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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Cozy (21)
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Authentic (18)
Romantic (18)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The setting is comfortable and old-school charming, and the service is as gracious as it is prompt. This is the place to relax and get a taste of Italian cooking the way grandmas did it. Homemade pastas lean to the hearty-peasant end of the spectrum, but appetizers and salads can go lighter with finesse. Mostly, the food is good and satisfying, but this is not fine dining. Polenta with mushrooms and Gorgonzola, for instance, was disappointingly too firm and bland; the Gorgonzola melted into oblivion. Panna cotta had separated in its ramekin. Still, the overall experience is pleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The restaurant and staff are very charming and the food is very good. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Disappointing dinner... I have been to Poesia once before and I had a lovely meal. This time, it was definitely not as good. My boyfriend (from Italy) is in town and I really wanted to take him to Poesia for a wonderful Italian meal. I made a reservation but when we got to the restaurant, we were seated in the worst possible table! Right by the front door and the bar and out in the middle of the path of the servers. Granted, the restaurant was busy and we got one of the last remaining tables, but 3 minutes after we got sat at the worst possible table, another couple came in and was seated at an amazing corner table right by the window. We were seated right by the front door which was freezing cold because the breeze from outside was blowing in. We were also right by the very noisy bar where the bartender was (doing his job well) being very loud making drinks. Also our table was directly in the main path of all the servers so we were constantly being hit in the back of our chairs as they walked by. The food was ok... we had a burrata which my boyfriend was very excited to try but it was very dry inside and served with a couple of pieces of paper this crostini. Not worth the $18 for that dish!!! The service was just ok... our server barely checked back in with us to see how everything was but he was spending a lot of time with the other, larger tables. I wish we could have had a better evening...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

I've eaten here many times, but this visit was not so great. The restaurant seemed much loader than ever, and the food was only so-so. My friend had chicken and said it was too dry. I had the filet, and it came with a ton of arugula, a bit more than necessary. I hope this was just a one-off.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

I've been here a number of times. The food is consistently good. The service is consistently good. This is a wonderful neighborhood gem. Two outstanding items this time were the dates wrapped in bacon appetizer and the tomato and bread soup.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food is not bad, but nothing great. Tight seating (3 people at a 2 top WITH a reservation)

Our waiter left after we ordered drinks and was replaced by another waiter who was either overwhelmed or more concerned with his original tables. Food took a long time to arrive and no follow-up from the "new" waiter until the Manager came to give us our check.

Not sure if this is the norm for restaurants in the Castro (most reviewers will shy away from this area of San Francisco for decent dining) but I visit often and will know to steer clear next trip.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Superb menu matched by excellent tasting food. Very attentive service. The only drawback
is the crowd noise that makes conversations quite difficult.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 25, 2017

In SF Castro District, but all kinds of folks enjoying themselves. Warmly greeted, very small dining area seating around 35 to 40. The restaurant was busy all evening, but no one was rushed. Italian cuisine, limited menu reflecting the Italian owner's native,
Italian origins. Coming from Italian roots as well and my Nonna having cooked in her own SF restaurant . . . I had pasta and I thought the sauce unremarkable, however, my partner loved it. The Caesar salad I thought was also unexceptional. Nice wine and cocktail lists with plenty of Italian varietals. I would certainly go back again to give it another go. I thought the Osso Bucco looked incredible and the table where it was served was highly complimentary. But not Nonna's!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Had a nice evening with friends from out of town who enjoyed the food and the wine. My only problem was the huge birthday party seated next to us who were very rowdy throughout the entire evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Unfortunately louder than expected. Food inconsistent. Service pleasant but marginal.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Delicious, freshly prepared food, interesting Italian wines, wonderful service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great authentic Italian in the Castro with energetic staff, excellent food and wine, and an overall great atmosphere. Can be a bit noisy, however, so if you want a quiet romantic dinner, then this might be better at the late end of the evening.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This was my 2nd time dining at Poesia and the 2nd time and the same as the first. Wonderful! The food was excellent, the staff very courteous and helpful. My dining companion is gluten free and vegetarian and our waiter was extremely helpful in navigating the menu. It's definitely a place that I plan to return to often!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised (my expectations of Castro eateries is pretty low) food was excellent and the waiters were terrific, very engaged and knowledgeable and generally a lot of fun!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We took family members visiting from around the country on a Friday night and each person said they loved the food. The eggplant appetizer was called the best eggplant dish my aunt ever tasted and the Caesar salads were very large and tasty. The two folks who had the filet magnon said it was very good and the sea bass was very well-prepared. I usually get the seafood pasta and it did not disappoint once again. We always have a wonderful evening at Poesia!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Truly 5 stars from a guy who doesn't write reviews much... I love these independent small places but if you like chain places keep looking....this place is truly small family owned. I travel for work so I ate alone... but they had bar seating and were so friendly. Filet was cooked perfect... everything was so good. They had the cauliflower dish... off the charts. Try it. Bartender rocked... even the owner came to say hello. Great food and I'll be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food and service were excellent. We had 9 in our group and they had no problem handling the order.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Always love the new items on the menu. They put a lot of effort into flavor...a rare thing these days. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Poesia is consistently solid on every measure.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Magnificent!! Every time I come to Poesia & I am thrilled by the experience. Thank you!! Everything was delicious and perfect!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

