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Cento Osteria

4.6
245 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!
What 245 people are saying
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4.7
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like dining in Italy without having to endure the plane ride.

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SamuelB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pasta was cooked „al dente“, I liked the appetizers arancine and melanzane fritte (very nice presentation). Pizza crust was good, sauce was ok.
I was surprised about the “Canolo”. If you eat them in Sicily they are unbelievable good because of the Ricotta Fresca being one of a kind.
Cento Osteria had a better canolo than many other Italian restaurants outside of Italy.
Overall Cento Osteria served quite authentic food.

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vipEdWaterfront
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. Tomas took great care of the four of us. I highly recommend Cento! It was a great pre-game destination!!

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vipGabriel
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service quality price and portions

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PatS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great night!!! We all LOVED our food and our waiter was very friendly and engaging.

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vipLaduram
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food and love their wine collection. Lots of choice for vegetarian.

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vipGlobetrotter
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super friendly, practiced safety measures, delicious food, excellent cocktail

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Aaaa
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We had nduja pizza, cacio e pepe, and arancini. Negronis were yummy too.

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KristinL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Perfect place to go after a Giants game. Just a few blocks from Oracle Park. Nice outdoor patio and plenty of seating inside. Food was delicious-loved the risotto balls! It was my son’s birthday and they brought dessert and sang to him.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great staff

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NadiaP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I always go back to eat at CENTO Osteria and Irene, the manager, is always very kind. The food is among the best Italian food in the Bay Area!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First indoor dining experience in a while. Cento took great care of us and made us feel safe. Food and drinks was great. Salute!

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KayWhi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food, as well as great service in a beautiful outdoor setting. Pizza and pasta were pretty good, but the appetizers, drinks and desserts stole the show.

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vipOneMoreMartiniPlease
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed eating here for a while. While they're not open like normal, they're doing a great job with keeping everyone at a safe distance, the service was still excellent and the food was, as always, amazing! Thank you.

OM
vipOneMoreMartiniPlease
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - and they're doing a wonderful outdoor experience right now! Thank you for keeping the food AMAZING

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vipDanielK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I didn’t love the pizza. I think something has changed. Pastas are fabulous and appetizers too.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!

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vipPops
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice. Good food, good service. Outdoor setting and spacing. felt just right, virus wise. Lighting could be dimmed just a tad. But otherwise, very good experience...

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vipMich
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. A nice place for outdoor dining and their heaters keep you really warm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

very oily food. Could not finish dish, do not recommend.

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TimothyS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible. The casonsei - meat ravioli, brown butter, sage, pork
guanciale & grana padano blew our minds. Ambiance Amazing. Service Spectacular.

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vipDennyA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food, although portions were a bit small. Also, my main course arrived a good 15 minutes after those of my two fellow diners. We ate outdoors, under two heaters, and were quite comfortable. Prices were moderate, so I would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 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
2 reviews
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
22 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

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JC242MambaForever
Phoenix
2 reviews
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
36 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
5 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
8 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.

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

great food & service

OT
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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Cento Osteria is rated 4.6 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

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