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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.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Clean menu provided to every guest
- 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
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!
Always great food and friendly staff. It was the last restaurant I dined in before restaurants were shut down so it was nice to have such a great last restaurant meal.
Our waiter was excellent, forgot his name. Lasagna special was not so good. Overall food was small portions and was ok but not excellent. Pretty expensive overall for appetizers, dinner,drinks and dessert came to a very high bill. Great ambiance but won’t be returning.
Outstanding restaurant! Romantic ambiance and exquisite food.
I was not impressed by food. If you need have a dinner after workday and/or to drink glass of wine I would say this place could work for you.
We were the first party of the evening at 5:30. Everything was fine until the entree arrived and it must have been chicken left over from the day before. We were sharing the chicken dish and both of us started coughing as the chicken was so dry it was impossible to swallow. I never send anything back but this was inedible. The staff was nice about it and removed the charge but we did not have time to wait for another chicken dish to be prepared. We were three older women and I wonder if they thought they could get away with sub par food with us.
Very nice experience, but we felt it a little too expensive compared to the value received. Wine by the glass prices were way too high. Tartufo dessert was great.
Fantastic food, great service, lively atmosphere, and a bonus of Fellini movies projected onto the wall. La Strada was on when we went.
Great food and attentive staff. A smaller more intimate setting.
Staff is friendly and very welcoming.
Great ambiance and vibe- incredibly cozy and the perfect spot to sit and drink in the Castro since it’s Just a block from muni and the Castro theater. They have large tables for groups available or small quaint settings, perfect for a couples Valentine’s Day meal. The staff is incredibly friendly and their native Italian transports you to Italy.
In regards to food, it was overall pretty good. Nothing amazing but nothing bad. There were a few bites that were great but not noteworthy. One of our noodle dishes had great sauce but over cooked noodles while the other dish had great homemade noodles (cooked perfectly) but the sauce and meat weren’t anything noteworthy. I’d go again to give it another shot tho!
Excellent quality food and great place for friends and family!
To be honest I know the owner and bartender. That said it's still a gem of a place with great food and drink and a proper continental meal.
There are few remaining places in the Castro to have a decent meal. Poesia is one of the last. The food here is consistently good. Service is fine. Atmosphere is good.
What a wonderful night. The owner and staff made it so special and the service was excellent. The food was delicious. A night to remember.
Everything went perfectly during this visit. A recommended venue.
Excellent food and service
We had a late reservation for an after-theater dinner. We were greeted graciously and seated at a lovely table. We were at the tail end of the dinner service, but the waiter and staff were warm and welcoming. The burratta starter and beet salad were excellent -- beautifully presented, flavorful. The squid-ink fettucinni with shrimp and calamari was a standout. The lamb ragu and pasta was also fantastic -- with beautiful big chunks of tender lamb in the sauce. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful with the wine choices. We will definitely return. So glad we found this place when we were looking for somewhere open late close to the Castro Theater. We look forward to eating here again even when we don't need a late seating. We recommend Poesia with enthusiasm!
The food is delicious and service excellent love this place very much
Phenomenal service and the food was amazing. Arranged for a large group for dinner and we were taken care of amazingly. It was a nice change from the SoMa / Financial District. Will definitely be back!
Poesia is always great. It’s my favorite restaurant
This is a genuinely local family place. The food is no more or less than what you'd expect, and the service and genuine warmth that come from everyone working there mean that we'll be going back again and again.
Best Italian food in the Castro! The food is handmade, consistently delicious and the service the best.
Excellent service and food is exceptional
Consistently good neighborhood gem.
Hair in pasta. Salty salty salty pasta.
New Years Eve dinner there included 3 glasses of wine, soup, octopus appetizer and 2 bowls of pasta. Total with tip came to $180.
One of the dishes we ordered was charged to us even though we never got it.
Sorry to report that the bill was too much for the food and the service.
Unusual and tasty specials. Very accommodating for modifications.
We return to Poesia several times a year. Without fail, Francesco greets us by name and treats us like old friends.
Poesia is a neighborhood gem, with amazing, authentic, Southern Italian fare, warm, unpretentious atmosphere.
Quaint Italian restaurant in the Castro. Service was excellent. Food was good. Has a full bar. It's a small space so reservations are recommended.