Poggio

4.5
3664 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Poggio, from the Italian translation for 'a special hillside place', offers seasonal Italian cuisine. The daily-changing seasonal menu features locally grown ingredients and items from the large display wood-fired rotisserie and grill and wood-roasting oven.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Cafe Service
Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–5:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 332-7771
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Benjamin Balesteri
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Catering
We offer private rooms for 10 to 150 guests.
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Cross street
Bay
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Parking details
Free valet service available both lunch and dinner at the entrance of the adjacent Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa.
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Public transit
Golden Gate Transit and Blue and Gold Ferries are across the street.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Poggio offers private rooms that accommodate groups of 10 to 150. Harbor views, stellar service and three star Italian Cuisine from one of the Bay Area's Top 100 Restaurants.

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EG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Have been to Poggio before and the food was so delicious. This time the food was disappointing. Cauliflower appetizer was undercooked and lacked seasoning. Carbonara was ok but lacked flavor, halibut was good. Dishes did not sing. Love the ambiance and service, but not going back soon.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent interesting inventive Italian cuisine served by lovely responsive wait staff.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and delicious!!!

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A
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Terrific food, friendly service, good wine list. It is one of my very favorite places.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never actually got to try the food at Poggio. Weeks before I had made a reservation for 2 people at 6 PM on Sunday, October 14th. It was all part of a very special 83rd birthday gift for a dear friend. I bought orchestra seats for SF Opera's Tosca (which cost close to $400). The performance was magnificent and we were anticipating a delightful meal at a restaurant both of us have wanted to try for years. We arrived exactly at 6:00 PM. We requested a booth but were told that we would have to wait until 8:00 PM for one. The hostess indicated that there were banquettes. Not being familiar with the restaurant, we agreed to a banquette. However, we were shown to a corner space that would have been very awkward for carrying on a conversation. It was near the hostess reception table and one of us would have been sitting at a very odd angle at a rather small table. When we requested a change, we were relocated to an even worse banquette location toward the back of the restaurant, directly across from a door to the outside that created a draft when opened and closed. We noticed that there was an unoccupied two-person table available near us. I started back to the hostess table to ask for that table but was disappointed to see that a couple who had arrived after us was seated there. It became pretty obvious that there was zero interest in finding us a table that was out of the draft, out of the aisle where the servers moved back and forth and comfortable enough for two people to carry on a conversation. We finally told the wait staff that we were leaving because we were not happy with the seating offered. Happily, after some searching, we did eventually find a restaurant that had space for us - Jason's in Greenbrae. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with excellent service, thus ending our celebratory day on a high note.

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AB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. The beet salad with crispy shallots was great and the halibut entree was delicious! Delighted with our meal and service

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu and wine list, we’ll executed with rich flavors, and appropriate portions, service was attentive and knowledgeable, not invasive, reasonably priced.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poggio is a classic in our book! Great food- all homemade pasta! Great wine list! Nice atmosphere with great outdoor seating!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Poggio. A top favorite in Marin. Food and service always consistently good.

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JG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was stunned to see Bluefin Tuna on the Poggio menu. Regardless of how it is caught and whether it is legal, it is a critically endangered species, and I would expect a restaurant like Poggio to respect that status and keep it off the menu. Very disappointing.
its population has suffered a severe decline after decades of overfishing and mismanagement. Today, its population is a little more than half of what is was in 1974, when it was already depleted, and experts expect international quotas agreed to last year by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to bring further decline. Even under the best management, the stock would have a difficult time recovering, in part because bluefin are slow to grow and reproduce. When they are fished relentlessly, recovery is nearly impossible.

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OT
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, but tonight the service was off. The server was obviously stressed and quite rude when speaking to us. The manager was too busy chatting with other employees to do any actual work. She came by to talk to us, leaving dirty plates as she walked away. I never got a chance to order another glass of wine because no one came to check on us during the meal. Really a shame because the food was delicious as always. Bad service and lazy management overshadow good food, however.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!! I always feel like I'm on holiday when I go to Poggio ... Europe somewhere near the mediterranean!

thanks

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NP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pork chop, fantastic waitress Adrienne - we had a wonderful evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Had halibut and it was below average. Service was great mini strobe was great. I prefer my own grilled cauliflower

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D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a meal at Poggio. Love the setting too.

