Barbara Pinseria

4.6
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Barbara is a lively Italian restaurant inspired by the rustic tradition of Roman pizzerie, opening in San Francisco’s historic Italian district of North Beach in September 2018 to serve as the neighborhood destination for casual dinning. We feature an energetic open kitchen, creating fresh takes on classics as well as original inventions showcasing seasonal and local ingredients, transporting taste of the eternal city to San Francisco. We offer craft cocktails, Italian and Californian wines, indoor and outdoor seating, and Barbara's fun, warm, style pairs well with the restaurant’s classic Italian comfort and friendly spirit.
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TD
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely spring day in San Francisco, the public warned away by threats of the flu, but we washed our hands before dining and I enjoyed a beautiful pear and gorgonzola with honey and walnuts pinsera al fresco, it was fluffy and chewy and altogether delicious. I paired it with the Barbera and walked home with a happy heart.

PC
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This place is a neighborhood gem in North Beach. This is a true Pinsa place. Others say they make Pinsa but this place delivers. The crust is made with wheat, soy and rice flower and it makes it fluffy which adds significantly to it. The Pesto and Pear Pinsa's are unique and to die for. The place has a nice bar (reasonable prices) and the entrees and salads are excellent, particularly, the blood orange salads. The service is what you would expect from a Pinsa/Pizza place with these reasonable prices

VB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Seated 20 minutes late for our reservation, then it took forever to set or lit table and they kept bringing the wrong amount of glasses/silverware. But was quick, delicious, and reasonably priced.

E
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was Valentine’s Day so it’s expected to be busy and noisy but they definitely over packed the seating. We had a waiter come by our table with a random dish that wasn’t ours. Aside from it being packed and busy the food was pretty good. The pizza with pesto and burrata was delicious and cooked perfectly. Same same went for the lobster ravioli which was very good. I recommend this place to people for an affordable good Italian restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We made a reservation last minute. Even with that in mind, it is not okay that we get seated 20 minutes later. The restaurant was extremely understaffed, and I am assuming that is why. If you can’t handle reservations, don’t take it. Crowded and loud - which was fine as I went with friends but it’s not your first date spot. The food was decent though. So if you are okay with slow service and noise, I’d still recommend this place.

j
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a nice lunch at Barbara Pinseria. The atmosphere was cool although it was quite empty when we were there. The food was pretty good. The arugula salad was a bit bland. The burrata was delicious. The pinsa good. We didn’t try the pasta. Overall I’d give it a 3.5 stars.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in the neighborhood and this place looked super cute from the outside. So we decided to check it out on yelp and the food looked amazing! Let me tell you the food was delicious! The serve gave great recommendations and was quick. Had a great dinner.

PC
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This place is a true Pinseria. Many places say they make Pinsa which is a form of pizza that alters the crust to be made with wheat, rice and soy flour instead of the more traditional whet flour. The result is a crust that is soft and airy. The pinsa here is fantastic and the pesto and pair pinsa are my favorites. The entree's and salads are quite good as well. The place is energetic and the price point is excellent. Most import to me is the consistency of the food and service.

G
Los Angeles
358 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding burrata and heirloom tomatoes and pasta bolognese. Excellent service.

ST
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering and the place was recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed. Nice wine list and good pour on the well drinks. Good selection of starters and main courses. Our diverse group loved everything about the place. It’s high on the list when we return to the City

DJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like a trip to the Eternal City without the plane ride. Best cacio e pepe I've had in SF hands down. Great service too. I'll be back.

JP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Barbara Pinseria was wonderful! I took 15 of my colleagues there for a group dinner/bonding experience and the service was attentive without being overbearing, the food came out hot, in a timely fashion, and tasted delicious, and the price for quality/portions was some of the best for a Bay Area restaurant that I've come across. I'll definitely be going back.

