Barbacco

4.5
2296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Barbacco is a modern trattoria that reflects the vibrant city life of San Francisco and offers a casual dining experience that delivers exceptional wines, personable service, and high quality food inspired by recipes from all regions of Italy.

Barbacco looks sleek and urbane, with a welcoming feel. The 66-seat restaurant is fitted with a rich black marble bar for counter seating complimented by a bright yellow beverage case displaying coolers of wine on one side and the building’s original brick walls on the other. The dining tables throughout the restaurant are great for parties of two and up to six. The space is full of energy and infused with a convivial atmosphere where guests come to meet friends or make new acquaintances.

Reservations are welcome, keep in mind that our seating capacity is comprised of counter space and individual tables. We will honor requests for individual tables to the best of our ability.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Even though Barbacco is the less expensive version, it is not worth the money. The service was snooty with pressure to spend money. The least expensive glass of wine was 14.00 with not amazing choices. Your jammed into a tiny space and the food was mediocre. Nothing from the two appetizers all the way through the dessert was rave worthy. I am a local and was disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Outstanding food but the service sucked. I wasn’t super into the atmosphere either. But a cool place, I’d probably go back for lunch.

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RD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value: food tasty and prices quite low for San Francisco. We enjoyed the monthly set price menu with 2 antipasti and 2 pastas. Couldn't resist ordering the brussel sprouts and the chocolate cake for dessert. Great place!

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

i HAVE BEEN TO PERBACCO A FEW TIMES AND FINALLY CAME TO BARBACCO. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE NAME IT IS NOT A FULL BAR.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Roasted beet salad with whipped goat cheese followed by orchiette with broccoli and sausage. Delicious!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food quality was fine but portions were super small (my colleague with me agreed).

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San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yet another fine meal from Owners Umberto & Steffan.

Pastas best, entrees very good, desserts wonderful.

Only problem was that server did NOT pace meal properly or AS ASKED. She brought 1st course cold apps & requested 2nd course warm Pastas at the SAME time. Not smart or clever or enjoyable for us. The biggest problem was that the 2-top table top was SMALL & there was NO table top room for ALL 4 big plates plus our 2 personal plates. Plus, as eat the yummy cold apps, the 2 pastas were getting COLD...bad & sad. Server seemed oblivious, food runners blinded & just dropping plates on the tables. Owners be aware.

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GM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal and great service.

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RS
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!! Feels a bit like NYC. Great menu and wine list. Will be back!!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, busy fun ambience. As a family of 4 foodies including 2 kids, we ordered several starters, a few pastas, and meatballs, then shared everything. Definitely the way to go. Favorites were the pear and hazelnut salad, seafood pasta, and meatballs. Yum.

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MP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! They have an excellent wine list and we enjoyed trying the orange wine. Mark the Manager has done a great job with everything- food, wine & service.

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M
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Financial District restaurant has undergone some design and menu changes since it first opened, and while I think I liked the earlier design and menu better, this new incarnation doesn't disappoint. Dine here for sophisticated Italian food that's innovative, very well prepared, and of excellent quality. The night I was there the halibut was superb, and the cut was very generous. As a prelude to the meal, the beet salad was excellent and generous in size, in case you want to share it. The waiter was extremely helpful with his recommendations and efficient service. The ambiance has the urban feel of a New York hotspot, and the crowd appears to be fashionable and oozing the success and confidence of young executives on their way up.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Poor service. Reservation was basically a recommendation. We had to wait 20 min to get sorted.
Super noisy and crowded. Food is expansive and mediocre

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome charming service great food

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, fabulous service...what a wonderful evening!

