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Barbacco

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Financial District
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220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Battery)
Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
415-955-1919
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 98
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good restaurant for quiet dining

Barbacco is dialect for By Bacchus, and this is an Italian restaurant with a fine wine list. We had two wines, both from the Alto Adige, of which the white was really excellent. Food is typically Italian, mainly pasta and meat,nicely presented; I had pollo al matone, crushed chicken. The restaurant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bruce F
via mobile
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Manvel, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Barbacco for lunch. I was with 3-4 others. The opening statement is interesting: they dont serve you water unless you ask for it, citing a drought in CA. With all due respect, this is just pandering to the green-for-green's sake crowd. We waste a lot more water bathing in it than drinking it. I wonder, do they also... More 

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Thank WellTravelled G
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Barbacco is dialect for By Bacchus, and this is an Italian restaurant with a fine wine list. We had two wines, both from the Alto Adige, of which the white was really excellent. Food is typically Italian, mainly pasta and meat,nicely presented; I had pollo al matone, crushed chicken. The restaurant is long and narrow, and the noise level is... More 

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Thank Bruce F
Alabama
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162 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

A casually elegant dinner full of excellent cuisine. I recommend ordering plates to share so you can explore all parts of the menu. The pasta dishes are quite substantial, so pairing one with a fish or main dish is a great way to try two parts of the cuisine. My husband and I shared the Sole and Orichetti with a... More 

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Thank Farrah H
Australia
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

dined solo here recently, the service was fast and the pasta was very very good. the place was very busy.

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Thank PMMelbourne
minnesota
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123 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This small restaurant has tables that are barely separated. I guess they sometimes seat people with strangers which I do not care for. I think they should have better table spacing. We started with the marinated radishes, and shared the roasted pear salad, which is enough for two. We had the Corn Fusilli Pasta and the Chicken Breast entrees. We... More 

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Thank badgergirl01
Oceanside, California
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277 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

At 11:45, this place instantly went from sleepy to buzzing with a line out the door of downtown business people. The decor is modern chic as is the food. The yummy Bruschette includes a choice of three such as creamy Tuscan chicken liver pate, roasted hen of woods mushrooms and spicy broccoli rabe. The balance of proscuitto, roasted squash and... More 

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Thank CoastalCruiser27
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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172 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I was looking forward to some good Italian food away from much the hyped North Beach restaurants in SF. The wine selection is excellent, varied, and reasonable for all tastes. I had the grilled octopus which was the best I had west of the Mississippi(sorry the Greek restaurants in the East Coast are the best in cooking grilled or charred... More 

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Thank John A N
New Jersey
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111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

we had dinner here our first nite in San Francisco. we had a6:30 reservation and were seated at the bar( the website indicates that you might be seated there) which was fine. the food was good but we both thought the main dishes were salty. vegetable appy's seem to be be prepared in advance and were served very quickly and... More 

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Thank oots412
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

I had lunch here with my coworkers. We all enjoyed our food and desserts here. I want to take my husband here but they are closed on Sundays. I haven't had any good Italian in a long while. The ambient was good. It was a pleasant surprise to dineat hete.

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Thank Nicole M
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is a popular sibling to the more formal and pricier Perbacco. The menu includes a range of small plates (including a terrific build-your-own antipasti course). Most dishes are unpretentious "peasant" fare, but all are carefully composed and well-presented. The lamb ragu was a standout, as were the thoughtfully selected wines. Very reasonable pricing. The staff seemed overwhelmed (or under-trained?)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (Battery)
  • Public Transportation: Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: 415-955-1919

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Financial District

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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