Ideale
Ideale

Ideale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.idealerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4153914129x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Maurizio Bruschi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us for more information.
  • Special Events: We will open for large parties at lunch. Please contact us for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vallejo
  • Public Transit: 1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )
    2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
    3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ideale
"For an authentic Roman holiday without the airfare, this undiscovered North Beach gem is worth seeking out."
(Zagat)A bright, colorful Italian restaurant, Ideale is the modern version of a traditional Roman trattoria. It is "festive and boisterous...la vera cucina italiana."Ideale has been bringing a slice of Rome to North Beach for over 20 years with it's highly acclaimed chef, Maurizio Bruschi. Maurizio hails from four generations of Roman chefs, lovingly taught by his grandma, la Nonna Serafina. The pastas and breads are all homemade and the ingredients are hand-picked daily. The 2011 Zagat guide gave Ideale a 24 for food and wrote that the "Italian fare is the real deal...one of the few no tourist eateries in North Beach..excellent pasta and pizza..the service makes you feel like a friend..a delightful experience." Ideale has won numerous awards, including being listed in Zagat's "Best Italian Restaurants in America" and The Chronicle's "Best Pasta in North Beach."
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Ideale reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (24)special occasion (20)good for groups (20)romantic (18)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Outstanding as usual
    cgfoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been to Ideale several times and have never had a bad experience. A great selection of Italian wines, and the food is always good. I had the Proscuitto wrapped pears, and the Parpadelle with Lamb Ragu...both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not memorable
    TexasDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Good, authentic Italian cuisine, but not a "lick the plate clean" quality. Very noisy and felt a bit rushed when taking our order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic as usual
    SFlocal
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've been going to Ideale for years and it is always great. The service, the wine list, the food always reliable. It is my favorite place to take friends from out of town. It always impressed them. Thanks to Fabio and Marizio for another great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fussydiner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ideale has an authentic Italian atmosphere, great food and attentive service. Loved to hear Italian spoken in the background. Exceptional selection of wine. Zuppa di Pesce was delicious and I look forward to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great homely Italian
    Aussiegirl
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A Classic Italian. If you want great pasta this is your place. The pasta and sauces are all homemade and delicious. There is a great selection of starters as well as meat main dishes too. And the Affogato for desert was fabulous. The restaurant is casual and cosy - it's all about good food rather than a place to be seen. It's tucked away off a main street and worth looking for. It's not fine dining just great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed This Time
    MiketheGreatAuditor
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Been here 3-4 other times. Service was bad this time - even though I told staff it was my girlfriend's birthday. No offer of cracked pepper (that always irritates me, esp. in an Italian restaurant), no offer of more bread and more drinks (although waiter did recommend a very nice bottle of wine). Food even seemed to be a bit blander this time. Just all around a blah experience when I had better times before. Will probably try another place in a few months when I am back in town; do not want to risk another experience like this one.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Joyous Return to an Old Favorite
    JMLinPNSVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My husband and I ate two to three times a week at Ideale when we lived on Telegraph Hill 15 years ago...since moved to NW FL. I returned with friends this past week and was so delighted, first to see wonderful Maurizio and then to experience another perfect Roman italian meal. The fish, as always, was sublime...I had the roasted Bronzino...simple and delicious...fettuccine with porcini and truffles (generous large shavings!) with olive oil and garlic..wonderful starters, including endive with prosciutto (some of the best ever) and balsamic, and a cloud light Tiramisu....great wine recommendation...It was perfect. My friends said it was one of the best meals they'd ever eaten. Entertaining is never more successful than that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent real Italian food
    Jswax
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Saltimbocca, pastas, seafood, and wine list all excellent. Can't wait to try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Beach Gem
    scottc
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been seeking great Italian food in San Francisco for years... The best Italian food in North Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Hadn't been to Ideale for a couple years, but remembered having a great meal there. Our dinner last night lived up to our memory about this authentic Italian restaurant. The gnocchi with meat sauce is to die for! Our meal was fantastic, and the tiramisu dessert was an oustandingly delicious ending. And, we love the fact that the chef and staff are Italian. So nice to hear the language of my ancestors spoken. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A trip to Italy in North Beach!
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I love this place! It's not at all touristy. It's a great Italian restaurant with Italian staff that offers wonderful service. Our group never made it past the appetizers, pizza and pasta, so no one had an entree. But I would recommend the pears wrapped in proscuitto, house or Caesar salad and almost any pasta. I had the vongole. The clams were the smallest, sweetest ones I'd ever seen. So good! My husband had the mixed seafood pasta and loved that. We had two orders of the veal stuffed ravioli, and that was also a big hit. For dessert, the pana cotta is perfection. Good tiramisu also. Mangia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PatL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We live in Wisconsin, and we only get to San Francisco every couple of years, but we ALWAYS go to Ideale! It's a wonderful place with great food and friendly service. Now, if we could only import it to Wisconsin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in North Beach
    SHOPPER1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Freshly made pasta... a rarity... great location.. NOT ON COLUMBUS!!... real Italian servers/owners....a plus... and simply great food at a great price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • needs another bathroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The only thing I can knock them for, is that there was a line 3 people deep for the bathroom all night. I don't want to wait 10 minutes for bathroom while i'm at dinner. Other than that, overall great experience. Service and food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing THIS time
    Uncertain
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been a fan of this place, recommending it to others and going regularly, always pleased with the result. But this past Saturday was different. We will be back, as no one bats 1,000, but the ball is now in Ideale's court--to please and not disappoint again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time impressions were great!
