Perbacco

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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
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! We never waited for a thing - water and wine glasses always full and food arrived promptly. While the service was attentive it wasn't smothering which was perfect. We were celebrating a birthday and they made us feel very special - card, people wishing happy birthday, and a great table.

My only complaint is other diners clearly weren't dressed for a nice restaurant. A t-shirt and jeans?!?! Bit annoying when I'm dressed up sitting next to someone who is dressed for a fast food restaurant. This isn't the restaurants fault - they clearly state business casual on their website.

K
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time, our server was perfect!

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a business meal, as it's an elegant setting with great food but not overly loud.

AH
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think Perbacco is one of the best restaurants in the City, period. The food is delicious, inventive and beautifully prepared and served, and for the area and what you're getting, very reasonably priced. The service is outstanding - professional waitstaff and support servers who ensure that every detail is looked after, but not in a fussy, intrusive way. The decor is also cool, and warmly inviting, but not fussy. We had a perfect dining experience on Saturday when, on a whim, we decided to check if they had availability last minute. Surprisingly they did - typically this place requires advanced reservations (for good reason).

We were greeted warmly by the reception staff, and shown to our table almost immediately, even though we were a tad early for our reservation. The waiter came right over, introduced himself, and gave us space to pick drinks. He came back, then again with drinks, and I had some menu questions which he answered in a leisurely way, not rushed at all (which I really appreciate). Also, he knew the menu throughout, and made excellent wine recommendations for pairings by the glass.

Our food was all so goooooooood! We had two appetizers - a veal with a tuna sauce, and a stone fruit salad that was heavenly. Very complex layers of flavors, textures and surprisingly excellent stone fruit (where are they getting such good produce?) - but accessible, not overly "foodie" and pretentious as so many places can be these days. I had perfectly cooked house-made pappardelle noodles with a ragu that was mouthwatering; and my husband had a piece of halibut that made me swoon, on top of some veggies and a sauce. For dessert, we ended up sharing three flavors of their gelato and sorbet across two orders (they made us a special blend) - the caramel, chocolate and fruit. These are memorable - and I would just eat those if it weren't unseemly! They come with paired little cookies....pure indulgence and so worth the calories!

Just go! Worth every moment and $!

OT
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion place for sure. Quiet, classy, excellent customer service, and the food was delicious. Calamari appetizer, beef cheeks and quail were all superb! Nice dinner out!

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner

OM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience here. Great food, attentive service, thoughtful wine pairings.

P
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I believe service & great company, attributed to our wonderful meal at Perbacco. Don't get me wrong, everything we had was perfect for the moment. Our server did an outstanding job of recommending the favorites and how sharing ideally worked for our group (thank you Ricky). Our kaleidoscope of eating options was a diners retreat with Beef Cheeks, Quail, Pasta, and cheese and desserts to follow. Due to the overwhelming service, we couldn’t help but share our dessert with diners sitting next to our, which they fully enjoyed, as well. We will definitely return, though we do wish we could receive service like this, at all eating establishments!

JP
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect: just the right amount of attention - not to much and not ignored. The food was very good, if a little pricey. We were seated in a more open-space so it was very easy for us to communicate.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service. We go here regularly and they never disappoint.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb!

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good Italian restaurant, nice service. Menu items are typical and not super different. Will want to try a couple more other pasta dishes to make sure next time

JG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We eat here often, casual personal week day and weekend meals and business lunch and dinners with clients. We usually love the wine and the food . However this time the pasta was oily and our waiter was condescending. We will not be returning.

K
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff

w
San Francisco
112 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great as always.

P
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience love the atmosphere and food. It’s a must visit when in town.

A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I gave a slightly lower mark for ambience only because the section we were sitting in was rather warm. When we got up to leave we realized the rest is the restaurant was cool. Word to the wise. More importantly - great food, nice wine, lovely service. Nice selection of dishes, if a bit meat-heavy.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful dishes and our server was incredibly attentive with exceptional recommendations in food and wine.

MD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Fatoush salads (our favorite), exceptional service. It was a rare, warm SF day and we ate outside - huge crowd but the service was still excellent. We have tried other menu items and are always impressed with the quality and creativity.

