Sauce: Gough

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At Sauce: Gough we serve what we like to call "Social Cuisine" - American comfort fare so good you'll want everyone at the table to try a bite. It's shared food without the tiny plates. Come sample Chef Ben's creations along with some drinks in the intimate Supper Club; cozy up to the beautiful redwood bar for a signature cocktail; or, enjoy a meal in the bustling main dining room. Experience what happens when Comfort Food meets California Cuisine — it could be our Tomato Bisque with white truffle grilled cheese sticks; Portobello mushroom fries; or our signature applewood-smoked-bacon wrapped meatloaf, something is sure to tickle your fancy. Located just a few blocks from the civic center in Hayes Valley, Sauce: Gough is the welcoming result of three partners' desire to create a comfortable spot for drinking and dining. Pre-Show, post-show and for all your private events Sauce is the place. Stop by for dinner any night between 5pm and Midnight and see for yourself; what’s cooking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly from 5pm – 12:00am and we mean it. You’ll never get the evil eye from us, even if you walk in at 12.01, we’re open, and you are welcome to dine with us.
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Phone number
(415) 252-1369
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ben Paula
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Private party facilities
Our Supper Club (with private bar)accommodates up to 40 seated diners, or 60+ for cocktails and passed appetizers. The entire restaurant can be reserved for larger groups of up to 130. Special menus and more than 20 options for passed appetizers mean we can create a custom event just for you.
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Private party contact
Trip Hosley: (415) 252-1423
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Catering
Full Food and Beverage Catering available for parties of any size. We will work with any budget to ensure the best event, from a wedding with staff to a cooler full of treats for a ball game, every occasion deserves great food! Want to go to the next step? Chef Ben Paula offers live ice carving for private or corporate events.
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Cross street
Oak and Page
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Parking details
Street parking, with both lots and garages in the neighborhood, parking is always available.
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Public transit
BART: Civic Center station; Muni Metro: Van Ness; Muni Market Street Trolley 'F' Line: Gough St.; Muni Bus Stop: 6,7,66,71
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DD
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sad to see this place close but so glad we made it back one last time. Drove from the peninsula for the sendoff. Food is still as delicious as ever and enjoyed my favorite dessert, PB&J! We ate 7 dishes between 2 of us.

p
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

pathetic , sad , staffed by horrible people - stay away …. they oughta close the joint

damn I will really miss these guys !! ---hello Sauce Belden

SR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was running late and the restaurant held my reservation. Once I arrived ordering and serving of food was friendly, quick and unobtrusive. Food, especially the limited entrees available, is very good, and the shareable items are also fun and tasty

DA
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, 5 across the board! It is sad this location is closing, but hopefully, qith the infusion os the Gough team, will change the dynamic of t IHG e Belden Lane location!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sauce was awesome as usual! It’s too bad this gem is closing down. We will miss you!

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The waiter dropped our drinks on the way to the table, and it was clear that he was new to wait staff, and inexperienced. However, there were other issues -- the music selection was a poor choice for this type of restaurant. The main courses were served at different times, causing the hot food to cool before we could eat as a table, and the last item to come out was the soup (showing that the delay was really the waiter and not the kitchen.) Then, to add insult to injury, without notice to me, the waiter added 20% tip automatically on a table for only 4 diners. We will not return.

LS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I'm very sorry to hear that they're closing down this location in Hayes Valley. I'll miss it!

s
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Picked Sauce blind before SF Symphony. Pleasantly pleased with dinner and convenience to Davies Hall. Not a lot of wines by the glass, but otherwise, a really good choice. We'll go again.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From the street it's not particularly noticeable. The interior, on the other hand is nicely appointed and the bar is in a separate room from the main dining area, so it's fairly quiet. The food is prepared creatively and you will find it interesting as well as tasty. The owner and wait staff are attentive and friendly.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I have been wanting to try Sauce for some time and was delighted. A good choice for before the symphony. Interesting menu with very attentive service.

JJ
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food at reasonable prices. Small plates great for sharing.

DA
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sauce has been a favorite comfort food restaurant for me and my family for years. My daughter and I were there for dinner before the Opera. They had a steak special with creamy cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus that was simply to die for. And I could eat their tomato bisque soup everyday. Great service, great food and a very comfortable atmosphere. It was a fantastic evening.

p
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were not able to use our rewards dining card at this restaurant, even though I had made reservations & was send the $25 dining. The owner was kind enough to comp us $25, however I am concerned about other restaurants having the same problem keying in the number.
Please respond.

t
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This restaurant is a bit dated both in menu and ambiance but being a bit on the older side ourselves we enjoyed it. They were great at having space near the theaters, having a decent meal and a drink at a good price, serving us quickly and getting us to the show on time. Thanks!

