Perbacco

4.7
5451 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm -9:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
Closed on Sundays
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Phone number
(415) 955-0663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Staffan Terje
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Catering
Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.
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Cross street
Battery St. & Front St.
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Parking details
Valet parking offered at night only. Cars will be parked primarily in a secured lot.

Nearby parking public parking structures also available at Front at Sacramento (Embarcadero), Battery at Pine and on Front between Pine and California
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Public transit
Bart: Montgomery station.
Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.
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Special events & promotions
For special event inquiries, please contact Perbacco's Director of Hospitality & Special Events, Stephen Lee: stephen@perbaccosf.com or 415-955-0647.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Perbacco accommodates groups of all sizes. A 18 seat "wine and dine" room features a temperature controlled wine cellar and a private atmosphere, without being too secluded. A 40-seat private room is also available for meetings, birthdays, and other occasions.

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What 5451 People Are Saying
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HE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner. Best part was dessert. Burnt caramel gelato. Yum!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the best table with an outstanding server.! The dood was amazing as always.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I am a regular patron of Perbacco for business meals. The food is always delicious. Depending on where your table is, you may actually be able to hear each other talk! Always in search of quiet restaurants with good food.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service was great. Only complaint I have is the 2 people tables are way too close together and a bit noisy. Next time I will just request a booth. However, your food is very tasty and the service was on point. Our pork chop came medium rare and we asked for it to be taken back and cooked medium well. The server and food runner handled it immediately and they were both very gracious about it. I will defiantly come back

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S
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our third time at Perbaco and it has consistently impressed us. The food is just delicious, every time and everyone at the table. The service was ok and friendly but could have been a bit better. LOVED the papardeli pasta with meat and the cheese filled raviola with sweet corn sauce! Wine steward helped make a good selection and dessert of gelato was tasty too.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice and interesting pasta variations. Norhing you have seen before, perfectly cooked. Unfortunately no lighter options. Venue is little bit too dense with lot of tables and pretty noisy. Good for lunch, maybe not cosy enough for dinner.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was subpar and the menu was very limited. No comparison to mid level NYC Italian trattorias.

Service was attentive

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m
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was overall very good the only item we were disappointed in was the chicken appetizer. The summer tomato salad was very good also the pappardelle was outstanding.

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JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While just an small group for a business lunch this time around - Outstanding. 5 stars. Great food and service.

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BH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch and look forward to returning soon.

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K
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met colleagues for lunch and it was fantastic!
We had reservation at 11:30 and has to wait until exactly 11:30 to be seated at this first seating. If you come at 11:20, why wait to be seated at 11:30 exactly?

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WH
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was very good from start to finish. The service was exceptional. I had the pork roast which was flawless. I’ve been here two or three times. I live right down the street

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perbacco is one of my favorites in the FiDi. Great food and service.

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CC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall good experience. Service started slow but they made up for it with extra attention to my sister who was celebrating her birthday. Without being asked, they made a special effort to acknowledge her birthday, bring special offerings to celebrate. Food was very nice, beautifully presented, and the wine options were plentiful and good quality. Perbacco did a very good job!

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f
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food nice ambiance. Some hiccups with service but they made up for it and acknowledged it on their own with a complimentary dessert, appreciate that kind of service.

Ordered their veggie dish whipped cod pasta and the ragu noodles. All great. Loved the ugly but tasty cookies (meringue). Salted burnt caramel gelato was also a hit. All in all good experience and looking forward to part 2

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great. Crowded but the service was quick.

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l
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was excited to come here. We were early for our reservation but were nice to seat us. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and and attentive. I was eager to try the famous agnolotti dal plin and my date had the pappardelle with short rib. We split the Fritto misto as a starter and shared the dessert. The agnolotti was somewhat of a disappointment and did not live up to its promise of flavors. My date liked it and we exchanged plates and I was quite happy with the short rib. The fritto misto was light and good. The Nuvola dessert was excellent, The service was exemplary.
We will definitely come back

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Y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time to the restaurant and pleasantly surprised. Our table was ready for us upon arrival, but we elected to do bar dining instead. It was lively and interactive in a sophisticated way and the service was excellent. The wine list was nicely matched with the food and the presentation was lovely and the taste even better. We will return for sure.

