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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
Closed now
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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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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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 

Thank Steffi T
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I will give 5 stars to the staff. Very accommodating and friendly. The food is good but nothing to write home about. Nothing that I would want to go back for. You know when you have a dish that is so memorable that you can get cravings for? Well the dishes that we had were not that memorable. The place... More 

Thank hbuzz111
Woodland Hills, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

The Caesar salad is a must and save room for tiramisu! Lamb ragu and risotto so yummy!! Service a bit slow and don't waste calories on the bread- the pasta and desserts are much better!

Thank MariK888
New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

On a side street, this restaurant is worth visiting. Excellent reasonably priced wine, delicious salad, pasta and lamb. Cozy and unpretentious, not touristy, a genuinely terrific dining experience.lovely waitstaff.

Thank NewYorkNYTraveler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We went to Ideale on the recommendation of friends, and we had a wonderful evening. The food was great. I liked the menu choices because each dish had been well planned with interesting variations.

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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
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, 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
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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