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Ristorante Ideale

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
+1 415-391-4129
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

MY wife and I go here every time we are in San Fran. She loves the tortellini. I have had quite a few diff dishes. I really like the lasagna. Also the caeser salad is awesome. It is located in a cool neighborhood. After dinner, get out and walk around a bit.

Thank McHaulerz
Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to book a reservation as the Restaurant was packed, we were seated promptly and a waiter, who actually spoke Italian arrived quickly. The parma proscuitto and pear appetizer was quite tasty along with the mussels and clams. Mezzaluna was nicely prepared with a delicate pasta. Veal saltimbocca was also quite flavorful. Would definately return.

Thank JRwestla
San Francisco, California
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166 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live outside SF and always stay in the City in a nice hotel, for several days around our birthdays. We made reservations several days in advance for Ristorante Ideale, having seen it on Check Please and read the reviews. We told them it was my birthday, thus a special occasion. We didn't expect freebies, just a little consideration for... More 

Thank MarlySF
Newcastle, Australia
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We were a party of 3. Good selection on menu. True Italian experience. Service excellent, food exceptional,price very good. Pizzas are traditionally made thin and crispy. I had a pasta with clams, mussels, prawns, fish. It was brilliant! Equal to anything I have had in my life. Thoroughly enjoyed this place. If you get a chance it will not disappoint... More 

Thank PhilWG
Down Under
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The place looks good and smells good and the menu seems to be mostly authentic Italian but like a previous poster said we found the service a bit gruff. Perhaps we had a bad table but it was very noisy and to top it off they served the wrong meal to me___had to do it again. The place was packed... More 

Thank Oskar
Pacific Grove, California
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106 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We ate here on a week night. We had seen the restaurant hi-lited on Check Please, Bay area and I was attracted by the Calamari appetizer that did not use calamari rings. I was pleased to find them prepared the same way as in Italy. In fact, the entire menu along with the wait staff is authentic. That is hard... More 

Thank Bill F
Oakland, California
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190 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We booked this place for 5 people and it didn't disappoint. I knew this would be a typical authentic Italian place since the moment an Italian answered the phone. We arrived the two of us and was waiting for few minutes for our friends and even when they arrived we took some time to decide on the menu and the... More 

Thank Heliana M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful time. Service was great amd recommendations mad were spot on. Food was terrific. Good wine prices and selection.

Thank Dave S
San Francisco, CA
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147 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Friendly and outstanding food. Have the grilled calamari! Love that the waitstaff are real Italians - this place ha been here nearly 20 years and never fails.

Thank kiwi400
New York City, New York
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164 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We ate here on a Saturday night. The restaurant is pretty but service was a bit gruff. There were a bunch of hits and misses. The hits: pizza, mista salad and the seafood stew. The misses: the veal was flat out disgusting and the seafood salad lacked flavor. They do have a corkage fee for BYOB. I would not go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-3903
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-391-4129

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

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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