Amarena

4.7
966 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Amarena is open again 7 days a week with our regular hours!
WE ARE OFFERING "TAKE OUT" NO CONTACT PICK UP ORDERS 20% OFF FROM 5.30 PM to 9.30.PM
Amarena is a chic, urban neighborhood hideout perfect for dates, a quick bite, or a casual dinner with old friends. Amarena delivers hearty, innovative and skillfully prepared dishes from the first course to the last.

Support Amarena during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 966 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRmainz
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Oscar as our waiter.. He was fantastic. Great food and wonder wine suggestion. Dining outside felt so European.. Love it..

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always live coming here. The service and food are always amazing!

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vipFoodess
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is quite good.. very nice pasta dishes.. It's difficult to eat outdoors, when it's windy and cold, but they have heaters.. The red wine list is limited..

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LaurenW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious but despite having a reservation we had to wait about 35 minutes to be seated. We ordered appetizers and bread and they forgot about the bread until our mains were coming out. Disappointed by the service but everything was very yummy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food. The outdoor tables have very good patio heaters. I had my favorite pasta dish, orecchiette with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe - perfect !

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vipAlan
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amarena continues to be in our Top 10 of restaurants to visit in SF; we savor the opportunity every time we're in the city. A must visit, always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Very nice people!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was very slow. They blamed it on us for ordering the main after the first course.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Our server was super friendly, fun, nice. She seemed to really enjoy her job and made dining all the more enjoyable. The food was great, nothing to complain about. The outdoor seating was good. Plenty of space and heaters. Overall a great experience.

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JackieF
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent, friendly service but took uqite a while for food to be delivered to the table.

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Dbrl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and great italian food! Outdoor seating is very comfortable

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in SF ..

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vipFoody123
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very professional kind and engaging wait staff.
The chef makes it all happen
Excellent food.

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vipAlan
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite neighborhood, SF restaurants; I could dine here every night of the week.

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vipKentucky
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very nice dinner (outside) at Amarena recently. Heat lamps on both sides of our table. Regular Amarena menu and food/wine was good as always. Service was attentive and friendly. They are trying hard to meet their high bar of food and service during COVID and meet that goal quite well. (Good crowd for a Wednesday evening.) Support this iconic Russian Hill eatery!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow at my most recent visit but typically they are really on top of it, we had a larger group so it might have been hard to juggle all of our orders. But that aside, they are always SO nice and they let us stay and enjoy some wine after dinner. Always a pleasant experience!

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vipBerlin
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic italian hospitality and food!

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vipFabunista
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love what they're doin with outdoor dininig, the lights on the trees and the music combined with attentive friendly service, create a great ambiance.

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RebeccaS
Denver
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great outdoor dining experience (outdoor lighting, quiet neighborhood, heat lamps) and delicious food. Will be back soon!

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vipChrisC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening at Amarena. Tables set up outside, string lights above, sun setting magnificently in the West on a warm SF day. The food was excellent - all four of us basically scraped our plates clean: gnocchi, salmon, lamb, and pasta w mushrooms were all perfectly done. By the end of the evening (coming in from Marin and the Peninsula) we were all wistfully wishing Amarena was our neighborhood Italian restaurant.... Bravissimo!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is super yummy and easy to “get” a reservation on open table. However, took us about 20 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited for my birthday dinner. The outside seating was comfortable and spaced nicely to comply w/ the pandemic measures. It was a little busy, the waiters were very attentive and the atmosphere was relaxed. The food was amazing. Homemade pastas were fantastic. I had the butternut squash ravioli, so good. A good wine list and make sure to save space for dessert!! Overall a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service.

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vipnannini
San Francisco
113 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a windy cold night but we were very comfortable with the heaters. Service was outstanding and the food was excellent- Parking is difficult in this area but we will go back again when covid is over and can eat inside. The menu is wonderful and good wines-I wish this restaurant was in Noe Valley so we could eat there more often. Home made bread with pesto was very good

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KatherineP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and prompt service. Delicious aperol spritzes!

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vipRmainz
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Food was fantastic. The seating was safe and clean. Wine recommendation from waiter was perfect. Everything was fresh. We had great weather. Bravo!

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LaurieR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is fabulous and authentic! Lots of sidewalk seating.

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LauraT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious! Easy outdoor seating on a street with little foot traffic. Great meal!

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DeniseM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very good experience at Amarena on a chilly evening. The wait staff was excellent, particularly our waiter. The food and wine was very good. Their fried calamari might the best I have ever eaten. The wine selection by our waiter also was excellent. It was a chilly evening and they had heaters outside that took the edge off and allowed us to enjoy our dinner. If it's a cool day, make sure you dress appropriately. We highly recommend Amarena.

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vipEliP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!

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MBB12
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal and experience at Amarena! Great service, very personable staff. During the COVID times we ate outside with nice weather and it was fantastic.

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vipVaulting
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience during Covid

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vipfogheadfoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Just nice to be out, great service!

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I adore Amarena! The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food is amazing -- so many great dishes and each one prepared with care that come through when you take your first bite through to the last. Great wine list. Their outdoor dining is on a fairly quiet corner and gets the afternoon sun so it's a nice place for dining.

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vipAliceR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner and walkable from home! They do a great job managing the sidewalk tables.

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AprilM
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite romantic date night spot!! The food is always delicious and the staff and owner are delightful.

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DateNight
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic date night outside. Such a nice experience finally dining out again. Keep up the great work, we’ll be back soon!

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vipLBTS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!!!! Highly recommend to everyone.

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vipAmyL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amarena has outdoor pandemic dining down well. Good spacing, heaters, adorable neighborhood corner, appropriately distanced/masked staff. And beautiful food, of course! Definitely recommend.

FAQs

Amarena does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Amarena also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 447-0441.

Amarena is rated 4.7 stars by 966 OpenTable diners.

Amarena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/amarena-2162-larkin-st/giftcards.

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 bookings at the moment.