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Financial District
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220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111-4401 (Battery)
+1 415-955-1919
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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New York
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Busy enough evening, but not mobbed. First night in SF. Waited for server to approach. Waited for server to bring wine after apps had arrived. Waited 30+ minutes for dinner. Mediocre - could've made it at home. Waited for server to check back to see if i wanted to order more wine (and unfortunately by that time had been finished... More 

Thank Elise K
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Arugala salad was just fair. Pass on the Lasagna, as you could likely make it better at home. Mine was overcooked and dry, and a small piece at that as well. Wine was ok. The plus is a neat narrow atmosphere and staff friendly. Gelato good also.

Thank David R
South San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's next door from " Michael Minna" restaurant when China considered as fancy place. "Barbacco"restaurant is a simpler more down to earth place but they haven't disappointed us . The meal was delicious . We ordered a few dishes such as grilled octopus , citrus arugula salad, grilled Brussels sprouts and iron skirt stake and all of it was perfectly... More 

Thank Marishecka
Kfar Hess, Israel
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there with friends that we haven't seen for a long time. The food was great, including veggie options, although I had the soup (ok, but not great) for a main dish, as the set of appetizers (5 for $20) was great and a lot. A bit crowded and hard to get into your table, plus the couple next... More 

Thank y0ramy
San Francisco, California
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1,569 reviews
784 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,211 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After hearing such great things about this restaurant, I was expecting a delicious, tasty, memorable meal. Unfortunately it didn't live up to those expectations. The food was nice but nothing special. Prices were on the high side, the restaurant was very loud and 2 or our dishes turned up very late. I'm glad I've been but for me, it's not... More 

Thank Travellover6128
Boston, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Great location to meet up with friends. The Wine selection is good, menu is average. I enjoyed the Brussel sprouts, sun chokes and mushrooms.

Thank MorningGirl1
United States
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Had dinner last week. Reservations are a must for dinner - it gets crowded. We had reservations and yet had to wait for over 30mts. Space is very crowded and inspite of the reservation, they squeezed us - pretty pathetic into a table for 4 - we were 5. Well - we could hear each other - that might have... More 

Thank WorldtravellerKNH
Boston, MA
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Wandered away from the office for what I hoped was a quick meal. After a long wait, wandered into Barbacco, where I needed to wait for dinner. The hostess was nice as she could see I was agitated. Was able to get sat at the bar pretty quickly and had fair service..but the room was very loud. The burrata appetizer... More 

Thank navi_jen
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Expensive for an everyday lunch - if someone didn't take me there I may not have gone on my own. Glad I went though. The food was fantastic. The hearts of romaine salad had such a great anchovy dressing. The heirloom tomato salad would have been perfect if not for the watermelon which had no business in the salad. The... More 

Thank CaitlynsMom
Eugene, Oregon, USA
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42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Even if you have a confirmed reservation for a table from OpenTable, they will first try to seat you at the bar. They seem to have a complex algorithm to decide who gets a table and who gets to sit at the bar. I recommend requesting that you will for the table. It does come through in a few minutes.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111-4401
  • Public Transportation: Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-955-1919

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Financial District

Neighborhood Profile
Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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