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Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana

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Mission District
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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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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 50
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mixed feelings

I read a number of reviews about Farina, and I do share many expressed opinions: . Dishes were tasty ( we were a party of four, and we shared all dishes). . Portions were a bit smalll, and a bit expensive. . Wines (only Italian) are definitly overpriced (do they think clients will be fooled by high... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Edouard T
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I read a number of reviews about Farina, and I do share many expressed opinions: . Dishes were tasty ( we were a party of four, and we shared all dishes). . Portions were a bit smalll, and a bit expensive. . Wines (only Italian) are definitly overpriced (do they think clients will be fooled by high prices and accept... More 

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Thank Edouard T
la
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far the best pasta I have ever had. So fresh, and clean tasting. Truly an amazing place to eat. The handkerchief pasta with almond pesto was amazing- but go in December when they bring out the truffles!

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Thank Wybam
San Diego, California
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111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is located a few blocks from the 16th and Mission station. The neighborhood is not great but the restaurant itself is nicely designed and decorated. The bar area is comfortable and they mix an excellent drink. The dinner menu is well designed for sharing. Sadly, the kitchen fell short when preparing our main courses. By the time our... More 

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Thank DonR_09
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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124 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We had dinner here on our last night of a weeklong trip to San Francisco. Our waiter proclaimed Farina to have the best foccacia in town. What we got was melted cheese between two sheets of phyllo. This can not carry the name foccacia even on the west coast. I was told that the menu changed just the previous day... More 

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Thank Roger O
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I'll never try this place again. Despite reservations for a birthday dinner, we were sat at an inconveniently accessed table which prevented servers from checking on us and left us parched and neglected. The bruschetta was ridiculously small and lackluster. The lobster pasta was served with the lobster cool and slimy. My meal was entirely forgettable and the bill an... More 

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Thank g l
Turin, Italy
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

When I'm in San Francisco and feel homesick, craving real Italian cooking this is one of the two places I go to. Excellent food and wine, good service, classy ambience. The manager is from Italy and is very friendly, he gave me the "Farina" coffee table book as a gift, that was very nice of him.

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Thank Pier L
Mill Valley, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Four of us had dinner and everything was fabulous,. My meal, the Branzino was so good everyone kept eating off of my plate. They had really good Italian wines and priced nicely. A couple of us have dietary restrictions and they were great working with us. Their gluiten free pasta dishes were very good Will definitely go back.

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Thank RickiSS
Newcastle
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

I ate here with 2 friends, the welcome was friendly and we were shown to a table. Bread and water was served, but no butter or oil, we had to ask. I glanced over the menu and was taken aback by the steep prices and also the shabby menu that must have been used for the whole of October. Our... More 

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Thank richardshell
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Recently dined at Farina for a first date. Perfect suggestion and a wonderful meal and experience. Beautiful location and delicious food. Asked the Waiter for wine recommendation and it was excellent. A great treat to our meal of great Italian food. I will difinitely return,

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Thank redbear98
SF
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

there is better Italian food at Delfina or Locanda for 2/3rds the price. I really don't know why anyone goes here

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Families with children
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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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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