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About Barbacco

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.

220 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Battery St & Front St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 955-1919

Website:
http://www.barbaccosf.com/

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.

Parking Details:
No street parking until 7pm.

Valet is offered for dinner only.

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

Executive Chef:
Staffan Terje

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

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Barbacco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a great Business Lunch at Barbacco. The food and service were wonderful, and we look forward to coming back again soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food, great prices and great service. I’ll be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Super popular - packed and beyond loud. Had a 12:30 lunch reservation and at 12:45 was offered seating at the counter. Was told that the possibility of counter seating is in the fine print on Open Table when making a reservation. It's not. We asked to be seated at a table and were asked to wait another 10-15 minutes. Bye-bye. Tadich was able to seat us in minutes. Had a wonderful lunch at a nice table.

(Ignore my ratings for food and value - can't comment but required to complete in order to submit review.)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Tables are to close to each other. Lady next to me sneezed on my bread. Not a restaurant for a romantic date. Excellent service and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The trout is excellent. Enjoy the orecchiette, a signature dish. Food is delicious and recommend. Noisy but if the table next to you is not loud you will be able to hear yourself.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve so energetic atmosphere. Enjoyed eating at the counter with wife.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was very good and the wait staff was amazing. The only problem that I did not like was for a party of 2 you are required to sit at the bar. We had reservations and this was not disclosed at the time of the reservation. I would hesitate to go to this restaurant again if I want an intimate dining experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We came to Barbacco for dinner since we wanted some Italian food and were staying in the SOMA/Financial District area. The service was great, but the tables were placed really closely to one another, so it felt like you were eavesdropping on the tables next to you. The food came out surprisingly quickly and overall the dishes were tasty but nothing spectacular. We ordered the pear and endive salad, three pasta dishes (orecchiette, risotto, bolognese), meatballs (polpette) and the fried Brussels sprouts. The pasta was okay - good flavors but nothing out of the ordinary. The meatballs were tasty, and the fried Brussels sprouts were quite good. Overall, would recommend Barbacco as a quick bite if you're in the mood for Italian in the Financial District.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Love barbacco. We sat at the bar and were able to have a nice quiet conversation over some exceptional food. Servings are large so sharing is a great idea and a good way to try more than one plate. If you like salami, try the multi-salami plate apetizer. AMAZING!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service and food are top notch! Lunch is affordably priced especially with the quality. Love dining here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went for the charcuterie but was not impressed. Have been to Perbaco for much better experience. Only wine and beer, no liquor. Had to send back 2 entrees because of saltiness, turned out it was the Pecerino cheese WOW!! Not a good outing, won't be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our family of 4 had a delicious meal. Our kids tried the octopus. We all loved it. We were in SF over the xmas holiday.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Terrific lunch in a fun, hip atmosphere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent trout. Well prepared and presented. $20.
Barbacco offers steamed persimmon pudding, which is in season.
Delicious and beautifully presented.

The food and service is always consistent. Cannot go wrong.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Pretty good service and pleased with most of the dishes except for my main entree: Orechiette pasta with broccoli and sausage. Found it to be very bland and totally without character. Otherwise, would recommend; just ordered the wrong thing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The server Davide was outstanding and his recommendations for us were spot on. We enjoyed our dinner and time at Barbacco - a great end to our evening.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I had a Friday night dinner here. We ate at the counter and had a nice experience. The service was attentive and the waiters knowledgeable of wine and food combos. We had the puréed cauliflower soup and I had the sole special and my husband went for a traditional Italian dish. All were excellent. The only knock was a Roberto Begnini film of Pinocchio was showing — stupid movie. At least it wasn’t Life is Beautiful... stick to Fellini if you must have Italian movies on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My daughter and I like this restaurant. It's pretty, cosy but not crowded, with better than average noise levels and great food. We meet after work here when we're going to the theatre or shopping, because it builds in a nice walk through beautiful downtown San Francisco to get from shopping and theatre to dining! Petrale of sole dish was excellent, steaks have been great, soup well seasoned and yummy flourless chocolate cake. We sat at the bar and saw some wonderful cheese plates go by as well. In the past, we have enjoyed fresh and nicely created salads with great dressing. The chef should hold back on the vinegar dressing for the crispy brussel sprouts however. They were cooked perfectly, nice and crispy but the vinegar kind of ruined them. Service is sooo friendly!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The server was terrific. The hostess, however, needs guidance. Short, heavyset woman, dark hair. After telling me that I would need to wait for my table, she greeted the man behind me and asked if she could seat him at the counter. When I asked why she was sitting him before us, when I had a reservation as well. She stated that she knows him and he likes to be seated quickly. I explained that I prefer to be seated quickly also. She had not inquired whether I would like to be seated at the counter. Not OK.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

My pasta dish was so-so but we enjoyed the bruschetta. It would be good if they offered a fully cooked fish dish instead of just seared fish. I give this restaurant three stars because although two of my companions said their seared tuna dish was good, my entrée was just okay and when we asked the waiter about the chicken dish, he said it was just okay, too.

