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About Capannina

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 serve a prefix menu, consisting of a three-course dinner for $25 per person every day from 5pm to 6pm. Thereafter, we serve a regular menu. Black and white truffles imported from Itali & a seasonal menu.

1809 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Laguna & Octavia

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 409-8001

Website:
http://www.capanninasf.com/

Catering:
Our full menu is available for catered events.

Public Transit:
MUNI #41 & 45

Private Party Facilities:
For larger parties or private events, please call the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Michele Di Ruocco: (415) 409-8001

Additional:
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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.

Capannina Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Authentic (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Casual (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Business Meals (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful all around! Such nice and friendly service and the food was amazing. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

No question the food was excellent and we were given the table we asked for. However, the service was (with one exception) indifferent and inefficient. We'd planned on a glass of wine before the meal but the wine didn't appear until after the first course was served. Dishes appeared at odd times. Repeated requests for butter were not met until after the bread was removed. No excuse because the place was not full. A shame because we used to like Capannina and live just up the street, but we would not recommend it to friends judging from this past experience and probably won't go again ourselves. But perhaps they were just having a bad night; it happens.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

One of the better Italian restaurants outside of Italy we have been to

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very disappointing. The tuna tasted old. The penne with prawns was very below average. Our server acted like he did not want to be there. And the wine was over priced for what it was.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The dishes were very good, well prepared and seasoned nicely. The service however, was very hurried to the point of giving the impression that the desire to turn the table was more important than anything else. Together with a very high noise level that made a conversation quite difficult. Our overall impression was decidedly negative....too many other nice restaurants in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a fabulous meal with family visiting us. The food was perfect and very special and the service was friendly. We will go back soon!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My friend and I went here because we thought the ambiance looked cute when we walked by on Union street. While the service was great and the ambiance was generally good, the food didn't hit the mark. We both had pasta dishes, which you'd expect an Italian place to do very well, but one was too spicy and the linguini with clams was just so-so. The folks next to us recommended the veal scallopini which is probably the way to go! I also got sick to my stomach after I finished eating

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, service, all around superb experience. Fully satisfied. Will be back for sure and recommend you to others. Everyone on your team cares about your clientele and the results are splendid.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Sergio was attentive and informative. Great personality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is our families go to spot. We have gone here for years because we can count on a wonderful meal, lovely staff and great ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Reminded me of dining in Italy, where the sauces are not American-thick and the touches are subtle.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

3.5 out of 5 stars. Good food, and good staff, but they wouldn't accommodate my client's request to hold on the menu, in case they wanted to order something else. It wasn't a big deal, but it was odd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Order a dozen of oysters but they turned bad. The octopus is very good and tender but all other food are mediocre at best.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. We couldn’t have been more happy with our service and dinner. The squid ink risotto was to die for. Both of us loved our meals and had a great experience. Food clearly came out as soon as it hade finished cooking because it was piping hot and wonderful. Definitely recommend this quaint little restaurant.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent dinner with friends. Food is outstanding. The only issue if sitting by the front door, it could get cold. Will enjoy again and again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We always love going to Capannina with friends - food is yummy - atmosphere is warm and cozy - Michelli and staff AWESOME!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful meal and fantastic service. You feel like you're in Italy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Old school Italian. Good Service, solid food very traditional menu. Good wine list.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The service was just right and very friendly. We were there early (5:45) and took advantage of the prix fix special. The crab salad came with lots of fresh crab and light on the dressing which I loved. The main dishes were generous and very good. We were not rushed and we could have a conversation without having to shout. The ambiance is lovely and I will go back often.
This is the best value we have found in the area and a lovely place to come to.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Capannina ever disappoints! Everything from beginning to end is orchestrated with an authentic Italian flare. Michele is such a gracious host! From beginning to end, the carpaccio through to the cannnoli, we were delighted once again. Si mangia benissimo da Michele!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food is simply great.and reasonably priced. That's all you need to know.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Always perfect

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Come here often and always leave wanting to come back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good food, not too loud, nice ambiance, good service--a solid 4 star experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Tend to walk by the restaurant, but the food is arguably the best in the city right now. Excellent. Will be going back

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is such a find! If you are looking for an impeccably prepared menu and dishes that embody creativity and quality, you've come to the right place. You feel right at home in an intimate and cozy setting and the service is very friendly without being fawning. By the way, the panna cotta, OMG, it's otherworldly. So are any of the homemade pasta dishes. If you haven't been here yet, check it out. It's an excellent dining experience at a very reasonable price for SF.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Capininna is that quintessential neighborhood Italian restaurant that you can count on for very good, authentic Italian food, served in a homey environment, by people who care about their customers. It's the place we take friends from both in and out of town.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Normally great but very bad service this time. Not sure what happened

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Squid ink risotto with lobster bisque was a great combination, never had it until here.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always, Capannina never fails! My friend cleaned her plate!!! It's such a great place. Love it. Hope Michele is successful for a long time to come. Thanks for being there!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Casual, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. It is quieter earlier in the evening, if you worry about noise, but the noise level was never too loud

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Once again, a terrific meal! I brought a friend from LA this evening who is the ultimate "foodie." He raved about the food. The soup, salad, pasta and dessert were all outstanding. The couple next to us had seafood dishes that they loved. They were celebrating their anniversary and said that they decided on Capannina as they've always had great meals here. The service by our waiter Sergio was wonderful -- very attentive and knowledgeable. All this and very reasonable prices. Several weeks ago I recommended Capannina to a couple who were hosting guests from Australia. They wanted to take them to an authentic Italian restaurant. Their guests were wowed by the restaurant. I'm always reluctant to recommend restaurants -- but with Capannina, I never hesitate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

really great food with a creative special appetizer - roasted peaches wrapped in bacon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had a wonderful meal at Capannina. One of us had the pre theater dinner (what a bargain!) & I had the seasonal truffle veal scallonpine... incredible!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This place never disappoints for classic regional Italian; good value if you want to dine early and take advantage of the prixfix menu.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Fantastico! Best restaurant by far while staying in Bay Area. Even over the places in Napa and Sonoma!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I have been to Capannina many times and thought of it as a quiet place to dine. We couldn't carry on a conversation because it was so loud this time. The food was fine but we finished quickly so we could talk.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Consistently excellent from service to salad to dessert. Friendly but not overbearing (real Italian) waiters and attendants. Perfect arugula salad. Salmon and tuna dishes that were so good we regretted getting to the last bite. These folks seem to know and care about providing the best dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Delicious crab caesar. Excellent spaghetti with fresh clams and very good seafood grill. Service was perfect. Not pushy but very responsive. Will definitely return.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant. The service was very disappointing. When we had requests the servers were rude and unaccomadating. It's really too bad because it's a lovely location.

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