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Ristorante Ideale

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Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Italian, Pizza, Pub, Pasta
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1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
415-391-4129
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 111
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 5
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Italian in North Beach

I've never had a bad meal at Ideale, but I really like their carbonara. Not many places make carbonara, and even fewer make it well, let alone authentically. The uses crispy pancetta, plenty of pecorino cheese and no cream. I hate it when chefs add cream.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Dana G
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Westlake Village, California, USA
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Westlake Village, California, USA
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've never had a bad meal at Ideale, but I really like their carbonara. Not many places make carbonara, and even fewer make it well, let alone authentically. The uses crispy pancetta, plenty of pecorino cheese and no cream. I hate it when chefs add cream.

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Our first night in San Fransisco we had dinner at Ideale. Really nice Italian food and a nice atmosphere. The main course came a little bit to quick after the starter, so don't expect to dine here all evening, but that's in many restaurants in the us, we as europeans are not used to that.

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Shared a meal with some friends last evening. The atmosphere is very nice - a small restaurant with very attentive waiters. The food was absolutely delicious - i had the pasta special and my hubby had the lasagna. Would definitely go back again! (even in the same vacation!!!)

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Malaga
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.....eat quality food. Now here's a thing, I was told of this restaurant by two friends of mine who used to live and work in San Francisco and used it on a regular basis. My friend Paolo being Italian and working in "Little Italy" at the time, told me that this one was... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

What a gem in the heart of Northbeach/"Little Italy"! Can't say enough about the food, ambiance and wait staff/management. The kitchen had a problem with one of our entrees (another server picked ours up and sent it to the wrong table...), so we waited so long for our main course that we just had them package it to eat the... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner here based on recommendation from Hotel Rex and we were very pleased. The food was delicious and service attentive. The burrata is so creamy and fresh. The snapper special was wonderful and lasagna also very tasty. Highly recommend when in north beach!

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

From the outside looking in, Ideale looks a bit plain and stodgy, but it was just the opposite. We had a reservation on a Saturday night and were seated quickly with waiters greeting us warmly. We tried the fish specials (the swordfish and trout) and were amazed at the combinations of flavors and spices. The portion sizes were good and... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

As a frequent traveler to Italy, stopping for dinner at Ideale took me back to Rome. Good food, attentive Italian style service (no changes or variations!) and pleasant surroundings. A little noisy if you have "old ears" like I do, so if that is an issue, go early or late. They use GOOD olive oil for dipping your bread.

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Santa Monica, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great old school Italian food. Service was good, good wine options and the location is very central and convenient from China Town.

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SF, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A few of us had a lovely dinner. Starters, fish, pasta, all excellent. The staff was charming and attentive. It gets loud as the place fills up, yet we could still hear across the table. Things went sideways when we went to the bathroom. It reminded us of one you'd find in a gas station where they really don't care.... More 

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Additional Information about Ristorante Ideale

Address: 1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
Phone Number: 415-391-4129
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 40
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-391-4129

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Neighborhood Profile
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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