Acqua E' Farina

4.5
265 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Family Owned restaurant serving Traditional Italian Cuisine in a casual to fine dining setting.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 888-1568
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have one small private room that will accommodate up to 12 patrons. I also have two large rooms that can also accommodate private events. Max seating for private events is 65. Contact our Events Coordinator for info on minimums and availability.
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Cross street
B St.
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Parking details
Street parking is available, as well as multiple free parking lots within a block of the restaurant.
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Public transit
Two blocks from Downtown Hayward BART Station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 265 People Are Saying
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c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here quite a few times, and it never disappoints. The food is always excellent. The waitstaff are always very nice and personable. I highly recommend this place!

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GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Acqua E' Farina and its food. However, this time around I loved the food but not the ambiance. I always brag about how amazing this place is and how amazing the food is too. I invited my boss, her husband and another couple to join us for a dinner celebration and there was what we thought was some company holiday party. It was very loud, so loud we couldn't hear the specials of the day. Our wonderful waitress had to practically yell it to us. I asked to be moved to the other side of the restaurant and we were moved to the opposite corner of the same room. It helped a little but it was definitely my least favorite time at Acqua E' Farina. I enjoyed the food but not as much as I usually do. We even skipped dessert, which I love to order and enjoy. Maybe that whole room should be reserved for that kind of big parties so other patrons can enjoy of a nice, relaxing, quiet and sometimes romantic dinner.

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AM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food was exquisite, wine very good and my favorite desert tartufo
out of this world. Greatly recommended.

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k
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good foof

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AR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and authentic. If you are looking for a modern Italian inspired food this is not the place. The staff were polite and attentive. The environment could be improved by somehow bringing in the Italian cooking aromas.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Excellent ambiance.

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DP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent. I would have preferred a bit lighter serving of sauces.
Thank you! We will be back!

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is usually always so great! And the food is wonderful. Was catching up with an old friend and it was just delightful

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised! Took parents there for their birthdays. They both received a small dish of the best vanilla ice cream I have ever had. Food was delicious!!! Great staff, very attentive!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT food, always courteous service

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bread is amazing. Food is just ok. Maybe we didn’t order the right things.

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Thanksgiving was stress-free since we decided to eat out. We chose Italian because hardly go to an Italian place when dining out. The food was good, service was attentive, and food delivery was quick. I'm sure there's some pre-preparation but it was fine with us!

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P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met with friends for Thanksgiving. First time dining at this restaurant; food good, service good. Will recommend to other friends.

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V
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the ravioli, fettucine, and salmon and a glass of moscato. They were all good. Salmon was probably the best one. We ordered cappucino and chocolate gelato from the dessert menu as well which were delicious. Definitely coming back here again.

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HS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice little spot in downtown Hayward to take a group or someone special. Food was decent and service was great, nothing to complain about.

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TB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua e Farina is hands down our favorite restaurant in Hayward! You will not be disappointed.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food quality is generally very good. Service is very friendly and very accommodating.

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EG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Great time. Nice place

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great! The service was excellent. Great place to celebrate a birthday or two.

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MR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was awesome; however, the waitress gave me someone else’s leftovers/ doggie bag- I was bummed... ‘almost’ a perfect dining experience.
When I go back, I’ll make sure to double check the to-go container as the waitress delivers it to the table since the wait staff loses track of which left overs belong to right customer.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were surprised by how large the restaurant was. It had several rooms. Our favorite had many murals of Italy. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive but not overbearing.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us tried this restaurant for the first time on a friend's recommendation. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, all having different selections. The servings were generous, the price reasonable, and we had excellent service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice! fun. cool.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant was not full but we were seated at the farther room next to an exit door that had a breeze coming through. There were plenty of other tables in the room and other rooms. The lights in our room would blink off every 5-10 min. Electrical issues in that room. It was a slightly disturbing.
Appetizer was great. Main course was warm when it arrived. The sauce had dried onto the noodles. Desert hit the spot.
Our waitress was helpful with ordering.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. They consistently deliver high quality authentic Italian food. It is definitely one of the best in the east bay if not the bay area. It's very close to San Leandro, surprisingly for all of the Italians in SL there's not a decent Italian restaurant there but this is about a 10min drive so worth the trip, even from Oakland. If I had a critique, it would be to offer more variety on the specials on a more consistent basis to change it up a bit.