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j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a very nice evening at Poggio last Saturday nite. We sat outside on the street side patio and the weather cooperated perfectly-the heat lamps never had to be turned on. Lots of action on the streets of Sausalito, in fact, one of the drawbacks to the evening was the repeated dealing with car headlights shining in our eyes as cars drove by on Bridgeway. Our server did a very good job even though she was extremely busy and at times was not able to get to us in as timely a fashion as was necessary. We were not in any hurry so it was ok, but in some instances it could have presented a problem. She was apologetic and made up for it by being very friendly and accommodating throughout the evening. The food was delicious! Everything from our prosciutto and fig app to our salad featuring endive, apples, hazelnuts,cheese and balsamic to our pastas( a fabulous spinach gnudi with ragu and pappardelle with a beef ragu)were outstanding - reminding us of some meals we've shared in Italy.

The wine list offers an above average selection of Italian wine selections but could use some attention when it comes to the wines of California. Too many exciting things happening that would pair beautifully with the cuisine not to be included.

A very enjoyable evening. No wonder Poggio is on Michael Bauer's Top 100 list again this year.

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MG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service is a bit spotty. Bar drinks awesome and one of the few places with Negroni's "on tap".

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G
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Debi was wonderful! Always friendly and helpful. This is our favorite restaurant and our favorite server in Sausalito. We are Sausalito residents and always enjoy dining here!

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J
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a group of five friends from various parts of the Bay Area who were meeting for lunch. The food and service were just fine (with the except of a chicken sandwich--stick to the Italian fare.) No one called me to say that there was an event at the hotel and that valet parking would not be available for restaurant patrons, so we all had to hustle around Sausalito on a Sunday afternoon to find parking spots. That was an unexpected negative which could have been avoided.

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TQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendously improved service. Best service in years!

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B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

never had a disappointing meal eating here for years.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Authentic Italian. Grilled Polpo, Porcini Custard, lovely pasta dishes.

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A
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always wonderful. I recommend it highly.

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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, ARMANDO, is simply SUPERB! We always request him as our server. He is MOST POLITE and extremely attentive.

We love Poggio! The food is excellent! The atmosphere is perfect for dining and the attention of a server like Armando make dining at Poggio a VERY PLEASANT experience.

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always loved coming to this warm and inviting place since 2008- 10 years later it deserves a review!
It's an upscale dining experience but with a casual, neighborhood vibe as well. All of the appetizers are inventive, interesting and fresh. All of the meats are delish, wine list good, ambiance spectacular both inside and out. Pizza is always a great casual choice at any time! Service is exemplary both at night and morning breakfast too.

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OT
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with equally beautifully prepared food. Lovely salads big enough to share. We each had pasta: the mezzaluna and the bucatini carbonara...yum. We shared the lemon mousse, light and spot on. Valeria provided the perfect service. We'll definitely be back!

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LD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Like most places, Poggio has certain dishes that are amazing and some that are disappointing. The restaurant itself is charming, but be prepared to speak loudly in order to be heard. It is not a quiet place. If you are sensitive to cold, ask for a seat away from the open windows in the front.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious traditional Italian food!! I will come back!!

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of the nicest restaurants in Marin. I love the large selection of choices on the menu and the food and service is usually quite good.

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z
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We have been regulars at Poggio for years and have usually had a good experience. This visit and the one before, both on Saturday evenings were quite poor. The service was very bad and not attentive. Salads were brought before our appetizers were finished. Water was not replenished until asked for. Pastas have also been going downhill of late. There is too much pasta for the amount of sauce and the result is a gummy mess. On this visit they were brought to the table cold as was the coffee after dinner. Appetizers remain very good as do salads. The menu used to offer changes by season, now it is always the same with only minor changes. I remember a heavenly tortellini stuffed with chicken livers which I haven't seen in a long time. I hope this was only a temporary failure. Perhaps Saturday nights should be avoided.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling in California. Tourism/vacation.

Food was excellent. Restaurant ambiance is perfect for intimate dinner or group gathering.

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G
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deborah our server was great and Tony made my husband’s birthday so special!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was a bit slow. I brought a group of seven friends some of whom had never been there.. We waited quite awhile for our drink orders to be taken but then things moved smoothly. My tuna was very dry.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food that we ordered were mushroom pizza, carbonara and risotto with seafood. It was good, but was bit salty. Atmosphere was good. Vallet parking can be available if you park in front of the hotel which is the same building with the restaurant.

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GG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, outstanding food, quiet surroundings, overall enjoyable experience. We’ll be back.

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L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great service, great room--we go there quite a lot!

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place with a wide variety of choices with fresh local ingredients. Lovely time.. will be back. They also have valet parking in Sausalito.. a definite plus!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poggio's food is fantastic and the staff is so friendly. We love the quality and the wonderful atmosphere.

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MA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have good food and helpful and friendly staff. Good for special occasions.

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