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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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