In the heart of the Castro is this neighborhood gem, a quaint Italian restaurant with a small but choice menu, homey decor, and attentive and helpful service. Plenty of small details contribute to an enjoyable experience. You walk up the steps to be greeted at the door. The front window looks over 18th Street, but little of the street noise makes its way into the restaurant. The water is served in simple, 1-liter bottles stamped in Italian "1 litro." The Caesar salad was delicious, with a surprisingly creamy dressing. And the pasta is fresh and satisfying. Be sure to complement your meal with a Negroni , martini, or beer or wine.

I briefly watched a couple dining as they were seated in the front window. I couldn't help but notice the joy in the woman's face as the waiter placed the coffees and desserts on the table. Thanks to the good nature and hard work of this restaurant's owner and staff, I'm sure this place sees a great many of those smiles.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Fabulous food, the waiter and team were focused on providing a great experience. The black and white films shown on one wall was a unique touch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Lovely, romantic spot. Great ambiance with Fellini movies projected on the walls and family photos.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I love this restaurant, the food is outstanding. I'm so glad that they always do the 'Dining out for Life'. I have turned on several friends to this wonderful little restaurant and they have all fallen in love with place. I will always support this restaurant and hope it's here for a long long time.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Cesar salad was very nice. Pasta special along with other pasta dish ordered was delicious. Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Waiter was attentive without being obtrusive, everyone enjoyed the appetizers and their entrees. The wine was good too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2017

I love Poesia's happy hour menu - both the food and drink offers. Delicious, and super affordable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Food good, but NEVER charge for drinks that were not ordered or for overpriced side pastas. That's the kiss of death. So, learn.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was great, waitress was not

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 (Calgary)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The executive chef, who made the deelish special lasagna, was a delight & recommended a wine pairing. Both she & our waiter were very attentive, warm & welcoming. Great, homey atmosphere. 😃

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I absolutely LOVE Poesia... for every occasion. Love the owner's family recipes from Italy and the congeniality of the entire team. If I lived closer, I would dine here at least twice a week!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Simply a scrumptious meal, friendly and welcoming folks and most of all

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We love this local gem. Great wait and server staff.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Lasagna and branzino were delicious! Quaint restaurant with great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My friends and I usually love Poesia but were deeply disappointed on pur last visit. We arrived early for our reservation but were told we could be seated in 15 minutes. It took 40, which was almost the time of the reservation. I understand that, but would prefer to have been told that early accommodation wasn't possible. There was a large party there that night and the service suffered. We were rushed to order and had to request bread three times. Food came out in a timely manner, but honestly, it wasn't as good as it's been on earlier visits. And at the end of the meal, it was a struggle to get our sever's attention to pay. Finally, one of our party went to the bar to pay and was told the credit card machine was broken and we had to pay in cash. Which was highly inconvenient as we weren't told ahead of time and the check exceeded $100. These days, few people carry much cash. We also didn't notice other people paying in cash. I'm really disappointed in this last visit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Great food & service. Looking forward to dining again there soon.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We visit San Francisco annually and always try to have dinner at Poesia. Last year we had an bad experience trying to dine there but the owner reached out to us afterwards and we appreciated the effort very much. So we gave the restaurant the benefit of the doubt and visited again, and we had an excellent experience. The owner and staff are fantastic. We will return each year if we can. Thank you for always making us feel special when we dine with you.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 5, 2017

The food was good but somewhat overpriced. The staff was arrogant. Two people, 1 appetizer, 2 entree's, 1 drink = $120. Not worth it.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Excellent waiter and excellent food!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Don't miss this! Be prepared to spend some time with the menu. Not obvious, but Eggplant parmigiana can be ordered as an entree. Absolutely Order the Gnocchi. If you're looking for traditional spaghetti and meatballs, this isn't your scene. If you want Italian ambiance and a fabulous cocktail, make a reservation because you will need it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We needed a good restaurant near the Castro Theater as we were headed to a film festival. Poesia was perfect -- good, creative food that was very nicely presented in an atmosphere that was casual but not too casual. My husband had the pasta with the pork rib meat and I had the roasted half chicken. We started with the crostini and the beet salad -- all very tasty. Definitely good value where that is harder and harder to find in SF. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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