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  • Perbacco

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  • Address:
    230 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Perbacco Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.perbaccosf.com
  • Phone: (415) 955-0663
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Staffan Terje
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battery
  • Public Transit: Bart: Montgomery station.
    Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered at night only. Cars will be parked primarily in a secured lot.

    Nearby parking public parking structures also available at Front at Sacramento (Embarcadero), Battery at Pine and on Front between Pine and California
A word from Perbacco
Sleek and modern with one foot firmly in the Old World is the feeling at Perbacco. The restaurant boasts a brick wall original to the historic 1913 Hind building, with other touches such as a bar top and floor tiles made from white Carrara marble. With 16 seats at the bar and 7 more intimate tables, Perbacco creates an atmosphere for a glass of wine or a light bite. Perbacco also features 2 dining rooms, one on the main floor and a smaller one on the Mezzanine, which has the added allure of serving as "theater", with windows to watch all the action in the kitchen below.
Chef Staffan Terje strives to cook the finest food reflecting the Italian regions of Piemonte and Liguria. Handcrafted, house-made salami, prosciutto and other meats are featured at the salumi bar. Filled pastas, a tradition in Piemonte, range from the traditional ravioli to the more exotic agnolotti. Main courses feature traditional dishes such as Bollito Misto and milk-braised pork shoulder with Savoy cabbage.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wife's birthday dinner was terrific. I rarely give 5 stars, but this was an excellent experience. All the dishes were well prepared, presented nicely, and tasted delicious. Service was great. No complaints about anything."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Dinner was wonderful, the pear salad, duck, lamb shank and bass dinners were outstanding, the dessert was delightful. It was my cousins birthday and they surprised her with a dessert with Happy Birthday writing in Chocolate, she was so excited. Our waiter was just great, she was very attentive and great helping with the wine list. One of our favorite restaurants and loved treating my cousins from the East Coast to how great San Francisco restaurants are. I recommend Perbacco to everyone."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We took out of town guests to Perbacco and it was a wonderful way to show off San Francisco, with delicious food, quick and non-intrusive service and a beautiful setting. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My friend and I had an awesome meal, they have authentic Italian cuisine that we absolutely loved. I loved the environment - great if you are looking for a classy yet not so formal dinner. The restaurant does get really busy so make sure to make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Busy bar scene downstairs; much quieter upstairs. The food is delicious and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is my third or fourth time at Perbacco. Food is always top notch and well presented. Very creative, interesting menu. Service is attentive but not overbearing. Only negatives: elevated noise level and tables are too close together."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I made reservations at Perbacco for my trip to SF after seeing it on the Eater 38. My expectations were therefore high & I am pleased to say the restaurant exceeded them. The ambiance & decor is in a fairly common new style of clean and slightly modern, but it still retains a feeling of intimacy when you're at your table. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very friendly, anticipated our needs, & helped with our menu questions. The food was divine! The squid ink cavatelli was obviously freshly made & the scallops were cooked perfectly. You HAVE to have the burnt caramel gelato for dessert! The perfect blend of sweet and salty & the texture was perfect. Kudos to the restaurant also for handling an unexpected wait for our table."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Perbacco is terrific. Great food, service and ambience. I take out of town friends and family here and have lunch with clients a couple of times a month and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the menu changes just enough to keep it interesting. The wait staff is also always professional and attentive, but not too much so. It is very crowded and busy at lunchtime, so do make reservations. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went for a birthday on a Saturday evening. I thought the service was excellent and the staff well trained. The restaurant is quite nice. The food is good overall and the soup and deserts were fantastic. I though the quail was weak. I liked you could get 1/4 liter of wine but the wine was a little over priced. Overall I would give it a good rating."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food wonderful - a little noisy - service outstanding. Our waitress was a veritable encyclopedia!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A friend recommended perbacco so we tried it much to our delight it was all and more than we expected."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "In the past I have always gone for the pasta which is incredible. Recently I tried the chicken-great and the sole-great. I have to say they are doing a great job here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place is good place to dine. Staffs are friendly,helpful and courteous. Food over all is very good. The only complaint I have is a bit too noisy, tables are too close. Private conversation is hard,esp if you have even minor hearing impairment."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I've been to Tuscany numerous times and this food does not disappoint!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food is really outstanding. We enjoyed the salumi plate, octopus, and their version of caprese salad. Entrees were equally delish!! Service was a bit slow. It took about 10+ min to get a server to the table to take our order and we had to flag down servers for additional glasses of wine. Not horrible but easy to fix to make the overall experience 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Have been to Perbacco several times before, and the meal did not disappoint. Hamachi appetizer & shrimp fritto misto appetizer both excellent. Sautéed scallops in shellfish ragout was a dish where I honestly savored every mouthful -- only wish there had been bread to sop up the sauce/stock (a habit acquired in Paris restaurants)! Short ribs were (according to my husband) excellent as well. Brussels sprouts were a bit disappointing this time around. The brutti ma buoni cookies seemed (as meringue cookie do) to have softened a bit in a humid environment, but were very tasty. The kitchen also served us a special melon sorbet with cookies as an additional anniversary dessert surprise that was fresh & refreshing. Thanks for a wonderful night."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A very enjoyable experience. Food was very good, with a lot of variety (NO pasta dishes with red tomato sauce!!), and service was just about perfect -- courteous, helpful, prompt but not pushy. A pleasure."