Barbacco

4.4
2479 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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Foodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good but service was not. Maybe under staffed. Had to request water multiple times, server offer us dessert before dinner was even served to us. Waited for peppers no silverware with it.

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vipJosephR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience2

Walking into the restaurant, a hostess with attitude ignored me and my guest and addressed a different party making us wait. I sternly confronted her about it and her rude attitude tainted our hole experience. Sure, the food we ate was tasty. Yay kitchen! Even our quirky server asked us immediately if we would like to buy a bottle of wine. Perhaps the cooks in the kitchen would do well to greet the diners and take our food and drink orders. Because the love from the kitchen was not translated by the staff. I haven’t eaten at Barbacco in years and it’s been a while since eating next door at Perbacco, a favorite among my San Francisco short list. After this experience, I won’t go out of my way to return.

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DeborahC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant. The Food was amazing. I will be back.

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vipHeniwa
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbacco is a delightful little small plate restaurant. Still enjoy it, had a great lunch there recently.

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rosespink
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Barbacco. Our waiter was efficient and friendly, the flat iron steak well-seasoned and cooked, the arugula salad very fresh and yummy! The tables are a little close together, so four young ladies next to us , being exuberant , made it kind of loud. Staff took care of us, though!

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vipMark
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back since the pandemic. The food was wonderful as always, and service great. The staff were careful about confirming everyone's vaccination status, which we really appreciate.

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OLDfriends
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food very good. Noisy and tables close together - prefer Perbacco with very similar menu.

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AkGardener
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Joe our waiter was great! It was my husbands birthday celebration so we were looking for a special dinner. The food was ok- too salty but the meat and pickled vegetables appetizer plate was great. Wine was nice. The party next to us was loud. I was surprised that we were seated next to them when we are obviously older and were there for a special occasion and there were a lot of empty tables. The welcome was focused on vaccination papers and we weren’t actually welcomed. If we had not had Joe, I think that we would have walked out since there are lots of empty seats in other restaurants. Dessert was nice but small.

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anonymousdiner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was better, pre-pandemic. I understand the restaurant only reopened less than a month ago, but the food is more expensive and underwhelming. Staff was nice but constantly asked how things were nervously.

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vipNectar
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dinner with work colleagues after a first day back in the office since covid shutdown. Food was as good as it was pre-pandemic. The menu is smaller as with most restaurants. I found the food generally a little too salty now that I'm no longer used to restaurant-style seasoning. Service was great and sitting on the sidewalk was more comfortable than expected. Potato croquettes and papardelle bolognese were delicious. Barbacco is still reliably good.

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HectorH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We made a reservation but arrived early. Despite several available table, we were placed at the bar table instead of a regular table. Assorted plater, Espana, was bland and not exciting. Orecchiette was too oily for our taste.

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vipJerry3
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time @ Barbacco, having eaten several times @ Perbacco.
We sat in the outdoor parklet and enjoyed a terrific lunch. Wouldn't have changed my choices while everything on the menu sounded great.

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EMBB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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vipBevstersf
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on a rare outing with a friend to a matinee movie in the neighborhood. I'd had dinner at Barbacco a few times and found, luckily, that they had just reopened for lunch. We skipped over the tempting salads and sandwiches and went straight for the pastas, and were glad we did. My friend had the spaghetti with mussels in tomato wine sauce, and it was really good. Lots of mussels. I had fettuccine with mushrooms, corn and lots of grated pecorino. Succulent, melt in your mouth good. Yum. Can't wait to go back.

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vipmarinkg
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Haven’t been to Barbacco since preCovid. Service still very efficient. The wine list is small but excellent. Food for the most part was excellent although I was very disappointed with the octopus preparation. The octopus la plancha style was inedible because it was so rubbery I was unable to cut it. My server immediately returned it to the kitchen and promised a new dish. Unfortunately the replacement preparation was as rubbery as the first.

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isabell
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida exquisita el servicio excelente . profesionales y muy amables. Un lugar muy recomendable !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were extremely attentive and polite. Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ever so happy you have finally opened for a work anniversary lunch!

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vipChris
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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and enjoyable for a team lunch in FiDi!

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Bevstersf
San Francisco
39 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.

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AlecF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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!

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vipdotkoo
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!

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vipChris
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!

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vipOishi
San Francisco
48 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!

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judybug
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

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vipChris
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.

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vipkdsc
San Francisco
10 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.

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vipMhkk
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy pasta and everything else!

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PeterPicks
New York Area
16 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.

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

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

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vipCnSF
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.

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Minnie55
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service!

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SESP8
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DebraA
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!

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LindseyH
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.

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SriE
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

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LaurenC
San Francisco
2 reviews
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.)

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Iceland
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

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

Quality entrees with great service and a good price.

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

Barbacco is rated 4.4 stars by 2479 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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