Poesia

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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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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in SF! Amazing and authentic italian food including handmade pasta, great cocktails, and an incredibly warm, attentive and knowledgeable staff. I will be back!

RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pietro was a wonderful server and took care of our every wish. We love the atmosphere, movies on the wall and the meal was absolutely delicious. We can’t wait to go again 🤗

CL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night! The owner treated us with homemade Italian chili marinated in olive oil! Amazing!! Grazie !!

RP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good as always. Service wasn’t the best tonight and it wasn’t busy. I had to ask three times and wait 20 minutes for my cocktail but apart from that it was great.

MB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful room, beautiful people and fabulous food and wine. Perfect - although a bit loud.

EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A San Francisco gem. Small, elegant, warm and inviting. Never disappoints.

JK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find. In the heart of San Fran lies a gem I had yet to try. We had a delicious burrata, a scrumptious lamb ragu, and we each had one of their signature cocktails before diving into the Lizzo concert later that evening. Run don’t walk to this very friendly, very delectable restaurant. You’ll be glad you did. FIVE STARS

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Simple basic Italian dishes with good quality hand made pasta. Service was friendly and welcoming. Very good experience overall.

E
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was one great meal. And my wife and I joined our friends for this meal. The food was excellent service was excellent and the ambience was excellent I would come here again on a dime

BB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the pastas, as well as the tomato soup. Service was good and attentive. We had not expected it to be as noisy as it was -- not the worst, but somewhat difficult to hold a conversation.

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good neighborhood gem - menu is a bit limited, but adorable spot! Loved the movie projected on the wall!

n
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It's one of my few favorite spots that I wouldn't hesitate to visit at anytime and have definitely told friends about it as well. It's relaxing, amazing cocktails, great food, and a variety of wines are always available. And if your not quite sure what wine to pick when you have a group eating a variety of foods, the waitstaff is amazing at helping and giving options so that whatever you drink, will certainly go with what everyone is eating. There's always an Italian movie playing on the back wall, and they are always sure to be comedies. It's not to loud, yet intimate and relaxing all-in-one. Definitely make reservations, as this place is a "hot"spot if you want to sit at a table, otherwise they have a lovely bar, but this too gets filled pretty quickly.

AB
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, perfect service and relaxed atmosphere. Love this restaurant.!

LM
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined as a couple and one of us had the duck ravioli and the other had the shredded lamb shank ragu. Both were delicious. Portions sizes were exactly right given their quality ingredients. The breads were delicious too. Service was very friendly, and Poesia felt both casual and chic.

JM
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been a patron off and on for years, and have always thought Poesia is a pretty-good local restaurant with very good service and somewhat-better-than-average food. But something has happened the past few months -- the food in my last two visits has been excellent. Whether it's a new cook, or a new attention to detail in the kitchen... whatever it is, keep up the good work. You'll be seeing a lot more of me if you do!

DL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. Went early and we're seated right away. We had the meatball appetizer, and the fresh bread they make. Tender and very flavorful. Ordered the half chicken, squid ink pasta, and 2 lamb shank pastas. We loved the flavors and presentation; also, the baked potato and polenta sides. The potatoes are sliced whole and cheese and filling between the slices. The polenta is slightly firm; it is very creamy in flavor and has a buttery taste served with Shitake mushrooms and cheese melted in to it. It was so rich and done perfectly. Only regret is we didn't have room for dessert.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food and wine in a cool country Italian setting with vintage silent Italian films screening on the back wall. One of the best places to dine in the city!

BD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we had on our trip! Gorgeous seafood, meal sizes were perfect, the pasta was divine, and the tiramisu was soooooo delicious. Everything perfect- would definitely visit again on our travels to USA.

O
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decided to give this place a try based on check please reviews. Staff are super friendly, scene is energetic & hip, with fun decor including an older Italian film running on one wall. Dinner was quite good. We shared a panzanella salad, My squid ink pasta with seafood was delicious, my companion enjoyed his pasta with lamb ragout. Desserts also good: rhum baba & cheese cake. There were daily specials offered. My companion did not order wine, but our waiter brought him a complimentary glass anyway & when I finished the glass I ordered he brought me a comped glass also. A nice touch.
Diners were a mixed bag, couples & groups of varying orientations. Good place for a small group celebration. Only downside was noise level once restaurant filled up. Parking can be difficult in the area, but we were lucky. Nevertheless taking Muni or uber to this area is a good idea.
I will recommend this place to friends.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The white stuff and owner are amazing. They provide excellent customer service and the food is very tasty. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is interested in having great authentic Italian food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner. Our server, Pietro, took fantastic care of us and made our dining experience really special.

F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Quick service & sweet waiters.

T
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Ordered an appetizer and then after we received our beer, was asked what we wanted for dinner, reluctantly I ordered our meals and those came out immediately. We canceled the appetizer. Once we received the check the appetizer was still part of the bill! Had to ask for them to remove. Then when we got it they said oh you might need to check if the cancellation actually went through. Lots of pictures on the wall of famous people, but who cares? There is no need to go back...

BB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and service was great. Unfortunately, San Francisco was experiencing a heat wave and Poesia has NO air conditioning.

DP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Poesia - every time we have been there, service is outstanding and food is excellent! Always get the special pasta (usually ravioli) and have never been disappointed. Server suggested a nice white with the ravioli - spot on! Looking forward to a return visit.

GD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect! The eggplant parm was excellent as well as the service. Thanks!

G
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and fun. Good food and cocktails. Really enjoyed the ambiance. We will ill return.

NC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

While the seafood pasta dish two of us had was very good, my husband's Sea Bass was not very enjoyable by him. He complained of bones in the fish, as well as biting into scales, which had to be spit out, of course. He ate less than half of the fish, so he was hungry afterwards - we walked up to Hot Cookie and I bought him his favorite to help quell his hunger.
Usually the food is good, so that's why we invited out-of-town guests there on this occasion. I'm just glad their dishes seemed okay.

a
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is REAL Italian food in the Castro. The staff who are mostly Italian are wonderful charming and great fun! They snatched a great bartender from the closed Eureka

X
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Poesia is a great neighborhood restaurant. We've been going for several years, and it's always been a great experience. From happy hour to dinner with friends and family, Poesia always delivers. Love the new spicy strawberry and tequila cocktail and authentic Italian dishes!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Loved the food. We enjoyed our drinks and as always a great experience.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francesco came to our table to wish me a happy birthday and share the evening's specials. It was a nice gesture. Appreciated!

CZ
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food!

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Poesia several times. I have taken family and friends and each time we have visited it has been such a wonderful and tasty experience!

Last week I went with friends who are visiting from out of town we did a family style meal and the waiter was excellent in making Italian wine selections to pair with our meal and also giving us recommendations for dishes we might like.

The owner, Francesco, is one of the most hospitable and kindest people you’ll ever meet. I cannot rate this restaurant high enough. In these days of high prices and experimental food, I keep coming back to Poesia. The value and the experience is everything

c
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, neighborhood restaurant with great service. High quality, well-prepared dishes. We enjoyed the grilled octopus and two pasta dishes. It was a Friday night with a full restaurant and bar but it still wasn't overly noisy.

AJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. Everything is impeccable, from service to food to entertainment.

P
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, tasty, impeccable service. Highly recommend this local gem in the heart of the Castro!

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

TF
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Poesia is always an excellent choice for me. It's a comfy dining room, and towards the front on an early summer evening, the light coming into the place can be so soothing and warm. The staff is helpful, always knowledgeable about the food and wines on the menu. And the food is, well, it's thee main reason I keep going back to Poesia.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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