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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
Classic Italian creamy eggs-mascarpone cheese, coffie soaked savoiardi, cocoa powder
Hazelnut gelato covered in a layer of dark chocolate
Garlic spread homemade bread, cherry tomatoes, oregano, basil, Sicilian EVOO
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.
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!
First time eating fine dining out in 6 months since the onset of the Covid lockdown. (Only occasional takeout). It did not disappoint. Service, food, cocktail and back patio ambiance were top notch.
Poesia has a nice ambiance especially for COVID operations in effect. I ordered the duck, delicious and would highly recommend. My date ordered the lamb, which was a special. The lamb came back much more rare than expected, however after speaking to the wait staff they cooked it to medium rare as requested. Would highly recommend this location!
Food was great but I ordered a special desert for a 60th birthday that they forgot.
Awesome food, took me back to Italy 😎
We had an incredible meal at Poesia! Food, atmosphere, cleanliness, service were all top notch!
Our reservation was on Sunday night, and apparently they have a string trio performing every week, which made everything seem super special. The appetizers we ordered -- olive plate and burrata -- were the best I've eaten outside of Italy. The pasta was phenomenal.
Our server Matia was suave, friendly, and gave us an excellent wine recommendation. He also outlined everything they were doing to keep things clean and safe during covid times.
Overall it was completely magical! But I will say, we *did* get to sit on the back patio. The outdoor space out front was very noisy, since it was sharing space with a couple nearby bars on the closed street. I don't know if it would have been as perfect if we had to sit out there (I think they have walk-ups out there).
We will be returning soon!
Love the new outdoor patio. It is spacious and easy to be separated in a time of COVID.
The food is always delicious. The staffs and host were very accommodating. Highly recommended.
Best Patio innen SF
Always fantastic and new socially distanced outdoor dining is excellent.
Best Italian Food in SF with a beautiful patio and top service !
Service was great, raviolini was great, as was the fusili. Sage presence was delicious, and had a coloni for dessert. Definitely want to go back!
We left mid meal- asked people to check on our meals 2 times with no response and consistently ignored by passing waiters helping customer friends
This is my second trip here. Incredible food, lovely atmosphere, and the staff is fantastic. Portions are perfect and the food is so rich. Quality Italian food.
Wonderful staff and charming patio. I love the burrata and keep the aperol spritzes flowing!
Lovely expanded outdoor patio. Delicious pastas and cocktails.
One of the best restaurants in SF. New patio is perfection.
Thanks for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed our new Patio!
It was such a wonderful experience to be out on the patio for a great evening of food, drinks and friends. The team is on it and we had a lot of fun with them too.
Thank you, Andrew. It's a pleasure to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us.
Fantastic date night restaurant. Great service!
Great spot in the Castro for fresh pasta dishes and excellent friendly service
We love Poesia...and with outdoor seating it’s great to be able ton eat there during SIP.
The staff is professional and quintessentially Italian...
The pasta dishes are over the moon!
Grazie mille for your review! Glad you enjoyed our pasta dishes.
Dining out in the back patio at my favorite restaurant in town was delightful.
Covid has made venues change the way they do things, but peosia did it right.
After a quick tour through the kitchen You are out on the back patio. It’s nice! Heat lamps all around, but i did get a bit chilly. Nothing a bigger coat wouldn’t have fixed.
And the food as always was incredible.
Service was terrific, attentive and warm without being overbearing.
Food was very good, and the setting (back patio with heaters) was very nice for a cool San Francisco evening. My wife and I enjoyed Poesia very much and would go back again any time.
Love the back patio! Pasta was great as usual, as were the strawberry drinks from the bar. And the strawberry dessert is the best! Love the vibe here, fun workers!
Delightful evening. Amazing chef. Lovely patio seating. The best in the Castro.
Cocktails, wines, and meals are exquisite! Always something new to try, and favorites to enjoy!
The back patio seating is delightful... and the staff are exceptional!
A pleasurable dining experience as always. Attentive friendly service and outstanding food.
We had a wonderful meal
Food was very well prepared with a beautiful presentation and the service was excellent.
While this is not a white tablecloth type of service, there is nothing at all to complain about. The patio in the back is a surprising and welcome oasis.
It was also refreshing to eat at a place that didn't either make you deaf or give you a headache from the noise.
The price for lunch for two wasn't actually that bad , though was maybe on the higher side (I've paid more at some other places and gotten much less bang for buck) but, as the quality and service were top notch, it was definitely justified.
Would go back again in a heartbeat
Neighborhood favorite with the best food, cocktail and service!
Back garden is wonderful with social distancing. Food as wonderful as always. Service superb!
Lovely dinner in back patio!
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 4.8 stars by 1825 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.