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Cotogna

4.6
4.6
2702 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-8508

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Tusk

  • Catering

    Cotogna offers offsite catering for parties of 10-100! Please contact events@cotognasf.com to learn more.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager, Emily Iscoff-Daigian: (415) 775-8508 ext. 136

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Montgomery

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available in the evenings at the front entrance of the restaurant for $20 per standard sized vehicle.

  • 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

What 2,702 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. HD

    HeidiD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cotogna remains simply one of the best Italian restaurants in the city! Consistently delicious food, attentive and warm service in a beautifully designed space--the ultimate restaurant combination. At lunch there on a recent Wednesday, the manager was on the floor, laser focused on ensuring everything was running smoothly...always a restaurant I want to return to!

    CotognaResponded on March 2, 2020Hello Heidi, Thank you for your kind review! We are so happy you enjoy dining with us and think of our food and service in such high regard. It means so much that you are excited to join us again and we look forward to welcoming you in soon! Thank you again for taking the time! Sincerely, Alexandra Shaw Assistant General Manager

  2. N

    Napavalleychef89

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious restaurant

    CotognaResponded on February 24, 2020Hello and thank you for your kind comment! We hope you come visit us again very soon! Sincerely, Alexandra Shaw Assistant General Manager

  3. 1

    1fanofdining

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant always food presented delectable and a vision to behold.

    CotognaResponded on February 24, 2020Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoy dining with us and our overall presentation! We hope to welcome you back soon! Sincerely, Alexandra Shaw Assistant General Manager

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual! You guys at Cotogna take such good care of me every time I go! This is my favorite restaurant in all of SF! Great fresh pasta/cuisine! The pizza is always delicious. Thank you Chef!!!!

    CotognaResponded on February 16, 2020Thank you for your kind review! We are so happy you enjoy dining with us and think of our food and service in such high regard. It means so much that we have earned your favorite spot in the city and are excited to pass on your praise to Chef and our team. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Alexandra Shaw Assistant General Manager

  5. SF

    SFoodie

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fabulous wine list and friendly/knowledgeable servers. The steak for two is heavenly!

    CotognaResponded on February 16, 2020Hello! Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our food, service and wine selections. The bistecca is definitely a staple, especially the accompanying which contorni reflect what's in season and from our farm! Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to see you back soon! Sincerely, Alexandra Assistant General Manager

  6. M

    Melissat123

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were planing a trip to SF for months I made a reso three weeks before and could only get a 10pm it was still completely packed every seat at bar full. Food was absolutely to die for the Agnolotti is a must try as well as their Raviolo believe me you will not be disappointed!! Our server Ben was such a delight the service from all sides was amazing . Try their ice cream cart served table side soooo good .

    CotognaResponded on February 17, 2020Hello Melissa, Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our food and service - Ben loves to make every experience unique, fun and hospitable! The angolotti and raviolo di ricotta are certainly staples of our menu and we are happy you experienced our gelato cart as well! Thank you again for making us a part of your trip to San Francisco and we hope to see you next time you're in town! Sincerely, Alexandra Assistant General Manager

  7. KK

    KateK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From beginning to end, our meal at Cotonga was pure delight. The feel is warm and engaging, and the food is truly outstanding. I'm not sure I want to eat anywhere else. A perfect place to celebrate with friends and family.
  8. 2

    2dindin

    San Francisco

    131 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good. The portion average sized. The service was sufficient. The lunch pricing is high. A restaurant you should experience , one I would not frequent often. Tables are very close. I felt a bit claustrophobic. It’s small inside so you feel like you are on the lap of your neighbor. Good location
  9. AC

    AdamC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in SF. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  10. CL

    CLee888

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall, Cotogna is an above average experience. Food and service was great for casual dining experience. A little too noisy and tables are too close to each other. My husband did not like the hard chairs. However, the food was well prepared, very fresh, especially the tagliatelle with Dungeness crab meat, and halibut.
  11. WW

    WickedyWackedy

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I was a bit worried when we showed up to our 6:30 reservation on a Tuesday night and our table was not ready. We waited 15 minutes before we were finally seated. They did ask us if we wanted to order drinks while waiting but my husband didn’t want to be standing up and drinking. Our waiter was great and the rest of the evening went really well. We had shared two appetizers and we ordered four entrees. Presentation and taste were great. We finished off with three different desserts. Husband, kids and I left very satisfied.
  12. Y

