Barbara Pinseria

4.6
51 Reviews
$30 and under
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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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Drinks and food were alright.

While eating our appetizer we were asked if we were ready to order. We asked for a couple minutes to look over the menu, and then was told by the server they “had other reservations” so basically to hurry it up.

We decided to close out and walk across the street to Red Window which turned out to be a new favorite of ours.

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CAROLYNL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As of our visit (4/18/21), SF is in the orange tier and we opted for indoor dining as it was cooling down. Sat at a corner table thinking (@ 50% permitted occupancy) we’d be spread out. We were surprised that a family of 4 was seated directly behind us @ <6’ away😳. We try to mask whenever wait staff approach; people behind us, NO. Place was filling up, most at the bar, milling together. No social distancing.

Food was quite good. Pinsas (San Francisco + Prosciutto) were substantial; black pepper pasta was everyone’s favorite; tagliatelle bolognese just ok. Brussels sprouts - superb, an all around favorite roasted with a hint of vinegar + lemon rind. Stuffed pork chop (prosciutto + mozzarella) and flat iron equally delicious, perfectly done. We had to bring some portions of pinsa + secondi home as we were stuffed.

Overall, a very good choice though it would’ve been better if the music was turned down a decibel or two. Wait staff attentive + courteous.

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vipdbridges12
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Execellant traditional Italian food - Frederico was outstanding as our waiter - pasta was outstanding - highly recommend.

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vipMorganP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Beware! Do not make a lunch reservation here as they do not honor it! I made a RSVP for 6 people this past Thursday. When we got to the restaurant, they were closed! I never received any notification the restaurant was closed, in fact I received a reminder email about my upcoming reservation instead. Really unfortunate and inconvenient for my co-workers and I. B/c of this experience, I wouldn't attempt a reservation again.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting our adult daughters in the city ~ could not have been a nicer meal and experience. All staff very welcoming and our meal and speciality cocktails delicious! Would eat here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with happy people

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DirtyDaddy666
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Absolutely HORRIBLE!It was so loud I couldn’t hear my date speaking! Decore dumpy!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such great and accommodating staff. It is our neighborhood spot so we got often but we just went for a birthday dinner and had such a wonderful time!!! Great pizza & service.

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vipbabybluetoy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Not one of the charming park lets on Columbus. There were no soap or paper towels in the bathroom which is a big deal during Covid or no Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was great, portion sizes are on the smaller size, definitely one entre per person. The restaurant is located on a busy intersection so the traffic noise was a bit much if you’re looking for a romantic and intimate meal. The outdoor seating is some of the best I’ve experienced since lockdown, ample table room and heat lamps, as well as cover for the rain (most tables were covered, some were not). My partner and I had an enjoyable time, would definitely come back.

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vipJMarin
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in SF Bay Area. We ate outdoors at a table on the sidewalk of Columbus Avenue. Had a heat lamp to stay warm. Nice people watching. Waiter was very attentive. Food as always was excellent. Great salads and apps. Best pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation, and when we showed up it was clear they never had designated a table for us. Waited for 30 minutes, then they ended up putting us on the opposite side of the restaurant next to the bus stop and dumpsters.

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AnnieP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and drinks! Had to be outside for the pandemic so it was a little chilly but ambience was great and quick service!

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Bobby
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

When we first arrived, they sat us inside. It felt like a high school cafeteria. The noise level was really intense, both the way sound generally carries in there, and because they were blasting techno. I was going for a nice Italian dinner date, so I asked to be moved outside. Service was very slow, like it took 25 minutes to get our drinks, which we had to ask for twice. Same for water. Same for the restaurant week menu. It seemed like they hadn't appropriately staffed for the amount of people they were serving. Service and ambiance aside, the food was good. The burrata app was great, as was the veal carpaccio. I didn't love the calamari, as it was a bit burned and tough at times. The bolognese dish hit the spot. All in all, I wouldn't go back personally

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vipchrism
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was fine but nothing blew us away. Portion sizes were on the small size. Calamari was overcooked and mostly tentacles.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

really good ingredients really good taste a great experience overall. the music was slightly loud and the indoor tables were a bit weirdly arranged but both were okay, especially considering the covid times. highly recommended.

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Elletee
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Aldo and staff did an amazing job accommodating our huge group, even in this pandemic. Everyone enjoyed our food very much and it was a great ambience that they set up outside. The beautiful weather in San Francisco really made this experience Perfect

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vipJoseMarin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to sit out in the open and people watch. The waiter was very polite and accommodating and the food was good.

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vipTuesdayDiner
San Francisco
40 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.

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vipPaulC
San Francisco
56 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

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vipVickyB
San Francisco
12 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.

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Esteban2300
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

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
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.

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vipjewels
San Francisco
21 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipPaulC
San Francisco
56 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.

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
402 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SteveT
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

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vipDaveJ
San Francisco
20 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.

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JackieP
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.

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vipBethW
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPete
San Francisco
52 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.

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vipExplorer
San Francisco
44 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.

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

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

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
96 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.

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vipAirBender
San Francisco
22 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!

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DonaldW
Dallas
10 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.

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

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

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

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

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You can order delivery directly from Barbara Pinseria using the Order Online button. Barbara Pinseria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Barbara Pinseria is rated 4.6 stars by 51 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.