Incontro

4.3
1154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The word Incontro means encounter, signifying the coming together of the cuisine from the mountains of north of Italy, to the beautiful hills of Tuscany and the southern Italian regions on the Adriatic Sea. Our menu is uncomplicated, but there is always a new encounter with special items that change weekly. Our bread, dessert and pasta are made by hand on the premises daily.
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J
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was very inattentive and standoffish. I believe he had too many tables one of which (by the fire pit) was a large group of very loud ladies which made our nice romantic dinner not so nice. He never said hello just "what do you want to drink"? Took our appetizer request (when I had to ask him if we could order something with our cocktails) and then we sat for over 30 minutes before he came back to take our dinner order and that was after asking the busboy to get him. I couldn't eat my entire entree and asked for a box which he never brought back until we paid our bill and we asked where our lasagna was. No I am sorry, nothing. He said, "hummm I wonder where it is"? It was our anniversary, it was noted in the Open Table reservation, but there was never any mention of it or happy anniversary on our paid dessert. Food was good. Service was not up to their standards.

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat out on the patio on a warm summer evening. Both of us are gluten free and our dishes did not disappoint. Super yummy brussel sprouts for an appetizer and we both had gluten free pasta dishes finished off with a gluten free dessert. Heaven!

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AB
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant for the 4th of July to observe the parade. Great food any day.

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BG
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, wonderful food, wonderful service, wonderful atmosphere

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Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you so much!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good and consistent in the food and service. Today was especially slow since most locals are on vacation during this time.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant used to have amazing food, this visit it was just fair at best...very disappointing

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J
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Had dinner Saturday night. The service wasn’t up to par; had to wait for a server to finally take our order, food was ok but the servings were small. We both had pasta and had to ask server for Parmesan cheese. Took a while to get cheese. Focaccia bread was stale. I was disappointed with the meal and probably will not return.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service favorite restaurant will always come back

Incontro
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you again.

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MV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Celebrating school project completion.

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mimosas are great

Incontro
Responded on July 1, 2019

We agree, a mimosa is the best accompaniment to brunch.

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J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was not not as attentive as expected.

Incontro
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you for your comment. We will work on that.

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JW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location, friendly staff, delicious presentation and hearty entrees. My husband and I enjoyed our group dinner of 6 people. Jeff, our waiter, recommended the perfect wine pairing (Jeff Carr, Napa) that was a nice surprise after having a lovely Italian wine. We'll be back!

Incontro
Responded on July 1, 2019

Thank you for your great review. We look forward to your next visit.

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MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Both mine and my wife’s main course was very salty. Can’t say it was bad or good. I will give props to the beet salad as that was delicious.

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FN
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately it really missed the mark. Food was just fine, but nothing to rave about. There were two servers on a Friday night. How do I know? Our waitress told us that it was only her and someone else. Service was therefore sacrificed and everything was timed very poorly.

Incontro
Responded on June 18, 2019

So sorry we missed the mark for you while dining with us. We sure hope you come back for a five star experience.

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m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pros: Outside seating is quieter and very pleasant. Live music (singer) on weekends.
Cons: Overpriced for mediocre food. Had the cauliflower as an appetizer, small portion for $8, overcooked and boring. For dinner we chose the cappelini with fresh tomatoes and shrimp. It was tasty, but had a sticky consistency, and the shrimp were very small. Lease expensive bottle of wine, $38 for Malbec.
There are other better options.

Incontro
Responded on June 18, 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed the outside patio and the live music. However, we are disappointed that you did not enjoy the food as much. We hope you will try us again for a five star experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good all around experience

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RL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We have been here many times and I felt a little ignored this time. Our reservation was later in the evening and the restaurant cleared out pretty much before we even ordered. We were enjoying the company and a cocktail so it didn't bother us to much , I just think the waiter may have been really busy.

Incontro
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for letting us know. We aim to take care of all our guests timely, and apologize that we missed the mark this time. We hope you will join us again for a five star experience.

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant for everyday and special occasion dining! The cocktails - especially the white wine sangria and peach mule - were enjoyable and not something available at other places. The spicy calamari was a very nice appetizer dish - most notable is the broth/sauce. While we really like both pasta courses, the linguine with clams dish was a very simple but extremely delicious course. All of "Secondi" choices were liked by all. However, the scallops - both in flavor and presentation - was the table winner.