    Yogini

    New England

    71 reviews

    2.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This was our fav spot until our last visit. We sat at the Chef's Bar which was lovely until.... my husband asked for a robust, red glass of wine. The waiter recommended one. What we were not aware of was the price...$29 for ONE glass of wine. The waiter never mentioned it's very high price, which is the appropriate thing to do in such circumstances. I just happened to notice it when I was looking at the list. for my order. We both felt that my martini and his first glass of $29 wine were very short pours. We probably would have stayed longer and ordered more but felt a bit 'taken advantage of' with that wine recommendation. The food was very good, again not generous. When we got home, we received no Open Table points because our reservation was not properly input so we had to take care of that. Really disappointing. If you go, check your order and be aware!
  13. M

    Marcie

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and delicious cuisine!
  14. HG

    HeidiG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite SF restaurant! Excellent every time! Food, service, and ambiance--perfect.
  15. MS

    MargieS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful start to finish!
  16. SF

    SFFrankie

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely business dinner, but we could have had a lovely time with appetizers and drinks from the amazing menu!!
  17. G

    Great

    Philadelphia

    486 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    486 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG. Great food and service to say the least. Our pasta was delicious to say the least. We highly recommend hands down. A great restaurant!!!!
  18. JD

    JohnDoe

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Italian dishes here are all rich & fresh, and apply a few great ideas to classic tastes. I especially loved the honeycomb & mint in gelato : )
  19. WE

    WilliamE

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant was packed when we arrived on a Wednesday night for a birthday celebration. We were seated immediately, but the birthday acknowledgements promised by the restaurant were nowhere in sight. At the end of the evening my wife had the opportunity to mention this to the manager. The staff were very apologetic, comped us the desserts we had paid for and brought complimentary glasses of prosecco, so props to them for working to make us feel better. (The bill was over $300, so they should try). Considering we had four bowls of pasta, a couple of appetizers and a round or drinks, the evening seemed expensive to me. My pasta dish was just OK. The noise level was frenetic. It was very difficult to carry on a conversation. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. At one point he was bogged down with another table, and sent a colleague to check on us. That was a nice touch. On balance I feel like we paid an awful lot to sit in a very crowded, very noisy place eating average pasta.
  20. s

    stans

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service are truly remarkable. We are locals who walk there and even the trip uphill to romcom hill is essy after dining on such memorable food. So fun! We sat next to a couple of women in the food industry who were also astounded at the food, wine and drink selection. And service. Congrats! We will take the 30 min wLk down and back again soon.
  21. TP

    TedP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice place for lunch but a bit expensive. Wait staff is very attentive and food is very good.
  22. CH

    ClaudiaH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    First time for us. The Mamacita Bonita cocktail was hard to enjoy - too strong of grapefruit and with an almost salty finish. I requested an additional touch of agave nectar and it improved greatly. She had a glass of the Black Trumpet syrah: horrible, astringent, no pleasure whatsoever in that glass...for $19? The brussel sprouts salad was alright, but nothing special; the pizza was outstanding; her rabbit pasta dish pretty tasty, while my chicken liver pasta was basically one-dimensional; hard to argue with quince upside down cake. All in all, the dining experience came up short and did not provide the totally delectable dinner we had expected. Kudos, however, to the wait staff! Everyone who came to our table - 5, 6 different servers, bus people, etc.? - aimed to improve our evening in any way possible.
  23. BD

    BernardD

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always impeccable food. Attentive service and very nice atmosphere. Started with the delightful fennel salad. So fresh and tasty. Enjoyed the quails next - perfectly cooked and splurged for dessert and it was worth it.
  24. J

    Janine

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a fabulous restaurant. The service is always impeccable, the food is always outstanding. It's our go-to for any special event, great for non-special events too. (If you're celebrating a birthday, and they know the celebrant's name ahead of time, they may even have a surprise at your table.)
  25. b

    bethannie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Special Occasion Bday. We reserved 2 spots at Chefs Table but hosts made an error, so we ended up with a table for 2 by the bar. Server Ben was gracious, timely, and explained menu well. Skip the fennel salad- little bits of fruit spread across a plate- almost comical. Carpaccio had too much parmesan on top to taste meat. We were tempted to order Bistecca, but started with pastas. They were savory and delish. Pinot Noir Ben suggested was a perfect compliment. Leave room for the mountain of gelato served table side doused with grand marnier. Friendly fellows celebrating next to us ordered everything on the menu and gave us bites of the bistecca. It was huge, good but not great- glad we saved our $$.
  26. AI

