Barbacco

4.5
2202 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 955-1919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Staffan Terje
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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.
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Cross street
Battery St & Front St.
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Parking details
No street parking until 7pm.

Valet is offered for dinner only.
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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
What 2202 People Are Saying
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EI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, terrific food, lively but not too noisy atmosphere. Turned out to be the perfect place for a Saturday evening dinner with out of town friends who loved the dinner.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my 'go-to' choices in the city when you want a low-key sit-down place in the Financial District. Service is friendly and on point Get the Volpetti meatballs and the brussel sprouts!

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have only been for lunch and I prefer it over lunch or dinner at Perbacco. Consistently great food and service. Sometimes at lunch it’s not too busy which is great for the noise but the noise isn’t so bad it ruins the experience. When busy we can still have a conversation.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

We booked for 12.30. My dining companion was elderly and disabled. The seater ignored her. We were seated 20 minutes late. No apology- no explanation. Total contempt for the client. Only when told off was some attempt to provide a seat for my companion and once seated a complimentary serving of sorts was offered.
The seater and noise spoilt the lunch meeting.

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C
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is a fine lunch spot if your reservation is for noon or if you don’t mind waiting 10-20 min past your reservation to be seated. I tried again a 12:30p lunch reservation and was seated at 12:47. This make three times in a row my non-noon reservation is v late. Three strikes...

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Tried the Pasta, pasta, pasta! event every first Wednesday of the month for $25/person. We were completely disappointed in the taste and execution. The dishes were put together haphazardly and one of the pasta was raw. Not impressed. Thank goodness it’s only once a month so just order off the regular menu and you’ll be fine.

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RJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic but not too noisy. Good menu variety and value. Will take more people for a casual business lunch.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service - the wait staff were wonderful. My risotto was meh. Still, my table companions had excellent meals. Would recommend overall.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly little trattoria in the financial district. The service was prompt and attentive, and very friendly. The vibe is somewhat energetic, and the seating is quite cozy, so I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re looking for a lot of space or privacy. But we weren’t, so we enjoyed the “neighborhood spot” feel. Food is very good, well prepared and portioned. The orecchiette was amazing. We started with a roasted beet salad, which was also delicious and plenty for two to share. Altogether, very comfortable and friendly with good food and a nice wine selection in the bargain!

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were all unbelievable, two days later and we are still salivating!! Great service and reasonable prices for the quality.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beer and wine only. Loud, but not annoying. Waiter was excellent.

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EK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If you are Celiac, stay away. Even if you ask for gluten free and tell them you have an allergy, they do not take it seriously. I ate there for lunch yesterday and got terribly sick from gluten. Stay away if gluten free.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very rude hostess

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b
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our second visit. Starters were a visually pleasing but lacked flavour. Mains were excellent as were dessert and cheese . Waiter was very enthusiastic but the experience of dining at a table felt less relaxed than our previous meal at the bar. We did feel as though we were rushed into ordering and leaving.

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b
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found the restaurant towards the end of our stay in San Francisco so only managed to eat here twice. My partner rated his meal as the best he had had in San F.

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IB
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent! Rossini was wonderful
Better than similar named restaurant next door beginning with a P

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! We had squid for appetizer, shrimp linguini and fish of the day. All dishes were so tasty and reasonable price. Service was great and I liked the restaurant interior. Will definitely go back!

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D
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my fifth time eating at Barbacco. The food is always wonderful

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CR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, our server was friendly and attentive!

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AM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were so sweet to us celebrating our anniversary and the chef made us an amazing vegan pasta dish!

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g
New York Area
340 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a solid choice if you’re looking for a tasty meal in the FiDi that won’t strain your wallet. Everything we ordered was nicely prepared if not exactly memorable. The pasta dishes were heavy on the pasta and light on “stuff”. They were also about $12 cheaper per plate than next door at Perbacco. Our waiter tried hard to provide a smooth experience. Serves its purpose.

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

Made a reservation and showed up 30 minutes early and was told we could wait for table or sit at the bar. We wanted our table so we went next door for drinks. The hostess came and retrieved at our reservation time and and sat us at the bar. We asked why had we not been sat a table (that we had a reservation for) and she said there were no tables. The service overall from everyone else was STELLAR! Great drinks and amazing food. However, service is service...I would have appreciated her letting us know what happen rather than just shoving us at the bar and running off.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is good and the atmosphere comfortable. That said, I brought a friend for the first time to taste the brussles sprouts. Unfortunately the fryer was broken. Also, I made a reservation for 2 and was told there was only seating at the bar available. When I told the hostess that I made a reservation she said I should have specified I wanted a table. Not only did I not see that option on line, but I do not recall needing to make a reservation at a restaurant to sit at the bar.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We'e been to Barbacco many times and it's often loud. This time is was not only loud, but the service was mediocre, we barely could catch our waiter's eye. The food was mediocre at best and the value was not great for what you got. Everyone seemed in a rush and the food also seemed rushed and prepared without care. We left feeling like we'd rather have gone somewhere else.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited for 20+min for our table, and our waiter disappeared after serving our food. Terrible spot for a client mtg.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Barbacco was really good! We ordered pasta, and fish (both were delicious). However, we did not really like the appetizers and were disappointed by the ´bruschetta'.

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PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We we late for our reservation but they got us in anyway!

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CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Good service, but the food was mediocre. Wouldn’t recommend the restaurant.

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DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, soup of the day and Beet Salad were excellent. Nice portions and served in neet bowls. Valet parking was good too.

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Y
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came here for a friend's birthday. Main courses were superb and extremely well-priced for the quality (Adequate portions as well). I did find the wine to be a bit overpriced, and the bruschetta was also not worth it -- $9 for 3 small, extremely overtoasted toast with minimal toppings. Service was excellent. I'll be back, but will probably go with a different appetizer.

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M
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Italian food in a fun and lively setting. We had the special pasta trio (first Wednesday of the month) which was exceptional and a great value.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing (i had the halibut in a savory broth with tomatoes and snow peas and leeks). Varied wine choices. Seating is either a padded bench/mid-height chairs at tables for 4 along one side of the room or side by side at the bar to watch the chefs. It's a little noisy and at first I thought I would have preferred sitting at a table but side by side at the bar was better to hear each other and enjoy the meal. Thought it was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday evening, but after we had our meal, we knew why.

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NL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As long as you make a reservation, you will not be disappointed. Anything ordered is always delicious!

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O
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A go-to Italian lunch and dinner spots in the Financial District. Food is consistently good. Short but solid wine list. Professional wait staff.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Both myself and another from our dinner party ordered the risotto and both of ours were under-cooked. We let our waiter know and he was great though, profusely apologized, got us a new plate ASAP and even comped us a delicious dessert. Only giving it 4 stars because it was undercooked the first time but otherwise, everything was delicious and the service was great.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Foodgasm. Mmmm. Soup. Salad. Fried Brussel Sprouts. Chicken under the brick, was perfection. Lumache Bolognese..... sooooo deliciously put together.

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good and service was ok. The main issue I had was that they didn't have a table for our reservation when we arrived (on time) so offered us a seat at the bar until one opened up. It was a business interview, so conducting a preliminary interview at a should bar sitting side saddle with the candidate was less than ideal. We never did get a table as they were eager to get us out of there.
Next time let me know if my res may land me at a bar and I'll reserve somewhere else.

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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D
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with good vegetarian and gluten free options.

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OT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Received excellent advice for wine and food pairings. Pasta was delicious, as was cheese plate (and wine). Highly recommended.

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