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Ristorante Ideale

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
+1 415-391-4129
5:30 pm - 10:30 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
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Newcastle, Australia
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of 3. Good selection on menu. True Italian experience. Service excellent, food exceptional,price very good. Pizzas are traditionally made thin and crispy. I had a pasta with clams, mussels, prawns, fish. It was brilliant! Equal to anything I have had in my life. Thoroughly enjoyed this place. If you get a chance it will not disappoint... More 

Thank PhilWG
Down Under
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place looks good and smells good and the menu seems to be mostly authentic Italian but like a previous poster said we found the service a bit gruff. Perhaps we had a bad table but it was very noisy and to top it off they served the wrong meal to me___had to do it again. The place was packed... More 

Thank Oskar
Pacific Grove, California
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We ate here on a week night. We had seen the restaurant hi-lited on Check Please, Bay area and I was attracted by the Calamari appetizer that did not use calamari rings. I was pleased to find them prepared the same way as in Italy. In fact, the entire menu along with the wait staff is authentic. That is hard... More 

Thank Bill F
Oakland, California
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185 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We booked this place for 5 people and it didn't disappoint. I knew this would be a typical authentic Italian place since the moment an Italian answered the phone. We arrived the two of us and was waiting for few minutes for our friends and even when they arrived we took some time to decide on the menu and the... More 

Thank Heliana M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful time. Service was great amd recommendations mad were spot on. Food was terrific. Good wine prices and selection.

Thank Dave S
San Francisco, CA
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147 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Friendly and outstanding food. Have the grilled calamari! Love that the waitstaff are real Italians - this place ha been here nearly 20 years and never fails.

Thank kiwi400
New York City, New York
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159 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a Saturday night. The restaurant is pretty but service was a bit gruff. There were a bunch of hits and misses. The hits: pizza, mista salad and the seafood stew. The misses: the veal was flat out disgusting and the seafood salad lacked flavor. They do have a corkage fee for BYOB. I would not go... More 

Thank Rabs22
East TN
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

My daughter and I came on a Saturday night. We had reservations for 8:15 thankfully as there was a wait and only one man keeping track of everyone waiting. Our server was good. My daughter had the spaghetti alla carbonara which she enjoyed. I had the margherita pizza and it was undercooked, the dough was wasn't crisp at all. We... More 

Thank CatbirdEastTN
New York City, New York
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152 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

It is hard to hide a good Italian restaurant right in the middle of San Francisco's Italian section! But Ideale restaurant is just that. We came here on a Sunday evening after determining that several of the restaurants that appeared to be highly rated did not have the potential for menu to live up to their name. Ideale was the... More 

Thank 12345rover
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We went there as a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 children). It is totally understandable, that the city of dogs is not prepared to serve big families. However, a family equals 3 couples and the waiter in charge should be able to do the math. Luck of sleep or whatever other problems he is dealing with should not lead... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
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
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: +1 415-391-4129

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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