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220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Ranked #87 of 4,936 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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122 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Reston, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Really good Italian food and a nice relaxing setting. Highly recommend a reservation or you will have a long wait or not get in. We got there early and by the time we ordered every table was filled up. The food is casual but delicious and prices are incredibly reasonable. Our group was very into the "spicy meatballs" but I... More

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
24 helpful votes 24 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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