Barbacco

4.5
2319 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
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu has changed. Less small plates available. Food was good.

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server was outstanding.

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San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although I was sitting directly across from my guest I was difficult to hear each other talk. Not good for a business lunch if you need to hear each other.
Service could have been better. We struggled trying to flag down our waitress.

Food was good but we had to send back our burnt Brussels sprouts.

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food that wont break the bank!

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K
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nothing was bad, just so expensive for what you get.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter was very helpful, but forgot the cheese that was ordered. He made it up by giving us a free desert. My family enjoyed the dinner.

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much and I plan to eat there again. My friend who was meeting me there tried to call me to say she was running a little late but I couldn't hear the phone ring. She then called the restaurant directly and they were nice enough to let me know.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place! We had five people for an informal business dinner and it worked out perfectly!!! Very good food and very attentive servers. We'll be back!

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but a bit too expensive, even for the quality. It’s way too noisy and that impacts the experience a lot. Great service, though!

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food & ambiance. Modern & cozy, with great food and reasonable prices. Perfect-size portions. The only annoying thing was that 3 different waiters came by asking to take my plate in a 10min timespan around 9pm... I wasn't done, and just wanted to talk in peace.

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VB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent and service was okay, they were down one server the day we went but to their credit someone from the bar came over and took our order.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly and attentive service. Delicious food - shared a burrata appetizer and two pasta dishes. Would definitely go back!

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was just wonderful. There were 3 in our party. We each ordered something different and had bites of the other dishes. They were all amazing. There was a nice wine list as well. Our waiter gave exceptional service and was great about explaining anything on the menu. Highly recommend Barbacco if you are up for great authentic Italian!

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner the other night. Food and service were great. We will return.

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E
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good ambiance, good food, nice servers

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O
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of our go-to after theater restaurants in San Francisco. Top notch wait staff, good food and solid and affordable wine list. Easily accessible by BART, too.

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Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Visited on Saturday at 9:00 pm. I set my expectations based on a few reviews and YouTube video I seen of the chief and co owner. I was a little disappointed about this place. As I walked in the restaurant had a funky fishy smell. Service was not that great from server, thanks goodness for the manager he was more attentive then the server. Bruschetta was bland I liked the twist they put on it with the peas but it had no flavor. My strip steak was a little dry. On the website they have desserts listed that they don’t serve that was a really big let down. This a restaurant I would visit again if there is nothing else to eat and I am out of options. Based on this not sure I would try the Main restaurant Prebacco.

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KJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant, good food, great value for money. The staff are accommodating, and our waiter (Carlos) was fantastic (he gave good wine and food recommendations and was very attentive). We love this restaurant and would definitely go back :)

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Barbacco for a business lunch always delivers. The staff are attentive however not too much so, the food consistent in quality and delicious.

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f
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server let us sample the orange wine and rosado wines before committing to glasses, and both were excellent. Enjoyed all the food- had the burrata, octopus, fish of the day (local halibut with shrimp and spring vegetables), pork meatballs and fried polenta batons. All delicious and cooked and seasoned just right. Want, friendly and attentive service too.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, ambiance is great and service is great. Recommend the brussel sprouts and any of the pasta dishes. Their sandwiches are also delicious.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice time. The food was very good. Especially enjoyed the Beat Salad, Rack of Lamb and the Halibut fish special of the day. Service was a little forgetful (had to ask twice to get bread that we ordered with the meal,) Surprised that even though do not serve hard liquor that both my wife and our guest wife do not drink but often get non alcoholic (e.g. virgin drinks) and this was not available.

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WT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was good. Very small portions for the money. However the food was very good

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
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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NO
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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B
San Francisco
89 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
16 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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e
New York Area
11 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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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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