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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San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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.

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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
25 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
30 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!

BL
San Francisco
226 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a terrific dinner with friends. We ate upstairs, which is usually quieter because the tables are spread out (downstairs booths are adjacent to the bar, and the bar scene can often be quite loud). Service was slow - but we didn't mind because we were enjoying a nice evening with our friends. Drinks were good, and we shared appetizers including a great frito misto and an octopus dish. We all opted for the house made pastas and they were perfectly cooked with delicious sauces.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Our server was exceptional. They made my girlfriend's night with a birthday card and a personalized dessert. It was a great evening!

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian food; a great selection of Piedmont wines; and attentive and knowledgeable service. Out next to-go place in SF.

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

For a truly wonderful dining experience Perbacco is the the place to go...you may even have the pleasure of meeting Humberto.

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

Got the Prix menu: Delicious!

CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had been to Perbacco once before, my husband several times. We chose it for our midweek, 25th anniversary dinner. We had the duck and pork as well as a few sides. All were delicious. I have a food allergy and the server was well educated on the menu and was able to tell me what to avoid, which was nice. Had recommended wines and they were very good matches for our main. Thanks, Perbacco!

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Excellent. Excellent!!!!

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MG
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, as always. And every time I order a glass of wine, I make a new wonderful discovery. Scaled back the points on my rating due to the usual attentive service been far less so. Hopefully that is an off night, not the new standard.

b
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love sitting in the banquettes by the bar & observing the comings and goings. Umberto is so often there greeting customers. Great cocktails, wonderful salad of baby gems with a tarragon & blue cheese dressing, excellent pasta dishes. Lovely choice of wines by the glass and hazelnut meringue to finish the evening. What's not to love about this place?

N
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perbacco is our special occasion go-to restaurant of choice. Always good service, great menu, excellent range of wines. What separates it from other restaurants is Perbacco's attention to details ... food served hot, wine at the right temperature, perfect pacing of courses and genuinely friendly staff.

TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic ambience, creative and diverse menu...simply, best of the best.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great for the occasion

H
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant many times but not in the past two years. The quality of the food has declined. I can’t say anything the three of us ordered was great and some dishes, the duck salad specifically, were bad. You can find much better restaurants in SF.

J
Jacksonville
123 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I had been to Perbacco a dozen times before but always after 8. This time dinner was at 6 for a myriad of reasons. The food was outstanding as usual. The menu was a bit shorter than normal, but not enough to make a difference. The service as always was excellent. However, eating this early is something that I will not do again. The noise level was so high that a cross table conversation was not really possible. It was not the fault of the restaurant, but rather the high customer volume and the high volume customers. I will be back, but later in the day

P
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. I ordered the quail and it was cooked perfectly. The baby carrots for side dish was overcooked with too much oil...albeit the carrots were sweet. My husband ordered halibut and it too was excellent...Perbacco is consistently good. Love the service and ambiance except the fact that we could not hear our conversations with our 2 friends.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space upstairs for a quieter meal. Amazing service and quality food.

B
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Another memorable dinner at Perbacco, lovely to see Italian co-owner Umberto working tonight with his lovely American Yankee Angelina wife Leslie by his side - - kinda like George & Gracie nowadays! Cute couple.

One or 2 negatives...NONE of the too many to count “ food runners” & probably NONE of the kitchen chefs seemed to speak English well or natively, co-Owner Swedish Head Chef Staffan seemed not around, nor was 2nd in command Canadian Kelsey. A sight to be seen. Usted hablas Espanol ? Hola Senor! Couldn’t find one Italian or American Yankee in those jobs tonight. Sad & bad. Things are changing FAST in SF’s finest & fancy & MOST EXPENSIVE restaurants. Like being at McDonalds. It happened in SoCal long ago, now here in SF. More workers & cheaper workers & more profits now the key to success in the restaurant biz. Just like in the construction & janitorial fields it seems. Times are changing...

Here’s to gourmet Italian food in the SF FiDi!

Gratzie 👋🏼

P
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful place to dine! Visiting the city for a birthday weekend and I had noted on the reservation that we are celebrating a birthday and when we got seated there was a lovely handwritten birthday card! That's lovely! And our server was so great and even when we had ordered the amazing panna cotta... they also sent a beautiful plate with merengue cookies and plate decorated w happy birthday written in chocolate. Such a great first time experience and cannot wait to come back! Ideal for a date...a nice dinner or just have desserts :) hats off to the staff and chef.

U
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. I totally enjoyed the papardelle and roasted carrots ( so delicious). Wait staff was attentive without being "on you". Very warm and polite. Wine list is superb, including by the glass choices. Tables are a bit tight. A bit difficult to speak softly.

DE
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, superior service, nice wine list and moderately priced. One of my go-to regulars.

SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city. Brought 2 colleagues and they loved it.

SD
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place. Excellent pasta and service

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was OUTSTANDING! A last minute reservation because our original choice was full but I'm so glad we went here. Our party of 4 ordered different dishes and we all got to try each other's dish and loved everything equally. It has been a long time where I found that I enjoyed everything served at a restaurant.

E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all thought the food was very good, had an enjoyable experience overall. Sophisticated, comfortable interior. Somewhat loud, but no louder than any modern restaurant. Will definitely return!

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