Cento Osteria

4.3
127 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Joins us and Celebrate Valentines at Cento
A very special Prix Fixe menu will be available that evening

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 127 People Are Saying
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DP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and tried it for the first time. Glad that we did.

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JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All fresh, organic, bread is amazing, I would recommend anything and everything on the menu! Salads are great, the presentation they give with food is epic!

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KV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My sausage and shrimp rigatoni dish for $19 was missing the sausage that it advertised. When is asked the manager where the sausage is in my dish, she told me ‘it has sausage paste.’ SAUSAGE PASTE? What is that? There was absolutely no sausage in this dish. Also, it was birthday and they did comp a dessert so that kind of made up for the missing sausage. Great service though.

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MO
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with friends after a Cirque du Soleil show. Great atmosphere, great food, good price and it was not so loud that we couldn’t have comfortable conversation. Service was great and the coffee was very good. We will definitely be back

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m
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch and then came back for dinner shortly after. Service is very friendly, ambiance very comfortable, and the food was delicious on both occasions.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

$5 for a small Diet Coke and was not told there are no free refills. $10 for a can of Diet Coke. Sorry, we will never be back. Food was good though. Bummer!

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b
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful flavors. Everything good. Going back again.

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AS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, straight forward and satisfying

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MY
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was fine.
Portion is crazy small. We had to order a second meal to feel less hungry.
Not with the price at all.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok food. Over priced. Long wait time for the main, i.e. 25-30 mins. We will not be back.

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NC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and service was exceptional! Can't wait to return to try the rest of the menu.

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SO
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant in a good location. We were able to have conversations at a normal tone. Limited menu for an Italian restaurant. Few vegetarian or vegetable options and the staff was not able to suggest alternatives. Small portions and relatively high prices. The bar failed to construct a classic Negroni. Bread is extra, pizza a bit doughy.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Cento has potential but they need to work on getting better wait staff or train them to be more attentive on the basics like refilling water, coming back to take orders in less than 15 mins after being seated, telling us that what we ordered was out sooner than 10 mins after we ordered it.

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E
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal with great service

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food but small portions. The quality was good but I felt overpriced for what was received. overall a good location and a great ambiance next to At&T park.

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BM
San Francisco
328 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time in this space. Wonderful hostess who greets you. Start out with the bread and olive oil. While we thought it was complimentary it was great. The tagliatelle and pork were both wonderful. My gripe - seated against a wall and there’s a railing at mid back so not ideal for comfort. Wine list also strictly Italian. Very decent overall.

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f
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and Italian. Pasta wonderful. Salad with dried beef special.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Mediocre food, small appetizers for the amount of money. One pasta was good, two others very flavorless. Chocolate cake dessert tasted old. Impatient waitress even though there were only 3 tables that Sunday evening.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.

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SP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been fans of Cento since it opened in May. In the past, we have enjoyed restaurants owned by Donato in Redwood City and Palo Alto. However, we are disappointed that the service and pacing of the meal at Cento has not improved since it opened. My daughter and I had a three course meal at Cento on Friday night, sharing several of the dishes. The server continuously hurried us along, picking up plates before we had even finished. It became annoying after a while. I don’t know if this was the fault of the server or the kitchen, but the meal was very poorly executed. We were out of the restaurant in less than 35 minutes because they hurried us so much. The food continues to be generally excellent. And the setting is beautiful. I hope they are able to get their act together, as we live In the neighborhood and want them to succeed.

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E
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu wonderful service

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. The only feedback is that some of the servers don't provide the level of service for a restaurant of this caliber. Eaten there twice this week and both times the service was just acceptable.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was very good, the pizza and pasta both delicious. Perfect dough.

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SW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday Our waiter, Alex, was wonderful. He was very attentive, friendly and professional. The chef has designed a great fall menu with every dish delicious. The squash salad was gorgeous and so good. We also love the homemade bread, focaccia and moszarella salad. Our swordfish eas cooked perfectly with an extraordinary sauce of tomatoes, capers and olives. I’m still thinking about how savory it was. The cansonsei were lovely. The two dessrts were delicious, the butterscotch panna cotta was a standout. We can’t wait to return and try more dishes!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

While our waiter was very nice, he was not professionally trained and the same was apparent for the balance of the staff. Also there were only three tables with customers and the bar area was empty. As a result the atmosphere was lacking.

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ST
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and staff at Cento did not disappoint. The food is creative and delicious. Staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. The menu includes dishes from pizza to more sophisticated entres'.

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X
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent swordfish and hand made pasta , arugula and delicates squash salad with house made mozzarella. Yum

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal here with perfect service from a very helpful server named Bibi. She guided us expertly through the menu, encouraged us to try some amazing white truffle pasta which is only rarely in season, paired authentic local Italian wine with our meal, and everything we ate was delicious. It's a great location and easy to get to from outside the city. The pate dish and the salad and the pizza and the pastas were all superb. And nothing broke the bank. It was a memorable meal and completely outdid all of our expectations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice experience, but disappointed that nothing special considered for us. Reservations were for our 35 wedding anniversary and no recognition by management at all.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the servers were super knowledgeable in making suggestions for food and wine.

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r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Polletto (grilled spring chicken) with fregola, roasted root vegetables and quince, chicken apple jus was wonderfully distinctive. Pizza is good and salads generous. A local gem.

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ST
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cento Osteria is fantastic. We tried all the appetizers and then had swordfish as an entre’. The wait staff was excellent; friendly, very knowledgeable about both the food and wine. The bar is really sweet and a great place to meet friends afterwork.

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hospitality and service! Food was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Authentic Italian pizza, delicious dessert.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I arrived at CENTO OSTERIA at 18:33. Had reservations at 18:45 and they were very accommodating and seated us. I ordered a bottle of wine . It was 19:07 and the bottle of wine never arrived and they server never came back to update us or order appetizers so we we left the premises without the wine or food !

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k
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although the menu items are tasty and innovative, the prices are way too expensive to allow this restaurant to be a go-to neighborhood restaurant.

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CA
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Amazing food, just took us 1.5 hours to get our dinners once we sat down. We had a group of 7 and unfortunately were seated in the bar area which did not have comfortable seating. We did not have a regular waiter yet a bar person with attitude who was not familiar with taking food orders or placing them with the kitchen. Our food was spaced out with strange timing. Unfortunately entrees were not served at once for our group to enjoy dinner at the same time. Luckily the manager finally stepped in and noticed something was wrong and she comped some of the dinners. But overall it was not a good group experience for out of town family members. It may be better for local visits for just 2 people at a time. The food was wonderful though.

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza I've ever had, including in Italy! I've never said that before, no matter how good the pizza was. The crust here is outstanding, total perfection. I can't imagine how it could be any better than it is!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Staff. Antonio, Massimiliano, Maria, Fernando, etc, and of course, Donato!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A little hot inside but food was great!

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