    CallMeTuba
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We made a reservation here on Open Table and based out choice off the menu. It was very easy to get to and a beautiful space. We each ordered an appetizers (Burrata & Zucchini E Truffle). The Zucchini E Truffle was amazing. For dinner my boyfriend ordered the Gnocchi Alia Ricotta. I ordered the Spaghetti Alia Carbonara. We shared bites but we each loved out dish. For desert we tried the tiramisu and Gelato. Bother were excellent. We loved out meals and would definitely recommend going back again to try new dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crappy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was poor and didn't eat the sea Bass. very expensive!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok at best
    Justok
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Restaurant was dead yet servers were unattentive, there was a dead fly on my bread plate, foot was just ok, nothing impressive, was looking for a place close to Beach Blanket Babylon show which it was but wasn't worth convenience
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, not great
    LPinFLVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant convenient to Beach Blanket Babylon, and someone recommended Ideale. It was okay. If you're headed here, you won't have a bad meal, it's just that none of us were wow-ed. It's fine; I'm sure we could have done better or worse.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our favorite Italian spot
    Dusty30
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My girlfriend and I absolutely love Ideale. Everytime we go the good is impeccable and the service is top notch. This last time we went we ordered our usual two salads; the shaved fennel and zucchini salads, a bottle of persecco and the ravioli with squash. All the ingredients fresh, flavorful and never over salted or too greasy, it's perfect! Nearing the end of the meal, cleared our plates and just brought us dessert. It was very kind and a perfect cap to the time at Ideale! We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Had a wonderful meal at Ideale with friends - excellent service and food. The chef/owner came to talk to us (with Italian accent) - these guys are the "real deal" - (homemade) pasta and sauce were excellent. Also I had eggplant parmesan and it was delicious! In the heart of North Beach on Grant Street - good location and comfortable seating/service (not rushed). I highly recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideale always consistang
    PauloVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This neighborhood restaurant features authentic Italian food with all Italian servers. All dishes are consistent and reasonably priced. Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    One of the best italian restaurants I have ever been too. The food was simply amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Large selection of pasta dishes with a great variety of sauces. Generous portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated!
    Hope
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My Husband and I attempted to celebrate our both birthdays at this over rated restaurant. We had reservations and I even specified that we were celebrating our both birthdays. We had to wait for our table and then they seated us in a corner of the restaurant. We had to squeeze in to the spot. It was so warm that my husband began sweating. Food was subpar. My veal was very very tough. And the portion was tiny. I would never recommend this place to anyone. Service was fine, nothing out of the ordinary. There was absolutely no celebration offered for our birthday. I do not recommend this place to anyone. There are far better dining establishments in the area such as "The House."
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Grilled Calamari
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I will never be able to enjoy fried calamari again now that I have had the fresh grilled item on arugula and lemon. Also, some great Italian wines available in an affordable range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss the homemade pasta
    evamarieVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a real find in the North Beach neighborhood. The pasta is all homemade, as is the bread. The lasagne is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the few really Italian
    xfranky
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of the very few Italian restaurants which actually serves real Italian food instead of the objectionable Italian-American dishes which every other restaurant cooks but that do not actually exist in Italy. The Insalata di Mare and Gnocchi alla Ricotta really felt like at home. Service was acceptable but not stellar, somehow "Italian" (I'm Italian and I know it...). Reserved through Opentable but the waiter couldn't find the reservation (no idea whose fault it was).
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  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great pasta - close to the food I've had in rome. Service was great, not stuffy and fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Comfortable spot. Pleasant people. Good food. We will be going back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    ParastooVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our food was really great. I had the spaghetti with clams and I enjoyed every bite. The service is great too. We arrived 30 min early and they sat us right away.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will return!
    Foodeesf
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, servers, bartender provided wonderful service. We had to wait for our reservation but the bartender kept us happy! Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Consistently good after many many years. A great place to enjoy good Italian food and be able to talk to your guests. Just a bit off the beaten track so it doesn't feel over run with tourists.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite restaurant in North Beach
    aodicicco
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Year after year Ideale continues to be my favorite restaurant in North Beach! The cuisine is authentic and the atmosphere is exactly how you want it to be; energetic, welcoming and very Italian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Ideale last week, all four entrees were excellent.My friend accused us of making her fat (!) by taking her to such good places to dine in San Francisco. We will definitely come back when we're in town again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic and fresh
    novice1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    as visiting out-of-towners, stumbling on this place was a great find !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place should be on your "list"
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our entry into the restaurant was not an "easy ride" however once we got past the miserable person who "welcomed" diners we were treated with incredible care and kindness to let us relax into an wonderful meal and experience. I wish I knew the name of the gentleman who took over and care of us as he was phenomenally welcoming/accomodating. My wife and I will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Maurizio and his crew are simply the Best. They are friendly, fun and they serve what I know is authentic Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You've been to Italy?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If you've been to Italy, Ideale will give you that same experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian made from scratch
    JayP80
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were seated immediately upon arrival. The food was delicious and made from scratch. Our server was friendly, and our portions were moderate. We felt that we got good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.