Flour + Water

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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."

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, and fun playlist. Can’t wait to go back!

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morgan
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, and service are impecable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the pasta tasting menu. My date is pescatarian and that works totally fine. She had no complaints and neither did I!
The food is amazing. Made with love. All I ever always want out of a good meal.

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CoopersHawk
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was exquisite. Service was polite but perfunctory and rushed. We had the tasting menu and the courses arrived back to back without pause, and the check was delivered only a minute after the last course arrived, with no chance to order coffee or a digestif. I don’t know if this is standard or if there was a staffing issue. We didn’t have a dedicated server checking on us, but instead about half a dozen staff members delivering the food and bill. It was a lovely meal for our anniversary, but we felt rushed and a bit unwelcome.

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WandaN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu. Every course was more spectacular than the last. Done to perfection. I would only suggest that the menu inform you if there is a hot spice used in a dish. We were (not pleasantly) surprised by one dish that was quite hot. Nonetheless I will come back again and definitely recommend to my friends.

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vipBrittanyF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe! Would highly recommend!

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Shania
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had heard mixed reviews for Flower + Water, but I was pleasantly surprised. I expected delicious pasta, of course, but the appetizers were the real stars. The veal carpaccio was a delight and I would order it again in a second. My partner and I shared the salumi board which was an exciting flavor adventure - the roman mustard and seasonal pickles brought everything together nicely. We split the aleppo garganelle and tagliatelle with veal bolognese. Both were very tasty, though the tagliatelle was a bit too rich for my taste. Portions were nicely sized and great for sharing. We ordered an obligatory birthday dessert and I'm so glad that we did. The panna cotta with berries and hibiscus was so refreshing; a great end to a great meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bite, 10 years after the first time I went!

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vipPatriciaB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Met by unsmiling absolutely-non-engaging blonde hostess. She dug through the menus, never looking at us, walked away without a word to a table and dropped menus and left. Really set the evening off with a bad feeling. As I faced the reception desk, I could see this was her pattern. Either she was having a very bad night, or this is always her manner. She was certainly not the person to be a hostess!
The restaurant is very popular because of their reputation for wonderful pasta, but, I think that type of reception is not what they want.

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vipNoviceCook
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing. We ordered 4 pasta dishes and 2 pizzas for 5 people. It was all so delicious and we stuffed ourselves. I think we over ordered but just couldn’t stop eating!

The waiter was friendly and we never felt rushed. The only thing I didn’t like was - we told them we were celebrating two birthdays and is one of the rare restaurants that doesn’t throw in a free dessert or ice cream or something ...hence I took away the stars for service.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're from Chicago with a daughter living in San Fran. We are huge fans of Flour & Water and always try to get there on every visit. Which my daughter and boyfriend truly appreciate. We LOVE the food, wine, ambiance and incredible staff. Last Saturday, we booked a table of 6 for 10:30pm. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we showed up at 10:59 with a party of 3. Most restaurants would tell us to get lost. Not F&W, they welcomed us with warm, authentic smiles and served us an amazing meal with the same level of integrity and generosity we have come to love. We'll be back. Even if our daughter moves far, far away.

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b787bydesign
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal pasta - I don’t know what more to say. The drinks, ambiance, and perfectly cooked pasta made this a “must-return” for us. Can’t wait to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a birthday dinner and really enjoyed it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Sister in town, tasting menu amazing!!!

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Peter
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so special to dine here. Definitely the best pasta in San Francisco.

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vipSusanM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was truly amazing! Each pasta was unique and not “run of the mill”. The appetizers were equally delicious...our fave was the grilled asparagus! But a close second was the Fava beans slightly dipped in a “tempura” like batter sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Fantastic, too! The service was attentive and helpful the entire evening altho the restaurant was filled by 545 on Sunday evening! The only complaint was the music volume but that was probably because we are over 60! 🤪 We would return again, in spite of the loud volume of the music because the food was outstanding. Didn’t have any dessert but the choices looked terrific, too.

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Kathyp
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time on a spontaneous reservation, post Hamilton with our kids (older kids but still).... 10:30pm res, seated fairly quick - we LOVED the food and as we left about three different people thanked us as we were walking out, it was so noticeable how kind the staff is that we will def return and soon! Again the food and the wine (nero d'avola) fantastic!

