VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar

4.3
331 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Discover for yourself why VIA UNO was voted 2016 & 2017 "BEST ITALIAN" in the Bay Area, named one of Sunset Magazine's Favorite New Restaurants of 2014, and voted Half Moon Bay's Favorite New Restaurant by locals. Enjoy authentic flavors in a casually elegant coastal ambiance including a modern-rustic dining room, dog-friendly heated outdoor patio, private wine room, and full bar. Our authentic 6,000 pound wood-fired pizza oven specially hand-made in Naples for VIA UNO creates light-as-air pizza crusts and our menu features Calabrian specialties you're unlikely to sample anywhere else unless you take a trip to Italy. Our produce is hand-selected from Half Moon Bay's local farms and our Old World-heavy wine list features varietals imported from Calabria. VIA UNO - where authentic Calabrian tradition gets a fresh new locally-sourced interpretation!
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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vipnoname
San Francisco
200 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Another really great dinner at Via Uno. My wife and I shared everything but dessert as we wanted to enjoy all of it. Excellent Burrata and Prosciutto(Speck) with Figs as was the Beet, Arugala and Goat Cheese salad. The truly outstanding item as the Fiocchetti which is small sacks of pasta stuffed with Gorgonzola and pears in light sauce of butter and spinach. We finished dinner with dinner with a classic lemon shorbetto in a lemon and a chocolate Tartufo, which made us feel like we were back on the Piazza Navova in Rome. Can't do much better than that!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was pretty good but $$, tables packed way too tight together.

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Tomw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There was no butter or oil/balsamic vinegar offered when the bread basket came. We were charged $20 for corkage even though it listed corkage as $15 on the website...I should have called this out, my bad. I also said this was a very special occasion on OpenTable when making the reso's as it was our 38th anniversary and nothing...no offer of a dessert or even waiter to say *Happy Anniversary*. We were big fans of Via Uno from the beginning, but now, not so sure.

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KathleenC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What I love most about this place is that it's the real deal. So authentic. I want to try it all! Fun that it's a short drive to El Granada for a stroll afterward!

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viplovechampagne
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

WEnt in Valentine’s Day. Loved the food. Pricing was on par with the area. It was Valentine’s Day so very busy and a little chaotic with reservations and delays but they rectified the longer wait with free Prosecco. Family owned and operated and very Italian. I’d come back for the spicy radiatore dish. Mouth watering good. Also the spumoni ice cream cake. So good!!

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vipKatieW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked up to the front door to the end of the evening the staff was warm and welcoming. The food was spectacular and the atmosphere was charming. It’s a gem of a restaurant and we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Francesco and his team are fantastic!

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viptremainpj
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by exceptionally welcoming and friendly staff. Authentic Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, delicious gnocchi, and several other scrumptious menu items to choose from. Great wine selections. Very busy, but also very accommodating, with ample room for larger parties. Noise level was a bit high, but also expected for a Friday night dinner service. Very impressed by Via Uno and will definitely come back!

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vipEater
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The New Menu is good, the NYE MENU WAS FANTASTIC!
Great food, wine and The staff was like family !
Great time !!

VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you, we are so happy!!! Appreciate you spending NYE with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such an improvement with food and service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The “locals” 4-course Tuesday special was outstanding. Not only VERY reasonable, the food was delicious, and the service was second-to-none.

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LaurieH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here with my husband for our date night. It was our first time here. Very nice place, you can come here with your friends, kids or spouse. The food was really good. I enjoyed the atmosphere since I love Italy! Of course I have been there many times... met one of the owners too.
Will be back! Highly recommended!!

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BobiA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Terribly run. Waited an hour and half for our food. Manager blamed us for ordering wrong. People around us were furious.
The waiter offered us a drink at the end but ended up charging us for it.
Would never go back.

VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar
Responded on January 7, 2020

We are very sorry for this poor experience. We are 100% family owned as of late October, we went through a transition and were shorthanded, it's no excuse but can happen in the restaurant business from time to time. It is 100% against our philosophy to ever blame our customers on anything, perhaps it was a miscommunication? Again, sincerest apologies and we hope we can get another opportunity to showcase our improvements.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my girlfriends birthday and it was perfect. Not crowded at all on a Tuesday. Staff was absolutely amazing. Drinks were great and food is stellar. Definitely get the Afogotto for dessert

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vipnoname
San Francisco
200 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Via Uno is always great if you love "real" Italian food!!! It is the only place we eat when we go to the Coast. We shared the Burrata e Prosciutto, Rughetta e Pera Salad, and Housemade Ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese in a tomato sage sauce. Everything was perfect.

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vipRosanneF
San Francisco
194 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

They were really busy. Service was good but both lasagna, bruschetta and meatballs were lukewarm. We didn’t complain and probably should have. Server kept saying octopus appetizer was coming but we had finished our meal and just told we were full and to cancel as it still hadn’t arrived. Both Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio were nice wines and generous pours. Unfortunately probably would not go back.

VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar
Responded on January 7, 2020

Very sorry for your poor experience. We are 100% family owned as of late October 2019 and went through a bit of a transition where we were shorthanded, not an excuse, but can happen from time to time. We hope you give us the opportunity to do a much better job next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Bathroom music was lively, but food had no flavor. We got the margarita pizza and gnocchi. It would have helped if there was salt, pepper, Parmesan, etc on the table to spice things up a.bit. But none of that was there and our waiter was hard to track down. There were lots of other people dining there, but I would definitely not recommend it! Oh - I almost forgot about the Caesar salad. It tasted overwhelmingly of mustard. Probably the worst I’ve ever had!

VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar
Responded on January 7, 2020

I am very sorry for your review. We are 100% family owned and operated as of late October and have since seen a great responses from our clientele. We were shorthanded previously and in transition, it's no excuse but can sometimes happen in the restaurant biz. I know what happened with the mustard and we are so sorry. We were trying to experiment with dijon mustard, and one of the line cooks accidentally added yellow mustard, which we agree is a big NO NO. We are very sorry.

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luv2dine
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside enclosure with heat lamp dining is our favorite
Easy to converse; nice and quiet

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vipGreatDinners
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had octupus which was very tender. Great branzino. Portabellos were fantastic. Great experience

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vipToddM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The service was pleasant and attentive. However the food was sub par. It was about the same as supermarket prepared foods. The Brushetta was terrible. It was under ripe tomatoes on a flat bread soaked in vinegar and oil. The lasagna was mostly pasta. Barely any cheese and sauce. The meat was mostly on top. The pizza was bland with a tomato sauce that was flavorless. Had high hopes for the food but was disappointed.i wouldn't go back.

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vipVariations
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Only one waiter who was also bartender and host....
food was just ok... with lasagna slightly above average.... don’t bother!

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vipStevenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Visited this restaurant with a group of five for the first time. Waiter was friendly and pleasant, we were seated for our reservation quickly. Unfortunately, the fritto misto appetiser was barely even warm when it arrived - the edges were cold and the fried vegetables looked old and wilted. The grilled octopus was warm and tasty, but was literally one small arm/leg - at $16.00 an expensive and small snack. The first entrees were served five minutes before the last - we gave up waiting and had to start so that the first entrees would not get cold. My pasta dish was lukewarm on arrival. We also poured our own wine and had to ask for replacement flatware that had been collected between courses. These are individually relatively small things, but collectively a big disappointment that could be greatly improved by better management.

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AaronB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The service and the ambience were good, as was the location, but much the food was very bland. I have not had to ask for salt at a restaurant in ages, and we weren't the only ones- we overheard the table next to us saying the same thing. The food was hit or miss. The meatballs were great. The red sauce under them tasted like straight tomato sauce from a can. The risotto was well cooked but ridiculously bland, while the scallops on top were delicious. Crab pasta was pretty tasty. The mixed fried appetizer was well cooked and good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible! Stay clear of this place
Chaotic service
Wrong food order delivery
Bland food
Ugh!

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vipSFFamily
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We waited more than an hour for dinner after ordering (with a 4 year old and 7 year old) and were not communicated to along the way. Very dissapointing. Also, pasta dinner for kids (which did actually come out at around 45 minutes before ours past an hour) was about a 1/2 cup portion. They ate in about 3 minutes (not just because they were quite hungry due to the wait ) and were still very hungry.

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vipJeffreyA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a great group of owners/servers at Via Uno. Authentic food served with friendliness.

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Msa1969
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I joked with my date that we were at the Olive Garden. The noise level was insane. The accordion player was too loud right in front which increased the noise level overall. Lots of families and kids-- really shocked. This was the opposite of a romantic dinner. We asked to change tables since the table next to us had annoying kids climb around like monsters.

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vipHMBResident
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a group of eight people. We all ordered different entrées and everybody said they thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Good bar selection too.

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Baangee
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food, warm service. You feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. We have been before. We will go again.

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Lulubird
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were wonderful. My husband and I heard about this place through a friend and we had the BEST service from Anna. The pizza and gnocchi was done perfect. We are coming back again soon.

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ChrisM
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and attentive service. We will always come back to Via Uno when we're craving great Italian cuisine!

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vipGary
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 4 of us went on a Tuesday night for the special 4 course meal. For $19.99, we had lentil soup or salad, creamy delicious risotto, salmon and for dessert, canneloni. All the courses were very good. The portions were on the small side but we all had plenty to eat. No one left hungry. There were some very reasonable Italian red wines on the menu. The chef came and spoke with us, which is always cool. All the wait staff had Italian accents. Can't wait to go back and try another Tuesday special.

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vipluvfoodandwine
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! The Carbonara and Brazino were amazing as well as the attention and knowledge of the staff/owners.

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vipMCR4
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - fantastic - delicious - need I say more?

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SFFoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend for her birthday to Via Uno today. Was there last weekend as well for my sister’s birthday with the rest of the family. I’ve been here 6 times. They never fail.
We had carbonara as a starter. It was soooo delicious. For the main entree, we both had one of the specials of the day, the Corvina (baked sea bass). It just melted in our mouth. The dish was a great choice. We were so satisfied with the meal, decided not to have any dessert. Our server, Ana, brought us tiramisu with a lighted candle and sang happy birthday to my friend. That was very sweet of her. My friend and I both enjoyed the tiramisu. It was wonderful. Grazie!! We’ll definitely be back!

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vipMCR4
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and coastal ambience. The chef is from Roma, Italy and the pasta was the closest I’ve tasted to Roma. A must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bean and carrot soup was more a cup than bowl and was like runny baby food. Pear /Walnut/Cheese salad was a yucky wad of arugala (very little pear, walnut, cheese)...a joke. Everything except pizza is overpriced. Owner came out to adjacent table and laughed at other customers, including us. They just would not shut up. What a bunch of pretentious phonies. Not worth the price.

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BillK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual family year end vacation dinner.
THE BEST

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Momma Mia that’s a spicy meatball!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treat you like family every single time. Love this place!

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VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 560-8858.

VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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