Barbacco

4.6
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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
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Barbacco was spectacular. We started with the charcuterie board beautifully arranged with the finest prosciutto, salami, mortadella, cheese, olive, nuts. Followed with the octopus. For the main course we had the steak and the rigatoni pasta. OMG, they were so delicious. Our friend who had never eaten at Barbacco was so impressed with the food and presentation, he basically devoured the food. The wine and the service were fabulous and perfectly complimented the food. We had a fantastic evening. We will be doing it again!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and enjoyable for a team lunch in FiDi!

B
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Barbacco is something of a hidden gem in the darkest of FiDi. They do outstanding pasta and fish dishes, and the wine list is very nice, featuring a good assortment of Italian varietals. It's got a fun bar scene and a lively vibe and is just a nice place to hang out and have a drink and a good meal.

AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, ambiance, and service. Wednesday had a pasta set menu for their dinner menu as well as the a la carts options. Wine selection is diverse and very good!

d
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great and service was great, but they did forget our drinks and our olives... thankfully it was not charged... My pasta was yummy!

Would have been great to try the Ginger Collins... next time!

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were superb! Food was not only delicious and fresh but nicely presented. And the service was terrific!

O
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Salad of pear, radicchio, etc., pasta with mushrooms and ricotta truffle cream and, perfectly cooked (med. rare) steak with trumpet mushrooms were absolutely delicious. Molto buono! Delicioso!

j
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pear/apple salad and the pasta with muchrooms--couldn't have been better

C
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Everything was simply excellent. We really enjoyed our dinner.

k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is reasonable priced and good quality for what you get. The prices for lunch and dinner are the same so it's a so-so deal for lunch but a good deal for dinner. The one downside is the place is usually dense with people (not a lot of open space) so it's sometimes hard to hear or be relaxed there. As long as you're ok with that type of atmosphere I would recommend it.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy pasta and everything else!

PP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love this restaurant. I often go for their variation on spaghetti w clams which has, until this visit, been terrific. This time it was very disappointing. A few overcooked clams. No mussels or baby squid. Something instead deep fried and mushy. May been the chef was off or had a very bad night. It drove my rating from 5 to 3. Deserts brought it up from a 2. Come on folks, you can do it.

A
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, good prices, excellent service. Had a fabulous time

CN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was always excellent at Barbacco. Seating arrangements aren’t always comfortable. The height of the stools are odd in relation to the banquettes. The stools are also shaky and provide feeling of unrest to my fellow guests as they think they were going to fall with their stools.

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service!

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for client or team lunches. Delicious food, good service. Book ahead.

DA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried pasta night this time! So delicious. A great value and a great way to try multiple items on the menu. We will be back on March pasta night!

LH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most incredible food!
The flavors were powerful yet balanced.

The food felt clean and the service and ambiance impeccable. I could not recommend enough.

SE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the food and wine selections. I have been to Barbacco for lunch and also happy hour. It would be nice if they can add more vegetarian options in their lunch menu. Overall a good restaurant and my friends enjoyed

LC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time dining at Barbacco. The food was great with healthy portions. I had the sea bass which really impressed me with the flavor and how it was served Italian (I don't usually order fish when eating Italian.) We left full and happy. The only reason I gave the food 4 stars is because all of my dishes came out so hot I could not eat them for 5-10 minutes (I think I ordered the easy to plate items while my husbands dishes may have taken longer.)

I
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a lunch meeting or social lunch. Good salad and sandwich options, as well as pasta

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quality entrees with great service and a good price.

JG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Barbacco is a modern tratorria, Prix fixe menu was well done, but seatings for couples and solos are at counter. For a Thursday evening, very crowded/busy with accompanying noise level. Compensations, good, well prepared food, not the usual generic spaghetti/meatballs, and good service.
Strictly go for the food, not for a date night

DA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
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!

Barbacco
Responded on January 30, 2020

Your Welcome! I'm glad to hear you and your family had a wonderful Dining experience. Thank You for thinking of us. All the best, Nick Henry General Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dario was awesome! Food was outstanding! We both had pasta dishes, which were house made and perfectly prepared. Great value for a city which could cost you much more.

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

RM
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

g
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
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 on January 20, 2020
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
25 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

C
San Francisco
12 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
176 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!❤️❤️🍷🍷