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Amarena

4.6
740 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Amarena is open again 7 days a week with our regular hours!

We are offering a prefix menu, 3 courses $29.95. Everyday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm & all day Tuesday!

Amarena is a chic, urban neighborhood hideout perfect for dates, a quick bite, or a casual dinner with old friends. Amarena delivers hearty, innovative and skillfully prepared dishes from the first course to the last.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 447-0441
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Davide Cogliati
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Private party facilities
The restaurant is available also for Private Parties (lunch time) everyday. Please contact us 7 days
in advance for large parties.
Thanks very much.
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Private party contact
Paolo Galli: (415) 447-0441
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Green St.
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Parking details
The valet parking app Vatler provides service Thursday through Saturday for dinner for $20.
Download the app bit.ly/vatlerApp and get $10 off with promo code AMARENA.

Parking lots in the area: On Polk between Broadway and Vallejo and on Pacific and Polk Street.
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Public transit
45
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wine
What 740 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

If Al Pacino eats here, then it's got to be good. And it is.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Amarena serves the best Italian food that we have found in San Francisco. The owner and waitress were so friendly and accommodating. We make sure we dine here every time we come to this city. Try it, you'll love it!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This is one of our favorite spots in our neighborhood. The staff is always welcoming and extremely generous. We would recommend to anyone looking for delicious country Italian fare.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amarena is a neighborhood gem, tucked away just off of Polk and Hyde streets. Sitting next to the window watching the street at sunset, I could imagine myself somewhere in Rome enjoying a lovely meal. I've been here three or four times, and each time has been consistently delightful. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We did a girls night out and had so much fun. Giadia was our server. She guided us in our food and wine selection and was spot on with each pick. I had the fried veal on arugula which was amazing. I lived the wines, both the Pinot Grigio (which I usually don’t care for) and the red blend.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I should have paid attention to the other reviews. We were a Table of 5 and restaurant was full with only 2 people attending all the tables thus not enough help and staff! Food was sub par. Ordered the “special “ risotto that was undercooked among other things. I would recommend finding another place that services it’s tables well with food that is prepared as stated and expected.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We love Amarena and go often. Nine out of ten times everything works perfectly, food, service ambience meld together perfectly. This visit alas was the tenth. Service was spotty, food was good but hurried and we left saying “ that’s not the Amarena we know.” We will be back for another try and expect a rebound!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great meal and the service was excellent. Authentic Italian food in a cozy room. I’m looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a delightful time having dinner at this restaurant. The neighborhood is lovely, but hard to park in. We parked on Polk street and walked up one block. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco to begin our dining experience.
We started with appetizers, then onto a shared pasta dish. Our main course was sea bass and rack of lamb.
Both were cooked to perfection and very tasty. We were comfortable with the amount of food that we ordered, but did not have room for dessert.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I thought it was going to be something more special. I've been to other Italian cute restaurants near the area (Russian/Nob Hill) and this was just meh! even though the food was very good, the ambiance and the service were just fine. When I made my reservation, I wrote a note saying that it was our anniversary but either they didn't read it or didn't care. In any case, my wife and I walked out of the place just disappointed.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I have been there a number of times with family since my daughter has lived nearly by for years. I have recommended it to many, but when I brought my granddaughter and her friend and her grandmother, the service was poor, the table was average (by the door so it was drafty) and we were not given any special treatment. The couple next to us was gushed over, but we were kind of left alone. I was sorry because I had suggested your restaurant and it was a disappointment to me.

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Terrible service
Food very salty
Too bad for the neighborhood

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing pasta! It's really good. I ordered the gnocchi, lasagna and also the pasta with prosciutto. Highly recommended!
Love the tiramisu also. Will definitely have dinner here again.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The bucatini can't be missed. But really like everything on the menu. Great little neighborhood spot offnthe beaten path.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Always Amazing. Great Food, Great Staff. Solid!

