"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."
San Francisco, CA 94109
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
$31 to $50
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1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )
2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We will open for large parties at lunch. Please contact us for details.
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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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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