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Flour + Water, San Francisco, CA

Flour + Water

4.5
4.5
1970 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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."

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Everyday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 826-7000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Thomas McNaughton

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005.

  • Private party facilities

    With four private dining spaces (Dough Room, Test Kitchen, The Upstairs and Butcher Block) as well as the availability to do a complete restaurant buy-out, flour + water creates a tailored experience for each guest.

  • Private party contact

    Mac Malone: (415) 826-7005

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 1,970 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service, and fun playlist. Can’t wait to go back!
  2. m

    morgan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance, and service are impecable.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved the pasta tasting menu. My date is pescatarian and that works totally fine. She had no complaints and neither did I! The food is amazing. Made with love. All I ever always want out of a good meal.
  4. CH

    CoopersHawk

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was exquisite. Service was polite but perfunctory and rushed. We had the tasting menu and the courses arrived back to back without pause, and the check was delivered only a minute after the last course arrived, with no chance to order coffee or a digestif. I don’t know if this is standard or if there was a staffing issue. We didn’t have a dedicated server checking on us, but instead about half a dozen staff members delivering the food and bill. It was a lovely meal for our anniversary, but we felt rushed and a bit unwelcome.
  5. WN

    WandaN

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the tasting menu. Every course was more spectacular than the last. Done to perfection. I would only suggest that the menu inform you if there is a hot spice used in a dish. We were (not pleasantly) surprised by one dish that was quite hot. Nonetheless I will come back again and definitely recommend to my friends.
  6. BF

    BrittanyF

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and vibe! Would highly recommend!
  7. S

    Shania

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I had heard mixed reviews for Flower + Water, but I was pleasantly surprised. I expected delicious pasta, of course, but the appetizers were the real stars. The veal carpaccio was a delight and I would order it again in a second. My partner and I shared the salumi board which was an exciting flavor adventure - the roman mustard and seasonal pickles brought everything together nicely. We split the aleppo garganelle and tagliatelle with veal bolognese. Both were very tasty, though the tagliatelle was a bit too rich for my taste. Portions were nicely sized and great for sharing. We ordered an obligatory birthday dessert and I'm so glad that we did. The panna cotta with berries and hibiscus was so refreshing; a great end to a great meal!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every bite, 10 years after the first time I went!
  9. PB

    PatriciaB

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Met by unsmiling absolutely-non-engaging blonde hostess. She dug through the menus, never looking at us, walked away without a word to a table and dropped menus and left. Really set the evening off with a bad feeling. As I faced the reception desk, I could see this was her pattern. Either she was having a very bad night, or this is always her manner. She was certainly not the person to be a hostess! The restaurant is very popular because of their reputation for wonderful pasta, but, I think that type of reception is not what they want.
  10. NC

    NoviceCook

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was amazing. We ordered 4 pasta dishes and 2 pizzas for 5 people. It was all so delicious and we stuffed ourselves. I think we over ordered but just couldn’t stop eating! The waiter was friendly and we never felt rushed. The only thing I didn’t like was - we told them we were celebrating two birthdays and is one of the rare restaurants that doesn’t throw in a free dessert or ice cream or something ...hence I took away the stars for service.
  11. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We're from Chicago with a daughter living in San Fran. We are huge fans of Flour & Water and always try to get there on every visit. Which my daughter and boyfriend truly appreciate. We LOVE the food, wine, ambiance and incredible staff. Last Saturday, we booked a table of 6 for 10:30pm. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we showed up at 10:59 with a party of 3. Most restaurants would tell us to get lost. Not F&W, they welcomed us with warm, authentic smiles and served us an amazing meal with the same level of integrity and generosity we have come to love. We'll be back. Even if our daughter moves far, far away.
  12. b

    b787bydesign

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal pasta - I don’t know what more to say. The drinks, ambiance, and perfectly cooked pasta made this a “must-return” for us. Can’t wait to come back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for a birthday dinner and really enjoyed it
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Sister in town, tasting menu amazing!!!
  15. P

    Peter

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always so special to dine here. Definitely the best pasta in San Francisco.
  16. SM

    SusanM

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was truly amazing! Each pasta was unique and not “run of the mill”. The appetizers were equally delicious...our fave was the grilled asparagus! But a close second was the Fava beans slightly dipped in a “tempura” like batter sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Fantastic, too! The service was attentive and helpful the entire evening altho the restaurant was filled by 545 on Sunday evening! The only complaint was the music volume but that was probably because we are over 60! 🤪 We would return again, in spite of the loud volume of the music because the food was outstanding. Didn’t have any dessert but the choices looked terrific, too.
  17. K

    Kathyp

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time on a spontaneous reservation, post Hamilton with our kids (older kids but still).... 10:30pm res, seated fairly quick - we LOVED the food and as we left about three different people thanked us as we were walking out, it was so noticeable how kind the staff is that we will def return and soon! Again the food and the wine (nero d'avola) fantastic!
  18. SG