Incontro
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you very much for the great review. The cocktails and dishes you mentioned are all popular. Looking forward to your next visit.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

our service was very slow but food and ambiance were great

Incontro
Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. We will work on improving that. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in the east bay
Our favorite
Owners are the best

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Brunch!

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EK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We dined outside on a moderately cool Saturday evening in early June, and we were quite comfortable. 7 of us celebrating a birthday. Live music outside was very nice. Service started out slow but the waiter became engaged and ended up doing quite well. Drinks were okay, not overly special. Food was good overall - some excellent pasta dishes, the appetizers were average. The restaurant provided a piece of a yummy cheesecake type of dessert for the birthday celebration. Overall a very nice experience and we would go back.

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sunday Brunch with some friends who live in Danville on 5/24/19. Incontro Ristorante was a cool and inviting place that reminded us of going to a friend's house to eat. (Parking lot in the back of the restaurant is a plus). We were seated in what looked like a "wine room" off of the bar, which was beautiful, warm, and inviting. The breakfast buffet was set up in the adjoining room. There was a waffle & omelet bar and then 2 long tables with lots of food choices. Fresh fruit, fresh pastries, bacon, sausage, amazing tortellini, chicken Marsala, seafood pasta, a yogurt station, it was a beautiful selection of freshly prepared food, without being too much. Our Waiter, Jesus was lovely and very attentive!! Oh, and did I mention the price of Brunch includes Mamosas or coffee. At only $22.99 per person, this was a wonderful place to have a Sunday Brunch, and I'd love to go back to for dinner some time. Incontro also has outdoor seating in their patio area for when the weather is nice. The Owner was there as we left to ask if everything was good with our Brunch, and invited us back again when the weather is nice, he said there's music in the patio area. When in the area, I would definitely recommend Incontro.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was quite busy and yet they had two servers. Our party of five was given meals at different time. Nothing was coordinated at all. My friend said she no longer wanted her pasta that came with her meal and the server had the nerve to tell her life was too short to be angry. She wasn’t even angry. She just told him it was too late and most of her meal had been eaten. The whole evening was a disappointment and I won’t return.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb! It was a quite place to sit with friends and visit. The service was great and the people were friendly. We will recommend it to friends and associates.

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A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Greatly over priced for Mother's Day. Small insignificant servings for enormous price.

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M
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

It was a pre set menu. The crab cake was the size of a melon ball. The flank steak was ok. The pasta was very ordinary. A big disappointment!

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is OK. It was a Prix fixe lunch for Mother’s Day and way overpriced for ok small portioned food. They were they only one available for reservations since all the usuals were booked. When we got there it wasn’t even full and I guess people know. The place is kids friendly, especially in the patio outside. They can spill and scream and still won’t bother others much. If you are not a picky eater for star level food, willing to pay for slightly more upscale setting, and have kids and want to have a good time, this place is not a bad choice.

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DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great, party of 6 with 2 kids; service was wonderful

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KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a dinner with friends. We’ve been here a few times now and the food is good and the staff friendly and attentive.

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AL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, Easter Dinner was so perfect at our favorite spot, Incontro!!

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K
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! The wait between courses was a bit long, but tolerable. We will definitely go back!

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ET
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, and the staff very attentive, I would recommend this restaurant!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful experience for all the senses. Food is delicious, the staff attentive and the ambiance beautiful. We had a great time, can’t wait to go back 😀

Incontro
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to your next visit.

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for amazing food, great atmosphere and a place to have a conversation? Look no further. The wait staff were amazing - did not rush us in any way. I met with friends whom we had not seen in awhile and had lots of catching up to do. We all had different dishes and each was excellent. I was brave and tried the Gin and marmalade cocktail - fabulous. A must try for gin enthisiasts

Incontro
Responded on April 12, 2019

That's wonderful! Thank you. We agree about the Gin and Jam cocktail. We look forward to seeing you again.

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DB
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent as well as food. We had a great table at window.

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KA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal and staff!

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had an issue with the table being wobbly and it was not great to see the server place our order at the wrong table. I love Incontro. Just would like to see the issues I spoke on cleared up.

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F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch. Great food and good selection. Reasonable price. Will definitely go back.

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