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Ristorante Ideale

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Family Dinner

Excellent authentic Italian restaurant located in the Little Italy area in North Beach area of San Francisco. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Food was terrific and the wine selection ample. Nice area to go for a walk after a nice feed. Nice ambience and obviously loved by the locals.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Broadbeach, Australia
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Broadbeach, Australia
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent authentic Italian restaurant located in the Little Italy area in North Beach area of San Francisco. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Food was terrific and the wine selection ample. Nice area to go for a walk after a nice feed. Nice ambience and obviously loved by the locals.

Thank ricco65
Los Angeles, California
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137 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like so many others, I can't say enough about the incredible flavors that are offered by Ideale Ristorante tucked-away on Grant St. in North Beach. Whatever the specials are, order the pastas all made in-house and always prepared perfectly. The butternut squash ravioli was just a wonderful dish on a cold and rainy evening. The saffron infused linguine with lobster... More 

Thank Joepure
Friday Harbor, Washington
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place. It was recommended by the concierge at the hotel, and we enjoyed it immensely. Kind of a hole-in-the-wall place, easy to walk by, so make sure you have the address! Classic Italian cooking, a bit noisy, but good noisy. We'll go again.

Thank Charles R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A local shop recommended this place. We always as a local "where would you go that is not for tourists?" I am Italian and am critical of Italian restaurants. Great atmosphere. Really good home made food. Great service. Will go again when back in San Francisco.

Thank Richard I
Victoria, BC
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We found this restaurant by internet searching and were not disappointed. The food was all excellent, the wine list extensive, the waiter knowledgeable and cheerful. We had gnocchi, a special linguine with salmon, pizza, all great and super fresh. Try their burrata to start, the best we've had. The lemon sorbet and tiramisu were fresh and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We've been... More 

Thank ocean-mountainview
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We found about this restaurants from my husband's Italian friends. Very authentic, great food, great wine selection, great friendly and attentive service and all of this at very reasonable prices! It is one of our favorite restaurant in San Francisco. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed! Gigi

Thank gigi a
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Ok, so went on the Sunday after Christmas, but we didn't exactly feel welcomed. BTW we're nice people. Got there about 10 minutes early which seemed to annoy them, sat us at bar, offered us nothing. Food was good but not outstanding. Fennel appetizer was unique. Spaghetti alla carbonate ok, pasta with clams pretty good, veal scallopine ok. Service was... More 

Thank PhoenixLee
San Diego, CA
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105 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Good not great food but perfect for big office function. Loved the Caesar salad. Pizzas thin crust and nice. Decent wine selection. Not a tiramisu fan, but good and fresh. Out of cannolis, bummer. Very attentive waitstaff - made for a nice evening.

Thank upintheairmom
peoples republic of brooklyn ny
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

What a wonderful restaurant this is. Just a few steps off Columbus avenue and its tourist trap. Quiet, no blaring music, no football on the tv, no drunken frat boys at the bar. And I haven't even mentioned the food. Homemade pastas, homemade bread, homemade pancetta, etc etc. the owners obviously take pride in they put on the table. Impeccable... More 

Thank frank11217
Ascot, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

This is a lovely restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. Manager really helpful, both in explaining the menu and in recommending wine. It was nice to have a distance between tables too. Worth reserving a table in advance to get the time you want. Food was excellent and the service great. Would revisit if in San Fran again.

Thank Gill O

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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