Perbacco

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6
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4.4
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PA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Real Italian food. Even more: real food from Piedmont.
I was born and raised in Piedmont and their Vitello Tonnato, Tajarin and Nebbiolo made me feel at home.
True authentic Italian food. As they make in Piedmont.
Great service, great restaurant. Reasonably priced for the great quality.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Lovely service! Would come back in a heartbeat!

WD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, terrific menu and good wine list. I'll be back soon.

BB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful surprise! Food amazing, wine list and waiter recommendations were right on. I have already told 5 people about this place. Well done

CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Horrible appetizer. Not pleasing to the eye and bland. The entry was ok. Nothing great. The dessert and wine were yummy. Service terrible. Had to ask others, not server, to order wine, dessert and the check. Have been previously and it was wonderful. Not sure what happened.

W
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco has brilliant Italian food and remains much more affordable than all other comparable Italian restaurants. Grazie per il pranzo prix-fixe e la lista di vini!

MS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

very friendly and great atmosphere. would recommend to friends

FP
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food. A little noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Speciality risotto and pappardelle were amazing. Delicious and fresh. Excellent service. We will be back for sure.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pork was dry, salad had little flavor, bread was not warm

CL
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go-to in the Financial District. Great wine selection, excellent food, and prices are reasonable. My husband always gets one of the available risottos and I love the pear salad and short rib pappardelle. Ask for an upstairs table for a slightly more intimate, quieter environment.

l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Risotto was tasteless. Disappointing!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food is mediocre. Tagliatelle had too much horseradish. Steak came too rare even after being sent back. Waitress tried to place us at a tiny table in the middle of the floor when better tables were free. Watched countless other parties ask to be re-sat after being placed in the same area.

CG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have special dietary issues and they were very accommodating.

RK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent home made pasta, exceptional salads. Terrific service.

CN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. The only small issue was noise level in parts of the restaurant could be lower. However, overall noise level is fair. The seating is more comfortable than Barbacco, the sister restaurant.

KM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Excellent; that burrata will haunt my dreams- in a way I am Here For. The gnocchi were velvety delicious pasta pillows. Great service as well, and even the butter for the bread was well made. Such a satisfying dinner.

JO
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner will make a few gold bars out of this place, I mean that in a most complimentary way!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Way too noisy. It was so difficult to have a conversation. We could barely hear the server. But, as always, the food was spectacular!

f
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful relaxed elegant restaurant with superb classic Italian pastas. Great service, and quiet after a loud Warriors/Lakers game!

AA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place that we all loved for its buzz and energy. Excellent food - especially the squid ink pasta with seafood, a fresh and roasted pear salad and deliciously chewy hazelnut meringues. The bread rolls were outstanding and heralded a good start to a lovely meal. Excellent and Very comprehensive wine list with an extremely knowledgeable and personable sommelier who gave great recommendations. I'd definitely recommend as somewhere to eat on a Saturday evening. The one downside was a sometimes noisy ambiance but that's always difficult to control.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in San Francisco. Umberto is the ultimate host.

ES
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a great evening with friends at Perbacco. Nice quiet table as requested. Perfect cocktails, and tasty generous portions. Would go back in a heartbeat!

M
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My petroleum sole was overcooked and dry. Should have had some sauce over it, rather than under the veggies.

HV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous northern italian food, wines and service!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud, busy, great food.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was remarkable and delicious. Good cocktails too

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's the perfect place to have dinner on a Friday night after a long week. The risotto was silky delicious and the pappardelle with the short rib ragu was so tasty. It was capped off with an espresso gelato. Forget about it!

LR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice overall

PS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perbacco is an excellent restaurant in the fine dining category.
Service was great.
The food was very good some dishes better than others.
We had the 3 course meal with SF restaurant week.
Parking is not easy and not cheap.

AA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent, squid app portion a little small for my liking.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were great. Our table was in the low ceiling section. Very warm and loud.

L
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco is always a pleasure. The service is smooth, professional and non-intrusive. They are there when you need them and invisible when you don't. The food is excellent---innovative and well prepared. You cannot ask for a better dining experience.

IB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food and a great restaurant! I shall be back soon.

DK
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend there for her birthday. It was perfect. Food, service and ambiance were great.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My restaurant week experience at perbacco was okay I would say the best it was just okay I had the octopus dish and it was super tasty I loved it then I had the duck garganelli and the pasta was definitely missing flavor no salt missing so much delicious flavor
And as I took a second bite into my food I got a hair which to me was not a big deal the waiter immediately took the plate and offer me another one . Then I had the short rib I only took one bit and it was very bitter tasted like the jus was old or burnt I could wrap my finger around it. But ones I got the waiters attention she offered to me switch to the halibut which was amazing I loved it very much and it was super good they definitely tried and might go again and give it another try

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grreat Italian pastas and wines

R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average food. Our table felt nothing was wow or great in flavor. Everything seemed ok but not worth coming back for. Italian food’s simplicity is what makes it amazing and I prefer Central Kitchen, Flour & Water, Cotogna and Che Fico to this. Just a lot more flavor.

a
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful, excellent service and wonderful guidance through the Italian menu.

LS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our dishes were good to very good. The octopus appetizer was very good, and I would go there for that. The duck pasta was good, as was the halibut. I wasn't crazy about the vibe in the back. There was florescent lighting that felt cafeteria-ish. So try to get a seat in front or at the bar which looked much nicer. I also thought $12.50 for an affogado was a bit much. Our server was great.

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