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with Italian comfort food, served by a gracious staff under the watchful eye of a long standing owner. Very good value and inviting atmosphere. Take uber or walk...its hard to park.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Wild salmon was really wild silver salmon... other restaurants list their salmon as wild and then when you ask, they say it’s farm raised.
The baked portobello mushroom small plate was excellent.
The bread was good.
The wine was good.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Good choices of food. Service is excellent.
Very cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Amarena is always good, but this past weekend it was exceptional, even though it was a full house. The fish pasta dish was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Love this place. I have been here several times with friends family and clients and the owner is always so gracious to check in on us in his very lovely Italian Charming way. Food is always great as well.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Our meal was truly delightful, excellently prepared and very tasteful on this our second time there and we will be back again.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is delicious, and definitely my favorite Italian Restaurant in San Francisco. Great place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The butternut squash ravioli is the best I've ever had! The ambiance reminds me of being in Europe. Will go there again!

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent food and good ambiance. Lovely neighborhood spot. Will go back!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Authentic neighborhood Italian. Fresh homemade pasta.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Cute place, great pasta. Good for small groups or date night

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Love this neighborhood restaurant. Gluten Free pasta made on the premises. We have never had a bad meal there.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We were in town for four days for a visit and went here twice! Great food, friendly staff!

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3.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Everything was good- but missing the great factor. Table of three friends came at 730 on a weekday. The food was good: most of the pasta portions were smaller than the portions of our small plates (small plates were quite generous, and delicious!), food arrived semi-cold, and while the boar & butternut squash pastas were delicious the portion size was amiss for the price. While our waitress was kind & professional, service was good but not great, and lacked in attentiveness & follow through, particularly considering the restaurant was not full and was quite sleepy. This is certainly a neighborhood gem however, and will come back for a yummy and quiet bite for some 1-1 convo with a girlfriend.
Also note- only bubbles by the glass are moscato & prosecco 😱, but strong wine list!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

The waiter-service was outstanding. But those who cleared the dishes should be trained not to remove people's starter or entree plates before all those at the table have finished eating their course. It comes across as rude rather than liberating, and it makes the person who has not yet finished feel they have to speed up.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Server was ok, non very attentive food could be hotter

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food and the Owner is there working along with the staff. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful service and friendly staff accompanied by delicious food and a delightful ambience. Neighborhood spot we hadn’t tried for some reason and we will certainly be back regularly.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Amarena is a delight; full of energy and happy people enjoying great food and service. The renovations earlier this year made a good space even friendlier. One of the classics in Russian Hill!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

I've been here a few times for different occasions - with a group of friends and a "date night" with my mother. This place is perfect for both. The service is fantastic and the food was exquisite. The portobello mushroom appetizer is to die for and I'd order it for a dessert, too. If they ever get rid of it, I may have to hire an attorney.
The only thing about this place that I think could use some improvement is the acoustics. A few acoustic panels in each dining room could really help the noise level. It's a bit difficult to hear people at your own table, but sometimes I suppose that may not be a bad thing.

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1.0Dined on September 24, 2017

I had friends visiting from Brazil and I really wanted to show them a good time. But when we got there, the restaurant host told us that the kitchen was closing and that we could only order pasta, if we were fast. They had already shutdown the music and made no effort in accommodating us. If I knew I wouldn’t have booked a table there. I’m very disappointed and probably won’t come back.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Love this little neighborhood gem! Very special spot.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

In the middle of a beautiful neighborhood of San Francisco, you will find this amazing little Italian restaurant! The food is nothing but delicious; quite the neighborhood gem and treat for those who get to live close by. If you haven't been to Tuscany, I can tell you, everything I ate tasted like I was back there. The pasta melts in your mouth and the wine isn't too bad either (seriously, a wonderful menu for this cozy spot). And, I recommend saving a little room for the dessert. You will miss out if you don't! :) All in all, it is worth the drive if you are staying in Fisherman's Wharf, the Financial District, etc. if you want a great Italian night out. I would recommend it for a date night, for couples, or for a group. You will not be disappointed!

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Our only problem with the restaurant was the noise level. We could hardly converse.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

So awesome

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

A nice friendly neighborhood restaurant with good seafood. Reasonable prices.

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