Acquolina

4.4
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179 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
In Italian, Acquolina means “mouthwatering” – illustrating what happens when you see a delicious, inviting dish. This phenomenon can only happen when food is made with passion and love. For us, food “is a social matter. ” In turn, Acquolina weds a passion for food with a real respect for the community in which it stands – welcoming a mix of locals and visitors, singles and families, welcoming guests of all ages and lifestyles.

At Acquolina, we endeavor to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere where our patrons can revel in the experience of an authentic and “regional” Italian meal. The Tuscan-infused menu is meant to pair with an assortment of wines, with samplings from Italy and California. In the spirit of the Tuscan Trattoria, everything is meant to be authentic – the pasta boiler and the pizza oven came direct from Italy, brought here to guarantee a perfect plate of “al dente” pasta and a perfect slice of thin crust pizza.
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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was good at first and then collapsed. It took over fifteen minutes to get the bill. One and done.

AL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great Valentine’s Day dinner with a beautiful interior, great ambiance, and a lovely view of Washington Square Park outside.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and friendly wait staff!

LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Appetizers were good as was the pizza. Pennette Alla Carbonara was okay heavy on Romano cheese and a little dry. Limited wine selection. We felt that we needed to ask for items from the waiter. Overall okay choice.

TD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Solid neighborhood place for good italian food in warm setting. Bummed they were out of the porchetta when we got there pretty early at 5:45.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was Christmas Day. The food was amazing. It was busy and they ran out of a couple of items but that is expected. Would definitely eat there again.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We had a 6 pm reservation on Christmas Day; upon arrival, we were told that it didn’t matter because 200 other people also had a reservation, with no apologies offered. However, after a manager came out, we were offered a few spots at the bar. The food was fine, nothing special. Our waiter was very kind though, comping a salad one our party didn’t care for and offering a free dessert for our troubles.

J
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience1

We were told that only an outside table was available on a cold evening when we would have to wear our coats and hats to be slightly warm. Heat lamps were completely inadequate. We were told an inside table would be an hour wait even though we had reservations. Totally unacceptable. Menu prices were also inflated for Christmas day. Clearly this restaurant is interested in profit over customer satisfaction, in my opinion. Even the staff stated, "It's been crazy all day." Never again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

We waited for 1hr 45 mins before we received our entrees it was ridiculous to have this happen on my Birthday. We made reservations for my birthday and showed up on time and were promptly seated. Sounds like it started off fine. We then proceed to wait 20mins before someone came to take our order. We placed our order and waited and waited and waited the waitress never came back to our table unless we flagged her down to ask the status of our meal. We saw two tables receive their food before us when these parties came in 20 mins after us. Ridiculous. They kept telling us the food would be out soon. Then stated that they were “plating” my wife’s ravioli and 15 mins after I received my food she received hers. The food came out luke warm. My wife’s ravioli was cold on the outside and Luke warm on the inside. I received my entree 15 mins before she received hers. They didn’t refill the drinks themselves until I flagged down the server. I had to order an orange juice while I was waiting for my food it took so long that my blood sugar started to drop. Didn’t seem like they could care less. Nothing done for my birthday either. But I wasn’t expecting much from them at that point. The manager comped my wife’s ravioli. Because of the wait they should have comped the whole bill. We still left paying $72. Which would not be bad had the service been timely and food hot. The food was ok. Again may have been better if it wasn’t so cold. But the food was decent. Shame about the service...

TS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Cute little Italian place that reminded me of a bistro in Italy. When you go just remember the cultural differences, and enjoy the atmosphere and family as your meal is prepared....what I am saying the service was wonderful, but it did take a while for our food to come. I still loved it and will return without a doubt.

SI
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried this place for the first time recenlty and I can assure you it won't be our last. The restaurant is right in the heart of Little Italy. The staff overall are quite friendly and helpful. The food is something sweet dreams are made of. We started with the Foccacia Toscana, which comes out warm. So delicous. We also got the burrata and the Polpette (meatballs) as starters. Highly recommend all of them. The burrata is so creamy the best I've ever had and the meatballs in the pomodoro sauce were spectacular. For entrees 2 of the people tried their signature Parmigiano Reggiano pasta, in short they finish the sauce for your pasta in a wheel of parmigiano cheese, so delicate and it's not too parmesan forward if you are worried about that. We couldn't resist dessert. We got the Pannacotta and Tiramisu, you will not be sorry with either.

RW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was in San Francisco for a conference. Met up with local friends for dinner. The location was convenient for all of us. The food was excellent. You could tell the pasta and sauce were home made. I had the Tagliatelle pasta with Bolognese sauce. It was awesomely me. Had their Tiramisu for dessert. Also awesome. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend them.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was so nice and food was amazing!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff I’d so very friendly and the food is amazing! We really enjoyed our time there and will definitely be back.

O
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

When we arrived they said that they didn’t have my reservation which I clearly showed them on my email. Nonetheless the host was very accommodating and friendly. Our waitress was not hospitable and a bit rude. Food was mediocre. Way too loud inside.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, wonderful service. Way to noisy for my taste but overall a good experience.

R
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

This place is very noisy and the tables are small. The service was very slow and inattentive to the point that they took the wine off of our bill when we commented to the waiter about the service. They did not have enough servers. The food was great though. Excellent burrata salad and pizzas.

KE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dined here with a group of 8 after doing an escape room in SF for my teen's birthday. Perfect location, decor, layed back atmosphere, but the clincher was the great service. Waiter was very personable and attentive and went above and beyond to make sure we had a pleasant dinner. He helped make food recommendations without trying to oversell anything and brought out a special birthday treat. We had bruchetta, panini, margarita pizzas, and a caprese salad--all delicious and authentic. Will be back for sure!

w
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere and the service was great. I must say, we were very disappointed in the food. Very bland. We ordered the caprese salad as it was high tomato season, and they had no flavor at all. Everything required more salt and pepper and lots of olive oil. Sad my little Italy dinner in SF was not delicious :(

RT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Our waiter was lovely as was the food. Dine here it rocks!!!!

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

This is the second time I go to Acquolina the food is very good, the pizza is excellent. One has to make reservations as they are always full. It is a bit noisy but bearable.

D
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience. The Parmesian showcase is fun to watch and the end result is very cheesy. A friendly family restaurant, something one would expect in North Beach district.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a great evening. My book club and I had an enjoyable time sipping wine and fun cocktails while chatting about our book and catching up on our very busy lives. Servers were super friendly, the food was delicious and the ambiance was superb.

ES
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent across the board! My husband and I love coming here. It is one of our neighborhood favorites.

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

The food, is absolutely wonderful- like some of the best I've had in the area and that's saying a lot!
Unfortunately the service is terrible, long wait for a waiter. Waiter changed 3 times during the meal. At one point he brought a desert menu after the appetizer, before the entree that we had already ordered had come. Real bad.

They had high energy 80's music blasting which was a fun change. Overall it's nice, but they have to get the service together in a big way or people wont come back.

SH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are already planning a return to Acquolina with friends. It was like eating in Italy!

M
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Italian restaurant with Latin influences. The signature dish (pasta prepared in parmezan) was disappointing. We have had this much better prepared. Staff is friendly but sometimes challenging to communicate. Main course was prepared right after the appetizers came to the table. We had asked for a small delay between the courses that did not come Through. Soda explicitly asked without ice came with ice; they fixed it immediately but this should not happen multiple times
Housewine is ok.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service and they were patient for my friend who could not decide what she wanted to order.
I always enjoy eating here. Fennel and orange salad has been my favorite.

One thing I was not comfortable was when we gave two credit cards. Mine was charged correctly half of the total amount, but hers were charged full amount.

If I did not notice the difference, she would have not noticed. They corrected when I mentioned.

TP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice place to go to in North Beach, but they need more waiters/waitresses there. Very good Italian food. Nice service, but there waiters/waitresses are too busy. Red wine outside of one from Sicilia was disappointing. Good sparkling wine.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best places to eat in San Francisco. Authentic and makes you feel like your are in Italy. The staff was Amazing and the food was incredible.

GM
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service! Portions were generous, service prompt and selections were perfect. Having traveled extensively through Italy we can say with authority that the food was very authentic. A must visit on our list everytime we return to San Francisco.

KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting San Francisco and heard this was a place we MUST eat dinner at and we were so happy that we did! We were greeted at the door by the friendly staff and from the time we entered the restaurant, to the time we left, we felt like family. The food was amazing and the pasta was so fresh. We ordered the apple salad, pesto pasta plate, manicotti-type dish and a pasta from the big cheese wheel menu. The salad was very fresh and flavorful. The pasta from the cheese wheel menu was the hit of the night. It was so awesome to watch this process and I highly recommend it...kids will love watching this too! We had the tiramisu and it was the best we had ever had (a member of our family doesn't even like tiramisu and couldn't stop eating it). The server Lazar and the chef Donato (I believe his name is) were our favorite part of our visit. They were so personable with each member of our family and made the experience so much fun. Make sure you stop by and grab a bite to eat...you won't be disappointed!

O
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Always enjoyable to be there .
Octopus salad is really good ( but please never use mashed potatoes in it . It is much better with chopped potatoes ) .
Helpful and super friendly service people !
The lock on the bathroom door gotta be fixed ( it has been broken for a few month ).
Noise level of the music is often too high and the choice of music is not great . We do not want to listen to Frank Sinatra over and over again . What’s wrong with Italian music ? We’d prefer Italian music there . Grazie !

FD
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Restaurant is average , pasta and pizza was ok.

l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Last minute dinner choice in North Beach put us in the sidewalk seating area of Acquolina, across from the park which is under construction. Lots of crazy traffic and people on a Saturday night. Enjoyed hearing the church bells! Pasta entrees (one with boar ragu, the other with fish) were good: very simple but a little bland.

HH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I was there with a large group with everyone needing a separate check and the staff was extremely gracious and accommodating. The ambiance was just what you hope for in the North Beach of San Fran, and the food was outstanding. We were very satisfied!

KR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a quick bite and cocktail before heading to the comedy club and were pleasantly surprised. Service was fast and friendly with great recommendations and our pizza was tasty. We went with the red sauce and speck option and the crust was on par. Looking forward to our next visit where we’ll be sure to go with a larger appetite as they offer pasta made in a large cheese wheel, yum. It was being prepared table side near us and it looked amazing!

A
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I not yet has been acredited the 500 points from open table reservation.

AS
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Had to wait 20 min for a table despite having a reservation. After sitting down for a few minutes we were asked to move to another table. Then, waiter could not remember our order. Also had to ask multiple times for drinks that we requested.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a delightful place - authentic, extraordinary Italian food, lovely servers from Tuscany and such hospitality!