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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for a Date (15)
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Comfort Food (14)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Fun (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 9 hours ago

Amazing dinner coupled with even better service. The swordfish was outstanding. The Caesar salad fresh and the service treat was second to none

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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

First waiter was entirely ignorant of the wine menu and sarcastic as hell.
Used to be more family-like and welcoming.
Getting too pretentious.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was just OK. Not much flavor at all. Slightly greasy. Dessert was delicious.

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vip
 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great. V yummy

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good, but not great. The appetizers were very good but the main courses or a little disappointing. Ambience was good, service OK

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food and service were excellent. I ordered an Old Fashioned from the bar and it was the best I had ever had. Everything is homemade, recipes are creative and delicious. I recommend ordering more than one item as the menu is designed to be eaten in courses. Ideale is my favorite North Beach restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 5, 2018

First time here. Won't be our last. Great North Beach restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent service, food, ambiance. Perfect place for any occasion or just a night out to dinner.

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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always good food, perfect services and relaxing atomos

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

It was a slow night so nice and quiet, easy to hear each other. Decent Manhattans. In retrospect, there were a couple negative kitchen points, but we still enjoyed a leisurely and comprehensive dining experience. We shared a variety of starters including the zucchini tartufata that I love, and which some day I will order as an entree, because I can’t seem to get enough of it, especially when we are sharing. Unfortunately, this time the crostini was kind of soggy instead of crispy. The pastas are housemade; slight miss this time though, too al dente, and with way too much salt; again we were sharing , and frankly, if I had ordered this dish just for myself, I might have sent it back. North Beach Restaurant also tends to serve super salty pasta, not sure why. The rack of lamb chops were perfectly cooked and sliced thinner than I have seen, but I liked them that way. The profiteroles were perfect. This is not the glowing review I would prefer to give, because I love this restaurant and have eaten there numerous times. I think this was not their usual best; but I will certainly give them another chance.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The staff brings Roman dining to SF. The food is fabulous!! And the staff makes everybody feel at home!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

High hopes, but a little disappointing. 2 of our 3 pasta dishes were served tepidly warm, the third as super hot. Took a while to get our wine to our table after we ordered it, and overall service was on slow side. Our waiter seemed somewhat distracted the entire time, partly, I think, because he seemed to be working an awful lot of tables for one guy. Dessert was good. I expected very high caliber pasta, but it was kind of "meh".

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We’ve been to this restaurant several times every time we come to San Francisco and it’s always been consistently great. So great, in fact, we always order the same thing: the lasagna. This last time, however, the lasagna wasn’t as good as it usually is. The flavor element was not there. I hope they get back to where they were. Otherwise, our Ideale days are over.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was so bland. Everything with red sauce tasted the same. The eggplant appetizer wasn't fried first, so it was just mushy. The lasagna was bland. No seasonings. But the worst was the Carbonara i ordered. The most greasy dish ive ever had, i sent it back. Unfortunately it left a bad aftertaste. I'm so disappointed that with my limited time in SF, i picked this bland mediocre establishment

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant was lovely, staff were quite friendly, and the food was superb. The gnocchi especially was just perfect.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very slow service. Chosen bottles of wine not available. Substitute substandard. A couple appetizers were very good: arugula and speck, procuitto and pears. Entrees ordinary, e.g., cioppino and tortellini. Mezzelune with squash undercooked, both pasta and filling.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always enjoy our time at Ideale. Atmosphere is super and our wait person. Angelina was efficient, energetic, engaging and had a very good sense of humor. Our fellow diners thought the food was abit bland.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 9, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 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 5, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Caribbean)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 21, 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 16, 2017

Great food and service, always enjoyable, never a dissapointment

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 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 15, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 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 11, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 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 2, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 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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