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Acqua E' Farina, Hayward, CA

Acqua E' Farina

4.6
4.6
629 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Family Owned restaurant serving Traditional Italian Cuisine in a casual to fine dining setting.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 888-1568
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Neighborhood
    Hayward
  • Cross street
    B St.
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available, as well as multiple free parking lots within a block of the restaurant.
  • 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 629 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

629 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Not impressed, not enough servers, lots of people, no windows cave type environment and hefty prices. Getting past that the food was great and we enjoyed every bite, but unfortunately we will not be going back.

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  2. RobertP

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. Not sure about the location being next a biker bar with some homeless laying on the sidewalk.

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  3. Jimo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner as per usual and Vanessa. Our server was great.

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  4. Jimo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had dinner with my wife and the food was great as her usual service was great. It’s my go to place for Italian food.

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  5. JoAnneF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful server who gave us the time to relax and order when we were ready. He was also attentive.

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  6. SteveP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise level was extreme. Very difficult to hear and have a decent conversation with my guest. They need to do something to solve this problem.

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  7. BettyL

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service at Acqua E' Farina does not disappoint. We have been there many times and no matter the time or the day, they continue to be our favorite for lunch or a special occasion.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorites in the neighborhood. Was very delicious

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  9. AudreyG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    good food and great service, definitely a must. $25 corkage fee was reasonable.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Petrale Sole special; moist, delicious, large piece. Wednesday night, nice and quiet ambience. Got to sit in the upper room, nicely decorated. Server very attentive,

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  11. GeriS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to this restaurant three times and would come more except it's about 40 minutes on the other side of the Bay from where I live, but I love the place. It's always delicious, a lovely environment and the service is excellent.

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  12. comabri

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the food! Nice people. Nice neighborhood place.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent lunch - generous portions and enjoyed the polenta with the veal Marsala. The chocolate cake with raspberry was yummy.

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  14. RichardC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very busy on a Saturday night but everything moved along well. The Acqua is a good place to go for traditional Italian food that's well prepared and the prices were very reasonable, not piracy like so many other restaurants these days.

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  15. spitcher

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating here - very nice anniversary dinner. It was pretty busy, but the noise levels weren't high. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Service was a bit slow, but when he did come to the table he was very friendly and helpful. Food was really good. Started with the calamari (tentacles were a bit chewy but everything else was good). Husband had the gnocchi which was amazingly soft and tasty - really nice sauce (and a huge portion). I had the chicken piccata - was a little salty, but still very tasty. The polenta was amazing. Not sure what the veggie was the was served with it to be honest.... wasn't horrible, but not my style (onions? cabbage? saurekraut? honestly had no idea!). We shared the tiramisu for dessert. A bit sweet for my taste (and I like sweet things), but a big slice, so it was perfect to share. We'll definitely be back.

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  16. Maria8a

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Well our V-Day party didn't begin so well. The lobby was mobbed, people were out on the street in the driving train, and the mood was not good. This is a fine restaurant but they keep hiring host staff that is more than unwelcoming, the guy who works the front desk is down right rude. He has a demeanor more suited to behind the scenes operations, and not dealing with the public. Not only did he not welcome us or any of the diners who came after use, he simply said that we would have to wait in spite of having a reservation. In fact, he said that he didn't know how long the wait would be and that there were others ahead of us who were also waiting. After waiting 30 minutes we were finally seated. After that disappointing start, everything else was as delightful as this bistro is known for. Our table ordered the crab cakes, salmone ala griglia, and the capellini. It was all excellent. I indulged in a Manhattan before dinner arrived, and it was exceptional. Our waitperson was lively, welcoming, and attentive. All in all, it was a nice evening out, except for the front desk.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The gnocchi and pollo parmigiana was astounding and the crème brûlée was delightful. The server was also very kind and quick. The noise wasn’t too loud and the lighting was romantic. Would recommend to bring a date or loved ones to this restaurant.

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  18. Rebecca

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good, not great for the price. Crab cakes were over crusted in breadcrumbs but served attractively. Lamb loin was actually lamb chops. Nice sauce with mushrooms. My guest said the linguine and clams were tasty. He had ice tea and I had water. For lunch the bill was just shy of $100. Wait staff were very friendly and attentive. The restaurant was moderately full for a Valentine's Day lunch, mostly middle aged persons. The most irritating part of the meal was the very loud music. It made having a business conversation more challenging. Would recommend for family style Italian food. Very traditional.

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  19. lewis

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a birthday lunch. Both of our meals were outstanding, as was the service from our waiter. This is our favorite Italian restaurant, and we will be back soon.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food no less than fantastic, the service was excellent. I had the melon prosciutto to start off, as a main course, I had the pollo à la piccata, and to finish it off for dessert was panna cotta. All of it was delicious.

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  21. MinervaSt2

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The best veal in the Bay area. Excellent lasagna. Outstanding wine list of Italian and California wines. Disappointing ceasar salad. Attentive and skilled waiters. We'll be back again soon.

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  22. AlanRodrigues

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good … calamari , crab cakes , clam chowder and both the pasta was excellent!!

