Che Fico

4.5
287 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
California and Italian fare from EMP alums in a stylish neighborhood restaurant.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please join us for Valentine's Day! Che Fico will be featuring a special 4 course menu for $125/person with optional wine pairing at $75/person. We will not be featuring our traditional menu offerings that evening. Please ensure to leave a valid email and we will send a copy of the menu to confirm.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 287 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Don’t miss out on the porchetta. The winter salad was to really delicious too.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Every single dish we ordered was amazing, looking forward to coming back soon!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service!

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KB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food. However - service was slow and the prices are incredibly high for what you get, even for SF. There are plenty of places in the city with better food and ambiance for less.

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, but not worth the hype and ordeal of booking a month ahead at midnight. Space is very attractive but music was a little odd and loud/bass-y.
A bit spendy and I have mixed feeling about a 6% sf surcharge tax.

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the restaurant - the food was a little too salty, fatty, acid and heat-y for my partner but he still enjoyed. The thing is, we were celebrating an occasion and despite there being a place to put that in the reservation and them acknowledging it, we didn’t receive anything special. It’s fine but like we had a huge meal, maybe a little dessert cocktail? Idk. Also they were out of coffee at the end of the night on a Wednesday, which was weird/annoying. I’d def go back though, I loved the food and service was good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Just ok, won’t be back.

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AG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The place is really cute. We were given a gift certificate and had been trying to get in for a while. We finally went. The waiter started out really strong. Seemed very excited about the menu and was very knowledgeable, but then we didn’t see him very often after that

The food was very salty. Some things were good but nothing was great

The wine girl that helped us was not very warm at all. Almost seemed angry

All in all, we probably won’t go back

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

Lively atmosphere, delicious salad and pizza. Great mix!

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MR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was good as well. It lived up to expectations. It’s a 4.8 rating for me, a small deduction for the volume of the music. It’s loud and it was hard to hear our waitress or carry a conversation. I will go back on my next visit to SF.

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D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The pasta was fantastic - A++++++ The salami and the salad were also amazing. I am a pizza snob and I was expecting this pizza to be legendary. It was good but not out of this world good. The standard with the pasta and antipasta was so high the pizza just didn't live up to that level. I will dream of the pasta for years.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

this is the fourth visit I've made to Che Fico. The first 3 were enjoyable in all respects, especially the food. and the service has been pretty good too, until this last visit. I took a friend for a special occasion. we placed our order, appetizer, pasta, main dish. my friends appetizer and pasta came at the same time, meaning he had to wolf down his appetizer so that his pasta didn't get cold. MY pasta came 10 minutes later, about the time my friend had finished his. This is really very poor service, there should never be more than a minute or two difference in the presentation of courses to the people at the table, if even that. To make matters worse, we had to wait at least a half hour for our main course. this is a dish I had ordered previously and it never took more than 15 minutes to arrive. I came away very disappointed and my friend wasn't all that impressed because of the poor service. Not sure if I'll return.

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San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considerate staff; good food

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

Not bad, but not Italian. Service was C-/D+. They had plenty of empty seats and within an hour and a half of closing, yet kept us with our bar seating reservation. No prob, except they aggressively start cleaning an hour before closing. We were literally within a foot a a sink/someone rinsing dishes. 3O min between primi and secondi. Salad was delicious! I thought the food was ok, but if expecting true Italian, you will be disappointed. When the waiter pronounced the pasta, “tag-lee-ah-tell-eee” we should have known.

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MP
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun and lively

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

This was the best meal we've had out in some time. Every single course. Chopped Salad, Tagliatelle w/ ragu, Pineapple Pizza, Deep Dish apple crostata w/ fior di latte gelato. My partner even wants to go back. She NEVER wants to go back to the same place twice. Last minute reservation score @ the counter. Just a great all around night. People complain about the music being loud, but we thought it was lively and fun.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely blew us away. Best date night and most amazing meal!

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely lives up to the hype, even on a crazy busy New Year's Eve. Amazing meal, terrific staff, really good time.

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

One of the best restaurant experiences I've had in a long time. The food was superb and the service very good.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

music was WAY too loud and incongruous with the atmosphere

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall - did not disappoint! Pasta, pizza, and salad were all exceptional. Only the salami selection, while good, I thought would have come with accompaniments like olives, pickles, bread, etc, so surprised there were none.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Decent food, but service should have been better for the price.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Very hard to get reservation at a reasonable time, especially if you don’t live in the Pacific time zone.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gerald was a great guide for our experience and made sure we were properly advised and taken care of. Food was great and very timely. Almost too timely if that's possible.

