Locanda Osteria & Bar

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$31 to $50
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Italian
A Roman-inspired Osteria and Bar. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. Our menu changes daily. The menu below is an example of what you would find on our dinner menu
What 168 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible!! I’ve been to most of the top 100 SF restaurants rated by Bauer and this place is beyond amazing and rivals the best!! Will definitely be my go to restaurant!

KP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood fave. Food and ambience always good. Love the fresh, local flavor. Note that the noice level seems louder than it used to be.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The olive fries are so delicious and the pasta with mushrooms!

K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best service I have experienced in San Francisco thus far. The food was also phenomenal. I had the cacio e pepe, a traditional Roman dish. It tasted as good as if not better than when I've had this dish many times in Rome. Extensive wine list including a number of Italian and French wines. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for high-quality food in the city with exceptional service.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Just ok

TM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We tried Locanda for the first time, and we were surprised by our wonderful experience. We're definitely returning!

KS
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

About as good as it gets. Great food, great service and a wonderful ambiance.

n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best anniversary date spot ever

KG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Wonderful food and wonderful service. But, the music was way too loud. Nobody wants to hear that stuff , played that loud and especially at 6pm. Thankfully the food server turned the volume down at our request. But, it was very inappropriate to subject us and everyone else to the onslaught of noise.

LP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice atmosphere

MB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Locanda isn't the same since the new chef came. I have tapered off going since they continued to serve pasta at $25 a plate when any mildly competent home cook watching Lidia Bastianich on PBS can turn out something just as good or better. It's a shame that the portions used to be a good size and had nice pieces of protein and now it's just a sliver of meat and a plate of pasta still leaves you starving.

We came for the wine paring, but that was an experience I won't repeat. We were seated next to the door with the window open and the wind was howling through the window. We were reseated after we complained and asked to be moved. The amuse came out and we almost finished it but the wine was no where to be found. Fortunately I held off. Finally the wine server had said oh good you still have one, because this wine is supposed to go with that. I suspected as much. Second course was ok, but the third course risotto sat cold while again I waited for wine. It seemed like there was a real problem between front and back of the house in terms of timing.

The fourth course of duck was not good. It came out cold and we had to ask them to send it back and heat it up. The grapes had seeds which made them unpleasant to eat. The puree was the best thing on the menu but there wasn't hardly enough. The duck was chewy, under-seasoned and took all my force to cut through the skin.

Dessert was fine but not the one I ordered. It seemed like with all the problems with the wine indicated that they didn't do these parings well or that often. The wine was unremarkable and seemed more like counterpoint rather than pairing staking out a stark contrast to what was on the plate.

Music was an issue. When we entered it was pleasant but by the time we left it was full on night-club-loud.

The highlight was our server who was patient even though we had to chat with her a lot.

DL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Winemaker's dinner - food and wines were well paired. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. As we know the winery, we were pleased to experience their wines again in this country, without having to get on an airplane.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Waiter had cologne on that was so strong and smelled. He messed up our drinks order twice. The timing was off, food came no drinks,food was ok skimpy portions skimpy on adding ingredient like sausage. Cheese plate piece of cheese so small. Person from street not a customer, came into restaurant up to me from behind while we where eating asking for money very aggressively. It surprised me. He then went to other tables doing the same thing. Waiter said reason everything was late or not correct timing was because there new computer system.It is expensive which if fine if you get good service great food in a safe environment. We didn’t get any of that .

s
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expectations exceeded at all levels! Pastas were as good as you get in Italy. Best tomato salad of the season. Great time

AG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locanda never disappoints. Service is above and beyond. Food is sublime. I would eat here every week if I could afford it.

F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing night: food, ambiance and especially the service! Thank you. We will be back.

E
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Superior pasta dishes. Carlos was an outstanding waiter. Only complaint is excessive noise.

OT
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

With so many great restaurants in the Mission, this was our first time coming to Locanda. The dishes were interesting and tasty. The service was good, but they definitely seemed a bit stretched as we had to wait a while between ordering and receiving drinks and dishes. But generally good and would return.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had three different pastas and all three were delicious. My husband had the Bavette steak and it was perfection—flavorful and cooked perfectly. And don’t forget to order the fried olives...they are addictive!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful birthday celebration here. Everyone in our party had a blast with great food suggestions from the GM and our waitress to pair with some special bottles of Barolo and Amorone we brought along for the occasion. Standouts were the Duck and Jewish Style Artichokes. All the dishes had a beautiful presentation. Can’t wait to return soon!

AB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Had whole fish Aqua Pazzo.Divine. Will go back when next in San Fran in a few months.

CC
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with an ever changing menu. Pasta never disappoints. Service is always above and beyond - surprising and delighting. Great seat in the back with all around good vibes

IG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was overly salted.

AJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Locanda was as amazing as friends assured us it would be. From the fabulous homemade pasta, to the falling-off-the-bone short rib, to the (generously poured!) Italian red by the glass, we really had no business ordering dessert... and yet... we couldn’t help ourselves! The fig tart with vanilla gelato was divine. Cannot wait to go back, can’t recommend highly enough. Make sure to book ahead!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was about two miles from my hotel. I am staying near union square. I did walk down market street which I would not recommend. The restaurant was well worth it!!! Great vibe, amazing food and service.

IT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Locanda for my daughter's birthday, and everything was outstanding, The food was spectacular, the service exceptional, and the atmosphere was comfortable. Top notch!

BN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Overpriced for what it is. Wouldn’t go back.

F
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. We enjoyed everything we ordered! The pastas were excellent.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress rushed us a bit but otherwise great

EW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Specialty cocktails were not worth the value

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

So overpriced for a tiny amount of food. Received our food before my cocktail arrived and it was not busy at the time.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got a great table, right by the window. Food and drinks were excellent. The waiter was very efficient and friendly, but a bit of an acquired taste in terms of his ‘tableside manner’ - still, we enjoyed him very much.
We had been to Locanda once before and had been only mildly impressed, this experience was much improved.

SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent but we really did not enjoy our waiter who was a tad erratic. Music was loud and could be turned down to facilitate conversation. Otherwise than that we really enjoyed celebrating my retirement party at Locanda!

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service! Yummy cocktails too.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat in the back for brunch. The music started at low volume then increased. We asked them to turn it down and they did! Wonderful. Of course, the food was fantastic as always. Thx guys.

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

Love love love love love

LC
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was closed and we couldn't actually come in, they lost electricity - Supervisor came outside and explain the situation

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner. Food, service, cocktails, timing, every detail was very well thought through.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Mother’s Day brunch. Service was good and tasty food. It was a bit pricey though.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food

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