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Sociale Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffesociale.com
  • Email: GM@caffesociale.com
  • Phone: (415) 921-3200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Tia Harrison
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the General Manager for a conversation on the details of your unique event.
  • Entertainment: The staff is very entertaining as well as very knowledgeable dining consultants!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust St./Spruce St.
  • Public Transit: MUNI: 1 California, 33 Ashbury, 43 Masonic
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Very easy to park on the street close to the restaurant most every evening.
A word from Sociale
Sociale (say - "SO-SHEE-AH-LAY!") was born in the bistros of Florence and raised here in Presidio heights. Laughter and Italian music are heard floating up from the star-lit, heated patio greeting you from the discreet garden alley below. Families and friends leaving the frenetic pace of the city behind can experience a lighter and decidedly more Italian mood celebrating in our new private dining room, the traditional room or on the patio as the irresistible scents of warm pastas, herb-infused meats, and the sweet honey and nut coated sfingi with vanilla bean gelato shake permeate the surrounding space. Bewitching and eclectic wines from Italy and California complement the weekly changing menus that Chef Tia Harrison crafts with joy and delight for our neighborhood friends!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner here was very nice. The room we were in was not too packed in, so we could hear each other well. The food was good - we enjoyed all of the dishes. The staff were very attentive and pleasant. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Two of us ordered the shrimp/lobster pasta special for $18 each. There was very little shrimp and less lobster. The sauce was bland to the point of being insipid Two of us each ordered the small WAGYU BAVETTE steak for $33, which was very well prepared; the accompanying potato and artichoke bits were tasty. The wine, a nice Aglianico, was $36 the least expensive red on the list. The price (four entrees, one salad, and s bottle of wine) approached $100 per couple. The service was friendly and competent. We eat out frequently and love good Italian cuisine and wine. Given the very poor value, and the availability of other truly outstanding Italian restaurants in S.F., it will a long time before we risk another disappointment at Sociale."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have been to Sociale many times. However, this last visit the food was less than great. The gnocchi dishes were overcooked and were mushy. Hopefully, this will not be the case in the future as this is a favorite spot to go to."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Tucked away down a hidden walkway on Sacramento, Sociale provides an inviting, relaxing, and thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Dinner tends to be crowded in the small room, so we like to go there for a quiet lunch and enjoy the beautifully prepared salads and pastas."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Good food, wine, service. Because of rain, no crowded! Delightful!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "WE WERE IMPRESSED!! We have been to Sociale several times, but not in the last year. We always sat outside because the dining room was crowded, hot & noisy......UNTIL NOW: they expanded & remodeled, and now the room is spacious, calm & lovely. The food was interesting & delicious, the service was top-notch. They just elevated themselves in our minds to one of our favorite restaurants. We are eager to return. We were with the same friends with whom we dined at Sociale the last time and they felt the same way. What a wonderful surprise!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Service was perfect. Chairs outside were very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. It was a girls luncheon. Had great food and great service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a lovely place for lunch. The service is attentive but not intrusive. My only complaint is the limited menu."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "First time to Sociale Wednesday night. Very cute hidden alley entrance and candle lite patio. Very warm and romantic ambiance on the patio, felt a little like a cozy dinner party outside. Not sure what it looks like in the daylight. Food was good, but definitely not up to par with many handmade pasta places in SF. I would definitely go back for a change of pace from other SF eateries..."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This used to be a favorite place. We hadn't been there in a few years and were disappointed this time with everything except the service."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Good neighborhood place. We go there a lot because it's easy and good. This time there was a screaming toddler at the next table at 7:30pm."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Running 30m late for a Friday 8pm reservation is never a good thing. The gracious hostess was very accommodating, showing me to where we would eventually be sitting. I've had a chance to eat here 2-3x in past few months, the food here is exceptional, pairing quite well with a broad wine program. My date ( a first date, no less) and I enjoyed a great evening of quiet conversation and great food. Service was timely with each course landing at the table with the appropriate break. Can't say enough, really wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "2:15 reservations are offered but guests are not warned they have only five minutes to order and cannot order anything that takes more than 10 minutes to prepare. The male waiter is inept- brought us still water instead of sparkling. The two fish dishes I tasted - bluenose bass and petrale sole were nondescript. Overall, the quality of food and service is not what it used to be."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been to this place a few times and the food is always amazing and so is the service. You will not regret. Pasta dishes are amazing"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Braised duck dish lacked flavor but overall food was good service was good the wine list was excellent"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was good as always and the service was outstanding. I brought an out of town guest and he had a great time. Thanks for being a predictably great time."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My wife and I"s third visit over last 2-3 years. 1st was a good experience with excellent food, ambiance and service. Disappointed with 2nd visit primarily in the quality of the food. Gave another try but again disapointed. Were sat in the expansion area and did not find it as romantic as the front. Also there was a large party that were very loud and we were unable to carry out regular conversation. The service however was outstanding. I would love to be a returning customer however the food, noise levels, and ambiance do not allow me to justify paying a wine/meal bill of 100$+."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've been to Sociale several times and have always been pleased until this last time. The main dish was horrible. It really tasted bad. It was the squash lasagne. Ambience, service were good and thankfully it was a great place in which to have a conversation."