Ideale Never Disapoints
This is my favorite place to go when I’m in San Francisco, the Zucchini with black truffle is excellent and I never miss the opportunity to enjoy it, I have it with the Carpaccio and wine and share pasta with a friend. Simple, price is right and the Italians are beautiful and welcoming. For desert, panacotta.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great pasta, authentic Italian food
The food and overall service was great at this restaurant, the only issue was that we had a reservation for 9pm and we didn't get seated until 9:40. We didn't mind because we weren't in a hurry but that wasn't the best start. The food was very good, I shared the sausage and mushroom pizza with my cousin and it was good, although I wasn't blown away by it, but at least It was quite light and not greasy. My other cousin had the tortellini and that was amazing. I feel like when you go here you have to get pasta. Their pasta is truly amazing. Their desserts were great too, I was a big fan of their Panna Cotta. The servers were Italian and the restaurant was filled with Italians, which was a good sign.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food!
Ideale is a great little North Beach place. The food is wonderful and the waiters are friendly.
I have always had a good meal there and others I go with and loved it as well. It is my
go to Italian restaurant.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just like Rome
Authentic Italian food and feel. Try the Carbonara and get a pizza as an app for the table.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm Italian, and have tried lots of the so called Italian restaurants across US. This is one of the few where I happened to eat as I eat when I'm in Italy. Truly a gem in SFO. If you don't like it, you simply don't like Italian cooking, which is something quite different from what Americans and foreigners in general are accustomed to. I recommend in particular the amatriciana, or the orecchiette.
On a side note, the service too is very Italian. Which means that is a lot less accurate and efficient than the American standards. One should think that this also adds to a true Italian experience :D
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding all around!
Took my son for weekend in city and this place was highly recommended by work colleague! Exceeded expectations!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I knew the two traditional Roman dishes I wanted - spaghetti alla carbonara and the saltimbocca. Nothing fancy about the spaghetti alla carbonara it's just straightforward delicious. Of course the pasta is cooked to al dente. At Ideale they make a fantastic spaghetti alla carbonara. The saltimbocca was extremely satisfying. The veal was moist and the prosciutto complimented the veal. The roasted potatoes are a great side to this dish. Why not a 5-star review? After seeing Anthony Bourdain eating a traditional Roman pasta cacio e pepe I just wish this restaurant would have this dish. I'm not an expert on Roman cuisine but for the secondi section there should be more traditional Roman dishes for this restaurant to really stand out.
6/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious fresh pasta dishes, great Italian wines at reasonable prices. Friendly staff who go at your pace. Will definitely put this on top of our go to North Beach restaurants.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic and Amazingly Fresh Pasta
We have been going to restaurants in North Beach for many years and never went to this gem of a restaurant until we read some of the great reviews of it on yelp. We can't agree more - the food was amazing. The pasta is truly freshly made - so light and delicious. Great service and ambience. Wasn't a long wait. Absolutely nothing to complain about. We will definitely be back!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thepasta is made at the restaurant and is delicious!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently great food and
Consistently great food and service - I love this neighborhood gem.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ideale is our go-to in North Beach. Food is always delicious and fresh. The staff is the same, warm, friendly, attentive and owner/waitstaff mostly authentically Roman. If you call in advance and go early, they seem to easily accommodate large groups.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great local Italian cafe
A great local Italian cafe with a fun and jovial staff.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reminded my of being in Italy!
We had such a great time the first night with our friends, we walked all the way back before dinner on our second night just to sit at the bar. We had a bottle of wine and shared the Fennel Salad. We ended up staying almost 2 hours just watching the staff set up for shift and greet the first guest. Wonderful experience, we will go back every time we visit North Beach!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service made it special
Food was great and really a fairly good value...the highlight though was the energetic and engaged STaff, who made it a fun affair and provided great insight on the food and wine list. I would definitely go again!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Offerings
The main attraction at Ideale is its varied regional Italian cuisine offered at reasonable prices. The wine list for bottles tends to be a little pricey given the casual atmosphere of the place, but wine offerings by the glass are priced better. The service is friendly and efficient, but a few more servers would be advisable during busy times. Ambience comes from the dining rooms' local buzz in this North Beach neighborhood gem.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
A neighborhood classic. If you like traditional Italian food prepared the right way, Ideale is a great place to dine. The service is also terrific.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing as usual
this place is always excellent, and i return every trip to san francisco as a result - dragging my friends/family/coworkers along. the food is excellent, always fresh pasta, vegetables, etc. and the service is as hospitable as walking into my family's home. this last time we ordered the zucchini truffle salad and it was epic, unique, fresh and delicious in every way. just try it!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Ideal North Beach Choice
Ideal doesn't off the traditional Italian fare, but rather an excellent take on some more contemporary and traditional dishes. If you are looking for something different and delicious, it will not disappoint!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Repeats are not often as GOOD!
