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

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4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (23)
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Good for a Date (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Local Ingredients (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Authentic (14)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 15, 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 14, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 28, 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 27, 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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·Dined on December 24, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 21, 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 20, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Outstanding dinner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food. Period.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Amazing food, but really loud

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Absolutely love this place! It's been a while since I've been back because I've moved out of the neighborhood but I saw a reservation and had to snatch it along with a couple other reservations for the month since there were friends visiting - a good excuse for one of the best pasta places in the city, in my opinion. Not only is the food amazing but the staff is very friendly and sweet. The vibe is warm and welcoming and sets the perfect cozy scene. The wine list is on point and was pleasantly surprised to find a Montepulciano on the list - one of my favorites. It paired well with the pasta dish that was recommended to us. Will definitely not wait so long in between visits here. Flour + Water is a treat!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The pasta just ok, pizza better. The whole envoirment can tell too noisy, we need to shout to talk, also too dark can't see the food and menu. Some pasta quite hard, overall experience not interesting. The sauce also not what I expect. I prefer food taste more important. At least I try once in here.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

The pasta tasting was delicious and the service was amazing. Our waitress did an amazing job guiding our experience, explaining dishes and inspirations, asking for feedback, and keeping our table well manicured. A bit of a splurge $$$ wise, but worth every penny.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was slow. Restaurant is very loud. Food is great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I live just a few blocks away, and cannot believe I waited this long to go to F+W. The tasting menu was outstanding. The wine pairings were spot on. I cannot wait to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was scattered. None of the servers seemed responsible for any particular area. Orders were forgotten and delayed. All of the dishes seemed heavy-handed. The cuisine lacked the delicate finesse I remember having experienced there in the past.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good food with pretentious service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was soooo good. I'm still thinking about every single dish in my head. If I lived any closer they would know my name by now

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

After waiting years to go to this iconic restaurant we were surprised by all the hype. The restaurant obviously caters to a young crowd that can tolerate music so loud you can't talk. The wait staff does a good job although there is no dress standard for them so some look like they dress down for the evening. We had heard the food was exceptional, but our selections were good not near what our expectations were. For example, great chicory salad with 1/4 cup dressing on the bottom, a thin crust pie so thin that it arrived soggy from the tomato sauce. The pasta entry was good, still not up to the expectations everyone says about their pasta. And finally the dessert a chocolate boudin was so hard that while tasty the texture was just too difficult to enjoy. Now your saying, well this guy is just a picky customer. Well this guy owns a part of a restaurant reviewed by the NY Times and Bon Appettie so I do know something about food. To bad it was my wife's birthday, we have been happier at Delfina's.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We were there Tue Nov 28th.
The service was super slow, we waited almost one hour between the appetizers and the main courses. It's fine if the place is overcrowded but it wasn't.
They asked us if it was OK to prepare the kids' order first (2 pizzas) so they could start eating earlier (they were super hungry). One pizza arrived, the other didn't. We got our appetizers, we waited another hour and our pizzas arrived but still no info about our daughter's pizza so we told them that if they forgot the pizza was OK no problem (our son shared his pizza with our daughter).
They didn't say anything about the pizza (if they were late or if they forgot it), when our dinner was almost at the end the pizza arrived in a box and they charged us when the bill arrived.
The food was good, the service not.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love love loved it. Ordered all the pork dishes on the menu. #bestdecisionever

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Overrated food. Not worth the price or trouble.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food was amazing as always, The music was way too loud and the lighting was terrible in the back of the restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

VERY loud.

Terrible service- our order was screwed up and only 3 of our 4 appetizers made it. Only 3 of our 4 pizzas were likewise brought. What came was brought piecemeal so that some at our table were eating while others looked on... Finally, my plate was whisked away before i was finished...

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was great but it was overpriced for what it was.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was fantastic and the service was incredible! Small little spot but well worth the money spent. Would recommend and plan on going back ASAP!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Extremely disappointed with our experience. It took over an hour from first to second of 5 courses to be brought. When it did come it was cold and bland. Courses were very similar in taste and presentation. I’ve gotten more attention at McDonald’s. Paid for my friends dinners because I chose the restaurant and was too embarrassed to let them pay that much for such a disappointing experience. Additionally, the music was blaring, which could have been overlooked if we were satisfied with the food and service. We will not be back.

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