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Last Night at Perbacco [San Francisco]

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Last night was the first night I've ever been there where it was not completely packed. It was mostly full, just not 'packed'. Also, it was already my favorite restaurant -- all things, including price, considered -- in San Francisco, but last night was the best meal there I've had yet. I had the risotto with porcini, corn, smoked pancetta, and caramelized onions as my appetizer and the veal chop with roasted baby turnips, roasted a strange type of whole onion, and fresh dandelion greens with a terrific balsamic reduction and amazing EVOO for my main course. Dessert was my standard -- the burnt caramel gelato. Just a remarkable dinner. I hope they are doing ok in business... but wow, what a dinner...

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Until a dinner a couple of weeks ago, our only experience at Perbacco had been for the special Passover dinners they've done with Joyce Goldstein. Those dinners were very good, but can't serve as a test of the customary menu, service, etc. When we did visit for a "real" dinner recently, we were extremely pleased and impressed with the whole experience--service, food, and wine.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. Glad to hear about your lovely meal there. It's one of my fave restos in SF.

      1. Ditto. I find myself at Barbacco more often just because it's easier to drop in and the price point is slightly lower, but Perbacco remains one of my favorite restaurants in SF. The stuffed quail is exceptional.

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Barbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        1. It's been a couple years since I had dinner at Perbacco, but I've lunched there frequently and recently. Still a tough reservation for tables during lunch primetime (i.e. before 1PM), unless you're making a reservation several days out. Always either packed or close to it every time I've been there, invariably eliciting comments from my clients or vendors of "what recession?"

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. I have to think they are doing ok - my colleagues and I travel to San Fran for business regularly, and we can always all agree on Perbacco, and it is always full when we go. Our dinners are consistently excellent, and we have some very picky people in the group. The quail and the duck are always excellent, and when they have a pork chop, it can be a standout as well. Love the caramel gelato, as well as the "ugly but good" cookies - great with after-dinner coffee. It has remained my favorite meal over the course of the last year.

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: CG09

              Yesterday was probably my 4th visit ever, and by far, the best. It was always on my 'very good' list but it is now higher. It also helped that we had a table in an "ever so slightly" less noisy area, where I wasn't hunched over to hear during the meal.

              (1) Shared the sausage crostini and celery w/sardine starters. Delicious
              (2) My main was the veal breast. A delicious plate. Side of beans, which tasted like bacon, so they were delicious.
              (3) The chocolate mouse-like dessert was excellent. The peach dessert was very good.
              (4) 2 1/2L carafes - an Italian white to start, and an Italian red to finish. I like the 1/2L carafes - the selections are decent, the prices are fair, and it lets you have more than 2 half-bottles, and less than 2 full bottles.
              (5) Service was excellent. A combination of warm, professional, competent, and honest.