Uva Enoteca

Italian Restaurant / Wine Bar
Uva Enoteca Several blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection and all its hippy/tourist trappings is a cozy little slice of Italy called Uva Enoteca. San Francisco United States 37.77199 -122.431557
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Uva Enoteca - Italian Restaurant | Wine Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Several blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection and all its hippy/tourist trappings is a cozy little slice of Italy called Uva Enoteca. The name means “grape wine bar,” and owners take the translation seriously... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    MUNI J, N Lines: Duboce Avenue & Church Street

  • Phone:

    415-829-2024

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5–11pm, F 5–11:30pm, Sa 11am–2:30pm and 5–11:30pm, Su 11am–2:30pm and 5–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Uva Enoteca Review

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Several blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection and all its hippy/tourist trappings is a cozy little slice of Italy called Uva Enoteca.

Several blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection and all its hippy/tourist trappings is a cozy little slice of Italy called Uva Enoteca. The name means “grape wine bar,” and owners take the translation seriously, stocking nothing but 100% Italian varietals on the extensive drink list.

Older couples drop by for a romantic dinner in the early evening, sharing plates of prosciutto and wild boar salami at little tables near the entrance, while younger button-downed professionals take over the marble-topped bar to savor wines and cheeses whose names they probably can’t pronounce.

About the time the early birds have moved on to their peanut butter gelato sandwiches, the local handle-barred hipsters start to trickle in, settling in with dates and close friends at the larger tables along the exposed brick walls in back.

Sounds from the open kitchen mix with boisterous conversation as the venue quickly fills to capacity, and decibel levels continue to rise as more and more quartino decanters clutter the tables.

Trendy ladies share space with cultured college students out front, voyeuristically checking out the Haight Street nightlife before grabbing an open seat, although the wait can be long thanks to the stupor that follows gastronomic gratification and too many fermented grapes.

A dessert espresso ends the meal at Uva Enoteca, after which patrons venture back out onto Haight Street with thoughts of Italy in their heads – and lots of uva in their bellies.

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Tip from Emma:

If you don’t know what to order – and you’re not a vegetarian – you really can’t go wrong with the chef's choice meat and cheese course. You probably won’t know what half the items are, but they’re all good!

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, casual Haight hipsters, Italian wine buffs, cultivated college students, and older couples on romantic dates, 20s to 50s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music, lots of conversation, and clanging from the open kitchen.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of fine Italian cuisine, including specialty pizzas, cheese plates, roasted pork loin, wild boar salami, and lots of pasta. Brunch on the weekends. Happy Hour M–Th 5–6:30pm, Sa–Su 3–6:30pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$15, appetizers $6–$12, entrées $8–$15, desserts $4.50–$8. Beer $5, wine $2–$14/glass or $29–$125/bottle, cocktails $8, bottomless bellinis (brunch only) $10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business and trendy: button-downs, cocktail dresses, blazers, skinny jeans, vests, white t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for a romantic Italian getaway, Fridays and Saturdays to join the tipsy crowds, or weekends for a French toast brunch.

  • Close By

    Several popular dives line this stretch of Haight Street, including Toronado (547 Haight Street), a bar with a stellar beer selection – and a cheap sausage joint right next door for when the prosciutto coma wears off. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar (398 Hayes Street) is a luxurious and romantic restaurant and bar with a large selection of retro cocktails and an even larger selection of oysters…for when the prosciutto coma wears off.

Uva Enoteca User Reviews

Average rating:
Great food & great for a date that won't shred your wallet
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
Super cozy place with a friendly neighborhood vibe. You find all types here: young couples-to-be on a first date, yuppies, hipsters, old folks, etc. To be truthful, if you are on a super tight budget, then your options are going to still be good but limited, but I’ve always found the mark-ups on their bottles to be quite reasonable (think around $29 for a solid bottle of stuff way above the average house wine in quality). Their veggie charcuterie with roasted sprouts, cauliflower, and asparagus is amazingly good, and the wild boar ragu definitely was not made with Ragu. YUM! Go for Happy Hour to try it out, then bring someone special back if you like what you see and taste.
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