Perbacco

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$30 and under
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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
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grreat Italian pastas and wines

R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

AT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great place!

f
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was attentive and warm. The different sizes of pasta dishes allowed for sampling and sharing.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was excellent— the pasta tasted very fresh, the halibut was seasoned and seared to perfection, the crudo was delicately flavorful, and the cocktails were great. The dessert was the only somewhat underwhelming aspect. Service was good. Will be back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, very good food!!

U
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were very impressed with our overall dining experience. The service stood out as their best attribute. They worked well as a team providing excellent attention to detail. The smoky hazelnut chocolate tart for desert was also remarkable in its unique flavor and high quality.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the wait staff attended to every detail. This is the first time that I have been seated upstairs - it is quieter than the downstairs tables. The Fritto Misto was light and crunchy. The mushroom soup was very flavorful and not too heavy. All of the pasta dishes were excellently prepared.

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent risotto. Very good service. Noise level is bit high.

DJ
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Being greeted by the cold, snobby, uncaring hostess set the direction of the experience; the not really special food became the rest of the “Emperor’s new clothes”...
Spend your money at another Italian place in town (there are a number of actual great ones) and have a much better time...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Do you always have to put mushrooms in the vegetarian dishes? Not all vegetarians like mushrooms.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around!

DH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had an amazing lunch for a coworkers birthday. The service is perfection. Good food. Ask for a booth. I did not and wished I had.

JG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a wonderful meal.

K
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I go there quite often and food and wait staff are always great

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Food, wine and service all exactly what we were looking for. What a wonderful experience.

TG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Great food.

SF
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best halibut dishes in SF. My "go-to" lunch restaurant. And the staff is always friendly and efficient.

o
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have been going to Perbacco for years; it is one of our favorite restaurants. But this visit disappointed. The appetizers and dessert were excellent, as usual and as expected. But the entrees were poor. The kitchen knew the pork loin was not up to par and our service was delayed, according to our waiter, while this dish was re-made. But what came out was still, frankly, bad. The waiter knew and offered to replace it but the replacement --a risotto too salty to eat--wasn't good, either! Meanwhile, my halibut, which had the same mushroom accompaniment, got overdone and was too salty, but I refrained from complaining, since the restaurant was trying to make up for the pork. We will certainly be back, but were unpleasantly surprised this visit. Three out of five is still batting 600, but we have come to expect a perfect meal at Perbacco.

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service. Food is amazing. Staff went above z d behind for my group. Thank you! Karen Millard, Insperity Inc

RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Have to be honest, but I really wasn't that impressed - decor, ambiance, and the overall look and feel was inviting enough - little hectic and seemingly slow at front desk - very helpful and very nice welcome, just seemed a bit complicated to seat a reservation - and jumping in, the first thing we got were brussel sprouts along with grilled octopus and a Hamachi app - the sprouts were beyond over cooked and mushy and soggy...right off the gun, I was scared...octopus was ok, nice prep, but really lacked any flavor in the accourements on the plate - colleagues had rissotto and sea bass while I had brown butter soaked pork loin - the rissottoo to be really honest looked awful and colleague only ate 1/5 of it - sea bass seemed ok and my pork loin was actually well cooked and prob best part of food experience - the wait staff was great and attentive...this just feels like one of those Icarayus like Restuarants who flew high for some time, got too close to the sun, and flamed out...

n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Our first time trying this restaurant and we were very disappointed. The food was not worth the price.
We asked for a tasting menu, and were disappointed that it wasn't creative and diverse than what they already had on the menu; this was our bust. We were served halibut, it looked amazing, but then we tasted it... it tasted as if it was boiled, no seasoning and was extremely bland. Another dish we were served was their "famous" shortribs. It was dry and lacked the depth of what could have been a great dish - they missed the mark and ruined it altogether. I'm not quite sure why they list themselves as an Italian Resturant, this is false advertising. All-in-all, this was not a memorable dinner nor will we ever be going back.

SB
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ate here for a girls night before heading to see the symphony. It was hard to find when we were walking, but once we called, they were understanding that we were running a few minutes behind. Upon arrival, there was a bit of a wait, but we were seated within 15 minutes. A few tables were turning over. The hostess knew we were going to the show and had us in and out within 40 minutes. The food was remarkable, and the wine was delectable. We both had ravioli dishes that were perfection. Everything was definitely made in house (my husband and I make ravioli from scratch, so we can tell store bought vs homemade).

I will absolutely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

what a great experience! headed to a show and waylaid by traffic, we were late and pressed for time. the staff not only responded with understanding, they treated us like we were a top priority. the food, wine suggestion, and service were impeccable.
i can’t wait to go back.

BH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food

AJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for New Year’s Eve dinner, food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Highly recommended.

OK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and professional personal

WM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE Always save one night in the City to have Dinner at Perbacco. Nice menu , we split may items . The Bar is nice if you have to wait a bit for the Table. Their Wine List is over the top.

FA
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been to this restaurant before but this time my meal selection didn’t hit the spot. They had a fixed price lunch option and so we went for that and I regretted doing that. The butternut squash ravioli was too sweet so after a few pieces, I wanted something else. The two other dishes picked by my lunch buddies were great. So bottom line is I would go back .

DL
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating family and friends over the holidays

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed sitting upstairs -- seemed quieter and easier for conversation. Thank you.

r
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

After having read about Perbaco, I expected a bit more from the service and the food. The service was slow and the food just good. We had a peach salad, hamachi appetizer and two pasta dishes.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención y calidad de los platillos. Muy recomendable!

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was of very good quality and enjoyable. Wine list was wonderful. The setting was very comfortable. Host was very nice. Our waiter was pretty void of any personality, "how is everything" x 10=you don't care.. Have something to say, ask a probing question, just don't bore me with the same question!

BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great until we were served the Osso Buco. It was humongous and not sure if that was veal. It did not have the traditional gremalata associated with Osso Buco. The meat was dry. Definitely not worth the $66.00. My son-in-law and grandson did not enjoy it.

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m
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We’ve dined at Perbacco 5-6 times in the last several years—I’ve always thought of it as one of my favorite Northern Italian restaurants in the Bay Area. On Christmas Eve we celebrated by taking extended family there for dinner—made a reservation about 3-4 weeks in advance and asked for one of the booths in the bar area. We were so disappointed. The service was incompetent. We waited almost 15 minutes to order drinks. We waited almost 15 minutes to get the drinks, and then waited again to order our food. The support staff seemed more together than the waitress. When our bill came, we couldn’t read the total—it had been torn off above the total amount and we had to wait for that, again, too. I likely won’t return. Service MATTERS.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Risotto was undercooked. The shank was overcooked. Service was slow.

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