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Barbacco

4.5
4.5
2457 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 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

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What 2,457 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for Lunch

  • San Francisco

    Great for Lunch

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  1. SF

    931SF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The first unfriendly receptionist made a mistake not to recognize us and told us to go to the next door. We came back and the next receptionist was very nice. But the first one never apologized for her mistake, leaving us bad feeling. Otherwise it was good casual restaurant.
  2. A

    Annabella

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular!!!! Loved the waiter Domenico!!!!
  3. SR

    SRfoodie

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been t Babacco in a year or so and is just as great as it has always been!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Easy and consistently enjoyable. Food is solid and the special tuna salad was really delish. Service is quick but a bit abrupt. Loud inside so hard to have a conversation.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Average food at best and expensive for what you get. When you overpay you would at least like a great experience and some cool food. Meh.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food- cooked just as requested. Good service!
  7. MA

    MikeA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Apps, wine and 2 out 3 mains were great. Squid ink pasta was stuck together and not cooked properly. When sent back, replacement said ink pasta was undercooked, chewy and tasted like raw dough.
  8. TK

    TomK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for an anniversary dinner with my wife on vacation. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.
  10. RC

    RCCSF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Straightforward Italian menu that is well prepared, accessible wine list, pleasant service and reasonable price
  11. A

    Ally

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was reasonably tasty but the portions were small.
  12. PA

    PatriciaA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I enjoyed my visit and will plan better but, I was just lonely in a way I guess. its definitely more quieter than perbacco and I think a lot of people get the two restaurants confused. Maybe next time I will sit at the bar.
  13. A

    Allyson

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The hostess was a bit awkward with how she greeted us but
  14. b

    btff

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting Barbacco - really enjoyed the customer service. The staff was very friendly, accommodating and gave excellent ideas for drinks/food. Each choice was well received! Highly recommended.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Server was clipped and indifferent and the food was underwhelming
  16. DD

    DianaD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    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!
  17. SP

    SantiagoP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 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
  24. LM

    LoveMc

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 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.
  25. 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!
  26. KB

    KatarinaB

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful menu, sophisticated and well executed. The Restaurant Week meal was excellent.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. g

    geewhiz

    San Francisco

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 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.
  33. 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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, quality food, friendly staff
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. EM

    ElizabethM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

FAQs

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

Barbacco is rated 4.5 stars by 2457 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 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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