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Barbacco

4.6
4.6
2460 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 955-1919

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Staffan Terje

  • Catering

    Barbacco specializes in catering special events ranging from business meetings, office happy hours, dinner parties, wedding showers, etc. For catering inquiries, please contact: catering@barbaccosf.com or 415-955-1960.

  • Private party facilities

    Barbacco’s cozy and modern dining room is available for full buyouts. During our private events we reproduce the convivial experience our regular guests enjoy every night. Rustic Italian food is our specialty!

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Battery St & Front St.

  • Parking details

    No street parking until 7pm.<br /><br />Valet is offered for dinner only.

  • Public transit

    Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

ACME bread served upon request. Take Out Available All Day

Snacks

  • Spiced Almonds$6.00

    • Marinated Olives$6.00

      • Chorizo$5.00

        potato croqueta

        • Arancini$5.00

          tomato - basil - parmigiano reggiano

          SALUMI E CHARCUTERIA

          • Italia$24.00

            proscuitto di san daniele - coppa piccante - finocchiona - mortadella - sopressata - 'nduja - house made giardiniera

            • Espana$26.00

              jamon serrano - chorizo pamplona - chorizo soria - chorizo vela - marinated olives

              • Cheese Plate$18.00

                gorgonzola with honey - molterno with cherry conserva - taleggio with raisin

                ANTIPASTI

                • Soup of the Day$8.00

                  • Little Gem Caesar Salad$14.00

                    levian croutons - parmigiano reggiano - anchovy

                    • Burrata Cheese$18.00

                      asparagus - prosciutto - frisee - levain crostini

                      • Fragola Salad$15.00

                        english peas - arugula - ricotta salata - horseradish - walnut bread

                        • Octopus alla Plancha$18.00

                          potatoes - piementon - charred lemon

                          • Roasted Beets and Citrus$15.00

                            watercress - frisee - goat cheese - almonds

                            Sandwiches

                            served on acme bread or on mariposa gluten free roll

                            • Fried Chicken Sandwich$16.00

                              truffle honey aioli - shaved cabbage salad

                              • Porchetta$15.00

                                slow roasted sliced pork loin - provolone cheese - broccoli di ciccio

                                • Tartine$16.00

                                  open faced levian bread sandwich - roasted maitake and portobello mushrooms - caramelized onions - radicchio - fontina cheese

                                  Pastas

                                  • Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi$21.00

                                    mushroom ragu - leeks - parmigiano reggiano

                                    • Orecchiette$20.00

                                      spicy fennel pork sausage - cavolo nero - pecorino romano

                                      • Fettuccine$20.00

                                        classic meat ragu from bologna - parmigiano reggiano

                                        • Spaghetti$23.00

                                          squid ink pasta strands - mussels - garlic - white wine - parsley - calabrian chili

                                          • Lumache$21.00

                                            semolina pasta - lamb sugo - orange zest

                                            Mains

                                            • Local Fish Alla Piastra$29.00

                                              daily preparation

                                              • Capricciosa Salad$17.00

                                                proscuitto cotto - shaved vegetables - arugula - cherry tomatoes - croutons - parmigiano dressing

                                                • Spicy Sicilian Pork Meatballs$21.00

                                                  pine nuts - raisins - tomato sugo - broccoli di ciccio

                                                  • Lemon Marinated Albacore Tuna Salad$19.00

                                                    white beans and green beans - roasted peppers - arugula - lemon aioli - fried capers

                                                    Sides

                                                    • Fried Brussels Sprouts$8.00

                                                      anchovy - chili - capers

                                                      • Fried Potaotes$8.00

                                                        romesco sauce

                                                        • Fried Shishito Peppers

                                                          sea salt

                                                          Last updated: May 10, 2022

                                                          What 2,460 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                          4.6
                                                          4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.6Food
                                                          • 4.5Service
                                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                                          • 4.2Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                          1. DD

                                                            DianaD

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined today

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wowza, I ordered the petrale sole and it was fabulous! The fillets were grilled to perfection, on some fresh arugula, fennel, sprouts, peas, and cannellini beans topped with some watercress and lovely vinaigrette. Alejandro opened a fresh bottle of prosecco to get the meal started. I'm going back to order the pesce locale del giorno alla piastra again!

                                                          2. SP

                                                            SantiagoP

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall2food1service4ambience3

                                                            Barbacco used to be great. It’s now super sad looking bland tasting food. So sad because it really used to be great. Everything we got seemed to be just scooped out of a bucket and shoved onto our plates and all kinda gravy-like. Might have sat there overnight.

