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Ideale

4.5
1310 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The handmade pasta dishes were amazing. The ambience is just ok. Would go back just to enjoy the traditional Roman pastas. They were fantastic 20 years ago and are still heavenly.

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vipTerriP
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Wish I was there longer as I would have ordered this dish the very next day. It was so good. Fettuccine with sausage and porcini mushrooms. The pasta was so fresh and the flavors were the best!

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CarlosC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Sausage and Mushroom pizza, Cioppino, Sausage and Mushroom pasta with truffle, and Carbonara. They were all amazing and flavorful, except for the pizza. Pizza was good, just a little bland.

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vipMichelleC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideale is a gem! I've been going to Ideale for years and their food has always been truly special. Post-pandemic the menu has been updated and expanded. They now offer all their wonderful Roman dishes while also showcasing their spin on dishes familiar to the American palate--delicately prepared and stunningly tasty. Long live Ideale!

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vipLucianoC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with my wife and daughter. We had the Carbonara, Cioppino and they made me a Cacio & Pepe even though it wasn't on the menu. Friendly staff and fast service. They even had a full bar so I had a Negroni. Great experience.

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vipbrewinquaker
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and reasonably priced.

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vipFabio
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastas as amazing, so is the drag fish.

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HeidiH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best in San Francisco. I have been going here for over 20 years and still love it. It's where the locals go for good Italian Food.

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CathyE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious- from appetizers through desserts! Nice wine list with knowledgeable and helpful advice from the Ideale team. The service was excellent - professional, attentive, friendly and fun!!

Will be going back with friends and family!!

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MichaelR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating here since we moved to San Francisco. This is truly one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. They are also delightfully nice and welcoming. After eating here a few times…..you become family.

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LynnE
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely exceeded our expectations! Fabulous flavors and selections! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food thank you

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vipDswingsing
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We normally love dining here, but this time we waited over an hour after ordering our food and the lasagna when it came was cold. Under the circumstances, we should have been offered a drink or dessert on the house.

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LolaT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family were visiting in San Francisco and went for dinner to Ideale. We all loved it there - nice ambiance, the food was great, so as service. If you like to try authentic Italian food prepared with love, you should visit this place.
We will definitely come back!

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vipFuddyDuddy
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem with genuine Italian fare cooked by a chef from Italy and served to us by a great server from Italy. The food is outstanding and the people are so very friendly and accommodating.

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vipDorianC
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. The staff is great. The food is the freshest I have found in San Francisco. The price is commensurate with both the food and the service. I would bring a date here, I would bring my business companions here (which is what I did at this dinner), I would recommend it for any special occasion.

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vipChewzy
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A fun place to have dinner. Everyone was friendly, the food delicious and the wine list reasonably priced.

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TanyaW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful, classic Italian food in a friendly neighborhood spot

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vipLori
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very friendly. Food was wonderful. Had the ahi and pasta. Very helpful getting us a taxi as Uber and Lyft cannot drop,where we stayed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Would definitely go back again.

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geanieH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a fancy place somewhat rustic. Food was very good and highly recommend !!

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JCW48
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food we have had outside of Italy! Highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

First time at Idéale. Grilled Octopus was good. However, the Tortelloni my wife ordered was bland and uneventful while the Spaghetti Carbonaras my teenage children each ordered were excessively salty. I generally like my meals on the salty side, but even I found it excessive when I tasted their food.

Service-wise, the gentleman busing tables appeared unhappy to be there and, thus, making our family uncomfortable. Our main waiter, who was generally professional, did exhibit visible annoyance towards the end when I asked if the coffee could be served along with our dessert; everyone in our table could sense his curt reply. It appeared he was covering far too many tables for just 1 person and even had to prepare the cappuccinos himself.

The general consensus as we finished our dinner is that there was a sense of arrogance coming from the staff.

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vipRonaldE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Maurizio continues to deliver great Roman food. This time , besides his delicious grilled Calamari we had his Scallops, just perfection. For main courses we enjoyed Pasta with Monkfish on a tomato sauce that was really good , we also had a perfectly grilled Rainbow trout. This is a great restaurant with nice staff and great food. A great part of the North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My son’s favorite dinner whilst in San Francisco. My risotto was lovely and his Napolitana pizza-exquisite.

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vipgary
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Ideale has been a neighborhood gem for over 20+ years. With the interruption of the pandemic, it seems they haven't gotten their rhythm back. Food consistency is not what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I must have come on an off night since the carbonara was congealed and too salty. Have to try it again in a different day

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

LOVE coming to this restaurant! This was our first visit since COVID. The food was good, but different. I ordered the cioppino (formerly was a seafood stew). It was good, but I prefer the seafood stew. It mainly was mussels. A small piece of fish on top with a few clams. The lasagna was served like a pile of pasta and sauce, where as previously, it was served in an individual au gratin dish, with cheese and sauce galore. Service was top-notch and the tiramisu-OFF THE HOOK! I hope the changes in tbe food are only because of COVID and this is what makes sense for the restaurant, financially. I hope it goes back to the way it was.

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vipMaggie
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great place to eat in North Beach. Their pasta dishes are terrific, authentic! The bread was delicious. They were able to accommodate a small group. Will definitely go back.

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Super fun atmosphere
Can’t wait to go back! Thank you for making our night perfect

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Mrstvq1
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Great neighborhood spot for Italian food. Very friendly staff.

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BrRo
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal. Great service! Would definitely recommend this place

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vipRosieDenver
Denver
124 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both excellent. We shared the Salad Ideale with fava beans and goat cheese - very good. I had the Pork Saltimbocca which came with roasted potatoes and wilted spinach - the dish was prepared perfectly and was very tasty. My husband had the lasagna which he enjoyed. We did not have desert although they looked fantastic. Rather we had after dinner drinks. Oh - we started our meal with cocktails and had a glass of wine with dinner. Wine was good and reasonably priced. The service was very, very good . Forgot to mention the bread was excellent. We recommend and will come back again.

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LuisB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in North Beach. Great people great food. Can’t wait to get back.

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vipCole
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a favorite for authentic italian food

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vipMPC26
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal!! We had some items from the menu and also enjoyed the specials of the day. Delicious food always and a great wine recommendation!

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vipgary
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

They were busy and 2 of us had the special yellowtail tune - it came cooked, but barely warm......not good

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. They make you feel like home.

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StevenL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice neighborhood italian food. More of a homemade feel and taste than I expected, some original food and decently attentive service. I with I lived closer.

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GildaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, friendly and attentive service, great recommendations for wine from a curated selection. Everything we ordered was superlative. It is tempting to drop by just for the appetizers and pastas every day. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Ideale does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ideale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 391-4129.

Ideale is rated 4.5 stars by 1310 OpenTable diners.

Ideale does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/BCQJR0XD56VFD/order.

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.