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Ideale

4.5
4.5
1385 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
"For an authentic Roman holiday without the airfare, this undiscovered North Beach gem is worth seeking out."
(Zagat)A bright, colorful Italian restaurant, Ideale is the modern version of a traditional Roman trattoria. It is "festive and boisterous...la vera cucina italiana."Ideale has been bringing a slice of Rome to North Beach for over 20 years with it's highly acclaimed chef, Maurizio Bruschi. Maurizio hails from four generations of Roman chefs, lovingly taught by his grandma, la Nonna Serafina. The pastas and breads are all homemade and the ingredients are hand-picked daily. Zagat gave Ideale a 25 for food and wrote that the "Italian fare is the real deal...one of the few no tourist eateries in North Beach..excellent pasta and pizza..the service makes you feel like a friend..a delightful experience." Ideale has won numerous awards, including being listed in Zagat's "Best Italian Restaurants in America" and The Chronicle's "Best Pasta in North Beach."

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-4129

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Bruschi

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Ideale welcomes larger parties, opening for lunch or dinner. We are amenable to creating a menu that you are happy with, both in terms of budget & food selection. We take extra care with large parties to ensure that they are beautifully executed with an abundance of food, Italian-banquet style.

  • Private party contact

    Shanna Bruschi or Paolo Fraschetti: (415) 391-4129

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Cross street

    Vallejo

  • Parking details

    Vallejo Street Garage766 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133Phone: (415) 989-4490North Beach Garage735 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA 94133415.399.9564https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/north-beach-garage

  • Public transit

    1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )<br />2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni<br />3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. s

    smille

    Atlanta

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Lasagne was too salty. Table next to me sent carbonara back for too salty. Only learned small portions an option for all when asked about a kids menu. Pizza was awesome!
  2. TP

    TimP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this place. Authentic Italian food, and servers. It can get very loud during busy dinner times, but overall, one of my fave Italian spots in SF.
  3. g

    ginos

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up at 7:25 for a 7:30 reservation Friday night for 4 people. There was a party of 4 already waiting for their 7.00 reservation. The place was packed to the gills and the person at the door that greeted us looked panicked. We took one look at the overcrowded, overbooked situation and just left. It was unfortunate but overbooking reservations at a restaurant is never a good idea or Ideale!!
  4. J

    John

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure. Lamb shoulder was a bit disappointing but overall excellent! We will be back soon.
  5. M

    Marijke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice, friendly restaurant with good Italian meals, wine and servants. Coming from Holland one of my favorite in S.F.
  6. CT

    ChristopheT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Pasta and pizza were nice, but the deserts were still frozen when served. Clearly not fresh.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing authentic Roman cuisine - best Italian restaurant Highly recommended!!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully delicious.
  9. ST

    ScotT

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.. had a nice evening!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! We were a group of 7 at the last minute and they took fabulous care of us. Even Nana was happy!
  11. MI

    MauricioI

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing real Italian food. Owner and Chef, Maurizio, is friendly and made us feel like in Rome.
  12. JU

    JenU

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    I don't know what happened, but we were faced with bottles of wine for nearly $50 that were not worth half that, undercooked pizza, and small portions of pasta. Several years ago we had some delightful dinners there, but there is much better value to be had in half the joints on Columbus Ave. Very bummed and especially as we were entertaining out of town guests we don't get to see very often.
  13. TM

    TerryM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place to eat, perfect for casual dining after being outdoors all day
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Un ristorante a San Francisco con vero cibo Italiano!
  15. m

    midwesternwoman

    Indiana

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We happened on to Ideale… doesn’t look like a restaurant on the outside…. 2 big rooms inside. Greeted by true Italians. Food was pretty good. Place was packed. Biggest drawback was noise… hard to hear each other talk. Waiter was good.
  16. AB

    AvivaB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Try Ideale for a taste of Italy. Service is professional and friendly. Food is authentic and served at the right temperature. The pasta are piping hot, the red wine is also served at the right temperature. Highly recommend the grilled branzino and the grilled calamaris. Noise level can be challenging for a conversation but we would go back !
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The pasta was alright
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food I’ve ever had anywhere. The service is impeccable. Whenever I’m in San Francisco I will always come to Ideale for Italian food. The flavors are oh so good.
  19. p

    painemp

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grabbed dinner with coworkers. Every dish we ordered was amazing. The dishes really highlighted the ingredients and weren’t overly complicated. We had the pepperoni pizza, burrata with bruschetta, grilled calamari, and prosciutto wrapped pears with marscapone as appetizers. The freshly baked bread was a nice complement. We shared entrees of gnocchi (made with beef ragu by special request), tortelloni, and spaghetti vongole. We didn’t really have room for dessert but ordered the tiramisu and millefiore (sp?) anyway. A memorable meal and I hope to visit again when I return to San Francisco.
  20. RK

