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About Ideale

"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."

1309 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Vallejo

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 391-4129

Website:
http://www.idealerestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for more information.

Public Transit:
1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )
2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni

Executive Chef:
Maurizio Bruschi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We will open for large parties at lunch. Please contact us for details.

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Private Dining

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.

Ideale Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Special Occasion (15)
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Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Casual (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great dinner!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The service was great and the food was impeccable!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ideale always has a great menu, really good food, friendly staff and interesting company. It is the place I relay on in North Beach for an excellent meal, always my first choice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, lovely restaurant, fun to be in North Beach. BUT...the waiter was in such a hurry, didn't pay attention to our order. We ordered 2 bottles of wine, he poured 2 glasses and ran off with the bottle. Had to flag him down to tell him we'd ordered the whole bottle, he brought back a half-empty bottle, not sure it was ours. Individual appetizers came out at different times, had to remind him about the 4th one when the rest of us were almost done with ours. Recommend Ideale but hope for a different waiter next time.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food is delicious, the waiters great and overall pleasant experience. In a neighborhood filled with a lot of "American-style" Italian restaurants, Ideale is the authentic experience. They have a wonderful carbonara sauce which is as good as any you'll have in Rome.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ideale has long been a great spot for locals...delicious and comfortable...the front room is the place to be!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

authentically Italian food, very tasty, great pasta.... restaurant is small , busy and noisy, fun but not for intimate/ intense conversations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Too bad this place seems to have gone down hill.
I like the owner/chef very much, & waiter was fine, but
food was just okay, & I doubt that I will return.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Okay meal. Not great. Veal was mushy. Nice people

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The best restaurant in North Beach and the best Italian restaurant in the whole Bay Area! It's the closest thing to eating Italy! Very authentic and absolutely delicious. Ideale never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The squid oasta drew me back for a second visit. So tasty and pretty too. Great wine selection at a nice price We paired it with Caesar salad and calamari served on a bed of arugula. But the service is distracted and it’s a bit casual for a truly romantic dinner.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Extremely disappointed . Grilled calamari was charred with the tentacles having a horrid burnt taste. Sausage mushroom Pizza was undercooked and flavorless. Sausage tasted like it was boiled. Wine was great and staff were nice and apologetic

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2017

A bit overpriced, even for San Francisco. Very bland flavors which was the most disappointing part. The food quality was good. Just try adding some spice to the tomato sauce.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I was recommended to go there so I tried it. To be fair they had a party in other room but if you can't handle your party plus 2 more tables don't open the other 2 tables. They wouldn't serve food they had on bar in party for kids at table next to us, come on they just wanted fried calamari. As for us the services was horrible, even seeing our faces glancing into room every 10 min.. pear appy was good, pizza was a bit above average. Salads were subpar so we left before ordering mains with no service in sight.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Underwhelmed. Poor service. Very so-so food. Was looking forward to ideale due to Check Please Bay Area reviews, but will not be back. Lasagna and spaghetti carbonara not good choices here. Wilty, soggy Caesar salad. Maybe an off night?

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great authentic Roman Italian food. Friendly staff. Good value

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Visiting from out of town and stopped in. This is like eating your favorite Italian Grandmothers food-delicious. A place I would eat at regularly if it was in my neighborhood.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

It has been about 20 years since my last visit unfortunately (I was visiting from Canada), but I remember what a great meal it was. So I made a point of returning to Ideale during this most recent visit with my partner. The food was flavourful and authentic, the ambience noisy and bustling, and the service was attentive. Thanks Fabio and Paulo for a great meal. It won't be 20 years til my next visit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was very good.
Our server did not gave us a good service (Fabio ?) , the all other servers were good.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We arrived after a Beach Blanket Babylon show that ended at 9:30 PM. Only 3 blocks away is Ideale. You can miss this place if you go at night. A somewhat seedy neighborhood and the interior is dated. Our pasta dishes, penne salmon special and tortellini in cream sauce were very good. The starter a baked eggplant and mozzarella was delicious but surprisingly small portion filling half the bowl. The other half was occupied by greens that I did not remember being mentioned in the menu. The bread offering was half stale and uninteresting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I've been to Ideale a number of times over the years, and honestly, it never disappoints. The fresh made pasta with pumpkin / walnut was really delicious, the scene was relaxed but vibrant, and the staff was friendly and authentic. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I you have been to restaurants in Italy, Idelale will bring back fond memories. From the food to the staff to the caual pace, this is a very Italian restaurant. Quality food, great wines and a very satifying experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

It was good food very neighborhood like which made it charming

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 (Dorset)·Dined on September 24, 2017

At last a genuine Italian restaurant, staffed by Italians and with many Italian customers. Not mucked about with food ...Having lived in Italy we really appreciated it as found some very odd mixed flavours in the US.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Sea bass ravioli was very fishy and chewy. Everything needed salt. Lemoncello dessert was delicious

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great small authentic Italian restaurant --- good service -- very good menu - -reasonable prices for both food and corkage.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was somewhat bland, service was indifferent at best. To loud to have a decent conversation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ideale is a restaurant you must visit when in San Francisco. The food is always fresh authentic Italian consistently prepared. The service is excellent and the bar (even though small) makes great cocktails. We've been here often!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Would I go again? No. Wish they had done a better job greeting me at the door, acknowledging whether or not I had a reservation so I didn't need to spend time writing "how I did show up, but the restaurant said I didn't. Oh, and don't forget the fact that you had to flag down the waiter for, well, everything. If the food were killer, it would have been fine, it wasn't. Worst Cacio e Pepe I've ever had.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We always enjoy the atmosphere, like going to Rome in old North Beach. We started with a glass of prosecco and bruschetta, followed by pastas, pappardelli with lamb sugo, and mezzeluna with pumpkin sage and walnuts. Very good, as always.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Fresh pasta, made in house. Authentic regional food of Rome. Very ample portions. Easy parking at the North Beach garage.

We love this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Everything was good, from the salads to the homemade pastas. Service was a little slow, but it was Saturday night, and the waiter came by to tell us it would be a few minutes until the entrees arrived.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Must be under new management/owners because it's certainly NOT the same place.
I've dined at Ideale many times and have always had a great experience. We didn't recognize any of the staff and they didn't know us. In the past they always remembered us and treated us like family.
Too bad yet another great spot has changed NOT for the better. Bummer!! Won't go back!

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Nice little spot, we would go back for sure. The sooner and dessert were awesome. Funny, they chilled the Pinot noir.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Ideale was delicious, relaxed and friendly. We enjoyed all of our dishes as well as expertly made Negronis. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food rating for pizza only. If you are going there for anything other than pizza, please read some other reviews. We were greater with a very attentive staff, and the service throughout the evening was excellent. Constant attention was given.

We had the pizza with Italian Sausage and mushrooms. The pizza was watery, the sauce and Italian sausage was bland. There seemed to be zero spices and zero Italian seasoning for the sausage.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great all around Italian Roman style. A must do if in North Beach.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The people could not have been nicer. Outstanding food and service. Would highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great meal with very attentive service and incredibly delicious homemade pasta. Authentic Italian (Rome) dishes prepared perfectly. Lamb ragu was a highlight. Being from NY we are critical of Italian, and this is a place definitely come back to!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Birthday and anniversary.

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