1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413137.745971 -122.427079
We prefer to sit at the wine bar and split our way down the menu. It's a more casual, fun experience and you get to schmooze with the staff.
Chef Cosentino has been on all the competition shows, and won the most recent season of Top Chef Masters.
Love it. – I've been here many times & just went again recently after being away for awhile. It was yummy as always. If you want some delicious authentic style italian food, good wine and in a lovely setting - this is it.
small portions – Great place, but the portions are small when compared to the price.
User review by jimd – If you are into Italian wine then nothing compares to Incantos wine bar. They have an excellent selection of wines by the glass. I found the food to be consistently solid during all of my five or six visits. On my recent visit I had excellent dishes such as sardines with radishes and olive oil, cold squab with pine nuts and raisins and a wonderful blood sausage and egg appetizer served in an iron skillet. Desserts are good, not great.
Way overpriced!!!! – My boyfriend and I went to Incanto last weekend-what a disappointment! The food wasn't bad, per se, it was just that it was extremely overpriced and certainly nothing exceptional. We each started with a salad, one of which was over $9 and consisted of about 5 lettuce leaves and 2 "vegetable shavings" (read: 2 pieces of vegetable that were thinner than paper!). Very unimaginative and EXTREMELY overpriced! My entree was equally as disappointing-I ordered the vegetarian option -While costing around $18, my entree consisted of 4 stalks of asparagus, 8 or 9 fava beans, and a fried egg! To top it off was the 5% "service fee" charged (indicated in small print at the bottom of the menu for the "kitchen staff"). You'd think that, charging these prices, they could afford to pay their kitchen staff fairly!?? Skip this place and head to somewhere like A16 !
Unique experience – I truly enjoyed my food and atmostphere experience at Incanto, but one thing seemed to downgrade the quality of the restaurant. At the bottom of the menu is text that states that 5% will be added to your bill to basically tip the kitchen staff who is not otherwised tipped. Hmmm, I've worked in restaurants in the past and as a server we tipped our busboys and bartenders, but usually not kitchen staff. If these guys are not getting paid enough then maybe mgmt needs to address the issue instead of putting it on the customer. On a positive note, the cured meats are fabulous so you must try the antipasto!
needs a little work – This was my 6th visit to Incanto on Church St. In Noe Valley. The food is usually good, but nothing to write home about. We go because it's an easy walk down the street and the have a nice wine list. This visit took the prize however. I ordered a half order of ravioli, which was good, but was served four 3/4" x 1" ravioli on my plate. No garnish, that's it. Laughable.
Probably Great, but Server ruined it for me – My husband took me here for birthday dinner - he'd been before with some chef friends and with his parents and they all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The maitre d was great - sat us early at a pleasant table. Unfortunately, a horrible server ruined it for us. He leaned over us saying "yummy!" several times, but never checked in otherwise. He then proceeded to send my surprise cake to another table. When the other couple realized, THEY came over to apologize and wish me well, but the waiter did nothing! No desert, no comp - not a word. I wanted to complain more, but didn't out of respect for my husband who was trying to plan a nice evening for me. We won't go back and neither will our friendstoo many other restaurants to visit!
Incanto Disenchants – The room feels like a fake Italian farm house that you would find in Disneyland. The food unfurtanely is as fake as the decor. Yes some dishes can be tasty but the chef is more interested in doing creative ingredient combinations than on how the food tastes. Italian food is about simplicity and not having to use too many ingredients, had the chef left my ravioli with just broth and not added leaves of arugula, it would have been very good, but not he has to go adding extra stuff to make it look pretty. Wine list is the only saving grace of this restaurant. Too bad, the servers are clueless about the list. For the same price, cross the bridge and go to Olivetto instead to get true Italian food and not Cal-Italian.
Elegant authentic country Italian – Authentic italian food in this off-the-beaten-track restaurant. The chef comes from Chez Pannise, the Sommalier was imported from Italy (along with the wines), and the owner is there every day in this elegant new restaurant. The service is exceptional--nice and knowledgable professional wait staff.
I just ate there again (September 2005) and it was superb. Try the cheese plate as a starter (it's only on the dessert menu). The steak was SUPERB, and the desserts are to die for.
One of the best meals I've eaten in ages--all with perfect service and attention to detail.
5% Service Charge????? – I'm confussed? I walked into a neighbor Italian restaurant in the working class neighborhood of Noe Valley. My expectations where of a simple straight forward trattoria... you know, warm greetings, attentive servers, good wine and flavorful food. WHAT HAPPENED???! A sloppy hostess, wait staff that looked every where but at their tables, over prices wine and dishes that lacked all the fussion their thought demanded. Is it possible to add injury to insult? At Incanto, YES! A 5% service charge on a party of 2. All this for just 5% gratuity. I suppose so, or do you think they are hoping for you to over look this SMALL matter?! Or is this all they know their service is worth! ATTENTION: SCRUTINIZE YOU CHECK!!! Better off skip this joint all together.
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