic meal.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal !!! We truly enjoyed the food and the ambiance ❤️ We had the tuna risotto, oysters and cioppino. All so amazing ! We also had an excellent bottle of rosè. We will be back. Thank you for the delicious food and great service.

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AW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating a birthday and had a very enjoyable evening. The food was very tasty and cooked just right. The service was efficient though i would prefer it to be a little more friendly. We would definitely come back again because the food was that good.

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, intimate Italian dining! Would recommend making a reservation if you have a party of four or more.

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SR
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way. Great food, great service and friendly staff. A definite must if you’re looking for authentic Italian food.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant and it is the first one we think of when we dine in SF. We love the location on Union Street and we love the food. They are always very welcoming and efficient.

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l
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is authentic and delicious. I had the filet of sole in a beautiful lemon caper sauce - the best I’ve ever had.

Our waiter was charming and the service was perfect.

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared classic Italian. Very well cheated wine list.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 5

Really pretty and cozy ambiance but the service is Keryun lost in translation. The guy who supposedly Italian, wasn’t letting us take our time to make selection from the menu, he kept on rushing us to make one. I felt that he was demonstrating the sense in rush and business so it would create an atmosphere of a busy and successful business. Then when he brought food he was ready to take it for the same reason. So I felt like I am not relaxed and enjoying g my dinner with my friends but more like on the business meeting- in and out. Other than that the food was good and ambiance was really nice. I would still go there for the ambiance and the wine list. And also give him a chance again to make sure if I was write or wrong the first time:)

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CH
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in San Francisco about twice a year and always make time for this restaurant. Solid cooking. Range of choices. Moderate prices. Great value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!! A bit loud as we were seated next to a table of about 20 folks but food and service was extraordinary as always.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family event

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pretty traditional Italian. Service was spot on - not rushed but not waiting for food either. Waiter was very chattty and engaging. The food itself was fantastic! Three of us had the Octopus starter - and it was sublime! The only other place I have had octopus recently was a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Spain last month and this came pretty darned close! Entrees were all similarly wonderful - risottos, gnocchi and one chicken dish - all gobbled up. No room for desert for the ladies but the very hungry gent with us scoffed a pear tart before the waiter could even bring us tasting spoons....guessing it was pretty good!

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually LOVE this place but we ate there a couple of nights ago and the food was just meh...Maybe an off night or maybe the regular chef was off...don’t know. Disappointed

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sergio was wonderful. Our family dinner was very special and we will definitely be back!

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b
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant whose fare far exceeds that of other establishments in the neighborhood.
Street parking is a contact sport, so use the public parking lot one block away.

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A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood restaurant with excellent food, great service and a warm atmosphere.

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l
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting the bay area for a weekend and found Capannina online. They had excellent reviews and for a very good reason. The ambiance, food and service are excellent. We tried the bean soup to start, which was delicious. I had the sole and my husband had the halibut. Both fabulous. We finished with the tiramisu, which was heavenly. We would definitely return again!

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LD
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant. Food and service was excellent; food was fresh. Delicious bread with dipping oil.

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F
San Francisco
169 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food prepared freshly and well. We highly recommend and will
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JS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. It is such a pleasure to be able to talk to the other people at the table and be heard. We had the Prix fixe meal as we arrived before 6 pm and it is a fabulous value. Had the Caesar salad with crab (great), the chicken under a brick - also very good and warm chocolate cake dessert which was fabulous too. All this for $30! Service attentive but not overbearing, ambiance terrific and quite honestly I can't find any fault. Have eaten at many other "high end" restaurants that can't hold a candle to this love neighborhood gem.
We will be back

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GE
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good traditional offerings and services to match.

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