I have been going here for about five years and the quality of the food is very good.
Last visit was no exception, pasta was perfect and Veal chop tasty and tender.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyable evening out
Service was great; food was good. One of the people in our party was a vegan and asked the chef to prepare something off the menu that met his needs. The waiter brought a vegetable risotto that was very nice!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Roman Cuisine in NB
I have been searching for a restaurant in North Beach that accurately depicts authentic Italian cuisine; I find most of the restaurants to be tourist traps, overpriced, or too Americanized. I am happy to say that my search is over with Ideale! They make all their pasta fresh by hand, and the sauces are authentic and somewhat light - just the way Italian food should be! The service is perfecto, and our waiter even spoke to us in Italian which was very nice. Plus - we got a free dessert! I would recommend Ideale to anyone looking for a truly Italian meal - and I would specifically recommend the burrata and tortelloni!
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
went her for our 41st anniversary.
Loved the eggplant appetizer - very tasty. I had lasagna and my husband had stuffed boneless pork chop. We both enjoyed our dinner. Had a lemonciello for dessert drink and that was quite tasty. We were here before and definitely will return again. It is on Grant St and away from the hussle and bussle.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
When you want good Italian
I take friends there who expect a good dining experience. It's not easy to get good Italian food in touristy North Beach, but just a block off the beaten path is magic. Waiters are knowledgeable and helpful with menu choices & vine selections. Did I mention all of the staff is Italian! Menu changes with the season and the specials are very worthwhile considering. I enjoy the food, the pastas in particular, as well as the atmosphere and I can afford to return often!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
First-class Italian cuisine
Ebullient native Italian wait staff are attentive and very friendly. Food is delicious and top-notch quality.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!
Every meal I have had at Ideale has been excellent!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
All what the reviews mentioned....
I liked this place a lot. When you yet there you get a very warm welcome and the service is just great. They present the specials of the day besides they're pretty extensive menu. Next time I'm in town I'll for sure go there again.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a fantastic spot for
This is a fantastic spot for a last minute dinner in North Beach. Food is great, service is authentic, and wine list really robust. Not your typical touristy spot. Did not love the Ravioli though as I am not a huge fan of Thyme. Go with the red sauce, based items instead.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in North Beach. I live here, so I know. Only bad thing is my favorite dish...I can't NOT order the pumpkin ravs. Though, that's not a bad thing. Go with another person so you can share. Everything is excellent.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little bit of Rome in SF
Great food, tempting specials, charming setting, and a moderate noise level allows conversation. Good idea to make a reservation, but people were also walking in and being seated on a Saturday night (early though). The San Giovese wine from California was a delicious choice for by the glass. Save room for the Tiramisu.
Note: NO valet parking available, that info needs to be updated.
But there are two public parking garages on Vallejo, between Stockton and Powell (just across the street from each other, and near the Police Station) which are a short walk to Ideale and very reasonable rates. Plan to use them. Although you might get lucky on street parking, don't count on it!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was a great find! It was our first visit and it was more than I expected. The food was great; the food was great and the service was great! Would definitely go back.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service slow this visit
On my third visit - the food here is awesome - we waited over an hour for our food, with explanation as to why. It's very frustrating when you see people come in after you and get served why we were still waiting. This is the only time we've had the problem, so I will certainly be back for the food.
9/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great little neighborhood gem!