                                                          3. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Las Vegas

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Always delicious. My go to spot for some modern Italian cuisine!

                                                          4. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great service and delicious food in a casual chic atmosphere. Came here with my husband and MIL and enjoyed every minute of our experience, from warmth of our hostess, promptness and friendliness of wait staff and the delicious food. Looking forward to coming back soon.

                                                          5. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                            Perfectly fine after hours location. Service was good - Attentive.

                                                          6. SQ

                                                            SalvatorQ

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                            overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                            The staff was friendly enough, however this restaurant is NOT vegetarian friendly. In fact is is vegetarian hostile, in that there are ZERO vegetarian selections on the menu and the chefs would not agree to prepare vegetarian versions of a dish. And what Italian restaurant doesn't serve bruschetta? This one. Also blaring music in the background was not helpful to the mood or ambiance, or ability to have a conversation. Additionally there were no napa or sonoma county wine labels (cabernet) on the wine list. wtf?

                                                          7. RO

                                                            ROBERTOA

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Good food, good service and good prices for quality food!

                                                          8. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            24 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            24 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                            Octopus , salad and fudge cake good and good comparative value. A little noisy and lunch choices a little few. We will return

                                                          9. LM

                                                            LoveMc

                                                            London

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                            The restaurant was super crowded and the service was lack luster. We booked a table and were seated at the counter bar, which made it hard for conversation. The food was alright, but not the greatest.

                                                          10. p

                                                            paolat

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            All the food was outstanding but the Orecchirtte....... to die for!

                                                          11. KB

                                                            KatarinaB

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            36 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            36 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Delightful menu, sophisticated and well executed. The Restaurant Week meal was excellent.

                                                          12. SP

                                                            SamuelP

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Friendly service. Very good food at a good price. Would return

                                                          13. JT

                                                            JeffT

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                            Food was good not great. Very casual - more so than I realized. Perbacco is the better option and has a full bar. Easy to get the two confused.

                                                          14. l

                                                            larrymartin

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Glad to see that they’ve reopened. Their new chef is excellent

                                                          15. V

                                                            Veggiefoodie

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Delicious baby squid and fried Brussel sprouts. Wonderful service as usual. The sun can get hot outside

                                                          16. TL

                                                            TonyL

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                            overall5food4service3ambience5

                                                            Humberto has applied the same genius to Barbacco as he has to Perbacco. It is clear that the long history of popularity enjoyed by Perbacco will be achieve by Barbacco.

                                                          17. g

                                                            geewhiz

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            123 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            123 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            One of my favorites. Great for solo dining at the counter or for small groups. Not great for larger groups as it can get quite loud though their outdoor seating is quieter. Fabulous pasta and antipasto dishes as well as mains. Interesting wine list.

                                                          18. B

                                                            Bvw3

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            37 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            37 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 17, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Everything was great, however, I asked what size pours they were for the by the glass wine. Server said 6 oz. The glasses looked much smaller. My question was to decide whether to get a bottle or a glass each. Although the was very nice, the size of the pour didn't meet my expectations.

                                                          19. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great experience, quality food, friendly staff

                                                          20. D

                                                            Dianah

                                                            Phoenix

                                                            27 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            27 reviews

                                                            Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                            Outdoor seating was what I wanted due to COVID. Of course it’s not as good at indoor on a cold day. Service excellent. Food creative, attractive and delicious

                                                          21. RL

                                                            RuthL

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Still delicious, now with less crowding at dinner (generously spaced tables) and noise.

                                                          22. EM

                                                            ElizabethM

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                            Solid meal at Barbacco. Outdoor seating was very pleasant with heaters. Service was friendly, helpful and prompt. Portions are larger than I was expecting. Excellent pear & chicories salad with gorgonzola, fettuccine bolognese, pumpkin pasta, great apple crostata for dessert.

                                                          23. PL

                                                            PhilipL

                                                            Seattle

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            5 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Excellent spot for a comfortable evening out with unique and delicious appetizers and entrees. Great service.

                                                          24. OM

                                                            OneMoreMartiniPlease

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            20 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Been coming here for years, and they still got it! Wonderful, low-pressure service - the waiter was an Italian Rock Star. The food was beautifully prepared, the wines were great (although I miss the big list of days gone by). Maybe the only thing is the close tables in the days when I don't want to sit next to others.

