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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
The best dinner ever it was excellent
The live string trio was amazing. Food is fantastic and wait staff was always available.
The food was amazing!!! The Agnolotti and the Burrata are must trys!
Had a beautiful time, great atmosphere, very good wine and selection of food!
the food was exceptional, we had a starter of octopus and the lamb pasta and the filet mignon, beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. The wait staff were great as well. sitting outside is fun albeit busy.
Really enjoyable meal.
Felt very safe - their outdoor back patio was spacious and quiet, and the waitstaff were lovely.
We tried the BBQ Octopus starter and the nduja/shrimp ravioli. Both were very fresh, tasty. Weren’t particularly large served for the price however, so if you’re hungry I’d aim for another dish :-)
Ambiance means that we will be back!
Don't judge a book by its cover. I was taken aback at first as we walked up the stairs and through the kitchen to get to the patio. But understood as most restaurants are getting creative with outdoor seating due to Covid. The staff was friendly, service was great. The food was so fresh and delicious.
We sat outside on the back patio, it was a bit windy but still comfortable and there are heat lamps if it gets cold.
Delighted to hear that Poesia is back with a wonderful back patio, its signature quality Italian fare and amazing service. We enjoyed a warm night out and sampled their seasonal seafood pasta, which was truly outstanding. Congratulations!
Amazing! Fabulous food! They know how to take care of you; especially during this pandemic!
Poesia is my go-to neighborhood restaurant to take dates, special visitors, family members, etc. This time we had the burrata, which was the best I ever have eaten anywhere. Also had the tagliatelle al ragu.
Loved the musical quartet playing
The burrata wa excellent. My Pasta was fair, my friend loved his duck. Waiters are great!
Once again, excellent service and delicious food. Our new go to restaurant.
Fantastic food and cocktails. The service was amazing! Love the staff!
Poesia is doing a great job dealing adjusting to Covid. They's created a pleasant patio dining room. The service is a little disjointed but they have to deal with serving outside, guests walking through the kitchen, etc; everyone was very nice and is working hard. We were all happy with our food -- delicious tomato bread soup, fig/feta salad, eggplant parmigiana, halibut, steak, and a couple nice deserts. It was a nice evening.
Wonderful Bronzino out in the patio with accompaniment from a classical musical trio.
Really nice staff, great food, cool place. The duck was amazing as was the pasta.
Wow! We dined outside given current conditions but had a fabulous time. The waiter and staff were spot on and welcomed us with great cocktails (Manhattan and Gin/Tonic with berries). Appetizer consisted of calamari which was well seasoned and delicious. Our entrees consisted of linguine in a white wine clam sauce and the agnotti pasta stuffed with rabbit...absolutely delicious. the meal was accompanied by a delicious pinot noir, Italian style! For our desserts, tiramisu and lemon custard pastry topped with fresh strawberries. Wonderful spot in the Castro!
This gem of an Italian restaurant in the Castro delivered tasty pasta and great service! Great place for a date or special occasion!
Our first fancy dinner out since COVID-19. Wonderful outside dining and amazing pasta, as always.
Covid protocol good! Outdoor patio in back was nice! String trio on Sunday evenings - OUTSTANDING! Pastas and vegetable sides were delicious! Lovely tiramisu!
We were a birthday party of six and everyone loved the entire experience! Their back patio was large enough for plenty of distancing, the staff was exceptional, the food amazing, the cocktails off the hook!!! Plus, they never rushed us and also made a special effort for the birthday. Can't wait to return.
It was as wonderful as ever to eat at Poesia once again. It's surprisingly quiet in the back garden, and the service and food were tops, as always.
I love the food. And I plan to return after the pandemic is over. As much as I would love to support the restaurant especially now, I have decided to stay away as I noticed that other than my table, everyone else in other tables are not wearing their masks when they are not consuming food or liquids.
The service in several areas is a little off but I guess it is because of the current situation so I am quite forgiving of it.
Otherwise, I highly suggest support this restaurant if you feel brave enough to deal with what is happening at this time.
The cutest outdoor patio, it felt like vacation! All the staff are Italian and are very knowledgeable about the food. Made me feel like I was in Italy for a moment which was nice since we can’t travel due to the pandemic.
Poesia is the best Italian restaurant in San Francisco. After 7 years living in SF (moved here from Rome) I finally found a place to go and no be disappointed when looking for sophisticated yet traditional Italian food that I cannot cook at home.
A gem in the middle of the Castro. Always welcoming, always delicious.
Very quaint and great service!!
The staff at Poesia has always been excellent and the food is absolutely delicious. We sat at one of the tables on the parklet and it was great to see people walking by as we enjoyed our meal. We had happy-hour cocktails and a nice bottle of wine. Highly recommend!
It's easy to share a five-star rating to Poesia, especially in these times. The food, the service, the drinks, and the atmosphere combine to provide a great evening.
Great service from Lorenzo.
Tomatoes and cheese so greasy and flavorful.
Poesia is a very delightful place with awesome atmosphere service food I would recommend it to anybody who loves Italian food return return return
Lovely staff & authentic Italian food!
A delightful experience... and nice to enjoy live classical music on Sunday evenings.
Best tiramisu in San Francisco, if not the USA
Great food on a lovely patio. Francesco, the owner is a great host and is very caring to all his guests. We’ll be back!
Happily surprised they added a back patio during these times. The quality still stayed top notch and the set up was very nice.
Very cute outdoor area in the back of the restaurant. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back for more!
Poesia is in the Castro district and is a perfect representation of that neighborhood. It is lively and the atmosphere is amazing. Just the right amount of fancy for a dinner date, but relaxed enough that you don't feel stuffy. They have a gorgeous patio with nicely spaced tables, a projection screen with old films playing (no sound), and lots of plants and lights everywhere. It honestly felt magical and I think the ambience made the evening for us. As for the food: starters were not as great as I would have liked. However, the entrees (duck and prawn/pasta) were delightful and dessert was perfect. The service was impeccable and we absolutely loved our waiter's personality. As visitors in the area, it was so important to us to not "waste" a meal in the city and really get to experience good food in a good neighborhood. Poesia delivered and then some!
Poesia does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Poesia also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 252-9325.
Poesia is rated 4.8 stars by 1855 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.