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Cotogna

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$$$
Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Montgomery)
The Muni bus lines 1 California, 30 Stockton, 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom all stop within a block or two of Cotogna. The closest Bart stop, Montgomery Station, is a 10 minute walk.
+1 415-775-8508
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A SF version of Bocca di Lupo

We had a lovely early lunch in the calm of Cotogna after coming from Union Sq through Chinatown. Tasty Italian similar for us Londoners to one of our London favourites, Bocca Di Lupo.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Sean P
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London, United Kingdom
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194 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Quebec City, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were told there would be a 45 minute wait... then another 20 minutes... and finally never got to be seated Inside. Not much in the plate. Nothing very spectacular... except the bill.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

In the highly commoditized food world we live in, it's becoming ever more difficult to find a restaurant that puts about ingredients, flavor and ambience before profits, turnover and tips. The kitchen staff at Catogna prepared every dish with love and pride and while our server was obvioulsy quite busy (it was a Saturday evening) each dish seemed to arrive... More 

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Orange County CA
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

What a great place to get the San Francisco Vibe. All the customers are well dressed and attractive and the food is impressive. We had a delicious lunch with fava bean bruschetta, pizzas and arugula salads. The wine list is excellent and for dessert we had Moscow Mules served in beautiful cups. What's not to like?

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This restaurant is right next to Quince and is part of the Quince family. For those who remember the old Quince on Octavia Street, the food at Cotogna will be a very welcome surprise. The pasta dishes are the best, the pasta itself so light and the ingredients so fresh and flavorful. I had a dish with fresh peas that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had a lovely early lunch in the calm of Cotogna after coming from Union Sq through Chinatown. Tasty Italian similar for us Londoners to one of our London favourites, Bocca Di Lupo.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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131 reviews 131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Cotogna was highly recommended by a business associate who made our reservation. We were warmly greeted on a Friday night and seated in less than 10 minutes. The place was packed, lively, and loud. Tables are very close together. Our server was very good -- attentive and helpful. The noise level was high enough that it was difficult to hear... More 

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Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Bit disappointed with this meal. We got off to a bad start as we had to wait 40 mins for our table. Food was average - restaurant was very busy and they struggled to cope with the numbers.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Excellent dinner, great service. Highly recommend this restaurant for a brilliant experience. The pasta is worth travelling for

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Friendly, efficient service and really good value beverage menu including interesting non alcoholic options. The room is beautifully staged and features a large wood fired oven. Great bar and a buzzy ambiance. The real star here is the food....a mix of classic and unusual dishes featuring pristine ingredients, structured but unfussy presentation and clean, distinctive flavours. Only the Secondi exhibited... More 

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Sault Sainte Marie
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had some problems finding a comfortble spot with a 2-year old, but the staff was understanding and let us take turns at the counter until our table outside becme free. (The place isNOT recommende if you are with a 2-year old, but we had no choice.) Sitting at the couter, I could see the pizza being bked in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Montgomery)
  • Public Transportation: The Muni bus lines 1 California, 30 Stockton, 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom all stop within a block or two of Cotogna. The closest Bart stop, Montgomery Station, is a 10 minute walk.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-8508

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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