Poesia

4.7
2030 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2030 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Yumtum
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Pasta is delicious, wine and ambiance outstanding. Appetizers were a bit pricey for what you got. Overall great dining experience and will definitely be back for that outdoor patio.

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PhoebeJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poesia is a gem in my neighborhood. We are so happy that this place still thrives!

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vipMbk333
San Francisco
163 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Birthday celebration. Ahi tuna appetizer ok—not as good as other restaurants I’ve tried. Sea bass entree excellent on a bed of vegetables and polenta. Everyone loved it. To me the star was the spinach ricotta raviolis with a sage butter sauce. Outstanding! Peach sorbet, whatever it was, it was great! Service was friendly and accommodating, but as they were so busy, could have been more attentive. All in all, an excellent dining on the patio choice.

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pfschim
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoy Poesia and have dined here several times. On this occasion everything was as good as we remembered but it was very loud … can’t blame the venue, it was a very loud table right next to us.
We love the food and the service is great. We’ll be back

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vipFabunista
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent attentive service!! The vegetarian options of the grilled veggies and the past weren't as tasty as hoped for.

LB
vipLaurieB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best and Francesco a gem! Perfect neighbor feel with fabulous Italian food and now a killer outdoor patio tucked away in the back. We love it there!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great dinner!! Olives was the best!!

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Wyatt
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The Chef needs to call Nonna to review the recipes. This bore little resemblance to any food I've eaten in Italy or in good Italian restaurants in NY. Not horrible, not great. ANd if you'reAnd expensive for the portion size (and I'm used to NYC prices). And if you are going to serve pasta with "frutti di mare", it needs to be less than 90% squid and more than one mouthful of fish.

JB
vipJimB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant just continues to get better. We loved walking through the
busy kitchen to get to our outside table. Very clean but funky back there.
The highlight is the food. Excellent choices and superb.

EJ
vipEJamiForever
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at my favorite neighborhood restaurant. This time we tried the agnolotti (sp?), which is pinched pasta with veal, pork, and rabbit in a veal reduction sauce. Fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and ambience, had to wait a substantial time to order plus 20 min wait to get drinks once ordered. Hopefully due to temporary short staffing

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ASHes
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a b. day dinner with 6 peops. Was a great experiene and loved our wait perso(she’s from Brazil, great personality)
Def. recommending it to others!

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vipPaul
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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vipsfeater
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a real charmer, and the kitchen knows what it's doing. I also appreciate that my pasta with pomodoro was a real entree serving portion and not some minimalist rip off. The food is delectable and the back patio is quite sweet. This is a place to visit repeatedly.

CB
ChristineB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and lovely backyard outdoor dining space

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ASHes
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a good experience on almost all levels. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The noise level was "up there" but there were 3 tables, all one party, celebrating something.....understandable.

DS
vipDinerSF
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and the wine and service was terrific. Lorenzo took great care of us and it was great sitting in the back patio! The agnolotti was off the chart delicious. Poesia is the only top-of-the-line restaurant in the Castro and consistently great food. But don’t go as I want to have a reservation available whenever I want to go!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey place , great food great service .

JH
vipJamesH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new patio is a wonderful addition to the experience. In almost a secret space the new patio opens up the restaurant to a fun engaging space. Scenes of Italy create a virtual escape while travel is still limited. Lorenzo was amazing, not only with food recommendations but a perfect wine pairing.

Whether you have a special occasion, looking for a get away and amazing Italian food and recipes (and wine), I highly recommend Poesia for first timers or if you haven’t tried out the back patio.

CJ
vipChristineJ
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food. Love the outside patio. Can pretend you’re in a piazza in Italy!!

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RussP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love eating here, it's great to come back after so long in lockdown. We all enjoyed our meals, my duck was amazing and my husbands steak was perfect. Love those Yukon potatoes. I did almost crack my tooth on a cherry seed but hard to fault when it tasted so good.

JH
JeffH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this neighborhood restaurant! Great food. Wonderful staff. Great food. Expensive but not exorbitant.

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vipplongwalkings
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside in their back patio was wonderful! All four of our dinner selections were prepared perfectly, even our two Gluten Free pastas were delicious. We love this place for visitors and friends.

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My nectarine salad was so good - fresh and light, as was the ravioli and agnolotti. We drank an amazing wine - Mezzacorona Dinotte. As always, Lorenzo was the perfect waiter and the back patio ambiance was cozy and friendly. Even though it was a chilly and windy San Francisco night, we stayed very warm even though we were dining outside.

Can't wait to go back again!

RF
RandomFind
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor space.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the servers have changed over time but they are as attentive and welcoming as ever. The food continues to be above and beyond. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here twice, once for my anniversary with my boyfriend and it was perfect! We were excited to come back again for our date night and had a great experience again(: The staff is very nice and the food is so good! Can’t wait to come back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Really enjoyed

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RobM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a gorgeous meal. And I know it's a cliche, but truly the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy.

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AdamTO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The front of the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived. Then the host took the s through the kitchen, dodging waiters and cooking staff, but we emerged in a surprisingly lovely back deck, with an excellent string trio performing wonderful music. The food, service and atmosphere were terrific. Will definitely come back!!

CK
vipCourtneyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. We ate outside on the deck (near a heater) and could not have been more satisfied with the evening. Lorenzo, our server, was the best! Definitely coming back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit awkward having to walk through the kitchen to get to the outdoor seating but other than that it was lovely !

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vipdsaw
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasurable and authentic that engages all of the senses. Service and cuisine are always beyond! Thank you again :)!

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SarahS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Family get together

SM
vipScottM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the consistently best restaurants in town. Amazing food and drinks, terrific staff, and the back garden is magical.

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SteveW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered this jewel of a restaurant long before the Covid restrictions. We were thrilled and relieved when they remained open for take out. We relied upon and enjoyed their food throughout the pandemic. It was a joy to actually go to the restaurant in person last night (Juneteenth) with an elderly couple we hadn't seen for 16 months. We sat on the lovely, peaceful back patio.

Our server was attentive, pleasant and very professional and helpful (as always). The staff is one of the chief joys and attractions to this establishment.

We had the excellent tomato soup (a fave), which didn't disappoint, the charcuterie plate (always a delight), the agnolotti al plin pasta, the taglietelle ala Nona, a rich bolognese meat sauce pasta, and the spinach ravioli. All exquisitely prepared and perfectly presented. In addition, for starters, there was the tuna tartar that the diner said was lovely and a spring greens salad, a delight for the eye, as well as the palatte. For a side dish, we all ordered the superb grilled baby asparagus. It did not disappoint.

Dessert was a delicious cannolo, a chocolate mousse and their cloud-like panna cotta with fresh strawberries.

We just can't say enough good things about Poesia. We've never had a bad meal from them, either dining in or take out. It is highly recommended and a true sparkling star in San Francisco.

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vipRegular4biz
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back for a great dining experience again. Love the Negronis!

LS
LovesSF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to start with the meat and cheese plate which is probably enough for four, but the two of us polish it off. I usually have a fish entree since I’m already half full. The accompanying purée and veges are cooked perfectly and have so much flavor. The pasta dishes are delicious. Both the filled pastas and the various sauces are amongst the best I’ve had. Start at the bar where Chad will make you a killer cocktail. Looking forward to taking some out of town friends there this summer.

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Tommy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Everything is ok because just back from COVID-19. cannot expect too much !

FAQs

Poesia does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Poesia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 252-9325.

Poesia is rated 4.7 stars by 2030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.