About Capannina

1809 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Everything about Capannina is soft and subtle. The decor - celadon green upper walls, ambra marble below, handmade glass lamps, hanging mirror panels and faux columns that glow from the lights behind them - is simple yet striking. The marble, the lamps, and many of the ingredients used in the excellent dishes are all imported from Italy and the subtle softness of the interior extends to the food: eclectic Italian with an emphasis on Southern Italian tradition while still maintaining well-orchestrated choices from all over Italy. With pasta made in-house and delightfully fresh buffalo mozzarella coming from Italy, Capannina offers the essence of subtlety in the artistic presentation of its menu, along with an atmosphere that conveys the slightest California touch. PLEASE NOTE: We serve a prefix menu, consisting of a three-course dinner for $25 per person every day from 5pm to 6pm. Thereafter, we serve a regular menu. Black and white truffles imported from Itali & a seasonal menu.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Laguna & Octavia

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 409-8001

Website:
http://www.capanninasf.com/

Catering:
Our full menu is available for catered events.

Public Transit:
MUNI #41 & 45

Private Party Facilities:
For larger parties or private events, please call the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Michele Di Ruocco: 4154098001

Additional:
Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a Prix Fixe menu everyday from 5:00-6:00 PM, a three course dinner for $25.00 per person. Right now we are serving Black & White Truffle menu specials.

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Capannina Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

neighborhood gem (56)
fit for foodies (46)
romantic (37)
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special occasion (29)
notable wine list (14)
great for outdoor dining (8)
good for groups (5)
kid-friendly (4)
hot spot (4)
late-night find (3)
great for lunch (1)
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food5
ambience4
service4

It was good and fast. Very nice experien ...

Dined 3 days ago

It was good and fast. Very nice experience

food5
ambience5
service5

The tortel

Dined 4 days ago

The tortel

food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Good Italian restaurant

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Small lively place, appears as if a local neighborhood spot. Service was good, rushed to get our order in. Said kitchen is small. My only issue is I did not think food anything special, average Italian meal. We had a great night with our friends but would try another Italian restaurant before returning.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Awesome food, not quite 'date-night' though

Dined on April 23, 2016

Based upon some other reviews I thought the place might be more intimate; a good place for date night with my wife. While the food and service are excellent, it definitely is a louder, more social of a place.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Authentic Caprese cuisine

Dined on April 21, 2016

A gem on Union Street, with the best papardelle with cingale sugo I've had outside of Italy, and a very knowledgeable owner and server (Sergio) who know wines and food to a T. Go there, and don't miss the specials!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Superb fish. Great advice on wine.

Dined on April 18, 2016

Superb fish. Great advice on wine.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday dinner at Capannina was THE BEST!

Dined on April 17, 2016

Returned to Capannina for my birthday dinner (with hubby and our 12 yr old) because we had such a memorable experience our first time dining there (which had been on a whim). I highly recommend Capannina if you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere. Even our 12 yr old son loves the Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Wild Boar Ragu! They offer an excellent 3 course prix fixed menu for $30 that is an incredible value. Hands down our favorite (new) place to come for dinner when we play in the city. I highly recommend it!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

FAVORITE spot in the area

Dined on April 17, 2016

This place never fails, food, service, atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Old time Italian restaurant with good value

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Enjoyed our meal here. It definitely had large portions and the food was definitely good. Enjoyed it and recommend it. It is old time Italian without the fu-fu stuff, and very good food.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Another amazing meal at this restaurant. ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Another amazing meal at this restaurant. Keep going back, and back, and back again and it only gets better. Thank you again for a wonderful evening celebrating my moms birthday.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Place!

