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Perbacco

4.7
4.7
6445 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 955-0663

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Staffan Terje

  • Catering

    Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.

  • Private party facilities

    Perbacco accommodates groups of all sizes. A 18 seat "wine and dine" room features a temperature controlled wine cellar and a private atmosphere, without being too secluded. A 40-seat private room is also available for meetings, birthdays, and other occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Battery St. & Front St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking offered at night only. Cars will be parked primarily in a secured lot. Nearby parking public parking structures also available at Front at Sacramento (Embarcadero), Battery at Pine and on Front between Pine and California

  • Public transit

    Bart: Montgomery station. Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,445 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. CS

    CharlieS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    A solid restaurant with tasty and creative Cali-Italian style dishes that won't dissapoint. The wine list is quite good, though on the expensive side, so be prepared. We found the room temperature too cool for our liking, so you may want to bring a coat or wrap. And lastly, unfortunately, our waiter was only average in service style, attention and knowledge. Despite the temp and staff downsides, the venue has verve, the food is inventive and delicious (save room for the desserts!), the wine list diverse, so would recommend a visit.
  2. b

    boccioni

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cuisine. Highly recommend the octopus as appetizer - very tender and flavorful! Also the Pappardelle for main course! Amazing! And don't be shy to explore wines outside of California. The waiters know their stuff about wines!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited 15 min and didn’t get service so we left.
  4. BS

    BebeShark

    San Francisco

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently great!
  5. GT

    Gr8Thyme

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Menu looked appealing so booked a last minute reservation. We were seated right away in a nice side table. Server was nice but not exceptional and did apologize for long waits between his service stops (they weren't busy yet so not sure why the delay). The caesar salad was small and a bit too salty, beet salad was good and house soup was also good. Halibut was well cooked and flavorful but the accompaniments (radish) did not seem to enhance flavors but took away something from the dish. Duck was flavorful and moist and the horseradish puree added to the flavorful. Son was disappointed in the peach crisp, husband really liked the apple sorbet. By the time we left the restaurant was packed. Overall a decent dining experience but would not consider it exceptional. Probably a good place to grab a nice lunch.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dernier souper de voyage
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for my birthday and they wrote me a hand written card. Very sweet. Delicious food as always and very authentic
  8. SF

    SFNative

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their pastas are exquisite as is the signature risotto. Friendly and very competent service is also a standout.
  9. WP

    WPSD

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing restaurant with outstanding service. They consistently provide great service and the Langaroli is an amazing pasta which I highly recommend. Grazie!!
  10. M

    Magpie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The service was great. The food was hit and miss. The tomato soup was delicious. One member in our party ordered the duck which was a mistake. It was not edible and had to be sent back. One of the pastas was good, the other was bad. Nice ambience but the food was nothing special.
  11. NL

    NeilL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals ever - food was excellent, service fantastic and although pricey it is worth it.
  12. N

    Nickm007

    Vancouver

    218 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really authentic, tasty high quality food and old school classic service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great! Very attentive, efficient and professional.
  14. LP

    LyanneP

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Amazing dinner. Food, wine and atmosphere was the perfect way to bring a team together!
  15. c

    catee

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, great cocktails, really good food, cozy but not claustrophobic interior. Only points off for (1) some of the food was super salty (and I like salt), and (2) the dessert was tiny (NOT for sharing!) Recommend and would go back in a heartbeat!
  16. e

    eat2jight

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful restaurant. Fantastic food with great service.
  17. RE

    RENEEM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All staff were friendly, professional and efficient. The carrots with lemon ricotta were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. Tried a couple of pasta dishes I hadn’t had before and were both excellent.
  18. BM

    BMFwino

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing ... loved it , Great Service
  19. N

    Nomnomnom

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Waiter took a long time to take our orders. Probably 20 min, which is way too long for a business lunch.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful dining experience at Perbacco!
  21. JH

    JohnH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a stellar dining experience at Perbacco. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the wine list consisting of mostly Italian wines was extensive.
  22. TC

    ThierryC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very good italian adress in downtown SF. Great ambiance, authentic italian and great service as well.
  23. e

    ernie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always outstanding food. Main dining room downstairs can get quite warm and a bit loud but you never know who your dining with :)
  24. RQ

