Poesia
Poesia

Poesia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.poesiasf.com/
  • Phone: 4152529325x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5.30 pm - 11.00 pm Sunday 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Poesia is a small intimate restaurant ideal for private parties (birthdays, holiday parties, company events, engagement's parties, etc) up to 49 people. There is also the opportunity to have the front room turned into a private space for a group up to 16 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Francesco 8778240339
  • Entertainment: Our restaurant may accommodate up to 40 guests comfortably, with a full bar to provide traditional and unique drinks of choice. Featured on one of our walls are projected Italian films from the era of Dolce Vita, bringing us to a time of romance, passion and lively humor.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Castro
  • Public Transit: Nearest Muni station: Castro (at Market). Upon exiting Muni station, proceed one black South on Castro Street, then head East (left) on 18th.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Poesia
Owned and operated by Francesco d'Ippolito, and staffed by an experienced, multi-cultured family of hosts whom are all passionate about the experience and concept, Poesia is the latest addition of authentic Italian cuisine to call San Francisco its home.

Nestled in the middle of the vibrant and colorful neighborhood of the Castro, Poesia features the finest in hand-made, traditional ingredients and pastas, combined with meticulous preparation and presentation that is second to none.

It is with every intention to give our patrons a warm, intimate experience with superior attention not just to our menu, but to the relationship we have with every guest.

Our hearty and delightful dishes will embody the passion and zest of Italian cuisine coming from the owner's home of Calabria, teasing your palette with rustic herbs and fruitful aromas.

