Cotogna

4.8
2217 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 11:30am - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday, 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday Supper* is served from 5:00pm - 9:30pm

* Please note on Sunday we serve our four-course Sunday Supper menu. The regular a la carte menu is also available.
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Phone number
(415) 775-8508
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Tusk
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Catering
Cotogna offers offsite catering for parties of 10-100! Please contact events@cotognasf.com to learn more.
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Cross street
Montgomery
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Parking details
Valet parking is available in the evenings at the front entrance of the restaurant for $18 per standard sized vehicle.
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Public transit
The Muni bus lines 1 California, 30 Stockton, 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom all stop within a block or two of Cotogna. The closest Bart stop, Montgomery Station, is a 10 minute walk.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Private Dining

Cotogna is a celebration of rustic Italian cuisine and offers a daily-changing menu of spit-roasted or grilled meats and fish, wood-oven pizzas and house-made pastas.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

We can always rely on Cotogna in the Financial District for an excellent upscale Italian meal.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2217 People Are Saying
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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Hard to get in, advance reservation needed.

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

All items were a la cart, even the dinner rolls for $10. The portion sizes were small. The food had good flavor but we felt the value of the meals was not worth the price. Also, our table was less than a foot from the table next to us, so much for intimacy.

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s
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cotagna never disappoints. It’s a great space, wonderful ambiance, creative and delicious food and excellent-friendly, warm and knowledgeable service. I highly recommend it!

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was super friendly!

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C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

After hearing about how good Cotogna was from friends and reviews online we were excited to give it a try. While the food was really good, the service was subpar and I am really disappointed in the experience overall. We had the mozzarella & beet salad and prosciutto appetizers, the Tagliatelle alla Modenese and the smoked onion, pancetta & farm egg pizza - all were good but as noted by others pasta portions are small. I made a reservation two weeks in advance for 9pm on a Friday. We arrived at 8:55pm and were immediately seated at a table that appeared to be for 4 people and were a bit confused when the hostess pulled our table about no more than 1 inch away from the one next to us. About 5 minutes later another party was seated at that table, we felt more like we were sitting at a table of 4, not 2 and it was slightly awkward. We got over the close proximity, but still had not been attended to after sitting for 10 minutes, made even worse by the fact that the table next to us (who sat after us) had water and drink orders taken by a different waiter than us almost immediately after sitting. Our waiter, who had spent copious amounts of time at the table on the other side of us giving recommendations, never even looked our way. This continued throughout dinner, the table next to us who sat after us finished their dessert and left a full 25 minutes before us. We were excited to try dessert but decided against it after being ignored our whole meal, dealing with a waiter who acted annoyed when we asked for recommendations and took 10 minutes to throw a dessert menu on our table. We are easy going and didn't complain once, though I wish I had. Even weirder was that we ordered a bottle of wine, the sommelier brought it to our table but then took it to the bar and opened it and tried a glass before actually having us try. For the restaurants reputation and the prices you are paying, this service was unacceptable - we will not be recommending or dining her again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian EVER!

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! I had a wonderful dining experience. Already recommended this restaurant to the rest of my family.

- Yummy!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service , I am happy it’s not upscale.

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

Anniversary

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Cotogna since they opened in December, 2010. I have dined there almost weekly since then and have had several business luncheons at the restaurant. I have never been disappointed by the food or the staff. The experience has always been exceptional.

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m
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our anniversary. They even printed out names on the placemats and made us feel extra special. The brown butter egg ravioli is to die for.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been trying to get a table here for a long time. So glad we finally did. It was worth the wait. Everyone on staff was super friendly and the pasta is out of this world. Cocktails were too easy to drink .

