"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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