Ideale

4.6
1101 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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1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Roman experience. It felt authentic since I've traveled several times to Rome.
I hope the other patrons didn't mind "our" noise level!!!! LOL.. Thank you, dd

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MR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding experience. Our friend was visiting from NYC, and he loved the food here as much as we do! They have a full bar, loved our kids, and it was an overall relaxing and very enjoyable experience. The waiter told me about the zucchini parmesan replacement for the eggplant, and although I was hesitant, he was absolutely right. It IS better than the eggplant!
Wonderful!

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pre show meal. Everyone really enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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TR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an early reservation before a show. Good crowd in restaurant. Greeting when we arrived was very friendly and warm. Found us a table and got us a glass of wine right away. Food was great and came out at a great pace. We had a noisy group next to us and they offered us another table if we would prefer less noise. Very warm and friendly staff. Looking forward to our next time.

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JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty dinner. I loved the fish soup.

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P
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with authentic Italian food and service.

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LG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Server got the order of food wrong, after that food delicious

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q
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent table, service, drinks, food, and dessert. Especially enjoyed the pasta, procuitto and pear, and homemade desserts. We look forwardto our next visit.

John and Linda Stedman

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. When we first arrived, there was a large party next to us so it was difficult to have a conversation. After they left, the noise level was quite acceptable. The food was quite good and was exactly what we were looking for.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best grilled calamari, tasty pizza and excellent wine. The waiter and the host recognized us and greeted us warmly.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was extremely efficient, friendly, and accommodating and food was excellently prepared. I had the zucchini appetizer, Caesar salad, and grigliato (assortment of grilled fish). The sauce and the salad dressing was perfect. The dessert (Baba rum.. Neapolitan rum cake) was absolutely and heavenly delicious. Loved this place and highly recommend it!

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KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real authentic Italian food. Felt like I was the old world family. Perfect restaurant. Amazing wine selection! Wonderful food!

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, superb service! Great experience. It was our first time there, and we'll be back.

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J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic and the service is extremely warm and helpful. I thought I knew all about Italian food, but they have many novel and authentic dishes that I am excited to try.

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LM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was last at Ideale about 18 years ago. We went back on our wedding weekend based on the memories I had. Ideale did not disappoint. Everything we had was excellent. The waitstaff is efficient and professional. The food remains as I remember it from our last visit. A definite return trip.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine Italian, great service, intimate, and consistently so over years of dining here.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious.

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ME
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Long wait to get seated on a Saturday night, despite having a reservation, but once we got seated the service was good. Food and drinks came out quickly, and food was good and fairly reasonably priced.

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service in a warm atmosphere. The noise level was a bit high, although not out of the norm for contemporary restaurants. I hadn't been there in some time and was pleased to find the quality still very high.

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RD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I understand why reservations are needed. The food is excellent and prepared perfectly. The bread is wonderful and even the house wine is very good. The restaurant is small and intimate and the noise level gets a little high but it part of the charm

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JP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious pasta. Very authentic and reasonably priced.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful as always!

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k
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They moved our table after we got water, which was annoying but they made it up by being very attentive afterwards. The pear and prosciutto was very good. The cacio e Pepe with truffles was amazing. Small sizes, great for me not so great for the big men I was with. Tiramisu was very light, yummy!

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PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great authentic Italian cuisine. Unfortunately, our server/waiter didn't check on us after food was delivered and also kept us waiting a long time when we were trying to pay the bill. Recommend if you're not in a rush.

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D
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fish over cooked. Everything else excellent

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have loved your restaurant for years. don't change a thing!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, Italian style

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabio our server was very knowledgeable on the menu and offered some great suggestions to eat and drink also. Service was very good and food was good Roman quality

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EE
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best old school italain food restaurant in North Beach that nobody talks about...which is fine by me. The service is excellent and the pasta delicious.

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JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sencillamente acogedor ... pareces q estás en una casa de familia ... muy buena la comida .... los meseros parecen primos tuyos

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was rushed, apperatives appetizers and main course all arrived at the same time.

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely LOVE this place. We spent a month in Italy this past year and we felt like we were back there having dinner. Such a unique spot and food is out of this world.

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K
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful Italian place in North Beach, with the most delicious cioppino and pasta carbonara. very attentive service and makes you feel as though you're in Roma eating.

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MG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We entertain clients and it was a great place, food came out quickly and everyone enjoyed it. Wine was reasonable, deserts we excellent. I would go back again next time I’m in SF

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more could one ask for on a cold rainy night in San Francisco but a delightful and fulfilling evening at Cafe Ideale. The food, the wine, the service cannot be beaten - a little bit of Italy right here in our own back yard.

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AB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome server and the food was delicious. It was a very clean and nice hidden gem in the city.

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C
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten in this restaurant many time, it never disappoints.

Food is always fresh, well prepared and presented.

Noise level isn't bad but can it can be hard to hear sometimes. It won't keep me away.

Always worth the trip for another great meal

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Great Service. Quiet good for conversations! Definitely recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. This place NEVER disappoints. Our favorite restaurant in all of SF.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Possibly the best pasta of my life! The papardelle with lamb ragu was mind blowing.

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