Consistently superb Sardinian Italian. Unpretentious, reasonable prices, hefty portions. Baby octopus stew a must order, as are all their pastas. Unique wine list with many excellent Sardinian bottles.
I went to La Ciccia for the first time last week. The Sardinian food, wine (Carignan blend), and service were all excellent. Even the olive oil for the table was spectacular. I had the special seafood soup in a rich tomato broth as an entree. My fiancée had the spaghetti because she is a vegetarian - the saffron tomato sauce tasted strange to us. Perhaps pass on that along with the espresso. Everything else was great. Great place for unique seafood dishes and wines from Sardinia.
The food was absolutely fantastic. Fresh ingredients were used and prepared in a great way. The attention to detail is incredible.
Will come again.
Without a doubt my favourite restaurant in SF, and why I’ve been coming back for years now. High quality and delicious food in a relaxed neighbourhood, out of the way of the hipster places with overpriced cocktails and hour long waits. Thank you for an amazing dining experience!!
Excellent service and wine recommendations. Pasta portions were surprisingly large
Don't be deceived by the short menu - every single item on there is a surprise and a delight. Make your reservation now - it's worth the wait!
We LOVE La Ciccia. It was our go-to restaurant when we lived in San Francisco. Now that we have moved out of California we make a point of visiting there when we are in San Francisco! Delicious food and Lorella has compiled an incredible wine list.
Food was way too salty, badly plated and uninteresting. Service was indifferent. Desserts were uninspired and presentation was poor. What on earth gives this place a good reputation ?
Appetizers and entree wow. Octopus salad, bottarga and celery, and spaghetti with bottarga. With Sardinian Monica wine. Could not be better.
We love La Ciccia! We come to San Fran very often and we always try to have a dinner there. This visit our dinner was really wonderful..... creative, fresh, and delicious. We always recommend this restaurant to our friends as well but because it is so popular and so small it is difficult to get a reservation.
Overrated and overhyped. Not worth the wait to get a reso. Food was ok, nothing stood out. Glad I tried the place but don’t see myself coming back.
Amazing Sardinian food. Fresh pasta, great seafood.
Food was very good, but service was inattentive. While all were friendly, there were a couple of forgotten items that we had to ask for twice, and service was slow overall.
Food was poor quality. The prawns were overcooked and placed on a bed of tasteless vegetables. Honestly, I do not know how this restaurant can have 4 + stars. The people were extremely kind. They should fix the food.
An excellent experience as usual, with some of the best Italian wine selections for the type of cuisine offered. Make La Ciccia a staple and stable choice for a great dinner.
This is the second time we've tried La Ciccia, and while we weren't overly impressed, we wanted to give it another shot. Our second visit solidified for me that this is a mediocre Italian restaurant. The food is okay and some dishes can be good but not great. The flavors are interesting, but not balanced. I would go here for a quick casual dinner, but I'm very confused by how booked up it gets. In my humble opinion, Locanda in the Mission makes better pasta dishes.
We arrived at 10:30 pm after a basketball game & were greeted & seated immediately & had a fabulous meal!
The food was great, and our waiter was very nice. My only problem was with the hostess. We were 15 minutes late for our table and called to let her know. Fifteen minutes is within the restaurant’s acceptable time period to keep a reservation. I apologized upon taking my table. The hostess didn’t respond and appeared to glare at me for several minutes after walking away in what I took as an effort to speed up my ordering. I also noticed she checked on every table’s meal except ours.
I have been a client here since La Ciccia first opened and have always put the restaurant in my Top 5 here in San Francisco. But this experience was not worthy of 5 stars, as it has been in the past. And the reason is the food. It was just mediocre this time. Perhaps it was because we were not able to get a booking until 9:30 pm and the lateness of the service caused the food to be just fair this time. The menu needs an update. I love this place so much and will give it another try in the Spring.
The pasta dishes are all so wonderful. Complex and amazing flavors but simple at the same time, all done without butter, cream or cheese unlike most American-Italian restaurants. The squid appetizer was also outstanding, the shrimp main was comparatively less impressive but still good. Dining companions said lamb was some of the best they’ve tasted. Good wine selection, this is a place you want to return to often.
This place is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco.
The octopus stew, this time for NYE, was transformed into a seafood stew, and included scallops, shrimp, mussels and clams. I nearly ate the entire bowl myself, it was soo delicious.
We had the squid ink pasta with lobster and it was awesome.
Lorella and Massimiliano are wonderful warm hosts that welcome you back with their charm and wonderful food and wine.
Wishing the restaurant a wonderful 2019.
New Years’Eve at La Ciccia! What can I say? Came from New Mexico just to eat here!!! Outstanding service, wait staff, chefs in the kitchen, lovely beautiful owner...pure theatre in every sense of the word! Food and wine...very special and prepared with love. Worth every bit and would come over and over again, were it not so far from us! Thank you for another marvelous experience! Excellente!
Happy New Year La Ciccia!♥️
Always warm & friendly. It’s the Bottarga dish we coming back for👏👏
As always, a hospitable hostess and host, excellent service, delicious food, excellent service and an exceptional wine list with choices you can’t find in other restaurants. Dining at La Ciccia is always a treat.
The food was really nice, we had a very good meal. And the price is honest.
A perfect dining experience. Food bursting with flavors. Fresh clean Sicilian Chardonnay. cozy sexy
Our favorite restaurant in San Francisco - we travel to SFO purely to eat here! Incredible experience every time!
Surprisingly just OK. Of our 4 entrees, 2 were very good (pork scallopine and gamberini) and 2 were less than stellar (gnocchi and gnocchetti with truffles). Dessert was not good. The panna cotta was grossly dense (rubbery?) and ricotta was ‘meh’. Service was fine. Owner/hostess bustling around in a cramped seating area was distracting. While not a bad meal, it was not as nice as it could be. Disappointed because it didn’t meet expectations set by previous reviewers and recommender.
Lovely small restaurant tucked into a neighborhood. Focus on Sardinian cuisine. Friendly impexkable service.
We were given the Specials for the day and when we had a chance to order one after waiting for over half hour we were told it was sold out. Imagine how upset my pregnant wife was. The waiter was overwhelmed, never offered us a drink until almost 40 minutes after arrival. The break was given to us almost 1 hour into our night, no butter was provided with the Bread. So we ate bread with Saliva. The place is very small and crowded. Not a great experience. I wouldn’t recommend this place, not even to my worst enemy. Very disappointing.
Great but it felt rushed. Not enough time between courses.
Signature dishes were excellent. Other primos and secondos were good but not exceptional.
We love it here, and the owners are so lovely!
How can the star pasta dish in the menu be as hot spicy as hell? I could not stop sweating
I always enjoy dining at this neighborhood gem. and it was great to be back. The spicy tomato and baby octopus stew was delicious. The octopus texture was amazing — cooked perfectly. I will always order the pasta with squid ink and citrus. Yum!
Amazing, authentic Sardinian/Italian food cooked and served from the heart. Best pasta in SF!
Amazing from beginning to end!
Top to bottom my favorite place in the city. Always a wonderful experience.
Best Italian(Sardenian) restaurant in the city!! Hands down. ALWAYS.