Ideale

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"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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OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Italian restaurant. Not cheap but the food is the right one. You won't be disappointed, even if you are like me, italian!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was authentic and amazing. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early and we were seated immediately. The staff were great and the food was excellent!

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta is always perfect. Service is outstanding. Been here like 4-5x. See you again soon!

c
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was okay it was somewhat on the slow side. We were served some bread prior to the meal when we requested olive oil for the bread we were told they didn’t have any....no olive oil in an Italian restaurant? Eventually they discovered some hidden in a dark secretive location.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we got to Ideale on lanor day as last guests and had a wonderful meal with perfect service. thank you for the hospitality.

N
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great variety of choices at reasonable prices for the city. My niece said she felt like she was in a European small town restaurant where everyone knew each other and were very comfortable. Good service, pretty noisy...But it was a holiday weekend, and it's a small place. I'm glad someone else recommended this place. I'd go back without question.

HC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Ideale, when in San Francisco, over the years. It is always a lively vibe with happy, return patrons and the most incredible, welcoming, professional, friendly staff. Everyone, including Mauritzio, the owner, is genuinely caring and engaged. The food is presented in the most appealing ways and is, without fail, fresh, delicious and perfect. It is one of the true value eateries in the city for such an expensive locale. Service is efficient but not hurried and you are made to feel like family.

p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideale is our very favorite dinner destination in San Francisco! Wonderful staff, great food, and a very friendly comfortable place to have dinner!

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Great food but wait staff is too relaxed. We stood outside even though they were opened. Nobody came to door to invite us in.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were in San Francisco for the weekend and received this restaurant recommendation from the hotel. Outstanding in every way possible.

EG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable. Excellent food. Good drinks. Maurizio the owner is gracious and friendly.

AO
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous dinner! Felt like we were in Rome - service and food was amazing

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting, great service, good food, good value. I will come back.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. We all had pasta and really enjoyed it. Terrific fresh pasta. Loved the paintings on the wall, too!

i
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ideale, as a good Italian/Brazilian/American! Friendly people, outstanding food, it make me feel in Italy. I drive 50 miles every time to have a night at Ideale!

s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had friends from the east coast in town and took them here. They were not disappointed. My chicken parmigiana was excellent - cooked perfectly with a delicious marinara sauce. My husband enjoyed his homemade rigatoni and our friends loved their saltimbocca. The room without the bar where we were seated has a nicer atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly and the whole experience was delightful. We could have been in a trattoria in the middle of Rome. We'll be back!

MR
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! It has outstanding food, but you will need to make reservations. Usually we eat here early, before 7pm, and by the time we are leaving, they have a long line out the front door. Most recently we have the shrimp with red fettuccini, and it was truly one of the best meals we have had. I passed half of it over to my husband because I wanted him to taste how fantastic this dish was. Kids spaghetti was home made, and the entire evening was out of sight!

DR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I've been there twice with four people each time and no one had any complaints. Food and service is all good. It's a populat busy place but the service and food were still very good.

ER
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and fabulous food in a family friendly atmosphere.

SA
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were trying to reproduce our Rome dining experience and had a nice meal. The wait staff were so nice and our overall experience was lovely.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 5 had the best table - a booth right inside the door. Our servers were excellent and all of the salads were scrumptious and the meals were fantastic. Fabulous dining experience. Authentic Italian. Seemed like where the locals go.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my Italian relatives here to test Ideale’s authenticity.... I got a thumbs up!! Marco our server was excellent! We will be back.

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere

BB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value and authentic Italian gem in heart of North Beach.

v
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family reunion

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PM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent handmade pastas, great specials. Authentic Italian food and friendly staff.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the pappardelle with lamb sauce. Delicious! Bread... desserts ... all terrific.

LC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual Italian dinner with smart atmosphere. Very reasonable prices both on food and on wine. Gets pretty noisy come 7:30 so if that is an issue I suggest no later than 6:30 start-time. Moderately dark, romantic.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Waiter took too long

JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is real and authentic. The staff is consistent and, though it sounds trite, it's like being in . . . . When I take friends there they often say "this place is great I have never been here. Check it out.

N
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Ideale was great as usual. I really enjoyed the orriechette and Caesar salad. The gnocchi was also good. Service was a little slow, but friendly

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food. We loved the homemade pasta!

KS
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very fine Italian restaurant, the pasta is homemade and you gang taste it, fanstastic. We also had their profiteroles and Tiramisu for dessert also very good. The service was professionel which mean that we got our food, but we felt very little interest from the waiter.

HS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was in September 2008 and we have been talking about it ever since, so this past week's dinner was much anticipated and didn't disappoint. From the welcome to the dessert, our meal was wonderful, the service perfect and I can't wait to return - although it is a long way from Florida.

A
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely delicious! The pear and prosciutto appetizer was amazing... the zucchini app was as well. Everyone loved their entrees, highly recommend.

PU
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Comfortable setting in North Beach.

DB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty good! Tables were crowed together. Waiter seemed grumpy.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wine in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.

SB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the Calamari was outstanding!!! the caesar salad was also excellent. We didn't enjoy the prawn fettucini or the veal scallopini.

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