Flour + Water

4.6
2014 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, and house-cured meats. It’s all about simple and authentic Italian food rooted in the south, executed with skill, expertise and old world standards of care. The defining goal of the restaurant for its ambiance and style of service is to make everyone feel welcome. "We feel very strongly about creating a ‘come as you are’ atmosphere in the restaurant."

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Everyday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 826-7000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas McNaughton
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant at events@netimeas.com or via phone at 415-826-7005.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Flour + Water in the Mission will always be one of our all time favorite Italian spots.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2014 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and vibe! Would highly recommend!

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had heard mixed reviews for Flower + Water, but I was pleasantly surprised. I expected delicious pasta, of course, but the appetizers were the real stars. The veal carpaccio was a delight and I would order it again in a second. My partner and I shared the salumi board which was an exciting flavor adventure - the roman mustard and seasonal pickles brought everything together nicely. We split the aleppo garganelle and tagliatelle with veal bolognese. Both were very tasty, though the tagliatelle was a bit too rich for my taste. Portions were nicely sized and great for sharing. We ordered an obligatory birthday dessert and I'm so glad that we did. The panna cotta with berries and hibiscus was so refreshing; a great end to a great meal!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bite, 10 years after the first time I went!

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PB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Met by unsmiling absolutely-non-engaging blonde hostess. She dug through the menus, never looking at us, walked away without a word to a table and dropped menus and left. Really set the evening off with a bad feeling. As I faced the reception desk, I could see this was her pattern. Either she was having a very bad night, or this is always her manner. She was certainly not the person to be a hostess!
The restaurant is very popular because of their reputation for wonderful pasta, but, I think that type of reception is not what they want.

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NC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. We ordered 4 pasta dishes and 2 pizzas for 5 people. It was all so delicious and we stuffed ourselves. I think we over ordered but just couldn’t stop eating!

The waiter was friendly and we never felt rushed. The only thing I didn’t like was - we told them we were celebrating two birthdays and is one of the rare restaurants that doesn’t throw in a free dessert or ice cream or something ...hence I took away the stars for service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're from Chicago with a daughter living in San Fran. We are huge fans of Flour & Water and always try to get there on every visit. Which my daughter and boyfriend truly appreciate. We LOVE the food, wine, ambiance and incredible staff. Last Saturday, we booked a table of 6 for 10:30pm. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we showed up at 10:59 with a party of 3. Most restaurants would tell us to get lost. Not F&W, they welcomed us with warm, authentic smiles and served us an amazing meal with the same level of integrity and generosity we have come to love. We'll be back. Even if our daughter moves far, far away.

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b
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal pasta - I don’t know what more to say. The drinks, ambiance, and perfectly cooked pasta made this a “must-return” for us. Can’t wait to come back again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a birthday dinner and really enjoyed it

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Sister in town, tasting menu amazing!!!

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P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so special to dine here. Definitely the best pasta in San Francisco.

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SM
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was truly amazing! Each pasta was unique and not “run of the mill”. The appetizers were equally delicious...our fave was the grilled asparagus! But a close second was the Fava beans slightly dipped in a “tempura” like batter sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Fantastic, too! The service was attentive and helpful the entire evening altho the restaurant was filled by 545 on Sunday evening! The only complaint was the music volume but that was probably because we are over 60! 🤪 We would return again, in spite of the loud volume of the music because the food was outstanding. Didn’t have any dessert but the choices looked terrific, too.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time on a spontaneous reservation, post Hamilton with our kids (older kids but still).... 10:30pm res, seated fairly quick - we LOVED the food and as we left about three different people thanked us as we were walking out, it was so noticeable how kind the staff is that we will def return and soon! Again the food and the wine (nero d'avola) fantastic!

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SG
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were so good

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D
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was excited to score a table last weekend, love the décor and the vibe here. The lettuces were very tasty as well as the asparagus appetizer...the pasta...was good but I've had better...honestly I compare everything to the Pasta a la Vodka at Brio which is a chain restaurant in Detroit area (normally don't like chains) and they still win...I had the pasta with the balsamic reduction...good but not to die for...my husband had the veal Bolognese..thought there was something over powering he couldn't put a finger on. The dessert was absolutely delish...was dying to lick the plate...staff were very friendly...really liked the restaurant and would come back...I wished there was a really good red sauce to top the fresh pasta...overall good night out.

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OT
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Amazing menu of food and beverages - fabulous variety of seasonal specials and classics. Thank you for another extraordinary meal!

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AC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a gorgeous meal! Next time I will go with more people so that we can order more / try more of the options. The pastas were lush AF, and the pizza was fantastic!