                                                          25. PL

                                                            PLeLam

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            17 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            17 reviews

                                                            Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Amazing service and delicious food. Went for an anniversary dinner, and everyone was delightful. Looking forward to returning there soon.

                                                          26. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 25, 2021

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                            Service and food was fine but nothing special. It was my daughter’s birthday, but no one mentioned it while we were dining. The beet salad was very good but more mandarin oranges than beets. Or table was near the door and kind of chilly.

                                                          27. RV

                                                            RonV

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                            overall3food3service2ambience5

                                                            Service was too slow.

                                                          28. EW

                                                            EmoWC

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            18 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            18 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 16, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Our server was WONDERFUL and the food was fantastic! We showed up quite early for our reservation and were seated right away with a smile. The Bolognese is delicious- and I always get the Brussel Sprouts- they are my very favorite in town.

                                                          29. R

                                                            Rooster

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 13, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Food and service were very good. Thoroughly enjoyed my lunch.

                                                          30. JB

                                                            JillB

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 13, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Amazing food, everything on the menu is wonderful. The wait staff are a delight. The restaurant can be a bit noisy but don't let that stop you from having a fantastic meal.

                                                          31. MR

                                                            MarieR

                                                            Toronto

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                            overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                            Staff was friendly but the food was awful.

                                                          32. AN

                                                            AllenN

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                            overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                            Been here many times over the years. Used to be better. Got the octopus which was a little hard and rubbery and the steak which was a little too rare for med rare. Pasta was nice. But if they upped their technique by just a bit it would be back to the glory days.

                                                          33. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                            The food and service at Barbacco are always first rate. It was good to be back!

                                                          34. K

                                                            Katarina

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            79 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            79 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 9, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Our server, Scott, helped facilitate a very nice meal after the maitre d' checked out vaccination cards and seated us in the back of the restaurant. We had the Burrata Cheese antipasti, the Roasted Pears salad, and the Farro mushroom pasta dish, all of which were very good. I had a glass of the Sauvignon Blanc which had the perfect dryness for a Chardonnay lover, and my guest had the Barbera d'Alba which had the perfect fruitiness and very pleasant nose for someone who doesn't often drink red wine. All in all a lovely meal with excellent service. We would definitely go back.

                                                          35. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 7, 2021

                                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                            Hadn’t been in a few years; menu was thoughtful however the quality of the charcuterie has significantly diminished. Just average.

                                                          36. TP

                                                            TraceyP

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on December 7, 2021

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Food and staff excellent.

                                                          37. E

                                                            Emily

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            Wonderful meal and service. Lovely date night spot.

                                                          38. HW

                                                            HartleyW

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 29, 2021

                                                            overall3food5service1ambience5

                                                            I have never had a poor service experience, but yesterday there must’ve been something going on.

                                                          39. MM

                                                            MarilyM

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 23, 2021

                                                            overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                            Guy checking vaxx record insisted on seeing my ID. None of the other restaurants I’ve been to do not required IDs. My vaxx record was on my phone. I hosted/organized the dinner for 5 and I’ll never go back again. I’m an event planner so I’ll never recommend this restaurant. The food was terrible.

                                                          40. F

                                                            Foodie

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on November 18, 2021

                                                            overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                            Food was good but service was not. Maybe under staffed. Had to request water multiple times, server offer us dessert before dinner was even served to us. Waited for peppers no silverware with it.

                                                          FAQs

                                                          Barbacco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 955-1919.

                                                          Barbacco is rated 4.6 stars by 2460 OpenTable diners.

                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                          Booked 22 times today
                                                          Google Map for Barbacco

                                                          220 California Street San Francisco, CA 94111

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Cross street

                                                            Battery St & Front St.

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            Financial District / Embarcadero

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            Italian

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Casual Dining

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Casual Dress

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            No street parking until 7pm.<br /><br />Valet is offered for dinner only.

                                                          • Public transit

                                                            Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Executive chef

                                                            Staffan Terje

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                          • Phone number

                                                            (415) 955-1919

                                                          • Catering

                                                            Barbacco specializes in catering special events ranging from business meetings, office happy hours, dinner parties, wedding showers, etc. For catering inquiries, please contact: catering@barbaccosf.com or 415-955-1960.

                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                            Barbacco’s cozy and modern dining room is available for full buyouts. During our private events we reproduce the convivial experience our regular guests enjoy every night. Rustic Italian food is our specialty!

                                                          • Private party contact

                                                            Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

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