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Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana

Mission District
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3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1624 (Guerrero & Valencia)
(415) 565-0360
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A client recommended Farina to us on a recent business trip to SFO. We all ordered something different for sharing purposes. The focaccia is WONDERFUL! Light and flaky. The handkerchief pasta with pesto was the lightest, most delicate pasta I have ever eaten and I would order it again in a heartbeat. The Pappardelle con sugo di coniglio - homemade... More 

Thank BarbieVic
San Jose, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We had a pleasant dinner; service was good; we got a good deal on a coupon for $40 worth $80 of food. Had two salads, two meals, two desserts, 3 coffees that cost us total of $130 for which we paid $90 total! Good food, good service, bathrooms are on the 2nd floor, a good hike away! - they have... More 

Thank farrah f
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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138 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I give it 5 stars for the pasta. Never tasted anything better than their fresh pasta. Perfect for a meal before a show at The Marsh theatre.

Thank Vibha R
Queretaro, Mexico
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I asked a friend, Where do you go for a dinner if you have just one day at San Francisco? And the answer was Farina. It's located on an area that is not very tourist but the service and food were very good. The owner talked with us and was very friendly and always wanted to do his best

Thank victorh265
San Francisco
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Gabrielle and Martina really made our party special with their attention to service and offered suggestions for wine and special champagne. The food is authentic and delicious. The private room upstairs overlooking a huge outside terrace is a plus for SF! Definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in SF ( I know, I am italian American and my dad... More 

Thank Cynthia B
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Perhaps we ordered the wrong dishes. My fish was swimming in a salty broth with soggy vegetables. $34 for this tired dish for salt lovers? Exaggeration. My companion had pesto that was very mild and barely ok (relative to our homemade pesto), also at a steep price. The bread was excellent. I wish we had a focaccia instead, based on... More 

Thank MaxineSF
Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I just have been a pretty darn good person in my previous incarnation to have merited this much dining pleasure! The focaccia calde brought me back three times in a month. And this place ain't cheap. It introduced me to Ligurian cuisine, a delightful twist on Italian cooking. And the owner (or manager?) is a generous sweetheart.

Thank Robert L
New Orleans, Louisiana
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

The best focaccia i have ever had is the foccacia de recco here. GET IT. Also, their hankerchief with pesto is amazing. These guys know how to do italian.

Thank Amy F
SF bay area
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Genuine Italian restaurant in the Mission. Excellent Italian food, especially the pesto. There is outdoor and rooftop seating. If you want something more casual and less expensive try nearby Farina Pizzeria. Does not usually seat after 10pm.

Thank BusyMomof4
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Great food and very good Pesto. The ‘handkerchief pasta’ entrée with this pesto is simply outstanding. We haven’t eaten anything like it. It’s listed in the menu as: Mandilli di seta al pesto Ligure di mandorle - Handmade handkerchief pasta with Genovese basil and almond pesto

Thank Gautamtrivedi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1624
    (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

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  • 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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