    RobinK

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and very authentic. Great for dinner with friends. Conversation was easy and the staff was knowledgeable and helped with menu selections.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pastas were fresh, delicious and plentiful.
  22. f

    franm

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious authentic Italian food and waitstaff! Lovely evening!
  23. G

    Greg

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you step through the door you are basically in Italy. The staff, food and wine are all authentic. The only diffence is that it opens before 7:30 pm. Very good food and service. One of our go to places in San Francisco.
  24. EZ

    EricaZ

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We ordered 3 different pasta dishes, all came with the exact same mushroomy “cream” sauce that reminded me of Hamburger Helper. Really not good. The pasta was way undercooked. Calamari was tender but lacked flavor, finesse. Bread was soft but served plain…no butter, olive oil, tapenade. Just a loaf of bread? Right up there among the worst meals I’ve had.
  25. BB

    BrettB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 4th trip over the years to Ideale, and it NEVER disappoints. Superb food that is authentic and always exceeds expectations. There are many Italian food option in the area, but Ideale is one of the best. You also get a lot of value for the price - very reasonable for the quality. I got the Orchiette with broccoli rabe and my wife had the swordfish pasta special. Wow was the food tasty.
  26. A

    Andy

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Surprised they don’t have liquor- just wine and beer. Small menu. Steak was not good. Pizza was pretty good
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My son and I booked and arrived late after an event elsewhere in the city. We received a warm welcome, had a wonderful, friendly server. They had run out of the daily special and instead prepared a fabulous alternative. Although we were late and the restaurant had largely emptied-out we were not rushed. Oh, and loved the environment with its quaint and homely feel. Plus, after what had been a long evening, the bathroom was clean.
  28. KM

    KatyM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh & tasty. We felt welcomed and taken care of.
  29. LM

    LucasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It has excellent food and great service. In a lovely little spot in North Beach, perfect for date nights or just a nice meal. You definitely get what you pay for.
  30. KQ

    KathleenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was great! The food was delicious. Not your normal Italian American offerings, which made it so special. From the wait staff to the food and ambiance, it was wonderful!!! If you are ever in the area and want a truly authentic Italian meal, visit this Gem!!!
  31. C

    Caser

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good food. Authentic Italian atmosphere. Comfortable place to be.
  32. JH

    JulieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the City. Don't be fooled by the location; this is not a tourist spot. Food is fabulous
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real World Italian food. The wait staff were energetic and friendly. Outside seating was wonderful
  34. G

    Giosox

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Genuine ingredients and original know how will make you taste what is the everyday dining at home in Italy. Congratulations Maurizio!
  35. NL

    NaomiL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious housemade pastas and desserts! We were there Labor Day weekend and like all restaurants, they are under staffed. The staff was very apologetic, kind, and working hard so be patient. Food was definitely worth the wait and we enjoyed our leisurely dinner outside. We ordered the fennel salad, mushroom sausage fettuccine, clam spaghetti and tiramisu. Pasta prices were in the low $20s and a great value for the area. We will be going back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Wait staff was super friendly.
  37. A

    Amanda

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we had in San Francisco. Felt like we were back in Italy. A hidden gem!
  38. PJ

    PandJ

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastico, wonderful and authentic and the service is super.
  39. SD

    SDHikergal

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and friendly service from Gino. Caesar salad was crisp, fresh & perfectly dressed. Had fettuccine with porcini & sausage which sounds heavy but was light & very flavorful. The veal tortelloni with prosciutto was also perfectly cooked and oh so flavorful. Place is just off the beaten track & worth finding. Can't wait to return!
  40. M

    Miney

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the best. Fantastic meal, as always!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Ideale does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ideale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 391-4129.

Ideale is rated 4.5 stars by 1385 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 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Ideale

1309 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vallejo

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Vallejo Street Garage766 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133Phone: (415) 989-4490North Beach Garage735 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA 94133415.399.9564https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/north-beach-garage

  • Public transit

    1. Columbus Ave & Green St - (0.09 miles )2. Broadway & Grant Ave - (0.09 miles ) — Muni3. Columbus Ave & Broadway - (0.09 miles ) — Muni

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Maurizio Bruschi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 391-4129

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Ideale welcomes larger parties, opening for lunch or dinner. We are amenable to creating a menu that you are happy with, both in terms of budget & food selection. We take extra care with large parties to ensure that they are beautifully executed with an abundance of food, Italian-banquet style.

  • Private party contact

    Shanna Bruschi or Paolo Fraschetti: (415) 391-4129

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