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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Good for a Date (24)
Cozy (21)
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Authentic (19)
Romantic (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Casual (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
People Watching (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Waterfront (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Organic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·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).

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Every New Year’s Eve, this is our restaurant of choice. Always a treat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Appetizer of chopped cod was disappointing—bland. SeaBass was excellent but served with too many Brussels Sprouts. Tiramisu was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of the best in the Castro. I plan to go back again and again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Efficient service. Lively environment. Scrumptious food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fun and lively Christmas Eve dinner. Service & food were outstanding.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

What a great place for a holiday get-together the entertainment was amazing and then music was fabulous. The dancers were incredible.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Waiters are amazing. Food delicious, too!

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

Poesia never disappoints! I've been there for first dates, last dates, good and bad dates. No matter what, you'll always feel taken care of, entertained, and well fed there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It's in the heart of the Castro, which was fun. The food was great. The setting was lovely. It's not a quiet restaurant, though.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Miracle on 18th Street. Poesia is in the heart of the Castro. Unbelievably, among the traffic congestion and double parked cars, we found a legal parking space – directly in front of Poesia. Truly a miracle of Christmas!

The restaurant is upstairs. I did not see a lift anywhere, yet the single toilet is ADA compliant. This was once a residence. Interior is comfortable, though seating can be cramped. They chose to play a movie (sound off) on one wall. I had my back to it, others in our party did not seem distracted.

Service was better than most restaurants. Attire is casual. At 7pm on a Friday night, the place was packed. Wisely, we had a reservation and were seated immediately.

The ladies loved the Branzino bass. The Dattei dates added to the enjoyment of the meal. The Polenta e Funghi (mushrooms) was average. My Pasta Nera (calamari and shrimp noodles) was tasty, but overly spicy hot for my New England taste buds. The Tiramisu was gigantic while the chocolate mousse leaned towards smallish – both were delightful. Prices are to be expected. With wine and side dishes the three use ran up a tab over $200 (before tip).

Bottom line: we whole heartedly recommend Poesia. Get reservations and expect parking from Hell in a city that doesn’t like autos.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love our neighborhood haunt. Always an exceptional foodie experience at a reasonable cost.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food always wonderful. Hard to complain about the price when the quality is right there in the plate. Tomato bread soup is amazing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was great, the only exception was the noise level. The restaurant was extremely noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food here was wonderful! Everything was delicious and the ingredients chosen with care. Our server was a little harried and we had to ask for things (olive oil for the bread, grated cheese for the pasta) instead of receiving them automatically. But that may have been because they were busier than they expected. I have been there twice and both times I can not say enough good things about the delicious food. Even the anchovies on the Caesar salad were spectacularly flavorful. Yum, yum, yum!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good. Israel is a very charming and knowledgeable bartender.
Entree took too long to arrive considering that there were very few people in the dining room.
However, it was delivered with apologies and smiles and was delicious.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I had not been to Poesia for a few years. My last experience was so unpleasant I didn’t want to go back. The last time we were seated in the front part, which is dominated by a large table for eight in the middle. The few other tables in that part of the restaurant are situated around it. The group seated at the large table was so loud the rest of us couldn’t enjoy ourselves. But my new partner wanted to try it so I made the reservation. The group in the middle again made it hard to hear each other but got quieter after a while. However, this time the problem was the food. Mine was fine but my partner’s wasn’t completely warm. He sent it back and it was returned not much better. I would never let anyone talk me in to going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Marvelously warm and attentive service; authentic Italian cuisine and waiters from the region. Great suggestions from the staff helped us order exactly the right amount of food! We split three courses, and each had room for our own dessert— good planning!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Can't believe I haven't found this little gem before. Very authentic Italian menu, with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. LOVED that they had a note to ask about their vegan options and really appreciated that they had a fresh homemade pasta that was also vegan. The place had a very cozy, fun ambiance , and they even project a Felini film on the walls. The food was a little slow to come out of the kitchen, but the place had that 'take-your-time' savor life European vibe. The only downside is that noise level is very high, but all of the other benefits outweigh that. We will return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan
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 (London)·Dined on November 27, 2017

A neighborhood gem. Francesco's Poesia is the real deal, with excellent Southern Italian cuisine, in a warm, friendly ambience.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely small restaurant, with great happy hour food and drink prices. The food was homemade, and they know how to cook and season... prices are excellent for the high quality dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My review would have been a 5 if it was as good as it usually is, but, the waitress was a bit rushed we were crammed and I mean crammed into a corner table that was so tight my husband couldn't pull the seat out for me. my head was touching the big drapes that were up the whole time and I could not move up even an inch to get away from them, I didn't even realize there was a movie playing until I left, I could see nothing except my husband (thank goodness he's handsome) the whole meal. The meal, like I said normally a 5, but this trip a 3 my meat was over cook, well done fillet minon? I asked for it medium. I couldn't complain because we got one drive by is everything ok while our mouths were full, and then never again. my husbands meal was the only veggie option on the menu, it was good, but I have had the same dish at Bella Trattoria and it was amazing, there. I am hoping since it was a holiday maybe the Chef was gone, and or they were short staffed. we will try it again because it has been so good in the past.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Came here for Thanksgiving. It was lovely meal. Wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always an outstanding dining experience

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Their menu is pretty limited, no poultry dishes to choose from. The staff seems inexperienced and somewhat inept. Considering the many other options in the neighborhood, I see no reason to return here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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