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Ideale

4.5
4.5
1367 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-4129

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Bruschi

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Shanna Bruschi or Paolo Fraschetti: (415) 391-4129

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Vallejo

  • Parking details

    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

  • Public transit

    1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )<br />2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni<br />3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,367 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. RK

    RobinK

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and very authentic. Great for dinner with friends. Conversation was easy and the staff was knowledgeable and helped with menu selections.
  2. f

    franm

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious authentic Italian food and waitstaff! Lovely evening!
  3. G

    Greg

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you step through the door you are basically in Italy. The staff, food and wine are all authentic. The only diffence is that it opens before 7:30 pm. Very good food and service. One of our go to places in San Francisco.
  4. EZ

    EricaZ

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We ordered 3 different pasta dishes, all came with the exact same mushroomy “cream” sauce that reminded me of Hamburger Helper. Really not good. The pasta was way undercooked. Calamari was tender but lacked flavor, finesse. Bread was soft but served plain…no butter, olive oil, tapenade. Just a loaf of bread? Right up there among the worst meals I’ve had.
  5. BB

    BrettB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 4th trip over the years to Ideale, and it NEVER disappoints. Superb food that is authentic and always exceeds expectations. There are many Italian food option in the area, but Ideale is one of the best. You also get a lot of value for the price - very reasonable for the quality. I got the Orchiette with broccoli rabe and my wife had the swordfish pasta special. Wow was the food tasty.
  6. A

    Andy

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Surprised they don’t have liquor- just wine and beer. Small menu. Steak was not good. Pizza was pretty good
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My son and I booked and arrived late after an event elsewhere in the city. We received a warm welcome, had a wonderful, friendly server. They had run out of the daily special and instead prepared a fabulous alternative. Although we were late and the restaurant had largely emptied-out we were not rushed. Oh, and loved the environment with its quaint and homely feel. Plus, after what had been a long evening, the bathroom was clean.
  8. KM

    KatyM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh & tasty. We felt welcomed and taken care of.
  9. LM

    LucasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It has excellent food and great service. In a lovely little spot in North Beach, perfect for date nights or just a nice meal. You definitely get what you pay for.
  10. KQ

    KathleenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was great! The food was delicious. Not your normal Italian American offerings, which made it so special. From the wait staff to the food and ambiance, it was wonderful!!! If you are ever in the area and want a truly authentic Italian meal, visit this Gem!!!
  11. C

    Caser

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good food. Authentic Italian atmosphere. Comfortable place to be.
  12. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the City. Don't be fooled by the location; this is not a tourist spot. Food is fabulous
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real World Italian food. The wait staff were energetic and friendly. Outside seating was wonderful
  14. G

    Giosox

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Genuine ingredients and original know how will make you taste what is the everyday dining at home in Italy. Congratulations Maurizio!
  15. NL

    NaomiL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious housemade pastas and desserts! We were there Labor Day weekend and like all restaurants, they are under staffed. The staff was very apologetic, kind, and working hard so be patient. Food was definitely worth the wait and we enjoyed our leisurely dinner outside. We ordered the fennel salad, mushroom sausage fettuccine, clam spaghetti and tiramisu. Pasta prices were in the low $20s and a great value for the area. We will be going back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Wait staff was super friendly.
  17. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we had in San Francisco. Felt like we were back in Italy. A hidden gem!
  18. PJ

    PandJ

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastico, wonderful and authentic and the service is super.
  19. PK

    PattyK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and friendly service from Gino. Caesar salad was crisp, fresh & perfectly dressed. Had fettuccine with porcini & sausage which sounds heavy but was light & very flavorful. The veal tortelloni with prosciutto was also perfectly cooked and oh so flavorful. Place is just off the beaten track & worth finding. Can't wait to return!
  20. M

