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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

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for a Date (14)
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Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Seasonal (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Very very disappointed. We have been going to Ideale whenever we were in SF. for a number of years. The food was barely average and in fact the pizza appetizer was cold when brought to the table. The dessert looked so bad when delivered that the waiter finally decided to bring one more presentable. In general everything was several notches below what we have experienced in the past and will be looking for a new spot to go when in the city.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Service was excellent. Good atmosphere. Able to have a conversation with my group.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Never had a bad meal. Carbonara as good as advertised. Calamari and Zucchini appetizers absolutely sensational. Wine prices both glasses and bottles very affordable. If I lived in neighborhood I would be quite overweight by now. Meant as a compliment.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was horrible and the food was covered in butter. I would never go back or recommend this place to anyone.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

I'm Italian and I assure that it's an authentic italian restaurant managed by italians. All ingredients are fresh and all pasta is homemade!! Really impressive. Chef Maurizio is a beautiful and kind person. He also personally makes some off-the-menu dishes upon request. Absolutely the best italian restaurant.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Authentic Italian atmosphere and excellent food! This place was really fun and charming. Their pastas we’re flavorful and wine selection was off the charts.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was beyond gracious. We took our kids (7 yr & 10 yr) and they asked for pesto pasta, which was not on the menu. They made it to order and it was amazing! Great food, service, and fun neighborhood! We will definitely be back to Ideale.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

My family of 5 enjoyed an excellent dinner here, with attentive service and a relaxed and comfortable vibe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Ideale was fantaatic. I would go there again and recommend it to anyone. First time out on Christmas Eve and it was worthy of a holiday dinner. Very authentic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Authentic (Roman) Italian. Relatively simple fare exquisitely prepared. Comfortable surroundings. Reservations recommended. A local (Italian) shopkeeper recommended it to us as one of the best spots in North Beach.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Best authentic Italian cuisine in North Beach. Classic Italian food has been created and served at Ideale for over 20 years. Chef Maurizio Bruschi brings his Roman heritage to every plate. Daily specials are described by the Italian wait staff, the pesce (fish) is always fresh and changes daily based on what has been caught that day. Pastas noodles are all house made daily, and the pizzas are always favorites at the table. My husband loves the Zappa di pesce for his main course, and I like to start with the prosciutto e pear. Ideale is a wonderful restaurant for a couple, or a gathering with friends and family. It is our favorite Italian restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and service, always enjoyable, never a dissapointment

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We’ve been to Ideale several times and since my boyfriend and his brother are Italian we liked it’s authenticity. This time however, we made reservations a couple of days in advance and we ended up at a tiny table right between 2 others, the place was super noisy, packed and the food was really disappointing! I had the bisteaka and about a third of it was greasy fat, it came with a few little roasted potato slices and a small stalk of broccoli. He had the lamb which was extremely fatty an came with the same puny sides.
We shared an appetizer- carpaccio- which was fine but pricey at $15. We had a moderately priced bottle of Chianti, the appetizers, some water, espresso and tiramisu and the tab before tip was $136.
Their prices have definitely gone up, and their quality went down. I don’t think we’ll be going back.

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

The food is fantastic every time we dined there. The chef put a lot of time and love in every dish that came out of the kitchen. Starting with homemade, warm bread, to light, fluffy raviolitos which melt in your mouth and ending with fresh homemade cannolis with special local cheese is to die for. There are not too many items on the menu but every dish is delicious. If you have not been to Ideale, I would recommend that you give it a try, you would not be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Seasonal, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Superb!!!! All pastas and desserts are made fresh on the premises. Need I say more?

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Our waitress was from Capri. She made me feel like I was back in Italy! Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Worst restaurant in all of North Beach!
Service was extremely poor, waitstaff ignored us completely...did not ask if we wanted another glass of wine (which we did), did not bring olive oil for our bread for 15 minutes...so we got up and sought out this ourselves! Told our waiter we would like to see the desert menu and he never came back! 30 minutes later we got up, went to the cashier and asked for our bill, no desert of course, no coffee. Terrible service and the food is only so/so...but expensive and very small portions.
This is a loser place, especially been Italian cuisine in North Beach!
Never again

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was looking for a great meal before a late show in North Beach and found R Ideale. So happy with our meals! The food was fresh and so tasty! I asked for grilled squid, which was featured on their Check Please review, but was not currently on the menu. They improvised a wonderful plate. My date also asked to swap out some side dishes, which the waiter accepted quite graciously. The food was wonderful, the pricing was reasonable and we will definitely be going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Poor service. Veal was too salty and lasagna was basic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Going to restaurants as vegetarians you are limited to one or two items on the menu. But Ideale surprised us with their variety and homemade pastas. We tried 2 appetizers, 4 dishes and 4 desserts amongst the 4 of us and we were highly impressed as to the quality and taste of food. Not salty, just perrrrfect! This one is a keeper. Friendly staff, attentive service and immediate seating even though we were half an hour early.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We absolutely loved the dinner we had at Ideale--very authentic cuisine from chef Maurizio, who hails from Rome. It is a small and cozy North Beach place, a little noisy when full, but lively and fun and ... most of all ... delicious food! Don't miss it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

One of our favorite places in North Beach. Amazing, homemade pasta.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Best lasagna ever!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good appetizers, but that was it. Entrees were poor and the service was atrocious. Had guests visiting from out of town and was embarrassed. Never again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great dinner!

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 (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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