Barbacco

4.5
2258 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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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 10, 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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OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took a little while to get seated but solid food

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w
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was a little disappointed that they could not seat us at the appointed time for our reservation. The food, however, was excellent and the service was very good.

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbacco is one of my favorite restaurants in the City. The food and service are always outstanding. The ingredients are fresh. A great place to go and enjoy a wonderful meal.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great value, great service, good location!

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NU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated NY there. Overall experience was great. The food was delicious (especially the octopus), the service was excellent despite the fact the place was fully packed. Highly recommend for any special occasion celebration.

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a very reasonable price! Really impressed me on New Years! Food was good and not rushed!

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WN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Extremely cramped table seating for NYE dinner and very dim-lit interior on the table side, making this special occasion almost depressing (despite balloons floating above) . The pasta dishes tasted bland and oily, and the presentation was also not appetizing. The manager was not personable, and his way of addressing my complaint suggested that he did not care about our happiness at his restaurant. Therefore, I will not come back and will not recommend the place to anyone.

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D
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dario our waiter was great .. food was good !

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were able to get reservations for New Years Eve and sat at the counter. Food and service was disappointing. Even the atmosphere and music was outdated. Would not return.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good ambient and foid!
Amazing service.
Menu of wines could have more diversity of Napa ones.

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JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food & drinks (salumi (shared), pasta, chicken and deserts and a half a bottle of wine), staff was very helpful. Love to come back again!

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the nicest waiter there who took very good care of us.

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T
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just ok , Will. Not return

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LG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Barbacco is the perfect compliment to Perbacco. Service was great. The octopus was the best we've ever had. The tuna tartar was scrumptious. There were a few easily fixed problems, however: 1) The lamb shank was delicious but was served barely room temperature (am guessing it was plated before the chicken dish and sat out for 10 or fifteen minutes 'till the chicken was plated). 2) The oxtail, again delicious, and again served barely warm--see lamb shank problem-- but WHY ONLY HALF A VERY SMALL TAIL PIECE?! If you give a an entire lamb shank for the same price of $24, why in god's name do you not give an entire oxtail? There was barely 1/3 cup of meat on the piece--there was way more bone than meat! Aside from these correctable flaws, Barbacco is a great choice.

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e
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat at the bar - good food and good service. I have been there several times and food is always great and dependable. Great reliable and fairly inexpensive downtown spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very loud. Food was underwhelming.

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d
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbacco is great! Good food and good sized portions. We had to wait awhile for our reserved table and the service was amazing, providing us with a free appetizer to make up for our wait. I highly recommend!

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit overwhelming. Multiple servers come up and ask you if you have ordered drinks or food, which I felt was annoying and lack of communication on there part. It also feels like they are trying to pressure you to order and eat so you can leave to free a table. The food is incredible though, very creative and full of many vibrant flavors. Loved the food.

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LL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Barbacco was great. Solid service, great food (specials specifically), and bar seating was quick and easy.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience and felt we were treated with extraordinary care. The manager, Mark, provided great suggestions for wine and graciously checked in during our meal. It made for a very relaxing, enjoyable evening and we left feeling that all our meals out should be as such.
Thank you Barbacco.

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BM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are excellent and a good value.
The problems are the noise level and the fact that tables are so close together that you can hear other conversations and be heard.

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O
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, service good. Seating is crowded and the noise level is not conducive to conversation. Still, I would happily return!

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LC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is tiny and you are crammed into your table. Be prepared to be very close to the next table, which will be practically touching. They have wine and beer only although the offerings are plentiful. An average bottle of wine was about $90. Service was amazing even though they had to reach over you or around you to serve. It really didn’t feel that intrusive. Now for the food....simply amazing. We had the risotto, pork shoulder, lamb, and steak and all were prepared perfectly and tasted amazing.

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my mom here. She liked it.

Food was great, just small portions (we had pasta).

Grilled octopus was 🔥🔥🔥.

Tables are jammed up against each other, so if you enjoy eating with strangers, the ambiance is for you.

Service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodating.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

I love the food here (particularly the orechiette). But I don't love how the tables are basically on top of one another. Also, our table was not ready for us when our reservation was supposed to begin.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Food was excellent. Noise level was really bothersome. Tables are way too close together. Would not recommend it if you are interested in having a nice dinner and being able to have a conversation.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service as always!

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i
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I always love coming here for a nice work lunch but it is pretty noisy and can feel a bit crowded space wise. But the food is always delicious so it’s worth it

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish of the day is ALWAYS delicious. Brussel sprouts are a MUST.

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

My guest and I loved the Halibut special, but the NY Strip was very tough and my husband did not eat it.

Service was excellent !

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JI
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian Food I’ve ever had. I can’t go back to Olive Garden now.

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a excellent service - everything handled perfectly!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was attentive from start to finish, there were so many things that sounded good on the menu that we ended up ordering a lot of appetizers and only two entrées and splitting everything. It was all very good. I would definitely go back there.

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O
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Go to pre- or post-theater SF restaurant. One of our favorite SF Italian restaurants for well prepared, reliable and imaginative cuisine. Casual and lively atmosphere. Attentive wait staff.

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BA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

.Terrific restaurant, food and ambiance.....................

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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch with friends. Friendly approachable tasty food that came fast

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