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GO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent mushroom soup and citrus salad. The meatball and pasta dish was also great. The carbonara was quite good, but not the best I’ve ever had. Very tasty carrot cake. And the Ft. Point Red beer was perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was running late and called in and the host was super nice about it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I have had great experiences at Barbacco but not sure if they were just busy or if it was an off day. We had reservations for lunch and are not the most typical business types, we’re both young Hispanic women so not sure if that played a part. They sat us in the absolute back booth which is in of itself okay but our service was slow at best and we had to ask several times for items. The food was great not amazing but great and as we were celebrating that was totally okay. We got the bill and they charged us $11 for water, probably something they do to a lot of people to add $ to the bill. At this point we had asked so many times for things that we asked for the bill and left, it was just a mediocre experience at best due to the sub par service.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and atmosphere. Food a bit overpriced for quality.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my birthday dinner. The hostess and our server were excellent and made sure we had a great time!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. We ordered the linguine with seafood and the seared octopus appetizer - both delicious. Friendly staff and great ambiance for a date!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was extremely underwhelming. Serving sizes are for infants and the food tasted like something tossed up with one hand and the other picking their nose.

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HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I told our waiter all 3 of our entrees were extra salty, he seem to take that to offense. He said us Italians love tasty food, I said I do too, but this is salt with a side of food. He said you're the only one who said something tonight. We later asked the table next to us and they also agreed their food was salty, the waiter stopped in his footsteps too ensure he heard, then walked off. I will not return l.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Barbacco's menu has remained strong and steady for years, and the seared octopus is so delicious. So tender with the perfect char on the edges - and the beans and olives are so wonderful with it. Lovely pastas. We came to celebrate Valentine's Day and service seemed a bit overwhelmed, but overall good. The halibut was insanely salty but other than that, great dinner experience.

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J
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vanlentine’s Day Date

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p
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was our server wonderful, but the GM, Mark, was extremely sweet to have comp'd us our desert.

Wonderful Sat. night with friends!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Foot was excellent, nice place to be in San Francisco

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J
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was a very uncomfortable/cold restaurant. You need a curtain block around the door.

Re:food - The Brussels were hella salty, the guancale was uncooked, and everything was a little off.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bolognese sauce. Loved the whole experience.

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F
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definitively go to place for a good time

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CH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, in addition to the service. Lunchtime is tricky because it gets so busy, so it can be a tight fit - hence, the 4 stars for ambiance

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DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Can't wait to go back! Wait staff was very efficient and exceeding friendly and well trained. The food was yummy, the recommended wine perfect with our meal.

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v
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Even though we had reservations, we had to wait over 20 minutes to be seated. We were waited on immediately as we were seated at the counter.
My octopus appetizer was a bit chewy but flavorful. My friend’s Oso Bucco was pretty awful. She hardly ate any of it. My eggplant pasta dish was bland and in remarkable. Quite disappointing overall. We didn’t want to risk trying desserts.

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KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Not sure of recommending to a friend. Food was creative and well prepared by the kitchen but waiter service was questionable. Though not crowded, we were treated as if they wanted to turn the table quickly. Appetizers were served and within a few minutes, the main course was also served.
Really not enough time to enjoy the experience when you are expected to consume appetizers simultaneously with the main course.

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BS
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

A little pricey for what we got. Service was lacking (had to repeatedly ask for bread and water) and even after we spent $250+ on four people and there were lots of empty tables, they were quite intent on rushing to get us out of there. Probably will not go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was good but service was very rushed- felt like they were trying to force us out of the restaurant

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NP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice venue, good and friendly service on a Friday evening before MLK weekend. Food left something to be desired: oxtail was tough and difficult to eat, and swordfish was flavorful but tiny. Server was excellent as was the wine list and atmosphere, but quality of food matters, and there are better and more well-rounded options at this price point, even in the Financial District.

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T
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the fish lunch special and a side of Brussels sprouts. Both were great.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Will be a go to financial district location. Wonderful experience and love the personal touches by the staff and chefs. I would recommend this establishment to one person or a group of 8, intimate, warm and memorable.

Thanks you

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CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. The servers were wonderful and very attentive. Food was excellent!!!

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