JL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was accommodating. Food was very good with an excellent wine selection. Service was a little slow but good and friendly staff. Will return to dine

LM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Nice place, but nothing special. Service was mediocre. Food not bad, but nothing to rave about. Hard to believe this is a place to look to going to for great food, or anything else. Wine list was great. But, that is all.

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We were seated right next to a huge column which was uncomfortable and really put a damper on the whole experience especially since the reservation was made months in advance for the visit.

Z
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was inattentive...waited for a long time for water refill, when it was an 82 day!

GL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went the extra mile for our anniversary and even presented us with a cake and a congratulations card : )

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Good service, really busy on weekday nights, little gem salad was good, beef cheek was mushy, good papparadelle.

PA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly incredible service and everyone was extremely attentive and welcoming. We had a special time on Saturday night and did not want the evening to end. Thank you Perbacco !

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and our server was great. It was our first time there and were given the choice
of booth or table. We selected booth and were seated in the bar area. We did not know that the table
choice would have been better in the main dining room as soon, four customers coming in recognized four other customers who were leaving the restaurant. They were quite happy to see each other and proceded
to stand very close to our table laughing and talking. They were quite loud and remained there talking for
about five minutes.

IA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent food and service, was not our fist time here, very happy with our choice, had a lovely dinner, we especially love coming here for pasta :)

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a pretty busy night. We were greeted and seated right away per our reservations. Our waiter came to table right away and offers us to order drinks but we needed time to decide. I noticed he was slammed with other tables so I spoke with host explaining we have show tickets and would like to order quickly. The waiter, Joseph Underwood, was awesome. Within minutes he was at the table. Super friendly, answered questions - my husband was trying to decide between the Violerra (Zacapa rum based and The Monk with green chartreuse) and took our entire order at once. Cocktails came fast, so good - went with the Violetta. Then our two appetizers arrived- The octopus which is warm and the Vitello Tonnato, room temp/cold dish. Both were fresh, full of flavor and we enjoyed both. They don't split dishes but provided us individual plates and extra serving utensils. I liked having the octopus first then the Vitello. Then we shared the large portion of the Tajarin pasta. Again, very flavorful and a big serving. We both enjoyed. Our final dish we shared was the Duck. Was delicious. Comes with frise salad. The duck alone can be a bit salty, but combine with the salad items the combo was remarkable. Both my husband and I like to eat and the portions were perfect to keep us satisfied, too full for dessert. The wine by the glass was nice. Really enjoyed having Joseph as our waiter. Will be back again. Convenient valet parking in front. We made the show no problem - the pace of the meal was perfect.

2
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perbacco has a very welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel at once that you are in for a very special dinner. The tables are set to allow dinners to have a conversation without having to speak loudly. The food is classic Italian and matched by great wines in every price range.
The wait staff could not be more knowledgable or gracious .
We always love coming back!

SC
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent, and well presented. We enjoy their food.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was not great, I ordered a pasta that was very oily. The portion was very small for the price. We waited an hour and a half for our food. The dessert which was some type of chocolate gelato was terrible. Overall, not a good food experience.

MJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic and I would definitely recommend the menu. It was noisy so having a business lunch was a little challenging. Service was good but slow. Quality of food made up for any negatives.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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RG
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Best Pasta you’ll ever taste. Very noisy. Tight tables. Wine list is good but pricey

g
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I say I’d recommend to a friend even though I doubt I’ll return because of the noise factor. Like other places I might return and eat at the bar - as the food is quite good - so I could actually hear myself and my partner speaking to one another. Or eat as soon as they open up in the early evening. I had to take a break and go outside for several minutes for some sanity before going back to desert. It’s such a shame what’s going on with these restaurants these days and the loudness factor. Instead of 5 stars - because of that - it gets 3.

SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Perbacco in a few years however we are very glad to have visited for my wife's birthday as the dinner experience was perfect. We'll certainly not wait very long before returning.

j
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

always return to Perbacco. it was exceedingly noisy the night we were there, and my duck dish which I usually order was quite tough. the dessert of the week also was not up to par...it is one of our favorite restaurants, and would go again, as I think this was just an off night.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Waiter lacked interactive skills and wine pours were supposed to be 6 ounces, I received about 4 if I was lucky!

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