About Flour + Water

Fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, and house-cured meats. It’s all about simple and authentic Italian food rooted in the south, executed with skill, expertise and old world standards of care. The defining goal of the restaurant for its ambiance and style of service is to make everyone feel welcome. "We feel very strongly about creating a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere in the restaurant."

2401 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Everyday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
20th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 826-7000

Website:
http://flourandwater.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005.

Executive Chef:
Thomas McNaughton

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Flour + Water has three private dining spaces available: Test Kitchen, Dough Room & Butcher Block, with the largest having a capacity of 16 seated and 25 standing. The menu is highly seasonal and changes every day, so our chef prepares a special menu just for each group based on the best of what's available that day.

Inquire with our Events & Marketing Manager, Erin Riordan at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005 for pricing and further information.

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Private Dining

With four private dining spaces (Dough Room, Test Kitchen, Thirty Twelve and Butcher Block) as well as the availability to do a complete restaurant buy-out, flour + water creates a tailored experience for each guest.

Flour + Water Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (20)
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Special Occasion (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Authentic (13)
Cozy (11)
Romantic (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Exquisite food in an intimate setting, with excellent service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Exceptional service and one of the best meals we have had in the Bay. Every bite was delicious and we will definitely return soon to eat more of the amazing pasta dishes!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Overpriced! The food was mediocre. We paid premium prices for bad food because it was Valentines Day. We will not be going back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Fixed price menu was fantastic, though a little on the pricey side. Strongly recommended for special dates.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Flour and alter exceeded my expectations. The staff was inviting and knowledgeable about he food and the Italian wine selection.

It’s commonplace in San Francisco to pay a lot for small portions for the sake of creativity or local ingredients. Flour and water balanced this approach so well. I was pleasantly surprised by the portion of our pistachio pesto and rutabaga pasta. The price was on point and we left our meal satiated but not stuffed.

Absolutely delightful. Props to the whole flour and water fam.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A dinner at Flour+Water is always a fabulous evening. The food is creative, original and timeless. The service is warm, helpful and attentive. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed and also special. They have great wines but (not surprisingly) most are from Italy and I’m not so familiar with wines outside of California. So, we asked our server to help us pick out a wine. It was lovely. Flour+water hits all the high notes perfectly— you can just relax knowing any evening at Flour+Water will be a wonderful evening. The salads and starters are bright and interesting. Of course, the pastas are the stars of the restaurant— they do just melt in you mouth, explosions of flavor, some big and some subtle— each one distinct and wonderful. It’s best to go two couples and share, so you can taste more of them. Also, don’t overlook the pizza— it’s the best pizza in the Bay Area— the crust has just the perfect amount of chew. The only negative about Flour+Water is that it’s quite popular, so even if you are interested in dining late it’s really difficult to get a reservation and if you try to just show up as a walk in you’ll have an exceedingly long wait. It’s best to plan weeks ahead and make a reservation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Flour + Water is one of my very favorite restaurants in the world. Every time I have the pasta tasting it blows my mind.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Ambiance: Too noisy, loud music for a restaurant, you cannot hear each other.
Food: our food was too salty, don't want to have dinner at this place again
Prices: the prices are too high comparing to the offer

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was sub-par and the food wasn't much better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We try and eat at Flour & Water as often as possible. The food is nothing short of stellar and our only frustration is trying to decide if we should order off the regular or pasta tasting menus. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, plus the wine list is solid. Love this place!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service and the waiters and waitesses are happy. Food is good.
You will enjoy a special evening there. They won't rush you to finishing your dinner for the next guests.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

For the price of the tasting menu (compared to similarly priced menus across the city) the amount of food was relatively small. I would have expected either more courses or larger portions overall. I would not recommend the tasting menu here based on this experience. The food overall was balanced and fresh. The service was not on the same level as other restaurants with similarly priced tasting menus, but I acknowledge the restaurant may have been busier than usual due to restaurant week.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had 10:30pm reservations during SF Restaurant week and Flour+Water made the most of it!
I highly recommend the beverage pairing with your meal. Will definitely need to go back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This is F + W's first foray into SF Restaurant Week. It was rocky. The food was top quality, but overwhelming in the pasta department. We enjoyed the salmon with radish as a starter. Then there were 5 plates of pasta. All in oil. No bread. No relief. I just wanted a little arugula or romaine, or maybe some of their famous cauliflower or spinach instead of one of the pasta dish. Maybe next time remove one of the pastas and serve a vegetable. Even the ice cream was served in olive oil. Tartine is just down the road. Maybe they could do some bread for you? It would have been so nice to put the sauces on.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Amazing food. My tastebuds were ALIVE - I won’t forget my meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

