Perbacco

4.6
5731 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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d
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service are fantastic. Noise level is high, specially in the back seating area, so probably not a good intimate date setting.

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l
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very expensive for what you get. Splin were not very good. Disappointed. I prefer Barbacco.

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was absolutely terrible. Ravioli was al dente, which is apparently not cooked at all. I've never had pasta taste like raw dough! When we sent it back, it was returned with the same portion and we were told it was al dente. Never had worse halibut: tough, fishy, and tasteless. The tomato paste on top did nothing to mask its lack of flavor. My partner had duck which for a tiny portion of breast was so tough, the knife struggled to cut through. Cauliflower taste was bad. It's the first time that food was so bad that I couldn't even finish it -- it's also the first time that I've reviewed on OpenTable. That's how bad it was.

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DL
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went recently for lunch and was very disappointed in the saltiness of the Tuna in the Tuna Salad entrée, and the over-sauced Roasted Cauliflower,... this from someone who likes salty foods. In addition the deviled eggs in the Tuna salad tasted "off" to both myself and my friend. Not rushing to come back here.....

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v
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was really disappointed in the food. The restaurant was recommended by friends so I had high expectations. Pasta was dry, brussel sprouts were very average, octopus was tough,even the bread was mediocre. The wine was good. The service really good however, I will not go back I am sorry to say.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always outstanding , the service excellent, and the sommelier, Iris, is extremely knowledgeable about wines, particularly Italian wines. Her pairings perfectly complement each dish and she spends time discussing which wines would be best for your specific taste and the meal itself.
This is a restaurant that I return to often, and always with great satisfaction.

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KR
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food is good but service was horrible. Took us an hour and a half to get our food, and the whole dinner took two and a half hours. I called ahead and asked them to seat us somewhere more quiet because my grandfather is hard of hearing and they put us right above the kitchen.

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CC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is excellent, the service impeccable. Umberto is the most gracious of hosts. Lisa, is a master of the cocktail extraordinaire. Good people, great joint. Manga!!!

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GK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Seated in the upstairs, which is not as nice as the downstairs. The food was great but the service was really not up to par.

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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service and amazing food.

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LS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perbacco is my “go to” restaurant for business meetings, birthdays and special occasions as they can handle it all. Their attention to detail is among the best in the Bay Area. They overheard me mention my friend’s birthday, brought her a card and a surprise treat at the end of the meal. I dine here at least twice a month and I am never bored.

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HI
Hawaii
193 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 1

NOISY. NOISY. NOISY. Couldn't hear myself think let alone speak to the person I was dining with as the "neighboring" diners (next to us, couple tables down in a corner, big table behind us) were at varying stages of yelling to be heard over each other. Horrible experience - never going back.

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A
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks, wine and food. Service was excellent.

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C
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The pasta was great. The sauces were good. Dessert was mediocre and expensive. Overall, it feels like a tourist trap. If it were cheaper, I would give it a better rating than a 3.

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MW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been on my list for awhile after hearing about it thru the Check Please Bay Area show. We made reservations for dinner after seeing a show at the Golden Gate Theater and it lived up to our expectations. Wonderful food - they even make their own gluten free rolls that were fabulous! - and the service was great. Perfect recommendations from our waiter for wines to pair with our entrees. We sat in the area with the lowered ceiling so it felt cozy and it wasn’t noisy. We’ll definitely go back.

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Y
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great scene really enjoyed it

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Salty ravioli. Dry mahi-mahi. Mushy Brussels sprouts. Incompatible dishes. The best thing was the complimentary hazelnut meringue.

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f
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful...great food and service, outstanding wine list. Our only complaint was the noise level which made it hard to have a conversation. We would ask for more secluded seating next time...in a corner. But the food is excellent and the pacing just right. One of the best duck dishes I have ever had!!

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c
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a table of three ordering had four regional pasta dishes, served family. Our server (Annalisa?) sequenced them slowly so we had plenty of time to enjoy each one. We were not rushed. It is not clear if the other people knew that they could order authentic Piedmontese pasta dishes made in the basement pasta factory. The tajarin and the agnolotti al plin were the stars of the four pasta show, followed by the pappardelle with the 5-hour braised short rib ragu. -- Grazie to Umberto and the Perbacco staff and crew.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it.
Lots of good choices. We will be back.

