Cotogna

4.8
2519 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood, Cotogna is a lively, comfortably-stylish restaurant featuring rustic Italian cuisine. Adjoining Quince, Lindsay and Chef Michael Tusk’s celebrated fine dining restaurant, Cotogna (meaning ‘quince’ in Italian) offers a seasonally-changing menu featuring spit-roasted or grilled meats and game birds, wood-oven pizzas, house-made pastas, fresh local seafood, salads, salumi and cheeses. A sophisticated, seasonal cocktail program features innovative cocktails, while the approachable wine program focuses on Northern Italian varieties.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

We can always rely on Cotogna in the Financial District for an excellent upscale Italian meal.

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.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Fathers Day a day early. I put that info in my reservation and the staff really rolled out the red carpet. My mom was able to join last minute and they were extremely accommodating, even with a packed house. Our server made some recommendations and we all shared several plates. Food was great! Service was excellent. They even switched out the place settings to say Happy Fathers Day, on a Saturday. The attention to detail was impressive. I would most certainly go back!

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AU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was beyond amazing and made our experience that much better. Thrilled with everything, as always.

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g
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! We especially enjoy the bistecca for two. And the prosciutto appetizer is excellent.

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RW
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Well, they had run out of what I originally ordered as a main course. What I did ordered, agnolotti del plin, was good but not great. The appetizer gnocchi Fritos with prosciutto was very good and unusual. They were very pleasant, but all in all, I have had better meals. Service was timely. And attention to detail was fine

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VG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints.. great food made with local sourced ingredients.. love it .. as always :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been many times ! Timing was perfect for a Tuesday night !

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JS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Would recommend this restaurant, But not if you have dietary challenges. One of our party members is a vegetarian and our server was not forthcoming at all with any menu compromises... what, no marguerita pizza? The meatless red sauce on pasta, while nice they made it for him... was lousy.
The dishes the rest of us had were great.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat hands down. The decor is simple and clean, the space intimate and the location keeps overly touristy people away.

The waitress was knowledgeable and we let her choose the food for us from the minimal menu. Every item she picked was phenomenal and the service top notch.

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S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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S
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the milk fed seasonal lamb to the mint gelato that took mint ice cream to a new level of discovery our dining experience was sublime.

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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KS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating when I showed up with my son sleeping in his stroller (the reservation hadn’t included a spot for him). The food was excellent, and our server was friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed Cotogna and hope to go back soon.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Warm and inviting atmosphere. My friend came 30 mins late and they didn't rush the experience. Food is precise and came out quickly. Anyone who's a fan must try the Sunday supper.

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e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing! The service wasn’t good at all... took someone 15-20 minutes to even offer water, then after that took a long time for someone to even come back and in between each meal was 10-15 mins of waiting.

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We used to love this restaurant. Arrived at 3:00. We were largely ignored while we watched tables around get serviced. Server knew nothing of the wine list. Food was cold. Took over two hours to get 4 courses. Very disappointed and will not go back again.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best italian food in San Francisco, with the freshest ingredients and delicious cocktails.

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JJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

too noisy and tight space not relaxing but great food

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was sublime—the food, the service, the attention to detail. Fabulous meal! B

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TL
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Agnolotti del plin is always my go to favorite. Yum! And, the raviolo was fantastic! Loved all our other dishes, too.

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S
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Really fabulous food. The service was just so disappointing. It felt as if our waiter was “too busy” for us the entire meal. I’ve been a waitress and had that many tables before... its not impossible to give food service in a small space like that. It was simply just not important to him.

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JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect meal. Definitely a splurge for lunch but very much worth it.

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite Italian restaurants. Creative cocktails, beautiful and delicious plates, outstanding service. AND, a placemat wishing my guest a Happy Birthday, with his name, date and a clean one to bring home. Way to raise the making-someone-feel-extra-special bar. Thanks!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The little gem salad with a few sugar snap pea pieces was the only dish I liked. It was very fresh, crisp, perfectly dressed. Salmon was very small and tasteless as was the spring vegetable ragu underneath. Polenta blueberry cake was small and boring. I tasted two pastas ordered by fiends. One was Milanese (I think that was the name) which was ok, good size, comfort food which I would have found lacking something to make it interesting enough to eat more than a couple of bites. The other pasta I tasted was also just ok., peas with cream and ? However I liked the pastas better than the mains. The same week I had the quail with black garlic sauce and spigarello. There was an unfortunate sweetness to the dish. The cabbage starter was boring, the parsley sauce and blue cheese did not save it.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and fabulous food!

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience all round - ambiance was cool and relaxed, the food was truly excellent, service was great. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Thank you! Will be sure to come again.

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M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very limited menu. We chose the prix fix chef pairing. It was excellent. Good wine selection by the glass also. Very noisy, only good for one other person. Four or more persons would have a hard time shouting across the table. Nice that it shares quality food with the sister Michelin Star rated restraunt next door.

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday dinner was made even more memorable by the excellent service we experienced. Staff was knowledgeable, attentive and professional. All our pasta dishes and pizza were delicious and expertly executed. The hostess set the tone as we entered and we were greeted warmly by her. Decor and ambiance was very welcoming.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always incredible and an amazing dining experience!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great!

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a
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch with friends who had just moved here from SoCal. Had starters, pizza, pastas and good Italian wine. We had a great time, food was excellent!

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food, service, and ambiance not worth the price. Food was too sour. Mozzarella no better than super market stuff.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Interesting menu fresh ingredients well prepared without being fussy - great meal!

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RP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was OUTSTANDING! Such a cozy environment!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server! We had the carrot sformata as an antipasti, and the raviolo and agnolotti de plin as primis.All the food was very good. Noise level was fine but got a little loud at times.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cotogna! Visit every time I’m in San Francisco.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Food is excellent. Great place for personal or business lunches and dinners!

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CD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian food I have had outside of Italy! Can't wait to come back with friends and family!

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AM
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all great!

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been awhile since my last visit to Cotogna, and this one may have been even better, if that is even possible for a place that has always been excellent. Our server knew everything about everything. The wine program is on point. The food is beyond delicious. It is clear that the way this place is managed it is one of the best restaurants in SF.

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ED
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, great ambience and good service. If only it could take reservations on the phone!

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