Cotogna

4.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood, Cotogna is a lively, comfortably-stylish restaurant featuring rustic Italian cuisine. Adjoining Quince, Lindsay and Chef Michael Tusk’s celebrated fine dining restaurant, Cotogna (meaning ‘quince’ in Italian) offers a seasonally-changing menu featuring spit-roasted or grilled meats and game birds, wood-oven pizzas, house-made pastas, fresh local seafood, salads, salumi and cheeses. A sophisticated, seasonal cocktail program features innovative cocktails, while the approachable wine program focuses on Northern Italian varieties.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, everything is stunning! I entertain a lot for work and frequent all of the great restaurants San Francisco has to offer and this is the best food wise. Book your resi early and it won't disappoint.

s
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food great and service great, woman at bar was shouting into her phone which intruded on

GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was just ok. Very loud & small inside. We were seated at the bar even tho we had reservation, which turned out to be better cse otherwise we wouldn’t be able to hear each other. I was expecting more of a food choice & quality.

RV
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service with wonderful food!

JO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a must visit restaurant. go especially for the Sunday supper menu.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and top notch food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dishes I had were good but they perhaps a little simple overall.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in the city

MT
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Very professional and knowledgeable service. Great food!

f
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the works. Will go back soon, whenever I could get a similar time mid afternoon.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, great pasta and a lovely setting.

KT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food quality is excellent! The service is not too polished but everyone is very friendly.

PD
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an incredible surprise!!! ... wish to live in San Fran to come more frequently!!!

JE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service - food was outstanding! Highly recommend!

TB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We’ve been to Cotogna a number of times. The food is excellent. There is a nice, slow pace to the meal. Most of the waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable. This time we had one waiter with a snooty attitude. Maybe he didn’t think we were good enough to eat here.

PT
San Francisco
429 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Let's start with the "not so good." It's very loud, in large part because the tables are packed so tightly (of necessity, since without as many tables the place probably wouldn't survive), and there's very little ambiance, as there is at, say, Spruce. The food and service, though, are exceptional. The waitress thoroughly knew the menu and was very attentive. The food is among the best Italian I've ever eaten. We had focaccia, chicory and pear salad, two pastas and gelato for dessert. All were outstanding. This is one of my favorite places in the city.

AG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the most beautiful delicious place in SF

T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but delicious food. We know good Italian on the east coast but San Francisco has done it!
Our server Haley was fantastic.

y
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and people!

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dream lunch! That ravioli!

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall nice and what we have is always tasty, but the main dishes lacked enough vegetable or grain/starch to feel anything like a complete meal and we didn’t see any cooked non-starchy vegetable sides to buy separately (the fractured incomplete dinner plate, a sadly spreading trend we and everyone we know abhor.) So we had to buy a salad to try to round out the pasta and protein, but lettuce leaves are not a substitute for a dinner vegetable. So it feels like a very lopsided meal that none of us would cook or serve anyone for dinner at home. Plus as one of the legions sensitive to gluten I had to avoid over half the menu; most restaurants today keep a simple box of pasta to throw in a pot of water; to refuse that in this era seems counterintuitive and even a little hostile. I am almost certain they used to. So without the pasta course I was still hungry after a salad and small portion of duck with a scattering of grapes and a few outer leaves of Brussels sprouts. I had to either go back and order some potatoes or an OK but not special dessert which I did; thought the whole thing a bit overpriced, unsatisfying and nutritional unbalanced. That said the service is always excellent, noise level reasonable, atmosphere warm and since it’s within walking distance we’ll keep going there for a treat, not so much a meal.

NR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time, amazing food, host accommodated our last minute request and our server gave us great food recommendations. Overall amazing experience!

MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite go to restaurant! The food is always amazing and the presentation divine. Cotogna sets the bar high for food, service and ambiance.

FI
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Made reservation for 2:15 but arrived 1:45. The place was full and we were told we had to wait, no problem.... came back at 2:10 and by 2:25 we were told there was a group of 3 in front of us. The manager explained without apologies they were still in time, 10 minutes late should not be a problem for us. She was actually arrogant, if she had approached us in a friendly manner, the experience would have been quite different.

My food was quite tasty, spaghetti al vongoli. My daughter’s plate was very salty and my husband’s rigatoni da Nona was also tasty. But, the food was not exceptional, it was the average Italian, but the price was not average. Impossible to talk and be heard, too loud.

Our server was wonderful and very attentive.

L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything, food, service, decor, A+ However, the noise level was so extreme, it was impossible to chat without shouting,,,which makes matters worse. We were seated next to a table of four men all with deep, resonant voices. Just the luck of the draw. On an up note, the staff from receptionist to waitress, to busperson, was extremely welcoming, kind, helpful... very professional. We would return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotogna had fantastic service and recommendations. Their mushroom pizza was some of the best pizza I’ve had in a while and I typically don’t even like mushrooms. Raviolo was creamy and delicious and then the dessert of homemade gelato rolled up to your table and served was both so fun and so delicious! Highly recommend to anyone!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Best dining in sf right now

MH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience1

Have gone to Cotogna/Quince many times. Only reservation we could several weeks ahead was at 430pm. We arrived at 430pm and restaurant was mostly empty. They put us at the most uncomfortable table in the restaurant. We tolerated it for awhile but then it all got worse because they accommodated many walk-ins with no reservations. All got better seating than us and it was so crowded servers had to almost get in our laps to serve new guests.
We asked for a table change 10 min before our first course arrived. Manager came by after first course served so really no point at that time. One of the pasta dishes was way over salted and we like salt. We would have normally sent this back but we were so disrupted by the onslaught of no reservation new seatings. The manager was not helpful and they only comped us an extra dessert that we did not need.

HK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband’s birthday and they printed special placemats with his name and brought a lovely dessert with a candle. Five Star restaurant!!!

JN
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Price of the pastas was too high for the quality and standard received. Antipasti and pizzas are very good though.

CH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall service was superb but my pasta vongole was a bit sticky and too much basil or pesto sauce on it---I asked waitress if it was white sauce and not tomatoe and so expected plain white sauce??
The pizza was excellent.

A
London
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian restaurant! Food better than authentic!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, great service, and amazing good

H
London
117 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was truly excellent. Same goes for service. I just wish tables were not as crammed together.

NY
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best please I’ve eaten in a while.

LT
San Francisco
139 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday lunch and they printed it on our place mats! Nice touch!
Server was understanding, patient and smart, anticipating our needs.
Food is always first rate, extraordinarily fresh and delicious. That’s why we always come for special celebrations. We would come more often if it weren’t SO noisy. It’s hard for us octogenarians.
In spite of the noise, we keep coming back. That’s how good it is !! 👍👍👍👍👍

T
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Cotogna was off the charts amazing. Delicious little gems salad followed by mushroom & onion pizza and a gorgeous cake that tasted like autumn. Amazing service. Cotogna is an A+++++++++.

J
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always! One of the very best of SF!

DS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our server Anna was great! The raviolo and the vanilla gelato with chocolate sauce are must haves!

BM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant in the city. I recommend making reservations before going. I highly suggest trying the Raviolo with farm egg & brown butter. Our waitress recommended this and I was so happy to listen. I've never had a ravioli that was the size of a dinner plate. The seasoning was perfect. The focaccia bread was also very sumptuous. My husband was very pleased with his Don Watson lamb pappardelle with broccolini & mint. We enjoyed the warm and welcoming atmosphere here and would definitely come back again.

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