BW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. They accommodated our large group before seeing a show. The service and food were fantastic! We will definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The food was incredible, service was great and the restaurant is adorable

P
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can actually carry on a conversation in the restaurant while having delicious Italian food and great service.

E
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service, great pizza, awesome brussel sprouts and the veal delivered. Food was delivered to the table faster than I could have imagined. Great spot for sharing, conversing and chill’n.

F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! One of my favorite Pinseria's in the city.

g
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great local spot under the same Italian owner of Pasta Pop Up and Il Casaro. Nice ambiance. Outdoor seating. Good wine selection and a great choice of pastas and pinserias (different type of pizza; yummy). One of my go-to places in North Beach.

AB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

A system needs to get going in order for this place to succeed. Some amazing waitresses who deeply care about the restaurant that are spoiled by a few bad apples who could care less or don't care enough to see it's success. Appetizers need to come before the main course and if they are not, then the waiter should recognize that, not the customers. The food needs TLC if this place wants to succeed as well. If I were to wave my magic wand I would say, train train train your people - you can't possibly believe that if you train them and they leave it's worse than not training them and they stay! I live in the neighborhood and would love to see this place succeed...sadly there is no way this place will last more than a year if they keep up at this level. Migliora te stesso per favore!

DW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Panta Rei, which used to be my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco for over 20 years closed and was replaced by Barbara Pinseria. So I tried the new restaurant and I could not be happier. The service was great, the food was delicious and the al-fresco dining was wonderful for people watching and experiencing the outdoor fresh air and liveliness of North Beach while dining. Great cocktails and beer selection, the restaurant was immaculately clean, and the atmosphere was awesome. I will always stop in when in San Francisco to dine here. Highly recommended.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, ambiance, and delicious food & drinks! I will be back :)

AW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic italian restaurant in north beach - great food and good service!

T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Cute space but terrible acoustics and mediocre food

PC
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The Pizza is different. We had the pesto and the pear with gorgonzola pinsa and they were both excellent and very different than regular pizza. The crust is light and airy and the toppings great. The service was fair.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We tried the pasta and pizza and loved the flavors in the pasta. The pizza was very good!

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this restaurant! Our favorite salads are the kale or the arugula salad- fresh and seasonal. We LOVE the pinsas! Pesto and mozzarella is our favorite, but we’ve tried almost all and they are delicious. Pastas are good- carbonara is done well, and the pepe e cacio is hard to mess up; but the pinsas are the stars. Great wine and cocktails. A bit loud if you have older folks in your party or want a more intimate setting, but it’s a lively and fun ambiance!

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This place has the potential to be really good but was let down by hopeless staff who didn’t care.

PC
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was my second visit. The pizza was superb great crust. Had the burrata and pesto as well as the pear and gorgonzola both were outstanding. All of their salads are exceptional. The past is unremarkable but good. Service was slow and not helpful

m
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went pretty late on a Saturday night. Food was good. Loved the pinsa of course. The amatraciana was good but somehow didn’t live up to the hype I read. Maybe it wasn’t as hot and was a bit cool when it came out. Or something. Not sure. Was still very tasty but just a notch apart from my expectations based on other reviews. Carbonara was quite delicious. We had the San Francisco and pesto burrata pinsa. Both perfection. The pesto exceeded my expectations by a long shot. To set the stage— it wasn’t packed at the time but it was late, in the middle of north beach hustle bustle somehow felt like we weren’t In that chaos though. We were there at 9:45 or 10:00 pm for about an hour and we were a table of 6. All went home happy and stuffed. Will likely be back.

ZP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Service is awkward. Does not pay attention to open table reservations

i
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

We live in the area and we really wanted to love this place bc of the owners. However, their food was just ok. The calamari was clearly pre-packaged frozen calamari ringlets; the bolognese was decent but not good enough to come running back to or recommend to friends/family. They’re in such a great location, I really hope they step up their game!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Carbonara is one of the best ever

BP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Italian server had a great sense of humor. We loved it and we’ll be back :)