Ideale

4.6
1039 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
"For an authentic Roman holiday without the airfare, this undiscovered North Beach gem is worth seeking out."
(Zagat)A bright, colorful Italian restaurant, Ideale is the modern version of a traditional Roman trattoria. It is "festive and boisterous...la vera cucina italiana."Ideale has been bringing a slice of Rome to North Beach for over 20 years with it's highly acclaimed chef, Maurizio Bruschi. Maurizio hails from four generations of Roman chefs, lovingly taught by his grandma, la Nonna Serafina. The pastas and breads are all homemade and the ingredients are hand-picked daily. Zagat gave Ideale a 25 for food and wrote that the "Italian fare is the real deal...one of the few no tourist eateries in North Beach..excellent pasta and pizza..the service makes you feel like a friend..a delightful experience." Ideale has won numerous awards, including being listed in Zagat's "Best Italian Restaurants in America" and The Chronicle's "Best Pasta in North Beach."
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(415) 391-4129
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maurizio Bruschi
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Catering
Please contact us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vallejo
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Vallejo Street Garage766 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133Phone: (415) 989-4490North Beach Garage735 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA 94133415.399.9564https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/north-beach-garage
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Public transit
1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )
2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our meals, the service and time here

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LG
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good, the only complaint is the noise level. Will be back.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Ideale. The food was delicious and the servers were very nice. We went for anniversary dinner and thought it was well worth it. Good spot !!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband recommended this as the best Italian food in North Beach and after going there with some friends I have to agree. Salads, pasta and fish were authentic and delicious, and the waiter and owner Maurizio added the experience by making suggestions and explaining ingredients. The desserts were best ever also. Can hardly wait for my next visit.

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MS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was so good. I had the pappardelle with lamb ragu, delish! The biscotti with Madeira was just perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Ideale for over 7 years. Love love this restaurant. Top notch service. Authentic cuisine 👍🏼.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very slow service, tiny portions of decent, not great, Italian food, just another rip-off restaurant in North Beach. Like many restaurants, the service is actually worse on slow nights because, presumably, they can only afford one cook, so for five of us, the dishes came out one at a time so that some people were completely done eating their pastas before the other dishes came out. Prices are bit lower than other nearby places, but you get what you pay for - maybe 6 oz of pasta with a scoop of sauce and three dice-sized bits of lamb for $18 - you have been warned. Oh, and the Happy Hour specials are a joke - seems cheap, but they're "half portions" of already-small portions. Calamari appetizer had - I'm not making this up - three tiny pieces of calamari. Tasted good, but seriously, it would have taken ten to fill me up.

Still looking for a moderately-priced Italian place in North Beach that caters to locals. Could be the tourists have just ruined everything - Ideale used to be good. Now, a bit less than ideal....

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You got to try their new appetizers and main course . Fantastic!!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place! Fantastic service, fantastic food and flexible with menu items. I don’t love lamb so they swapped it out for veal on a pre fix!

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TM
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for nearly 15 years and it never disappoints. The cace e pepe or the orichiette are amazing vegetarian dishes. The wine list is very reasonable and the servers are great!

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious and the service is excellent and friendly.

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J
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the menu and the pizza. Great for North Beach

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g
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My last visit was Halloween. The restaurant was unusually slow and quiet, which I liked very much!! I've been there at other times when it's full, and then the noise level is more energetic. The food was wonderful. For appetizer, we shared an excellent calamari dish, crisply sauteed in garlic and olive oil. For our main dish, we shared a whole fish. It was fresh tasting, juicy and in a very nice, light sauce. The accompanying fried potatoes were also excellent, nice and crisp. The service is good and very friendly. I'd definitely go again.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a must - Great neighbourhood restaurant and the food is always wonderful. A really great atmosphere.

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LN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The service and food outstanding. It was a great price as it was very reasonable priced. Will go again!

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ideale is now my favorite Italian restaurant. Was there a week ago for the first time and with a group of 11 and it was great. Good friendly service and excellent pastas. Had to go back again. My husband and I with two friends visited last Saturday. It was as good as I remembered. I'll go out of my way to go back here.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go there when we visit SF and always will. Amazing.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The cappuccino was absolutely the best!
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JL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a place that could accommodate a group that included one vegan and one person with nut allergies. The staff at Ideale were so helpful and accommodating, advising and collaborating so we were all well fed and happy. The ambiance is great for conversation, not too loud, low lighting for a more intimate/romantic feel. This will be my new go-to place for Italian food in North Beach.

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MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best tasting Italian experiences in North Beach. Great food, full bar and great service.

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f
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great authentic italian food, not heavy and super fresh. Enjoyed the burrata, zucchini appetizer and the carbonara was on point.

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R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was reasonably priced, pretty delicious but was a bit too noisy for us...,,

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Un angolo di autentica italianità per chi ha voglia di ritrovare i sapori di casa... buona la pizza, interessanti i dolci!

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always a comfortable and easy neighborhood spot for us. Great food. Excellent service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great staff, bartender & waiters were friendly . . . . we had Negroni's and a salad at the bar, then moved to a table split a pasta entree, both the food and service were great!
R & S

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SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was great, loved the location. As an SF local, we will certainly be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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a
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was awesome; food excellent (and catered to allergies and intolerances ; ambiance lovely

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During our recent week stay in San Fran we ate at Ideale twice. It is that good! That is the only restaurant we did twice. The food in amazing! The service is friendly and professional.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FAbulous meal - the burrata is to die for also the prosciutto ham

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TM
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They transport you to Rome with their superb menu and attentive service.

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KB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I really liked the food at Ideale. I cannot speak enough of it! I got the carbonara as an entire which was fabulous, and the prosciutto & pear was delicious. Some of the best pear I’ve had.

However, the service was horrendous. Not apologetic for taking an hour to bring us a check, was unable to seat us until 20m past our reservation time, and was overall pretty slow. Yes, the food was great, but don’t come here if you want to get out in under 2 hours!

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FD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner! Service was wonderful, wine delicious and food delicious. Thank you so much!

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JY
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the restaurant- good price value ! Tried zucchini with truffle appetizer, veal saltinbucca, pizza margarita - 4 desserts with family and friends- highly recommended

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O
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant. Everything is delicious and it’s fun to be there.

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S
Austin
72 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully authentic (not-for-tourists) Italian fare in NB.

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CV
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were happy to eat in this place. Staff were friendly and food very good.

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FG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideale makes the best real Italian pasta dishes in the neighborhood, which is a pretty high standard. True Roman style.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian restaurant managed by Italians.
Pasta homemade e real taste as in Italy
Tonnarelli cacio e pepe 🔝

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V
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love it

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