Baci Bistro and Bar

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and fabulous service. We brought another couple for their first visit but we have been here a few times and always have a wonderful experience.

n
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

NIce lunch for 8. Very casual and high quality food. Nice staff.

M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love bocci but Friday night the service was really slow

MD
Yorkshire
61 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

If they ever fix the Service inconsistency at this place, it could become a killer great Restuarant. They clearly have a terrific Chef. The food is outstanding. But the service.....we waited 20 minutes for our first cocktails (I never understand how this can be - the highest profit margin product in a Restuarant - after bottled water....)

When the cocktails did arrive, they were very good. Bread was warm, crusty and fresh, very good.

The Mango Ahi Tuna appetizer is terrific - highly recommended - as is the Butternut Squash soup.

We had a chopped Chicken Salad as an entree - very very good. Fresh ingredients. Great dressing.

This is on our go-to list.

VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was beautiful and delicious! My only complaint is that the Caesar salad was small for what it cost. The blackened rockfish and the SF Cioppino were excellent!!! The bread pudding was YUM! Loved dining outside on a beautiful evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday. He was one happy guy!

BD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, although a little pricey. Noise level was louder than I remember (been a few years).
Overall, a nice place for a nice meal for a nice occasion. It's a little too expensive to put into the regular "date night" rotation.

LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The calamari isn't as crispy as had it at other restaurants. The baguette on Fresh Buratta was too crispy/hard. The main dishes are good portion. The Chicken Piccata was too sour (sauce; easy on the lemon). Desserts were fantastic! Five of us ordered our dessert and they were all good and we gobbled them all up! I love the background music! We will definitely go back to Baci Bistro!

j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived for an early dinner and had a window table with a view of downtown main street. We were greeted promptly by the host and our server arrived to take our drink order. The pace of our entire dining experience was unhurried and comfortable. Our burrata with blistered tomatoes appetizer was amazing. We also enjoyed the calimari steak and sauteed clams linguine as our entrees. It was our first time dining here but definitely not the last.

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

I met a girlfriend for lunch and it was the perfect afternoon to eat outside. We did not feel rushed into deciding from the extensive menu. The food was delish - crab cakes and roasted beet salad was the perfect lunch combination. The best part - my birthday creme brulee was comped and it was the best I have had all year! Thank you Baci Bistro for a lovely afternoon.

BT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and a great place to celebrate a birthday.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place has really great food but pricey. The service is also great!

A
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic. It seemed to take a long time to get our food though. They need to put in some acoustical time or wall panels. It’s loud in there.

E
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely to sit outside on a beautiful summer day, enjoy good conversation, and an excellent lunch.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location and setting. Food was well described and fairly priced. My Beef Stroganoff, one of my favorites, was well prepared, an adequate amount of sour cream provided for addition to taste. The wait staff was prompt, attentive, yet unobtrusive. Very professional. Would recommend, and will return soon for another occasion. :)

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Appetizers were good..drinks okay. Service and ambiance was excellent

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go here often because it feels like an Italian restaurant in Italy. The food is excellent and I have never been disappointed. The appetizers are the best. I often have the Caprese salad and a second appetizer as a meal. I’ve had the raviolis, the lamb shank, crab cakes, grilled artichoke. All excellent. I find the restaurant to be cozy and dear. Always full but enough room between tables to enjoy your own personal space and your own conversation. I be been there 3 times this month.

KF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Very tasty. Took a little longer to get the food than expected, but worth the wait.

TS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, well stocked list and a menu to die for. Highly recommend for any occasion.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Ordinary food for the price, bland, bad service with no attention to customers. Had to go to front desk to request for server to show up.

MP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Yes reservation, but reluctantly. Have enjoyed BACI for years, but found that last several visits have not been up to the level we had become accustomed to.

My wife thoroughly enjoys the linguini and clams, but receipt must have changed as broth is now quite spicy. We ordered an Affogato to share for dessert. Affogato is a scoop of ice cream or gelato drowned by hot espresso. It does not include a chocolate laced sundae glass that is covered with whipped cream and sliced almonds.

Food otherwise was OK, but not amazing as it used to be. We will continue to visit for now, but will look elsewhere if this is the new normal.

LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, small restaurant with a nice feel of the decor, bar, and outdoor tables. Inside was a bit warm and loud with a large party at a long table down the center of the restaurant. We were able to be moved outside which was so nice and the great attention to service still continued. We will definitely go back regularly!

LS
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening all due to our server. Unfortunately we didn’t get his name. He made the evening very enjoyable. Delicious food!

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The last time we went there was some years back. We hoped to see some improvements since then but it did not..... we started with three different servers who came to our table. Very confusing!!! The food we had was mediocre. I don't think we will go back ever again unless they change its chef plus its service with efficient system on servers.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The noise level was so bad And I didn’t want to talk to my friend because I had to strain. Food was ok, my drink was good but the service was awesome!
The big negative was the presence of numerous flies inside the restaurant!

TC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A little noisy and feels crowded (tables too close).

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s birthday

J
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dining experience with great ambience and lovely music! The waiter was very attentive, excellent service, and the food was delicious! My bf had the Beef Stroganoff, I had the two appetizers as a meal: Burrata Cheese and Mango Ahi Tuna Tower Tartare. This is our 2nd visit and we will be back again!

CA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food - first visit and won’t be our last

OT
Mexico City
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service. Nice Italian-American menu.

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LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little bistro with outside seating too! Great food and service; I will definitely go again (and again and again!)

RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took my in-laws to lunch for her 82nd birthday.
In her words, "That was the best eggplant parmesan I have ever had."
Baci was a new spot for us & we all enjoyed it.
Our server treated the birthday girl like a princess, bringing her a bread pudding with a birthday candle.
We recommend the creme brulee french toast, the egglant, and the clam linguini. The portions were generous and the dining room was lovely.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, Baci has delicious food, superior service and upscale but comfortable ambiance.

MD
Yorkshire
61 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Service, Food, Atmosphere. Highly recommended.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Baci for lunch celebrating my friend’s birthday. I was just there a few weeks ago and everything was so good I decided to go back and take my other friend for her birthday. The food is delicious and they have wonderful service. The restaurant itself is lovely also. You can sit inside or outside. For both birthdays, they bring out the most delicious bread pudding with fruit and ice cream at no charge. I highly recommend Baci to anyone who wants an excellent experience all around.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we sat in the patio and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

RA
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, period. Our entree salads were well dressed and ingredients fresh. We both had pasta (clams/linguine and prawn/angel hair pasta) Pasta well cooked and protein good. Wine prices were reasonable. We did not have dessert so can't comment there. The major drawback was the service - not the speed, just the quality - our server, in my opinion, had never been trained properly. Without asking, he dumped my guest's remaining 1" of wine of into the second glass without asking. Another peeve was when he interrupted the conversation I was having with my guest even though he could hear us talking. This is ok for a casual diner, not a higher quality establishment.

CA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was decent with great atmosphere. The service left something to be desired-server wasn’t very attentive and spilled food on us ☹️

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