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vipStacyG
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were so good

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Disppointing
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was excited to score a table last weekend, love the décor and the vibe here. The lettuces were very tasty as well as the asparagus appetizer...the pasta...was good but I've had better...honestly I compare everything to the Pasta a la Vodka at Brio which is a chain restaurant in Detroit area (normally don't like chains) and they still win...I had the pasta with the balsamic reduction...good but not to die for...my husband had the veal Bolognese..thought there was something over powering he couldn't put a finger on. The dessert was absolutely delish...was dying to lick the plate...staff were very friendly...really liked the restaurant and would come back...I wished there was a really good red sauce to top the fresh pasta...overall good night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Amazing menu of food and beverages - fabulous variety of seasonal specials and classics. Thank you for another extraordinary meal!

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vipAudreyanneC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a gorgeous meal! Next time I will go with more people so that we can order more / try more of the options. The pastas were lush AF, and the pizza was fantastic!

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WadeS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The pasta tasting menu allowed us to not think twice about our order and enjoy a magnificent variety. From a fresh mint and cucumber trout crudo, to a ramp and veal tortoletti covered in a rich northern Italy-inspired gravy, every dish was its own unique adventure. The quality of the pasta is at the top of any list I have experienced in the United States.

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KelseyThompson1192019
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Way too expensive for the quality of food and the waiter recommended 3-4 dishes which was entirely too much for two guests. Wine pours are small and overall bad value. You can get more bang for your buck at other restaurants in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning pasta!!

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SuzyG
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious pasta tasting menu with really delicate flavours

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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vipplumpudding
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place!

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DebbieS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar night. Food was amazing and our server did a great job spacing out the arrival of dishes. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Would recommend to anyone. Just be sure to book a reservation way in advance.

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JosephS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience at Flour + Water was exquisite! By far the best meal I’ve had. Everything was fresh and delicious—and the menu was so unique as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The table seats were so uncomfortable. They really need cushions rather than hard wood. I had to stand up part way through the meal because I was so uncomfortable (and I’m in my early 30s and athletic).

Place was so loud. Felt like we were on a double date w the table next to us because they were inches away and heard every word of their conversation. And the music was terribly loud so it seemed like the table was competing with the music, and us trying to speak over all of that.

Food was good, creative, fresh ingredients, fun wine pairings. Service was great. Didn’t fall in love with any dishes but are still curious to try some of the other pastas one day.

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KIMH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Pasta was outstanding, but very disappointed with the service. Felt like the staff was rushing us. Also had a guest with a shellfish allergy. After confirming that the crudo did not have shellfish, they then brought it to the table and said "it had a trace of shellfish, but so little that my mom - who also has an allergy - can eat it". When we said that wouldn't work and we'll try something else (my friend is highly allergic), they left it at the table and continued to ask if we were ready to order entrees. Encountered a few other instances where the staff appeared unfriendly. Overall for a highly regarded establishment the service was a bit too snooty ... we were excited about the experience and left pretty disappointed.

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vipEtsukoK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the tasting menu.

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Beersnob
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We arrived at 5:45 and the restaurant was buzzing with loud music and almost full. The menu reflected the season and we picked the swordfish for appetizer. So flavorful.
We ordered a pizza, the best we have ever had. The pasta was made with morels and the sauce was unique and tasty.
Only negative comment- very loud. Hard to hear your conversation. We are going back!

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Jwats
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent but it was very loud and we were seated in a main walkway so it felt like we were in the way. We could barely hear each other and could hear the table of two 8 inches away way too much.

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LindsayE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my husbands birthday, and not only was the service amazing...he said it was the best meal he’s ever had in San Francisco.

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Panda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was so salty. They didn’t do anything about it when I told them all the dishes were too salty to eat

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional and service is usually as well. The y have a separate vegetarian pasta tasting menu and can switch out the meat pasta tasting menu for you. I believe they can even mix it up at the table if you have vegetarians and non eating together. Additionally, our excellent server pointed out that the whole left side of the menu is vegetarian friendly!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The most pleasant from the staff was the lady chef in the expo , who serve us some dishes.

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Flour + Water is rated 4.5 stars by 2031 OpenTable diners.

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