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Amarena Italian Restaurant

2162 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1931
+1 415-447-0441
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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2162 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1931
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The location is fabulous. Off the beaten/tourist path. As others have correctly noted, a pretty authentic Italian experience inside due to decor and atmosphere. Service was very good as well. It's a comfortable place. Not too loud, seating is far enough apart to feel private...More

Thank Ted K
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We were looking for a nice Italian dinner while visiting San Francisco and, after looking at a few options, I am certainly glad I decided to give this restaurant a try! It is truly a neighborhood gem, away from the tourist areas, on a quiet,...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 4 December 2017

My business partner invited us to this restaurant, which is quite far away from the touristic areas. It really felt like authentic neighborhood restaurant with loyal following. It was like walking in a Mediterranean Restaurant in Europe. The food was excellent as was their wine...More

Thank TomSjoberg
Reviewed 28 October 2017

My fourth dinner here two weeks ago again did not disappoint. Salads, appetizer, exceptional seafood pasta in a red sauce, and a wonderful tuscan red really provided another lovely dining experience. This is one of the great hidden gems in this neighborhood and in the...More

Thank JoelZ195
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Amarena is on a corner on the hills of SF not from Lombard Street and just a block or two from the cable car. Very small inside - there is enough seating but the tables are very close together so do not expect much privacy....More

Thank CTManny
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We made a last minute reservation to Amarena based on a recommendation by a local and we were absolutely thrilled with our experience. Homemade pasta and fabulous wine. The service made our visit perfect. Our waitress was helpful and attentive and the owner came over...More

Thank Mikmeg
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I'm a local resident and have been dining at Amarena since it's inception. It's quaint 2 rooms remind me of dining in in a lower level NYC West Village restaurant although Amerena is not lower level - it's smack on the corner & street level....More

Thank FabInSanFran
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Authentic Italian restaurant with a carefully selected menu offering a wide range of traditional Italian dishes. The pasta was particularly tasty. Good service without being over-attentive, the food and wine was excellent Small and intimate, actually looked like it could be in Italy, not San...More

3  Thank welltravelledaround
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We went with friends that were already familiar with Amarena food so we had a "leg up" on the menu. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive. The food was delicious as was the wine. A delightful spot that was very comfortable.

4  Thank njwoodster
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This neighborhood Italian white table cloth place is in the midst of remodeling so check if it's open. It has been really good and molto amabile in the past, so here's hopin' it's just the wallpaper and not the menu or staff.

3  Thank Dianne T
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You can easily find parking outside the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2162 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1931
    (Green St.)
  • Public Transportation: 45
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-447-0441
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