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Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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18 Virginia Ave San Francisco, CA 94110
18 Virginia AveUSCASan Francisco94110
$$Italian Restaurant, European RestaurantToday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Monday 5:30 – 10:30 pmTuesday 5:30 – 10:30 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:30 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:30 pmFriday 5:30 – 11:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:30 pmSunday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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Vibrant spot for pasta, other Italian standards & cocktails in an offbeat, hip setting.- Google
People talk about funky, comfort food, fun atmosphere, vibe and caesar salad
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Max Heinritz
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Delicious food. Perfect for carbo-loading the night before a run, as I just did. The spring greens salad was light, fresh, and simple. A clean start. For mains, my companion and I split the spaghetti and meatballs and the rasta pasta. The former was an above average incarnation of what you'd expect for the classic dish. The latter was a fresh take on pasta primavera with a light cream, lots of fresh veggies, and moist juicy chicken pieces. I preferred the rasta. The flavor of the meatball dish was more powerful, pronounced. The rasta was more subtle, delicate. Service was prompt. The ambiance is kinda grungy bar with chalkboards and Christmas lights etc. Not a fan. Nit: I wish the bread served at the beginning of the meal was warm.
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stephanie hughes
reviewed 2 months ago
When I found my place in Mission/Noe/Glen Park, I was bummed. I thought, maaaaan, I live so damn far from the action. Are there even any restaurants here? Do people even live this far out? Do they have electricity?!?!!? But then, I started walking around my neighborhood and discovered a thriving hood of food and drink and one of the BEST discoveries has been Emmy's. Talk about a local gem! The quirky decor, the attitude and sass of the servers, the amazing drinks! The hand drawn menus and adorable aprons hanging from the ceiling, it;s PERFECT! And then there are the meatballs! Oh my mama mia! If I had an Italian grandma, she would be proud! They are ginormous and delicious and they are plated with a giant mountain of pasta and red sauce that is truly addicting! Couple that with their Ceasar salad and that garlic bread and you will roll yourself home smiling' like a fool! I take all my friends here when they visit and it's the one place I know that will always put a smile on your face! And the spaghetti and meatballs is still amazing cold the nest day! YUM!
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Laura Knight
reviewed 2 months ago
You better be in the mood for spaghetti because there isn't much else on the menu. Which is fine, because the spaghetti is pretty damn good. Cozy, cute restaurant. If there's a wait, give them your number, hop over to El Amigo next door and grab a drink.
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Nalani Ngoon
reviewed 2 months ago
Small seasonal menus keep food delicious and priced well. It's cute and funky inside, hand-written menus, aprons strung across the restaurant, booths along two walls. Service is always great. Food is delicious comfort food, portions are huge. Garlic bread: buttered with herbs and garlic, crispy toasted. Not smothered in cheese, but buttery, garlic-y and perfect. Barry's Caesar Salad: 3 of us shared this, it was HUGE. Dressed perfectly, with super crisp Romaine. It's a great salad to share between 2-4 people. Spaghetti and Meatballs: Someone in another review mentioned the "meat boulders" which made me laugh... and then we saw the meatballs, they're HUGE. I really enjoyed the tomatoe-y sauce. The meatballs were delish too. A meatier-style meatball, it didn't seem to have a lot of bread inside if any. Fettucine with Spicy Italian Sausage, Roasted Cauliflower, Parmesan Cream Sauce, topped with Herbed Bread Crumbs: really, really yummy. The cauliflower and spicy sausage balanced the richness of the dish. The bread crumbs were added some crunch. Yum. Doughnut: So good. So good. So good. Orange Blossom Martini: very nice. Not too sweet, citrusy and clean. The High Roller: super nice. We could smell the vanilla, we could taste the lemon. There were 3 of us: we ordered a small garlic bread and Caesar salad to share, 2 spaghetti and meatballs, one fettucine, and the doughnut to share. We went home with half of the fettucine and a whole order of spaghetti and meatballs, which is fine if you like leftovers (which we do). The only thing: it was way too loud for us inside. I've worked at restaurants for years and years, including ones that always have the music too loud (the result is that I'm a little hard of hearing, I swear, and it was still too loud for me in there!!!). Maybe it was just that night? At any rate, we found ourselves leaning across the table and yelling a bit. If the volume of the music could go down a bit, I think that it would have made a unique and special experience the perfect experience.
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Lisa Holden
reviewed 2 months ago
Looking for a cool romantic date that's not fussy? Look no further than Emmy's. The grunge exterior screams too cool for school, but the soul-snuggling italian fare let's you know this place is the real deal. Have a $5 margarita or two at the adjoining bar next door while you wait for your reservation-less table. Once in, get the garlic bread, followed by spaghetti and meatballs because that homestyle classic is anything but ordinary in this totally mission, totally san francisco gem.
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Rachel Lo
reviewed 4 months ago
Ok I'll bite. I came here a while back, but the hour and a half wait was too off putting for me and my hungry companions. So, I came back to see what the buzz was all about. I'll admit that the atmosphere is really cool and my friends didn't mind getting a little buzz going at the bar next door while we waited an hour+ for our four person table. They didn't even mind it when our food didn't come for another forty minutes because they were able to buy a forty of Mickey's while waiting. I really wanted to LOVE the spaghetti too, especially for the $15 pricetag. But, while it was good, it wasn't mind blowing, and certainly wasn't worth the wait we endured. I'd maybe come back here if I was hungry at an odd hour, but bottom line: the food doesn't justify the wait.
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