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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
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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All hours
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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A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this place on the recommendation of a local cabbie. We weren't disappointed. Good quality food in lovely surroundings at a reasonable price. A really good alternative to the tacky and mixed quality restaurants by the seafront. Seafood Ragu and Baked eggplant appetisers were particularly good. Would recommend.

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Bellevue, Washington
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am up for ever thinking that North Beach is a place where I can get a truly outstanding Italian meal. This restaurant was recommended to us by our concierge at the Ritz Carlton. They made a reservation four 530 but since we like to eat early and were already in the area it was no problem showing up at... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A recommendation from a friend. This restaurant may not look like much from the outside, but it is a gem. We called for reservations (a good idea because this place fills up quickly). The food was excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal - pizza, pasta, wine, it was all good. The service was pretty good. Definitely a very... More 

Thank cmm218
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to San Francisco many times over the years as it's our favorite US vacation destination. On every visit we have tried to find great Italian food and not fall prey to one of the many North Beach "tourist traps", Having read reviews, we tried this place and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere and lighting was nice,... More 

Thank Pamela L
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had our 20th wedding anniversary dinner here. It was lovely. We had the Carbonara dinner and Prosciutto appetizer. For dessert we had a cannoli. Everything was so delicious.

Thank Stephanie M
Pismo Beach, California
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84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The TripAdvisor community comes through again! I was looking for a great local (i.e., non-touristy) restaurant to take my wife for her birthday. Ideale did not disappoint! It's a relatively small restaurant and wasn't crowded when we walked in. Granted, we at on a Thursday at about 7:00 PM, but we thought a few more people would be there. In... More 

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San Francisco, California
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108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

If you're coming to San Francisco and plan to eat Italian in North Beach, consider stepping a short block off of Columbus and having dinner at Ristorante Ideale on Grant Street. The food and service are VERY good, and although the restaurant can get crowded it's still a welcome relief from the crowds on Columbus. And if you like the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

During a business trip a co-worker recommended this restaurant. It is a small restaurant in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill neighborhood. I found it while just walking around after my work day. The food was traditional Italian and very good. I had the branzino special which was very simply prepared but excellent. Waiters were attentive. I went on a Tuesday night,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We enjoyed our meal here. We ordered the fennel orange salad and carpaccio, then had the lamb with tomato and capers and the red snapper special. Finished with chocolate tartuffo. Good meal, good service.

Thank Cathy A
San Francisco, California
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Had our Holiday office dinner at Ideale tonight and was pleasantly surprised at this lovely, small, intimate yet cozy and elegant Italian restaurant in the heart of North Beach.This is a lovely, quite intimate restaurant and you receive a very warm and friendly greeting on arrival. I found out that Ideale has been bringing a slice of Rome to North... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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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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