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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."
San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours of Operation:
Everyday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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Please contact the restaurant at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 415-826-7005.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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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 email@example.com or via phone at 415-826-7005 for pricing and further information.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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