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4.6
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4.2
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CINDYC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal picatta and spinach were delicious and, service was excellent and, the 2015 Chianti fantastic.
Noise level in the side room was loud and slightly uncomfortable.

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vipAron
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our meal. I had the wedge salad and the calamari piccata. My 2 friends had the chicken Parmesan, and the veal parmesan. There was not any food left on our plates. The dinner was plated with fresh green beans and carrots on a bed of tasty polenta.

This is our go to restaurant for a close to home Italian food with a good atmosphere where you can meet friends and enjoy tasty deliciousness.

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CharlieA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service every time we visit!!

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gh1965
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Special overpriced. Other food ok, nothing special.

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Joanie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 4th or 5th visit and it NEVER disappoints. Lasagne, Penne, Chicken with Mushrooms. Every entree was enjoyed and the service can't be beat. It quaint and charming and we always make an easy reservation on Opentable. Our very favorite go-to place in the heart of Hayward.

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Tiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food & service was great! The tiramisu was delicious!

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paulR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great sdervice. Consistently good.

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TheresaK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. Our drinks and food were delivered in a timely manner. Out server(s) were exceptional; friendly and knowledgeable. It looks like a cute, small restaurant but actually has private rooms for groups. The walls were painted as a small village in Italy. It reminded me of being there. While we were there for lunch we will definitely return for a dinner meal!

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vipluvfood
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and food. The risotto and fettuccine were a hit at the table. I do wish they would offer gluten free pasta. There are not many options for gluten free.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner at Aqua E’ Farina. Service was excellent and food came out in a timely manner. Everything was super fresh and delicious. Made a reservation and was seated right away. Would recommend for anyone looking for a good Italian restaurant.

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paulR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The vegetable with my salmon was cabbage---yuk---first time in a restaurant anywhere in 60 years where they think that is a common vegetable that everyone likes-----Paul Russo

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I was confused by the waiter on Valentine’s Day.
I thought I was getting a deal dinner for 2 Entrée, dessert and two glasses of wine for $70 it turned out to be $70 per person and we never got our two wines glasses waiter kind push for that and I was very disappointed.
Also my wife’s steak wasn’t cooked the way she wanted it.
Overall a tiny salad, steak and tiny desert not worth $70 in my opinion.
I have no problem paying for a great dinner experience but I definitely wasn’t impressed this time.

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vipRamiroA
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful servers& owners! Table next to us was unusually loud

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 Star...

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ChuckR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was spot on and the appetizers were presented in a nice and delectable way. The entree’s were nice and hot and prepared the way we are accustomed to having in other five star restaurants in the city. We will definitely return and will be sure to tell all of are friends and family.

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comabri
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, as it always is. The service, for some reason was not up to par.

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vipalicev
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best calamari fritti anywhere! Salads and soups are generous enough to be main courses for many diners.

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots -- we always leave happy -- great food reasonably priced and this time we were celebrating a birthday and we even got a candle and song --- We will be back !!

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RobinP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were attentive and welcoming. They knew the menu items well and were happy to answer questions. Wait time for food was reasonable, and the food was attractive and delicious. I have been here several times and always enjoyed myself, as did the people I have dined with.

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lewis
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The quality of the food, the service are all excellent. This has been our go-to place for special events for years.

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jefferyb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fantastic, staff professional, ambiance special. Great time with someone special, excellent !

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! A little noisy though

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Food and service was great. I indicated we were celebrating a birthday but they did not do any candle or anything.

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vipOpenTableDining55
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love their fresh made, warm breads. Good food, portions and value. Definitely one of my new favorites for Italian food in the area.

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nocknock57
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As usual, EXCELLENT food and TOP NOTCH service. The only concern I have is that it is very noisy. Not sure what they can do to mitigate this, but this is not a place to visit for its ambience, rather for its wonderful food and service.

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ozma
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

AEF is a classy old Italian restaurant with wonderful food and service. We particularly appreciate that tables are not jammed in tightly, but there is room to breathe.

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noh8rdi
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good. The dressing on the wedge salad is a bit watered down but passable. The wait staff was pleasant. However, the last two times we have eaten here, the kitchen was very slow. Our reservation was for 7 and our entrees, after our long wait for the salad, were brought at 8:20. The restaurant was half full so that wasn't the reason. I hope the kitchen problem is fixed soon.

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DivaDi
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed dining here based on the ratings this restaurant received. I order the daily special frutti de mare and it was full of fish pieces and not much of other seafood. I don't ever recall having a frutti de mare with fish before. However, it's a cute restaurant with Italian store front murals on walls and the lasagna was delicious.

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comabri
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this place! The food is always very good! The service is also good! Highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything in this restaurant is spot on service and especially the food. I always recommend this place to friends and family

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy

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Steven1
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

6pm reservations. Arrived 20 minutes early and were seated just before 6 pm

Did not realize they had a limited menu for New Years Eve. It would have been nice if they had the full menu. We miss the clam chowder as they only have it on Friday/weekend.

Wedge salad was good.

Appetizer coating on calamari could have been a little crispier. We did like that they were large pieces and very tender.

Pasta dishes were very good.

Noise level was very low, however it really increased as more people arrived. It was New Years Eve and all were in a good mood.

Right now this is our go to Italian restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great friendly staff.

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t begin to explain how wonderful amazing and delicious This restaurant is from the time you walk in and greeted the time you walk out pure 100% fantastic the food the food was amazing the food was so fresh and taste from the appetizer to the desserts nothing tasted fake nothing tasted frozen everything cooked to perfection truly amazing I am so excited to go back

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vipPamA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a delightful surprise to find such a charming restaurant in Hayward ! They need a larger sign outside, but other than that, we were very pleased with the overall dining experience. They offer a full bar and a reasonably priced menu with some excellent choices. Looking forward to going back again !

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Meal felt a bit rushed and the presentation of food could have been better. Portions were generous.

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vipSteffi
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I don't head to Hayward very often and needed to meet a friend at a half-way location for a Holiday lunch. Searched online to find a nice little place in Hayward and didn't find a lot of choices that sounded like it had decent non-chain-type food. Acqua R' Farina had some good local press and so we tried it.
Good choice! It is a vintage 50's-70's-looking spot with mostly Italian traditional food and attentive wait staff.
Food was delish- split a Salmon Salad and Risotto con Salsiccia (sausage, mushrooms, onions in a light tomato sauce) and perfect Expresso & Capuchino. Many families and friends celebrating a holiday lunch- a very sweet atmosphere. Very reasonable prices!

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Love2eat
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend to Acqua E’ Farina for her birthday. She loves Italian food so decided to take her here. First off the food is amazing! From the complementary bread to the delicious calamari and polenta. It’s to die for! Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us a few recommendations on the special. Overall the experience was amazing and the food was impeccable. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ii had their special seafood plate .it was the best trout I’ve had.

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April
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had Cowboy steak special it was very good ! The service is always excellent and this visit was no exception our waitress has a great personality and had us laughing through out dinner

FAQs

Acqua E' Farina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 888-1568.

Acqua E' Farina is rated 4.5 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.