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Poesia

4.8
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1825 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1825 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJoseC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipDallabrida
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDamien
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Lorenzo.
Tomatoes and cheese so greasy and flavorful.

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vipJHBNeighbor
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful experience... and nice to enjoy live classical music on Sunday evenings.
JB

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tiramisu in San Francisco, if not the USA

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vipDavidC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JS
vipJaimeinSF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happily surprised they added a back patio during these times. The quality still stayed top notch and the set up was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very cute outdoor area in the back of the restaurant. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back for more!

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BandPReviews
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipToddD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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!

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ScottR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great but I ordered a special desert for a 60th birthday that they forgot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, took me back to Italy 😎

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Francesca
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLynnL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the new outdoor patio. It is spacious and easy to be separated in a time of COVID.

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HungT80
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious. The staffs and host were very accommodating. Highly recommended.

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vipFrankyC
Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Patio innen SF

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fantastic and new socially distanced outdoor dining is excellent.

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vipFrankyC
Berlin
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Food in SF with a beautiful patio and top service !

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viperic
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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

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LizW
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JR
vipJohnR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and charming patio. I love the burrata and keep the aperol spritzes flowing!

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vipGarrickG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely expanded outdoor patio. Delicious pastas and cocktails.

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Rami
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in SF. New patio is perfection.

Poesia
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thanks for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed our new Patio!

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AndrewF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

Poesia
Responded on August 19, 2020

Thank you, Andrew. It's a pleasure to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic date night restaurant. Great service!

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pfschim
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot in the Castro for fresh pasta dishes and excellent friendly service

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vipmssf
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Poesia
Responded on August 19, 2020

Grazie mille for your review! Glad you enjoyed our pasta dishes.

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FredThePlumber
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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pfschim
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipjontivi
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening. Amazing chef. Lovely patio seating. The best in the Castro.

JH
vipJHBNeighbor
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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!

JB

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasurable dining experience as always. Attentive friendly service and outstanding food.

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NC00
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDSF94131
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood favorite with the best food, cocktail and service!

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vipalanbill
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back garden is wonderful with social distancing. Food as wonderful as always. Service superb!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner in back patio!

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 4.8 stars by 1825 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.