Flour + Water

4.7
1957 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 1957 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
41 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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L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, especially the pasta dishes. Unusual new addition was scallops -- fabulous flavor. Service was attentive and friendly; staff is always engaging and wonderful. A great place for food and enjoying the evening with a friend or friends.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We really enjoyed our dinner we were most pleased with the appetizers we had two delicious salads. The pasta’s were way too heavy in butter and cheese for us, it kind of overwhelmed the pasta We felt the same way about the pizza it also was really oily. The flavors were excellent just way too much butter and cheese for our liking. I would definitely go back for the salad’s and the wine list was lovely also.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service is wonderful!
The food however was disappointing. We ordered three dishes for two people. The $60 Milanese was burnt and had to be sent back. The margarita pizza was good but salty. The pasta dish with Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar was swimming in butter.

What shame! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Not much to complain about. The service was good, we had a good time.

We opted for the pasta tasting menu. All the courses were fair to good. None of hem had the wow factor to it! Just that we have had better Pastas at flour+water. Today was not one of those days.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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SJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentine's day, and we had a fantastic experience. The food is interesting and delicious, the ambiance is beautiful, and they played the whole SZA record which speaks to me. But be warned: it comes at great expense. Their prices are no joke.

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AG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flour + Water is absolutely my go-to for fancy date nights or other special occasions. They never disappoint, and this time was no exception. The food was incredible, the service attentive, and the mood wonderful.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza is delicious! The crust is amazing!! The pasta dishes are always flavorful!

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, food is spectacular!

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AT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service and really good food. The place is small and somewhat noisy. We enjoyed our meals and the wine was delicious even at $16 a glass. Prices are reasonable for San Francisco. I’d recommend trying it.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, but the music was a bit too loud for good conversation, which was a bummer given that this was a business meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way!

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Meh food but VERY good vibes in the restaurant. Super romantic place. Probably won’t go again since the food was not that good. It’s not even about their prices. It’s just that the quality is just NOT there. Not worth the hype :/

context: I am obsessed with pasta and go to different pasta restaurants in the city EVERY week. No joke. When I say the pasta standards are not met, they. are. not. met.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time. Food was amazing. Was a bit loud so couldn’t enjoy the conversation.

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m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Every dish was inventive, delicious and perfectly executed. However, the service paled in comparison-- rushed and impersonal. The décor also evidenced little effort (surprising given the clear design sense at sister spots Central Kitchen and Salumeria). So will definitely return for the food, but not the dining experience.

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

Wonderful experience, but music was WAY too loud! We asked to turn down, which they did but we felt like “old people”.

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

Recently returned to F+W for the first time in a couple years. The ambiance is great. The wine list is interesting and good. The chicory salad and two pasta dishes we had were attractive looking and pretty good, but a restaurant this renowned should be better than pretty good. Note to chef: cut the salt by 50%. We can't taste the underlying good food for the overpowering saltiness of every dish. Service was not attentive, despite the place being nearly empty. And other reviewers are right: turn down the music so we can talk to our dining partners.

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KT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing pasta that isn't your typical heavy pasta. It's full of flavor and nuance, but doesn't sit in your stomach like a ton of bricks.

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JV
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The italian food is pretty good but the prices don't match the quality of the food. The wine list is on the expensive side too.

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

One of my favorite dining experiences.

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TB
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food are excellent. Room a little too dark for my liking.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place

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HM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So incredibly good!
I've been trying to go here for awhile and finally made it happen.
They have a great mix of the classics with amazing unusual takes - turmeric, sweet potato and yuzu? but I've been dreaming about it since.
Only a slight knock on ambiance because of tight quarters, which is very much expected in SF, so really I'd prefer 5 stars with an asterisk...
Will definitely be back

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