This has to be one of the best casual Italian bistros - no, make that restaurants of any kind - in San Francisco! We have been coming here for years, but it seems to be getting better with each visit. The food is locally sourced, always of highest quality, creatively prepared, perfectly cooked, and presented with warmth by the attentive staff. Unusually for any venue on any given day, Cotogna simply did not miss a step at our last meal with friends on Saturday afternoon (hint: parking is easy then). Wish we could afford to try the place next door - it's supposed to be pretty good too.
The 3 of us were here for lunch and we shared all plates. The noise was at the level where we could barely have a conversation.
But the food and service were outstanding. We never had to ask for anything. Plus everybody worked together and had a friendly smiling face. In spite of the noise, we would all go back...eventually.
Outstanding Italian food combining tradition and a modern twist on food
Amazing food, amazing service
This is a busy, noisy restaurant with outstanding food. We ordered a pasta to split as an appetizer and the sole and the lamb. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented. Reservations are a must
Positively fantastic. Service so comfortable. Food creative and excellent.
The food was pitch perfect!
I love Cotogna. I wish I could eat there at least once a week. I bring guests that have never been before and always, they rave how great the food is and how friendly the service is. thank you, Lesly Robinson
My husband and I dined here and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Everyone working there was very attentive and polite. We ordered the prosciutto and fried bread, the frisee salad, both incredible. My husband had the pasta modenese and I had the pasta carbonara with zucchini, perfect portions and flavorful! I had the gelato from their gelato bar and my husband had the mint gelato-both excellent. We can't wait to return for another meal.
The restaurant and food were fantastic! I also appreciated the variety of food options.
We had a great birthday lunch! All of the drinks and dishes were fantastic, especially the refreshing spritz and the carbonara. Thank you!
Great touch adding bday placemats with personalized name 😉
The lamb sausage pizza and huge ravioli was seriously so good!!
Cotogna is an innovative Italian restaurant with excellent service, very good food, and a warm ambiance just as you would expect by being an offshoot of Quince.
Very interesting menu with exceptionally well prepared food and professional, friendly service.
The food and adult beverages bordered on fantastic! Unfortunately when we arrived we were seated at a table that was spaced very closely to others and it was difficult to have a conversation because of all the chatter from the nearby tables . Wait staff was on the case immediately and was very attentive.
Place was just plain to noisy for my wife and myself. I suppose a lot of restaurant's are like this in the city where space is at a premium
This restaurant was suggested by multiple people, and it had great reviews but I wasn’t impressed by the food especially at their price point. We ordered a pizza, pasta and fried chicken. The fried chicken was our best dish.
I invited a friend who lived in Italy to this restaurant & she enjoyed her meal as much as I did. Depending upon what you order the meal can be pricey, but we felt our meal was well worth it.
We shared the frisée salad with egg & anchovy, the raviolo & the bistecca. All wonderful. The salad is a delicious version of a Cesar salad
there was enough for both of us to take plenty of leftovers home. All selections we saw at other tables were also generous portions.
We managed dessert also, a mint gelato with chocolate sauce & chocolate cookies & a peach sorbet with anise hyssop sauce over cubed melon, a light & refreshing summer dessert.
There is an extensive wine list, plus cocktails & mocktails.
The restaurant has their own garden, they offered a choice of grass & corn fed beef well marbled or grass fed & leaner.
Service was friendly, the decor is modern with an open kitchen. This restaurant offers fine dining in a casual/chic setting. Can't wait to go back.
Amazing, helpful wait staff. Thought, honestly, the food was somewhat disappointing. We ordered the sfromata, little gems, lamb and the quail -- all was well cooked but each dish was very forgettable. I had expected slighter more complex flavors or unique ingredients, given the hype. So it was good, but perhaps had higher expectations coming in.
Wonderful in every way, consistent and reliable
Small menu; simplistic in a good ; fair quality
Cotogna is my favourite restaurant in the city (not considering price hehe). Ambiance is great, excellent location and the staff are always warm and welcoming. I think their farm egg and ricotta ravioli is definitely worth the hype, but we booked our most recent reservation for their summer menu. As usual, it did not disappoint! We’re booking another reservation before it ends because we loved it so much. How could you not love their gelato cart?! Highly recommend
I booked Costagna for my Fiance's 40th Birthday, and it was exactly as the reviews describe. The atmosphere and food were outstanding and so was our server. It was everything I hoped it would be. Its a really vibrant place and great value. Would definitely recommend Costagna to anyone looking for an up market Italian in San Francisco and would definitely return given the chance.
I have only experienced lunch at Cotogna but the food is outstanding. This time we shared a pasta along with a salad and were very satisfied with the food, service, and experience. The quality of the food and presentation is amazing and always meets expectations. I also like the pottery and earthy tones for the plates and serve ware. I do understand that San Francisco restaurants charge what the market will bear but the cost for a lunch for 2 with no alcohol and 2 dishes plus coffee was over $70, before tip! The food was outstanding but it will be some time before I come back given the cost.
The food was excellent. It was somewhat noisy but overall we enjoyed the food and the experience.
Cotogna never betrays me :)
There are better places in the City for the price point.
It was amazing! It was my boyfriends birthday and they went above and beyond. Best Italian food in SF!
Very loud. Terrific food. Hostess sat another party right next to us with a half-empty restaurant, making for awkward conversation. Two top tables are VERY close together. Watch out for hidden charges like the cordial for the gelato dessert.
It’s my 3rd time at the Cotogna. I like the food and the ambience, but this time it was very noisy and it took them 30min for the pasta. The service was also really bad, the person was not interested at all and I feel for a (lunch) pasta of 28$ the service should be outstanding. Sorry. Disappointed!
Amazing food, great service.
Might go for lunch but not a special dinner, too many mis-steps with service
I had the Eggplant Burrata, Corn Triangoli, and Coffee Budino. All dishes were excellently made and delicious. The Corn Triangoli was one of the best tasting pasta dishes I've had. However, the portion was smaller than I had expected even for a high-end Italian restaurant. We did not leave feeling full even after 3 courses (although we did share the appetizer and dessert).
I think I found my goldilocks spot! Cotogna isn't too fancy or expensive with awesome food and overall experience. I loved what I ordered and the food felt authentic but still comfortably Californian. I would again and recommend to everyone.
The pastas here were innovative and delicious. But what really made Cotogna shine was the service, which was warm and efficient, but also incredibly helpful in our selection of dishes and wines.
Third time at cotogna, wanting to love it based on decent prices and good reviews. I can’t say we were disappointed, but certainly not impressed. One dish out of four was good. The other three very average. Very cramped. Service was fine. And prices are fine. But food did not impress. Have eaten at sister restaurant quince, TOTaLLY different experience , cannot actually compare the two, but I only mention because the chef or owner are obviously very competent/successful, but something is lacking in cotogna in my opinion. Trying g too hard in what is suppose to be simple food done well.
My favorite restaurant in the city can do no wrong. Food took some time to get to the table but there were apologies and a comp on our food to make things right. And as always the food and wine was superb!
The food is delicious.
The food and wine is incredible here! But it seems impossible to get a reservation before 9pm on any day.
I would also love to see more vegetarian options! Both foccacia dishes are our favorites!
Cotogna is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food.