Food was outstanding: fresh ingredients and homemade pasta combined with quick food-to-table make this place perfect for the hungry foodie or foodie with a tight schedule!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ideale - Truly Ideal
Mauricio and his team are absolutely fabulous and always treat me so special. I started coming to Ideale in 2000 and was a regular for years.... birthdays, work, dates and family visits. I hadn't been in years due to moving and then started to work back downtown in San Francisco and thought one day "I wonder if Ideale is still there". I looked on line and with a happy surprise saw that they were and I booked right away. I am now a regular again!!! Date nights, dinner with friends and work recognition dinners.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The real deal
Every bite was superb, even when they graciously accommodated my food allergies. A true Italian dining experience.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Price
Authentic Food and great people for a very fair price.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A TRUE NORTH BEACH EXPERIENCE
If you want a real Italian experience in North Beach, Ideale is the place to go. This restaurant has been run for four generations by the same family. The pastas are simply delicious. We ordered the pumpkin ravioli and mushroom and sausage tortellini, both outstanding. For appetizers, we started with pears wrapped in proscuitto and a margherita pizza. We loved both. We "forced ourselves" to have dessert, and we're so glad we did. Classic tiramisu, yummy panna cotta and outstanding spumoni. I felt like I was in Italy. Our waiter and bus boy speaking Italian to each other, homemade, and tasting like homemade pastas, perfect thin crust pizza and classic desserts. Don't go to Italy - go to Ideale!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but pretty noisy
we had a fine dinner here with good service- but the small dimensions of the restaurant and the hard walls bounce sounds from other tables- my wife and I frequently had difficulty hearing what the other one was saying
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place to eat! wonderful food, great service and great people to recommend wine and food! All homemade and the gnocchi was light and fluffy like a little pillow! You can't go wrong at Ideale!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites in the city. Quality always consistent, large portions, wonderful choices , and pleasant fun spirit of service. My go to place for out of town families and friends to take to and they always deliver plus embody the old spirit of north beach.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
If not for the food.....
The food was outstanding. Unfortunately the sevice did not match. Drinks came fast, even though the waiter seemed distracted. We ordered 3 courses, apetitizers came quickly, but the salad never did? Then our waiter brought our food, looked at a table with no salad and returned our main course to the warmer! Out came 4 great ceasar salads and when those finished out came the main course, clearly worse for the wait. It was still great, I can only imagine how fantastic it would have been if our waiter had been focused on ALL his tables. Then the same thing happen with desert. We got the coffee quickly. A while later a surprised waited apeared at our table only to dash off and return with our dessert.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best carbonara west of Rome. Great staff, make you feel like a regular even if it's your first time. It is a must each time we're in SFO.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian restaurant!
I went with 4 girlfriends as we wanted something in Little Italy, and we each got something different and we all loved it! Very authentic, excellent service, and a wonderful evening!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend was visiting from out of town. Since she was Italian, I decided to take her to an Italian restaurant in the North Beach area. After some research, I decided on Ideale because it had received rave reviews. The reviews could not have been more on point. The food there was fanastic - it felt authentic and homemade. It brought me back to my trip to Italy! The service was also fantastic - the server was attentive and provided great recommendations. We also ordered a wonderful bottle of wine. Overall, I was completely satisfied and I would highly recommend this restaurant!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, service and prices
We just started eating here based on a recommendation from our friends. The service is very good and courteous, real Italians! Veal chop was excellent and great value. Orchetta with rapini was excellent as was the Eggplant parmesan.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
North Beach Italiano
I may never be able to eat any other pizza ever again. Ideale elevates the humble pizza to its own course in a four course menu.
The Caesar salad was likely the best I've ever eaten, with the freshest ingredients, a sprinkling of capers and just the right, light dressing. Our waiter helped out with terrific menu suggestions. Do not leave without eating at least one pasta dish. Located off the tourist streets of North Beach, this is truly a neighborhood find where you will find yourself well cared for and well fed.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every dish was cooked perfectly with excellent ingredients. The server was very welcoming and friendly to my tween and teen. Everybody in the place seemed happy to be there which made it feel warm and inviting.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is amazing
This restaurant is amazing ! Great food, great service and wonderful, fun ambiance. It's my favorite San Francisco restaurant !
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite North Beach Restaurant
We have plenty of choices in SF to eat, we choose Ideale at least once during every visit! When guest from out of town come, we recommend and more often than not make the short road trip to join them.
The food is fresh, authentic and consistent. Salads are fresh and wonderful - I love the fresh fennel salad.
A must try!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff is professional
The staff is professional and friendly. Do try the calamari appetizer. The wine list is well priced and quite good.. We were a party of four and all of our appetizers, soups and entrees were superb. Sadly, we were sated and had no room for what looked like a wonderful choice of dessert. Bravo!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM