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Amarena Italian Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Russian Hill
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2162 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1931 (Green St.)
+1 415-447-0441
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Toulouse, France
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The staff and the place are very nice. The food is good but can't be compared to true italian food. Very basic desserts. Too expensive for what it is.

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Thank Lews31
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We weren't sure where to go for diner and were tired after a long day of touring. We stumbled upon Amarena and were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this italien food. Their homemade pasta is delicious and the service is very good. I enjoyed their homemade sangria and the bustling yet intimate atmosphere.

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Thank CamRanc
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

My son lives in San Francisco and has exposure to so many great restaurants. He recommended Amarena based on a friend's suggestion. The minute we walked in the door we get like we had walked into a friend's home. The food was some of the best Italian that I have ever tasted. One of us had the gnocchi, one had... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Upscale Italian home cooking in San Francisco. A friend who lives nearby took me there for dinner. I had lamb and it was excellent. They also have a great wine selection and helped us pair an excellent read with the meal. The service was great! I highly recommend it and will go there again.

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Thank World_Traveler_336
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Great neighborhood restaurant that is mainly filled with locals. Homemade pasta. Nice mix of creative Italian entrees that the staff was willing to tweak to suit our tastes. Good wine list made up of mostly Italian wines with some interesting California selections as well. Our waitress was very knowledgable and engaging as we talked through possible selections. Her recommendations were... More 

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Kentucky
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75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I'd give this place 4 1/2 if I could. The food and service is excellent. It's a small intimate place that has personality. Our only problem was parking - none to be found nearby. If you go, go by taxi or Uber. Maybe they offer valet parking on weekends, but not during the week.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Amarena has been in business for 14 years and is still going strong. The menu prices are average compared to similar places and the food is basic Italian with some flourishes here and there. Homemade pastas are the selling point here and you should focus on those to get a better than average experience (not all dishes feature homemade pasta).... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Staff very nice and friendly. Food perfect. Great Amarone by the glass. Nice place to go for a good Italian dinner. I would come again even though it is noisy.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

I've been to Amarena with my boyfriend and we both loved it! It's the first time that I get a real Italian experience in US. Both service and food were perfect. I finally had mussels and clams as we cook them in Italy and that made me really happy! Plus amazing lasagna and ravioli! Don't hesitate to visit them! :)

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Thank Luana F
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This was a perfect choice for a Saturday night dinner with my wife and daughter. We made reservations but were unable to be seated. The Manager surprised us with a nice glass of champagne while we waited 15 minutes. Our waitress was top notch and made great wine and dinner recommendations. Our dinners exceeded our expectations as did the service.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
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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Staying in Russian Hill

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Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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