Barbacco
Barbacco
  • Address:
    220 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Barbacco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbaccosf.com/
  • Phone: 4159551919
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: M-S: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Staffan Terje
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Barbacco’s cozy and modern dining room is available for full buyouts. During our private events we reproduce the convivial experience our regular guests enjoy every night. Rustic Italian food is our specialty!
  • Private Party Contact: Isabella 4159550647

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battery
  • Public Transit: Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: No street parking until 7pm. Valet is offered for dinner only.
A word from Barbacco
Barbacco is a modern trattoria that reflects the vibrant city life of San Francisco and offers a casual dining experience that delivers exceptional wines, personable service, and high quality food inspired by recipes from all regions of Italy. Barbacco looks sleek and urbane, with a welcoming feel. The 66-seat restaurant is fitted with a rich black marble bar for counter seating complimented by a bright yellow beverage case displaying coolers of wine on one side and the building’s original brick walls on the other. There are also dark grain walnut individual tables and smaller communal tables that can accommodate up to 6 people. The space is full of energy and infused with a convivial atmosphere where guests share tables with friends or new acquaintances. Reservations are welcome, just keep in mind most of our seating capacity is comprised of counter space and shared communal tables. We also save room everyday for smaller walk-in parties.
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Barbacco reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (136)great for lunch (75)hot spot (74)neighborhood gem (63)notable wine list (59)good for groups (50)vibrant bar scene (42)special occasion (25)romantic (22)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice evening
    DivisaderoQueenVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Inventive dishes that did not disappoint! Extensive wine list, although I hadn't heard of most of them.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fine but too service slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our party of 4 did not have a good experience. After the apps (one of the salads that came out was the wrong one and returned), the main dishes came very late, and we were experiencing hunger pangs by then. The party sitting next to us at the communal table arrived 10 minutes after we did and received their apps after us, but were served their main course before us. It then took a very long time again to waive down the server to get our check after we'd finished the meal. A 1.5 hours long lunch is not OK for FiDi. Also the folks next to us had a separate server, and at least once both our server and theirs were at the table, talking over each other, and it was distracting and annoying. We don't plan to have office outings here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian tapas
    trufflecat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Think Italian tapas. Lots of delicious a la carte goodies to share. The fried Brussell sprouts are amazing. We sat at the bar and the service couldn't have been better. The spinach pasta dish had one of the best Bolognese sauces I've ever had, and that includes in Italy. Other than the pasta, though, most of the dishes are not very Italian. No matter, they are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great med food and fun
    KellyD
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Mediterranean cuisine, a fun, Affordable and different wine list, a find
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perbacco or Barbacco
    ApolloETG
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    You can't go wrong with either restaurant. Couldn't get in to Perbacco, and had just as good a meal at Barbacco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solidly good modern Italian
    HazeEater
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Barbacco is neither a traditional "North beach" style Italian restaurant nor an upscale, innovative-type California restaurant. It's just good Italian food, made with modern, local ingredients, served nicely at an affordable price. There are nice starters and stuff to share, good pastas, and a few good mains. The wine list is great - a high number of good wines served by the glass or carafe. The décor is informal but nice - good enough for a minor celebration.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unwelcome reception
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It was NOT a welcoming restaurant. We had a reservation for 3 and the host seemed bothered that we all did not arrive at the same time (we were coming from 3 different locations) and made it clear that our table was "needed" and that this is a small restaurant. We had all arrived within 10 minutes of the reservation time. It was an uncomfortable situation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Patr
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This restaurant is a unique Italian place. The food is high quality, very creative and delicious. The service is accommodating and the ambiance is fun. The noise level is pretty high though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still One of My Favs!
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    If you enjoy the quality of Perbacco, but want a more casual (i.e., be yourself) atmosphere, then this is the place to go. I come here often, usually going for their mussels (the tastiest in town) and the wonderful and friendly servers, maitre d', and manager. The prices are unbelievably more than fair for a downtown restaurant with this quality of food, wine, and ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place 2 dine on a 1st date!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ambiance was great, food was awesome, our waiter Alex was super nice and helpful. Definitely a great place to come back to....
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as usual.
    NYSFwomanVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great good, wine and service. Never disappoints. The risotto was creamy tasty loveliness. Bruschetta with cherry tomatoes had the perfect amount of garlic. Yummy. The fried polenta with fresh herb was delightful. Different recipe than before, but just as tasty. Great beginning to girls night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LellaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Tagliato delicious, steak cooked perfectly. Tuscan chicken liver pate (crostini Toscana) good. Pasta good. Valpolicella good. An Italian styled restaurant owned and run by an Italian. Never disappointed. Both owner and wife lovely people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One miscalculation on a dish
    BillAVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Barbacco is as advertised - a very good trattoria in the Italian tradition with reasonable prices and excellent choices in beer and wine though we still recoil at at the practice of keeping the price of food reasonable while compensating by elevating the prices of wines. Like some other restaurants, Barbacco justifies high wine prices by selecting uncommon wines from small wineries. Many less expensive local and imported wines are just as interesting, and we would like to see a few on the menu. The one miscalculation: spaghetti with [tender, succulent] mussels had so much red chile added that we could not eat the pasta once it had absorbed the sauce. This may be Mexican; it is definitely not Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The salumni, bruschetta, pasta, brussel sprouts and chicken were all excellent. However, a good 20 minutes passed before we received our appetizers. Finally we were told it was due to a high volume of take out orders. It would seem a restaurant of this caliber should have the staffing and ability to manage the kitchen better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food is pretty good. Nice place for business lunches, prices are quite reasonable. There's a bit of general background buzz and noise, so conversations might have to be louder to be heard. The fried brussels sprouts are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Tables, but otherwise great
    Muncher
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not a fan of the collective dining because the tables are so small. Otherwise the food was great and our server was also great and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    KimmyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love the meatball pasta. The sausage pasta with green sauce. My husband loved the steak, it was so tender. We will be back here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NytomkeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had made my reservation based on a friends recomendation. After reading several negative reviews about the service I was aprehensive. Our server Jee was knowledgeable and attentive. The space was busy on a Friday night but overall an enjoyable evening. The meatball dish was the winner at our table. The orecchiette was swimming in pesto and is the primary reason for my three star review. I will give barbacco a second chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is my fourth time here. Each has been as good as the previous one. Great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Bad Service
    AbbySF
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our food was great, but the service was sub not. We had two waiters who seemed to be confused about which one of them was supposed to be serving our table. At the end of the night, when we went to split the bill, the waiter overcharged us. When we brought it to his attention, he denied it, but then after 15 minutes of explaining the issue to him he finally agreed and went to "fix" the bill. It was never fixed. We over paid simply because we were trying to get somewhere and didn't have any more time to fix the issue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Disappointed. Hadn't been to barbacco in over a year and was disappointed in the lack of service and the quality of the main course.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food but cramped seating
    me1eatz
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I really enjoyed the food and think they have great options for vegetarians too (I'm not one, but my friend is). The communal seating was a bit cramped and awkward, and pretty loud inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Bad to Say
    dontnormallydoreviews
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was nice that they brought you drinks as you waited for your reservation, however it did feel a little weird standing by the door with a glass of wine....I felt like I was at a bar bar.....maybe put some seats there so you don't look like such an alcoholic who couldn't wait till they were seated...great staff though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed wth the server
    May565
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    the ambiance was great and the hostesses were awesome and friendly... but very disappointed with our server. she looked like she was not interested serving us and gave me a glass of water and just slid the glass next to me. my friends and i observed her and noticed that she was too nice to the other 2 tables and checked on them all the time and skipped ours. Very disappointed. And she never offered if we wanted dessert, and we had to ask for the dessert menu. You could really see she wasnt happy at all. The server was the only reason why i rated this 3 star. Food was good and we will still go back and recommend the place. BTW, the server's name is Leona. Hopefuly, next time around, she won't be our server!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Asking them to pair the menu is the way to go. I always feel taken care of. You can't go wrong with Barbacco/Parbacco, Michael Mina or Tadich. All within doorways of each other. We had dinner at Barbacco and desert at Mina. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cej1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Moderately priced, high quality food. Great for groups of 6, as many tables are communal. Attentive service. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for pre theater
    SunLovingSueVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    near the Embarcadero 1 theater so great for dinner before the movie. The bruschetta are delicious and the home made pasta dishes unique. Great service and nice wine list by the glass. Communal tables for those who like that - I prefer a private two top!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and quick service
    Kevin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The brussel sprouts are to die for! The pasta dishes are tasty, and the portions are generous. I would also recommend their desserts, as they are all pure perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    GJFoodies
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We keep coming back to share everything we order because no one wants to miss anything that comes to the table. Especially love the chitarra Sicilian meatballs--great texture and spices--and the tender, flavorful taglieta roasted flat-iron steak. The fried polenta and the chick peas are excellent together as a starters. Can be a communal dining experience if you want, or a table for two. Dessert of brown butter shortcake with berries and crime fraiche--mouthfuls of wonderfulness. You can only get beer and wine at Barbacco, but we arrived early for our reservation and had served by the friendly bartender at the nearly adjacent Perbacco sister establishment while waiting for our table. Overall a great evening for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Delicious food - especially the various bruschetta options - peach and prosciutto is my favorite. Busy but attentive service (they helpfully leave a water carafe, though, so you needn't worry about an empty glass). Good energy. At least at lunch, private tables are limited - mostly shared tables or bar seating. Not necessarily a bad thing, but worth knowing going in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Susan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    By 2 pm the noisy lunch crowd was gone and the restaurant was very quiet and we enjoyed the fact that we didn't have to raise our voices in order to be heard. The waiter was very helpful in explaining the menu to us and we each chose something different - pesto pasta with spinach/sausage, pork ragu, and corn gluten-free pasta. Surprisingly, the corn pasta was the overall favorite which we would order again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks,Jee Kim!
    Tokyo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Friendly service and great food. The little noisy, but not bad.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Casual Dining
    SFCAVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Unlike it's sister next door, Perbacco, Barbacco is a casual venue that serves quality food. The risotto was good with lots of mushrooms. The serving portion was more than adequate. The brown sugar cake was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Popped in for a lunch date and while it was quite packed and loud, the food was excellent; when you can't get into Perbacco and need a pork sugo fix, Barbacco is there for you.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went here for my birthday. The food was excellent but very disappointed in the service. Towards the end of the evening our waiter went to the back and sat down as though he had enough of us! So rude! Someone else actually brought out my birthday dessert and the check. We were watching the end of the Giants game and enjoying our last sips of wine. The waiter's rude behavior really ruined an otherwise fine birthday dinner. The food is very good however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work lunch
    SFJC2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Made reservations for a party of 3 at 11:30am on a Wednesday. Arrived on time and were seated right away at a communal table. Service was great, food tasty (ordered the tube pasta w/ pork ragu - good amount of meat, brussel sprouts as a side), and espresso for dessert. Overall, good experience. Co-workers were pleased with their entrees as well and one was a vegetarian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need new entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love the appetizers, sides and desserts. I'm disappointed by the entrees - lack unique flavor.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed With Menu Change
    SFDiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We arrived for dinner looking forward to our usual treat of Lasagna Bolognese only to find that the new chef had taken the lasagna off the menu! This was extremely disappointing as the main reason we come here is for the lasagna. The staff suggested we try a pasta dish with similar ingredients, but it just wasn't the same. The lasagna had wonderful gooey cheese on top and was just divine. They gave us free dessert to make up for our loss, but we were very sad all the same. New Chef, if you read this, please please bring back the lasagna!!
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  • Food is great and abundant
    Amelie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food is Italian type. The burrata is amazing. The pasta dishes are pretty big and the prices are reasonable. Good wine list. Nice service. We enjoyed our dinner very much.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Salumi
    Binky
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We tried 3 bruschettas - mushroom, liver and tomato - all very good toppings and the bread was great - large enough to cut in half to share. Kale salad was great. Gluten free (corn) pasta with tomatoes not so good - pasta was a bit dry and taste was OK but needed something - some herbs or lemon or ?? Pork cutlet was very tasty - could have been cooked just a tad less. But the spicy Salumi was definitely 5 star - we didn't know what to expect (I was thinking more like charcuterie) but it was spreadable with just a kick of spicy-ness. I believe it is house made - definitely try some.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate