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.
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, 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
Go for the Prix Fixe Menu (only from 5pm-6pm)- otherwise a little pricier than other neighborhood spots. GREAT for Dog Owners as the staff has doggie treats and water bowls at the ready, but only a few heated outside tables for dining if you bring your dog.
We enjoyed the meal, wine options, and setting other than the noise. We were 6 people, and one entree came out 12 minutes after the other five. I had the feeling that we were being rushed because we were a 6:30 res and finished 3 courses, 2 bottles of wine and a post prandial port by 7:55. Given the disincentives, we'll go back again because we enjoyed ourselves.
Every dish we had, from the appetizers to dessert was very good. We had carpaccio and scallops with squid ink risotto for appetizers, both of which were excellent. I had the Branzino al forno (sea bass) which was absolutely outstanding. My dinner companions also enjoyed their main dishes (gnocchi, seafood linguine and some pasta with wild boar sauce, IIRC). Overall, excellent food, good service in a very nice little place. Highly recommend it.
This is a well-attended neighborhood restaurant. On a Monday night, non-holiday, it was packed. They are all about authentic, Neapolitan-area Italian specialties, with their menu truly an Italian gem (antipasti, primi, secundi, and dolce courses). Prices, however, were the San Franciscan norm - ouch. We took BART and MUNI to the restaurant so parking was a non issue (but it looked like it would be a problem). We chose this restaurant due to the reviews it received on KQED's Check Please (available online) and found that it met our expectations for a fine Italian dining experience. Come with your wallet full of money and expect a genuine Italian meal. BTW, between 5-6 PM, they do have a fixed price dinner which looked like good value for money.
We always like coming to Capannina--it is close by, the food is excellent and it feels like "home". The only complaint I have from our most recent visit was the service was a bit slow and our waiter was too busy to completely pay attention. Not a bad problem for a restaurant on a Sunday evening but it needs to be watched and fixed if necessary.
Our group of five tasted through the menu, the star was the filet of sole. Other dishes were about half-a-beat off; veal slightly tough, lamb chops a bit overdone. Disappointed with linguine and clams, very neutral taste, poor extraction of clam flavor. Pasta perfectly done, however. Not good for families, it is expensive.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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