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Castagna - San Francisco

231 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (382)
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Castagna is a chef-owned neighborhood bistro and wine bar featuring "sun-kissed" cuisine from Provence and the neighboring coastal regions of Southern France and the Italian Riviera. Dine al fresco with a leisurely weekend brunch at our sidewalk tables, enjoy a candlelight dinner in our intimate dining room, or grab a glass of wine at the bar for a view of our lively exhibition kitchen. We offer dinner six days a week (closed on Mondays) along with weekend brunch service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Provencal, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner - Sunday & Tuesday thru Thursday: 5 - 9:30 pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5 - 10 pm

Weekend Brunch - Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 am - 5 pm
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Phone number
(415) 440-4290
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephane Meloni
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Private party facilities
The whole restaurant is available for buyout.
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Private party contact
Jerome Meloni: (415) 440-4290
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Cross street
Fillmore St.
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Parking details
Street parking is available. There is also a parking lot at Wells Fargo Bank on Chestnut three doors down from Castagna (between Fillmore & Steiner), and another lot on Pierce (between Lombard & Chestnut).
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Public transit
Muni lines 22, 30, 30X, 43.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSusan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Love this restaurant! Was concerned that ownership had changed but happy to find out that the chef has taken over. We were there for Sunday brunch and my 92 yr old mother-in-law enjoyed a bowl of onion-fennel soup on that cold day. I opted for one of the best burgers in a long time and my husband enjoyed beef cheeks - WOW.

We will return often.

Anna (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

Castagna is always exceptional in the quality of the food and the ambiance.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Castagna is a real neighborhood gem with its tasty French cuisine and great service! Cozy space, just a few tables, perfect for a date. We went there for Valentine's Day. The special menu was amazing. It started with an amuse bouche with ratatouille. It reminded me of my South of France! Then a delicious spinach salad with Foie Gras. Followed by Sea bass and a lobster risotto. And finally we shared a Financier and a berry tart. Everything was very good, full of flavor! And the service is friendly yet efficient and professional. We spent some time talking with the owner, Stephane, who's super nice. Will definitely go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the service delightful.

Foodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2017

Quiet when we arrived, but as people started coming in, the waiter got VERY busy.

Harley06 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

The discovery of this little French is a hidden jewel. The moment we walked in the food, service & ambience around us insure a delightful dinning experience. To the owner, server & chef , ill see you on my exit visit toSF

Jeff (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

Very reliable authentic tastes from Southern Provençe. Friendly, classy service. A favorite standby for visiting friends. Very much recommended.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2017

Very nice, not noisy, and the service was perfect. Our waiter recommended a very nice bottle of wine, which was in our price range. Food was delicious. Thank you.

vipChrisNZ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

I love visiting this restaurant. The staff are awesome and you often see the Chef who comes out to talk to customers. The food is beautifully prepared and tasty and they always make you feel welcome.

DDJandMJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

It was a very fun family dinner. The people were so friendly and made my daughters birthday memorable. Loved the French Italian influence.

vipamyo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2017

A local neighborhood gem. Fantastic service and food. Always friendly.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

Excellent find and great surprise. Food was exceptional. Service was very friendly and genuine.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2017

Small place with amazing food. Great mussles, pizza and pasta. Everything we ordered was delicious. Pascual is a great server and fun. Met the chef who is fantastic.

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

Waiter was very rude.
Owner was very nice
And the mussels were amazing and fresh

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2016

Unfortunately I was not overly impressed. The staff seemed more interested in talking with the people at the bar. We had to wave the waiter down to order and to pay the bill. There are only seven tables of which only one other was filled at the time we arrived. One of the reasons we picked this restaurant was to have beignets for dessert. When we ordered he came back and said we do not have beignets. No apology. No nothing. We were there for two hours and we all only ordered an entree. I understand the French people's passion for long meals but we are not in Paris. Food was okay. Not exceptional. Not good enough to want to linger for two hours. The place seemed to have an attitude. Maybe they only like French people. It is too bad. It has potential but the arrogance was off putting.

Selli5 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2016

Great little place on Chestnut St. menu is very creative with a number of interesting dishes. chef also provides beautiful presentation with every dish. We shared a goat cheese salad that was outstanding. My wife had a special of tiger prawns in a liqueur around a large polenta cake. Delicious dish although it was pricy. I had their lasagne which was very good. For desert we split their apple tart with caramel and crime fraiche. Good dessert overall. I would come here again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

We recommended this restaurant to acquaintances who wanted to treat us to dinner because we know the food is great. We have been dining at restaurants owned by these gentlemen for over ten years. I did not know that the people we were meeting had lived in France and were delighted to use a little of the language they'd learned there.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

Catch of the Day swordfish outstanding. Move over Cajun joints, this how beignets done. Service attentive.

BriannaB (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

We've gone to Castagna to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary, and it doesn't disappoint. The food is amazing!! You can't beat their pasta dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant.

vipTopDrawerTapas (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

Wonderful brunch on a rainy Sunday! A+ on the baked eggs. French toast was amazing. Caramelized FT means with caramel sauce. Instead of syrup, it was awesome!