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I can't think what would have made this meal better"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Since we don't live down the street anymore, it was great to visit Sociale and experience everything we love about them! Fantastic service, food, wine selection, and our cozy table for two next to the window. Thank you everyone for another perfect evening :)"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had wanted to go to Sociale for a while, ever since seeing it featured on Check Please. Nestled away down a corridor, it gave off a good impression off the bat with its nice outdoor patio and quaint neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. The service was also very good. The food was far below expectations though. We had the braised pork gnocchi and the papparedelle with braised duck, and both were overcooked. The gnocchi in particular was mushy and the pork dried out. The duck was a little dry, but the noodles and sauce were very good. Not horrible, but I had higher expectations. It was also fairly loud (we at inside), so not a place for a quiet, romantic dinner. We liked the atmosphere and the service was good though."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Ticked in a mid-block courtyard down a discreet alley, invisible from the street, is Presidio Heights' hidden gem, Sociale. With a changing seasonal menu and a modest but impeccable wine list, Sociale is a European charmer transplanted to Presidio Heights."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We went on a Monday nite it was the perfect nite not crowded quiet and the service was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed the service, the food as well as the ambiance! Generally a way above average experience!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal. There was one slip up in service when they divided the wrong item we had ordered. However the food is outstanding and the wine and beer list excellent. This is a special occasion restaurant if there was one and we would go back."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Sat in the new room. Much less noise and comotion and good service -- the room was taken care of by one wait staff, Food was so-so - brussel sprouts over chared (burned), fish chowder sort of tasteless and the kale was undercooked and tough. A night that the kitchen didn't get it together."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Last dined here nearly 10 years ago. Didn't remember much except I wanted to return. Finally did and it was well worth the wait. Service was attentive without being overbearing, ambience was friendly, dishes were hot (that's an oft-overlooked but always appreciated factor) and, more importantly the food was delectable. If all you order is an entree you might leave a tad hungry. But that's just it -- the salads, soups, sides and desserts are excellent. Wine list is helpful for dopes like me; the selection is mostly Italian but the reds section mentions wines that are similar to cabs, merlots, pinots (I didn't check the white-wine list). I won't wait another 10 years to visit again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We arrived early and had a wonderful lunch and reunion with old boarding school friends. Ir was easy to talk and all went well as usual."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food continues to be terrific. The only blemish on the evening was the seating. We had asked to be seated in a particular area ahead of time and told the hostess we were celebrating a 78th birthday. We were put in the new additional room next to a huge table and were disappointed that our request was not honored. We dine here quite often and come mainly for special occasions since it's over an hour drive for us. We will continue to come but hope that in future we will receive better seating."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The staff quickly and graciously turned down the volume of the music--much appreciated."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went there for lunch using the 'Dine around town' opportunity to explore new restaurants. There is one 1 waitress and 1 aid servicing the entire floor. Food was cold when it reaches our table, bread was not brought out during our wait for food to arrive. Preparation and ingredients used are not out of the ordinary. Overall, we are expecting more from this 'neighborhood gem' as touted on the reviews."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Walking down the alley to the restaurant was a delight...wondering what awaited us. We were NOT disappointed! Small, intimate, felt like we were in someone's home with all the photos on the wall. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Could have had a more attentive server at the end of the meal offering dessert/ coffee."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Met a friend for dinner and decided to try all the starters. They were all interesting, well presented and tasty. Servings were small, so followed with a salad. Waiter attentive and allowed us plenty of time to talk and relax. Others came in and had lovely dinners...just not what we wanted."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "A lovely neighborhood gem with good food where you can actually talk to your dining companions! If you want the latest food trend or scene, this isn 't the place. But if you want a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience, that you could appreciate again and again, you have found it. Charming atmosphere and a great place to eat out doors!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This was probably my fifth time at this restaurant. I've always enjoyed the food and the service in the past. This was my first time visiting after they expanded the restaurant. We were seated in the new restaurant which was not as warm and cozy as the original room. The reason I would never go back is that the busboy and the server were constantly asking us if we were done and attempted to clear out table before we were ready. This happened with appetizers, entree and dessert. It was ridiculous."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My friend and I both ordered from the DAT menu. Unlike the choices at many other restaurants, we found the DAT menu generous, in terms of quality of the ingredients and portion sizes. The choices included scallops, steak salad, and quail. When we couldn't decide on the wine, the waiter had the host help us, and his recommendation paired very well with the food. We will definitely be back to explore the menu."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because of all the fantastic reviews on Open Table. They were absolutely right, the food is exquisite! I would just recommend ordering off the regular menu, and not the "Dine Around Town" menu. The fish choice had two mussels (that were open), two 1" pieces of sole and LOTS of potato. We were so hungry after the fish course that we ordered another plate of bread, and I NEVER fill up on bread. The other diners who ordered off the main menu had much more respectable portions."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for our 4 year anniversary and had an amazing time! The wine list is extensive and their Sommelier was very helpful. The service was outstanding, the food was impeccable. It really was an amazing experience and we had an amazing anniversary. We will be coming back."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Great, an Italian restaurant sat the end of a cute alley walkway. Reminded me of Italy. Loved the veal bolognese!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014