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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.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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