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About Poesia

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.

4072 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm Sunday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Happy hour starts everyday at 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm

Cross Street:
Castro

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 252-9325

Website:
http://www.poesiasf.com/

Entertainment:
Our restaurant may accommodate up to 40 guests comfortably, with a full bar to provide traditional and unique drinks of choice. Featured on one of our walls are projected Italian films from the era of Dolce Vita, bringing us to a time of romance, passion and lively humor.

Public Transit:
Nearest Muni station: Castro (at Market). Upon exiting Muni station, proceed one black South on Castro Street, then head East (left) on 18th.

Private Party Facilities:
Poesia is a small intimate restaurant ideal for private parties (birthdays, holiday parties, company events, engagement's parties, etc) up to 49 people. There is also the opportunity to have the front room turned into a private space for a group up to 16 people.

Private Party Contact:
Francesco: (877) 824-0339

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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Poesia Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Cozy (20)
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Authentic (20)
Romantic (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Fun (15)
Casual (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice neighborhood restaurant with decent food and excellent service. Cozy and accommodating of dietary restrictions makes this a solid choice for an impromptu date night. Brace yourself for the extremely loud noise levels across the room on the weekend. Friday night found us having to shout across our tiny table to hear each other.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Both food and service were really good. It was quiet and perfect for having an intimate conversation. I will go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Absolutely superb! This restaurant gets better each year. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., it was packed and filled with reservations. The wait without a reservation was 1.5 hours, so be sure to make a reservation. It is truly worth it. I would say this and Cafe Bisou are the 2 best restaurants in the Castro District.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is really quite amazing.
There wasn't anything our group of 6 didn't like.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had great service. Waiter was super nice and attentive. Food was as good as my Italian grandma use to make. Sauce was perfect. Bread fresh and warm. Highly recommend

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fantastic food and great scenery. The chef came out and assisted us, shared her specials, menu items, selected our wine, it was a great experience! Worth a visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always charming and consistently well done food. The menu is diverse and tasty. It's always a joy to dine there.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love the food! From the moment you walk in you know you are in for a treat. The host is welcoming, the service great and the food is what you expect to eat when craving authentic home style Italian cooking.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service was awesome from the chef herself. The food was good but not fantastic. Visiting from D.C. always find incredible restaurants and this was good but not outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We love Poesia. Definitely a neighborhood gem! The pasta has fabulous chew, Home made and perfectly al dente. The meats and fish are excellent, as are the apps and desserts, cocktails and wine! So many of the ingredients are sourced from Italy by the owner. All of the staff is friendly (and mostly Italian), and very knowledgeable. Adore this place, we return again and again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Stumbled upon this restaurant--it's on the second floor. Good cocktails (perfect large ice cube in the bourbon on the rocks!) and wine list. The tomato soup was divine and the lasagna delicious. Romantic ambiance. Oh, and the service was attentive. Totally would recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It's a very nice neighborhood restaurant with some okay, albeit heavy, food and a good location. It used to be more imaginative with a variety of interesting pastas and dishes. It's now become relatively small in terms of the menu. The fish and vegetable options, which I usually eat, are not as good as they once were. All of the vegetables are incredibly heavy on cheese, especially the cauliflower. The Caesar salad was okay but didn't have as good quality ingredients as nearby Lark nor certainly not as good as Contigo over the hill in Noe. The sea bass is a good value, though simply prepared and not especially interesting. Not nearly as good as Kokarri, for example. The chocolate dessert of pudding and salt is quite good, albeit a bit small. The service was a bit inattentive and not especially warm. THe host/owner is great. Nicely spaced tables and good volume level.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Terrific food and warm personal service! All recommendations were perfect. Setting homey.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very good food and wine. Friendly service though hard to get server’s attention toward the end of our meal. Space is very warm even with windows open.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our service was rushed. Two of the dishes, the soup and risotto, came to our table just lukewarm. On the plus side, the ambiance and location are nice.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Pretty much the perfect dinner date! The filet mignon was absolutely incredible and done to perfection, and the lamb with lemon reduction superb. We started with the carpaccio - incredible. I think the best I've ever had, in fact! Franceso and his staff are the consummate hosts, and I'm looking forward to another meal there soon!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

