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Americano Restaurant

8 Mission St (at at Embarcadero)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 278-3777
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Americano Restaurant - San Francisco, CA


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What a wonderful dinner. Service was good, but the server seemed a little hard of hearing and I tended to have to speak up a bit more. I usually am loud, but since I was indoors I...


We needed to make a lunch reservation on short notice and Americano was one of the only available ones. I ordered the dine about town lunch and found the steak that they offered ...

What a wonderful dinner! 1/11/2011

What a wonderful dinner. Service was good, but the server seemed a little hard of hearing and I tended to have to speak up a bit more. I usually am loud, but since I was indoors I decided to use my little voice just like my mommy taught me. ;) more

Love the outdoor patio! 4/23/2010

Americano is one of my favorite places to go on the rare, but fabulous, warm and sunny San Francisco day. This place isn’t necessarily a great bargain but it has an outdoor patio with picnic-style tables and it’s right down on the embarcadero. It’s located in Hotel Vitale, so there is always a fresh group of out-of-towners looking to strike up conversation with the locals, which is great for people like myself who love to chat with random strangers. If these weren’t reason enough to go, they also have an amazing Cheeseburger on the menu. Do beware of the happy hour; on a nice day it can get very crowded. Pros: Great for meeting new people. Cons: Pricey more

Hang out Friday night 3/3/2010

Nice place to hang out and have drinks, light food and people watch. Pros: Great bar service Cons: valet parking expensive more

Good after work scene. 1/4/2010

Call me fake, superficial, a Marina girl, or whatever you want, but I love this place. When I'm here I feel like I'm in San Diego again, everyone is pretty, takes care of themselves, and dresses to be seen.\r \r Great food, outdoor dining with heat lamps, fantastic people watching, yummy drinks, hot people, sexy atmosphere. \r \r Super fantastic happy hour. This place makes me wanna bring out the Gucci bag, my Lancome lip gloss and some 5 inch Jimmy Choos. Pros: Great people watching. Cons: You can end up drinking too much of the good scenery. more

Great Scene... Awesome Location 10/27/2008

One of my favorite places for after works drinks. My only surprise came when i ordered a Johnny Walker Black, $11. Oh well, very much worth it. I'm here once a week. more

Great after work place! 1/19/2008

I like this place quite a bit. It is a great place to relax after work. It gets a sometimes full crowd, but everyone is very nice and it is easy to feel comfortable here. Pros: Nice place Cons: None! more

We like Hillary!!! 10/10/2007

I put this review on YELP! So I figured I put it on Citysearch too.\r I have been going to Americano for over a year now on a regular basis. Usually with people from my office. I have to say I have had a lot of bad service. I understand it is because it is so busy all the time. I finally decided to write a review, not about bad service about good service. Everytime we get Hillary, as our waitress we are so well taken care of. Even if she can't get to us right away she lets us know she will be with us as soon as she can. I just wanted to say it is a nice change to being ignored or shunned by the rest of the service staff. \r So, thank you Hillary! \r If you go to Americano, try and find won't be dissapointed. Pros: Hillary Cons: Pricey more

American...oh? 4/15/2007

Americano is a great space with place to grab a drink, sit down and eat, or enjoy the outdoors. The food is decent, interesting selection, with a fun selection of deserts. The scene was not as exciting, mainly business suits, but if you bring your own crowd who cares right?! Bring your crew, grab a bite to eat, and head outdoors with your drinks and see the bay bridge all lighted up. more

not impressed 1/17/2007

We needed to make a lunch reservation on short notice and Americano was one of the only available ones. I ordered the dine about town lunch and found the steak that they offered to be extremely tough and difficult to cut, let alone chew. A member of our party ordered the $15 burger and the bread was hard and abrasive. The Scharfen Berger chocolate pudding and prune ice cream helped to make up for previous short comings. For the prices, we expected something a little more impressive to the palate. Probably won't be back. more

Must try the french fries 11/23/2006

The atmosphere is nice but quite loud. The food there is generally good but one of the best items on the menu is the french fries, hands down. more

