(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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Overcooked veal chop. Gummy spaghetti carbonara
So wonderful...service food and ambience!
This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend who lives in San Francisco. Our family agreed it was among our all-time top dining experiences. The food, wine, service and atmosphere were all exceptional.
Excellent authentic food evening.
Lovely authentic Italian menu and service. Home made pasta. Beautifully prepared halibut. Great neighborhood spot. Save room for dessert! Hope to return soon.
Complimenti allo chef! Thank you for making our birthday celebrants so special with the tiramisu, candles and singing. The waiters were attentive and molto gentile. I plan to return to Ideale to savor the other dishes offered on the menu.
Grazie mille e arrivederci !
Always a lovely neighborhood experience. Excellent service.
An outstanding evening. Out of Jack Daniel's butthe substitute was fine. We look forward to our next visit.
We had a fabulous meal at Ideale!!! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and charming. Food was excellent. Service was well paced -- not rushed and very pleasant. We can't wait to go back!! It's a fantastic neighborhood restaurant!
This was our third time to Ideale. First time was very enjoyable. Food was delicious. Second time our waiter made mistakes. Seemed a bit scattered or rushed. Decided to try it one last time and was very disappointed. The service was excellent, and the wine tasty and good for the price. The food on the other hand was tasteless. We ordered the grilled calamari. It was not grilled and had no flavor. Then we had fettuccine with shrimp. It came with 4 shrimps with big heads and small bodies. Again the food had no real flavor. We had to add a lot of salt and pepper. Not a good sign. Once we were finished with dinner we sat for quite awhile and our server though nice never offered any coffee or dessert. So we asked for the check. And got out. Will not return.
The door experience is a mess. Crammed in a little space. Everyone with reservation arriving at the same time. We reserved with more than 7 days in advance. It is awkward. More a line than a list. Aside from that the food is great.
Great food and service
Always consistently good food, healthy portions pot
Service was below minimal 😳
Suaces were disappointing, was hoping for a savory experience but found the sauces to be dry...
Ideale reminded me of the trip I took to Italy a few months ago. The food was delectable, the staff were friendly and the ambiance was light and artistic. I will definitely be going back!
Maurizio has always had a great restaurant. You feel special and the food is great.
Not sure why this place has such good reviews. For starters: The grilled octopus and grilled calamari were mediocre. The burrata was good. For entrees, one person got the steak and he enjoyed it. However, the lamb ragu was very tomato-y and lacked depth and the fettuccini with prawns was advertised as an oil and garlic sauce but came in a tomato sauce. When we commented, the waiter brought over the menu to show us, saw that we were right, and yet still made it seem like we were wrong. Service was slow and indifferent. I would NOT recommend.
Favorite Italian spot in San Francisco. Enjoyed a traditional spritz, tortellini, and tiramisu.
Great food, service and ambiance.
Excellent cocktail and nice ambiance, although a little bit noisy.
Food was tasty but they were short staffed on servers. Generally a good North Beach Italian offering.
Cute local place with good Italian food. Nice for couples or families.
Ideale is a family run excellent restaurant offering organic house made pastas, and warm service. Years ago, we ate here for the first time and watched the brothers serve a multicourse meal to an elder from the community and then slip him a $20.00 bill so he could pay with dignity. Loving community, delicious food. What more could you ask.
Mesas muy juntas.
Precio muy elevador
Food was so so. I was hoping it would be so much better.
Fantastic New Year Eve dinner.
Food was cold. But Mauricio was fantastic!
Typical Italian restaurant in this area. Small and crowded on a Friday evening. Salad was quite good and pizza okay. Took too long for pizza due to crowd, I guess.
I love the food choices, the wine and the waiters. Go as often as I can.
Fantastic authentic Italian restaurant in North Beach. Was very crowded and loud when we dined, but that's part of the experience. Dessert was fantastic, too. Highly recommended.
Another Christmas Eve dinner at Ideale...pretty darn close to perfect...grazie!
Superb, neighborhood place in the heart of North Beach. High-lever Italian recipes with a light touch. Relatively quiet, excellent service, and good value.
A real go to place for us. Authentic and amazing
Food good to great depending on what you order. The tortellini got rave reviews. Always good to enter a place where real Italians are working and chatting with each other!
Staff was extremely nice and helpful and the food was delicious! I would recommend this place to anyone, and will definitely be back!
The food was obviously fresh and the spices and overall presentation were excellent. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.
We love their Cioppino and gnocchi! The staff are attentive and friendly, but not overly so. The ambience is comfortable and feels like a neighborhood cafe without the trappings of tourism.
Ideale is a fantastic restaurant, quite unique in San Francisco these days. The staff are friendly and warm, charming and welcoming. They are very very good at presenting and providing the excellent food they serve. Every visit to Ideale is a great memory! Thank you All at Ideale!!
Great atmosphere and perfect service. We stayed til closing and they were generous enough not to give us looks or kick us out. Great staff...authentic Italian food...nice Sambuca pours. We took the trip to San Francisco just to go to dinner there. Can’t wait to do it again!