Americano Restaurant - Hotel Vitale

4.5
777 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Americano is designed to encourage a communal dining and imbibing experience. We suggest starting with a few bites for the table alongside some selections from our crafted cocktail menu or distinctive wine list. From there, our menu offers the opportunity to taste a bit of everything or enjoy a traditional full entree. Our question to you is, "How would you like to dine?"

Please note that a limited menu will be provided for parties of 12 or larger. To book a private space or to make a reservation for a large party, please email americanorestaurant@communehotels.com.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar + Lounge: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 12:00am, Saturday 4pm - 12:00am, Sunday 4pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 278-3753
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Josh Perez
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Cross street
Embarcadero
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Parking details
Hotel Vitale's Valet rates:
$15 for the first hour
$3 each additional hour
$57 Maximum charge

Covered parking garages in the area:
185 Steuart Street
77 Howard Street
169 Spear Street
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Public transit
Muni F line will deliver you to the back of the hotel
Two block walk from Embarcadero MUNI/BART station ( walk East on Market and make a right on Steurat Street then left on Mission. Hotel Vitale is on the corner.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Americano features a private dining room that accommodates up to 16 guests. Our full dining room will accommodate up to 80 guests. Additionally, we offer contract spaces in our bar, lounge and patio areas.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner from 2-7pm and offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $70 per guest ($105 with wine pairings), excludes tax, beverage and 18% gratuity. We will have a kids (under 12) menu available for $35.

A La Carte Breakfast will also be served from 7:30-11:30am

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 777 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice, something for everyone except for the noise (which was a birthday celebration (and they all wanted to become hearing impaired)). Food was exceptional (dessert was good, didn't rise to level of mains or apps).

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It can be hard to find restaurants in San Francisco that are quiet enough and refined enough to have a pleasant business meal. Americano is perfect, with service that was attentive but not intrusive, thoughtful menu, convenient location, and good food. I'd highly recommend the private room for a group of eight to twelve.

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BM
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Good location, good food. Service is really slow.

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, as was the service. It was pretty noisy, mostly coming from the bar area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance.

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I probably will not go back to Americno. It clearly is not what is used to be. I told the bar server I wanted to try one of the drinks on the drink menu, minus one of the ingredients. He informed that could not be done because the drink was already pre-made in a batch! Well, call me old fashioned, but I always thought a bartender could mix a drink of any kind, as long as the ingredients were on hand--which they were in this case. Then, the martini I ordered definitely did not come in a chilled martini glass--the drink was warm. Given what they charge for a drink, both of these instances are not ok with me. The dinner was ok, but not the high quality I have had there in the past. The pork chop was over cooked. There was no type of carb, such as bread, with the entre. nor was bread even offered. Again, that just isn't the service I want for the amount they charge. SF has a lot of restaurant alternatives, and until I know Americano ups its game, I will go elsewhere.

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BM
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, a big expensive, service is a bit slow. Food is very good.

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SM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location and excellent service. Lunch menu is limited, but good food.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The entree selection was small and the food choices were not to our tastes. The worst part of the meal was that the staff repeatedly came by and removed our dishes and silverware before we were finished. They took away our bread oil and we had to ask to replace it. They also brushed the tabletop several times while we were eating. The room service breakfast was also a joke. We ordered two meals, they only brought one, and when they brought the second breakfast, they forgot the silverware. Overall, the Americano Restaurant was the worst dining service that we have ever experienced.

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DL
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for early morning breakfast with business colleagues or friends. Great selection of traditional and contemporary breakfast fare.

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A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Perfect setting for a business lunch. Not noisy at all for lunch.

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JQ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mixed and service was slower than ideal. I think it was the loudest espresso machine I've ever heard.

And my Open Table reservation didn't exist with the restaurant.

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c
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jorge was great!

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j
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. She assisted my 12yr daughter to create a mix of a couple dishes that were on the menu to meet her expectations.

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m
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Location is a great part of the experience here. Food was pretty good but there are extremely limited options if you don't want pizza, panini or pasta. There are no regular protein entrees, only salads with protein added.

Server didn't really understand a few things we said. I wish they had tablecloths too, sometimes it feels like eating in a bar, even in the restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother's Day brunch was great. Nice atmosphere,friendly staff and great view if all the activity in the Embarcadero. I fmgot the buffet, she got the 3-course preset menu. We both had mimosa's. The best part if the experience was that our kids (almost 4 and almost 1) were made to feel welcome and celebrated along with us. We'd definitely do it again.