    Miney

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best. Fantastic meal, as always!
  21. s

    shannonh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Calamari was good. Portions kinda small but over all everything was really good
  22. i

    inglehoofer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Dined with another couple before going to the theater. We were greeted warmly and shown right to a great table by the window. Antipasti = pear and prosciutto w/ gorgonzola. Easy to share and delicious. Nice wine selection including good choices in several price ranges. Diner #1, Cacio de peppe (sp?) very good! Diner #2, Seafood risotto plenty of seafood bad texture on risotto (dry, not creamy) diner #3 linguini and clams= generous amount of clams, well executed. Diner #4 Carbonara = nearly total disappointment. pasta itself was cooked to perfection, Sauce was broken and lumpy. Tasted ok but NOT the silky egg texture I would expect from a place that prides itself on delivering Roman style food. Service was friendly, warm and attentive.
  23. F

    Foodlover57

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I first began eating at Ideale in the mid 1990s as a newlywed and loved their food, restaurant decor,spirit and ambiance. Last month I returned with my 22 year old son and his roommates, who have an apartment walking distance from Ideale. We had a terrific delicious meal and wonderful conversation with the owners and waiters. So grateful they survived COVID. Outdoor seating as well as indoors. Highly recommend. I'll be back very soon myself!
  24. MK

    MartinK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Always consistent. The Tortelloni alla Pugliese was fantastic. Our waiter was very attentive.
  25. K

    Kbird

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a gem! Service was outstanding. Everything was delicious and fresh from the appetizer to the pasta. Highly recommend the fettuccine!
  26. J

    John

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding as always. Tables spaced nicely apart in our room. Grilled salmon was delicious as was the tortellini. Sorry to hear that liquor can't be served-I will miss Limoncello, and hooe this is just temporary.
  27. D

    David

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious handmade pasta. And the veal saltimbocca was very good. Loved the beet salad and the grilled calamari as well. A delightful meal and a fun place to take guests to the city. In the middle of all the action in North beach.
  29. JS

    JeffS

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic and very traditional dishes. The only downside was no children’s menu and they struggled to do a basic off the menu pasta so families beware
  30. LK

    LisaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, as always! The staff were very friendly and helpful. We ate outdoors, which was fun!
  31. NL

    NancyL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most wonderful dinner here. The staff was incredibly nice and attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was packed. Our food was AMAZING. The best gnocchi I've had in a long time! Would highly recommend!
  32. F

    Francesco1974ff

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the besti italian restaurant in San francisco, nice staff great environment fantastic food
  33. d

    dbertell

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small Roman eatery with very authentic Roman food and very friendly waiters. Had just been in Rome in late April and food was as good as I had there.
  34. A

    Audrey

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We visited Ideale for a birthday dinner. Quality of everything was great and the ambiance was really good. We had a three course meal and everything was delicious - can totally tell these are recipes that have been around a long time and perfected and were all very reasonable price points. You can tell the staff really cared about their guests. The tables are a little cramped together but every single one was full the whole time so a good vibe. Not a super special place, but a superb authentic experience all around so highly recommend for a casual date night! We’ll be back for sure.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Ideale. It’s a great, true North Beach experience. We live in North beach and this is where we and all our neighbors walk to for a nice night out. Everything is fresh, homemade and authentic. True Italian place, not touristy. The service is great too.
  36. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always! Great food and wonderful service.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Es un lugar delicioso. Hace 3 años habíamos cenado ahí. No recordábamos el nombre y logramos llegar de nuevo, y la experiencia fue igual de deliciosa y la atención tal cual la recordábamos
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent the food was well prepared, delicious, everyone agreed., great service, waiter and staff were friendly and detail oriented to our needs and wishes. We enjoyed our evening Highly recommended.
  39. SL

    SummerLD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ideale was the perfect setting for a delicious yet casual and fun night in little Italy!! My mom and I came and all of the food was amazing, the service was super friendly, and the vibe was lively:)
  40. d

    dfood

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, authentic Italian, great menu, felt like I was back in Italy. It is my go to North Beach restaurant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Ideale does offer delivery in partnership with 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 1367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Google Map for Ideale

1309 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vallejo

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    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

  • Public transit

    1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Bruschi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-4129

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Shanna Bruschi or Paolo Fraschetti: (415) 391-4129

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