Flour + Water

4.7
1981 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, and house-cured meats. It’s all about simple and authentic Italian food rooted in the south, executed with skill, expertise and old world standards of care. The defining goal of the restaurant for its ambiance and style of service is to make everyone feel welcome. "We feel very strongly about creating a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere in the restaurant."

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Flour + Water in the Mission will always be one of our all time favorite Italian spots.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 1981 People Are Saying
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4.6
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are attentive and quick in offering information about the dishes. Appetizers are more sour to my taste. Pasta and pizza are without a doubt exceptional. Impressed with the dessert Chocolate Budino as well. Overall great experience at Flour + Water.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious pastas!

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a
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flour + Water, good as ever! Always delicious food, great casual service, and a good time.

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m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful music selection

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First off, believe the hype, the food is exceptional. We've been here many times and on occasion there is one dish which stands out as not insanely good, but most of the food here is stand out and the flavors spot on with depth. Really. The food is good. We've ot been for years-used to work nearby and pop in at 10 after the crowd, sans reservations. My sister gave us a gift card after hearing us rave about it and explain how we never went any longer, to encourage us to go back and enjoy it since it obviously made us happy. Gotta love an impulsive sister. So, years later, we made a reservation. Everything was as it had been in the past. The staff was very helpful in helping us make our decisions, but then the service felt rushed, not bad, just a little hurried; my last sip of wine was whisked away without asking (and, yes, it was a sip, but it was intentional and awaited), my dining companion had completed her meal and i was still savoring my pizza (which, really, you have to try their pizza), i placed a piece of crust down and there was someone offering to ox the rest-I grabbed my crust (did I mention that every ounce of crust is divine?) and let him box the rest accepting that it was better that way as I cold enjoy it for lunch, but still. Then, mere moments after my coffee was poured the check was put down. All of these things did not make me regret anything, because the food is fabulous, but it did make me never want to go here again before 10, when everything was truly everything that you could ever want from a restaurant, because while I could not get away from feeling rushed, the staff here really is top notch.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious from start to finish. Will definitely return for a special occasion.

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London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Pasta is what they are known for and they did it amazingly well. The pizzas were great too.

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time at Flour&Water for the 4 of us. We ordered 8 dishes to share and get a good sense of the food. Appetizers,Pizzas, Pastas - all slightly unique and delicious. Only issue was the service, our waiter seemed disinterested and bored. Other than the first greeting, never said a word to us again. It became the running joke on our table. Fortunately, the food runners were great and explained the dishes nicely. We tipped appropriately because of them...they even thanked us when we left, as our waiter just grabbed the check and walked away.

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!
One of the best pasta in SF, maybe the best.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is always amazing! Food is fantastic and the menu changes. Servers are knowledgeable and very helpful walking you through it. Can’t wait until my next trip back!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dishes were all delicious.
Service was welcoming

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D
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us absolutely loved the ambiance, wood interior, excellent service and all the delicious dishes we ordered. Every meal had unique flavors, presentation and textures in our mouths. Yummy! We will be back soon.

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was delightful. It was a wonderful evening, and a great place to host a birthday dinner. Would highly recommend coming here! Next time, I plan to do the pasta tasting.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This place is very cute. Service was very good. We were greeted promptly at our arrival and seated right on time. Food however, lets just say I can find some better option nearby. Scallop starter was flavorful but very salty. Pizza was oooookay and pasta dish was same. Price is on better side compared to similar restaurants but considering the wait time of this place in Opentable, I wouldnt be dying to come back anytime soon.

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FI
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit to Flour+Water in 12 months. We are 3 for 3 with the pasta tasting menu and wine pairing. Simply put Outstanding!

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D
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We really enjoyed the food. The asparagus alla carbonara was very good. I had the nettle & sunchoke caramelle, it was outstanding. She had the fungi pizza, it was good. I had the carrot cake for dessert it was very good.

The music was way too loud. We asked them to turn it down, which they did, but it was still loud. Otherwise, the atmosphere was fine. Service was fine. We didn't really see the waitress after the order was taken, others took care of us. I don't recall anyone checking how our entrees were. We had a 7;15 reservation, I called to come in earlier and was told no. However, when we arrived, there were a number of empty tables.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was overrated but good. Probably would not go again

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SO
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great pasta, good pizza, good wine selection and one of the worst service for the price you can get in SF. I would recommend only on a very slow day, where they don't have to rush you in and rush you out - like it is a fast casual restaurant (which it isn't).

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally tried F & W pasta tasting menu and it was outstanding. The wine pairings were great but one or two could have been a bit more interesting. I’d go again in a heartbeat

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Thailand
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! We did the tasting with wine pairing and it was delicious!! The pastas and sauces were fresh, flavorful. The best I have ever tried. The service was excellent. I would come back anytime.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 29th Anniversary with flour+water. The meal and experience was a Top-5 all time for us. If you are even considering going here, do it.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in SF!

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious! I'd recommend ordering family style so you can try lots of different dishes - they're all so different and wonderful!

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! This is definitely a place to experience and enjoy delicious and fresh food!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious. Service is good. A little loud.

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

After years of wanting to go, we finally made it happen. Fantastic food and wine. Server was wonderful. Can’t wait to come back.

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JH
Austin
43 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic place- the BEST Italian dining I have experienced!!

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JJ
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

But if an odd neighbourhood to find this restaurant in, but loved the energy in the restaurant. Food was amazing!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal! Did the tasting menu with the wine pairing, and it was amazing. Would love to go again!

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r
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall had a great time. I wouldn’t recommend the tasting for the price - food was good but not worth the price. The dishes other tables got looked amazing so I will definitely do that next time.

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pasta was too fancy for my tastes

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Flour + Water! Great food, great wine, great ambiance.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great. Phenomenal actually. The music was very very loud. The seats were comfortable enough.

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S
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, wonderful experience. we were glad we made a reservation - there was a long line of people when we arrived at 5:15 for our 5:30 reservation (on a Monday).

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was great. But service at the table although ok felt rushed, like they had someone waiting to seat down. The unacceptable part was the attitude of the hostess. To be honest I don’t think I am coming back. There are too many great restaurants in SF to take this attitude for service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was as wonderful as I remember the first time was. To make up for a short wait prior to our meal, the chef sent out a small pasta tasting, which was great.

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very very meh. :( I was super disappointed we didn’t enjoy the food more... I went as a first time with my boyfriend who had been raving about his outstanding meal the last time he visited. We both left feeling a little confused... was this really flour & water? Everything was SO SALTY. We physically couldn’t finish our salumi board, or pasta dishes. Everything was so salty it made our mouths pucker.
We loved the squash aranccini- but everything else was pretty lack luster. My duck pasta was swimming in oil, and also very salty. I had very high expectations based on friendly feedback... but man. What a bust. Unsure if we would recommend or return.

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MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

music was just a bit too loud. everything else was great.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was disheartening after paying a $600 bill our waitress informed us there were a lot of people waiting and asked if we could leave ASAP. We had just signed the check and were not lingering super long. But it would have been nice to finish our glass of wine and conversation without being told to leave.

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