Sociale
Sociale

Sociale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Sociale reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (60)great for outdoor dining (54)romantic (54)special occasion (41)notable wine list (33)great for lunch (16)good for groups (13)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent food, wine, and outdoor seating
    Leake
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I always enjoy my time at Sociale - food that is great but not over the top, specials that are meaningful, and a wine list that holds the whole experience up to among the best in the city. This unspoken gem of a restaurant keeps everyone happy and coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem.
    Eats4me
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I've been here a few times in the last couple of years and the food, ambiance and service is always excellent. From pasta to fish the variety and interesting preparations is always excellent. A great place to bring out of town guests to if you want to have a great atmosphere and audible conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusieZVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Always like the space, but the service was so bad we didn't enjoy the evening. On previous visits service was erratic, this time it was terrible. The food was okay, but not great. We might have enjoyed the whole Bronzino more if we has been given implements other than our dinner forks for removing the bones. I doubt we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodiegirl
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food is good not great but the restaurant is a nice neighborhood place . The dessert portions are to small for the price and coffee is never hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a disappointment
    bobby
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    food unfortunately not up to ambiance, which is lovely
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pretentious staff thwart dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Ok, from the get go the environment was appealing, down a lane way off a residential street in tony pacific heights...we were looking forward to a delicious evening!Unfortunately the experience stopped there...yes we were crowded into our table,,which was fine,however the rude staff erased all hopes of a fun foodie date night.The waiter was brusque and short with us and seemed totally uninterested [were we too casually dressed and obviously not billioniare locals??] not sure but he did not care.The sommelier who offered no information about the italian wine options was even more rude!!The tasty but rushed dinner came flying out of the kitchen,poorly timed and no apologies...yes the pumpkin fettucine was good but not worth the stress!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was delicious. Burrata and Pumpkin puree starter was yummy. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Delicious fried olives, crab cannolini and pork gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    CTrump
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The staff and kitchen couldnt have gone more out of their way to make us happy and everything we were served was fantastic! Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This is my go-to for special occasions. The staff was very welcoming and made our seating outdoors very comfortable. The waiter was very helpful with the different wines. Eager to please, the kitchen was happy to make a substitution for one of the courses. Every dish that came out of that kitchen was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 3
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have been to Sociale many times and have always found it to be a wonderful place with great food. Thank you for being a neighbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • porkers
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This isn't where you go to be seen; it is where you go to eat great Italian food, with loved ones. Fried olives are great, Calamari was tender and grilled perfectly, ink squid risotto with scallops great, main courses where also very good. Each plate had its own tastes and textures and was wonderful. The staff knew their menu and wines, was helpful and on top of it. If you like Italian food - this is a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always superb
    richardVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Been visiting sociale for 10 years and never had a bad meal - perfect cooking, complex flavors - and nice vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great evening
    DHTravels
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was great and the service and atmosphere was amazing. This is a great hide-away spot in a great neighborhood. I will be returning here often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dismissed
    DismissedVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wait Person and manager were defensive and dismissive when I complained that I was not given a quiet table as I requested because I wear hearing aids. We were seated in an auxiliary room directly next to a very loud table of 8. Apparently management forgot who the customer was and that living in San Francisco we have many options equal or better than Sociale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique neighborhood restaurant
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, and a great staff! Food is interesting and well prepared and they have an extensive wine list. Limited number of vegetarian options, so we shared them all (and they were very tasty)! Not cheap, but in line with a fine dining experience in San Francisco. Unlike other venues, the noise level is low and you can actually carry on a conversation here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem of a Place!
    FoodyoneVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    You cannot beat the combination of outstanding food in such a charming setting! The Branzino was superb.....fresh and delicious whole fish! The bread pudding was also terrific! We received a great wine recommendation as well.....lots of great wine choices! On past visits we have enjoyed their outstanding pasta dishes as well. We sat outdoors on the absolutely charming patio! This place is a true gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wine list was a little challenging. Special pasta of the day was bland and the small pieces of lobster did not have any flavor nor any elasticity -- may have been frozen. Service was good but noise level is high - we sat across from each other and could not hear each other talk. They have expanded into an adjacent area at the bottom of the courtyard walkway - we were fortunate that they could relocate us to the main dinning area which has more warmth and charm.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeds Expectations
    JohnSFVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Service was superlative, food was great including pasta special and pork chop, wine selection varied, choice of 3 dining areas and good overall ambience. Loved room to left side as walk in from street. This is place that hits on all cylinders, seemingly effortlessly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food just not very good
    drseuss
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The grilled squid entree was served nearly cold; the beef was bland; the fresh tomatoes mushy, and the bread slightly stale. We left feeling angry at what we had been charged for the experience. A cute place, and the staff was attentive and appropriate, but the food itself was just not very good. Sociale is far too expensive for the quality you get.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Richmondman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a very nice dinner. Bacon-wrapped Duck and whole fish were excellent, as was the grilled Calamari and Smoked Mozzarella Caprese. Pasta with duck was underwhelming. Very good desserts. Extensive Italian wine list. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Nice combination of indoor and outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • janetVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Sociale is always a delightful experience - - - the food is superb, the ambiance the best and the service very pleasant. This lunch trip the service was a bit overwhelmed and slower than usual. No worries I will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reni
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Excellent, other than service too rushed, even though the restaurant was not full-up, lunch time and mid week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is the first time I was disappointed in my food at Sociale. I ordered the "flat bread", but it was spongy and doughy. I ate the topping only and left the bread. To me, flat bread means thin and crisp, not spongy. Doubt I will ever go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uninspired with a side of drama
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were disappointed in Sociale. The food was boring and my $33 filet was served cold and definitely not worth the price. The only thing worth a mention was the fettuccini special that evening. The sommelier set the tone of our experience when he became upset with us 5 mins into service because we changed our minds and requested a full bottle instead of 2 glasses. Mind you, nothing had been poured yet! He huffed away, came back and poured while clearly irritated, to the point I actually had to ask him "are you upset with us?". He stormed away and refused to acknowledge us again. Really??? We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud
    BaywandererVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant was so loud on a weekday night that it was very difficult to hold a conversation. The food was adequate but nothing more than adequate. The sense I got is that they are turning out the plates and not focusing on excellence.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always very good and a real asset in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Etch
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Sociale is consistently a treat. I always get at least one new dish (but always include the duck papperdelles), and have yet I be disappointed. A real SF gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    bestinsf
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I brought my friends from Vancouver BC to experience a great SF neighborhood restaurant. My friends have travelled the world and are well educated in eating great food. Our meal, wine and service were almost perfect! I am sure they will tell all of their friends about Sociale! Thank you. kb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Gem
    VinophileVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Hidden away, directly across from Spruce, is a neighborhood restaurant that aims higher than the category. You would not stumble on it as it is a short walk down a path to an outdoor dining spot (abundant heat lamps) and an intimate indoor space. While it can get noisy, it's not obnoxious. Food is a cut above, salads, pasta and pork being the high points. Extensive Italian wine offerings and a knowledgeable sommelier to guide you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sociale encounter
    jdeats
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Looking for a private, out of the way, and intimate food experience we found Sociale and couldn't have been more pleased Everything we tasted was extraordinary. The experience was in large part due to our waiter, Steve, who, with knowledge but no pretense, guided us through food and wine. He did not try to provide entertainment, only exquisite but friendly service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funlunch
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Needed a better wine list and less expensive by the glass. The food was great and the waiter was also great. Presentation was lovely. We will come back on occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Intimate Hideaway
    2YourHealth
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were looking for something outstanding but somewhat off the beaten path of the SF food scene - we found it! Clean, classy decor. Noise level energetic without being overwhelming. Tables were nicely spread apart and both inside and outside were inviting and cozy. The food was fresh with a great mix of flavors. Our waiter was attentive and had us try two wines before we settle on (just) a half bottle, which we found very thoughtful. Began with the watermelon and burrata salad which was truly outstanding, as well as the cauliflower salad which was also delicious, though less unique. Entrees were branzino and asparagus lasagna. My vote is for the lasagna, but the brazino was also done very nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special dinner
    Ebeats
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Sociale is great for a special occasion. I wish I could afford to eat there more regularly! The staff is terrific and very knowledgeable- particularly about the extensive wine list. The food was very good- appetizers were incredible and entrees were very good, though I think the seasoning was off just a bit on the asparagus lasagna. I would happily come back and try one of the other entrees. Overall, a terrific dinner and I'd definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Eats4me
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great food service and ambiance. A definite spot for any kind of group, small or large.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    SmileVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The pappardelle with duck was out of this world. So much flavor, so delicious. The service and the food are superb. The sommelier wine recommendations were right on with what we were looking for. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us order the must haves at Sociale! We had the cheese plate, grilled squid and squash, parpadelle with duck, asiago cheese torte and wagyu Bavette steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy Date Night
    Kate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to Sociale for our 2 year anniversary and just last week for a fancy date night, both times we had a great time- delicious food and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1111 reviews are from the Sociale reviews archive.
  • Wonderful evening
    Alyce
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary at Sociale. Upon arriving we were given champagne, which was followed by a delicious meal. Our waitress was very professional, but also sociable. All in all it was a very nice evening at Sociale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sociale - Good time
    wineanddine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went to Sociale to celebrate our daughter's Birthday. We were a group of 5 and sat on the patio. It was a lovely evening and the food and service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden spot for great food
    24dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We are very happy we decided to try Sociale. We enjoyed the food and were impressed with the wine recommended by one of our team of helpers. We will definitely return for authentic Italian cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bomba
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The high points of Sociale are that it is very elegant for a neighborhood spot and it has a quiet atmosphere so you can easily converse with your dining companions. The food does not excite me. Pasta dishes seem heavy, and shrimp in my latest visit was tired.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet