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Amarena

4.6
4.6
1090 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Amarena, our beloved classic neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Proudly serving the Russian Hill Neighborhood for over 20 years, dishing out delicious Italian classics while providing loving service. We hope to see you soon!

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 447-0441

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    PAOLO GALLI

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant is available also for Private Parties (lunch time) everyday. Please contact us 7 days in advance for large parties. Thanks very much.

  • Private party contact

    Paolo Galli: (415) 447-0441

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Cross street

    Green St.

  • Parking details

    Parking lots in the area: On Polk between Broadway and Vallejo and on Pacific and Polk Street.

  • Public transit

    45

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 1,090 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. GK

    GaryK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went early before theatre. Was quick but not rushed & very quiet for an early dinner. Great meal for the price. The Paccheri Dell’Alpino was fantastic!!
  2. GR

    GaryR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The reviews are far more flattering than our experience. The salad was heavily dressed in an average balsamic vinegar, very little oil and too much added salt. The produce was a B minus. The seafood risotto special was mediocre. When we commented on the seafood, the waiter asked why, then, did we eat it all? In reality he hadn't checked to notice we barely touched it.
  3. CS

    CasandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place, service and the food was outstanding ♥️
  4. SH

    StuH

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Amerina is a neighborhood place and that's all to the good. Don't go if you intend to find parking. The food is good but not outstanding. The service was exceptional.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance!
  6. DM

    DavidM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Stopped here for a bite with a friend before a show at the Masonic. Parking was pretty hard (it is Russian Hill, I suppose) but everything else was great. Service was especially friendly. We shared the calamari. How good can calamari really be? Actually, really great! Followed up with the pappardelle with wild boar. Also great. Then tiramisu. Delish. Highly recommend.
  7. A

    Arwel

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, personal attention. Everyone is helpful.
  8. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Charmimg host and wait staff. Nice menu, food was delicious and the wine selections well chosen.
  9. AN

    ANTHONYC

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a great new find!! My wife and I loved the food and service. Thank you so very much for a great Sunday dinner!!!
  10. MC

    MillieC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious, cozy, authentic and with amazing staff!
  11. JH

    JoeH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, best Italian in sf!
  12. CF

    CalF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Osso buco was tender and flavorful. Can't wait to go back to Amarena!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family visiting
  14. JE

    JulianaE

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner sitting outside on the terrace at Amarena. We got recommendations from the server and everything was delicious including the calamari, truffle pasta and chicken! Highly recommended. Dog friendly on patio too!
  15. N

    415N

    San Francisco

    265 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    265 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner at Amarena. For starters, we tried to bruschetta and the cucumber and tomato salad and both were excellent. The bruschetta is some of the best we've ever had, it has onions in addition to the tomatoes and is more tangy and flavorful than others we've tried. For entrees, we tried the osso bucco special and the paccheri pasta in a Madeira wine sauce. Both were delicious. We will definitely dine at Amarena again soon.
  16. s

    smw519

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint and cozy and great food. Service was also good. Parking is hard but it's SF. Great date night
  17. a

    anum

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Grilled veggies were yummy as was the tiramisu..salmon was good but needed salt and more spice
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  19. GS

    GregoryS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Amarena is a Russian Hill staple. Our favorite dishes are the Linguini with Clams in White Wine Sauce, Gnocchi, and Bucatini. You can generally get a table on a weeknight for 4 people or less. For weekends, would recommend reserving a table at least a day in advance.
  20. JW

    JeffreyW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner. We ate outside and it was a bit cool but the ambience was great. The service was the best. The team really paid attention to everything for us. The food was excellent. we will retunn again, hopfully with friends.
  21. DJ

    DJ74

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and excellent food as always! Thank you!
  22. J

    Josie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great people
  23. BG

    BradleyG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food, good service... highly recommend the osso buco!
  24. C

    Chuck

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find and wonderful place. Small and intimate neighborhood restaurant that delivers great food. If you are from out of town try it out and get into the neighborhoods from downtown.
  25. JM

