Amarena

4.7
1035 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Feb 14, 2021 San Valentino
We offer a four courses PREFIX menu $95 . Tuna Tartar and Arucula salad with fresh pears and pecorino cheese, then Homemade Butternut squash Ravioli and Tagliolini with Truffle and Mushrooms, then a choice btw Veal shank or Sea Bass, dessert Titamisu or Panna Cotta.REGULAR MENU NOT AVAILABLE innovative and skillfully prepared dishes from the first course to the last.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1035 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Really great environment that outshined the rest of the evening. Octopus was spectacular.

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AshleyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We enjoyed the food and service was great

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vipCTinRedding
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was attentive but not hovering. Family style environment with homemade pasta. Great little find.

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Rachel
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a fantastic dinner at Amarena. The homemade bread and dip to start is a must. For our main courses, the lasagna was a hit, as was the paccheri dell'alpino pasta! Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful in selecting wines.

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GuruK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went on July 4th and the restaurant was packed. Not sure if that was the reason for slow service, and the food wasn't particularly delicious compared to the price we paid.

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MojdehH
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service was horrible. We had to ask for everything several times before they paid attention to us. Understaffed and uncaring

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PamR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 celebrated my 40th birthday at Amarena and we cannot say enough wonderful things about the food, staff and ambience. Thank you, Amarena, for a wonderful evening in every respect.

DD
vipDeeDee
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta dishes and Italian wine selection. The butternut squash ravioli were excellent. Panna cotta was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing, service was very good and we were definitely return again.

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vipsfeater
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This cozy Italian restaurant is as sweet as its name. We sat outside with outdoor heated lamps and enjoyed what felt like an European atmosphere (I hope SF can help restaurants keep these outdoor seating enclosures!). The wine was excellent as were the salad and pasta dishes. Even the table bread reminds me of the type one often gets in Italy. This is definitely worth a repeat visit.

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vipGian
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and well intentioned service team but they were overwhelmed by the number of people they had to service and look after - Amarena added many tables for outside eating which is super nice. They are adjusting well to the higher volume but still not perfect

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BrittanyM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I really enjoyed my dinner at Amarena. I got the Pappardelle, which was delicious, and my friend got the Gnocchi which she also enjoyed. The server was attentive and very nice. Our table was pretty close to the one next to us, but it didn't bother us too much once we got talking. Overall the price was great for what we got.

DB
DBNYC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service!! Classic Italian, good food, great atmosphere
Highly recommend!!

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KathiH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint place with excellent service. Could use some sprucing up but the menu and food made up for that.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF — delicious food and wine as well as lovely waiters and hosts!

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ERRL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal,best Italian we had in San Francisco.

KT
vipKirkT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks Oscar for taking care of your a long-time local customer and neighbor.

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vip24dinner
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and service! Great neighborhood spot!

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vipRyanB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun and tasty per usual

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DIANNES
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time having dinner at Amareena. I would recommend this place to everyone! Food is excellent and the wait staff is welcoming, warm, and helpful

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vipDoug
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Went on a Friday night. There were some extremely loud patrons (a woman in particular) that we could hear across the restaurant - very unpleasant. The manager/owner comped me a glass of nice wine and did get them to quiet down a little. They eventually left.

We dinged the service a little because while our waitress was very pleasant and efficient, she was working at least ten tables, which was way too much. While I think this place could warrant a "5", it was not on this night.

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vipkrisH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and staff was amazing!

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MarkL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place excellent food and service, Owner present checking on diners. Outside seating, despite heaters is a bit cool, but tolerable. Wonderful experience. Wish I could go there every week!

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vipDavidM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and wonderful service. Have been to Amarena many times and it never fails to impress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best kept secret in Sf

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was great! Our waitress was very attentive and kind. They moved heaters over since it was very windy the night we were there.

MC
vipMaureenC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Much improved since our last meal there

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Candela
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice dining at an Italian Restaurant that served Authentic Italian Cuisine. Osso Buco (Veal Shanks) which I ate was served using high quality meat on a bed of saffron rice with a nice reduction of a white wine sauce. Good, clean, no shortcuts, just delicious , healthy food. I’m happy! Marco C

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ValentinaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, from appetizers to main dishes. Really great service and fun environment to go with friends. They are working on building their outdoor patio.

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vipChristianE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The pasta is incredible! Skip the lamb chops - not the best. Service is fantastic.

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vipBdog
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. The feeling of the neighborhood provides the atmosphere. Not elegant but good food

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Andy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Authentic Italian preparations, in a cozy neighborhood place. Good Italian wine list as well.

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meke
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Normal quantities. Nice taste and the service so excellent.

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JenniferJ
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This food was incredible!! My husband said he had the best chicken. The burrata was fantastic. I had a pasta dish which was amazing. The wine selection was lovely. There isn't a large selection of non-alcoholic beverages for children--but that's fine, because the focus in on food, not beverages. Our server was charming and helpful. This dinner was a highlight for us.

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a sub-par experience at Amarena a week or so ago they bounced back with a superior performance this week. Impeccable service, great food and wine all with the special touch that only a place like Amarena can deliver. This is a Russian Hill jewel!

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vipAmyJ
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to enjoy outdoor dining in Russian Hill. Amazing food, cordial staff, love coming here every time.

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vipMahadana
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Busier than ever with outdoor dining. Food was excellent and service was attentive.

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Camilo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gino is the best - the food and the wine here are delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food, slow service

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LindaN
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A neighborhood gem with homemade pasta!

FAQs

Amarena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 447-0441.

Amarena is rated 4.7 stars by 1035 OpenTable diners.

Amarena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/amarena-2162-larkin-st/giftcards.

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.