Capannina

4.8
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2003 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 $35 per person from 5pm to 6pm.
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e
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Incredible service. We love this place.

l
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has been in existence for many years and unfortunately we just discovered it.
A real find for those of us who appreciate a non trendy restaurant, but one who prides on tasty food, pleasant atmosphere and some of the best service around.
It truly is a 'locals' place and although this was only our second time there, I foresee us going back many times over.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was authentic and very tasty. Waiter very friendly and attentive. Dishes are a bit on the expensive side but worth it.

CW
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I have ever had in San Francisco

l
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the quaint atmosphere, service was excellent, and food was tasty. Some items seem a bit overpriced, but others are what they should be( all in all, I would like to return soon because we all truly enjoyed our food and service.

OT
San Francisco
271 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommend. Very nice food with a more contemporary presentation. Reasonably priced. Excellent service.

S
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal-food flavor and execution was excellent, nice busy vibe to the restaurant.

l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

everything else great but too loud.......food was superb

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great find, truly authentic.

OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Capannina and the food is always amazing, delicious and makes you want more. Mikali and his team work hard to make the experience special every time we are there.

KA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Service is good without being invasive. Food is wonderful with a little twist on common dishes. If you’re going to go to an event, let them know when you order. They allow you to eat leisurely so we unexpectedly ran out of time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the gnocchi! The service was great. We’ll be going back next time we’re in town.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food is mediocre.

GP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and great value

D
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Consistent

VB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Food was delicious. It was a perfect way to spend my birthday.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in the neighborhood. Always warm service and exceptional food. Ciao!

j
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly service and really enjoyed the food. Best ceasaet salad around!

BH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, very nice staff. We had New Year’s Eve dinner there and it was just great!

N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tables are close, so little privacy. Restaurant was empty, yet they chose to seat another party right next to us. Would have preferred that they spread patrons out. Food was good.

E
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always good food (fabulous pesto risotto with scallops and prawns). Small restaurant which can feel quite crowded at times but service is spot on and value is good for a popular SF locale.

SF
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Right here in my own neighborhood.

OT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we got there we were treated to a true dining experience: An attentive/friendly wait staff that was not overbearing, an atmosphere that was quaint and inviting and meals that were true culinary delights. The seared tuna with seafood risotto is definitely tops. This restaurant will definitely be on our return to list when we travel to San Francisco!

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Campannina is the perfect “local”. Great food, comfortable environment, and very friendly, professional service. Prices are very reasonable and the sophisticated wine list is quite fairly priced. Just go!

A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Capannina! Warm atmosphere, wonderful staff and delicious food.

MR
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the 2nd time we have dined at Capannina. Very good food and service.

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the beat dining experiences ever. The ambiance and food had me transported back to Italy!

JA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! Excellent food and exceptional service. We enjoy that the restaurant is quaint.

EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed an early reservation before going to the nutcracker , but also wanted to enjoy a romantic date night.

Winter truffle menu was awesome!
Beef Carpaccio with Umbrian black $30
Carbonara with white truffles from Alba $60
She had the 5-6pm 3 course pre fixe for $35
1. Caesar salad with crab
2. Zucchini crusted salmon
3.choice of dessert (tiramisu)

I had the two truffle items (Carbonara was split as a mid for us to share) and veal scallopine(sp?) entree.

Food was outstanding and service was attentive, quick, but not rushed

Truly a gem and can’t wait to return

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prix fixe menu is the best bargain in town!

SD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat, like a little trip to Italy. Sergio and Michele make their guests feel welcome and special. The food is always wonderful, full of flavor and authentic. This month they have a special truffle menu in honor of winter truffles.

GF
San Francisco
236 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been been about 15 years since I last visited Capannina. It was great back then, and it’s still great today. That the restaurant is still thriving is evidence of its high quality, terrific food and value. We started with the grilled octopus, which we loved. And it was a good sized appetizer. Then we had the mozzarella salad, which was excellent. The cheese was tasty and fresh. We also orders the gluten free pasta with tomato meat sauce. They brought it out on two plates, and we loved it. You wouldn’t even know that the pasta was gluten free! My entreee was the lamb chops which were cooked perfectly. The large plate had four delicious lamb chops and some potatoes and vegetable. It was a perfect size portion,a Don really delicious. We also got the petrale sole dish, which was the whole fish, so it was quite a nice portio of fish to eat. It came with a side plate of asparagus, that was cooked perfectly. Finally we had the pear tart with the side of vanilla gelato., which was terrific. What a meal. And the server, was Italian and made all his guests feel like family. He made you feel like an old friend. He would chat with you, tell you about the dishes, about himself, cooking, and Italy. He would throw in some Italian words just to be fun. He was super friendly, knowledgeable of the food, and definitely seemed to love his job. What a great server for this restaurant! Yes, Capannina is a great restaurant, great food, cozy atmosphere, romantic, and fun. And the prices were reasonable. My only suggestion would be to add more Italian red wines by the glass, like maybe a Chianti. We definitely want to go back!

SF
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had forgotten how much I love this place. Everything about it is excellent! They had taken my favorite dish off the menu, and when I mentioned it they said, no problem. And there it was. Such lovely people serving consistently excellent food.

TM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been here before but took a chance for our anniversary. Could not have been my pleased. It’s a bit noisy but everything else is absolutely perfect.

W
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service, delightful evening.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic. This place never disappoints. The food is always the best.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and will not be my last. Everything was superb!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the most fabulous experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful setting and great food! Small, intimate dining and perfect for any occasion. I’ll definitely return again and again!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sergio was a wonderful and thoughtful waiter. We enjoyed dining with them.