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k
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We came looking for a good Italian meal, however, it was too noisy to enjoy for the prices that they charge there. We paid as almost as much for dinner and wine there as we did at Mourad without the same service, vibrant setting or as good of food. Kinda disappointed. As a chef I wouldn't have sent out the Romano beans - although they tasted ok - they looked horrible. The waiter did take it off our check, without us asking as he saw that my husband wouldn't eat them - that was a service plus. The sauces were clearly thickened with cornstarch and although that isn't the worst thing - did look funny and out of place for this quality and cuisine of restaurant. The pasta and sauce were very good, but the scallops came with a riff off of the same shiny sauce. Not very creative at all.

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c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We called at 8:00 to say we were going to be late....we had unfortunately lost our Norwegian friends as they went for a walk! Needless to say, the gal that answered the phone said that she understood and asked if we would still be coming. I told her I would call back. Thankfully, we found our friends several blocks away. Called back the restaurant and they said they could still seat us. They were wonderful! Our server, Kaley, was delightful (we’ve had him in the past) and our Norwegian friends thoroughly enjoyed it too!
What a nice way to need and eventful night:-).

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our special occasion was our 18th anniversary. The table and environment was warm and inviting. We started with Burrata Cheese served with a couple of crostini and fresh vegetables. It was so amazing. The crostini was thin, crisp, perfectly seasoned and not too oily. This could have been all I had and I would have been happy. A platter of freshly made rolls arrived with butter or olive oil. The interior of the roll was airy and tasted delicious. I ordered Halibut and my husband the Pappardelle. The fish arrived in a beautiful red sauce that contained fresh shrimp, mussels, tomato concentrated flavors. It was so beautiful and rich. The Pappardelle was divine. Our waiter was very nice and helpful. Looking forward to going again to try more dishes.

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h
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise even in the portion of the restaurant with the low ceiling was so high! Our server was attentive as were the bussers. The appetizer (seasonal tomato salad) was good but it had a strange flavor to the seasoning on it. We each had a pasta dinner and both were so good. The flavor on mine kept building as I ate. Nice.

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AT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service ever since I started dining in this restaurant.

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M
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perbacco is our go-to dining spot in the Financial District. Everything was excellent, from the food to the ambiance to the service. It always is. Thank you for helping to make our anniversary a great one.

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Perbacco. The sommelier, Iris, is extremely knowledgeable and personable. She took the time to get to know our tastes and budget and suggested a fabulous wine. Our server, Cameron, was attentive and responsive to our pace. It was my birthday, and I was welcomed with a card. Nice touch! We had the tajarin and the gnocchi. Both were excellent. Entrees were sea scallops and the stuffed quail. Both had sauces that intensified the taste. The quail entrée was large. We took half home. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience.

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SB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been 12 years since they've opened, and every time I go in, it feels like the new hot-spot in SF. The ownership and staff make me feel like they've invited me into their home, and the food is consistently spectacular yet approachable.

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y
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Very good pasta and Italian food. Also very loud and hard to hear your dinner across the table. Service was a little bit uneven where we couldn’t get our servers attention.

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L
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great wine list and excellent service!! Our best meal in San Francisco!

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W
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Great service.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner at Perbacco! The appetizers were great dinner was fabulous and our Server matched the wines perfect for both of our dinners!

Loved it and we will be back!

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DG
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect FiDi dinner. Exceptional pasta. Welcoming for those enjoying a more formal evening and even a few stopping for a meal after the Giants game.

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K
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing based on previous visits. Watery risotto and disappointing pasta and Vitello tonnato. Slow and inconsistent wine service.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was great but I would not consider it a traditional Italian menu which we were looking for. Very small menu. Risotto was fantastic.

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e
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Great service, but food was mediocre. Wasn't impressed.

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O
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding pasta and staff. We are never disappointed.

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

So noisy. Impossible to have a business lunch.

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WS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time dining at Perbacco. Our waiter was outstanding. So personable and authentic. He helped choose our wine and when we were not too impressed with the bean side dish, he removed it from the table and the check with no issues. I had the scallops for the main course. They were the sweetest, best cooked, most delicious scallops I've ever had. The carpaccio was also very tasty, but I wasn't overally impressed with the seasame seed toast. Should have just had plain bread toasts. Overall, excellent dinner. I left wanting to come back for the scallop dish again.

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience here yet again! Big fan of this place! I’ve been here with a friend and with a client and both times the service and food were incredible! Highly recommend this restaurant! I’ll be back for sure!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing customer service and really nice ambiance.

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