    AmandaI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cotogna, located in an historic and lovely walking neighborhood -- downtown SF's Jackson Square -- is a warm and elegantly rustic Italian eatery featuring wood oven and hand made pasta specialities, housed in a brick wall, wood plank floor and wide window for street view design, and which is hosted by service members whose crafts are relayed with an abundance of care. One of our favorite places to place ourselves for nourishment and celebration, when we are so lucky.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cotogna and have a holiday celebration there every year. It is always perfect!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Year after year excellent food, exceptional wine, and very devoted service on all accounts.
  29. SF

    SpencerF

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pasta. Porch Etta was fantastic. Wonderful service
  30. B

    Bdog

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Small portions of well prepared, unique plates makes this restaurant one for special occasions. The wine list is well thought out too.
  31. YG

    YouGot2Eat

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas trip
  32. SR

    StephenR

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always excellent. The food gets better every year.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had the last table, however given the space between two tables it was rather difficult to have a private conversation.
  34. AJ

    AJRR

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and incredible service.
  35. TF

    ToekneeFoodie

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cotogna was quite the restaurant! The food was amazing! We had the mandarin orange salad, pancetta & ricotta pizza, raviolo with farm egg & brown butter, and spaghetti alla vongole. For dessert we had the gianduja chocolate tart with Frangelico & candied hazelnuts, which was to die for! Everything was cooked to perfection! Needless to say we were quite full and satisfied! The restaurant itself was warm and beautiful. Our waitress was charming and sweet. The only funny thing was that there was a blonde woman (manager?) who kept parading around the restaurant. She must've passed our table 30+ times in the time we were there (haha!). I found it quite distracting. Aside from that, the evening was perfect! I will definitely return!
  36. KW

    KipW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service -what more can you ask for?
  37. g

    gary

    San Francisco

    127 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It is wonderful, after all the years of being open, that the food quality is still terrific.
  38. BC

    BrunoC

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This was out second visit to Cotogna, both times to celebrate an anniversary. In making the reservation, we chose the 4:45 time slot because there was nothing later until too late in the evening. But we noticed that at 5:30 the restaurant was still half empty so we didn't understand why we could not have gotten a later time. The place mats with our name one them and an anniversary wish was a nice touch, but not really adding any value to the experience. As with our prior visit, the food was fantastic. The group at the next table had the prosciutto appetizer and highly recommended it. We concur. It was delicious. I had the clam spaghetti, while my wife had the gramigna with rabbit. They were both wonderful dishes. The clam spaghetti was different than so many other clam pasta dishes I've had... and a touch better. My only disappointment was a lack of a nice red wine sauce dish on the menu. For desert, we had the caramel gelato. It too was perfect. The service this time was mediocre, especially compared to last year when were experienced about the best service we'd ever had in a restaurant. This time, there were some long gaps between visits to the table. My wife wanted a glass of wine with the entree, but the waiter didn't come back in time to make it worth ordering one considering how long it took for our first round of drinks to arrive. In summary, I'd say that the experience was less enthralling as our first visit last year, but the food was very good and well worth the other shortcomings. Not sure when, but I'm sure we'll return.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around amazing. Anna was our server. She really made our night a personal experience. The food was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!!!
  40. s

    sbsally

    Central Coast

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This way exceeded expectations. Welcoming, comfortable space, well informed friendly and professional service and exciting food. Highly recommend the Gramigna and my husband enjoyed his spaghetti Alla vongole. Wonderful wines by the glass. Save room for their fabulous gelato. Five star plus evening.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Montgomery

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available in the evenings at the front entrance of the restaurant for $20 per standard sized vehicle.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Tusk

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 775-8508

  • Catering

    Cotogna offers offsite catering for parties of 10-100! Please contact events@cotognasf.com to learn more.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager, Emily Iscoff-Daigian: (415) 775-8508 ext. 136

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