Ideale

4.5
1160 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ideale, as a good Italian/Brazilian/American! Friendly people, outstanding food, it make me feel in Italy. I drive 50 miles every time to have a night at Ideale!

s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had friends from the east coast in town and took them here. They were not disappointed. My chicken parmigiana was excellent - cooked perfectly with a delicious marinara sauce. My husband enjoyed his homemade rigatoni and our friends loved their saltimbocca. The room without the bar where we were seated has a nicer atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly and the whole experience was delightful. We could have been in a trattoria in the middle of Rome. We'll be back!

MR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It has outstanding food, but you will need to make reservations. Usually we eat here early, before 7pm, and by the time we are leaving, they have a long line out the front door. Most recently we have the shrimp with red fettuccini, and it was truly one of the best meals we have had. I passed half of it over to my husband because I wanted him to taste how fantastic this dish was. Kids spaghetti was home made, and the entire evening was out of sight!

ER
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and fabulous food in a family friendly atmosphere.

SA
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were trying to reproduce our Rome dining experience and had a nice meal. The wait staff were so nice and our overall experience was lovely.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 5 had the best table - a booth right inside the door. Our servers were excellent and all of the salads were scrumptious and the meals were fantastic. Fabulous dining experience. Authentic Italian. Seemed like where the locals go.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my Italian relatives here to test Ideale’s authenticity.... I got a thumbs up!! Marco our server was excellent! We will be back.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere

BB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and authentic Italian gem in heart of North Beach.

v
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family reunion

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PM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent handmade pastas, great specials. Authentic Italian food and friendly staff.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the pappardelle with lamb sauce. Delicious! Bread... desserts ... all terrific.

LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual Italian dinner with smart atmosphere. Very reasonable prices both on food and on wine. Gets pretty noisy come 7:30 so if that is an issue I suggest no later than 6:30 start-time. Moderately dark, romantic.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Waiter took too long

JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is real and authentic. The staff is consistent and, though it sounds trite, it's like being in . . . . When I take friends there they often say "this place is great I have never been here. Check it out.

N
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ideale was great as usual. I really enjoyed the orriechette and Caesar salad. The gnocchi was also good. Service was a little slow, but friendly

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food. We loved the homemade pasta!

KS
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very fine Italian restaurant, the pasta is homemade and you gang taste it, fanstastic. We also had their profiteroles and Tiramisu for dessert also very good. The service was professionel which mean that we got our food, but we felt very little interest from the waiter.

HS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was in September 2008 and we have been talking about it ever since, so this past week's dinner was much anticipated and didn't disappoint. From the welcome to the dessert, our meal was wonderful, the service perfect and I can't wait to return - although it is a long way from Florida.

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely delicious! The pear and prosciutto appetizer was amazing... the zucchini app was as well. Everyone loved their entrees, highly recommend.

PU
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Comfortable setting in North Beach.

DB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty good! Tables were crowed together. Waiter seemed grumpy.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wine in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the Calamari was outstanding!!! the caesar salad was also excellent. We didn't enjoy the prawn fettucini or the veal scallopini.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and were seated right away. Service was friendly and fast. Food was delicious! My husband had the veal saltimbocca and I had the chicken parmesan... Both were just delicious! This will be on our restaurant rotation when visiting the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice ambiance. Go

p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant! Service couldn't be better! Wonderful people work at Ideale. The food is always just right, perfectly cooked and perfect taste. I love every meal I have at Ideale! Thank you Ideale!!

EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the service was gracious. The cocktail was excellent.Ideale is a hidden gem of great Italian cuisine. I felt that , for an evening, I was back on vacation in Sicily.

GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Roman meal. Only missed a supli and I might as well have been in Trastevere.

GW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Server was amazing. Food was very good and extremely well priced for that area.

DE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was TERRIBLE. I ordered the pasta with Ragu sauce and the pasta was stuck together in gooey clumps swimming in a bowl of salty sauce. My husband had the pasta with prawns equally bad. How does one mess up pasta like this? We weren’t offered any water and the bread was stale. I’ve been to Ideale many times and I’m just so disappointed.

LL
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great place to take parents to, especially when they're visiting from out of town! We got a great bottle of wine, split the burrata (AMAZING) and calamari, and each got an entree. Pasta is perfectly al dente and they are generous with the cheese, which is exactly what we wanted!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food. A wait even with a reservation. Nice folks but the service was a bit delayed the night we went

DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive and friendly service. Pastas were excellent!

PM
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ideale is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. You won't find a more authentic Italian dining experience in the city. The owners are from Rome, and it has the affect of what you would find in that city. Nice wine list in addition to the wonderful menu items. Highly recommended.

r
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, great place to relax and enjoy a quiet evening

RD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were seated in the room adjacent to the front and it had 2 very large parties so this was very noisy and uncomfortable for us. Our Server took care of the other tables too so it was too much for one! We love Ideale but next time we will make sure we do not sit next to a large group. They did not even ask if we had a reservation so maybe that is why they sat us back there thinking we did not reserve? The food was good but usually it is great!!

P
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent some clients there who are from Norway wanting authentic North Beach Italian - they loved it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great people, nice environment, good service

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very fun Italian place. No place is perfect and there was a bit of wait but I loved my pasta and the food. And that matters most in the end.

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