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FB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at Perbacco. My partner has a variety of dietary limitations. The staff were very accommodating and even replaced a side order of vegetables to make it more flavorful. Everyone treated us well and we were made to feel that we were regular customers even though this was the first time at the restaurant. We had an early reservation and we never felt any pressure to give up the table, so we could enjoy our celebratory meal. The sommelier was very helpful in finding an older wine that could pair with our meals and was within our budget. Dishes were well presented and flavorful without being heavy. I especially enjoyed the triangoli (triangle) pasta with a generous portion of truffle shavings. Even when the restaurant was full, the noise level was reasonable and we could carry on a normal conversation. We will be returning.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food varied a bit in quality. The pastas were truly excellent, meanwhile my soup was insanely under salted. I question whether they put any salt in the soup. The beef cheek was just ok, and the accompaniments were a little bare bones. The wines were fantastic and reasonably priced. Overall, not a meal that felt worth the money to me, but there were some standouts.

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O
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Also a fabulous evening with exceptional food and wine. Our favorite Italian in San Francisco.

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h
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Perbacco with some frequncy and always enjoy it. On this trip the restaurant went out of its way to take care of several requests we made about seating, food, and a special occasion. All as done with grace and the food was up to standard as always.

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o
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant over years. Always on my list of places to go if you are visiting San Francisco.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere, service and food!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time in ages that I’ve gone to a popular “in” restaurant, expected it to live up to its reputation and not been disappointed! Very elegant place, great service and wonderful food. (One of our party got up to use the facilities and left his napkin on his chair. He hadn’t been gone a minute before a wait person appeared out of nowhere, picked up the napkin, folded it and placed it on the table it in front of his seat.). A word to the wise: like most contemporary restaurants, the noise level in the main dining room is quite high, so if like me you’re hard of hearing, ask to be seated upstairs.

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q
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for seating us at a relatively quiet table! Our server was excellent and everything was tastefully presented.

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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Perbacco and make it a point to have dinner whenever we visit San Francisco. The wine selection is excellent, the food is top quality and well presented, and the service is friendly and efficient. One feels the price was just right for the excellent meal.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistent, great wine list, creative southern Italian cuisine

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Over priced restaurant with mediocre food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Perbacco has great pasta and the food is great. My issue is more service related, I came with my wife and 2 young well behaved kids for a 5:30 early dinner. The waitress seemed annoyed that we weren’t a business meal ordering 3 bottles of wine. We still ordered 2 apps and 4 mains with a couple drink but the waitress seemed inattentive and “over it” from the second we sat down.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my Octopus dish. The Octopus was very tender and it was served over just the right amount of mashed potato. The accompanying arugula with balsamic dressing was perfect. I was happy that there was no parmesan on that dish. Almost every item on the menu has parmesan in or on it. I like that cheese on some dishes, but not on the Carne Crudo I had.

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for an upscale yet reasonably priced night out! Pasta dishes were delicious but we did find quite a bit of oil at the bottom of the plate once finished. The appetizers were great as well, and service was excellent! They also had an extensive wine menu.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. Umberto and staff are always gracious and welcoming.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food wasn’t great... service was terrible. Options were lacking. We tried two apps, three entrees and a dessert. Nothing was even mediocre.

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L
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! We arrived early and were seated at our table.
Server, Kris, was great. We took a friend from out of town who really knows wine. He was very impressed with the wine list. He chose an excellent Barolo. My husband's minestrone was the best I have every tasted. Vitello Tonnato and duck were super. Chocolate chestnut gelato amazing. All of us loved the meal.

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Perbacco is very conveniently located in the Financial district - it has a pleasant and lively atmosphere - the food is pretty good, not great - but the service is good and overall an enjoyable experience.

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and wine. Food presentation is well done and the food is remarkably affordable given the high quality.

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CK
San Francisco
148 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun birthday dinner here last week. Everything was delicious and the staff was attentive without being intrusive. They easily moved us to a larger table when we found we needed to add one more guest last
minute. Overall a lovely experience.

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