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SAN FRANCISCO ( February, 2006 ) Many restaurants put considerable thought and expense into their wine programs, but few go to the extra effort to craft their very own wines Americano Restaurant & Bar has done just that with the help of San Francisco-based community winery Crushpad. Americano will release the Dreamer 2004 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah from Mendocino in late September 2006, followed by two additional single vineyard Dreamer 2005 Syrahs Thompson and Whitehawk from Santa Barbara county in September 2007. In an effort to provide guests with the definitive restaurant wine experience, Americano's general manager and executive chef were involved in every aspect of the winemaking process from sourcing the grapes to selecting the length of fermentation and barrel types to blending and label design. Chef Paul Arenstam and I are both very passionate about wine and Crushpad gave us the unique opportunity to craft wines that perfectly complement the style of cuisine we serve at Americano, explains Morgan Plant, general manager of Americano. This is more than just putting our name on a winery's third or fourth label wine; we have invested considerable time and money into this project and are proud to offer these premium wines to our customers. Each of the three customized wines will complement Americano's menu of rustic-Italian influenced Northern California cuisine in distinct ways. The 2005 Thompson Syrah is delicate, restrained, and complex to complement subtle dishes, where the 2005 Whitehawk Syrah will be bolder and more fruit forward, pairing well with flavorful dishes. The restaurant's first release, the 2004 Las Madres Vineyard Syrah features dark fruit, mild French oak expression of vanilla and cardamom, and medium acidity. This timeless, year-round charmer will balance with the flavorful and rustic style of Americano's cuisine and will complement a wide variety of dishes including Pumpkin and Pancetta Baker's Pie with Roasted Sugar Pie Pumpkin Crema, Beet Greens, Crispy Pancetta and Caramelized Onions and Roasted Venison Saddle with Celery Root Gratin, Baby Mustard Greens and Meyer Lemon Mustarda. We saw this as a great opportunity to position Americano as not only a serious restaurant for food, but as a serious restaurant for wine, said Executive Chef Paul Arenstam. We think our customers, who are as passionate about food and wine as we are, will appreciate the extra effort we've gone to in order to create a perfectly tailored dining experience. Americano Restaurant & Bar is located at 8 Mission Street at Hotel Vitale. All major credit cards are accepted. Breakfast hours are Monday through Friday from 6: 30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Brunch is available on weekends from 7: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch hours are Monday through Friday from 11: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5: 30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar is open daily from 11: 30 a.m. to last call. For more information, please visit Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling ( 415 ) 278-3700, or by visiting About Joie de Vivre: Based in San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hospitality ( ) is a creative collection of lifestyle businesses. As the largest hotel operator in the state of California ( 2005 projected sales are $120 million ), the Joie de Vivre portfolio encompasses 35 hospitality businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 28 boutique hotels. These properties represent a total of over 2, 800 rooms and include five distinctive restaurants and bars. The company also owns and operates San Francisco's largest day spa, the Kabuki Springs
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Northeast San Francisco, Financial District

Americano Restaurant and Bar

Americano Restaurant - Hotel Vitale

American Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Pizza, Caterers, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Paid

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Family Style, American, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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What a wonderful dinner!

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. ;)


Provided by Citysearch - 
Love the outdoor patio!

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.


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Hang out Friday night

Nice place to hang out and have drinks, light food and people watch.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good after work scene.

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.

Great food, outdoor dining with heat lamps, fantastic people watching, yummy drinks, hot people, sexy atmosphere.

Super fantastic happy hour. This place makes me wanna bring out the Gucci bag, my Lancome lip gloss and some 5 inch Jimmy Choos.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Scene... Awesome Location

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.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great after work place!

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.


Provided by Citysearch - 
We like Hillary!!!

I put this review on YELP! So I figured I put it on Citysearch too.
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.
So, thank you Hillary!
If you go to Americano, try and find won't be dissapointed.


Provided by Citysearch - 

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.


Provided by Citysearch - 
not impressed

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.


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Must try the french fries

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.

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