    StacyG

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were so good
  19. D

    Disppointing

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was excited to score a table last weekend, love the décor and the vibe here. The lettuces were very tasty as well as the asparagus appetizer...the pasta...was good but I've had better...honestly I compare everything to the Pasta a la Vodka at Brio which is a chain restaurant in Detroit area (normally don't like chains) and they still win...I had the pasta with the balsamic reduction...good but not to die for...my husband had the veal Bolognese..thought there was something over powering he couldn't put a finger on. The dessert was absolutely delish...was dying to lick the plate...staff were very friendly...really liked the restaurant and would come back...I wished there was a really good red sauce to top the fresh pasta...overall good night out.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always. Amazing menu of food and beverages - fabulous variety of seasonal specials and classics. Thank you for another extraordinary meal!
  21. AC

    AudreyanneC

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what a gorgeous meal! Next time I will go with more people so that we can order more / try more of the options. The pastas were lush AF, and the pizza was fantastic!
  22. WS

    WadeS

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The pasta tasting menu allowed us to not think twice about our order and enjoy a magnificent variety. From a fresh mint and cucumber trout crudo, to a ramp and veal tortoletti covered in a rich northern Italy-inspired gravy, every dish was its own unique adventure. The quality of the pasta is at the top of any list I have experienced in the United States.
  23. KT

    KelseyThompson1192019

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Way too expensive for the quality of food and the waiter recommended 3-4 dishes which was entirely too much for two guests. Wine pours are small and overall bad value. You can get more bang for your buck at other restaurants in town.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning pasta!!
  25. SG

    SuzyG

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious pasta tasting menu with really delicate flavours
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal
  28. p

    plumpudding

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite place!
  29. DS

    DebbieS

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar night. Food was amazing and our server did a great job spacing out the arrival of dishes. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Would recommend to anyone. Just be sure to book a reservation way in advance.
  30. JS

    JosephS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience at Flour + Water was exquisite! By far the best meal I’ve had. Everything was fresh and delicious—and the menu was so unique as well.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The table seats were so uncomfortable. They really need cushions rather than hard wood. I had to stand up part way through the meal because I was so uncomfortable (and I’m in my early 30s and athletic). Place was so loud. Felt like we were on a double date w the table next to us because they were inches away and heard every word of their conversation. And the music was terribly loud so it seemed like the table was competing with the music, and us trying to speak over all of that. Food was good, creative, fresh ingredients, fun wine pairings. Service was great. Didn’t fall in love with any dishes but are still curious to try some of the other pastas one day.
  32. KI

    KIMH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Pasta was outstanding, but very disappointed with the service. Felt like the staff was rushing us. Also had a guest with a shellfish allergy. After confirming that the crudo did not have shellfish, they then brought it to the table and said "it had a trace of shellfish, but so little that my mom - who also has an allergy - can eat it". When we said that wouldn't work and we'll try something else (my friend is highly allergic), they left it at the table and continued to ask if we were ready to order entrees. Encountered a few other instances where the staff appeared unfriendly. Overall for a highly regarded establishment the service was a bit too snooty ... we were excited about the experience and left pretty disappointed.
  34. EK

    EtsukoK

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the tasting menu.
  35. B

    Beersnob

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We arrived at 5:45 and the restaurant was buzzing with loud music and almost full. The menu reflected the season and we picked the swordfish for appetizer. So flavorful. We ordered a pizza, the best we have ever had. The pasta was made with morels and the sauce was unique and tasty. Only negative comment- very loud. Hard to hear your conversation. We are going back!
  36. J

    Jwats

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was excellent but it was very loud and we were seated in a main walkway so it felt like we were in the way. We could barely hear each other and could hear the table of two 8 inches away way too much.
  37. LE

    LindsayE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for my husbands birthday, and not only was the service amazing...he said it was the best meal he’s ever had in San Francisco.
  38. P

    Panda

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food was so salty. They didn’t do anything about it when I told them all the dishes were too salty to eat
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always exceptional and service is usually as well. The y have a separate vegetarian pasta tasting menu and can switch out the meat pasta tasting menu for you. I believe they can even mix it up at the table if you have vegetarians and non eating together. Additionally, our excellent server pointed out that the whole left side of the menu is vegetarian friendly!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    The most pleasant from the staff was the lady chef in the expo , who serve us some dishes.

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Flour + Water is rated 4.5 stars by 1970 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Everyday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Thomas McNaughton

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 826-7000

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005.

  • Private party facilities

    With four private dining spaces (Dough Room, Test Kitchen, The Upstairs and Butcher Block) as well as the availability to do a complete restaurant buy-out, flour + water creates a tailored experience for each guest.

  • Private party contact

    Mac Malone: (415) 826-7005

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