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Poesia

4.6
1421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (30)
  • Good for a Date (25)
  • Cozy (22)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(415) 252-9325
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What 1421 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmtf419 (Portland)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Poesia offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Castro. Located upstairs in a renovated townhouse on 18th Street, the restaurant focuses on fresh Italian cuisine paired with wine. We are always greeted and seated quickly once inside. The interior is cozy, with candlelit tables, soft lighting and a rotating film projected silently onto the largest wall. The only hiccup came when our plates were cleared after less than an hour and our female server brought the check while we were still finishing our beverages. She then returned a few minutes later and opened the bill it to see if payment was inside (it was not since we were still finishing our cocktails).

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Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Delicious pasta and roasted vegetables. Tasted like we were actually in Italy. Shared a fabulous cannoli for dessert. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

I felt that I was in Italy! You can stay long time for dinner, just take your time and enjoy a great as italian people do! The food is absolutely delicious

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

We are regulars but tonight the service wasn’t so courteous and felt rushed. The food was not up to their usual standards. We nonetheless left a decent tip but were not even greeted when we left

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Got the carpaccio and lamb fettuccine and really enjoyed the food. Overall, I really enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. Only downside was that drinks took a little long to be served.

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vipSusie (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was bland, service was slow. There was so much oil on my salad it was inedible. Don't get the house wine, it's terrible. Our server was very charming but she had too many tables.

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Authentic (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

WOW! As always, Poesia did not disappoint. Tonight I had the squid & trout ravioli with a glass of the house white (happy hour), and my taste buds died and went to heaven!! The complex textures and flavors of the house made ravioli were beyond words.

The ambiance is charming. This place is truly a neighborhood gem. I will be back and I will continue to introduce my friends to this great little spot.

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puptza (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Nice, quite, with a neighborhood feel to it. We shared 5 small dishes among 3 ladies, which were more than enough. With a total bill of $100 - it was good value for the money. Would definitely recommend the calamari salad, the cauliflower dish and the cheese/meat platte. We really didn’t like the potatoes & eggplant fries (tasteless) and the bread pudding cake ( too sour and wet).

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House20 (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and drinks. We've eaten here four times and every meal has been excellent. The happy hour drinks and appetizers also make this a fun, inexpensive spot to drop in for a drink and a quick bite.

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SalandGraceC (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

As always, terrific food and excellent service made for a lovely date night.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Cross street
Castro
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(415) 252-9325
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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