Locanda Osteria & Bar

4.6
114 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A Roman-inspired Osteria and Bar. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. PLEASE NOTE: Locanda Osteria & Bar only accepts limited reservations on OpenTable and is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. For more tables and availability, please visit Locanda Osteria & Bar's website or contact us directly. Our menu changes daily. The menu below is an example of what you would find on our brunch or dinner menu
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 863-6800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Melissa Reitz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Wine
What 114 People Are Saying
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4.6
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually this place is fantastic. Tonight it was off on each and every dish. Service was rushed and then super slow. Will not be back anytime soon. Disappointing.

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RF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The veggies were the standouts! Squash with preserved lemon, sage and walnuts; turnips and beets with salsa verde and breadcrumbs; fried "Jewish" artichokes with mint. All were superb. The carbonara was ok - but the pasta was too al dente. Nebbiolo by the glass was excellent. Service was friendly and attentive. Overall, I thought it was an interesting meal, that provided lots of great ideas for our own home cooking.

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M
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

This is the spot for drinks and snack of pizza Bianca . If the attic Hicks are on the menu then that is a plus . The pasta has been too al dented the past two visits . It use to be such a delicious restaurant despite warnings I went any way .. just awlful and the group sitting next to us were also a bit shocked . But the wine is good!

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TM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really skilled and friendly staff, great service! We enjoyed the whole package.

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A
San Francisco
212 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I'm not a fan of "Italian" restaurants in America - none of them are good. I had the bavette steak, which was cooked very well and tasted great. I shared the rigatoni with a companion and, like most pasta dishes with a white sauce, if you don't eat it immediately, they begin to gel and this one was no different. The rigatoni itself was unremarkable and, perhaps, overcooked. Two companions thought the black rock fish was good and the other two companions shared another fish dish (which I can't remember what they had!) and thought it was OK. The broccoli or broccolini was superb - the best dish of the evening; well-seasoned, great taste, cooked perfectly. Service was inconsistent and the primary waitperson got a few orders wrong, heard them incorrectly, or once ordered, didn't provide them at all. We were seated near the rear - 5 of us at a make-shift table for 4 - it was tight, uncomfortable, and warm. The place is loud; way too loud to have a decent conversation. Yet another SF restaurant where you're supposed to have had a good time, but when you're finished, you're exhausted from trying to have a conversation above the din. Decent food, but nothing says I need to return any time soon.

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AK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian cuisine and always 1-2 vegetarian pastas on the menu. Delicious cocktails—sometimes we even just go for a drink!

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around a fantastic experience

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B
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We have love Locanda before, but they were not on their game this time. The pizza bianca and the pasta caccio/pepe both were insanely salty – and I like salt! The pasta was almost crunchy – and I like al dente! Not sure what the deal was but we won't be rushing back.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I’d been here previously for brunch and enjoyed it. However this time we ordered several recommended dishes and everything was unmemorable and a bit overpriced.

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WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Been many times. Feel the food is not unique anymore & prices keep going up. Used to go for a few times a year. Not sure I will return.

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V
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and decor

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Not a very good experiance, we all felt sick after the very over priced dinner

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d
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good but our server rushed us. We were worried that they needed our table, but when we finished there were several empty tables so there was not a reason to rush us the way he did. When the 4 of us walked out, we all agreed that our server left a lot to be desired. But the food was very good and we enjoyed it and would go back.

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NA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I would go back just for the cocktails and our server! The mixologist was amazing! I couldn't figure out what I wanted to order so they asked me for my flavor profile. The creation was so good I hope they put it on the menu.
The food was very good but what made our experience really great was our server. So patient in helping with the wine and menu!
One of our friends has Celiac and we were amazed how the kitchen was so accommodating.

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HS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Staff and ambience is good, however, the main course was too salty could not enjoy our date.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d been once before for brunch and knew the food was good. It’s a small but mighty restaurant that provides intimate casual dining experience with interesting menu items

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WL
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lovely Labor Day brunch in the Mission.
The ginger soda had great flavor, kind of like lemonade.
The bacon was crunchy and not too salty which makes you want to eat a lot.
The salad with fresh pea pods and poach egg and potatoes was a winner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Imaginative Italian inspired dishes and fabulous desserts

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small, but interesting menu. Pretty good. Peach and green bean salad was inventive and tasty but way over-dressed. Very good pasta. Good dinner with attentive service, but I wouldn’t make it a point to return.