    RichardQ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  25. TB

    TheBeam

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate dinner outdoors in the protected, heated parklet. Even on a busy street the noise was minor. Despite the evening being a bit cool, we were very comfortable at the table. The food was excellent, with nice portion sizes. Choices were plentiful on both the food and wine menus. Prices were quite reasonable. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Items arrived promptly, and the server made it easy to share items. We were at the table for nearly 3 hours, but never felt pressured to leave. It was a delightful meal, and an excellent dining experience. I highly recommend Perbacco.
  26. C

    Chiara

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perbacco continues to deliver on high standards for excellence. Dinner was outstanding, service was impeccable and my guest from Italy was delighted that he could order ruche’, a favorite red wine from Piemonte. Our server was knowledgeable and also super attentive to allergies and preferences (he said “it’s my job to help you enjoy a worry-free meal” What a pro!). And dessert is worthy of saving room. We had the most delicious, crisp outside, pillowy inside, decadent hazelnut brutti ma buoni outside of Italy.
  27. CH

    ChristopherH

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great. Our server was great as well.
  28. BF

    BarbF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    They weren’t able to accommodate my dietary restriction. The server actually said “this is an Italian restaurant, so practically everything has garlic “ when I nicely said I’d never had trouble dining at Perbacco (at least a dozen times) he wanted to know what I’d ordered. We shared appetizers and dined elsewhere.
  29. DO

    DianeO

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 3 of us, we 3different appetizers and mains and thought everyone one of them was outstanding. The only dish I was disappointed with was the apricot crumble. I felt there was too little fruit to crumble and ice cream ratio was off, not enough fruit. We will be back!!
  30. JS

    JoanneS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a beautiful day in SF so we sat outdoors in a comfortable, covered booth. The food was delicious, and the portions were generous. Three of us shared 2 entrees and a salad, plus an order of airy meringue cookies. Perfect! Our waiter couldn't have been better. Expensive, but excellent!
  31. LS

    LisaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, seamless service and great atmosphere.
  32. MD

    MartinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After 5 days in SFO, I was still looking for a good meal, with a relaxed classic atmosphere where you don’t feel rushed. Joey took excellent care of us. Food was priced as in other SFO locations visited but clearly outclassed them all in taste and presentation. Well done. If I had stayed a few more days in SFO, I would have gone back for more.
  33. j

    jerryfromthehood

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was (as always) great. Had the pappardelle, super great taste. Service was attentive, but not overbearing.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    186 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    186 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good selection. Sole a bit dry. Attentive service.
  35. BS

    BebeShark

    San Francisco

    151 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Consistently great!
  36. C

    Cel324

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was nothing special not sure what all the great reviews are all about. My risotto could have used more cooking time and no protein offered like scallops.
  37. AB

    AlexB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Good food however long wait and sit until somebody came to the table despite our table being next to the meeting point where all staff gathered constantly & looking around annoyed.
  38. BT

    BizTraveller

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I am downtown in San Francisco I try to eat at Perbacco. Always a delicious meal.
  39. RA

    RosanneA

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and great ambiance! It's a very bustling place so prepare to talk loudly! Fun and great for a special event dinner.
  40. SW

    SuzannW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perbacco is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The food is consistently excellent, the service is friendly and discreet and the wine list is one of our favorites. I can’t say enough good things about the wonderful food and staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Perbacco does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Perbacco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 955-0663.

Perbacco is rated 4.7 stars by 6445 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Google Map for Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Battery St. & Front St.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking offered at night only. Cars will be parked primarily in a secured lot. Nearby parking public parking structures also available at Front at Sacramento (Embarcadero), Battery at Pine and on Front between Pine and California

  • Public transit

    Bart: Montgomery station. Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Staffan Terje

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 955-0663

  • Catering

    Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.

  • Private party facilities

    Perbacco accommodates groups of all sizes. A 18 seat "wine and dine" room features a temperature controlled wine cellar and a private atmosphere, without being too secluded. A 40-seat private room is also available for meetings, birthdays, and other occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

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