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220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Ranked #81 of 4,923 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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120 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Kirkland, Washington, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Stopped by after a late check in to hotel, made a reservation on OpenTable, the food was great as I have not had a pork ragu that good in quite a while. The beer was also great as they had dogfish on tap, great experience and reasonable prices

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I sat at the bar here one late night. I was impressed with the menu. The food was quite reasonable and prices were very good for the area. I will come back on a future trip.

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Kings Park, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had an awesome meal here. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Be prepared to share a table if you go with less than 6 people and it is busy. We felt it added to the fun and vibe of the place.

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San Francisco
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75 reviews 75 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Outstanding food and service. The menu reflects items only found in Italy, all made by the creative chef. When I am craving authentic Southern Italian cold meats and cheeses, with a glass of great wines, there is no other place for me.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This restaurant (specifically the "rustic" ragu) gave me severe food poisoning the night before my 10 hour flight home. Needless to say, I'm not impressed. Also, be warned that these guys put Chilli into their dishes without mentioning it on their menu, which is something I find very unprofessional. It's a shame, because the food did taste great otherwise.

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Stopped here mid afternoon to check off the spicy meatballs from the 7x7 great eats list of top 100 items to eat in San Fran and wasn't disappointed. We also got a few of the bruschettas (asparagus and lardo) and personally think they should also be on the list. Service was great, too, they made a mistake with the wine... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is a great restaurant. The food is terrific and the prices are very reasonable. This is a popular restaurant so make a reservation or arrive early. I recommend the spicy meatballs but I think you would be happy with anything on the menu. I would have given the restaurant a perfect rating but it is a really noisy restaurant... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Polly and I last visited Barbacco 18 months ago and made a bee line for the restaurant as soon as we landed in San Fran. We were surprised to note that the menu hadn't changed. It's a great menu with some outstanding dishes but not to change in 18 months? We ordered a selection of starters, duck bruschetta,olives and asparagus.... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I love their brussels sprouts but pretty much everything is good. Good Italian food and a wonderful wine list. Perbacco is the sister restaurant one door over. This one is slightly cheaper and a bit easier to get into. This is more of a week day financial institution so it is closed on the weekends. Great for a nice dinner... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you are looking for an amazing meal at a great little spot in the Financial District, this is it. You could visit the mothership, Perbacco, but if you want a casual atmosphere, this is the place to go. I love the fact that they sell Bruschette by the piece, so that as a single diner I could order as... More

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