1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.799057 -122.407349
Extremely Addictive. Ristorante Ideale is consistently outstanding! From the atmosphere, to the owners, to the bread, to the pastas, to the pizza, to the dessert, you can't miss there. For the past 10 years, I have been going to this restaurant weekly, and it has yet to let me down. A warm, friendly, extremely Italian experience greets me at the frot door every time. Maurizio Bruschi is a true genious, and his homemade breads and pastas are the best in the city, hands down. The prices are moderate, very affordable, and worth every penny! I recommend Ideale to everyone and anyone looking for a great place to go on any occasion. My only upset, is that it has become so popular (and with good reason), I cannot be selfish any longer...... If you are lucky enough to have eaten there, you know that words cannot explain the wonders of this restaurant!
Outstanding Italian Cuisine on Upper Grant. Ristorante Ideale is one of the great finds that you share with your close friends but don't want the secret out to those who do not appreciate the care and attention that the kitchen applies to their menu. Located on upper Grant not far from Columbus, the staff warmly welcomes you to either side of the restaurant with windows facing out towards Grant and one wall holding up the wine. The wine selection is nicely done and reasonable priced with a broad selection of tasty Italian wines. The real treats are the well constructed salads and the homemade pasta with a variety of sauces or selected toppings that are well paired. The burst of flavor upon first bite or the lingering tastes after savouring the combinations prove to be satisfying without being overbearing. If only the rest of the Northbeach tourist restaurants could copy this dedication to Italian recipes and ingredients, we'd be in Rome for certain. Having recently sampled various excellent establishments in Rome, this is like being right there (minus the pollution). This gem of a trattoria is soon to be a definite favorite--benissimo!
Have left The City, so will confess my secret favorite..
After half a century in The City: harking back to when Willie, Stretch and Juan were the heart and soul of the old Giants, Emperor Norton was still a fond memory for many older natives and The Twins were regulars downtown -- we have succumbed to the general cost of living in retirement years and moved to North Carolina.
The real tragedy. Restaurante Ideale has no comparable clone in the Tarheel state.
We miss the incredible culinary artistry of Maurizio Bruschi and his "roman home boys" staff. Restaurante Ideale is simply the best and in our twice annual visits back to The City, they can expect us there for at least half our meals. Not enough time to try the entire menu, but enough to take mercy upon our budget and build great memories.
We first tried Maurizio's food, based upon his family's four decades as chefs and dining hosts in Rome, within days after he opened the doors. We've been there to see the children as infants and have come to know and love his dining room staff, both those musically gifted -- and challenged. Going back is to be embraced in honest affection, song and served incredible food.
Shortly after arriving, THE BEST consists of the salads and appetizers, maybe a cup of soup.
The THE BEST includes the pasta, breads, seafood, veal, chicken, beef -- whatever we order for entrees.
Then THE BEST shifts to any dessert we order.
We are getting better about deciding, -- at least until our last night in The City on each visit -- because we know we can try everything eventually.
In all these years, Ideale's prices are among the most economical of all The City's fine dining establishments. (Lower than some really bad restaurants in The City & North Carolina), the service improves and Maurixio's skills are greater each year. What would we change?
Easy -- from our viewpoint, Restaurante Ideale should be relocated to the Eno River Valley just north of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
We can dream, si!
Great neighborhood place. North beach is full of overpriced, low quality, tourist traps. It was refreshing to find this place tucked away on a side street. We were seated right away and the place just has an authentic italian feel. The bread and olive oil were great, the wine list was nice and the menu small, but good. I had a risotto with a good amt of fish on top. The fish was fresh and delicious. Friends had the same and another had the scallops and pasta which was equally as tasty. We also had some cappuccino and the lemon sorbet and proliferols. It was some of the best proliferols I have had. This place was reasonably price and a fun place.
A serendipitous discovery. My favorite North Beach restaurant was unexpectedly closed for an emergency, so my friend & I started walking till we found a place & discovered Ideale. I'm glad we did! To start with, we were seated immediately on a Saturday night. The servers were funny--extremely friendly & flirtatious italian men who some may find obnoxious. We never suffered for lack of attention. We started with a shredded zucchini sald which was different than I had ever had before. I'm not a huge zucchini fan, but this may have converted me. The sea bass was baked in parchment, and was subtly flavored with herbs which allowed the delicate flavor of the fish come through. The ambience was warm, but clean & modern. It seemed like more of a local place. I must go back, but next time I'll plan on it.
I ordered the special, Salmon, not only did it have no flavor and note I am not very picky or spoiled but when I comunicated to our waiter, he simply showed no interest, compassion, neither was I offered anything to make up for the bad meal.
The salmon was wrapped in paper, tasted like nothing and was extremely pricy.
I will never go back, especially after that witers lack of caring. Unbelievable!
GREAT FOOD. I won't say this is the greatest in SF, but it's one of my favorites. The food is good and the ambiance is even better. Great place to take a date. I especially love their gnocchi and ceasar salad. They are definitely "must try" items.
A Roman Holiday. I waited till the end to make New Years plans and what do you know? Ristorante Ideale treated us to one of the best in a while! Popped my head into the warm, cozy place that reminds me of those hideaway eateries in Rome. The staff seated us quickly at the last table for five. Then, bottles of red wine, crusty brown bread and golden oil, fresh pasta, crisp grappa and dark espresso washed away this rollercoaster of a past year. With full smiles and stomachs we walked out onto Grant Street. Breathing in the San Francisco evening, I paused, glancing at my wife--yes, we were on a Roman Holiday.
simply the best.. I have lived in San Francisco for 7 years now and dine out often, but had never been to Ideale. I would always go to Antica, and was astounded at how amazing the food was at Ideale. My husband & I were seated at a lovely romantic table, and immediately felt like we were whisked back to Italy. We ordered a rich bottle of Barolo that was a steal -only $33! We started with Prosciutto & Pear. The prosciutto was made in-house, and tasted simply delectable. It was wrapped around bosc pear with light moscarpone. My husband had the gnocchi, homemade as well, and fluffy like they are in Italy, and I had the duck. The portion was HUGE and was so succulent. We then finished it off with a Sundae, with rich hot chocolate and Frangelico liqueur over vanilla gelato. Bravo Ideale! We can't wait to go back again!
the best Italian west of Tuscany!.
what a treasure...we happened upon this REAL Italian restaurant after roaming the North Beach tourist traps. Maurizio, the unbeleivably gifted chef, is a real find. We found out he is a 4th generation Roman chef...the real mccoy!
Loved the ambience, presentation, the amazing food and vast collections of unique wines. We had the proscuitto with pears, calamari and shrimp salad, lobster ravioli, lamb chops, and swordfish. Ideale makes its own bread, which we beleive should be marketed under their own label and sold in supermarkets! Maurizio's tiramisu deserves the city's accolades of "BEST". It was especially wonderful for our large party of 20 and yet we saw romantic tables of two equally enjoying the evening, as well.
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