Perbacco

4.6
5608 reviews
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Sleek and modern with one foot firmly in the Old World is the feeling at Perbacco. The restaurant boasts a brick wall original to the historic 1913 Hind building, with other touches such as a bar top and floor tiles made from white Carrara marble. With 16 seats at the bar and 7 more intimate tables, Perbacco creates an atmosphere for a glass of wine or a light bite. Perbacco also features 2 dining rooms, one on the main floor and a smaller one on the Mezzanine, which has the added allure of serving as "theater", with windows to watch all the action in the kitchen below.
Chef Staffan Terje strives to cook the finest food reflecting the Italian regions of Piemonte and Liguria. Handcrafted, house-made salumi, prosciutto and other charcuterie are not to be missed. Seasonal pastas, a tradition in Piemonte, range from the traditional ravioli to the more exotic agnolotti. Main courses feature dishes such as stuffed quail breast, a selection of seafood dishes, and vegetarian options.
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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible service. My boyfriend can’t have dairy and I don’t eat gluten-and we went to an Italian restaurant. So I always appreciate it when the server takes time to guide us through the menu.

And the food was all stunning. Thank you!

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JW
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, inredible wine list, we loved our time at this truly Piemontese restaurant.

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RH
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always dine early at Perbacco. Service, noise,and wait is great.Pappardelle and mushroom Tagliatelle are our favorite. Do not miss the Semifreddo for dessert. They are the before show diner.

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MR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant but can’t. The appetizers were just deep fried veggies and the scallops were soaked in butter. I couldn’t finish my meal because it was all too heavy and greasy. The wine is AWESOME here though. Just wish it was the full package.

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. Service was terrible. Not enuff help. Out of what I wanted.

Will not be back.

John Hughes

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JN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al 4 of us had completely different dinners and they were excellent. The tagliatelle with mushrooms was superb!!!

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L
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My first time at Perbacco was amazing- great service and incredible food- each and every dish. This last time, 2 nights ago, our service was lovely and attentive, but the food was frankly disappointing. Some of the dishes were spot on; but more than 50% were a total disappointment.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Server knowledgeable about wine/food pairing.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only experience that was confusing was that we started lunch @ 1:30, and around 3:20, the lights were basically turned off in the dining room. We took the hint, but the experience hardly felt gracious.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and wine were delicious. The restaurant was a little bit loud. The customer service was excellent

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening.
Wonderful authentic Italian food and terrific service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok. I was not wowed by my dining experience.

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MM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Perbacco several times and it does not disappoint. The food is always displayed nicely and is piping hot (which I love and is a must for me). I will definitely be going back soon.

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EK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The octopus was very tough, The entree was okay but not outstanding. When they uncorked my wine didn't bring cork back to table, brought another cork passing it off as ours it wasn't, looked thru bucket of corks never to find ours. Very loud hard to carry on conversation.

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FM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perbacco has been our favorite restaurant for several years now. We went last Thursday for dinner with my wife and daughters. The meal was outstanding. Every course was a delight.

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CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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M
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stylish setting; creative menu well presented and very tasty; diverse and interesting wine list; attentive and helpful service; prices are reasonable but not cheap.

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i
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to many different restaurants, and I've had a lot of great meals... but this has got to be one of the ABSOLUTE BEST I have ever had in my life!!! My boyfriend and I visited this wonderful gem on New Years Eve (which explains all the balloons you see in my first picture). The vibe is hip and sharp, but also very top tier. The dim lighting and close tables give it a cozy and intimate feel, which as a woman from Miami we don't get too many of those places so I always appreciate it when I find it. The service was fantastic! Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable, and our food did not delay even with it being such a busy night. And when those plates finally arrived, I mean... WOW!!! The plates we chose were the TRIANGOLI and PAPPARDELLE - absolute PERFECTION!!!! They have a smaller portion available if you're not that hungry, but believe me when I say go for the full portion - you will not regret it!!! (I am still dreaming of my Triangoli...) And for dessert I made sure to leave a little room, I went for the SEMIFREDDO as evidenced in my 3rd picture. Perfect way to end a delicious dinner and fabulous night! Also: location is great! Walking distance to the Port of San Francisco and to the BART station. Go check this place out!! :)

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great New Years Eve dinner and timing worked out perfectly. Reservation at 9:15 pm and seated pretty close to that time. Pasta dishes we had we're great as were there scallops. Only negative was the 100$ charge for wine on the bill that we didn't order. Pointed it out to the waiter who promptly corrected.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cena de fin de año!!! Un restaurante con un servicio excepcional. Amable, atento, profesional. Un 10 para ellos. Y la comida buena, muy buena. Para repetir y recomendar sin dudarlo!!!