Enjoyable dinner 11/17/2006

The really enjoyed the atmosphere at Americano. The seats are very comfortable, and I like the modern space. The place certainly draws an attractive and trendy crowd. Service and food were good, but not great. I liked the soup and steak that I ordered, but they weren't much different from what I make at home, and there are some neighborhood restaurants that have better food at a lower price. But, higher prices are to be expected at this prime location. The ferry building and waterfront looked great out the window on a dark and slightly foggy night.\r \r I was surprised the server did not keep pouring our wine - we had to do it ourselves. But otherwise, the service was friendly and well-timed. The hostess was especially friendly and warm. \r more

high energy, 11/14/2006

Americano has a great bar scene with a crowded happy hour and a nice patio along the Embarcadero. But beyong the bar, Americano also has some serious dining. The bar has some inventive cocktails, includeing some great ones made with calvados. On a quiet evening, it is also a great place to grab a light bite, some chaucuterie, etc. The pizza is definitely interesting with a flaky crust, but the entrees are also solid. As an Italian-Cali restaurant, though, they seem to have very few pasta dishes on the evening I went, though. Overall, a great package in a gorgeous room in a cool hotel! more

Friday happy hour rocks. 9/23/2006

We waited in line for 40 minutes on a warm Friday evening to get into this place. There's a huge outdoors patio which was packed with a pretty decent 30+ after work crowd. If you're looking for a fun place on a nice night to hang out with your single friends, you might check this out. Pros: fun happy hour Cons: service understandably slow with this many people more

Outdoor bar - Warning: service with a bad attitude 7/23/2006

Rude servers working the outdoor bar. I don't mind paying $13 for a decent glass of wine but please, the ""talk-to-the-hand"" attitude is SO out of place at this upscale restaurant where I've enjoyed the indoor part of it in the past. Where are the managers??\r \r If the price of sipping al-fresco is to be ignored by a bad server, I'll get my fresh air elsewhere. Pros: outdoor area in warm weather Cons: poor service; chinszy wine pours for the $$ more

such a scene 7/21/2006

I've been here once just for drinks and once for dinner. It took almost 30 min to get a drink at the bar, after waiting outside to get in (at 6p). If you have reservations for dinner, they allow you to go inside. The food was average. Not a huge selection and nothing stood out on the menu. Had a great glass of pinot noir, but that was the highlight. The restuarant itself was not busy at all, however the waiter and busser came by at least 3 times during each course to try to remove items which we were not finished with. more

Great food and impeccable service 5/8/2006

We went there on a Monday nite for our anniversary. We got a quiet table away from the bigger crowds. Our waiter was very nice and considerate, he gave us great service without invading our private conversations. They gave us a special Hors D'oeuvre because one of us is vegetarian. They even comped our desserts because it was our anniversary. Pros: great service, delicious food, great atmosphere more


The ambiance of Americano really stands out. It's part of the gorgeous new Hotel Vitale on Embarcadero. We started out with a couple of their really inventive cocktails in their lounge. The couches were really comfy and the wood floors were really sleek. We started out with a really great pizza to share. It was their version of a ""Margarita"" pizza which had Jalapenos and cilantro. The crust was almost like a pie crust which made it really tasty and not too filling. I had the special for the evening which was an incredidle Mediterrean Sea Bass with a warm panzanella salad with heirloom market tomatoes. My date had the Pappardelle pasta which was really delicious as well. The server was attentive and she helped me choose a fantastic Italian wine to pair with our meal. Overall, this place is awesome. Great food, really cool ambiance, and sharp servers. more

blah food, high prices, snotty staff 7/27/2005

I was not impressed by the food. the menu wasn't anything special, the dishes were sort of greasier than i expected and i found the staff to be innattentive and rude. all in all, not worth going. more

Exceptional experience 7/18/2005

The food is seasonal Cal/Italian and very ahead itself. The food and wine menu offer a great value with professional service in a comfortable, yet casual atmosphere. What more could you ask for? However, although the pizzas were stellar, they seem to overwhelm the menu. Since I have tried everything on the menu, I usually get the 'daily special' because it seems to be the most creative and the most personal to the chef. Sat/Sun brunches are fabulous!! The food is the best I've had in San Francisco. Pros: Service, Food, Gay friendly Cons: none yet more

WOW, what a scene! 7/16/2005

I walked into the Americano on a Friday night for dinner last week and could not believe all people. My firend and I almost left, it was loud, but once we were seated in the dining room, the din subsided and we had a great meal. The chicken was awesome, the pizzas delicious, the appetizers were really good. The lobster ravioli was really good and the sorbet with proscecco was so refreshing. The server was really friendly and the wine selection was very affordable and diverse. I would go back, albiet on a less happening night! more
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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m
  • Payments:

    Visa, Discover, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central East, South Beach

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