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Perbacco

4.7
6364 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 6364 people are saying
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLocalYokel
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and good service, but the noise level was annoyingly loud. Still, we'd go back because we really enjoyed our meal.

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YokannaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing and the service was too

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vipKaren
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From check in to service, it was an excellent experience. Had the tomato soup, Caesar salad, pasta with mushroom and pasta with short ribs. The chocolate tart was amazing. Service was excellent.

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vipPLR15
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious meal

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Noah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was lovely, we really enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and the staff was very attentive. Comfortable outdoor seating is available.

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vipRiadA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 45 minutes

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RonnaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best outdoor parklets in SF. Individual booths, plenty of heaters as needed, white tablecloths, comfortable chairs (not hard metal) and the delicious food served by an attentive staff! The charm of the cable cars rolling by while their gripmen practiced prior to the line starting up soon. Good people watching, too. Loved it!

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Highliner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classy vibe upon walking in.
The staff was immediately attentive and courteous.
The appetizers were flawless in appearance taste. The cheese with watermelon(!) and heirloom tomatoes with an exotic pepper dosed olive oil was spectacular.
The pasta.course was won by the little ears- a pesto pasta with sausage and a sharp Parmigiano.
I opted for the halibut and was blown away at the presentation and flavor- moist, buttery and delicate. My wife was disappointed with her choice of the short rib- the first was a tough, stringy disappointment, but another was brought and was much better, but the halibut stole the show.
The chocolate cake. Get it. Done.

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MarkfromOakPark
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Creative takes on Italian cuisine. Risotto, frito misto, and braised Brussels sprouts were all good, but not outstanding. Good selection of wines by the glass. Prices were in line with the quality and quantity of food. Excellent service.

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vipLori07
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back at Perbacco since December 2019 and every aspect of the operation was in top form. General Manager/Owner Umberto Gibin is still on top of all the myriad details that make the restaurant so special. The food was delicious and the servers, runners and bussers kept the whole place humming. What a treat!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Poor service since we arrived,our table wasn’t ready

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vipSheilaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I’ve been going to Perbacco for many years as a work staple. Unfortunately, the service was horrible and we had a very bad experience. Seems they are short staffed, which I can appreciate with Covid, but more than that, they were extremely rude. Will never be going back there again.

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KaySG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Reconnection With One of San Francisco's Finest! The food, the service, the ambience -- all were even better than I remembered. Bravo, Perbacco, for coming back strong!

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vipJimP
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. Fast seating, good choice of dishes, a waiter who spent just the right amount of time with us and didn't rush us and was observant when wine was low or bread was all gone.
It was so good to be in a nice restaurant that took us back to the time before the pandemic. Thank You for the experience.

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vipthinktwice
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Handling distancing, playing and service with the same high quality as always. Thank you for a great Friday lunch!

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DIDI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We shared 2 appetizers; the Frito Misto and Veal with Tuna and Caper sauce. They were both unexpected, but delicious in execution, and would've been enough to ensure we had room for dessert, but we'd also ordered the Fettucine with lamb ragu and corn to share. It was equally delicious; rich and flavorful, but we struggled to finish the shared portion.
Our server, Roberto, was excellent and we asked him to 'surprise' us with a wine that would complement our meal - his choice was perfect. All round a delightful lunch and worth another visit.

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vipAble43
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food, convivial atmosphere. Very enjoyable experience.

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Aris
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

Thanks Mariano for taking care of us!

Will be back soon.

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BrianR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love the place, it's just generally loud (as one expects a popular place to be) and warm.

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vipMMMM
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco is always wonderful. The food is delicious, the staff is fun, and the atmosphere is lively. It feels great to be back there!

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SylviaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So tasty and easy to get a reservation - definitely recommend.

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vipEvaG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside so didn't know how to rate ambiance or noise. Food and service was terrific.