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m
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was fair, the service was fair, it is a pretty place… The bathrooms are horrible. Overall, I was disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday.
We had a great time. Best Risotto ever.

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P
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Perbacco continues to serve good pastas with unique ragus with a lighter touch. We enjoyed the smaller size servings to allow for trying more pastas. The risotto was cooked for us, not prepared ahead of time. Service was efficient and pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our meal, the service, and ambience. Though it was an early dinner 5:30 it was not too loud to hold an intimate conversation. This is always a plus to me in dining. I can see why it is so well reviewed by others. Thanks!

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ST
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative food, helpful, well-trained staff, comfortable noise level, and unlike some other similarly priced restaurants, well worth the cost, which was surprisingly, NOT excessive. The perfect choice for a meal with special friends.

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered the “little shoes” and took one bite and that was all i could do, I love pungent cheese so I thought perhaps my buds were off so i had everyone at table try it and no one could eat it. Wanted to love this place but did not, the service was, however very good

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and friendly staffs.

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SW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed in this highly rated restaurant. Service was slow. Our cocktails were brought to the table half filled or with so much ice it amounted to half full. My 17 dollar tortellini appetizer dish with shaved truffle had no truffle to be seen or tasted and was very chewy and tough. The smell of dirty socks didn’t help either. Of the three guests, no one loved their meal. We dine often, and frequently in the Bay Area. We have enjoyed so many wonderful meals, rarely being disappointed, but Perbacco missed the mark for us and I would not recommend it to friends.

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CD
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A good meal, just nothing exceptional about any of the 6 dishes we had. A pleasant dinner, excellent service, but the food quality certainly did not meet our expectations.

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GR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and a true San Francisco vibe! I wasn't impressed with my Filet but the other dishes ordered were very good. The staff was great and we had a great time on Christmas Eve at Perbacco!

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A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably delicious & good service.
Good for conversation.

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ZH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant in the embarcadero area. The octopus and carne crudo will make me return. The service was great, we were the last table in the place but never rushed.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding

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J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and good food. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I found this restaurant on Open Table as I was looking for a new place near Union Square. The food was very good--handmade pastas with intricate, seasonal ingredients. Ex: Venison, Chestnut, Foie Gras. We had the Papparadelle with short rib ragu and the tagliatelle with pork ragu and mushrooms. Both were excellent. We did not try any of the mains, but they looked great too. We shared the Frito MIsto of seafood and vegetables that was outstanding! The cocktails are inventive and I had a fantastic red wine by the glass--both for around $13 each, which was a fair price in SF.
The service was like from a 5 Star restaurant--gracious, timely server who really knew the dishes. I ordered a pasta dish that was a bit too strong with Taleggio cheese and without asking, she replaced it with another dish, graciously.
The overall ambiance is not spectacular, but what I did like is the linen tablecloths and generous space between tables so I wasn't talking over my neighbor, or hearing their conversation.
This place is a general standout!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement

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R
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My favorite dish at Perbacco has always been the pappardelle but this time it gets only 4 stars since it wasn’t as good as I remember. The flavors in the short rib ragu seemed undeveloped and it definitely needed more horseradish. However this is one of my favorite restaurants so I’m sure I’ll be back.

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m
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It took a long time for the server to take our order. (26 mins) I had to ask him to rush our order due to a show we had to go and see. It was a shame because we did not get to enjoy the meal and experience for a special day.
I have been sending guests there for years and my first time experience was a little disappointing. After I mentioned we had a show the service got better. Overall the restaurant to beautiful and the service was good but the food was just too sweet and it had no flavor. I guess it was just our luck for that day!

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D
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perbacco is a wonderful semi casual restaurant in downtown San Francisco. Great negornis, pasta and italian fare and all in a nice vibrant environment. Highly recommended.

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HH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud for a business meeting

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