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Tue, 4/24
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9:00 PM
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Ideale

4.4
949 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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"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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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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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
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Special events & promotions
We will open for large parties at lunch. Please contact us for details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Ideale welcomes larger parties, opening for lunch or dinner. We are amenable to creating a menu that you are happy with, both in terms of budget & food selection. We take extra care with large parties to ensure that they are beautifully executed with an abundance of food, Italian-banquet style.

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What 949 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

IDEALE has never disappointed us. We have been going there practically since it opened because we live in the neighborhood. The wait staff is knowledgable and the food is always very fresh and well executed. One of the best Italian restaurants in North Beach.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Service is just ok. Not as friendly as it used to be.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Ideale is exactly as its name suggests! It is somewhere we keep coming back to because of the authentic Italian cuisine the great neighbourhood location. It is a place that our children, 7yo and 9yo, love to go because the pizzas are so delicious and made to order especially how they like them! The wine list has some great wines from various regions across Italy. The food - from salads to seafood and everything in between - is delicious! Highly recommend this restaurant for family get togethers, dinners out with friends and romantic dates as it suits all of the above and more.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We enjoyed our meal and the energy very much. The wall coverings and art work was fun to view. We had gone to see Beach Blanket Babylon and the walk from the theater was easy and close by.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Authentic carefully prepared cuisine, attentive staff. We love Ideale and have been dining there for years. Bravo!!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. The food is amazingly fresh and my personal favorite is the cioppino seafood stew. Pasta is always perfectly cooked and properly seasoned. Large wine selection and signature cocktails. Great for a romantic night out or a family outing.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was full of people so they’ve served the food in a few minutes without giving us first some bread and drinks. After the dinner they took some time to give us the bill. Anyway, the food was really good and it’s worth visiting them

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Saw it reviewed on Check Please but it didn't meet up to the great reviews given on the program. Bread was less than good and in the reviews on tv, it was stated FABULOUS.

Ambiance was good, and it was much quieter than reviewed on tv. Live in the East Bay and would not make a separate trip into the city to eat there.

Food was good but nothing special.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Amazing authentic Italian food. The Caesar salad was delicious! Handmade Pasta and legit pizza. We will be back!

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Restaurant was very loud and service was terrible. Took 20 minutes just to get the bill.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I’ve been eating here pretty much since your restaurant opened. Its always amazing!!!! The food is unbelievably delicious every single time. We always have a great time and I highly recommend it to everyone!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Had very nice food at China Live the night before surrounding by SCREAMING! people.
Ended the evening with a headache.
What a relief to sit in Ideale with friends--good food---wine at 50% less $ and a bigger glass--
civilized people--the waiters--the chef---your fellow diners---

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Authentic Italian food and staff at fair prices = GOOD VALUE EXPERIENCE!
We have been going there regularly for 7 years now and have always left feeling contented.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was good, tasty, and served on time. The service when we arrived was not welcoming - I will grant you the restaurant was overwhelmed, but we didn't even get to check in for our reservation (no one would talk to us) for ~20 minutes. And we just wanted to check in and sit at the bar, but we didn't get the opportunity or any insight into status of our reservation. I think this was an unusual circumstance, and suspect the person acting as host was not normally in that role. I would probably give it another try.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food, the wine, and the service was very good. When we received our “check,” we were over charged by $120.00! I notified the staff and the bill was corrected. This reminded me of traveling in Italy....so disappointed. Check your bill.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

All our food was delicious. The Zucchini appetizer with truffle oil was amazing! We had gnocchi with prawns in a saffron wine reduction that was very, very good. My husband was not thrilled with his lamb but I really enjoyed my Saltimbocca. I didn't like where I was seated (in the pathway of the wait staff). That location was very busy. I think I would have a better experience sitting in a different location in the restaurant. It was a very busy evening there. There was a very large birthday party when we arrived so not much choice in seating. But the food is very good.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

All was great ! Food , Friendly knowledgeable Staff with great service 👍🏼
Them being from Italy was nice too :) Took is back for a few 👌🍷🍝

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The pastas were unfortunately very mediocre. Salads were nice. Service was ok. We were also disappointed with our main entrees. Would not come back here.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Spent a fun birthday dinner there with friends, very upbeat, Excellent service... yummy food, will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

