Poesia

4.7
1694 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.
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was ok. They forgot one of our orders and my second drink never arrive

IM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good italian food, nice place, good service.
The owner is italian .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Top and real Italian food. Great Parmigiana, pastas and cannolo for dessert. Good Italian wines

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite date restaurant

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is consistently good but please put the Affogato back on the dessert menu!

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of the most delicious and memorable meals thanks to the amazing waiter and food!

G
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great summer with friends, amazing service, great atmosphere. We will be back.

T
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Woweee! That was fantastic! Best experience we’ve had yet in town. Absolutely would recommend, and wait to hear the specials before totaling deciding. Then trust in your waiter. They WILL do you right. Enjoy. Ciao!

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poesia is, by far, the best restaurant in the Castro district of San Francisco. I live on the other side of town in the Italian area of the city yet I still come to Poesia when a fantastic Italian meal.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, real Italian food. Great location in the Castro neighborhood of SF.

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this neighborhood spot that has tasty food, is good value, and is up a flight of stairs. The old Italian movie playing (silently) on one wall heightens the ambience, and all the wait staff are friendly and professional. We will keep coming back!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Why no dining points for this dinner?

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment, service, food, and drinks were outstanding.thank you!

j
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Poesia. Always consistently great Italian food and service. My favorites are the Branzino and Eggplant Parmesan. Yum!

E
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at this restaurant was so energetic and hip. There were people of all ages enjoying great food and delicious cocktails. The chef sure knows how to cook elaborate Italian dishes as well as simple but elegant courses. I love this place and plan to go back

HD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poesia was recommended to us and it exceeded all expectations.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely dinner. The fresh pasta was superb!

SF
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Everything tasted the same - like a warm buffet dinner at a freeway restaurant. I dined with a business associate and neither one of us finished his dinner. Too bad.

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like I was back in Italy! Our waiter was from Bologna so that helps. Great service. Amazing food! Felt a little pricey for the portion size, but it is definitely quality over quantity!
The truffle special was exactly like something we had in Umbria. The ingredients were so tasty.

I’m glad for the variety in entrees and also he Chinato!

We will definitely return!

GV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

We usually enjoy Poesia very much, and took a friend from N.Y.C. but the food was not up tp par.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. A little noisy, but great atmosphere.

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Francesco outdid himself. A fabulous dinner!

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P
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful dining experience at Poesia. We go there every time we visit San Francisco. Food is amazing, servers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the location and ambiance are top-notch. Wish I lived closer!

TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poesia is one our spots for a great experience when we visit the city.

RL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place has some of the best Italian food in the city. I let them know ahead it was my Mom’s birthday. The host, the waiter, even busser all wished her happy birthday. Not only was the food as fantastic as usual, but they created a very special experience for my mom.

GF
San Francisco
233 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is terrific at Poesia. They have some classic dishes like eggplant parmigiana. And the sea bass fillet was excellent. It’s a fun place in the Castro. We love everything about the restaurant, and parking isn’t too bad on the side streets. We definitely want to go back for more food.

SC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and excellent food! Will definitely dine there again when visiting San Fransisco!!

MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For starters, we had a salami and cheese platter. Usually, there's an olive or two; a cornichon. Not on this one. Looked plain; tasted plain. There were three of us. We ordered different things. We all pretty much agreed: it was okay, good.

H
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious Italian food in an intimate restaurant. Vintage Italian films play on one wall.
Our food, from starter to desert, was simple and delicious. True Italian flavors. The service was spotty and a little amateurish, but our waiter Alex was adorable. Would recommend and return.

BL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place for delicious Italian dinner. Need to make a reservation, place is often fully booked.

J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A colleague of mine recommended and we were there for the first time last Sunday. I thanked my colleague for recommending Poesia after we got home. It was great! We were seated by the window, which we absolutely loved! With Italian cinema playing on the wall, It's such a romantic place. Service was warm and kind. Food was excellent. We loved everything about this place.

AD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food and the service were outstanding! Last minute decision to eat there turned ot to be a real treat.

AC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless and charming service, relaxed ambience and exquisite and authentic Italian dishes made this a memorable meal.
Excellent choice of wine by the glass.

We’d certainly recommend this restaurant and return when in San Francisco.

GM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE best restaurant in the Castro. Authentic, delicious, and consistent.

LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is a gem! The food was fabulous, the atmosphere and service was friendly - I couldn't ask for a better way to celebrate my friend's birthday.

E
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I knew our waiter’s name because he was spectacular: so damn friendly without being patronizing; knowledgeable about the food; and just the right amount of attentive. While we all loved our dishes, I think we all liked him even more!

CJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tooo LOUD!!! Shame, because food was great. But couldn’t hear my family at all.

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great experience! Although I hate to see old menu items roll off, I do love to try the new items. One delicious addition was the cod ravioli. DELICIOUS and just the right size. Bravo Francesco!!

NB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem with a ton of great menu items and a great vibe. It's pretty small inside, so we made a reservation. We were seated right away, and got delicious home made foccacia and olive oil to snack on. My go to is the lamb shank ragu with home made fettuccine, which is just unbeatable, but I've had bites of most of the menu items and have never been disappointed! It's a great spot and I'd absolutely go back again!

HC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing find when seeking a real taste of Italy.

I can only say it’s like being in Tuscany . No better way to describe this restaurant.
It is congenial, friendly where you are treated like family. The owner and waiters make you feel special. You get a sense that they truly care that your experience
The food , well best said “ unforgettable”
Perhaps one of the most memorable meals we had this trip to SF.
Can’t wait to come back in the fall.

come si dice "buono è buono”

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