While the food and service were quite good, the restaurant was freezing. For inexplicable reasons, the restaurant kept many windows and the back door open. Though we asked that one of the windows be closed and eventually wore our winter coats during the meal, other windows and the back door remained open. This discomfort made it difficult to enjoy our meal.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Amazing menu!! We loved everything we ordered!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Hi, we were looking forward to coming in all week, & we were very disappointed. We ordered two of the pasta tasting menus with the wine pairing. We knew it was very pricey for pasta, but we knew that going in, & the restaurant was highly recommended by many people. All the wines we had were very good, a good amount for each of us & went very well with each course. Well the ones we could actually eat. The first two courses were very good, the appetizer with the sparkling wine & the beet chitarra with Falanghina. After that, all the other filled pasta courses were either under cooked(just before al dente) or overly salted, the tortellini al bordo was both. Also two of the courses we had to split at a very small table, which we thought was strange because some were served individual & some were not. We did tell our server about both of these concerns & was basically told, "well that's just the way we do it here". At that point we didn't want to stay for the dessert course, so the server took one of the tasting menus off the check, we paid & left, very disappointed with one of the most dissatisfying dining experiences we have ever had. At those prices, $75.00 per person, plus $55.00 with wines, ALL the courses should have been served individual, and we did order 2 pasta tasting menus, not one. As native San Franciscans & life long restaurant employees we thought the whole Flour + Water experience was very over rated.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Flour and Water was my first stop off the plane from NYC and had not been in four years! The food did not disappoint and I nearly licked the plates and bowls clean!! So happy to see the staff is friendly as ever and that the food has only gotten better!!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Flour+Water was phenomenal. I went for my birthday with a friend, and was totally blown away by the experience. The food is delicious, of course. The service was also outstanding. Having been in the food service industry in a past life, I was very impressed by the level of communication and care that the Flour+Water servers possessed. We had one minor mix-up where they gave us the wrong pasta. Before I could even say anything to one of the servers who was walking toward me, she paused and said, “I know, this is not your pasta. We are really sorry about that, but please enjoy it on us. Does anyone have any food allergies?” She already knew without me even having to say anything, literally within seconds! Such great service.

Overall a real treat, and am excited to dine here again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food and service was excellent!

The lighting was very dark, too dark for us (we were near the back and had to use our cell phones to read the menus). The music was too loud for intimate conversation.

Nice wine list.

Thank you.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What a wonderful dining experience to celebrate my 30th birthday. I will definitely come back again!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was super rushed for no reason we were the last group probably seated and no one was waiting for a table. They kept coming to take our plates away before we were finished eating and food was served before we even got water wine or bread

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We did 2 pasta tastings (1 vegetarian). The food was all very good. I'd have to say that the first pasta dish, beet chitarra with dungeness crab, romanesco & tarragon, was my favorite of the night, followed closely by the broccoli cappellacci dei briganti with baby kale &
broccoli relish (on the vegetarian menu).

Our wait staff was all so nice and attentive. I think we will be back at Flour + Water in the near future!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Flour and Water! What happened to you guys? Been dining with you since you first opened back in 2009, and have been my go to for pasta on a regular basis. This was my first New Year’s Eve dinner with you guys and was quite excited to take my date for her first time to F&W, and looking forward to this special night at one of my favorite restaurants and starting the New Year off with a bang!

First, I was a little disappointed with our table location being that I made reservations 30 days in advance and thought that 7:45 reservation would get me a good seat in the house. We were seated right in front of the expediting/server station and our table for two was pretty much attached to the table for two to the other side of us. This made for an unpleasant dining experience with servers and food constantly bustling back and forth on one side, and feeling like we were in the same dinner conversation with the couple next to us on the other side. I feel like I could be the wedding planner for the couple next to us as I know every detail of what and how they want their wedding to be in the upcoming year!(totes to them btw)

Second, the $125 tasting menu was overpriced for the quality and service I received that night. You would think for NYE F&W would come out with their best. The courses were good but lack the quality I usually get from my regular dinners there. Service was mediocre at best, waited a good 20-25 minutes between our first course and second course. Then we got our fourth course soon after we received our third and felt rushed to eat both before our final course arrived. Overall F&W, I was disappointed with the NYE experience that you put out for me. You are one of my favorite restaurants and I know you can do so much better than this. I can only hope my next experience with you will regain my confidence otherwise I will have to let you go...

