Ideale Restaurant Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Ideale Restaurant

1315 Grant Avenue (At Vallejo Street)

San Francisco, CA 94133

Ideale Restaurant Website

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Exterior Decor

Ideale Restaurant is an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach serving authentic Roman cuisine for over 12 years. They focus on hand picked ingredients, homemade pastas, and breads.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Small romantic Italian family style restaurant with colorful artsy decor, red pendant lights, low light, jazz in the air, and abstract paintings on the wall. Small counter in the back. Locals and some tourists primarily in the 30’s and 40’s with a couple big parties.

Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Menu

Website Menu

Picks:

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Burrata

Burrata ($12.50) fresh artisan burrata mozzarella with arugula and tomatoes had some good, strong, and mushy cheese with fresh green tomatoes.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Calamari Salad

Calamari e rughetta ($11) Fresh local calamari, grilled with organic arugola was a very good appetizer. Couple pieces were slightly burned but the calamari was fresh and cooked well.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza ($13) topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil had a nice and crispy crust, with no sogginess. Cheese was average and could have been more premium. Interesting powdery flour under the pizza.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Veal Scallopini

Scallopine ai funghi ($22) Veal scaloppini sauteed with mushrooms was on the small and thin side but hit the spot. Could have used a little less saltiness. Potatoes were excellent.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Seafood Risotto

Risotto alla pescatora ($16.75) Risotto with black mussels and clams, calamari & prawns in a garlic, pinot grigio sauce was huge and excellent. Lots of fresh seafood but only 2 shrimp. Rice had a strong shellfish, wine flavor. One of the better risotto’s around.

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta ai Lamponie e Cicoccolato ($7) homemade panna cotta topped with seasonal berry and milk-chocolate sauce was a weird combination. It was smooth and not overly creamy but should have had just one flavoring.

OK:

Ideale Restaurant San Francisco Lamb Papardelle

Papardelle all’ agnello ($14.50) homemade noodles in a lamb ragu was just average. Lots of lamb chunks and noodles that had a powdery texture.

Pans:
None

Ideale Restaurant had fair service with the server never asking how food was. They were friendly when we talked to them. Water changing bus boys were good. The food was very good (pasta was disappointing), making this a safe bet for Italian in the touristy North Beach area. Be sure to make a reservation as this place gets busy. If you want the best Italian in the city, try Acquellero.
Ideale Restaurant has a multi page wine list with moderate markup, glasses of wine from $5, bottles from $16. The house red ($7) was pretty good. Parking is difficult here, so park at the Central Police station.

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Ideale Restaurant Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon - Thur 5:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm, Sun 5-10pm
Parking:Street (Hard)
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$13 - $26

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