I think the best virtue of the good restaurant is a delicious food. And this place offers it.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Terrible service. Average, uninspiring food at best.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was pretty good and the chef served us. The noise level made conversation difficult.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was this third time I had been there. Always enjoy it. Good food, good wait staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

A patron over many years; something seems different on this date. Food not so up to par. Restaurant was thankfully quiet after a previous date on a Friday night that was incredibly noisy and practically swore me off returning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love this restaurant. We come here a lot for our date night and taking friends and visitors. Francesco, the owner and his staff are always so friendly and great! Will definitely recommend this restaurant. The food is awesome! Best Italian restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Intimate and cozy ambience with authentic food and attentive service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very poor execution of Italian classics. The eggplant parm had chewy eggplant and needed seasoning. The beet gnocchi was beyond bland. The Tiramisu was watery.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Fantastic restaurant, you feel like being in Italie !!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

used to love love love this place. The owner (maybe previous owner?) was so pleasant and welcoming. Now it's "here's your seat".

Service was good, food was barely adequate. My husband had the pesto, it tasted bland but was green! I had a pasta that was OK, but too 'al dente ' for my taste - almost like it's been holding for hours back in the kitchen.

we won't be back. it's too bad - the Castro could use good restaurants.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was good. Very authentic Italian. Service was slow.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Food was good, but service and extremely limited menu were downsides. Took over 30 minutes to put in a drink order, then a while longer to put in food. Didn’t hear the special until after we’d started ordering food. The restaurant was only maybe half full. You guys need more than one waitress and bartender.

The food was fine, if not a little bland. Couldn’t taste a lot of pork rib, even though there was a lot of meat in the sauce. Noodles were thick, chewy, and cooked perfectly.

Waitress was kind enough to bring my mom reading glasses after she forgot them at home.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Everything was perfect at Poesia: food, ambiance, service and everyone taking cate of you. Would definitely return!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Poesia is my go-to place for hearty Italian food and weekly dining in San Francisco!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

This is our fave restaurant. Great Happy Hour Drinks and small plates!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Friendly efficient staff, good food, convivial atmosphere

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Especially enjoyed the movie projection on the wall and the dessert (tartufo), both of which I hadn't seen at other Italian restaurants.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Good italian food but too expensive. Wines stil more.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Poesia is one of the best Italian restaurants in SF. The dishes are unique, high quality, delicious, and reasonably priced. You have to walk up a flight of stairs to get into the restaurant. I must have been someone's home at one time. Food is terrific. We loved the grilled squid, the mussels are amazing with the spicy tomato broth. You want to sop that up with bread, but then the tomato soup is even better! I had the lamb which is served like a stew in a tomato broth with home made pasta. Oh, what a delicious dish that is. And the sea bass is a whole fish...mmmm. Everything is so tasty. And if you get there before 6:30 PM, it's happy hour so drinks are like half price. Such a deal. And the food is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Seasonal, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual, Organic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very nice place recommended by two very friendly guys met in twin Peaks Cafe. We were on honeymoon from Paris with my partner and we spent a marvelous dinner with the movie Riso Amaro projected !!! Very good cuisine and such a cosy and romantic place !!!
I will recommend Poesia to my French friends !!! Best place for dinner in Castro!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Organic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Wonderful food, cocktails and wine! Excellent pastas. Pleasant staff.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Liked the old movie playing on the walls!

We ordered the Caprese which was expensive and not spectacular, but the beet gnocchi and broccolini were quite good!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Charlie our server was efficient and charming. Really emjoyed the food and the ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Was looking forward to dinner based on reviews. We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation and were told our table should be ready in 10 minutes. At 20 minutes past our reservation time, we were still waiting, and never received an actual apology, just status updates like "they are still having coffee" or "they have received their check." We were finally seated 30 minutes past our reservation time. Timing seemed a little off as it took awhile to receive our first course, which was then rushed away in order to plate our second course, suggesting that our first course sat for awhile in the kitchen before we received it. The pasta was actually quite good but the overall service experience left much to be desired.

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