Amaro Italian Kitchen

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43 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Amaro Italian Kitchen is the new local spot in Downtown Calistoga. We showcase our old family recipes along with new takes on Italian classics. Amaro is also locally famous for it's extensive selection of Italian wines by the glass and the largest collection of amaros in the North Bay. Wood fired pizza is on the way soon! Join us and become a Wooden Spoon Survivor!

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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 43 people are saying
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4.0
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3.9
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Fernem
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, value. Loved it. Great house wine as well.

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SeanL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall a very solid Italian experience with some shining moments. The battered and fried Calamari aparizer was outstanding, something I've had so many times in my life but this was one of the best, beautifully tender calamari rings in a perfectly seasoned light batter, delicious. The rigatoni with beef cheek ragu was outstanding as well, very tender,, well balanced and again, perfectly seasoned. And finally top marks to our server Carlos who was welcoming, personable and professional to the max. If you find yourself in Calistoga craving Italian, you can't go wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Cute restaurant with good food. Make sure not to have Ricky O as your waiter, worst service I’ve ever experienced. All other staff was lovely.

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vipSongbirdsue
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Lovely patio and good food. We had no trouble finding parking.

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Maddie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The service was the worst we have had so far in Napa Valley. We asked for some substitutions for our sides and the server made a very big deal about how much the chef didn’t want to accommodate us but he was going to anyways. We were happy that he accommodated us nonetheless. The food was subpar compared to other places nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was poor they were kind enough to remove wife’s meal which what not edible (shrimp scampi with prob Costco frozen shrimp)

My fettuccini Alfredo had zero cream, too much pepper (and I like pepper) and the pancetta was more like overcooked spam.

Ordered roasted garlic- not served with any bread or olive oil. Had to request bread??

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FCtmo
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great- only - minor - complaint would be feeling a bit rushed.

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MaryAnnS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our party of 4 was not impressed with the food, but may give it another try. Food service was slow, but that may have been intensional for a more relaxed atmosphere.

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GiseleG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great new restaurant in Calistoga. The service was first class and the staff very professional. The food was good but lacked Italian flare...No grated fresh Parmesan on the pasta and or good olive oil/balsamic on the table to dip some focaccia .
I must say that the meat ball and polenta was 5 starts. The espresso was very good.
I will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience, once they dial it in, will be very compelling.

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vipJamesE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This place has promise... attention to details would be great. No one at our table enjoyed their entree and I think that the food issues could be resolved with a little more attention.

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viplarrya
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Slow service and mediocre food except the pasta and salads which were great. Expensive for the quality. Lovely outdoor seating and great ambiance.

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vipMargotC
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had the Aglio e Olio and it was excellent t! Good Caesar salad too!

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ChristineF
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed the food and the service...Highly Recommend

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vipClausJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The well managed Amaro restaurant was everything we expected from a high end foodery. The eclectic wine by the glass offers matched well with the various pasta dishes, and the wild boar sugo was superb.
Mazeltov ....

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and outstanding service. The manager, Mitchell, was pulling triple duty - seating guests, waiting tables, and working his managerial duties, yet he never missed a beat. Service was outstanding - especially considering these difficult days - and the food was delicious, expertly prepared, as well as fairy priced. Highly recommended - and if you read my reviews, you know I don't say this often.

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vipBethS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience2

Something was up with the restaurant. It was very clear something was going down. Took 20 min to be seen when we arrived. Orders didn’t show up. It definitely was not our server’s fault. You could tell the whole place was upside down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Getaway weekend

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BillY
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. We had the wild boar and sausage and peppers and it was very good. The best so far in Calistoga

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CarolG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The service was very slow. The food was very good with the exception of a spaghetti dish that had way too much black pepper. The arugula salad was excellent and a very generous portion, the halibut was light with a nicely crisp outside & the polenta with marinara was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre and such a disappointment.

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vipShariE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant. The food was outstanding. Great wine. We will definitely return.

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vipwe2eat
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food as always. They (like so many others these days) seemed stretched a bit thin but they did a great job. Definitely going back (again).

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June
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were very much looking forward to our dinner and the new menu. We could not have been more disappointed. Chicken pate was very bitter and ate only the one bite, my pasta with garlic & olive oil was bland and noodles seemed as if they had been sitting under the heat lamp too long. My dinner partner ordered the Vongole /Shrimp dinner and did not like it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Special occasion was my wife’s birthday but the restaurant didn’t care to do anything for it. For the first half hour, no one gave us water or menus or even ask us what we want. May be because we were the only people of color and the staff didn’t even notice us until we complained to one of the staff. Horrible experience and decent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great from when we got there. The wine list had a nice balance of Italian and local and the pastas were delicious

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Jacques
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here and on Mother's Day. We chose outdoor dining in the adjacent patio area, which was nicely set up with tables, umbrellas, spaced for COVID-19 restrictions. Menu, food, and wine are excellent Italian choices from different parts of Italy. (If you like Stanley Tucci's TV show, this is a good place to put some of that knowledge to the test.) Servers were polite, attentive, and efficient. Very welcoming staff, and the family that owns and runs it are a treasure as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slow service. Bad screw up at next table over handled very badly. Guest ordered no gluten option and served gluten. Needed manager intervention. Server handled situation incompetently. No urge to return.

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MollyandTeddy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Love the outdoor space. Server was fair. Food was good. Music was terrible

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norcalbombshell
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

They tried their best but they are obviously having some new business growing pains. We didn't get seated until 45 minutes after our reservation and were not comped anything for the trouble. We did receive a discount on a bottle which was appreciated. We had to ask for water etc. Food was tasty!

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JeffW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

While we’re happy that restaurants are back open and doing good business our experience Saturday night would tell us that they were overwhelmed. We waited an hour after our reservation to be seated and although our appetizers were very good the main courses were under flavored and sauces watery. By the time our waiter came with the bill his shirt was untucked and they couldn’t wait for us to leave. We won’t be back

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williamb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed our meals and drinks.Staff very nice.A little short staffed which is common in the pandemic affected restaurant industry.Would definitely recommend and return next time we’re in Calistoga.

MJ
MJPal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden. Owner was so nice in helping select the best wine. Nice food, beautiful ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The main course wasn’t great, but appetizers, wine and dessert were fab!

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vipjoeandrobin
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Pastas need more spice

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was mediocre.

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vipFremont
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The staff were excellent and couldn't have kinder since we were late for our reservation. Due to COVID-19, our dinner was outside on the patio. Unfortunately the evening was quite chilly and the heater certainly helped, though our hot food became cold quickly. The Bolognese sauce with the fettucine was neither plentiful nor meaty, not to mention that the fettucine was not the best pasta for this sauce. The gnocchi was extremely disappointing and was not the pillows of delight that one expects. The shrimp and clam linguini was okay. Overall, the three of us were disappointed. There are much better Italian restaurants in the Valley.

JB
JodiB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was ok; but main dishes come with no veggie or carb

FAQs

Amaro Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (707) 942-5938.

Amaro Italian Kitchen is rated 4 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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.