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f
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had been very excited to finally try Che Fico, after reading the rave reviews. We love Italy and the main category of foods that they feature. The pasta texture was superb in the Bolognese, Vegetarian lemon and clam fettuccine, and sauces were very good, though not mind-blowing memorable. I thought the pizza was very tasty, unusual crust that was delightful to chew, but the toppings for the Margherita classic were not top quality in taste, and our crust was quite heavily charred black. In all, high quality food, but not superior to several other places in town (flour +water, fiorella are better total experiences). My chief complaint is over zealous water pouring service, literally someone passing by refilled our glasses every 5 minutes, and this was intrusive. And chief gripe : they insist on sequencing the meal as the chef wishes for family style . This meant our vegetarian diner's pasta came out alone, two Bolognese came out 10 minutes earlier, and clam spaghetti was last, the pasta sequence meant our family of 4 was never eating at the same time!! Ridiculous.

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At risk of not being able to get a reservation when I want it, I say this is the best restaurant I’ve eaten at in a very long time. In a city of many over-rated, over-priced restaurants, Che Fico, truly lives up to its reputation; serving fresh fantastic food at reasonable (not cheap) price. The ambiance lively and stylish. Service is friendly and timely… and the food; the food is fantastic.

I do not give 5 stars easily or often and will certainly go again, if not just to see if it’s as good the second time.

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JS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a gem. Yes, it's a bit of a splurge. But from cocktails to dessert it's a joy. Treat yourself.

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KT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I rated this place “good for people watching” because that’s all we did while waiting far too long for our meal.
Che Fico seems to be a victim of its hype as a hot new foodie haven. Talk about overpromise and underdeliver. Got our apps and a drink and then waited 1 hour ! with no explanation, for mushy gnocchi with bland truffles and a decent linguine w clams. The dishes both came out together, which contradicts their serving standard of timing the dishes.
I never send food back nor get mad with a restaurant. I guess there’s a first time for everything. While Our server was adept at talking us down and had great service recovery skills -she comped us our wine and a pizza- she was left on her own to deal with the issue - her manager and other co- server abandoned her and avoided us while ably serving the table next to us. A bad look for a Bon Appetit-rated place.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pasta was amazing. Converted auto shop- awesome space. Full bar. Terrific service.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends gift exchange.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Except for the initial entry. There was a long line at 5:30 and while they tried, it was unclear whether the line was for walk-ins or reservations or both. Turns out the hostess asked for reservations to enter first (which we had) but we didn’t hear at first, so stood in a line like cattle. Felt a bit impersonal. But it was all excellent after that.

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RV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought it was another great spot in San Francisco, but don’t see the hype that makes getting a reservation super tough.

The Salumeria was bomb and we got the Chef’s Progression, because we’re two people that will never pass up a good charcuterie. The beef cake and spicy salami spread (our terms, not the chef’s) were favorites.

Pineapple pizza was a great choice, nothing near a Hawaiian pie. We used the crust for the remaining spicy salami spread we had left over.

Then the pasta came and we looked at each other in disgust (for the amount we ate) before forking the plate.

Again, great spot, but nothing sooo special to be this hard to get a reservation imo.

Enjoy!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but incredible noise made conversation almost impossible

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

Loved sitting at the counter. Food timing needs work.

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MG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very popular new place near my residence. I made a reservation for same day, entered when they opened. I had to wait longer than preferable for my order to be taken, but after that the staff was attentive. The menu is a bit confusing as to how to assemble a meal a la carte. Cocktails, food, and wine were all very good -- a satisfying dinner. Food is intended, I think, to be served family style. Their house made salumi was simple and tasty, served plain. Pasta is also served plain, no garnish or side dishes unless ordered separately. The interior of this place is very pretty, wide open design, very attractive reclaimed wood with texture, warm lighting, and rather loud when full of people. I like the place a lot and will go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waiter went home without telling us, and we were left to track down people to help us, and no one bothered to tell is what happened or even acknowledge we had been forgotten. Strange.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Definitely recommend sitting at the kitchen bar - so entertaining and appetizing watching everything get made. Awesome date night.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food, with awesome flavours. We went for the gnochis with troufles, the linguini, and the hen guinea pasta, beign this last one by far the tastier and most interesting of the three. Desserts were a surprise, my pistacho gelatto was the best I’ve ever tasted.
Just to say something, the wine wasn’t at its right temperature, but they were nice enough to fix it.
Not cheap at all though! But worth it!

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KP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian experience with a local California farm to table feel. Felt like I was on vacation or in NYC dining! Ambiance is great - old converted warehouse with high ceiling and multiple types of seating available.

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

TLDR: If you get invited to Che Fico say yes. Otherwise, don't wait a month for a table.
Reasoning: I had to make my reservation over 4 weeks in advance, and was so excited this past Saturday to finally experience Che Fico. I'd read the NYT piece as well as all the articles on Eater & The Infatuation. Perhaps this was my mistake as I feel like the experience has been overhyped. Overall, I'd say my dinner was good. The waiter was lovely (though the hostesses were anything but), and the pasta was really delicious. The pizza i thought was a little unexciting and a bit soggy - even for Neapolitan style. The Boudino was so heavily drenched in olive oil I couldn't taste any of the other flavors. The beverages were great. Ambiance was cool if not a bit over-lit.

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