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Financial District
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220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Battery)
+1 415-955-1919
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible service. They said we would wait 20 minutes for a table ended up waiting for ONE hour! And they didn't even sit us on a table but at the bar!!

Thank Maria O
Brussels, Belgium
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really surprised by the ratings here and perhaps I had a bad experience but nothing went well here. The restaurant was dated and noisy. The service was fine but nothing special. However the food was terrible. I ordered 2 dishes and both were below average. So many better places in SF. Try Tadich Grill next door if you're in the... More 

Thank Englishguy85
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Really good Italian place in downtown San Francisco. Has a more swanky location next door (Perbacco), but this little brother is just as good and more informal (many seats are at the bar). Original and uniformly excellent pasta and risotto plates.

Thank Riccardo C
Bath, United Kingdom
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529 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

My meal was really great here but my girlfriend didn't enjoy hers, seems like a bit of a hit and miss place, some dishes are good some aren't, worth a gamble though if you're in the area !

Thank jackmoore93
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Apparently this place is well-liked by locals and tourists alike. We did not have reservations (2 of us) but they were able to accommodate us with no fuss. We arrived when they opened for dinner, and within 30 minutes they were pretty full. It is a small restaurant. They have a "sister" place next door that is fancier, although this... More 

Thank steph410
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We enjoyed dining at the bar here. Friendly bartenders if you want them to be, excellent food, convenient and easy.

Thank keithofrpi
Savannah, Georgia
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We dined here on the spur of the moment, 8pm on a Saturday night. The restaurant was crowded but not too noisy. The food was very good and waitstaff attentive. We would definitely return.

Thank jennam0529
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34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I ordered the Lasagna Bolognes, which they make with spinach pasta, ragu Bolognese and besciamella sauce. The lasagna noodles were fine, the ragu a bit tasteless, but the real disappointment of the dish was the besciamella sauce. It was served on the side and was a congealed, unappetizing line of white fat just sitting there. Nevertheless, I tried it and... More 

Thank BobinSeattleWA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I've been stopping here anytime I'm in SF for the last 7-8 years. I've also dined at Perbacco, the sister restaurant next door, many times. Of the two Barbacco is less formal and the cuisine more Italian country or rustic than Perbacco. Both are great. I always sit at the bar and last Thursday night was no exception. Fortunately we... More 

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Hong Kong
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I went to Barbacco with a friend and was seated at the bar for lunch. There was enough space to have our own plates plus the four dishes we had ordered to share. The restaurant was clean, food fresh & delicious and atmosphere fun & casual. We loved every dish we had: strawberry & fennel salad, chicken thighs, lasagna and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
  • Public Transportation: Embarcadero Bart Station, Embarcadero Muni Station and all lines that run through Market Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighbourhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-955-1919

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Financial District

Neighbourhood Profile
Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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