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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Amarena has outdoor pandemic dining down well. Good spacing, heaters, adorable neighborhood corner, appropriately distanced/masked staff. And beautiful food, of course! Definitely recommend.
Overall quite tasty with a good wine selection. Beautiful ambiance. The bread was less than stellar and my pasta was maybe a tad too al dente.
We visited on a particularly slow day but overall, you could tell that the staff was regularly attentive. The food was excellent.
Enjoying the delicious happy hour menu at the bar. Food and service always on point!
Food was okay but not great. We had lasagna and it wan OK but a bit bland. Tiramisu was good though.
The burata and pasta was amazing. First time writing a review for anything but I felt obligated
Amarena is a quaint little restaurant in a quiet residential district of San Francisco. It is worth the trip there! The owner / manager is quite engaging, with excellent recommendations on food selections. Their wine selection is very nice, with one of my favorite "Amarone" wines. Many appetizers and pasta dishes from which to choose, along with some fresh seafood dishes. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend this out-of-the-way gem!
A neighborhood gem in Russian Hill. I had been a few times previously, and then decided to celebrate my birthday there with a large group of friends. The staff was friendly, attentive, and accommodating.
In short, this place is cozy and inviting. The staff makes you feel welcome, like the hospitable Italian cousins you never knew you had (thank you, Flavia!). The food is unfussy and totally delicious. We will come back again and again.
Went to Amarena for Valentines day with my girlfriend. Booked ahead of time to make sure we had a reservation to start at 6:30pm. It was a fixed menu due to the occasion but with options. First two courses came out fine, though small. The main course took over 40 mins to come out. Our server finally came over because we looked so bored. Once we got our main course the manager came over to apologize and did bring a out a tiny dessert wine (which was disgusting). We didn't get to leave till after 8:30pm. Meal overall was good though nothing spectacular, just salty if anything. The whole meal was $217, wayyyyyy too much for the food and bad service. I really wish we went someone else. I don't recommend.
Valentine’s Day . Very attentive service. Lovely setting. Nice combination of flavors in holiday’s set menu.
Great food, nice staff!
If you need an incredible, intimate neighborhood Italian food fix, Amarena is the place. Amazing food, service and setting - We enjoyed mussels, gnocchi, risotto, sea bass and pappardelle with lamb ragu, a bottle of chianti and ended with our favorite affogato. Upscale but unpretentious. We can not wait to return - a true gem.
I had a friend come in from out of town and we had such a nice dinner here. The manager was so nice and the food was delicious. Highly recommend
Been going here for years for a group of 10 of us. Love it and will be back.
Amarena was fantastic. We were there for a girls night out and it was a great place to go. Mood was entergetic in there and the service was great. Only downside was bathroom location, we were happy to not be at the table right in front of it.
A great experience and service was exceptional. I love coming here on a weeknight. My fifth time here and will come again for sure!
Delicious home style Italian. Service could have been better, but it was a holiday.
Wonderful, as always. Great set menu for New Year’s Eve.
Amarena is the best! And Paolo and his staff always make dining there a fabulous experience. We always go to Amarena on our trips to SF!
They were able to accommodate our large group which was really nice. It got quite busy around 7:30pm, but service was still great. They were kind, attentive, and the pasta was delicious ! I will definitely be going back :).
Great southern Italian food meticulously prepared. Every element was flavorful and nicely presented. The staff are friendly and helpful, watchful and never intrusive. I’ll be back often bringing family and friends.
This place is just consistently fantastic. The Gorgonzola gnocchis are incredible!
Our waiter was not very attentive and my pasta was ice cold.
Awesome neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Good food, fun wait staff
Great pasta service slow
Best Italian meal I have had in the city - being gluten free is not your friend when you want a great Italian meal but they had GF pasta and had the truffle and mushroom sauce that was out of this world.
Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Great food and great staff. Wide variety menu and wine list. Great overall experience
Neighborhood restaurant, delicious food, good service, good value.
The butternut squash ravioli was incredible! The ambiance was lovely and romantic, great for a couple.
We made an open table reservation an hour before and arrived on time. We waited 25 minutes. Once seated, we had to ask twice to order. Salads came quickly but we waited 30 minutes for entrees. We had to remind them and they had forgotten. By this time the restaurant was almost empty. There was NEVER any apology for any of it. The worst service I have had in a long time. Will not be going back any time soon to a local favorite.
Everything we ordered was excellent. In particular the burrata app/ starter and the Osco Bucco were standouts. Service was prompt, professional and friendly. I also like the neighborhood feeling of the area vs the busy tourist areas. A caution- Osco Bucco is not available every night. Call ahead if that’s what you want.
We love this place. We had Giada as our waitress (again). Love her!!!.. she is the best!
Food was great, Lambrusco is amazing. But the service is painfully slow
Best Italian food in the city it’s a little gem don’t miss this place
This is one of my favorite restaurants in town. It is my neighborhood corner place, but even if it weren't that convenient, I would make my way here. The owner Paolo is effusively friendly and with his Italian accent, makes everything sound great. The selection on the menu is broad with old standards and unique dishes you can only find at Amarena. The pastas are homemade and fresh, the sauces are great and the wine selection is appropriate to the food.
The only concern is that it is a bit loud so don't come here if you are looking for that intimate romantic dinner. Make sure you bring your outdoor voice because you will need it. And that is because you will come here again and again so be prepared!
We go there often and it is always good, and the service is excellent.
Probably best Italian restaurant in SF. Food and service are top notch. Very authentic.
No where to park.
Great food. Close to where we staying so convenient & overall great experience.
I loved my buccatini, the first item on the primi list and will be back to have it again. The beet salad is also delicious.
Great food and service! A local gem.
Amarena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Amarena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 447-0441.
Amarena is rated 4.7 stars by 926 OpenTable diners.
Amarena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/amarena-2162-larkin-st/giftcards.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.