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Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana

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Mission District
Italian, Pasta
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3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Guerrero & Valencia)
Bus # 33 Dolores and 18th Bus # 22 16th and Guerrero Muni line # J Church and 18th Bart 16th and Mission Bus # 14 Mission and 18th
(415) 565-0360
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best pastas in a long time!

We ate at Farina, late at night on a week day by the end of July and enjoyed our experience very much! We both had pasta and both dishes were absolutely fabulous: the carbonara was particularly good and tasty! Wine was very well chosen for our meals and the service was perfect! A very nice place!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Vince022
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Montreal, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We ate at Farina, late at night on a week day by the end of July and enjoyed our experience very much! We both had pasta and both dishes were absolutely fabulous: the carbonara was particularly good and tasty! Wine was very well chosen for our meals and the service was perfect! A very nice place!

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San Francisco, California
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137 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We came here with friends and were very surprised with the service that was provided. We ordered a delicious pasta dish that had what looked like aluminum from a wine bottle in the pasta. When we told our server, she just took it away with no comment. She never offered any apology, just came and plopped another serving of it... More 

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Miami, Florida
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I had passed by Farina's a few months back while walking down some local side streets and taking in some shopping. The place looked nice so on my next trip, I planned to dine here. It was a semi-busy night when I arrived and I was greeted quickly by the manager who sat me in the empty bar area. This... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Everything we had at our table we shared and it was was all so yummy. They really know how to make pasta here and how to serve it. The pesto was exceptional, the lamb argue tasty, the portions were reasonable, and the food was the consistently good. I would skip the desserts and focus on the main food. All this... More 

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The pappardelle with lamb shoulder was heaven. The pasta was cooked to perfection, the lamb shoulder ragu complimented the pasta and did not over power it. The porterhouse which is not on the menu was seasoned, grilled and was super impressive!

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My wife and I visited Farina Cucina Foccacia Italiana the ofther night and found a wonderful experience and truly great food. My wife started with a Salada Camprese and I enjoyed a salad including fresh fennel, tangerines, walnuts, radiccio and more. A great for the taste buds. That was followed up by the very best veal chop we have had... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Let me start out by saying that I have eaten here at least 4 times over the last many years. I understand that there have been recent changes including a potential new owner (not sure on this but was told something to this effect). I hadn't been in over a year before this meal although I have been to Farina... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The service was attentive but the food was so-so. I ordered the pork chop which came out quite dry. The ambience was nice but still couldn't compensate for the food quality.

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San Francisco, California
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46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went for an early (5:30pm) Sunday dinner recently and the service could not have been worse. The restaurant was nearly empty and we arrived with 3 adults and one toddler. We had to ask 3 times to get milk for our toddler. At one point, our waiter totally disappeared. He was gone for about 15 minutes and no one... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I don't believe I have ever used that harsh a term for a restaurant but trust me this one is a stinker! Service doesn't live at this restaurant. That may not be the true story but the person we were given to serve us sucked. She spent 25 minutes wrapping the bread in cellophane never checking back to see if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
    (Guerrero & Valencia)
  • Public Transportation: Bus # 33 Dolores and 18th Bus # 22 16th and Guerrero Muni line # J Church and 18th Bart 16th and Mission Bus # 14 Mission and 18th
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: (415) 565-0360

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 to 100
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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