Sociale
Sociale

Sociale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caffesociale.com/
  • Phone: 4159213200
  • 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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Sociale reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)romantic (62)great for outdoor dining (58)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (43)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (19)good for groups (11)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden spot for great food
    24dinner
    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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  • fetter
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We always love going to Sociale. My wife ran into many friends there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    SFgal
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very interesting menu. The food was very good, and the service was great. I can't say it's the most amazing Italian restaurant I've been to in San Francisco, but it's certainly a more interesting and creative take on Italian than most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    africanqueen9999
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Sociale never disappoints, it is always excellent, cozy with great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Clockwork
    OneOldCop
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    One wants a clock to keep good time. One wants a restaurant to be consistent. Since we live in Texas and Sociale is in San Francisco, I cannot speak to the day to day consistency, but we have visited there often enough over the years to have noticed if Sociale was not consistent. The service, the food and the atmosphere have been the same, fantastic, every time we have visited, regardless of the day of the week. This visit was no different. We brought members of our family who live in the bay area, but never took our advice to dine at Sociale. They were impressed and said they would return. I won't describe the meals, but there were no leftovers to take home. I will say the Chocolate Oblivion Cake and Sfingi (see menu) are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The apps and desserts were great but the entrees were sorely lacking. The sea bass we had was majority under seasoned and pretty unimpressive in general.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Warm and comfortable with a great staff and very good food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    LANAK
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We just got back from spending 3 weeks in Italy - great food, great wine, and great dining "culture". It was very hard to "face" our restaurants where you feel like they want you out before you even got in.... and there is also the food part. Yes, we do have tons of restaurants but you can count the good ones on your fingers... Sociale was unexpectedly amazing. We live in the neighborhood but always end up in Spruce across the street. Well honestly, as the food goes, Sociale was better. Every single dish we had was creative, perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. ... Way to go! Plus they have a beautiful outdoor space as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In my mind, the perfect dining experience for people who want great food, great wine, great service, quiet and comfortable ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Always very good. An asset to the neighborhood. We are lucky to have them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ling
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Nice but the noise level was ear splitting the night we were there. Food was good, not great. As a neighborhood venue I would return. Good atmosphere and very accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Four of us went there for lunch on a Thu. The restaurant was not that busy. But the service was slow and the wait staff were not paying attention to what we need. The food was disappointing too.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice restaurant
    Andrea
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The atmosphere was very romantic and quiet. The service was very good, the food was good even if not a perfect italian food. The winery was fair
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our server was excellent and very attentive, the courses were brought and taken away at a very good pace for our dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and Secluded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Overall we had a very pleasant evening. it was a belated birthday dinner for my partner. The restaurant was reviewed on Check Please Bay Area. In addition my partner used to work with a woman who used to have a restaurant in that space back in the day. Our server Leah was the best. She managed to comp a couple of items that we had not expected. I didn't notice it until after we had left otherwise her tip would have been a bit more. My partner had the game hen off the prix fixe menu, his only complaint was that the bird came out a little rare for his tastes and it was quckly resolved. Crostini with the marrow was way too dry/hard. I had the pappardelle, the flavor was great although the pasta a little too al dente for me. We will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • willingtoreturn
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very good service, timely commitment to reservation, good food, good wine list, attractive interior, quiet. Only beef was the beef. The steak featured on the menu was tough and difficult to chew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for a try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Hello The backyard setting is lovely like an homage to an Venice cafe with some lovely heaters. The service is attentive and friendly. The wait staff is knowlegeable. The issus is that the food is basically good but not great. The flank steak is better the the grilled quail.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was not very impress with
    amui646
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    the Dine About Town Lunch. Like the previous rater, it was nothing special. I'd give this one a pass (meaning, skip it) and try something else more worthy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Friday Evening
    JonT
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I dined here on a foggy Friday evening and were taken back to our trips to Italy over the years: a cafe at the end of a hidden alleyway, outdoor patio (which was heated and well-shielded from the cool breezes up on the street), fresh squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and drizzled with freshly-made pesto, gnocchi with a pork ragout, and even a bone marrow crostini appetizer! All this was paired with a great Chianti. Only the profiteroles seemed not to fit in, and left a bit to be desired. Overall a very pleasant meal and evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough meat
    Susie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Prix fixe lunch set at reasonable price with a delicious gazpacho but the flank steak was very tough and the waiter sad the kitchen could only cook the meat medium. I preserved and got a somewhat medium rare steak .
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  • Dine About Town lunch
    AmadaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Was disappointed with the Dine About Town lunch. Only 2 courses for $18.95. That didn't seem like a special or deal to me. I've been to several Dine About Town meals and they always offered 3 courses (appetizer, entree and dessert) Service was great though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Out of the Way Place to Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was good - we ordered the romaine salad for the both of us. I had the sea bass and my companion had the risotto. The salad lacked in that there wasn't much flavor. My fish was delicious. The risotto was delicious. We ordered the blackberry sabayon with the lemon bars on the side as my friend is gluten intolerant. The sabayon was delicious....I could have had a gallon of it. The lemon bars were a little too gummy for my taste. We had a bottle of Freeman pinot noir. You have a wonderful wine selection. The last time we were there, we had a bottle of the Chausseur. After tasting the Chausseur, I tried to find the wine at the store, but was not successful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.