Ideale

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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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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overcooked veal chop. Gummy spaghetti carbonara

j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful...service food and ambience!

AE
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent authentic food evening.

MK
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely authentic Italian menu and service. Home made pasta. Beautifully prepared halibut. Great neighborhood spot. Save room for dessert! Hope to return soon.

LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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 !

G
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a lovely neighborhood experience. Excellent service.

q
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding evening. Out of Jack Daniel's butthe substitute was fine. We look forward to our next visit.

L
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

EW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

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.

OT
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

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.

SA
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

g
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistently good food, healthy portions pot

SA
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was below minimal 😳

SW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Suaces were disappointing, was hoping for a savory experience but found the sauces to be dry...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

RE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maurizio has always had a great restaurant. You feel special and the food is great.

MA
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian spot in San Francisco. Enjoyed a traditional spritz, tortellini, and tiramisu.

C
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.
Excellent cocktail and nice ambiance, although a little bit noisy.

RG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was tasty but they were short staffed on servers. Generally a good North Beach Italian offering.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute local place with good Italian food. Nice for couples or families.

i
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Mesas muy juntas.
Precio muy elevador

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EO
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was so so. I was hoping it would be so much better.

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic New Year Eve dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was cold. But Mauricio was fantastic!

ZE
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

PB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food choices, the wine and the waiters. Go as often as I can.

TP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

LC
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Christmas Eve dinner at Ideale...pretty darn close to perfect...grazie!

m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, neighborhood place in the heart of North Beach. High-lever Italian recipes with a light touch. Relatively quiet, excellent service, and good value.

WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A real go to place for us. Authentic and amazing

h
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely nice and helpful and the food was delicious! I would recommend this place to anyone, and will definitely be back!

RS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was obviously fresh and the spices and overall presentation were excellent. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

TP
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant

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