Baci Bistro and Bar

4.4
476 reviews
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Italian
Baci (Kiss in Italian) is an exquisite Italian, Steak and Seafood jewel nestled in the heart of Historic Main Street Pleasanton. Baci is a special place where people come to enjoy great food in a classy causal setting. With an ambiance that is warm and exciting. If it is catering, dining, take out or delivery, our team of dedicated professionals are eager to serve you. We accept reservations of parties of five or more through Open Table and parties of four are less are welcome walk-ins. Please feel free to call us on approximate seating time wait if any for parties of four or less. 925-600-0600.
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit to Baci was very enjoyable. The most important thing is that the food was excellent and obviously freshly prepared for our table. The entrees we're so generous in size that we had to pass on dessert, something I don't do often. We were well taken care of by the wait staff. The bread was fresh and tasty. A delightful lunch experience at Baci.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Get the gnocchii

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RO
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Too noisy, but food was great and service exceptional

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J
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our 2nd date at Baci. We arrived 15 mins early and were seated 30 mins after our 7pm reservation time. Bar service and drinks are excellent. Martini was strong and a Moscow Mule was good, Pecan crusted sea bass was phenomenal as were the chili prawns and walnut nocci.

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KD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The server did not write down our order, which resulted in the wrong salad and missing appetizer.

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j
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Pleasanton. The staff are always wonderful and of course, the food is amazing.
Only concern is the noise level; hard to have a quiet conversation although this does not deter me from returning time and time again.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthdays

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JC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Incredibly poor service for our table trying to get to theater performance- arrived 2 hours before performance with hostess acknowledging our timeline. Blackened rockfish with horrid, rushed spices, placed on crunchy uncooked risotto and rack of lamb burnt on outside, raw on inside after 12 minutes with others having food, bartender is also waiter so ordering drinks delays service of essential food items, manager horrible customer service and didn’t live up to food credit promise . RUN from this place.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The noise level was really high but that could have been for all the holiday parties. Food was very tasty - fresh ingredients. Our table was right in front oof a live Christmas tree. Nice.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and beverage service. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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JK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good spot. Good, service, room, all good

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D
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommended this place to my boss for our Christmas luncheon. She was very impressed with the service, food, ambiance, and charm of this Italian restaurant. The menu had some unique items and everything we ordered was packed with flavor and a high level of detail in the presentation that wowed us with each plate. Absolutely 5 stars for Baci! Thank you for a wonderful time!

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t
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love going to Baci Bistro. Service was slow and was rewarded for the wait with a wonderful meal and dessert.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Actually really amazing food. Superior wind list, wonderful ambiance and friendly professional service. They do everything right!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service was great, but the noise level was unacceptable. Couldn’t even talk to the person next to you unless you were yelling. I ended up with a headache and exhausted. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t recommend Baci Bistro without warning them about the noise level.

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We have been going there for a "Christmas" lunch for many years. We live in San Jose and the other couple live in Oakdale, so it is a nice half way location for us.The food was delicious yesterday! the Desserts were terrific. Lots of good choices!
But.....the service was very slow. You really needed another server on for that many people in the restaurant. Big groups take a lot of time and you had 2 big groups when we were there.
Our waiter was very pleasant, but you could tell he needed help!

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were doing a belated birthday celebration for my Sister in Law.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Waiter was amazing!

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AR
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to join with coworkers for some good food and great ambiance.

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LP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Birthday lunch... never got refills until we asked another waiter, never got bread refills at all, took a while to get food, food great, we were told when seated you did something for birthdays never saw anyone after we paid... not cool

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EW
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baci is one of our absolute favorite restaurants! Dependable! Delicious dishes. Local produce whenever possible. Excellent wait people. Gracious. Helpful.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, classy bistro - quiet - excellent service. We will be back!!!!

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HD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my wife's birthday...great food and service!

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I recommend this Bistro without a doubt. They are professional, care for each customer, REMEMBER when you return, and provide exceptional service. I will return often.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. I came with my four siblings for a birthday celebration. The atmosphere was perfect for this type of party and all in the party were totally impressed with the food and excellent service. We will definitely be back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Food and wine were great, but it's definitely not a place to catch up with your friends. Seating is entirely too crowded and it is very loud. It's a high end restaurant, but had a bar packed with locals and a television that was very unnecessary for that size of a place. I expect much more of a comfortable ambiance with the prices they want to charge for their food. The server was very passive and got annoyed when we weren't ready to order. I won't return. That area is full of places with food of equal quality that are much more comfortable to take a friend.

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s
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Baci Bistro. All 4 of us were very happy with our menu selections. Two of us had the marinated, blackened chickened sandwich. It was fabulous. I would order it again it a minute & my dining companion felt the same!

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had reservations for 11:30
Got there at 11:28 and the guy was still vacuuming
Told us to stand outside while he vacuumed
I ordered the lobster ravioli
I think it was previously frozen not home made

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Super friendly staff and the owner was walking around interacting with the customers. Food was spectacular and the drinks were plentiful.

Big kudos to the bartender (Tara?) who kept us smiling all night. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Noise level too high to carry on a conversation.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizer, entrees, desserts and drinks were all fresh, delicious and plentiful. Only been here 3 times in a few years, and every single time has been an absolute pleasure. Will be returning with more frequency, for sure!

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average. Ordered the blackened fish and it was way over done

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JG
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute neighborhood dining with freshly prepared meals.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been there many times, one of our favorite places to eat just us, or with friends. Always good food, good drinks and excellent service.

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H
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Baci and have been going there for 10+ years for dinner. It's great for date night.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were great. The noise level was so terrible we left and went elsewhere for after lunch drink and dessert. It was just way way way too loud.

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat us early and service was great. I will definitely go back.

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OD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect place to dine for special occasions

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SB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good - as one would expect in any restaurant. Service was a bit of a miss. Two servers working our table got a bit confusing who or even why we had tag team. One entrée came out wrong - by the time they corrected the mistake most of us were done with our meal.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our 2nd visit, had the lamb shank and ciopino, both were excellent. service perfect, outdoor seating really nice on a hot day, prices very good for the quality of food and service. great menu, going to try everything, then i can get back to my Chilean Sea Bass.

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