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Oct 24, 2013 12:41 PM

Perbacco or State Bird Provisions [San Francisco]

We are looking for a delicious anniversary meal for Friday. Between Perbacco and State Bird Provisions, which restaurant has better food and atmosphere? Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been to the renovated State Bird, but that place is very casual, like only slightly more posh than a high-end burger joint. That's not a bad thing, in my opinion, but might not be what you're looking for in an anniversary spot. Also, it's dim sum style, so servers will be interrupting you fairly often, asking you if you want this or that dish.

    1. They are very different restaurants.

      Perbacco is more formal, white tablecloth, standard courses format. Italian with California influences done well. The noise level is louder than a hushed white table cloth place - but not as loud as a lot of the new restaurant designs.

      State Bird Provisions is casual - I'd feel out of place in a cocktail dress. The whole purpose was supposed to be a neighborhood restaurant where you could just stop in and sample what the chef felt was fun to make that day. Its popularity puts it on the top of a lot of people's dining lists -but neither the service, atmosphere or food reads special occasion to me (or special generally).

      1. i think you're actually good at either one -- just pick whichever one has food that appeals more to you. experimental fusion, or cal-italian?

        i think state bird has a fun atmosphere where if you want to wear a cocktail dress, go for it.

        but i haven't been to the new location... and i am a guy.

        1. Friday as in tomorrow? If not, how far in the future?

          6 Replies
          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Yes, tomorrow. They don't have any open reservations at perbacco. Very sad, indeed.

            1. re: finchycocoa

              Prospect looks to have reservations available and it might fit the bill in a pinch.


              1. re: finchycocoa

                You might phone Perbacco. If they don't have reservations ask if they save some for walk-ins. The wait would probably be a lot shorter than at State Bird.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  They take walk-ins and have nice booths in the bar! So we will try to get to Perbacco after all.

                  1. re: finchycocoa

                    i think those booths are nicer than the main dining room.

                    1. re: Dustin_E

                      The booths in Perbacco's bar are really nice. We sat there once as a fallback when Barbacco was closed due to a private event and it was one of the nicest meals I've had there.

                      "In the bar" might be misleading, it's just the front part of a large open space with the dining room in the middle and the kitchen at the back.

                      The other place I prefer to sit is the side part of the dining room, under the stairs. Feels quieter and more intimate.

            2. totally different experiences. SBP is fun but casual so if you want a place that's more dressy Perbacco. Also it will be far easier to get a reservation at Perbacco than SBP and I doubt you want to stand in a que for an anniversary meal.