Cento Osteria

4.2
223 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ideally located on the Embarcadero, and with sweeping views of San Francisco’s renowned waterfront, CENTO Osteria invites guests to experience seasonal Italian fare in the style of a classic osteria. Chefs Donato Scotti and Gianluca Guglielmi have created a menu of simply prepared, crave-worthy food enjoyed in regions across Italy, which pairs perfectly with a carefully curated selection of wine, cocktails and beer.

CENTO’s warm, open and inviting space, including a spacious outdoor patio, sets the stage for remarkable wood-fired Italian specialties crafted from housemade ingredients that are prepared with a native Italian’s touch. Patio seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Please join us for our Apericena which is an Italian style happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3:30 - 7pm with dinner seven nights a week starting at 5pm. And now open for lunch and brunch!
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4.1
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4.3
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. For lunch, their gondola sandwich is divine... warm homemade crusty bread, filled with tuna, mozzarella, arugula and a drizzle of virgin olive oil. It’s delicious and completely affordable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at Cento yesterday, and the food, service and ambience were all excellent. I’m sure we will go back frequently.

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RarelyReview
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious. Good location. Went for lunch but will definitely be back to see what dinner is like.

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vipkimiko
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pasta was delicious. Nice atmosphere. Lively vibe.

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vipRogerC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four had a lovely post-theater dinner. There was general agreement in our party that this was a delightful restaurant!

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Only real problem was noise, making conversation difficult on a 6 person table. Price was about right for South Beach location

JC
JC242MambaForever
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and attentive service. Price is what it is, no surprises there

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MichaelL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m surprised such a gem exists still. Food is great and prices are very reasonable

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KristenM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great place, however food is very bland. Atmosphere is wonderful and service is very attentive.

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vipLaCandy
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love this place, good vibe and service are always very good.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like being in Roma. Authentic menu, small plates and Full courses. Brick oven Pizza at the bar with a "Campari" .....cant beat it. Staff lead by Irene is ideally suited for this concept dining. Always a lively bar during happy hour.

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maryp
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. Menu choices are interesting and different so it is a pleasure to dine here. There was quite a crowd when we last dined there so it looks like there is good support from the community. It is wonderful to have such a good restaurant located so conveniently to the neighborhood and public transit.

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ORDtoSFO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I dont recomend right now but hope to in the future as the location for this restaurant is perfect and I want them to succeed long term.

This is my third visit to Cento and I keep hoping for an improved menu experience.

There is no salad on the menu...why?
If you ask, they will bring a nice house salad ...just put some veggie options on the menu.

There were NO options on the menu without cheese or cheese with meat. I asked about this and the ONLY option to have a meal at Cento was to order an off menu item of al dente spaghettini with a plain red sauce. I have had no problem dining at
many Italian restaurants while having some dietary restrictions. It was disappointing that they are not embracing more vegetarian/plant based options.

The spaghettini was just ok, I could have made it better and more flavorful myself.

I really hope they do well in this location and hope to learn of more menu options before I dine there in the future

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Khoi
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ordered the SF Restaurant week Lunch. It was fabulous. The appetizer was a plant-based dish. I never thought a plant-based dish could be that good. The main dish was mini ravioli filled with pork and chicken with a wonderful sauce. We ordered half a bottle of Italian red (I forgot what it was) and didn't like it; the waitress replaced that with another Italian red, better. The service was excellent, maybe, because it was a weekday afternoon and the place wasn't crowded. We were pleased with everything.

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vipMichaelP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was fair. One of the dishes came out cold and dry, as if it had been sitting on the counter for a while. The service was extremely slow and inattentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and the staff very friendly. Will be my go to restaurant for fun atmosphere and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food & service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

An alarm went off and it took them a solid 10-15 minutes to deactivate. In addition to making me listen to the loud alarm, they also made me wait around 45 minutes for my meal. The food was also not too good, the pasta was basically udon with a watery sauce and mussels. Not a great way to spend my last 2919 dinner. I was given a free dessert which I appreciated.

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vipKaty
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this neighborhood spot and hope it continues to do well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Went to this place a year ago and it was so much better - the food and the service. This time around the salumi platter was almost disgusting to eat, the pasta was okay and the service was terrible.