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The pasta tasting menu allowed us to not think twice about our order and enjoy a magnificent variety. From a fresh mint and cucumber trout crudo, to a ramp and veal tortoletti covered in a rich northern Italy-inspired gravy, every dish was its own unique adventure. The quality of the pasta is at the top of any list I have experienced in the United States.

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KT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Way too expensive for the quality of food and the waiter recommended 3-4 dishes which was entirely too much for two guests. Wine pours are small and overall bad value. You can get more bang for your buck at other restaurants in town.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning pasta!!

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SG
London
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pasta tasting menu with really delicate flavours

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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p
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place!

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DS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar night. Food was amazing and our server did a great job spacing out the arrival of dishes. Loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Would recommend to anyone. Just be sure to book a reservation way in advance.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience at Flour + Water was exquisite! By far the best meal I’ve had. Everything was fresh and delicious—and the menu was so unique as well.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The table seats were so uncomfortable. They really need cushions rather than hard wood. I had to stand up part way through the meal because I was so uncomfortable (and I’m in my early 30s and athletic).

Place was so loud. Felt like we were on a double date w the table next to us because they were inches away and heard every word of their conversation. And the music was terribly loud so it seemed like the table was competing with the music, and us trying to speak over all of that.

Food was good, creative, fresh ingredients, fun wine pairings. Service was great. Didn’t fall in love with any dishes but are still curious to try some of the other pastas one day.

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KI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Pasta was outstanding, but very disappointed with the service. Felt like the staff was rushing us. Also had a guest with a shellfish allergy. After confirming that the crudo did not have shellfish, they then brought it to the table and said "it had a trace of shellfish, but so little that my mom - who also has an allergy - can eat it". When we said that wouldn't work and we'll try something else (my friend is highly allergic), they left it at the table and continued to ask if we were ready to order entrees. Encountered a few other instances where the staff appeared unfriendly. Overall for a highly regarded establishment the service was a bit too snooty ... we were excited about the experience and left pretty disappointed.

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EK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the tasting menu.

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B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We arrived at 5:45 and the restaurant was buzzing with loud music and almost full. The menu reflected the season and we picked the swordfish for appetizer. So flavorful.
We ordered a pizza, the best we have ever had. The pasta was made with morels and the sauce was unique and tasty.
Only negative comment- very loud. Hard to hear your conversation. We are going back!

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was excellent but it was very loud and we were seated in a main walkway so it felt like we were in the way. We could barely hear each other and could hear the table of two 8 inches away way too much.

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LE
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my husbands birthday, and not only was the service amazing...he said it was the best meal he’s ever had in San Francisco.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was so salty. They didn’t do anything about it when I told them all the dishes were too salty to eat

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always exceptional and service is usually as well. The y have a separate vegetarian pasta tasting menu and can switch out the meat pasta tasting menu for you. I believe they can even mix it up at the table if you have vegetarians and non eating together. Additionally, our excellent server pointed out that the whole left side of the menu is vegetarian friendly!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The most pleasant from the staff was the lady chef in the expo , who serve us some dishes.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Been there twice. The charcuterie plate + bread to start is so yummy. Dishes are reasonably priced for the quality. Espresso was dark and flavorful. Services is super attentive, but never pushy.

One small thing that I like ... sparkling water is gratis. Lots of places try to up-sell you to that – they do it as part of the experience.

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b
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was amazing! Simple dishes (we indulged in appetizers, pizza and pasta) with the freshest ingredients. The service was a bit impersonal (rote) and it did feel like we were rushed along a bit. Also, even when a server spilled my wine glass (spraying wine all over me and my daughter) the response was underwhelming -- a little extra wine poured into my glass and an extra dessert from their tasting menu (after we'd already ordered two desserts). Again, the food was exceptional, but as a truly enjoyable dining experience it fell a little short.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve had the pleasure of dining here 3 times and loved every bite.
Service was great and pizza amazing! Keep up the good work

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to Flour + Water because of the great review and rating on the Infatuation. We thought the charcuterie board was the best one we’ve ever had. The pastas we had however, were underwhelming. We had the pork sugo tagliatelle. It was ok. La Ciccia’s pastas are better. Maybe we needed to try out some other appetizers. They looked really good. Although the service was friendly and attentive, the sun was blaring in my eyes and no one offered to move us. It was hard to enjoy my meal because my retinas were being burned every few minutes when the door opened. It’s beyond their control but maybe don’t seat people there during dusk or at the very least, offer a free glass of wine on the house for enduring it through most of my meal there.

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E
San Francisco
166 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Different and yummy, as always. There are always good vegetarians options here, and the margarita pizza is sublime. I can’t say no to two pasta courses, even after a shared pizza. One of myfavorites in town.

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