Perbacco

4.7
5491 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 5491 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff made our dining experience great for my daughter’s birthday.

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s
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The recognition of our anniversary was very much appreciated

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance and the service was fabulous! The food was good but not great. Each dish seem to be lacking in flavor, just a very little something. For example, I had the yellowfin tuna to start and while the fish was very fresh, I felt the dish was missing an acid to bring all of the flavors out on the dish, perhaps maybe some lemon; the fennel needed it. For desert we had the “browned butter cake” which my Mother and I felt was misrepresented. It was more of a tiramisu cake and not a browned butter cake. I will return because I do think Perbacco is a good restaurant but you can be great!

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LM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salvatore was wonderful in every way: attentative, great suggestions,charming

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l
Miami
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful service. Italian food doesn’t get any better than this.

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D
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the highlights in San Francisco. Very reliable and creative cooking and exceptions Sommelier service. Noise level, the rush and often unnecessary waiting for a reserved table temper the rating but not the enthusiasm for this place. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, authentic Italian place we always visit when in San Francisco.

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

Even though we had a reservation we had to wait a half hour to get to our table where we waited another 20 minutes for the waiter to take our drink order. We were very hungry by then! The busser did pour water for us! There were several large parties around our table- not sure how to resolve this other than having more waitstaff scheduled during the evening hours- (this was a Tuesday night 7pm seating for 3).

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food. They wrote a handwritten letter for our anniversary and gave us a great table!

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

Food was very good. Server was not happy and his attention was spotty

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HK
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find with an excellent menu, which is modified daily. A very good selection of wines; primarily Italian. We liked our experience so much, we booked another reservation for the following night. Service was friendly and prompt. Highly recommend.

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JT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great experiences. Wine recommendation of the staff was perfect and reasonably priced. The food was beyond delicious. Excellent meal.

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WM
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good Umberto was fantastic waiter seemed like he was tired and wanted to go .

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OT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My son & I visited Perbacco on a recent trip to San Francisco. We had a great time. Our server helped us with both the wine list and the menu. We enjoyed tasting a number of dishes, in part because the restaurant offers smaller sized portions on past items. We really enjoyed this element.

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LS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It is vibrant but you always feel taken care of. It is worth the drive from Sonoma County to dine here. The sommelier has great reccommendations and the wine list is wonderful. And Umberto always seems to keep things humming.
We always feel special when we dine here.
David & Laura

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B
Portland
54 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant in the financial district of San Francisco. We came down from Bend, Oregon to attend an event and had dinner here our first night. The service was great and friendly. The meal was very good. You can be seated in a booth or at a table and can also get dinner at the bar. Very nice and would recommended.

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a very friendly restaurant where staff do their best at providing you with comfort in a place that isn't too noisy. They are honest & sincere.

Service is excellent & they aim to please.
The food is excellent and as described.
Thank you.

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LN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attention to detail. Top-notch service. Fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared dishes. Cannot say enough about the level of service from the staff - very attentive, but never hovering. Just lovely people who seem sincere in wanting to make sure diners have a great experience.

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m
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fairly happening place...a little bit pretentious and full of itself, but some nice offerings.

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VH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the service to the food, all was outstanding. We had the chef's table next to the kitchen and very attentive service. We have had meals based on Umberto's influence before and this did not disappoint.

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Pork loin very dry, flavorless. Beans over cooked.

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L
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noisy, rushed, abmverage but convenient for a quick business lunch

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R
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu in a very appealing setting. The wait staff was available and attentive but not obtrusive. One of the better and more interesting dinners I’ve had in recent years when visiting San Francisco.

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Initially really good experience. Staff friendly. Nice bday cards from restaurant. Then perhaps bc we didn’t order enough or maybe bc waitstaff got busy we felt neglected. Waitstaff seems impatient. No water refill. We asked for bread- never came although all the tables around us had bread ,!and I saw someone walk by with what seemed like bread for us. It was like they deemed that we didn’t need or deserve it. We are generally positive people but each of us after said- “that was a weird experience”. The appetizers were ok - heirloom tomatoes were a little mealy. Pasta was really good and generous portions.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was extremely slow. Took 30 min before we got a drink order.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My chicken was incredibly dry. Almost tasted like rubber.

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DR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, great people working at the restaurant. Good wine list. The Place was noisy for business meeting and tables are very close to each other. And my recommendation to the server team is to open bottle of wine at the table and keep the open bottle on the the table, instead of keep it in a remote location.

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NT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic food and lovely service. We sat in a booth near the front of the restaurant and it was quite quiet. Loved the octopus in particular and the dessert.

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EK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Perbacco. We always go on our way from the Ferry, have dinner and then go to our Show at SHN. I brought some friends with us this past Friday. They loved it!!! Except at the very end of dinner as we were paying our check, we noticed our waiter passing out hot dinner rolls to the next table. They never, the whole evening, offered us any. Very disappointed:((

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LR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta I have had in a long time!! Lovely ambiance. Busy but not hectic or noisy. Helpful that we had a nice booth. Service very nice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service impeccable. The waiter was very knowledgeable and explained the dishes quite eloquently.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food.

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p
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was amazing, the service impeccable, and the overall feeling wonderful. I took my prior boss to lunch and never felt rushed. Thank you!

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DU
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, fantastic service and a peach flan/gelato/fruit desert that will have me back soon!

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very nice people who were attentive and everyone wished my sweetheart his happy birthday! It was amazing thank you!

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The waiter really sets the tone of experience. I couldn't have felt more unimportant and almost like I was a nuisance to him. The food was over priced and mediacor at best.

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SD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come to San Francisco, I try to get to Perbacco. The food is always excellent, the wine list extensive and the service outstanding. With me we’re some people that were new to Perbacco and their experience was equally wonderful.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is consistently good. Great spot for a business lunch

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DA
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team at Perbacco made me feel so special on my birthday. The hand written birthday note was so great. My boyfriend and I had a beautiful time and the food was so great! I loved the table we had. Great location. Cocktails were amazing, the Plin Con Salsicca Di Anatra was to die for! Overall I had such a beautiful time.

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N
Sacramento
30 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable wine person. She was very helpfully in helping us pick out our wine. Our server paced dinner never felt rushed. Our two pasta dishes were excellent. Will definitely be back.

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