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220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Ranked #69 of 4,857 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Tapas
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Battery
Transit: Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
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105 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Was recommended this place from friends and concierge, restaurant is small so they cram in those tables and turn them quick, but the food is amazing, was surprised the beet salad tapas was the only thing that was disappointing needed some lift, but pastas were solid, great gelato's after as well.

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This place is great. It is not pretentious, has great food, and is reasonably priced. They have lots of great food for sharing, along with not-too-expensive entrees. This is my favorite restaurant in the city! If you like Italian food, and are feeling a little adventurous, this is a great spot. They let you order half glasses of wine for... More

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My wife and I had a nice dinner at Barbacco. We had the lasagne & the Oricetti with fennel sausage. It was delicious. Good wine selection too. A bit loud but it has kind of a group seating theme.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Barbacco is great food and better service. The wine list is amazing and I have never had a bad experience. They also impressed me when the hostess remembered us the second time and welcomed us back. We have now become regulars at Barbacco and every time the staff has been helpful, knowledgeable, and very friendly. If you are unsure about... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Just back to my hotel after enjoying Barbaccos spicy sicilian meatballs, polenta and a Kale salad with apples. Beutifully paired with a full bodied glass of Italian wine. The service was good from start to end. Was welcomed by the girl at the door with a warm smile and got a sest almost immediately. Didn't have to wait too long... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

After a long day of walking and taking in the sights, we were tired and hungry with no reservations on a Saturday evening. We arrived about 7 and were seated right away at the bar. Rather than feeling like we were in a holding pattern the bar seating was comfortable and the service was spot on, perfectly welcoming and attentive.... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

When wanting great Italian food in a casual atmosphere, you can't go wrong with Barbacco. As other reviewers have mentioned this isn't your typical Italian fare. Yes, there are pasta dishes, but they're not heavy in red sauce. I had the orchiette pasta with fennel sausage and kale, really yummy, a very nice portion. My husband had the fish special.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Didn't expect to need a reservation at 6.30pm, but in the heart of the financial district there were many early diners. Book ahead if you don't want to be disappointed. The service was excellent - the servers were very knowledgeable about all the ingredients in the dishes and were able to quickly advise what could be made vegetarian. The wine... More

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Oakland, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In a town with lots of Italian restaurants to choose from ,Barbacco stands out for its upscale yet casual setting and decor, common tables and interesting menu selections. Although many do it now, Barbacco was one of the first to present the extensive wine list on an iPad. Great for lunch or a casual dinner.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is the relaxed sister restaurant to Perbacco. Keep it easy with the orecchiette and the brussel sprouts and laugh it up with your friends. This is the perfect place to have a great glass of wine and yummy plate of food. My only gripe was that the server made himself so scarce that I wasn't able to order a... More

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