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vipWendeeS
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Perbacco and have been there many times. The food is consistently tasty and original. Prices are very reasonable for San Francisco and the staff is very efficient and friendly. I had the tagliatelli with a sausage and mushroom sauce and different that your customary red italian sauce. Also had a green salad with fresh peccorino cheese that was fresh and just the right size. Also, the pastas come in two sizes which is a nice option. I will go back again as soon as I'm in SF.

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vipSusanB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to eat outside with a nice heater so not ideal but still great- the inside looks more refined and elegant but even outside the service was perfect and the food was topnotch. Defintely would recommend this place. I had the snap pea salad that was yummy, a delicious homemade pasta with quail and real black truffle that was stellar, and a stone fruit dessert with lemon verbena gelato that was memorable for its intense fresh flavors.

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WestCountyJan
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No matter what you order on their menu, your meal will be delicious. Perbacco’s service is attentive without being intrusive. The staff and kitchen manage a large number of people without skipping a beat. We love this place.

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vipWestVillager
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The inviting menu of Italian food was deliciously prepared, revealing wonderful respect for ingredients. Staff is simpatico knowledgeable and attentive. Their outdoor parklette is nicely designed, even lux, and peaceful; inside is extremely lively.

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XYZ098
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing dinner and fantastic help with the wine list. All the food was exceptional and the wines were top tier with wide knowledge of each. Can't wait to go back!

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KarenC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grazie per il pranzo meraviglioso! The Risotto was the best we've had since
Venice and every dish was done perfectly and with the finest ingredients. The wine was
elegant, delicious and chilled perfectly.
The service was impeccable and gracious. We shall be back soon.
Grazie mille
Karen Croft and David Talbot

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vipPHcouple
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch outside with granddaughter and our dog. Outdoor table and seating is comfortable and well designed. The whole wait staff, especially our waiter, was phenomenal- friendly, caring, informative and prompt. He even brought a water bowl for our dog. Pasta dishes we had were perfectly prepared and as tasty as always. So nice to come back to Perbacco. Will be returning soon.

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sfbayruth
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional. The duck breast is so tender and paired with the stone fruit, it's just delicious. In fact, all the dishes I've ever had were delicious and cooked to perfection. Interesting variety of pastas and salads. Service is very good and the ambiance is lovely. Also, the noise level is quite moderate so you can actually have a conversation without shouting at each other.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Usually have dinner here but it’s def in a good spot for lunch

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vipplectical
Orange County
115 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended, as good as ever, excellent food and service.

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JoanneF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco is becoming the favorite restaurant for everyone I bring here. Service has been superb every time. See you soon

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Marcy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sadly we found Perbacco disappointing. Two of us had the halibut, and although the fish was cooked perfectly, the flavor was limited to that of the fish itself - no effort to complement or add interest or dress it up in any way. The risotto was similarly disappointing - competent and good, certainly, but somewhat uninspired. The same was true for the physical presentation of all the food. The beet salad, on the other hand, was made delicious and interesting by the addition of plums, and the vegetarian pasta was likewise delicious and interesting with corn, spinach, and an umami-packed brown sauce. However, given the prices, we felt a bit disappointed as a whole.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and unobtrusive. Food there is really good. The pastas are terrific.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Three years ago everything was better; food, atmosphere, service. The food is now just Ok. The noise is too too high

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CarlosF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toda la comida y las bebidas de muy buena calidad y el personal fue muy receptivo acerca de requerimientos especiales sobre la comida

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keithd
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was about average for the price point; service was inattentive throughout.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Despite having a large staff, it was—repeatedly—difficult to get the server’s attention. Initially, we were brought the wrong food. We hadn’t even ordered. The food was good +, but the overall experience wasn’t commensurate with a $100 per person dinner. Excellent wine list.

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You can order delivery directly from Perbacco using the Order Online button. Perbacco also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Perbacco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 955-0663.

Perbacco is rated 4.7 stars by 6364 OpenTable diners.

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