Dined on April 7, 2016

Delicious food, excellent service, cozy, overall experience positive all around. It was my first time here. Will definitely return. Fixed price menu 5-6pm a very good value.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Perfect place for great food and very co ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

Perfect place for great food and very comfortable atmosphere. Your every need is met with attentive service. We were there to celebrate my daughter's birthday and they joined in with song and a candle on her gelato! Very special. We can't wait to get back. The only problem is parking, so bring comfortable shoes to hike in when you finally find a parking space.

food5
ambience4
service5

The service was more wonderful than I e ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

The service was more wonderful than I expected! The food was delicious and the desserts were all good too! I sampled some of everything so I could give an informed review! Ha ha! This is a lovely place for diner.

food3
ambience4
service4
value4

Great preparation - questionable food sources

Dined on March 27, 2016

I profess I am as interested in the quality of the food itself as well as the way it is prepared and how it tastes. The ciopino I had was superb. I loved it. MY friends Chilean Sea Bass came up as Corvina sea bass on the bill. I know the difference. We asked "Is the chicken organic or at least free range?" Our waiter looked and responded "Well, it is from Texas. " That is an answer - and if you don't mind - then I can say the chicken looked delicious and I bet it tasted great. We had the gluten free pasta with the goat ragu – it was delicious – although if you know your pasta – rigatoni was the gluten free substitute for paparedelle, just saying… And at the end of a meal - I love a cup of coffee with half and half - I got milk. Milk just doesn't cut it, for me. So that's it. How picky are you? If taste is your end - go for it.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was outstandinf

Dined on March 26, 2016

Food was outstandinf

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Fabulous authentic Italian food

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was so, so delicious! Truly authentic as anything I've ever had in North Beach. The service was warm, friendly and attentive. We felt welcome and well care for. We'll definitely return to Campanina the next time we are in the Marina.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Mixed experience

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

My husband's meal -- the caesar with crab and tuna on shrimp risotto -- was delicious. My butternut squash soup was great. But my salmon was pretty awful. I ordered the pesto-crusted salmon. But since I don't like fennel sauce or green beans, I asked for a different sauce and spinach for a veggie, if possible. When it arrived, not only was there no substitute for the fennel sauce, there was no pesto! it was plain salmon that was overcooked. They substituted spinach, which was absolutely flavorless. I've been to Capannina several times. I don't know if the waiter misunderstood my order or what. He did bring a dish of pesto sauce to put on top of the salmon. But it's not the same as roasting the salmon with the pesto. The salmon would have been more tender. I'd still go back and try again. But this was really disappointing.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great, friendly service. Food was delici ...

Dined on March 21, 2016

Great, friendly service. Food was delicious! Loved the pesto herbs brought with the bread and my tortellini was AMAZING. Will definitely be back

food5
ambience5
service5

They did an amazing job with every dish ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

They did an amazing job with every dish enhancing the delicate flavors of the octopus and Chilean Sea bass with an infusion of grilled smoke and light coulee on the dishes. Bueno!!

food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Overall - great, but service was slow

Dined on March 2, 2016

The waiter offered us water, but we didn't get water for a while. We order two decaf coffee, but they never came.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Such a great experience

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

We took a friend to celebrate his 75th birthday, and it was our first time at the restaurant. The server, originally from Sicily, was particularly outstanding, including bringing us an off-menu bottle of terrific wine at a great price. The food was excellent. I've rated the place as "quiet" because only some of the tables were occupied on this particular Monday night. Give it a try; you'll love it.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the Best

Dined on February 27, 2016

One of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Fantastic, fresh food, exciting recipes, and top notch service.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Well prepared,and delicious food, attent ...

vip
Dined on February 22, 2016

Well prepared,and delicious food, attentive and friendly service. Wonderful early bird menu between 5 and 6 pm. Highly recommended.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Restaurant

Dined on February 15, 2016

We had a very positive experience at this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was quick and courteous.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always a favorite, never disappoints

vip
Dined on February 6, 2016

Capannina is gem. Likely our favorite Italian restaurant in The City. A place where we take locals and visitors alike. The food is delicious, the wine list perfect and the wait staff so knowledgeable that you can just put yourself in their hands. All except for the desert which must be tiramisu--so good that we'll send for a tray when having a dinner party at home!

food5
ambience5
service5

Always a wonderful experience at your re ...

