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Perbacco

4.6
4.6
6590 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 955-0663

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Staffan Terje

  • Catering

    Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Cross street

    Battery St. & Front St.

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Bart: Montgomery station. Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,590 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Find delicious great service. Look forward to returning again.
  2. GD

    GregD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Server took my brussel sprouts to kitchen to place in go-box and never returned. Didn't bother to bring it up. Signed and left.
  3. GN

    GeneN

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing!! Service not so much. We did have a later reservation (8:45) and we didn’t have any problems ordering early. We just didn’t appreciate our server making us feel like we were imposing with no interaction, no acknowledgement even when we actually apologized for dining so late in an attempt to light his mood, and overall seeming disinterested what experience were having. Certainly not enough to dissuade us from returning, just please don’t make feel guilty for dining past 8:30.
  4. S

    Sarah

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food and ambiance was amazing! The servers were attentive at first, and then someone important was sat at the table next to us…. Multiple people were serving that table and it took the servers about an hour to notice we wanted the check. Pretty annoying, but guess there’s some guests more important than others
  5. J

    Jules

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really great pasta but I can see how it
  6. NF

    NinaF

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and Wade our server and the other server who help with water and bread was so awesome
  7. j

    joep

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When the owner of the restaurant asks you f you'd like him to sprinkle Parmigian cheese on your entree you know you're in great hands. Awesome food, terrific ambience and service- straight from the top- that is second to none!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was great! Asked to be moved outside as it was far too noisy inside.
  9. B

    Blanca

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was fine. Nothing particularly memorable. We had the pear and beet salads, which were good. The pork loin was dry but the duck beast was better. We added the Papardelle with rib meat, also ok. The service was good, the hostesses were not helpful, but that’s not really important.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant came highly recommended by a foodie colleague of mine for a place to take a group for a business dinner and we were very impressed. The staff was incredible - very attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and gave great recommendations. Fantastic spot for Italian food!
  11. k

    kenc

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hamichi Crudo was excellent, the wife & I had a pasta dish each which was good and ended with the pistachio dessert and the apple cobbler which was also good. Food a bit pricey for what the items were. Excellent service. I don’t hang out in the Financial District but would come back for a special occasion.
  12. RL

    RussellL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true Piemontese kitchen with hard to find pasta (homemade) dishes and excellent starter and main choices. Best panna cotta on this side of the Atlantic.
  13. NB

    NaturalBornJudge

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was slow. Assuming they were short staffed, but I couldn't help feeling like we were forgotten about especially since the customer seated after us next to our table was getting service before us (and waiting for another guest). Dining room was quite warm. I normally sit at the bar which is where I often get better service.
  14. M

    Mahana

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    This was our first time at Perbacco on a pretty busy Saturday night. Found the food to be quite excellent and also a VERY impressive wine list from all parts of Italy. Starters should definitely be shared as we discovered when order one per person. Cocktails up are served in the tiniest martini glasses ever and take a fair amount of time to arrive at table. The same was true for all courses stretching things out a bit more than desirable.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Perbacco is our go to restaurant for consistently great food and service. Tonight unfortunately the service needs work. Wait staff appear untrained and the one hostess at the entrance was very much disinterested in her job. Food thankfully was still outstanding. Please train your servers and hostess.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Menu and wine list- excellent!!! Consistent quality.
  17. RS

    RichardS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything good except noise
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friends birthday
  19. HN

    HarryN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hard to beat, the mixed fried shrimp and peppers appetizer!
  20. a

    andrea

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday celebration with 3 friends and was perfect! The cocktails were delicious, the pastas were excellent, and the everyone who worked there was very welcoming.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! As always
  22. HN

    HarryN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a dining party of one, I was given an excellent seating position in the restaurant--which I greatly appreciated. I was also given time to enjoy a martini before ordering. The menu offered a variety of tempting choices. Food and service were first rate.
  23. C

    Chantal

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for New Year's Eve 2022/2023 dinner and it was great. Although the restaurant was completely booked out, the service was great and everything was served quickly. A single glas of wine is a quite pricy but the food was really good. We will come back!
  24. J

    Jules

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and food and wine were delicious as always. We like to share family style.
  25. RQ

    RichardQ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    New Year’s Eve dinner. Excellent service. Food not as good as the two prior occasions.
  26. KK

