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Amarena

4.7
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926 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Amarena is open again 7 days a week with our regular hours!
WE ARE OFFERING "TAKE OUT" NO CONTACT PICK UP ORDERS 20% OFF FROM 5.30 PM to 9.30.PM
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 926 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipAmyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amarena has outdoor pandemic dining down well. Good spacing, heaters, adorable neighborhood corner, appropriately distanced/masked staff. And beautiful food, of course! Definitely recommend.

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vipCameronP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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ElizabethM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on a particularly slow day but overall, you could tell that the staff was regularly attentive. The food was excellent.

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vipsandrat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying the delicious happy hour menu at the bar. Food and service always on point!

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carolinem
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was okay but not great. We had lasagna and it wan OK but a bit bland. Tiramisu was good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burata and pasta was amazing. First time writing a review for anything but I felt obligated

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volleygirl
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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RyanP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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GrantP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day . Very attentive service. Lovely setting. Nice combination of flavors in holiday’s set menu.

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Tine
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice staff!

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vipMoggierazz
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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JaneS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years for a group of 10 of us. Love it and will be back.

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CNLL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and service was exceptional. I love coming here on a weeknight. My fifth time here and will come again for sure!

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vipKendellH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious home style Italian. Service could have been better, but it was a holiday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. Great set menu for New Year’s Eve.

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vipEMM411
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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kitty28
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 :).

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DonnaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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anardz
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is just consistently fantastic. The Gorgonzola gnocchis are incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Our waiter was not very attentive and my pasta was ice cold.

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MBB12
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Good food, fun wait staff

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Renee
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great pasta service slow

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vipBenK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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njwoods
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Great food and great staff. Wide variety menu and wine list. Great overall experience

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PamelaT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood restaurant, delicious food, good service, good value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The butternut squash ravioli was incredible! The ambiance was lovely and romantic, great for a couple.

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vipdafster
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
60 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipRmainz
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. We had Giada as our waitress (again). Love her!!!.. she is the best!

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KaterinaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, Lambrusco is amazing. But the service is painfully slow

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viphobokenfoodie
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in the city it’s a little gem don’t miss this place

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Jonathan
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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viplewie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go there often and it is always good, and the service is excellent.

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vipPkanter
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably best Italian restaurant in SF. Food and service are top notch. Very authentic.
No where to park.

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FelicityH
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Close to where we staying so convenient & overall great experience.

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vipAnnL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! A local gem.

FAQs

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.