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Best Northern Italian food in San Francisco! Superb food, and outstanding wines, thought is was in Turino, Italy!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Elegant and delicious. Very considerate service. Avoid sitting next to a big party if possible- the party of 6 next to us drowned out every conversation we tried to have. Rude and rowdy actually. But the experience was still very nice."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food was great and service was impeccable! I do not eat pork so was worried there would be few dishes I could have with meat...however when I asked the server he suggested a braised beef dish that was great!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "First of all, OpenTable forced a 6:15 or 8 pm reservation so we took the 6:15. By 7pm, the restaurant was barely half full so I feel like OpenTable manipulated available tables to provide flexibility for the restaurant. Second, I felt the waitress did not serve us with the same attention she would other customers because my girlfriend and I look young. She was very quick with our orders and I suspect we got leftover food or an "experimental" dish. Our food came 10 minutes after we ordered and the noodles used for my girlfriend's dish were different than stated on the menu. Her pasta was very salty and my raviola was surprisingly bland. Disappointing since we came here specifically because we heard they had great pasta."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We took friends here for a birthday celebration. The food was excellent and the service was great! Our friend was thrilled with the extra attention she received in honor of her birthday."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Best meal in recent memory, outstanding overall experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great location, thoughtful and local cocktail options, nice menu reflecting the cusp of spring-into-summer. Generous portions for the mains - almost too much, really. The dessert menu is absolutely delightful."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Perbacco. The food at our neighbor's table smelled so good I changed my order to what they were having. It was absolutely delicious. Service was great: attentive but not overbearing. It was pretty noisy, but not a problem for us. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We ordered one of every pasta-small plates to share plus one salmon and 2 veggies (Brussel sprouts and carrots). There were 4 of us and not a drop left. It was a 4 hour dining experience. We all loved it"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service friendly and attentive and the ambience was a good balance of of energetic buzz and romantic setting. I will definitely go back the next time I am in San Francisco."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, great atmosphere. Service a little slow as had to ask twice and wait for Sommelier. Got first course before had a chance to order wine. Presentation, quality of the food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our server was very attentive and accommodating. When I was disappointed with my entrée, the owner returned with my alternate scrumptious selection ASAP! Couldn't ask for anything better than that! The cuisine is creative and delicious too!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was good as well as service but this is an after business restaurant. Not conducive to a quiet romantic meal. You could barely hear your partner and all you heard was loud business conversation."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Everything about Perbacco was wonderful. Service is polished and well coordinated. Our server was passionate about the food she was serving. I asked about a particular wine to go with the duck dish, she had a better suggestion, but allowed me a taste of what I selected. I was so glad I went with with her suggestion! I would love to go back soon."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The home-cured salami is a must to pair with Barolo."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If there's an SF restaurant whose pasta is consistently as fresh, delicate and delicious as Perbacco's, we haven't found it. Everything else about the restaurant is excellent (though when crowded it can get pretty loud), but the pastas--garganelli, tajarin, fettucine, gnocchi, tagliatelle, whatever--are simply the best, and the sugos and other sauces complement them beautifully."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • ".... Our server was a true professional, with thoughtful recommendations and timely attention. We felt no pressure to 'turn the table' and not oversold on any menu items (we skipped dessert despite an appealing menu). Appetizers and entrees were creative, plentiful and most important, fresh and delicious. Gnocchi and scallops were table favorites. Before departing I sought out the restaurant manager to compliment the server, hostess and kitchen staff."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "For lunch, I ordered the flank steak and it was one tough piece of meat. It took several minutes to swallow each piece as it required significant chewing. I would have returned the steak had the serviceperson ever stopped by to check in on me. Her otherwise, stellar service was marred by the fact that she never checked on how the food was. On the positive side, the brussel sprouts were delicious."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "It was recommended by a friend. Great recommendation. The service is professional. The servers are friendly, they know what they are doing. Great selection of various house made pastas. The food is creative and delicious. I had the octopus as appetizers and duck risotto as main dish, amazing Our waitress was extremely attentive. The wine list is a little bit overpriced even for SF."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times and have our favorites on the menu but when we brought friends I realized then that the explanation of menu items was assumed and were not sure what foods were in Italian"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Have eaten here a half dozen times now, always consistently delicious. Really great selection of various house made pastas (flavors and shapes sizes) with creative additions for sauce, sugo, or ragu's. They have a very nice entrée selection too with seafood and land options....lively place, always bustling but not to the point where the staff is stretched too thin. Plenty of quaint tables for two that serve well for one if you happen to be dining alone for the evening as I was this past weekend. I felt very comfortable and well taken care of. Will keep going back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "All of the dishes we had were both amazing and excellent! One learns quickly to slowly consume the foods because doing so brings out all sorts of flavors and tastes that just keep on building. Service was friendly and fine. To me, this is just a top shelf restaurant doing everything very well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I look forward to each visit to Perbaco. My husband is from Piedmonte and this is the real deal!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014