Amarena

4.8
1025 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 1025 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsfeater
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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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
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KH
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!

ER
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!

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

Fun and tasty per usual

DI
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
50 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!

ML
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!

DM
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

EK
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.

CE
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
26 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.

JJ
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
81 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!

AJ
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.

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

Excellent food, slow service

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

A neighborhood gem with homemade pasta!

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vipBEZ22
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Friendly. The outdoor dining experience was exceptional with great heaters. Loved it!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great price !! One of my favorites in the city

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice place - good food - nice service - Corkage was higher than usual ($30)

MA
vipMARYT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

People were amazing!

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amarena continued to be one of the best choices for great food and wine in Russian Hill. Emphasis is obviously Italian cuisine with a broad array of choices. The only sour note in our recent visit was a slight feeling of being “ hustled” by our charming waiter to buy a more expensive bottle of wine. No need to push neighborhood regulars to do more than they want....

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DIANNES
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We rang at 5pm to see if we could move our booking just 15min later bc we were going to be late for the 615pm sitting. We were told no, thsts fine we said, then she said either get here on time or cancel, we are fully booked. I managed to arrive on time and then had to wait at least 15 minutes to even get seated and another 30 mins to get a drink bc they were so unorganised. The 15 mins i tried to move really would have made zero impact whatsoever.
Already frustrated we learned that half the wine by the glass was not avail, no beer we wanted neither, and the overpriced bottles we were offered (some 3x the price!) were really not great. The menu also lacked some of the items and we felt that as it got busier the service struggled.
We had the wrong order brought to our table 3x. At one stage the server put plates on our table and when i stated these are not what we ordered, he proceeded to shuffle 3-4 more plates around on the table trying to figure out what went where. As the starters were put down finally, within 3 minutes they brought mains! We barely had a bite of our first starter and we were putting plates together, shuffling on the cramped table, 4-5 plates. It was terrible. We felt like we had to put the meals on 2 plates just to fit the food.
The food itself was ok. The lamb small but tasty, the pasta ok once we got the right one delivered. Burrata good. Bread old and hard.
Overall it was a not so great an experience. The staff could not handle the volume of guests. Plates wrong. Rushing. The ambience wonderful though and it felt ruined by a reataurant that probably on a quiet night would have been better. I just would avoid busy times. The lady server was lovely and if not for her it probably would have been 1 star.
I Would not go back though. There are sooo many better italian spots in SF, this is a pass for me :(

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Extremely poor service. Would not recommend.

AN
ANDRES
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pitted in the heart of San Francisco's beloved Russian Hill, Amarena stands well beyond its sweet little black cherry translation. The menu: perfect! The service: perfect! The locale: hopping with a heart that doesn't understand how to stop beating! Amidst a pandemic, this lovely has managed to extend some roots and shines like a diamond in the dust. Spell it with me: GNOCCHI And can I get an Amen? or Hallelujah?are (In the off-chance you've never made Gnocchi from scratch, you too can learn practice in patience.) Quite seriously, my downtime with my wife is precious to us both. We are cautious in how we choose to spend what little time we have together. Amarena pushed itself to the top of the list.

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vipJosie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people. Genuine Italian. Super nice and friendly. Excellent food.

FAQs

Amarena does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Amarena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 447-0441.

Amarena is rated 4.8 stars by 1025 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.