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  23. DorotaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, we managed to get a table in the nicer part of the restaurant, which creates better atmosphere. Background music would be nice… maybe they will have it next time…

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  24. MauiJane

    Hawaii

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice pre-Christmas dinner with my family. I’m a vegetarian (the only in our party) but lots of choices.

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  25. CaliFresh

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I really don’t know how I feel about my most recent dining experience at Acqua E’ Farina. I’ve been here before a few time and a enjoyed it. This last time there were pluses and minuses. The service and the ambiance was really top notch. I had put a couple of requests in my reservation and they took care of both. The restaurant wasn’t very crowded as we were there on a week night. Our waiter was very attentive. Visiting with friends, we unknowingly sat at our table past closing time and no one rushed us out. Our friends hadn’t eaten here before. They loved the murals on the walls and their food. I loved my dessert but the entree was horrible. I ordered a special, sole with a lemon caper sauce. The sole’s texture was as soft as baby food. Even though it was encrusted in breadcrumbs and pan fried, this fish that usually has a firm texture was soft soft SOFT. What happened? Was this dish microwaved? Was this night’s special frozen -and improperly thawed.(two transgressions). I considered ordering a cocktail, then I reconsidered when I saw the prices. I was so disappointed. My first post pandemic dinner out and I was really looking forward to a good restaurant dish and a cocktail.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and knowledge of food by server was great. House staff was excellent also.

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  27. paulR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fast service. Our waiter was especially courteous and attentive. The food was all delicious. This restaurant consistently provides high-quality food and service at acceptable prices. Parking is also conveniently located. Great dining experience. AAA+++

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Not happy with the service especially when questioning the server what was served as it did not taste what was ordered. Also was a special night and no acknowledgment. Great food but service was horrible.

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  29. greg

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The noise level was pretty high and echoey. Our food was not very hot.

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  30. Maria8a

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Acqua e Farina is well known for their Italian cuisine. We weren't sure what to expect when we made our Thanksgiving dinner reservations and opted for the holiday menu instead of their usual regional cuisine. We are happy to report that the meal was splendid. One of us had the stuffed pork chop filled with a ricotta and spinach blend. It was served with mashed potatoes and a garlicky warm cole slaw mix. A delicate marsala sauce finished the chop and three Granny Smith apple slices. Two others had the traditional dinner and enjoyed the moist turkey, garlicky mashed potatoes, dressing and light gravy. One of our guests requested dark meat only. Instead of doubling the dark meat so it was the equal amount of someone with both light and dark, only received a small portion of dark. That was a disappointment. But the only one of the evening. It would have been a nice touch to have a pumpkin pie offering, as well. But the dessert menu was sufficient.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance. Service was good for a busy Thanksgiving night. The ravioli stuffed with lobster on saffron sauce was good. The lasagna was ok. Will come back to try other dishes in the menu.

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  32. sailorbear510

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome table service and very accommodating for those in wheelchairs

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There food is extraordinary and service excellent Meal selections were delicious. Osso bucco was yummy

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  34. JaneK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and phenomenal service. The best I’ve seen in quite a while. However was very disappointed that we were not seated in the areas with quaint attractive decor that I had hoped for. We were seated in the large empty grey walled side room which to me is really the overflow from the original restaurant that has cute pics etc. the manager told me that area is closed off in the weekdays because waiters cannot be going from one area to the other. This I understood but it looked like there would be plenty of room in the cute area for weekday patrons. When you book make sure they can sit you in this area if you want a more special feel to your meal. Other than that it was marvelous! Highly recommend!

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  35. bonedoc97

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great lunch at AEF. It has an old school atmosphere with a nondescript entrance but the food is fantastic! We started with side Caesar salads which were flavorful. I had the petrale sole picata with polenta and fresh veggies and my friend had the capellini with fresh pomodoro sauce. Both were delicious as well. The lunch comes with freshly baked focaccia and Italian bread as well. Service was attentive and overall we had a great meal! Definitely recommend AEF if you’re in the neighborhood!

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  36. AngelaS

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    A little disappointing. I know Friday nights can be busy, but i felt very neglected. In addition, we brought 2 bottles of wine and were NEVER told that there was a corkage fee!!! I don't necessarily care that there is a fee....but the fact that we were never told beforehand is not so good. Disappointing experience this time out!

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  37. TWH14

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and service, but the rooms in the back have no charm whatsoever. A little decorating would add alot to the experience.

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  38. BrandonC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is always great for Italian and its nearby from where i live. Been going here since they opened. Great service, great food.

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  39. RegularPalominoPatron

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Acqua è Farina was a pleasant restaurant to celebrate a friend's retirement. The service was exceptional and our party enjoyed the meal.

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  40. RonP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Slow service but it was Saturday night. The food is always good.

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FAQs

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

Acqua E' Farina is rated 4.6 stars by 629 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Acqua E' Farina

22622 Main St, Hayward, CA 94541-5112

Additional information

  • Cross street
    B St.
  • Neighborhood
    Hayward
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 2:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street parking is available, as well as multiple free parking lots within a block of the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Two blocks from Downtown Hayward BART Station.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 888-1568
  • 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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