Dined on February 5, 2016

Always a wonderful experience at your restaurant! The food, the service… Everything! Look forward to seeing you again… Very soon! Grazie!!!

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Good food in a nice neighborhood

Dined on January 30, 2016

The place was packed on a Friday night, as you would expect, even though it's been drizzling all day and wet outside. The food was good as expected, according to the reviews I read. This restaurant was also recommended by a friend who appreciates good food. The only slightly negative point was that we felt a little rushed at the end when the guy was cleaning up the tables. The guy was in such a hurry to clean that he was ready to grab the bread plate away even though my friend was still nibbling on his bread. But I would say the delicious food made up for all that and I would still highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Wild boar was delicious. The fresh Tart ...

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

Wild boar was delicious. The fresh Tartufo was amazing!

food4
ambience1
service4

It has a weird fragrance inside the rest ...

Dined on January 29, 2016

It has a weird fragrance inside the restraunt.

food5
ambience5
service5

Once again, an outstanding evening! My ...

vip
Dined on January 26, 2016

Once again, an outstanding evening! My guests had never been here and they thought that this was perhaps the best Italian food they'd ever had. Our waiter Sergio was terrific!! There are a myriad of great restaurants in SF, but whenever I have guests I want to impress, Capannina is the place we come. It's not stuffy or formal -- it's simply a cozy, pretty restaurant with lots of personality and wonderful food.

food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Not our idea of a good time

Dined on January 24, 2016

The service was horrible. We ordered our dinner and 1 minute later the salads arrive. We asked them to hold off on our entrees which they did. But when we said go ahead, they came in 5 minutes. Nothing was cooked fresh. The pasta was so overcooked; maybe they don't understand the words al dente??? Also, the ragu tasted like it came out of a jar.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Every time I go to Capannina, I'm amazed ...

Dined on January 20, 2016

Every time I go to Capannina, I'm amazed that it took me so long to go back. Michaele is just a wonderful host, and the food is terrific, to say nothing of the staff. I'm so happy that the restaurant continues to be successful!!!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Terrific Food

Dined on January 18, 2016

We took another couple and all ordered different entrees. Everyone was delighted with their meals, and 3 of us had the warm chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato (and I would eat another one right now if I could.) Just the right amount of attention for wait and bus staff.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

San Fran favorite

Dined on January 17, 2016

Absolutely love the food at Capannina! I've had many of the dishes and they are all incredible. You won't be disappointed and the staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Ask for Sergio or Gaspar. They'll fix you right up. It's a little loud and often warm, but who cares? The food is wonderful.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great little restaurant on Union Street

Dined on January 6, 2016

This cozy little restaurant on Union Street features a lovely Italian menu with lots of truffle dishes (at least when I visited it). Seafood seems to be their specialty, but they also serve red meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes. The friendly staff ensures that you'll have a memorable dining experience.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Outstanding all around

Dined on January 3, 2016

Very authentic food and great service. Would definitely recommend venturing away from Little Italy and trying this place. Big wine list.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Ottima!

Dined on January 1, 2016

Wonderful ambiance, great service, and truly excellent food -- and I say this as someone who used to live in Italy. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved everything about it!

Dined on December 27, 2015

The evening was perfect. Our family went on our annual holiday trip to San Francisco. It was a bonus that it was on Union-a short walk from the Cow Hollow Inn where we always stay. It is a pretty, cozy restaurant and the food was divine! I had melt in your mouth sand dabs and the flavors were outstanding. Service was flawless as well. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great Neighborhood Joint

Dined on December 25, 2015

Good food, very nice servers and good Prosecco and Chianti! Been here a few times now and will definitely be back.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Always great service. Chippinno is fanta ...

vip
Dined on December 20, 2015

Always great service. Chippinno is fantastic. Pasta is very good. Wine matches the food really well.

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