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Alex, gave great recommendations. He steered us to the fried chicken and ravioli, both winners! The cocoa nib semi-freddo was the best dessert I’ve had in years.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

LUDICROUSLY noisy at 2PM on Friday. AVERAGE 86 dB, peaks over 90. Never going again.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you cotogna for making our anniversary dinner so special. The food is simply spectacular and the staff is so attentive and caring!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I was really excited to try Cotogna, after someone suggest I try it bc Flour + Water is one of my fave restaurants. Overall, our meal was good but one piece of it kept it from being great. We got pizza and two pasta dishes. The Agnolotti was a huge disappointment. It did not have the shape, nor the flavor I thought it should have had. Texture wise it did also seem like it had been sitting out for a while, bc it wasn’t saucy enough and the inside of the meat was dry. Overall, the service was impeccable and the other two dishes we had, the lamb pizza and corn pasta dishes were amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had high expectations coming based on great reviews. The service was outstanding--kind, attentive and prompt. The food was just o.k. and I am willing to try again and order other items.
Issues: The appetizer menu was very limited and weak. Out of 5-6 choices, the fig salad was the only one appealing. it came with several slices of burrata and toast, but only 2 half figs, so we ate 2 toasts with just cheese. They definitely should have added more figs. Upset that the only salad option is to share a salad with one other person, for a $32 charge! Crazy. We ordered, and shared the large ravioli with egg, and it did not enthrall me. I tasted lots of butter and egg, but nothing outstanding. We also ordered the carbonara zucchini which was again, lacking a bite, and very simple and probably should have ordered something more substantial.
The noise level was CRAZY--small 2 tables inches from other parties so very difficult to carry on a conversation. I would opt to try and sit at the bar with the open fire grill, next time.
The drinks were good, but I'm sorry I did not order the one with apple and rum, as that looked wonderful.
So, not wowed this first time, but will try again.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good food. Some of best And most interesting Italian in SF

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunday evening menu and crowd was terrific—lively, friendly. The menu is outstanding and perfectly prepared. Creative, great ingredients!!

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KF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta was so good, we had to come back two days later. Great staff too!

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KK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is outstanding. The raviolo is heavenly, don’t miss it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly staff, I highly recommend! If your looking for quality pastas and pizzas with fresh ingredients, check this place out.

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JN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, we go back every six weeks.

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MA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cotogna never disappoints. The food is always excellent, and there are no mis-fires on the menu--it's all good and cooked to a high standard. The service is also excellent; not over-bearing, but clearly professional and well-trained. Certainly one of my favorites in SF, whether for lunch or later at night at the bar.

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SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Was really excited to try this place after all of the rave reviews but the food lacked flavour, was way too salty and I feel like we were ripped off out of a $100 meal

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o
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was spectacular, service impeccable - sharing the kitchen, cooks & ingredients with Quince ensures the highest level of cuisine, and the service staff are fabulous. Wonderful Sunday supper menu and parking is easier on Sunday evening. We will be back! High recommendations.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noise level was through the roof!

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BS
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Been there many many times....never ever been disappointed. Great spot, walking distance to North Beach.

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ND
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience with wonderful food and service.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, nice wine list! We had several outstanding dishes in terms of creativity, taste and artful presentation. Artisinal cocktails were great too!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Sformato as an appetizer, and the Rigatoni Nonna Spencer. Both had so much flavor, highly recommended!

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EM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants I have been to in a very long time. Food very creative, tasty and generous. I had the pork rillettes as a starter. Enough for a main course. My pasta with mixed meats was delicious - not a smudge left on the plate! Highly recommend this restaurant, book early.

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CA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cotogna and always have a wonderful time at this special spot!

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

The service was excellent and the food was outstanding a must repeat and I will definitely recommended!!!!

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AG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always ! the BEST

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J
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to dine. A must go in SF. If you like quality.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We arrived to find our table had been specially prepared for our special occasion. We were offered champagne to celebrate, which we turned down as we dont drink. As an option we were given a non alcoholic bubbly as a replacement.
The starters were good. Cold tomato soup with chuncky options added. Cured bacon with puff pastry and blue cheese.
The mains were ok. My pork loin was overcooked which made it tough and dry.
Dessert was an Italian pop tart which was the dish of the evening.
Ive had better meals recently.
This establishment needs to up its game.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too noisy difficult to have a normal conversation...If you could correct that.

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