Also, the tables are so close together that you have to slide them to one side to get out (and I'm a petite person).

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very average. Felt like we were eating at food court at the mall kitchen closed at 9:00, experience was rushed but I think that is what their going for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Simply exquisite and exquisitely simple. Art is in simplicity: Brussels sprouts are consistently superb. The caponata transports you right to Palermo - subtle, genuine, comforting. And the scampi are grilled just right - which is so difficult. And well, the olive oil gives the sensual and quality note.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Like most restaurants, just a bit too loud. Everything else was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Had lunch with friend. We both really enjoyed our meals: I had the pear endive salad and the shrimp and squid sandwich. You could taste the excellent olive oil in the salad which had just the right proportions of everything. Ordered the sandwich cause it sounded different, and it was one the most unique sandwiches I've had: the texture of shrimp and squid together with fresh bread was so good. Friend had the meal size tuna salad and he said everything about it was very fresh and good as well.

Tags: Seasonal, Organic, Vegan, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Barbacco, what can I say? Very hip and cool, and at the same time, very true to the Italian kitchen. If you want something a bit less formal than the sister restaurant next door (Perbacco, also highly recommended), then stop in! We ate before the theater, we had very crisp and timely service without sacrificing the dining experience. And the wine list! Superb!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Barbacco has a nice modern environment and good food. I went to dinner here with my wife and we had a great time. It is definitely a place we will visit again. I'd recommend the seared tuna, delicious.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I came hungry at lunch and was not disappointed. We had a pasta dish and a tuna salad dish, and couldn't finish either they were so big. And tasty

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Reservations were made for 7.30 and the only seats left were the end of the bar! Not ideal but it worked to our advantage. Service was fantastic and fun. Food - we had the $25 3course meal. Salad was really pathetic- and very bland. 3 pastas tasted fantastic, however the seafood ravioli was hard and Undercooked. The mushroom fettuccini tasted great but was cold and again chunks of pasta far to el dente!! Butternut pasta was cooked and delicious. The flourless chocolate cake incredible so we ended the meal on a positive note. Think your focus needs to be on cooking the pasta for the correct amount of time. The sauces that went with it were wonderful. I hope this is helpful.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I had made reservations and they sat my friend and I at the bar. I had no idea that was an option since it was not mentioned in the booking process. I was under the assumption that we would have a table due to the existing reservation. In my past appearance the bar is for walk-in guests. The food was wonderful but it was so noisy that I couldn't carry on a conversation with my friend sitting next to me. They had techno music playing at the bar competing with the already loud house music and then they had two televisions going with a basketball game on. It was sensory overload to say the least. We could not hear the waiter either. Based on this I would not go back. Perhaps it's me - I may be too old for this type of restaurant scene.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Love the pastas. ANY one of the pastas. The buratta and mozzarella perfect. The fish of the day was envied by all

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Left feeling hungry - mostly embarrassed because client I was inviting asked if they could exchange a side of pasta with their polenta as they couldn’t eat corn - you would think that would be a no-brainer- but no, after consulting the chef the waiter came back saying that would not be possible. Not going back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The hostess was very welcoming and seated us where we'd requested. They had also called earlier, recognizing our phone number as the East Bay, to suggest BART due to accident on bridge (we were already on BART). Rudolfo at the bar gave great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall, the meal was good and the ambiance is good and lively. This was our second time at this restaurant. Service was good but the waiter was a bit abrupt. Perhaps that is his style...the hazelnuts in the salad were slightly off. My partner's pasta was a bit too al dente. My meatballs were good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Casual, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food
Tight seating

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food was really good, the service was just okay. The counter seating is horrible. We even made a reservation and ended up at an uncomfortable counter spot with 25 other people. We were seated right next to the server cut out in the bar.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We enjoyed a quick early dinner at Barbacco. The risotto and brussel sprouts were especially good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

wonderful place. I love the pasta and the ambience/ So, would think, I was in Rome.

The staff is great. They food is great. My favorite restaurant. Do not change anything. Nice job to all.

Best Regards,

Dan

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was really good definitely a little over priced but that's kinda typical in sf. The service was great even though we had to wait almost 10 minutes for our "reserved table" that turnws out to be the bar top... Kind of a weird layout for a nicer restaurant but had a good time regardless

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great restaurant. Food was perfect and creative. Casual setting is right for this concept

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wedding dinner

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