Ideale

4.6
1070 reviews
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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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JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 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 7, 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 28, 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 27, 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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L
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Scrumptious food, kind wait staff, just very noisy.

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

Solid home-made Italian pasta that is consistently delicious. Staff is always courteous and hospitable, allowing for a leisurely dinner if that is your speed. Super busy on weekends so a reservation is definitely needed. Noise level can get pretty high when they are busy so not always ideal for extensive or important conversations.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on date night prior to going to beach blanket Babylon and sat at bar and had a great meal and good time.

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IS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Lots of people with reservations waiting at the door. Server didn't go over specials and didn't offer bread. We didn't really notice until we heard the waiters serving the tables around us go over the specials and offer multiple baskets of bread. Overall, wasn't too impressed with the food. Pizza lacked flavor, pastas were good but over salted. Not sure if these are "authentic" Roman styles of flavoring, but it wasn't for us.

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JG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited 45 minutes for our table.

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L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Italian food in a small setting; friendly and helpful. Got a bit noisy but that just makes it exciting. Parking is...challenging lol.
Try the Vallejo Street Garage across Columbus (don't leave anything visible in car, on seats, in dash console).

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had such a wonderful experience. The food and service are the real stars. A must visit when in North Beach.

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

The “owner” was very kind with all of us. Good pasta, quickly served. He even prepared two dishes specially for our youngs, when were out of the menu. All was good, maybe gnocci a little “soft-creamy”. Cannolli delicious. Pasta cooked at internationsl style, little more than dente. Only the fact of repeating 4 times the song EVA, was a little strange. But was a real good choice.

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BC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Ideale for NY Eve—excellent food and service.

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MR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Zucchini with truffle appetizer was cold. Unexpected, but good. Kind of strange to eat zucchini cold. Pastas were very good. Bread was odd- more like pita.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not great.

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Italian food in San Francisco. It is so good the Italian consulate dines here!

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SP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience to eat at Ideale! We traveled from New Mexico, were in SF 20 minutes and had to have our ‘fix’ of their Zuppe de Pesce, brilliant Carpaccio’s, and an assortment of their house dishes. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff always pleasant and helpful. This is a neighborhood gem in North Beach! Not to be missed!

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V
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Too loud in back room. Service was amiss. Ravioli not thoroughly cooked. Margarita pizza was a mess.

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LC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go there we are reminded how great this place really is..the staff is friendly and the food is delicious...fair wine list pricing also...grazie

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M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Roman style trattoria. One of the better places in North Beach. Can be noisy if there are rambunctious tables...but, hey ,it's Italian!

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the dinner, wine list is excellent value, service was perfect! Definitely would go again soon I Hope!

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food the wait staff and the owner. This is authentic Italian and Mauricio always makes us welcome.

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B
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is amazing in terms of authenticity, food quality and price. Excellent wine selections.

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DS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, courteous and pleasant staff and a warm and friendly atmosphere! Must have the gelato to end the meal.

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JG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our meals, the service and time here

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LG
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good, the only complaint is the noise level. Will be back.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Ideale. The food was delicious and the servers were very nice. We went for anniversary dinner and thought it was well worth it. Good spot !!

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A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband recommended this as the best Italian food in North Beach and after going there with some friends I have to agree. Salads, pasta and fish were authentic and delicious, and the waiter and owner Maurizio added the experience by making suggestions and explaining ingredients. The desserts were best ever also. Can hardly wait for my next visit.

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MS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was so good. I had the pappardelle with lamb ragu, delish! The biscotti with Madeira was just perfect.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Ideale for over 7 years. Love love this restaurant. Top notch service. Authentic cuisine 👍🏼.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Very slow service, tiny portions of decent, not great, Italian food, just another rip-off restaurant in North Beach. Like many restaurants, the service is actually worse on slow nights because, presumably, they can only afford one cook, so for five of us, the dishes came out one at a time so that some people were completely done eating their pastas before the other dishes came out. Prices are bit lower than other nearby places, but you get what you pay for - maybe 6 oz of pasta with a scoop of sauce and three dice-sized bits of lamb for $18 - you have been warned. Oh, and the Happy Hour specials are a joke - seems cheap, but they're "half portions" of already-small portions. Calamari appetizer had - I'm not making this up - three tiny pieces of calamari. Tasted good, but seriously, it would have taken ten to fill me up.

Still looking for a moderately-priced Italian place in North Beach that caters to locals. Could be the tourists have just ruined everything - Ideale used to be good. Now, a bit less than ideal....

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You got to try their new appetizers and main course . Fantastic!!

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place! Fantastic service, fantastic food and flexible with menu items. I don’t love lamb so they swapped it out for veal on a pre fix!

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TM
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for nearly 15 years and it never disappoints. The cace e pepe or the orichiette are amazing vegetarian dishes. The wine list is very reasonable and the servers are great!

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