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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 prix fixe menu, consisting of a three-course dinner for $30 per person every day from 5pm to 6pm. Thereafter, we serve a regular 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, 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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (7)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We stumbled on Capannina by chance as we were staying at a nearby hotel and were first-time visitors to the city so knew nothing. We were pleasantly surprised: our 3 main courses (inc 2 vegetarian) were outstanding. Our teenager claimed she had the best ravioli she’s ever eaten! And these were followed up by 3 desserts that were the same calibre. Excellent Italian fare, a good wine list inc. wines by the glass, plus attentive, friendly service. We live in Melbourne, Australia which has some great Italian restaurants so we know what can be done. Capaninna is a gem. We returned a week later with a US friend and she was equally impressed. Thank you and well done to all who make it happen at Capaninna!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The service is personal and caring and professional.
The food delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Great service, fabulous food. It’s the real deal Italian food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

their "most popular pasta" boar pappardelle was overcooked, almost bland in flavor, lacking in boar. for a well-rated italian place's most popular pasta, it was quite a disappointment.

beef carpaccio was good, value is pretty good for your dollar, portions healthy

very nice ambiance, but a bit loud

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a lovely dinner here. The staff remembered the note I made on OpenTable that it was my boyfriend's birthday, and surprised him with a tiramisu @ the end of the meal. Staff was attentive throughout the meal, and checked on us multiple times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Capannina for dinner on New Year’s Eve, partly because it had great ratings, and partly because it was one of the few places that still had a table for 4 available after 6:00 pm. We ended up with one of the last reservations of the night, but we were not disappointed. Every dish we tried was prepared perfectly. I can still taste the black truffle risotto two days later. I can not wait to go back next time I am in San Francisco. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great. Service was very rushed. Brought food out way too fast. Kept stopping by and rushing us. Felt like they were trying to move us through dinner and turn the table over as quickly as possible.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Michele is the best!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The deliciously cooked food was accompanied by very good but not intrusive service. The kitchen knows how to prepare the dishes to perfection. The seared tuna was buttery, and seasoned and seared just right, cooked to perfection and the Chilean sea bass was cooked just right, not over cooked. The Caesar with crab was light and airy, and the mussels were tender and not chewy. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service.
The Scaloppini and Gnocchi were perfect. Nice wine selection both domestic and Italian choices and reasonably priced, we had a red from the Veneto region which was lovely and about $45. Service was warm and efficient. We'll return again soon.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas Evening meal. The food was outstanding and the service excellent. The ambiance was quite and festive. Highly recommend a visit or two. Capannina is truly lovely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very friendly. Good service. Willing to please.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious food (especially the pesto!), attentive service and a cozy ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

10th anniversary dinner for my wife and me. It was wonderful--great food, great service, great ambiance. The staff made us feel special from start to finish.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Truly incredible! Our first time at Capannina. Four of us celebrating our friends recent nuptials. The owner was charming/beyond hospitable. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing!! A great experience all around. Thank you for making a very special occasion even more memorable!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The atmosphere was very romantic and the wine was good. However, they could not remember our reservation (even though we had called to confirm). The food was over priced for the quality. It was not as flavorful as it should have been. The staff were all very kind, but we were left unimpressed by the food.

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

One of our favorites in the City. Consistently good food and service. Sergio, our waiter, has been with them for a long time and he always gives good service. I can recommend filet of sole, ciopinno, chicken, pasta, caesar salad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

All in 4.5 Very good menu options, very well prepared Italian w/nice creative touches.Friendly efficient service. Like the atmos .

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I gave 5 stars for service because our waiter Sergio deserved it - he was the best, knowledgeable and attentive. But another waiter, not ours, was intentionally extremely rude to me personally. I truly hope he has been fired for his surly impudence, which I did report to the management. The room is lovely and on a better night could certainly be called romantic. Unfortunately the night we were there with out-of-town guests, the noise level was far beyond acceptable. One large party was extremely loud, forcing everyone else in the room to raise their voices just to be heard in conversation. My wife swears she will never go there again, even though we live only a few blocks away.

The food and wine were both excellent, and very reasonably priced. Seared scallops over squid ink risotto was excellent, as was the veal scallopini.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

First time at Campannia and it was lovely. Waiter was delightful and made a great wine recommendation. We will definitely visit again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My favorite Italian restaurant!! Everything about it is true Italian!!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous food, world class service, Gorgeous restaurant. We just keep going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, People Watching, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

A most wonderful experience and amazing flavors in the foods. Attentive and friendly service from all the staff. Have been here several times and will keep coming back!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always a great experience! Love the food here. And the staff are very generous with their guidance and time.

I ordered the crab salad, which is one of my seasonal favorites. Always fresh, perfectly dressed, and with a very generous amount of crab. This time I ordered the spicy shrimp pasta. I let them know about my garlic intolerance, which they accommodated without hassle. Unfortunately, they also left off the shrimp, which I didn't really think about, until I ate my leftovers the next day...and realized that there had been none. My bad, I am sure if I had pointed this out, it would have been corrected right away.


If you are looking for a quite conversation, ask for the booth in the back. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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