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Perbacco

4.6
4.6
6408 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 19 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 6,408 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A different experience, exotic tastes! Liked it!
  2. I

    Itwasgood

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm not articulate enough to express the many levels of joy and pleasure one receives by having a meal here. The staff is attentive and precise. The food is delicious, I mean everything. The bar is top-notch and the wine list shows the signs of the well-informed and unostentatious. Then we come to the lynchpin, the solar center, Umberto. Eyes everywhere, constant motion, ensuring each experience is perfection. Do not miss your chance to enjoy this place!
  3. d

    dheerajb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good vibe, pleasant food and great wine! Highly recommend reserving before
  4. I

    Itwasgood

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing place. I never miss the chance to dine here when I'm in San Francisco.
  5. S

    Sweetie

    San Francisco

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in cozy heated booth. Good thing too since inside was packed and noisy Wonderful tuna salad to share and order of almonds Always good service and food Check it out
  6. JM

    JackM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, loved Paparadelle and Cesar Salad. Good service, friendly and efficient on a very busy night. Much too noisey...hard to have a conversation with guest.
  7. N

    Napawinelovers

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved! Experience and food was amazing. Victor our server was fantastic. He was so pleasant and went above and beyond to make our night. Most service is lack luster these days. He really made the experience! Highly recommend!!
  8. MG

    MG3000

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service experience as always. Great Wine List.
  9. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    271 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    271 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed the food and wine (short rib ragu and veal appetizer both much recommended, the rotelli pesto was a bit too oily) and our server was friendly and helpful. Everything arrived in a timely manner. The only thing I would change is the table we had - it was right by the center thoroughfare and there were staff and other diners always passing by. If you can, get a quieter table by the wall.
  10. L

    Lovestoeat66

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor seating arrangements. I was happy to see that they had so many gluten-free options including gluten-free bread. Very gluten-free friendly restaurant. Will go back!
  11. N

    Nona

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food as always, great service. The Who party of five had an enjoyable experience. Always will come back.
  12. d

    docdur

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a "find" for us. We had not been here before and consider it a "next time were in SF we'll definitely go there!" The service was over the top! The food was delicious, creative (especially the Caesar salad!), and nicely presented. The atmosphere was unhurried but timely. It adds to our list of "Must Go" restaurants!
  13. JF

    JohnF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food as usual
  14. T

    Techexec

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perbacco is one of my favorite places in SF. The food is outstanding, the wine list is amazing, and the service is top-notch. I especially loved that the owner was there on hand to answer any questions about the wine! Absolutely outstanding experience in all measures.
  15. AT

    AlexT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Love it…!
  16. F

    Foodiecutie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Still very good but not as exceptional as in the past. Maybe it's the pandemic but main courses have no starches which are delicious if prepared right and cheap! Portions on appetizers way too small. I just realized too I never got my side of cauliflower. Have to say the trout was spectacular!
  17. M

    Maggie

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were four of us celebrating my goddaughter’s birthday and we had a wonderful time at Perbacco. We all decided on pasta dishes which were amazing and of course the desserts were delicious as welll.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was overall a great experience
  19. BM

    BrilliantMistakeWines

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection, plain and simple. Love it.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joey was an amazing host
  21. DB

    DuncanB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This restaurant is superbly run in all aspects by the very proper owner. It is a real treasure and a delight to go there.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner; terrific server/service
  23. LT

    LeenzeeTracy

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We came here for date night and ordered the following -- -Fried Shishito Peppers: very good; would order again -Burrata Cheese: very good; would order again -Tortelli Con Fegato D'Anatra: okay-good; would not order again (the sauce was tangy and overpowered the truffle duck liver mousse) - Pappardelle: very good; would order again (solid pasta dish) -Burnt Caramel Gelato; meh-okay; would not order again (this was described as "mind-blowing" in a review and I disagree
  24. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food is good especially the duck liver pasta dish but it’s expensive appetizers are close to $20 and it’s probably a bit overpriced plus you get hit with a health mandate fee which comes as a surprise when you get your check it’s a nice restaurant but our waitress was not very engaging and she pretty much acted as if she’d rather be somewhere else so that took away from the overall experience
  25. BS

    BebeShark

    San Francisco

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed dinner at Perbacco many times over the past 15 years. Umberto and the team do a terrific job. Independent of the outstanding quality of the food and the service level, the word that best describes Perbacco is "Consistency". The food, service et al is consistently outstanding...we have never had a less than outstanding experience.
  26. j

    jerryfromthehood

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing choices on the menu and great gluten free options. The specials of the night (truffle ricotta raviolini) was outstanding! Service was right on the mark, helpful and clarified glute free options with the whipped gorgonzola on the beet salad. Overall, excellent experience all around.
  27. AS

    AllanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Never had a bad meal here. Always delicious and pleasant professional service !
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    They never offered water (or bread) we needed to ask. And once we did they never came around to refill our glasses once again we had to ask. I realize we are in a drought but they didn’t offer even bottled water. Two of us got the steak which was chewy and stringy and we could barely cut it with a knife. Lastly when the bill came there was a split discrepancy so we had to wait for it to be corrected. The waiter was very apologetic but after everything else it was a very disappointing client lunch I’m afraid.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our pasta was delicious and served within minutes of ordering. A bit rushed, but we were hungry.
  30. RD

    RichardD

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Pretty terrible experience- extremely disappointing. Food arrived literally 2 minutes after being ordered, so everything seems Lee made and tastes like it- soggy fritto misto and rubbery octopus. Pastas are bland. With so many choices there is no reason to risk an evening here; it was 50% empty on a Saturday night, so obviously this place has seen better days.
  31. SH

    SHARONA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious as always! Fantastic!
  32. HS

    HappyinSF

    San Francisco

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service.
  33. Z

    Zpunky

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We dined at Perbacco on a Friday evening. My dining companions and I really enjoyed our evening at Perbacco. The food was very good, the ambiance was active but not lively, so good for us to have a conversation. The entire service staff was friendly, but the service itself was sub-par for the style of restaurant and the cost.
  34. NP

    NenaP

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Only downside was a large group nearby.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from top to bottom. Great ambience, food and service.
  36. RO

    RebsO

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Appetizers were brought out with the meal. Very annoying
  37. M

    Maya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. Definitely will come again when in the area.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Not a welcoming place for Asians. With reservations still only party sat in bar area booth for dinner. Requested table in restaurant dining area but refused with one word response. Booths poor quality construction or just old so seat backs move every time guests on the other side move. They have their preferred clientele which is their prerogative but know this before selecting this place.
  39. AB

    AlecB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very positive experience - bar staff very knowledgeable on menu, recommendations superb and the surprise was the amazing wine knowledge - first class advice. Loved the whole meal and night
  40. JD

    JacklynD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parpedelle was amazing!! Service was impeccable and we will definitely come back!

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 6408 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 19 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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