Capannina

4.8
1827 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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SP
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
71 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in all aspects.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 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 5, 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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a
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Italian. If you have ever been to Italy you will notice the similarities. Sauces very light - not heavy like "American" Italian. Service outstanding. It is nice not to be rushed. Ravioli some of the best I have ever eaten. We cancelled other reservations to eat here twice - not to be missed.

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CF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for NYE with 3 friends and had an amazing time. The staff was super attentive and the food was incredible, at reasonable prices (with menu options not a fixed price menu, which was really hard to find on NYE). Very happy with our experience, will definitely be back, and highly recommend it to everyone! I had the white truffle tagliatelle, which were incredible.

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D
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blown away. That's how we all felt after our meal here. One of us said, "best meal ever," and he's traveled to several other countries (Italy was one of them). The ambiance was cozy, even though the place was bustling. Our charming waiter, Casper, was a terrific server. Even with the hiccup over the wine we wanted not being available (2 times), he didn't miss a beat. Our food was flavorful, plentiful, and delicious! There was nothing we would change about our evening here. Too bad it's so far from BART or Caltrain, since we live on the peninsula and took a car, a train, and a Lyft to get there. But, we shall return!

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CG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very authentic. I have a new favorite Italian Restaurant in San Francisco! Make sure to get something with truffles--very unique.

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DK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second year we have dined at Capannina on Christmas Eve. The food is excellent, the service outstanding and the atmosphere lovely. It just may be our newest holiday tradition.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly and fast service, and has a nice ambiance.

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CK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was outstanding ...
The venue is nothing special , good service,
Good value , I recommend it ...

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitstaff. Delicious entrees. Reasonably priced.

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B
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love yhid place. The owner is on the floor to talk to guests and make suggestions.
Service is good and nose level appropriate
for cnversations.

Have eaten there many times and have always enjoyed it .

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p
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all the many wonderful and grand Italian restaurants in San Francisco, Capannina remains our favorite. It’s a cross between “your favorite neighborhood restaurant” and the place you take your out-of-town friends to impressive them. This night, we had white truffles elegantly shaved over a trio of pastas suggested by Sergio, the best Italian waiter in town. A wonderful evening, as always, at Capannina.

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner with our visiting daughter who loves this restaurant, was lovely. Family athmosphere and great service

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Capaninna from the appetizers to dessert, Michele and his staff are on it!

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RE
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & wine list. Great cordial service. Various pasta and seafood options. The truffle specials were outstanding.

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had been to Capannina previously and it was requested by my husband for his birthday dinner with friends. Luckily, we were able to order off of the truffle menu while they are still in season. The meal was delicious, the wine selection was perfect with all of our selections and the service was great. We will definitely be back for any occasion!

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time here & we really enjoyed the kind owner & attentive, friendly staff! Definitely check it out....!!!

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RL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Experience! Sergio, our Italian waiter was charming and offered professional service.

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BG
London
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a repeat customer. The food is excellent and I appreciate the willingness to prepare dishes for a vegetarian. I especially love the seasonal truffle menu!

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TB
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious, authentic Italian food, well prepared and enjoyable. Great wine list by the bottle but limited by the glass. Very good service. However, tables are very close together and can be noisy when crowded, which is most of the time. Overall, an excellent choice for an authentic Italian dining experience.

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K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have come to this restaurant for years and absolutely love everything about it. The food, the waiters, the owner are excellent in making your experience a positive, can't wait to come back one, and the food is delicous. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a very nice atmosphere

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sea bass was perfect! We're regulars and have never had a bad experience. Highly recommended for high quality authentic Italian.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd time we introduced friends to restaurant and staff and each time friends were totally impressed with Capannina.

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BR
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, unbelievably good! I took a group of 9 people this evening and everyone loved their dinners! That same evening my nephew from out of town asked me for a SF restaurant recommendation - for the best Italian restaurant in the city. I told him my first choice is always Capannina. He is a great cook himself and makes pasta from scratch. He and his wife raved about Capannina. It’s so nice to be able to recommend a spot and know that it will always be terrific.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service always excellent here.

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DI
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always outstanding food preparation and authentic regional dishes.If you're in San Francisco this place is a must and the wait staff is the best in the city

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NB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice! We come back year after year.

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ME
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went there a couple of weeks ago and the food there was amazing!! We had a wonderful evening with our two kids and the fish there was to die for! Will definitely be back whenever we are back in the city.

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BS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We completely enjoyed this place.
Had an early meal at 5:30 and took advantage of the fixed price menu (3 courses for $30). It has to be the best deal in town - excellent food, nice wine list, full portions, and friendly and attentive service. In addition Union street is nice for walking before and after dinner.
We will definitely return.

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GS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried a pasta dish and lamb chops. Excellent quality and reasonable prices.

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SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capannina never disappoints. It is amazingly consistent in delivering superb food, outstanding service, and a warm & welcoming atmosphere.

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SP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific find in a great neighborhood. We had an early Saturday night dinner. From 5-6, the restaurant has a fixed price 3 course dinner for $30. Has to be the best bargain in SF. No scrimping- these are all full serving courses. Excellent food, friendly and attentive service. I had the pork Milanese which was terrific. My daughter had the salmon which she also enjoyed. The salads and desserts were also excellent. I will definitely be back.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely LOVE Capannina- my all time favorite restaurant in San Francisco!

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