    JennyM

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pasta! We all ordered different pastas and shared.
  26. a

    alyssaf

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great local neighborhood restaurants. Good food selections. The food is delicious. The best is the oso buco. Melt in you mouth and very tender so much that you don't need a knife. The calamari is great and the salads are delicious. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Parking can be difficult at time but it well worth the effort.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere, classy and casual. Friendly staff and superb food.
  28. j

    jjlc

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    They forgot our order. We waited almost 2 hrs to get served. When we finally got the food, it wasn't even very good. They gave us an appetizer after 1 1/2 hr once they realized that our order had been forgotten. They gave us a 20% discount, but really that didn't make up for it. It was a special occasion for me. I had decided to take my friends out for a fun dinner in SF for my birthday. Well, the birthday was ruined. We tried to call the restaurant a few days later to talk to the owner and were told he would call us back, but he never did. I was waiting to write this to see if they would make it right, but they didn't.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    It was super cold dining inside even in the side room, as the front door was constantly open. It made the dining experience unpleasant. It felt warmer outside by the tables next to the heat lamps.
  30. RL

    RenitaL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The lamb was superb and the service was impeccable. I will certainly return soon!
  31. M

    Maggie

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was not freshly cooked. The service was okay, the atmosphere is very pleasant, but the food was not good. I would not go back!
  32. GG

    GayleG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wine was excellent. Food was very very good. I ordered the seabass and pasta special which was tasty but definitely not one full modest piece of fish included, which was disappointing since we dined at 6 p.m., not 9 p.m. when you might expect a shortage. The chianti and pinot grigio were smooth and good quality. Both the tiramisu and vanilla gelato with cherries were rich and creamy. There are 2 dining rooms indoors, one with the bar and one without. We were in the room without the bar. The ceilings must be 15' which amplifies the sound. There were six diners in the room when we arrived, each of whom was obnoxiously garrulous and loud (not Amarena's fault). Thankfully, they left while we were still on the main course and the ambience settled down. I will definitely return, as I have been for years.
  33. RR

    RR9999

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and ambiance at their outdoor patio was perfect. The mushroom pasta was the standout and also loved the lasagna and bruschetta. The house wine was great as well, highly recommend!
  34. MD

    MakiD

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the appetizers were delicious. We all enjoyed our meal!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Probably the worst experience we have had as far as my mind can stretch back. Very poor quality food. Horrible service and ultimately negative value of $ spent for what we received. I hope management care enough to do something about it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Reservation seated 30 min late. Offered four course tasting menu and forgot a course. Service took forever (2 hours for 2 courses, we had to get the last course to go)
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Short version: great food, horribly slow service/pretty sure they kept forgetting about us. Food didn’t out weight the service. Won’t be coming back, will only get take out from here if anything going forward. Long version: Came here for Valentine’s Day and did their 4 course ore fixed menu The food was amazing HOWEVER the service was incredibly slow and unorganized. Now im all for that real Italian feel of taking your time between courses but this was not the case. Our reservation was at 7:15pm, at ~7:45pm I had to flag someone down just to order a bottle of wine. We got the wine about 10 minutes later then they gave us bread at around 8:05pm. Almost an hour in and we haven’t even gotten our first course. Fast forward to 9:10pm and we are only 2 courses in. No one checks in on us, nothing. We continuously have to flag people down just for an update. We got our entree at 9:10pm and it was luke warm at best. At 9:15pm, we ended up asking for boxes for our entree, to get our upcoming dessert boxed, and for the check. They didn’t know what course we were on either each time they came around. We didn’t get the boxes or check until 9:30pm and after 2hrs & 15mins and only half of our courses, we finally left. NOT worth spending almost $300
  38. V

    Valentine

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We really wanted to love Amarena. The service was pleasant but REALLY slow and they never asked us if we'd like another glass of wine (we did). My fish was peculiarly hard/not moist -- and his eggplant wasn't as good as the one we make at home. We ate outside, which was nice/safe/wind proof.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu. 95 dollars per person and the food was extremely underwhelming. Pasta was ok but very small portions. Swordfish was undercooked and nothing special. Would not go back.
  40. JB

    JohnB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    this is a great neighborhood restaurant, with a lot of ambience, and a good variety of meal choices.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Amarena using the Order Online button. Amarena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 447-0441.

Amarena is rated 4.6 stars by 1090 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Amarena

2162 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Green St.

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking lots in the area: On Polk between Broadway and Vallejo and on Pacific and Polk Street.

  • Public transit

    45

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    PAOLO GALLI

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 447-0441

  • Private party facilities

    The restaurant is available also for Private Parties (lunch time) everyday. Please contact us 7 days in advance for large parties. Thanks very much.

  • Private party contact

    Paolo Galli: (415) 447-0441

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