Perbacco

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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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CY
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my go to business lunch spot. Very good pastas and salads. Expensive relative to portion size, but I'm always satisfied. Loud for meetings and can take 1.5hrs to get food and finish, but really good dining experience.

LM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great and the duck which was recommended was really tough.. need to fix that chef

D
Sacramento
269 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service! Thank you!

BS
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Umberto has put together a great team....over the years my wife and I have dined there 3-5?times a year....very consistent and authentic. Great spot!!

m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a repeat visit to Perbacco and it continues to be a GREAT dining experience. From our greeting at the start to excellent service, delicious food/drink, the evening was THE BEST!!!

T
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was just OK, thought it would be better. Appetizer, brussels sprouts were soggy and lacked flavor. Our Server was barely cordial.
Both the pasta (Papadelle) and roasted pork dish were good. Best dish of the night was dessert, the 'ugly Italian cookies".
Restaurant was extremely noisy on a Friday night. All in all just not worth the price.

SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

I didn't stay long because the place was too noisy for conversation. I had selected Perbacco because it appears on an online list of quiet restaurants. Ha!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Should not be considered Italian
Overpriced,loud, poor service

KL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is excellent in all categories. The service is impeccable, and the ambience is fun and lively, while upscale at the same time. I love that they have two sizes for their pastas allowing you to have multiple courses on the menu, and not just fill up on pasta. My date has celiac disease, and the waitstaff was highly attentive to this. They have gluten free pasta and bread rolls if you have an allergy. I highly recommend this restaurant!

WG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice wine selection. Creative dishes cooked to perfection. Staff was attentive and accommodating.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, knowledgeable trained server and sommelier, involved staff and excellent northern Italian food well prepared. Main dining areas can be noisy.

B
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The pasta were fresh, sauces flavorful.
2 of us shared 3- half orders of different pastas, from short rib bolognese, gnocchi in a tomato cream sauce and purses of duck...all amazing.
It was a great treat.
To all pasta lovers, a must!

x
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish came out perfectly. I loved the tagliatelle, the burrata and their Toscano wine (not sure of the name.) the server was extremely polite and professional!!

TS
San Francisco
154 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, presentation, flavors, and menu are all superb. We sat upstairs where it is quieter and our group of four savored grilled octopus, fritto misto, risotto, pear salad, duck, two pastas, and ugly cookies for dessert. Excellent. Corkage is $25. Valet parking $12. A must experience if you enjoy authentic Italian food cooked to perfection.

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome waiter. He made the whole experience worthwhile!

LA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had lunch here, prior to going to the theater for a matinee. We were very impressed with everything at this restaurant. We have travelled many times to Italy, this restaurant would hold up very well over there.

N
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Though lunch hour was busy, staff was attentive and friendly. The winter salad was uplifting and the veal/pork ragu was soft and comforting.

Z
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine here and it exceeded expectations...quality of the food, excellent; service...extremely attentive without hovering or annoying (waited until all diners had finished before busing individual plates and settings); prices were more than reasonable for such a high quality and in San Fran...an overall exceptional value - you most definitely will not be disappointed at Perbacco.

JP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for a Tuesday night and the place was packed! Service was excellent and food amazing. Nice cocktails.

j
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I shared that I had a business lunch in the area and asked a friend for a recommendation. My friend said, “well, if it’s important, you’ll go to Perbacco.” He was right. In fact, it was so ideal I’m compelled to write.

The food was amazing and, in my few OpenTable reviews, I’ve commented on how fantastic the food had been first. This time however - and we enjoyed an amazing meal - I have to share how the wait staff were elemental in our experience.

We were helped by Heather and frankly, she was NOTICEABLY professional and made the business lunch relaxing. Her knowledge, timing, awareness, presence... she’s a pro. Thank you, Heather. Well done!!!

Staff and food were both exceptional.

I just want to acknowledge and share my Perbacco experience. I’ll be back.

PA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian risotto was an incredible entree and the dessert with pistachio mousse was our group’s favorite! Server had a great dry non intrusive sense of humor. Our large group was seated in our own alcove near the kitchen, which provided a sense of privacy and entertainment. Would definitely come back!

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

WD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
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 on February 20, 2020
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.

D
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant we’ve been to in San Francisco.

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