    KirillK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    This is a fancy restaurant, understood. Portions are just tiny could work out if you just had late lunch or if you plan let it go just after the dinner… service is OK but if you are e with kids and are not fancy dressed you are seated in a bar area not quite the fancy area where everyone seats. Now food, food is good for the most part, but if you like their free bread, do not ask to pack some to go… it would cost you $3 per little roll. Anyways. Mixed feelings; in that they accommodated us with a short notice reservation for a new year dinner, this is great. But $260 bill was a bit much for the total value of our experience, $15 for 5 tiny brad rolls we got charged without letting us know if the charges is the reason for “3” and not “4” stars here. It could be “5” stars if a meal portion were closer to that of American standard. We are not doing n France after all…
  27. EB

    EastBayAdventurer

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    New Year’s Eve and the chefs and staff did not miss a beat. Delicious food , love the hint of anchovies in Caesar salad dressing. Got us delectable pastas timely so we could make comedy show!
  28. J

    Josed

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Muy buenas las pastas, buen servicio y ambiente
  29. WS

    WilliamS

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's simple: Perbacco is ALWAYS excellent in every resect...never any disappointment.
  30. KA

    KateA

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic menu, every dish pitch perfect, wonderful cocktails and Italian wines, friendly and responsive servers, and a wonderfully festive atmosphere!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hidalgo

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Pésimo servicio, los meseros súper groseros! La comida está muy equis
  32. C

    Christine

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, once again! Wonderful service from Umberto, the owner. Love coming here.
  33. KP

    KevinP

    San Francisco

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    A lovely dinner at the bar even though we had reservations for a table we love sitting and dining at the bar it most restaurants. However, not the best service by the bartender as we would have expected. Pasta was very good, risotto was somewhat lacking in flavor.
  34. AG

    AndrewG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this place and it was nearly perfect. If you like pate you won’t find much else better outside of Europe and the pasta was insanely good. They use a lot of meats in the pastas, but unlike a lot of other places, they don’t over do it so it’s not too heavy. Best meal we’ve had since in a long time. Can’t recommend Perbacco highly enough.
  35. KP

    KurtP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous Italian “foody” experience. Wine options are excellent and the great experience is a value!
  36. LL

    LLLR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely experience, excellent food and top notch service. Highly recommend for a celebration or for out of town visitors.
  37. a

    akpk

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic lunch here with my niece! The wonderful food, Barbera wine and impeccable service made it an afternoon to remember! Thank you, Perbacco!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Extremely welcoming upon arrival. Bustling, convivial atmosphere. Wonderfully professional service. Food was overall very good. It was interesting to try some classic Italian dishes: veal tonnato, egg appetizer. Pasta was very good. Their unusual brand of Italian sparkling water was excellent. Dessert was the only weak point: beautiful to look at, but not delicious.
  39. KS

    KevinS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Service horrible. Food fantastic
  40. F

    Franco

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    We've been dining at Perbacco for many years and it has been a favorite. However, we had dinner there yesterday evening and we're very disappointed. The service was horrible. Our waitress was pretty bad. No one waited on us for thirty minutes plus. When I asked her if we could get water, she claimed she wasn't our waitress. She finally came back and said she would help us because our waiter was sent home. She took our orders and we waited more than 45 minutes. We flagged her down yet again and she came back with dessert menus! We informed her we hadn't received our entrees yet and she said, very defensively, I know. Then took the dessert menus from us. We then asked another wait staff about our entrees we never got and he was very helpful and brought them.however, she placed the wrong order. She brought one gluten free pasta, and the other was regular. We were so tired of waiting that my daughter and I ended up sharing one entree. She had also forgotten to put in the order for our side dishes. It was somewhat of a nightmare. My husband and I felt she was high on something because of her mannerism throughout the night. We were so disappointed as we were there for my daughters birthday.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Perbacco is rated 4.6 stars by 6590 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 107 times today
Google Map for Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Battery St. & Front St.

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District / Embarcadero

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Bart: Montgomery station. Muni: Market and 1st St. stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Staffan Terje

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 955-0663

  • Catering

    Limited to party size of 100 or fewer. We will customize the menu according to the event.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Stephen Lee: (415) 955-0647

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