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About Amarena

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.

2162 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Green St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 447-0441

Website:
http://www.amarenarestaurant.com/

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.

Public Transit:
45

Executive Chef:
Davide Cogliati

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.

Private Party Contact:
Paolo Galli: (415) 447-0441

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wine

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Amarena Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Romantic (12)
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Authentic (7)
Cozy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 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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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience3
service4
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Authentic neighborhood Italian. Fresh homemade pasta.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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food4
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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food5
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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value2

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Server was ok, non very attentive food could be hotter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 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!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 25, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this little neighborhood gem! Very special spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food3
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

So awesome

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great restaurant for a birthday date. Friendly staff and wonderful food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in the city. Great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This place cannnot do enough for its guests. The food, service and overall atmosphere make this a neighborhood gem.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

We were looking for a midrange price point restaurant for a nice night out. Amarena was perfect, we were so happy we found it! Exceptional and friendly service, and fantastic food. Would definitely recommend checking it out and trying the gnocchi. 10/10 would go again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

I have become a regular truly appreciate the authentic Italian favors and cooking.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Went with relatives (5) and all ordered different menu items. Food was average and the wine selection good. Everyone found something that would work for them.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Exceptional food, wonderful people that care about the food and the experience, and a cozy neighborhood vibe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was good, service was very impersonal, wine pour was very small

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Awesome food and really friendly owner and staff. We got the small ear pasta dish and the sole fish special of the day. Both were great. Will definetly go back.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Excellent Italian food, one of the best i've ever tasted!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food. A little pricey but good for a special occasion.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Has to be one of our favorite Russian Hill neighborhood places to eat. Great pasta, salad and a bottle of wine - Perfect!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We wanted a cozy non-touristy Italian restaurant and we found it in Amarena. The homemade pastas were delicious, the wait staff was attentive and the prices were reasonable. Score!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Lovely neighborhood restaurant offering delicious Italian cuisine. Service is personable and attentive. All dishes that we ordered (eggplant appetizer, salmon and scaloppini) were flavorful with well paired ingredients. If I had any criticism it would be the wait time between an appetizer and main courses. It was a tad long, but did not spoil our overall experience.

Amarena will definitely become our go to Italian restaurant within walking distance from our house.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We've been to Amarena several times and were looking forward to our Saturday night dinner. Made a 7:30 reservation and arrived early at 7:20. Asked for a specific table in the corner but were told someone else who was waiting requested it. Not a problem. Took a seat at the bar and ordered two glasses of wine. Soon after we were offered a table right next to the bar but decided we wanted a bit more privacy. We were told it would be about 5 minutes before another table opened up. We waited for 30 minutes more until we were seated. The wait staff clearly knew we had been waiting for a while. No one apologized for the wait. It would have been nice if we were offered a complimentary glass of wine or dessert. I felt as though they really didn't care.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 25, 2017

I ordered Pappardelle al Cinghiale. It was very delicious.
The price in internet was 19.95, the price on the menu board outside was 22.95 and in the menu inside 23.95. The same thing with the red house wine.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went with four people for a friend's birthday. A+ service: friendly and warm! Beautiful restaurant! Going to be coming here every Friday if I can, amazing portions and food!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Authentic Italian food! Small charming restaurant. Service was fantastic, pasta with mushrooms and truffles was amazing

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Service was abysmal. They acted like

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