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good and service was amazing. Very limited menu, not sure if I would go back but food was good. Hostess was a bit snooty/snotty. We had reservations at 5:30 and got there at 5:27. She told us to step to the side because the restaurant didn't open until 5:30. I get it that they don't open until 5:30 but maybe a better phrase would have been "ok it will be a few minutes why don't you have a drink in the bar and I will come get you when your table is ready". Just felt a little rude.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect and convenient place for business meetings. Reliable fast service always. Friendly staff

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ate outside, very enjoyable!

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a great destination for lunch near the Embarcadero. There is plenty of seating and it's a lot less noisy than other spots where you can't even hear the person sitting across from you. In addition to a nice ambiance and cool art, the food and drinks are excellent. I always order the crispy artichoke & Brussels sprouts appetizer, and usually one of their salads. I've been here 5-6 times and have found the dining experience to be very consistent.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great, and they even provided dessert with a candle for my friend’s birthday. I indicated that it was a birthday lunch but I didn’t know if they would do anything special, so it was a really nice surprise.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Checking in near the bar, the noise level was bomb-like loud. Once we got back to the table, it was more quiet, but still there is a din in this restaurant. For being a Wed night, it was clearly a hot spot.

The food and service were very good. Overall, it's a good place to eat but probably a better place to drink.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I selected this restaurant looking for a quiet atmosphere to have a business conversation over a meal. The food was okay, not overly tasty rather a bit bland. My co-worker had the same experience. I would only return if I need a quiet place again for business but not returning based on food quality.

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EV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for cocktails and super delicious appetizers and more. The bar scene is crazy vibrant spilling out on to the huge patio along the Embarcadero, but if you want a quite conversation, you can have dinner in the back of the dining room. Nice spot.

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LP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a Friday night dinner. The bar was very lively. We sat one table back in restaurant which made it a little more noisy.
I suggest asking for table further back in restaurant. Delicious appetizer of artichoke and brussel sprouts. Mushroom pizza very tasty !
Nice attentive service. Great view of the ferry building. Valet parking.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, excellent service, delicious food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not happy with service charge of 20% being added to the bill for just a table of 2. Dirty glasses left on table. Wine pairings brought over to table late. Felt quite rushed. No I taste of marrow in the bone marrow mash. Not worth the money.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wish there were more tables dedicated for dates besides the tall bar chairs with tiny tables.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a magical dinner here. It is a great place. Servers were friendly but not overly present. Food was good.

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KA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was cold and prime rib overdone. Disappointed.

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Remains one of our favorites in SF. Probably the second or third time we've dined there and will keep going back!

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MG
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised with the food here. Went here for lunch with coworkers. Had the Brussel/artichoke starter that was delish and good for sharing ! For entrée I had the sausage pizza. Middle was a bit floppy but the flavors were bright and distinctive. Others had grilled cheese and soup combo. The cauliflower soup was especially yummy. Also be sure to ask for bread when you sit down. It comes warm and perfectly crusty on outside and soft in middle, and served with olive oil and basalmic. Very reasonable prices too.

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S
Sacramento
86 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food!
We had a fantastic dinner at Americano Restaurant. Every detail was meticulously handled. Loved the appetizer - a peppers and feta cheese spread on hot grilled bread. The branzino was delicious and beautiful. The "old-fashioned sundae" for dessert was anything but. Especially enjoyed the bitters toffee sauce. Wine list was spendy. The wine we ordered from Freemark Abbey was very enjoyable.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Thanksgiving meal at Americano, and it was wonderful. The food was outstanding and the service was lovely.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I bring guests here frequently because it's easy to visit and the food is very reliable and delicious. Not what one sometimes expects from hotel dining, but this is a very nice exception. The bar can be crazy busy in warm weather and at Happy Hour. I've had the least positive experience then -- so many people and not enough staff. But for a meal, everything is exactly on the money. Grilled cheese and tomato soup on a rainy afternoon was my most recent delicious experience. Great salads and pizza. Good place to bring a client when you need to speak privately.

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v
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were. Outstanding! We’re coming back

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love to have this place for business lunches. Drinks in the evening can be fun but the bar can fill up quickly. Staff is friendly and the menu is simple and reliable. They have a nice $20 express lunch. But the capstone is really the quiet atmosphere which allows easy conversion. Really nice for a business lunch.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; despite limited menu, I always find something satisfying.

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was expecting something with better views. The salmon was undercooked and cold.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of my go-to restaurants in downtown SF - lovely on a sunny day for lunch and great dinner spot for our book club. It is spacious, making it easier than in many restaurants to hold a conversation. Also the food is excellent and the staff is attentive.

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