Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

(415) 206-2086 | View Website

18 Virginia Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94110

37.742948 -122.421318

Open Hours

Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-12am

 
Restaurants, Californian, Italian  more

Price: $

Tags: Cheap Eats, Late Night Dining, People Watching

Payment Methods: Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central East, Bernal Heights

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Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
Menu
Garlic Bread, shack Mac'n' cheese, Tiger prawn Ceviche, Farro and goat cheese salad, Caesar salad, Simple green with cucumber, Spaghetti, Spaghetti and meatball, Rasta Pasta, Meatball Sandwich... more

Reviews for Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

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Emmy's serves up the best spaghetti and meatballs in their funky little shack. The love shack, baby.

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5.0
over a year ago

Fantastic Food and Music! – I have been wanting to come here for over a year. I was SO happy and surprised at how awesome it is.

The venue was pretty small and cute...parking was hard, but doable...the wait was only about 15 min and we got to sit at the bar and get a drink to start. The artwork was amazing. They have DJs on weekends so as we sat ate we got to listen to Tribe Called Quest, Far Side and other awesome hip hop.

The lights were low and romantic.

The Spaghetti was CHEAP for the amount you get. Other meals are great too! My pop was served in a old-school bottle and everything was so yummy.

I really recommend this place to those who want something original and GREAT. We were really happy and I think it's now a favorite spot for us.

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4.0
over a year ago

Zeitgeist does dining... – It can be rough to acclimate to the Mission if you spend the majority of your time on the north side of our fine city. But if you can manage to venture past the 20th and Mission block you are guarunteed great food and a dining experience like no other. The walls are lined with innovative art. The menus are creative, limited (baked scallops with crumbled bacon, grit cakes and chillie sauce? Bring it!) and change frquently. They don't overwhelm you with too many sub- par choices. I've been the Emmy's about a dozen times. I've never had bad service. There is a wait, but there is A BAR NEXT DOOR. They will call your name when your table is ready. So play some pool. Enjoy the DJ, but don't expect to have an experience like you would anywhere in the Marina. That's just not how the Mission works it.

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5.0
over a year ago

Emmy you are dee-licious! – Finally made it over to Emmy's, by Tuesday 7pm this small, funky restaurant was full and we had a 10 minute wait. Started with a mussel in cream sauce with peas dish, very nicely done. Dinner was the signature spaghetti and meatballs: three large dense meatballs in a pile of al dente pasta and covered with a thick tomato sauce, very satisfying. Somehow I managed to have a little dessert: poached pear with vanilla ice cream. Overall service was good, decor interesting with above-average noise levels due to the small space. A good spot for a small group looking for a satisfying bite...

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4.0
over a year ago

Great... but not for everyone. – I would never take my mom to Emmy's. The neighborhood is iffy, the parking is terrible, the music is loud, the service is minimalistic, and the wait is almost always long. However, I love it! It's dark, the music is great, the decor is funky, the food is good, and the prices are reasonable. I wouldn't take a date, however, because it's so darn loud! Go on the weekend when they have some great DJs... but wear comfy shoes for a long wait.

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3.5
over a year ago

Red wine and red-sauce pasta for reasonable prices at this quirky Mission hangout. – The Scene
Emmy's oozes funkiness. Patrons sit at the bar, sipping Chianti or fine malt liquor, waiting to score a seat among the ramshackle booths lining the walls. A communal table suits big groups or friendly single diners. Hand-scribbled menus adorn the tables; the wine list hangs on a chalkboard. An occasional jazz ensemble or DJ completes the art-house aura.

The Food
For a self-styled spaghetti joint, the kitchen kicks out a mean duck pâté, paired with lightly toasted brioche and house-made orange marmalade. Of course, most diners go straight for the cheap, decent spaghetti and meatballs, but more adventurous types head for cross-cultural specials such as seared ahi with chilies, pickled ginger and crispy yucca chips. Mistakes like undercooked risotto are easily forgiven when the flavors are clean and the prices right.

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4.5
over a year ago

Great Time and Great Value – Food is good, although the menu is limited. We had a party of three and we all split the beef filet salad, crab risotto, and the spaghetti and meatballs. It was all very good esp for the price paid. Great DJ which set a different atmopshere than most restaurants in the city. I have added this to my short list of favorites in the city. I only wish they took reservations.

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4.0
over a year ago

So cool – I've been to Emmy's twice and had a great time both times. I think you go more for the ambience than the food.

My spaghetti was fine, but nothing to write home about. However, the DJ on Oct. 3 (a Friday night) was outstanding. She definitely helped set the mood for the evening.

Some of the other selections for food seemed odd. There were $12 fish and chips on the menu. $12 for fish and chips?

It's a fun, cute place with a huge wait. But I would wait again.

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4.0
over a year ago

maybe I'm masochistic... – But I love eating at Emmy's. Yes, the service is rude. Yes, the cash-only policy is ABSURD! Yes, there are better more polished meals to be had in this city. But when you want lively and tasty no-frills food and a decent cheap glass of wine, Emmy's hits the spot. The hamburger rocks, the salads always sound a little ill-conceived on the menu, but end up very satisfying. Go for the food and let the rest roll off...

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4.0
over a year ago

Great for the neighborhood – I originally went there because its closeby and I read a review about the spaghetti being only $6. I'd say entrees average at least double that, if I remember right. Be prepared, what the 'spaghetti shack' name implies may catch you off wallet. BUT, if you dont mind waiting for a table, it's a decent atmosphere (GREAT for the Mission) for having an unfancy dinner with friends & decent food. They have a DJ which makes for a lively atmosphere. Wine selection is limited, the place is small, crowded and dark, so if you're alone dont plan on reading.

Recommends
3.5
over a year ago

ri-soo-toe! – mmm so good. the risotto was excellent. the service fair, but not horrible. the dj was perfect. the spaghetti and meatballs, pretty darn good. the chocolate cake - f yeah! so good, so very good. the mac and cheese was pretty good too.

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