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Ristorante Ideale

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Neighborhood:
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 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 fare and great service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
ThePutnikovs
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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152 reviews 152 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Richmond VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My wife and I really enjoyed our meal here. Pasta was all home made. Sauce was perfect. Pescastore had just the right balance of seafood, pasta, and sauce. Service was excellent with an attentive but friendly and unpretentious waiter. Atmosphere was good -- active conversations, but not loud. I highly recommend.

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Washington, DC
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111 reviews 111 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This traditional restaurant offers excellent classic Roman cuisine (not trendy, "foodie" San Francisco) , friendly and efficient service, a bustling ambience, and reasonable prices. It is my top recommendation for a sampling of what San Francisco's Italian North Beach neighborhood has to offer.

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

this is one the best restaurant ,the food is fresh ,and simple .with good size ,i love ideale ,and good prize ,and no prefix nemu ,good deal thanks .see you soon

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

"Miserabile," (that's Italian) the waiter said as he passed behind me (audibly, pretentiously, in a foreign language that he was sure I couldn't understand) after he ran his dinner bluff and got called on it. And what was the bluff?: whatever you can get away with. In this case it was $28 bucks worth of saltimbocca (which wasn't saltimbocca) -... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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145 reviews 145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner and I have to say it was a great choice! It was like being in a trattoria in Italy. The service was excellent but unintrusive, and the food delicious. I had the beef carpaccio and spaghetti with clams, both really good, and they kindly brought me a complimentary birthday dessert of profiteroles.... More 

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Sebastopol, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We have eaten here a number of times. Why go anywhere else for Italian food in the city? This is the real deal! Great Italian food and wines. Always very friendly and helpful service. For a starter you must try the zucchini tartufate! The gnocchi and the lasagna are wonderful and if you like seafood try the zuppa di peace.... More 

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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 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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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  • 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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