This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

Perbacco

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
6136 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 6136 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
MN
vipMarthaN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco was one of our favorite restaurants pre Covid. The food is even better now. We started with the frito misto which was excellent. Breaded lightly so that everything remained crisp. The maitake mushrooms, once fried, totally change texture and taste, wish there had been more. The olives and beans were also savory. Next we had a caesar salad, the romaine was crisp, fresh white anchovies garnished the salad and the dressing was perfect - Just enough to taste without being soggy, with a hint of garlic. I could have made a meal of the croutons which were so good. For main courses we all opted for the pasta as pastas have always been one of our favorites at Perbacco. They did not disappoint. I had the pappardelle with a rib ragu which was enhanced by a horseradish creme which gave it just a bit of a bite. My husband had the tajarin with a Piedmontese ragu. The sauce was made with a Barbera reduction which went perfectly with the Barbera wine we ordered. Our guest, who was celebrating a milestone birthday, ordered the Agnolotti. This dish has always been one of my favorites regardless of the filling. Last night it was filled with roasted meats and vegetables with a sugo made of the roasted ingredients. It was amazing! The best ever. Dessert was chocolate tart with whipped cream, which sounds very simple but made with Valhrona chocolate, which is so rich and creamy, it made for a perfect end to a perfect meal. Service was impeccable, plates warmed, heat lamp moved to ensure we did not get cold. Very generous portions, great value for the quality. This was the first time that our guest has been out for dinner since the pandemic started. She had a wonderful time and loved every part of the meal and the experience. Highly recommend going to Perbacco and thank you for giving us and her such a good memory. Perbacco has nailed dining out during Covid and we will be back!!

EL
EnriqueL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food is not very good for price. Paid $170 for mediocre Italian food

NP
vipNenaP
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First trip to Bay Area since covid. Wonderful dinner!

MF
vipMercouriFan
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was great; the service was very polite but extremely slow. Our appetizers took 1 hour to arrive, and the entrees another hour. Other fellow diners made a much bigger deal than we did and complained very vocally. Apparently the restaurant re-opened very recently and is still trying to come to terms with the COVID-19 reality of operating with a reduced staff and reduced capacity.

C
vipCheri
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus appetizer is outstanding. Homemade tagliatelle reminds me of grandmas. Everything very authentic Italian. So happy to be allowed inside.

MK
vipMichelleK
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We have loved Perbacco and why I booked it when it came available online inside for our out of town guests. Unfortunately it was a cold night and the restaurant was very drafty and cold. No one was able anywhere in the restaurant to remove they coats. We were told it had to be to accomodate Covid requirements, however we had been to Waterbar the previous night and it was normal temperature.

The ambience was also very cold, which has not been our experience previously. Service and food were also not to the standards we have known in the past.

I want this restaurant to succeed, as it has been predictably one of the best Italian restaurants we have in San Francisco. I am writing this so the restaurant knows they must improve to remain in the spotlight and remain a top destination...even under Covid challenges.

Every good wish for Perbacco! Crossing fingers all smooths out soon.

JF
JohnF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner! Food was delicious and glad the restaurant is back considering the challenging capacity requirements at the moment. Completely safe and taking great precautions so people can eat indoors.

SK
vipSimonK
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to dine at Perbacco!

g
vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Perbacco has excellent food and a lovely wine list. Was glad to see them open up sidewalk dining.

J
Jill
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We enjoyed our meal tremendously. Thoughtful delicious dishes and excellent service. Due to the San Francisco restrictions they can only seat on the sidewalk for the time being.

k
vipkimiko
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service in a makeshift outdoor dining space on the street.

c
christopherw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Al Fresco dining alternative with the same great food and service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great customer service!

SF
vipSantaFeSundancer
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a find. Nice spot sitting outside by a heater and enjoying delightful pastas. They are a decent size portion so you do not go away hungry.

SB
ScottB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perbacco is always a favorite. Great food and an extraordinary wine list. At first it seemed odd to be dining on the sidewalk but it was quite a pleasant experience and I'd be happy to do it again soon.

a
aamy
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

food was really disappointing and expensive, not worth at all.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were so totally happy being able to have and enjoy a sit down dinner. It was so delicious. The al fresco dining on sidewalk given restaurants allows sit down service outside only until further ado due to the phased openings during this pandemic conditions. Can be bit windy and chilly but they have outside heaters and bring warm jackets.

DT
DarioT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first night out (outdoor) after the Covid-19 pandemic. The whole staff made it possible in having a great dinner experience even if possible only outside. Definitely a remarkable night for us, I will come back once able to experience their inside seating too.

y
vipyuri
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor dining.

Report
CY
vipCY12
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
LMIAR
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
vipDinner
Sacramento
293 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service! Thank you!

BS
vipBebeShark
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
vipmary
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
Toriawin
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
StudioLou
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
Lucci
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Should not be considered Italian
Overpriced,loud, poor service

KL
vipKatieL
Philadelphia
5 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
WithGreekFriends
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
vipsandrac
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
vipBmeyerz
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
xoxander
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
vipTheStarLady
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
vipSfdo
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome waiter. He made the whole experience worthwhile!

LA
vipLABNapa
San Francisco
18 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
Nicole
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
Zaroot
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
vipJP2GP
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
jkfree
San Diego
15 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
PickyAboutPizza
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.

FAQs

Perbacco does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Perbacco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 955-0663.

Perbacco is rated 4.6 stars by 6136 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Perbacco