M
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pre theater dining at Sauce on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was not even full and service was still slow. Food quality was not especially good and portions small. Crab cake appetizer dish came out with three crab cakes half dollar size with a side of kale/carrot salad. At least the cakes were mostly crab meat and little fillers. I had the prosciutto wrapped rockfish entree which was not very special with little flavor.

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were one of the first one’s seated at 5pm, party of three. We had to make a show so we made early reservations. Waiter did not take our order promptly. Took over 45 minutes to get our food. Salmon, rock fish & chicken cutlet. Mulitple tables seated after us were served their entrees & gone by the time we were served. My husband had to literally go to the kitchen and ask what happened to our food since the waiter dismissed him when he tried to get his attention. This was after a party of six was served before us that had some of the same dishes we ordered but were seated at least 15 minutes after us. Food was over priced and nothing special. Fish was over cooked, poutine looked as though it was micro waved and everything was luke warm. Service was horrible. Will definitely not return!

TR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for an early dinner before a concert at the SFJazz center. Everyone was super polite and the food was amazing. Every dish was delicious. Can’t wait until the next time.

MM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good place to go especially if attending an event at the SF Conservatory of Music as the theatre is only a few minutes away walking.

KC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Used this as a cheat meal and what a perfect place to do that! I got the prawns with spinach and crusted white corn grits... AH-MAZING! Just sat at the bar and it was lively and fun, the bartender was nice and had a lot of knowledge about the menu. I'd heard great things about Sauce and the meal definitely didn't disappoint. Can't wait til my next visit!

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the right amount of food before a long sit for a performance.
Beautiful presentation!

LW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salad and main courses very good. We shared the white peach salad which had nice flavors and a dressing that did not overwhelm. Smoked beef stroganoff was dark, rich and yummy. Rock cod nice and came with mashed potatoes, a favorite. Main weakness has been dessert. Limited choices and mostly alcohol infused. Service adequate but not outstanding. Our late night go to spot.

LH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our second time here. Everything was very good. Great chowder and red pepper soup. The salad with grilled peaches sounded great but lacked inspiration.... a better dressing and better grilled peaches would have been a plus.
The prawns, grits and sautéed greens were delicious. We decided to split the entree and our kind waiter had it done in the kitchen. Always a plus in my book.
Also they pour a generous cocktail. Another plus +++

GW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was really good. Our server was personable, knowledgable and helpful. Nothing special about the ambiance. Nice little Hayes Valley stop. Not outstanding, not bad.

j
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal and a lively time at Sauce. Very friendly and knowledgeable waiter. We will be back soon.

E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great. We had the ribeye for two. The steak was tender and very tasty. It was served very nicely and easy to share. Great place for dinner before going to the symphony. A bit expensive.

BD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I really wanted to like this place, but nothing we ordered had interesting flavors. More importantly, nothing had SAUCE!!! I was looking forward to trying things with different sauces or unique combinations. The only thing going for this place was the server to friendly, patient, well informed, and hot.

PR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a group of 18 for my Good food, accommodating and friendly staff.

CM
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

EVERYTHING on the menu is DELICIOUS! I have been here about 10 times and everything is always fantastic! The bacon-wrapped meatloaf bites are a MUST

DC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I was surprised at how good the food was. The ambience is very low key, and the menu was a bit limited, but I really liked the "Impossible" Bolognese, and the clam chowder was exceptional. We'll go again.

j
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

forgot the appetizer ! understand that happens. but only two tables occupied at the time

OT
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Where’s the sauce?! Disappointed in the amount of sauce-y dishes for a restaurant called Sauce. Friendly staff, ok food. We called multiple times to add to our party with no response, and were surprised to find the restaurant only half-full. Would pick another place next time.

p
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Indifferent service, tiny bites and reheated food make this a poor, and expensive, choice among the many nearby options. Empty tables should be a tip.

J
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a mediocre dining experience. There were few menu selections, and the preparation was average. On the positive side, it is close to several concert venues, and they minded the time.

CH
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sauce is a great option for pre-show dinner - small plates and full entrees, very imaginative but still down to earth. We enjoy it very much!

s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous! Service good, food delicious. It is a fine spot for casual dining or a special occasion.

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had eaten here before and had a great experience. We happened to attend the theatre at a matinee, unusual for us, and thought a dinner visit to Sauce would be warranted. Again, the food and service were great.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot for dinner. Try their Impossible Bolognese. It’s their best dish!

DE
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fabulous. Food was excellent. The chef made some wonderful modifications for our gluten free needs....quite tasty! Would definitely return.

H
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we went before symphony and it was very nice. Waiter had a bit of an attitude though

N
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at Sauce: Gough. Our meal was outstanding! Also, the atmosphere was great as well. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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