Barbacco

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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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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quality entrees with great service and a good price.

DA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son for his 30th birthday, we were lucky enough that it was restaurant week so able to try many courses for a fixed price. It was out of this world! The amatriciana was so delicious, the fish course so fresh and inventive.
We'll be back for sure!

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit warm (ambient temp) and loud but excellent food and service.

RM
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Way too loud for normal conversations. The tables are set less than a foot apart.

g
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service by Dario. Quiet on arrival at 6, became quite busy as we ate. Food consistently good. Thank you!

PH
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall great dining experience. We were on our way to the aiport and our waiter, Scott, was very great in making our first time at Barbacco an enjoyable experience and kept us on schedule! He is an asset to your restaurant.
Paul Hecht

QB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. Service was great.
Will definitely go back

C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbacco is one of my favorite places to go in the City. The food and service are phenomenal. We had the cappellatti pasta and the branzino. They were soooo delicious and perfectly prepared. Appetizers and dessert were excellent. The service was just outstanding. Simply a gem.

b
Los Angeles
170 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Barbacco on Friday. Though we sat at the bar, we had excellent service, and met some friendly people on both sides of us. Our pear salad and spaghetti with seafood were both outstanding. Penna Cotta was creamy and delicious. Highly recommended.

OT
New Zealand
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had such a wonderful experience at Barbacco! It was my first time visiting and it was a lovely place to have a well needed catch up with my uncle. The wine suggestions by our waiter were fabulous, in fact, everything about his service was GREAT! The only disappointment was out appetizer... the gnoccho frito was unfortunately sooo tough. The cheese and Mortadella that came with it was epic, though! Wouldn’t stop me coming back, I just wouldn’t order that dish again. Overall thank you SO much for a great night!!

B
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked for a item not on the menu to be made fir us that we would share. The dish was great! Our waiter Dario was excellent. Suggested a Percy started for us. The wine we chose went with both courses. A great night out!❤️❤️🍷🍷

ML
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, warm atmosphere, great service. A bit noisy so hard to converse.

DJ
Nottingham
60 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good menu of food and wine. Food good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly service

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We had the anniversary pasta dinner and the halibut. They were fantastic. The wine selection was fabulous. The ambiance was lively. All at a great value. Simply fantastic! Barbacco never disappoints.

M
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The monthly pasta night was a good deal and a lot of fun. Two appetizers and two pastas to share for $25 per head. All the dishes were tasty and the place is lively with prompt service.

DB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at Barbacco during their 10th Anniversary celebration: a special 4-course pasta and salad dinner with $10 glasses of wine. An amazing bargain for their delicious food and outstanding service. Very pleasant evening, festive atmosphere, always reliable.

KM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute reservation, chefs table by the kitchen but iur server Dario was A++ attentive, knowledgeable on wine and on the menu. Will definitely return

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere at an affordable price. I will be back for sure.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Alaska halibut in creamy sauce

KB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre NYE party dinner with the fam...had a great time! Nice wine selection & excellent pasta. Nicolas Henry, GM, is an excellent host. Dario, our host, took good care of the family. We will surely return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service was great, for it being New Year’s Eve, we were seated right away. It was a little busy as anticipated so it took a while before the waiter was able to circle back to us. We are vegetarian and they were able to accommodate our preferences. The ambience is great and is perfect for date night.

JM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service from the entire staff (hostess, servers, etc). The restaurant was accommodating to our customized entree requests.

MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Years Eve Dinner

JR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Clearly, the restaurant is in for business, This New Year’s Eve in particular. I found the service misleading in terms on what was on the menu, always guiding to the most expensive course. Also, the service was very stressful, filling glasses, cleaning the table, and several times asking if we still were enjoying our meal. Again, I can understand the management of the restaurant to gain as much as possible during new year, but this eagerness to profit is also what lowers the overall experience to almost a minimum.

Barbacco
Responded on January 4, 2020

Good Afternoon, I was very disappointed to read about your experience here with us on New Years Eve. I would love the opportunity to speak to you in person about it. Please feel free to call me directly at 415.955.1919 or if you prefer to email me that would be fine to. You can reach me at nicola@barbaccosf.comn All the Best, Nick Henry General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for nye’s dinner and had a great time! Server was friendly and helpful, delicious food, a lovely spot overall. Only possible complaint is that service was on the slower side, but we weren’t in any hurry

OT
Guanajuato
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I went for our nye dinner. Great food, wine and Service.

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbacco is one of my favorite restaurants in the City - with always excellent service, fabulous food, nice ambiance, and conveniently located close to BART. It never disappoints.

TT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoy the subtle sophistication of this financial district gem. It is an upscale experience in an unpretensious atmosphere with freindly and proficient wait staff. Food is creative but I would deem accessible for most tastes. Although the menu is small/limited, the offerings are diverse. Barbacco is a "return to" location whenever we spend a few days in San Francisco. So far, it has not disappointed.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food. Felt a bit too casual but I expected that, just didn’t expect to be seated at the bar when tables were available. They didn’t ask either, just assumed? Good experience none-the-less.

R
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were greeted at the door by a very friendly staff who did their best to make everyone feel at home. Although the restaurant was a little loud for our elderly guests, our waiter was so intent on making them feel comfortable and well taken care of. Tables are pretty close together so be prepared to over hear conversations and share menu tips ! For example our neighbors next to us recommended the chicken and the steak! Our burratta appetizer was tasty and easily enough for 4 of us to share.. All of our entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. Highly recommend the halibut and the meatballs!

MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My impression, based on just one visit, is that this a good place to hang out with friends, and not so great for a quiet date night. On the plus side: Food was delicious, served by a very attentive chef. (We had the halibut special, with a side of brussels sprouts. All tasty and very fresh.) On the minus side: The door host was not very friendly, and seemed to have a bit of an attitude. Also, the tables are too close together for comfort. It was hard to tune out the lively conversation coming from the table next to ours.

RD
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food! Well prepared and presented. Will come back!

LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible service and the food was fantastic. Short rib pasta dish is a MUST!

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic and very accommodating. I loved the food and it has a nice vibe.

T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Welcoming, upbeat ambience; excellent food.

g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both were delighted with the fettuccini (one regular and the other gluten-free). Flavor and consistency was excellent. No need to compensate for lack of flavor with hot spices because the flavor was exceptional. Flourless chocolate cake was superb. Waiter was attentive and helpful.

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience. The restaurant was festive and nicely decorated for the holidays. The service and the food were outstanding. Barbacco never disappoints!

TH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time & loved are meals! Would definitely recommend it & dine again.

MC
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had to wait for our table for about 15 min past our reservation time. Otherwise good food and service.

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