Poesia. Italian for poetry, yet the embodiment of an experience that is so much more.
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Poesia reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)romantic (48)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (46)notable wine list (21)good for groups (15)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Meh.
    Monkeysgalore
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Totally under-whelming. We went for a birthday, group of 4. No one loved their dish. We had, collectively, the sea bass, pork ragu, gnocchi and eggplant parm. For apps we had the burrata and beets. Nothing stood out as great. All were fine. Had the meal been $100 for 4, I"d think it was great. At $220, it was not as great. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Castro Night Out
    Cazman
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were entertaining guests from Atlanta, who unfortunately were detained in traffic from a day in San Jose. We notified the restaurant of the delay and arrived an hour later when guests made it to the City. The host was extremely accommodating and after a short 10 minute wait seated us at the first available table. A touch of class coupled with a great meal made the evening for our friends. Calamari starter is a must - not the typical miso frito style but a Greek inspired marinated, grilled rendition, not to be missed! All pasta entrees were varied, well presented and kudos by all after sharing the entrees....desserts (yes, we MADE room for Canoli, house made tiramisu and out of this world gelato. I'll be back again soon!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable first vist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was a first visit to Poesia, and it was a memorable one. While the restaurant is small, we did not feel the tables were on top of each other; it allowed privacy between tables. The food was delicious from start to finish. The wait staff was very attentive. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushifan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Always a very nice restaurant, nice service, attentive personal, delicious and creative food, very nice wine list, confortable and intimate settings
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect choice.
    Kikala
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Poesia is one of the most notable petite and cozy restaurant located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood. Once you have dined here, you will not forget this place. The friendly staff and attentive service along with the light and airy ambiance will ensure you a pleasant dining experience. The variety of dishes is full of flavor, always fresh and creatively different each time I dine here. Additionally, the home baked bread and hand-made pasta is what makes this establishment a sure place to return to for a delectable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • food
    PatS
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The pasta was overcooked and the portion was small. When I first went there about 45 years ago when they just opened the food quality was much better. This may have been hit or miss this time but I really was disappointed with the food.
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  • Shhh
    Christian
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Rotating menu of hand made pastas and other Italian fare. Don't want to share too much for fear of this place getting too popular!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great experience in the Castro
    CoronaHeightsNonFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wow, what a find. It took us a long time to finally try this place after hearing about it, reading reviews, and passing by. Everything about it was excellent. Delicious food, great specialty cocktails, warm service...no complaints at all. We've never had a go-to place in the neighborhood but now I feel like we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ideal
    Ranchos
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lugar intimo, agradable en primer piso. Nos ubicamos junto a la ventana con vista a 18st, iluminacion adecuada, presentacion de platos ideal, atencion cordial, atenta, amigable y correcta. Altamente recomendable
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Marks - Every Time!
    judithVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food, staff, wine, ambiance is always tops. Took two friends visiting from Seattle and they loved it all! So glad Poesia's in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always so nice
    gregorioVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    this time seated at table for two on the balcony adjacent to the restaurant entrance which made for a special evening. the owner is always so attentive and engaged in the entire experience. the staff is attentive and the cuisine is consistently wonderful. love it LOVE IT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like a quick trip to Italy
    FoodiePattie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a perfect meal at Poesia. The ambience is charming, the service impeccable and the food was perfection. I had Eggplant Parmigiana, the best I've EVER tasted. It was light and flavorful. This restaurant has been open 6 years and has moved into my #1 spot for favorite SF restaurants. Everyone there is responsive and lovely. The owner came to our table several times to check on whether we needed anything. Of course, parking in the Castro is always a challenge, but in this case definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience
    naz415
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This charming restaurant is truly a one of a kind. From the food to the service, you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cute spot, good service
    Susee
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Perched on the second floor of a Castro Victorian building, Poesia is a charming osteria with classically appointed interior decor and two outdoor balcony tables for those rare warm nights in SF. The service was friendly and affable, the menu was diverse, but the food itself was mediocre and came in small portions. I had high expectations given high ratings but wished the food quality lived up to the expectations set by the tasteful venue and warm service. Note: I am a vegetarian and the meat and fish dishes may have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our server was great. He always was stopping by our table to see how things were going and if we needed anything. If we needed something, he got it right away. Food was really good and flavorful. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    tastebuds
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    WE had a great time. Staff was warm, friendly and attentive. Food was yummy. I loved the mussles wwith sausage.. I would surely come again and bring friends . Our aunt who was visiting from New York loved the sea bass and was struck with how reasonable our bill was.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Grrrrreat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great location, great food, great service. I highly recommend Poesia.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very enjoyable
    Chispa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our request for a window table was noted and we were given a table with the view of the neighborhood. The server was friendly and knowledgeable, even bringing samples of wine to taste. The food was well prepared and came promptly. We had the see bass in parchment which was moist and very flavourful and the pasta with calamari (they had run out of shrimp). We were not rushed at all even though the place was packed. Very nice experience over all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Regional Italian Food!
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We are diners who have traveled the world and eaten at some of the best restaurants in the US. We went to Poesia because it is one of the rare Calabrian (Calabrese) restaurants we have found. It features dishes from the unspoiled, mountainous southernmost portion of mainland Italy, a region that some call the "true Tuscany" and which others note, "time forgot." We were not disappointed. The restaurant had authentic, homemade Calabrian pasta, with a pork/wild board sauce made just like they do in Calabria. The wine list was authentic, featuring great Sardinian Vermentinos and Calabrian varietals. The wait staff was extremely friendly. This was a great find, with great food, that we strongly recommend for a unique Italian experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poetry with food
    run2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The hospitality at Poesia stands out. We had called earlier in the day to find out about parking. The owner was very helpful over the phone, then even checked in with us upon our arrival to follow up on the results. The food was exceptional, the entire table loved the home-made bread. I think my favorite was the ricotta gnocci, melt in your mouth delicious. For dessert, one person wanted more chocolate gelato in the tortufo but it was still extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday Evening
    Frank
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Attended to very professionally and cordially. Very accommodating because of time constraints and delays.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Straight from Italy
    FrenchiefortheNightVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Poesia is a great find. The pasta tastes so fresh, that I feel like we are eating in Rome. The restaurant is in a quaint Victorian in the Castro which has a very comfortable vibe.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Dated interior, ok food/service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Unfortunately we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation and always felt like we were pushing to be seated even when the table opened up. 3 of us were eventually seated on a 6 top which was odd. Bread was cold and chewy. Apps were forgettable as well. Low ceilings felt like you were eating at your grandmas house (probably the desired look and feel so can't ding the restaurant too much for this) Only one veggie pasta made options limited
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  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    JONO
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Ate here for the first time last week. Totally loved it!!! The food is fantastic and prepared with very fresh ingredients. What really made the experience wonderful was the service we recieved. From the time we arrived, till the time we left we received the best service that I have had in a long time. Marney was so gracious and helpful with selecting our dinner choices, as well as the wine. I would go back just for her. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely the finest in the Castro
    JazminericeVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    we had recently seen this restaurant reviews on Bay Area check please and it receives incredibly high review marks for not only food but service and ambiance. from the minutes we walked into the door we were warmly greatest by the owner and throughout the meal he insured that the food was repair store like you. Homemade pasta sauce rich sauces and the most amazing whole roasted fish capped off our dinner. an extensive wine list with unbelievably reasonable prices. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    buongustaio2VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This is definitely a neighborhood gem. The atmosphere is Italian, the food is excellent, and they remember repeat customers and treat them as valued customers. And they have the best whole fish I have had in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service & ambiance
    ParastooVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our first time to Poesia. The food was amazing, the staff was friendly, and the ambiance was really nice. We will definitely go back. It's a great find.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • $20 corkage and great service
    Magnamosa
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Had a very nice meal and great service. the menu is small but interesting and has 3 homemade pasta dishes. started with the special asparagus wrapped in speck with buratta which was outstanding. also had the grilled calamari, perfectly cooked large pieces with a small salad. the fettucine with lamb was just ok. the sea bass in parchment paper was just slightly overcooked and suprisingly didn't come with anything but the fish. the squid ink ravoli was very good. wish we had time for desert, list looked great. pasta' very reasonably priced and a decent portion. i wish they had more pasta's to choose from. leave extra time for parking. will try different entree's next time as i'm not sure we had the best that they had to offer.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was good but very expensive. Our service was not that good. Our waitress never checked to see how we were doing or if we needed anything. The noise level was so high that we just could not talk among ourselves. Basically there was one group there that monopolized the place and the rest of the tables just ate food and left.
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  • always a pleaure
    sfEater
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is the gem of the neighborhood. House-made pasta is one of the reasons I keep going back. Other reasons include food delicate and flavorful as a breeze off the Calabrian coast. It's a place to fully relax and happily focus on food. It's intimate. The service is excellent; the staff warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable. I've had group and 2 person meals here. The food is unpretentious (dare I say real?); the best of Italy served up. Plus, I like the silent old films screened on a back wall and the bird's eye view of 18th Street from the sun flooded bay window.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!!
    Anita08
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Delicious Italian Dining. They have the best Basil Martini!!! Service was a little slow (they left us at our table for 30 min before someone came to ask us if we wanted something to drink) but as soon as we brought it to their attention, service considerably improved.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poesia
    JoanNVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My husband and I ate at Poesia a few nights ago. The food was delicious. We had the grilled calamari, pasta with lamb sugo and beet salad. The service was so attentive and professional. We loved it and will be back very soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great experience
    asutt
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    First time at Poesia. Food was excellent overall and was reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely place!
    ErikaSFVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We really enjoyed the food: beef carpaccio, beet salad, excellent pastas and cannolo for dessert. The dining room is small but nice, with personal service. We love Poesia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good and Never Disappoints
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    If you want a creative Italian meal in intimate surroundings, Poesia is the place. I have been many times and the food has always been excellent and the service impeccable! I sqid ink pasta dishes are exceptional and the Branzino is exquisite! And you must try their version of Carpaccio.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Care
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was very good. The atmosphere was worth paying for! Very cute.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and friendly
    secretlove
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    my favorite "secret spot" to bring a date. Delicious food - friendly staff - great layout - can be a lot of fun with friends or a date.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Treasured Eatery!!
    ComeAndGetIt
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Best Grilled Calamari in town! It's a MUST if you have an affinity for squid. We were licking our lips ravenous for another plate of it, when the Halibut (seafood special for that night) was set before us. If they have it when you are there, order it. You won't be disappointed. Then there's the filet mignon carpaccio! I've been to Poesia twice & am already hungering for more…of everything. Have to also mention that the FOH staff is stellar. Warm, responsive, knowledgable, unpretentious, and easily make you feel like you are a part of their incredible family. Table 10 is a treasure…the only one that overlooks 18th St, which is always amusing. Parking is hard, so I rec cab or muni. But it doesn't matter how you get there, just get there.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • It was great
    FredThePlumber
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Everything tasted great and the service was super.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BASIC
    sfound
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place is basic, food, wine, but isn't priced accordingly. Stay home if you couldn't find a reservation at a restaurant of substance. This place will not last
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