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BL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always excellent. We are from the east coast yet one of our sons lives in SF. Obviously SF is a foodie paradise. Locanda matches most if not all foodie palaces....plus the cocktails are well made and interesting. We visit this place and a couple of others whenever we visit.

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K
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Must try the Deep Fried Olives - you have too!

Great place, I would eat here everyday if I could.

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ES
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to go to Locanda Osteria & Bar for a while now. We had reservations and were seated very quickly. The Ambiance was fun, and the service was amazing. Unfortunately, the food left a lot to be desired. The food felt flat, and didn't have any complex flavors or textures. The Tomato salad was a dish that focused on the quality of the ingredients, unfortunately the produce left a lot to be desired. We also ordered a number of pasta dishes. While all were cooked perfectly, they didn't have any complex flavors or textures. They were very basic/bland. I feel like Locanda Osteria & Bar has a lot of promise, however they need to work on their menu to really compete with other local Italian spots that deliver on an amazing Italian menu like Deflina and Flower and Water.

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food (again) and attentive, warm and extremely knowledgeable service from our server. Justin, I think.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun times sitting at the bar with Joe the bartender who served us excellent cocktails wine and dinner.

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and drinks. There are a number of options for food and drinks. The waiter was accommodating to special requests. Although there was noise it was not overwhelming. Still possible to have conversation

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l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an excellent time and the fried olives always start me to drooling!!!

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LM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The only good dishes were appetizers. Very good anchovies, chopped liver, and a salad. The pork was not too bad, really lousy rigatoni alla carbonara (overcooked, no flavors) , and fusilli integrale was also quite disappointing.

Staff doesn't know the deserts. What they claimed to be less sweet was extremely sweet (more than other deserts) and all deserts seemed to be based on the premise that the only good desert is something with more sugar than any other ingredients.

Even espresso was watery and tasted like from an instant coffee.

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M
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I have been here numerous fun and delicious times . As I was leaving my home my neighbor warned me the spot was going downhill and to try to get into Delfina . Well the artichoke
Is always good but the pasta was not eatable . The first order was so salty it was an obvious mistake so we tried again . This time it was so aldente that it was like chewing a piece of leather . We were embarrassed to be complainers So packed it for the homeless along Valencia Street . I do not have a t know what happened but a great place during restaurant week deteriorated to just so bad and such a disappointment .

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and exceptional food! A true treat!!! Go!

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BS
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food at Locanda is authentic and absolutely delicious...can't say enough good things about the chef, her staff and the wait staff....love this place!

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for the last time slot of the night. I work in the industry so I’m mindful about time. Clearly, we were the last table sat but never did we feel rushed, even for ordering from each course. First time eating here but I’ve experienced first hand the awesome Stoll brand of hospitality @ Delfina and happy to say that it is well replicated here. Excellent food, drinks, and service!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food has really gone downhill. Server was rude.

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HH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Brunch!

We split the eggs benedict carbonara, latke-style hashbrowns, and the chocolate hazelnut bombolone. Everything was great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience!

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J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Loved it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good but nothing special.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

oh boy. we brought my 10 year old her for her birthday-- along with 2 of her closest friends, and a bunch of family kids. i think the waitstaff was surprised that we chose Laconda for a kids' birthday party, but they rose to the occasion and were super with the kids even though we took over a reasonable amount of space (and time) on their busy night full of dates, etc. The pastas were all devoured by all the kids' and we found also that they LOVED the amazing fried olives (filled with mozzerella). Everything rocked-- including the hand made drinks-- and though the bill was high, it was worth it NOT to rent a mediocre space in a "kids" restaurant or themed place, and just have an amazing meal together!

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great brunch. The eggs Benedict was one of the best I have had. I will definitely be back!

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. Portions are a little small so order accordingly.

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