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food. Read review in Southern Living and it was wonderful food just as promised.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

A lovely evening and the pasta was on par with the house-made pastas you find at restaurants in Italy. The only negative: the restaurant is small and reservations seems to fill quickly, so it took us a couple of weeks to secure a reservation at a desirable time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I continue to love the food (which is fantastic) but feel like the service has gone down in recent years. Our hostess was friendly but our waitress was extremely aloof and tried to convince us not to order specific dishes because it would be a long wait - in the end it turned out to be a normal wait time and we were happy to try and have conversation while we waited. Unfortunately the music was so loud we could hardly hear our friends across the table. The food is amazing but it's almost not worth it to spend the money for this type of service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

What a nice surprise this restaurant was. We had the tasting menu which was fabulous!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A fantastic dining experience is the sum of many parts ... food, staff, decor, sound, plating and so much more. The food at Flour + Water was, as always, delicious (we had the pasta tasting). It is served family style, which means that the food is scooped onto the individual plates so the beautiful plating is quickly lost. The wine pairings were perfect. Why, then, only three stars overall? The restaurant was unbelievably loud because the music volume was cranked up so high (and remained so even after we asked them to turn it down a bit). The wait staff explained each course and wine pairing, which was great, but, to be honest, we couldn't hear a word they said so we nodded politely and then consulted the menu to see what was before us. Even the young members of our party complained that their ears were in pain and ringing when we left. While we thoroughly enjoyed the food, the overall experience was very unpleasant - not a desirable outcome for a family outing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It was my 3rd or 4th time here. My meal this time was a little saltier than usual but overall I always love the variety on the menu. Also loved the playlist for the night! Started with a lot of Elton john :)

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was great but surprisingly the food was overly salty not sure why. Salad was phenomenal. Maybe the chef was having a bad day & took it out on us. I would go back but remind them that the food was v salty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very desappointed!
I was so happy to have finally a reservation at Floor + Water but the overall experience was very bad
We were running 10 minutes late, and tried to call to let them know but nobody was answering the phone. When we arrived, we have been told we will have to leave the table in one hour and fifteen minutes. Nice way to welcome customers!!!!
We ordered salad, pizzas and pastas and they were just ok. We didn't finish the dishes which is very unusual. Two desserts were good but mine, a carrot cake was at least one day old.
Please, avoid Flour + Water. there are so many good restaurants in San Francisco!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food and ambiance were nice. Very loud (music blaring) and not good for those looking for a quiet dinner, or anything close. Food was great. Service was underwhelming. It took 20 minutes for a bottle of wine during the first service of the night and there was an aura of attitude between the 5 or so folks that served our table. Could have done without that. Overall, would recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Flour+water is one of my favorite restaurants - was pretty lucky to get a reservation the day before. We arrived 15 minutes prior and was seated right away. Our server was very polite and patient since we took some time to go over the menu.

Having been here once, one of the most memorable dishes I've had here is their scarpinocc with balsamic glaze, and I was a bit disappointed to not see it on the menu. Our server was great and asked the chef to make an order for me - so delicious. We also ended up getting the halibut crudo (delicious with fennel shavings + aoili), pappardelle with lamb (tender!), and uovo pizza (the egg was a great touch). For dessert, we had the pistachio panna cotta (more milky than creamy), gelato, and affrogato (espresso and gelato, what's not to love).

The experience was great from start to finish and the staff was attentive/polite. Can't wait to go back again :) Thanks flour+water!

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pizza crust soggy. Pasta amazing! Wine list ok. Hamachi crudi excellent!! Good but not great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Outstanding dinner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food. Period.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing food, but really loud

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

At my request friends celebrated my birthday at Flour and Water. The pasta dishes were nice, just not as good as past visits. The pizza was shockingly disappointing. When we picked up a slice it drooped right down.

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