Cotogna

4.8
2551 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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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.
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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment, food and service were great!

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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool atmosphere with fairly good food (I feel I have sufficient authority to opine on this topic since I am Italian!) and efficient and friendly service.

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always come here when in town. Beautiful produce, friendly service and lovely wine selection. Dreaming about the little gem salad with buttermilk. Only critique would be that the playlist was a tad pedestrian. Every song was a top 10 hit from its’ era which gets distracting.

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NP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happily celebrated my husbands bday, it was divine all around.

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AG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite sf restaurant. the service, food and ambiance are always stellar.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food but took them forever to seat us even though I had a reservation. They should have made those first two drinks on the house.

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l
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely wonderful!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. It made the entire dining experience special. It's a stand out in the city and makes all the difference.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, the food and service is outstanding. Wish they could do something about the noise level.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sardines were yummy!

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SB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was superb. We ordered three different pastas. All were perfect. We'll go back.

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AA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant is overpriced for what it is. Don't order sparkling water, as they charge $8 for a bottle of filtered water with added carbonation and don't advise their patrons of the price.

There are better Italian restaurants in the city.

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G
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cotogna is a top-notch spot for delicious Italian dining. Dinner is more popular here but lunch is great too. Service is on point and the food is delicious.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

$16 for water?!?

We have eaten at Cotogna for many many years.

Never again.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I devoured my pasta. It was delicious. I will be back.

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FV
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding culinary experience.

Wine was great; appetizers were great and the main courses simply delicious.

The food at Cotogna has, including dessert, no comparison whatsoever.

Place is cozy and gives you the feeling of a modern trattoria.

Service was excellent; we had the captain (a lady named Hannah; not sure if she was the captain) accompanying our dinner the whole time; providing explanations as per the wine and dishes.

We loved the experience.

Cheers too Cotogna.

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MT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing! The service was a little disappointing.

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been here in a couple of years but still love the space, ambience, food and menu. Took a partner who is new to the city and couldn't have picked a better spot to showcase. Didn't realize they didn't give bread at lunch but something that is a good excuse to go back for dinner.

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B
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Service.... Always!

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P
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cotogna is exceptional cuisine. Heirloom tomatoes with anchovies was an excellent starter.

All the pasta dishes are creative and delicious.

Our server was knowledgeable and could not have been nicer.

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JD
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent on all levels—food, service, vibe. Warm and professional. Shouldn’t be missed.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience.... amazing food... love Cotogna

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Staff was attentive and friendly. Ambience is elegant and cozy and prices are fair

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BS
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall Cotogna is an excellent restaurant, in particular the food. From the array of antipasti to the pastas and the main courses it's a real treat to eat at Cotogna. Of course the pizzas from the forno are outstanding along with Estevan's foccacia. The service is fine and the atmosphere is vibrant. In short, people love Cotogna that's why it's difficult to get an evening reservation, particularly on Friday or Saturday. But they're open for lunch as well, so somehow you need to get there and enjoy the great selections of Italian dishes. You won't be disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just loved our dinner !

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S
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian trattoria. The pasta was excellent as expected. One of the pork chops was a bit fatty but very tasty. The service was top notch, friendly, patient, and very helpful.

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b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was very slow but food was delicious.

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j
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

consistent perfection with my favorite egg raviolo

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JU
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it food is always great and fresh. Personal Servicer is excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Fathers Day a day early. I put that info in my reservation and the staff really rolled out the red carpet. My mom was able to join last minute and they were extremely accommodating, even with a packed house. Our server made some recommendations and we all shared several plates. Food was great! Service was excellent. They even switched out the place settings to say Happy Fathers Day, on a Saturday. The attention to detail was impressive. I would most certainly go back!

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AU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was beyond amazing and made our experience that much better. Thrilled with everything, as always.

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g
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! We especially enjoy the bistecca for two. And the prosciutto appetizer is excellent.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great!

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RW
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Well, they had run out of what I originally ordered as a main course. What I did ordered, agnolotti del plin, was good but not great. The appetizer gnocchi Fritos with prosciutto was very good and unusual. They were very pleasant, but all in all, I have had better meals. Service was timely. And attention to detail was fine

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VG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints.. great food made with local sourced ingredients.. love it .. as always :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been many times ! Timing was perfect for a Tuesday night !

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JS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Would recommend this restaurant, But not if you have dietary challenges. One of our party members is a vegetarian and our server was not forthcoming at all with any menu compromises... what, no marguerita pizza? The meatless red sauce on pasta, while nice they made it for him... was lousy.
The dishes the rest of us had were great.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat hands down. The decor is simple and clean, the space intimate and the location keeps overly touristy people away.

The waitress was knowledgeable and we let her choose the food for us from the minimal menu. Every item she picked was phenomenal and the service top notch.

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S
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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