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Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana

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Neighborhood:
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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Today
5:30 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: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    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
Homemade Pasta in a modern setting

With a thoughtful wine list and homemade dishes, it is easy to like Farina. The night we were there the roof was closed but it looked charming. Be sure to order pasta, it's made fresh and amazing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
CaraMHutchins
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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86 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

With a thoughtful wine list and homemade dishes, it is easy to like Farina. The night we were there the roof was closed but it looked charming. Be sure to order pasta, it's made fresh and amazing.

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Ry, Denmark
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Dropped in with friends and family (6 persons) to eat a quick dinner. Service was excellent, and the food was served quickly. I ordered a pizza with Italian ham and arugula. Unfortunately they had cut the pizza before serving it, which made the crust soaking wet instead of crunchy. Also the crust was burnt badly around the edges, and the... More 

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Genoa, Italy
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A true a vivid part of Liguria , a costal region in the North of Italy , moved to San Francisco. The first time i went to have dinner in this place i was curious but skeptical at the same time. A cousin's owner , one of mine best friend , suggest me to come to test it saying it... More 

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San Francisco area, CA
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We stopped here on a Friday night on our way to another restaurant. We sat at the bar and had a cocktail, their menu looks really yummy. We both had the Basil Supreme cocktail, wow, was it good. We will definitely be going back for dinner soon. We stepped upstairs to use the restrooms and peeked at the outdoor patio,... More 

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I may not be an expert on Italian food but growing up Italian, living there for years and traveling there frequently does give me some experience. I can tell you from my experience that the food at Farina is authentic and it is as good as any of my favorite spots in Italy. My father ordered the spaghetti with pesto... 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 - 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana staff and past visitors.
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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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