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.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Laguna & Octavia
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Our full menu is available for catered events.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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