One of the best North Beach Italian restaurants. Occasional, interesting set regional dinners as well as regular menu. Can be very noisy when crowded.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Everything was so tasty... loved the zuchinni brushette. Pasta was to die for... also delicious halibut. Server and chef were very accommodating!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Been coming here ever since it opened some 20 years ago. Food has always been consistent and great service. Homemade pasta, grilled calamari, burrata with prosciutto, risottos, lamb dishes...all good.
Tiramisu and profiteroles and Panna cottas are delicious desserts.
Wine list is very reasonable for the price
Go for it!!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Some terrific food and wine options on the menu, which we enjoyed thoroughly. But terribly noisy and loud (not a sound-absorbing surface in the place). And we felt quite rushed initially, even though the restaurant was not close to capacity...this eased as the meal went on.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Were there i n 2015 and the service was much better, poor service and not very friendly

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Wonderful. Can’t wait to go back. The bosc pear wrapped in proscutto was delicious as well as the ravioli filled with halibut.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Amazing dinner coupled with even better service. The swordfish was outstanding. The Caesar salad fresh and the service treat was second to none

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

First waiter was entirely ignorant of the wine menu and sarcastic as hell.
Used to be more family-like and welcoming.
Getting too pretentious.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We went because my girlfriend had raved about this place, and I've lived down the street for years and have always been curious. The ambiance is amazing. Beautiful place. We were greeted by a nice gentleman. Our table was not ready, despite having made a reservation. No big deal. We sit at the table, and what seemed to be the theme for the night, were ignored for 10-15 minutes. We finally order our drinks and an appetizer. Both come. Burrata was delicious. wine was delicious. Waiter has forgotten to bring our bread to the table, so I ask him. Basically our burrata is done by the time he brings the bread back. Doesn't ask us if we're ready for our main course, so another 20 minutes passes before we flag someone down to take our order. Our wines are now finished and the main courses come. I got lasagna the gf got a pasta with meat sauce. Our waiter finally notices our dry glasses and asks us if we want another. We do. Unfortunately, our meals were halfway done by the time he came back with our drinks. The only thing that had any flavor of any kind in my lasagna, was the parmesan cheese on top. Meat was unseasoned, sauce tasted like they opened a can of crushed tomatoes and did nothing to it. Same with the girlfriends pasta. Bland and flavorless. We're both pretty patient people, but after trying to flag someone down for another 15 min so we can pay, we were both fairly irritated by the entire experience.

Short version. Pros - good wine and burrata Cons - terrible service, we were ignored for most of the time we spent there, and the food was bland.

I wouldn't go here again. Super disappointed especially because my girlfriend had had pleasant experiences there before.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was just OK. Not much flavor at all. Slightly greasy. Dessert was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great. V yummy

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Good, but not great. The appetizers were very good but the main courses or a little disappointing. Ambience was good, service OK

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The food and service were excellent. I ordered an Old Fashioned from the bar and it was the best I had ever had. Everything is homemade, recipes are creative and delicious. I recommend ordering more than one item as the menu is designed to be eaten in courses. Ideale is my favorite North Beach restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

First time here. Won't be our last. Great North Beach restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service, food, ambiance. Perfect place for any occasion or just a night out to dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Always good food, perfect services and relaxing atomos

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

It was a slow night so nice and quiet, easy to hear each other. Decent Manhattans. In retrospect, there were a couple negative kitchen points, but we still enjoyed a leisurely and comprehensive dining experience. We shared a variety of starters including the zucchini tartufata that I love, and which some day I will order as an entree, because I can’t seem to get enough of it, especially when we are sharing. Unfortunately, this time the crostini was kind of soggy instead of crispy. The pastas are housemade; slight miss this time though, too al dente, and with way too much salt; again we were sharing , and frankly, if I had ordered this dish just for myself, I might have sent it back. North Beach Restaurant also tends to serve super salty pasta, not sure why. The rack of lamb chops were perfectly cooked and sliced thinner than I have seen, but I liked them that way. The profiteroles were perfect. This is not the glowing review I would prefer to give, because I love this restaurant and have eaten there numerous times. I think this was not their usual best; but I will certainly give them another chance.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The staff brings Roman dining to SF. The food is fabulous!! And the staff makes everybody feel at home!!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

High hopes, but a little disappointing. 2 of our 3 pasta dishes were served tepidly warm, the third as super hot. Took a while to get our wine to our table after we ordered it, and overall service was on slow side. Our waiter seemed somewhat distracted the entire time, partly, I think, because he seemed to be working an awful lot of tables for one guy. Dessert was good. I expected very high caliber pasta, but it was kind of "meh".

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We’ve been to this restaurant several times every time we come to San Francisco and it’s always been consistently great. So great, in fact, we always order the same thing: the lasagna. This last time, however, the lasagna wasn’t as good as it usually is. The flavor element was not there. I hope they get back to where they were. Otherwise, our Ideale days are over.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

It was good.

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