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MollyF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was ok but just ok. The place was big and noisy. The waiter really over did his impression of an Italian waiter and it was obnoxious.

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vipAntoniaD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Limited menu-almost zero vegetarian options. Menu is NOT kid friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This would be a mediocre place for a weeknight dinner. 2 out of the 4 dishes ordered were decent. The antipasti and pizza were good but the main pastas we ordered were bland and a disappointment. The service was the worst and noticeable by every table. This was not the individual waiters’ fault but management for not having enough staff for the tables. 2 waiters for the entire restaurant, a poor experience and they knew it. Gave us a free drink and dessert because of how long it took. If I were to go again it would be to grab a pizza and that’s about it.

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vipSonomafig
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our group of six enjoyed their meals but service was a little distracted since 4 of us were served and 2 guests had to wait fo their pizzas, which should have come out at the same time. The server forgot our bread and butter order but overall, it was a good evening.

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vipFisherGirl
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

salad with calamari was great. Pizza dough itself was fine but toppings and combinations were not good. Pasta was bland, and the gnocchi with mushrooms also bland and plain. Service was good.

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cakes
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, good homemade pastas. Want to try the pizzas next time, they looked great.

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MaryG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not great

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vipMarcK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was super slow and inattentive. We were the first large table seated of that particular seating, offered water, and then forgotten about until the rest restaurant filled up. Almost every other table got their orders in before us, so it took 20 minutes after starters for the mains to arrive. Wine did not arrive until half way through our mains. Took almost two hours for a salumi, salad, and pizzas/pastas.

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JimofSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. Not stuffy but very professional. Warm atmosphere. Italian comfort food at reasonable prices. Our party of six shared antipasti and a couple pizzas and then deserts. Yum.

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vipLaCandy
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had friends in from out of state. They love Italy and Italian food. They were very impressed! Food was excellent and service was good. This is a beautiful place and the staff truly cares about food and service. We frequent this neighborhood gem. Irene makes us feel at home.

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vipDennis
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Cento. Each time, midday, it was very quiet. The food is delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars and we love the upscale Italian cuisine at a terrific price! The buratta and squash appetizer is wonderful, as well as the shrimp and green bean appetizer. And the pizzas are just delicious.

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vipNB2040
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food. The grilled calamari with mustard greens, green beans, grilled sliced peppers and olive crumble was amazing! One of the best cappucinos too!

I go there once a month and I look forward to my next meal. The food is delicious, the staff most welcoming. I highly recommend it! Thank you all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and terrific food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice complementary desserts but only after I reminded the wait person who then said I needed to order one dessert first. Don’t really get that...

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LyndsayBazile
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location, & service! The space is really nice and big. Excellent wine menu.

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STevenD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Cento often for its authentic Italian Cuisine, great vibe, excellent staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food is very poor for the price. Dried sausages, blend polenta. For a brunch and plates at 13-15 usd i would have expected much higher quality. Won’t be going again

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JovanC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat home made Italian food in the city! Greasy place for all occasions, and the service is great! Always on point, very attentive, especially the server Daniel! Ask for him!

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vipTims
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

REVIEW
Nice location and pleasant inside but if this is good Italian food then I have never been to Italy ! And I was in Rome, Naples, Ischia, and Milan this summer where your found, in most instances, excellent Italian food. And you can in SF at Del Popolo, Defina and A Mano to name a few .
Now I will give this place an out on food as maybe I ordered the wrong dish, Spaghnettoni , but it was fat noodles smothered in pesto to the point of not tasting the pasta at all.! It was so filling that you could not even eat all of it post antipasti. By the the way the antipasti was tolerable but not great. Service was prompt but impersonal which, when you have 6 people, you would expect some friendliness. Wait person kept pushing the Branzino (sea bass) and looked ok but I never got a comment from the tow who tried it .
I life in SF, travel to Europe three times a year and SF is a good "foodie" town with good choices So hard to think I would return but I should give it a second chance. Just hard to spend $60 for appetizer, main course and wine plus tip and tax and be disappointed again.

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Cento Osteria is rated 4.2 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.

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