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our go to restaurant in Hayward. It's about the food! I've taken many business colleagues and visitors to this local gem and everyone comes away raving about the great food and planning their return visit. Casual ambiance and friendly attentive service. Wine list, in addition to California wines, has an outstanding selection of Italian wines with a wide range of prices - highly rated brunellos, great value barolos to very reasonable chiantis - no problem finding wines to impress or just enjoy. Veal dishes are outstanding, the kitchen made five of us veal piccata (not on menu) and everyone cleaned their plates. Chicken piccata is on the menu. The polenta served as a side dish with dinner is a special treat - perfect creamy texture that is a reason enough to dine there! Lasagna is like Grandma made, grilled salmon another favorite, as is the pollo carciofi (chicken with artichoke). Other great pasta choices and daily specials. Menu items are so good I rarely get the special although my guests have enjoyed the various seafood pasta specials. Good choices for vegetarians with pasta dishes. Deserts are hard to resist and hard to choose between; my favorite is the light panna cotta but my guests rave about tartufo di limoncello - very special. Foodies from Boston think it's the best dessert ever so you won't go wrong. Main dining room is a painted street scene, very fun & unique, although can get noisy during busy periods. I requested a quieter table for 8 and was seated in quiet alternate dining room. Full bar. Limited street parking with a couple small public lots nearby - downtown so lock your car doors.

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ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try any main dish, they are all delicious, but make sure you have the Creme Brulee with chocolate gelato hazelnut together. Worth the trip by itself.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and fantastic service. A great value. You can't go wrong with any of their dishes, but the shrimp pasta with sun dried tomatoes and artichokes is one of my favorites. Also, try the fried calimari; it is made perfectly.

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AM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice family dinner with an out of town cousin; The place was very busy on a Saturday night. Our waiter made a great wine recommendation of the Valpolicella. Everyone was happy with their food choices, wine, ambience, service. We had a 5:30 reservation. By the time we left around 7:30, the place was really loud and hard to talk. My only issue. Would definitely go again.

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BM
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This Italian re-birth of Rue de Main maintains the outstanding murals (now in Italian instead of French) in the old dining rooms plus adding a separate new brighter seating area for lunch. The ambiance is great, the service excellent and the food varied and delicious. We'll be back for dinner.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went there for the first time for our 2nd anniversary dinner, We were seated immediately. Bread and drinks brought promptly. We had the stuffed mushrooms with seafood appetizer. Great sauce! I had veal marsala with polenta. Veggies were a little too al dente for my taste but the veal and the polenta were outstanding .My husband loved his lasagna. Very flavorful and noodles were divine. The couple sitting next to us were friendly and informative as they eat there frequently. I understand why. Our waiter was experienced, friendly and attentive, We asked one of the helpers for more bread but it was never brought to us. My husband liked hi dessert. Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. We look forward to our next time at this restaurant.

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BD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food! I had minestrone soup then entree of penne, sausage and meat sauce for lunch.
My friend had chicken caesar salad. He said chicken was tender and flavorful. Everything was delicious!. Even the ice tea was fresh. Ambience very cool with floor to ceiling murals painted on many walls. Give yourself extra time to park as parking is in short supply.

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RL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most welcoming restaurant we have been to. We have never been made to feel so comfortable and the food is outstanding .

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Italian food in town. Service and food is always great!

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good atmosphere, prompt service, good food, what else could one want? really worth a try

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W
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a blast!!
Servers are great
We had a wonderful night....

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f
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing fresh authentic Italian cuisine! The decor though need a refresh.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten at Acqua E' Farina many times, all extremely enjoyable--delicious food, attentive service, charming atmosphere. We highly recommend it.

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RQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Power and lights went out as our food came out and remained out for the remaining of our time there.

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite italian restaurants. They are always ready to serve you.
A suggestion, have a special once in a while.
Thx

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