VIA UNO Cucina Italiana & Bar

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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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OT
1 review
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

n
San Francisco
197 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.

RF
San Francisco
189 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.

OT
San Francisco
2 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!

l
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

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

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

TM
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.

L
Atlanta
24 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!

SC
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.

AB
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.

OT
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!

SF
San Francisco
2 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.

JA
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.

M
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.

HM
San Francisco
2 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.

B
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.

L
San Francisco
10 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.

CM
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!

G
San Francisco
76 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.

l
San Francisco
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.

MC
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - fantastic - delicious - need I say more?

SF
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!

MC
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!

OT
Sacramento
12 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.

BK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual family year end vacation dinner.
THE BEST

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Momma Mia that’s a spicy meatball!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great friendly service.

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Via Uno for the Tuesday Local Special. This is the 4th time we have gone. As usual, the food was great. The portions appear to be on the small side, however, both my wife and I were quite full at the end of the meal. They also have a good wine selection.

OT
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Certain pizzas were very tasty. Most wines are Italian. Entrees/pasta dishes didn't have much flavor. The service was good. Dessert not many choices. We were an early diner yet some of the desserts were already sold out. The salads were fresh/huge but not a lot of flavor either.

Maybe best advise is go for the pizzas, salads and beer/wine only; the service was good enough. I'd pass on the entrees and pasta (pricey and no flavor).

SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked Via Uno Cucina for our annual get-together lunch. Our meeting time was at 12:30. We did not leave the restaurant until 5:30 —- girls’ never ending chatting.
The food at Via Uno is always very good. They never fail. Been there 4 times, and first time for the others. Our server, Anna, was wonderful. Will definitely be back.

c
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and service are always excellent at Via Uno. We love this place.

HM
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and always fun!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Really wanted to love this place. Unopened mussels in the Zuppa de Pesce (sent back and no better the second time) and scrambled eggs in the Pasta Carbonara left us with little more to say than, “probably not again”. So sad. Really nice people and SO wanted to love it, based on previous reviews over the years. Sorry I can’t be more positive.

CM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always consistent with good food and service, very friendly, like going to eat with the family

SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful - soup, salad, and the pizza! Service was great!

JD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Pros: I had high hopes for this place. The brick oven pizza that my husband and I shared was very good. I loved the fresh chili peppers that were served on the side, with the chili flakes. Nice touch!! We both ordered an Old Fashioned from the bar & they were made perfectly. Our waiters were great!
Cons: We ordered two appetizers & they were both COLD, not just a little, but like out of the refrigerator cold. It was odd, because they looked cooked. One was bruschetta & the other was roasted Brussel Sprouts. When I mentioned the appetizers being cold to our waitress, I'm pretty sure I saw her head completely spin around. She seemed to be offended!! She literally got attitude with me! It was so uncomfortable after that.
Bottom line: Pizza is good, drinks are good, but we get enough attitude from our teenagers at home. We were out of town & spending money at your establishment, trying to relax & decompress. I'll pass your cold appetizers & rude waitresses. We'll try somewhere else next time.

LH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. A quaint spot off the highway. Authentic Italian. We had the bruschetta which we bought more if to bring home. The eggplant and pizza took us back to Italy , delicious and the calamari was very fresh .

I’d recommend the drive because it’s rare to find such an authentic spot with great customer service

MM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here with great service, excellent cocktails, and delicious food. We will go back again.

CT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

No need for a reservation as the place was practically empty, and the greeter/waiter didn’t bother to check, even after I stated I’d made a reservation.

Server seemed distracted despite so few patrons. (He forgot our water service)

Salad- greens included some older and yellowed pieces. Too much dressing.

Pizza was good, but that was about all.

No acknowledgement when we left- in fact there was no one to be seen. Very lax.

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