Acquolina

4.3
282 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 282 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for an energetic crowd, house music and delicious food and wine on Sundays!

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David
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The service was hit and miss. I had to order my bottle of water three times before it came. I think the young woman waiting our table was still in training. I'm willing to give her a break because of that. My wife loved the salad and we both liked very much the stuffed egg plant. The pizza was okj but it had far too much cheese on it, thus over powering the other ingredients. My tomato and mozzarella salad was again just ok. I have tasted much better. The tomatoes for heritage were tasteless. The ambience was tolerable but the music was loud and definitely for Generation Y and Millenials.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was awesome. Veg pasta terrific.

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KENC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although service was very attentive, all dishes came at once - salad, appetizer, entrée. Very strange. We had been there two years ago pre-pandemic and it was excellent. One of our party ordered the same dish and pasta was not the same. Very disappointed. Must have a totally new staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived for a 6:00 reservation at 6:08 after calling ahead to notify the restaurant of traffic issues.

We left at 7:06 having received exactly zero service from anyone except a well-intentioned busser.

We watched every single table in the restaurant turn - indoors and out. Two tables sat and received service after us. An outdoor table - a family from Orange County - received two rounds of cocktails and a solid 20 minutes from the server working the outdoor section in a conversation that predominantly involved comparing the San Francisco vaccine mandate to Jim Crow segregation laws. Meanwhile, we were the only interracial table in the restaurant and were willfully ignored for upward if an hour.

There was no manager on duty. No manager available when I called the house after we left.

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vipFranciscoC
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Felt very touristy and the food a bit over-served and unoriginal.

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samsam
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Overpriced food for non-authentic italian fare. No pesto!! The focaccia bread was like cheese pizza.
Ambience was good
Servers were pleasant.

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Jackie
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our reservation was for a Friday evening and we requested a parklet table. The heaters kept us toasty on a chilly evening and it was nice to see the street activity. Our server was very nice and the food was out in less than 10 minutes. Highly recommend the tagliatelle!

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MichaelR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

One of the oddest dinners our family has ever had. First off. FORGET ABOUT SERVICE THERE IS NONE. We literally had to get up and ask for water. Ask to have my glass of wine that was sitting on the bar for 10 minutes. And ask for plates to eat they seemed to have plenty of people working they just had no idea what they were doing After being seated and getting our water for the family after two requests, our waitress evaporated . The for was unremarkable and impossible to enjoy because of the frustration the lack of service induced.

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LindsC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was warm, and the food was delicious!! Pizza and lasagna were delightful. Service was great too, thank you Julio!

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vipDessertfirst
San Francisco
188 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We paid extra for an order of bread, which is fine, but the bread we received looked like sliced bread for sandwiches and a couple of bread sticks. Nothing good to soak up any of the sauce from our pasta dish. We won't return, because there are so many restaurants to choose from in North Beach, and since we weren't blown away here, we'll try elsewhere next time.

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Bubs
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Not enough waiters and could not keep the heaters on…dance party was lame same old 90’s Rave music over and over.

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vipTerriP
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some favorites were the Campanelle with shrimp (good size pasta dish) and the appetizer size meatballs ( 5 or 6 meatballs.). Only one bathroom so there was always a line. Service was very good. Overall, a good experience!

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BigDay48
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff worked hard to keep up. Lasagna was heavy. Pizza good but the thin crust was underdone in the center. The Caesar salad dressing was very plain. The vibe of the neighborhood was great and came through. I’d go again.
Too bad they don’t have a basic spaghetti and meatballs or sausage. That’s my base barometer for any initial Italian restaurant visit.

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vipRobert
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The menu on Opentable is not accurate. Full dinner prices for lunch items. Beet ravioli was a very small portion (6 small raviolis) for price.

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vipNellieC
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely wines, and competent service abound. We had a great meal in a gorgeous place.

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JuanM
Costa Rica
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We were disappointed by both the service and food at this restaurant. 2 people didn’t even finish there food because they didn’t like the dish . Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great atmosphere.

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localz
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great classic North Beach hangout, great location on Washington Square, we dined outdoors. Food is good, but vibe is better!

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Paola
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. We really enjoyed. Definitely recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food such a great experience 👌🏽

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MarcusS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Server was very slow and she needed to be asked multiple times for simple things like bread to start of le with. I purchased a $100 bottle of wine and service was still not any more attentive to the basics (water refill, the bill, etc). Great food, fun place, service was very polite, but slow and not a focus.

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xtinah
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, service was great. Will be back.

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StefanoC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious Italian food. Great North Beach atmosphere. Busy on Weekends.

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DanielaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to hang with friends! The staff was really kinda and proactive. The food was above my expectations!
I’ll definitely come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Margarita pizza and tiramisu were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As usual,food was great, but unlike other times we’ve visited, the noise level and service were not the greatest due to an excessively large and loud crowd who were there to enjoy music played by a live DJ. We will continue to patronize Acquolina for the food, wine selection and atmosphere.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience, enjoyed the food and service. Server did recommend one item when asked, however the connection between server and customer was great!

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vipPeter
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were seated promptly on time and the waiter was very nice. I had read the reviews about the loud techno music so it was OK for a casual dinner. But it's a pity because it could be so much nicer with no or more regular, softer music. Food was quite good.

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StevenK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Would have appreciated a heads up that we could expect a crowd of 50+ unmasked Eurotrash wannabes bobbing up and down to repetitive techno music on the restaurant’s front sidewalk. If you’re looking for a quiet North Beach dinner, this ain’t the spot.

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vipJTH7
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent as advertised as was the service. Music was a bit loud and took a few mins to adjust to allow a conversation. Would go back again prepared for a loudish scene.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Waiter started off attentive, then went MIA. My cocktail ran dry, my water ran dry, our appetizer finished and we wanted to order more. I called another waiter who was in the area and he was confused. I complained we haven’t seen our waiter for a while and want to order more food. The confused waiter then had an argument with our re-emerging waiter within earshot of our table and said I was complaining. Our waiter then proceeded to ignore us. We paid our check and left. Original Joes on the opposite corner is WAY BETTER!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun and warm outside area

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and food

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vipGauchoW8
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The whole menu looked amazing. We shared the heirloom capresse as an appetizer and had the lasagna and the linguine with clams as entrees. Everything was delicious. Great wine list as well. Unfortunately the service was bad. Our waiter didn’t acknowledge us until maybe 10 minutes of us being seated. When he finally approached u our table he expected the whole order. We’re wanted to enjoy our dinner. He never came to check on us. We had to return the lasagna because it wasn’t very hot (they corrected this and was delicious).

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keving
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent "real italian" pastas. Boar ragu and vognole stood out. Deserts were excellent as well.

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vipAmeliaG
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup for dining. Plexiglass to break the wind and keep in the heat from the heat lamps. Delicious varieties of GF options as well as vegetarian options for those who need the accommodations. We enjoyed the meatballs (GF), focaccia, chocolate pasta with boar meat, red sauce and olives and the lamb chops with potatoes (GF). Absolutely wonderful. They also have an excellent selection of wines and spirits

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BeaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Water smelled like mildew, pizza tasted like sbarro. I would not be going back here.

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PSH94121
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here! Ordered the Caesar salad which is a generous portion, prosciutto pizza, lamp chops (special entree for the evening). Everything was delicious! Oh and don’t sleep on the espresso martini!

FAQs

Acquolina does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Acquolina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 781-0331.

Acquolina is rated 4.3 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.