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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (15)
Seasonal (13)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Cozy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Authentic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food stands out! The wine list was wonderful and the excellent service brought it all together to create a special evening! Thanks!!

Tags: Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

great food, good wine, good time with friends before a show

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food was delicious and came quickly once we ordered it. But we were seated at a table near the bar and it was pretty loud. I had a scratchy throat after dinner from having to literally “yell” at my friend so he could hear me. In addition, the lighting was so dim we both had to use the flashlight function on our phones to be able to see the menu!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Both the service and the food were amazing! From the second we walked in, we Experienced the best customer service!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

way too loud. tables are too close to each other. Food is mediocre at best. Too pricy for what you get.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal!!! The quality and preparation of food was great!!! It’s a great spot, but a noise level that’s fine for the generations, we were return!!!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food, service and cost - exceptional. Only issue I had was the tables being too close. I can describe in detail how my neighbor ate his soup.

But this place has great food at very reasonable prices.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We work down the street from Barbacco and had noticed a line out front before they opened one day... So we gave it a try for our monthly team lunch. We made reservations and were seated in quick order after arriving. Although the ambient noise got louder it was not hard to hear each other from across the table. I had the fish special, seared tuna (see picture), it was delicious. Service was very attentive and the dessert was great too!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is my new go-to place in San Francisco! The food, service and location are exceptional!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Limited menu. No full bar. Food was ok but far from exceptional - 3 star not a 4 star for sure.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food here was fantastic. It was my first time eating at the restaurant and the menu was well priced. I got a wine mojito (pretty good) and enjoyed the brussel sprouts and grilled octopus. Together they were enough to make a decent sized meal. The service was also very good and my waiter was friendly, as were the staff clearing my dishes.

Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

On a Thursday night the vibe was lively, but it was a bit too noisy for conversation (even though we were seated at the end of the bar, a few inches apart). We had three dishes between us, plus the amazing dark chocolate gelato. I had a seafood salad -- the flavors were great, texture perfect. My only complaint was that it was too salty.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great as always. Food is really good, fresh and good sized portions.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

wines a bit pricey - would be good to have a greater range of prices, especially considering this is a wine/beer license restaurant with no ability to order cocktails instead of wine - food is fairly priced and top-notch

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Went to Barbacco for lunch with three friends who had never been there. All were very impressed. Dishes included the trout special served with cherry tomatoes and olives, squash soup and the eggplant sandwich. Service was friendly, but not so good. Asked for water twice; asked for bread twice; asked for extra butter and never got it. It was very, very busy. I will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great service, food and value. A nice dining experience overall.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous Sicilian meatballs and great service. Thanks

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Restaurant is very noisy, and the tables are extremely close to each other. The food was excellent, good portions.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good restaurant for a business dinner in the Financial District. The food was very good and the service was attentive and fast. For my taste the restaurant is a bit dark and we sat near the hostess's desk and the phone was unnecessarily (and irritatingly) loud. Overall very good pick in a convenient spot.

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