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About Sauce: Gough

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

131 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

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.

Cross Street:
Oak and Page

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 252-1369

Website:
http://www.saucesf.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Street parking, with both lots and garages in the neighborhood, parking is always available.

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

Executive Chef:
Ben Paula

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.

Private Party Contact:
Trip Hosley: (415) 252-1423

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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Sauce: Gough Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and drinks. I can't believe I just discovered this place. They have a seasonal menu prepared in house with portions that are just right. Not too big and not too small. Look forward to returning.

Tags: Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, and Excellent Wait Staff, Very Accomodating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were seated in the back room and it was great for conversation. We enjoyed the small plates/appetizers the best. The bread was delicious! Service was fine overall, but it took a bit longer to get our entree (we split the vegetable strudel). The wine (Oregon pinot noir) was delightful. This was a great spot for our pre-concert meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I have heard great things about Sauce and have always wanted to try it. Recently Sauce was ranked "Best of SF" for their Service...This was the reason I went for my birthday along with showcasing the Best of SF to my visiting family and dearest friends.

I was EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED with the service, from the bar tenders to the wait staff. The server seemed annoyed and upset that we were spending money on bottles of wine and sharing dishes. She hardly brought glassware to the table and barely knew what ingredients were in dishes (Shouldn't you know what kind of cheese is in the mac & cheese?).

The bartenders were completely rude to everyone in the party. They refused to submit our entries into a drawing for guessing their pumpkins weight. What a fun way to get patrons involved with your venue.

Overall, I was really disappointed. Sorry Sauce, your staff was way too saucy for me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I love coming to this location! The staff is always amazing and I love their menu specials.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Pre-theater dinner at Sauce. It was a night where there was a very large party, so it was louder than I think is standard for this place. It's a small restaurant and would likely be a nice place for a quiet dinner with friends. As it was, it was still lovely (even though waiter mis-heard our order, but what we ended up getting was perfectly nice) and I would recommend for theater-goers in SF.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I hadn't been here in quite a while because the old menu wasn't appealing for me. That said, I ate with five friends the other night. Three friends raved over the vegetarian strudel, my husband enjoyed his chicken parmagian and I really enjoyed my salmon. Special note, I ordered the salmon very rare and it was delivered medium. I showed the waiter and he said no problem. They had a perfectly seared salmon to me in less than 5 minutes. Everyone dug into our desserts. Also, had nice selection of wines by glass and bottle.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food here was very good and it was a nice late night option in the city. Easy to Lyft to and in a pretty quiet area. Overall it was a very nice dining experience.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Sauce never disappoints. My husband and I started with the carpaccio each, which was very good and attractively served. He had the vegetarian streudle, which he said was outstanding, and we finished with the smash ice cream_______home made chocolate drenched in whiskey. Outstanding!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Of all the restaurants in the Hayes Valley area this is my favorite. The food is delicious the staff is efficient and the menu has a great mix of traditional and unique offerings.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Innovative comfort food with excellent service. Excellent for small bites before or after the symphony,opera or concerts.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Seated in banquette seating on back room and lovely for about half an hour until large, boisterous party came into room. From then on, difficult to hear conversation at our table.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Sauce is a nice, reliable restaurant for friends, pre-theater, tasty but not extraordinary food. Service is good and staff are agreeable. It is not too expensive. I believe they serve up to midnight, but I have never gone that late. After 6 weekdays and 8 Saturday, there is street parking.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Enjoyed the food and the service was attentive but not overbearing. The menu is not huge but had enough choices to satisfy all four of us. The specials were not that interesting that evening (a 20 oz ribeye?). The (boneless) chicken parm had a nice bit of crisp on it despite being oven baked. The veggie side was overly dressed with a vinaigrette - I couldn't eat much of it. We had time and appetite for dessert. Two of us split the PB&J, presumable a signature dish, and glad we split it. It was an interesting take with sponge cake and ice cream, nicely presented. All in all a nice evening and a reasonable value.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Real SF dinning experience. Not Pretentious . Relaxed setting, quality food ,unique wine list .
Dinning alone,with friends,or on a date. A MUST
out standing wait staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food, strange service. Not very crowded, but the waitress asked the same question several times, forgot orders, and walked by the table a couple of times without even looking at us, while we were trying to get her attention. Not rude, just mildly careless.
But, really great food.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had an amazing experience here this week. Started with some drinks - enjoyed my cucumber and basil gimlet. Friends had mojitos and Manhattans. All were refreshing. Enjoyed the roasted corn and tomato salad and the quinoa and kale salad. Dinner entrees were extremely flavorful - all the items on each dish had their own great flavor. Truly enjoyed them. Two of us had the chicken parmesan, others had the short rip potroast and the special ribeye. The staff couldn't have been friendlier. Very attentive. We also had a bottle of the Mt. Veeder cab at a very reasonable price. Didn't feel like they were gouging you on the wines. Really enjoyed and will definitely go back again.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were seated in the back room, which was good, because it was pretty quiet. Service was efficient- and food was pretty good, so good option for before the symphony.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Handled a large party with ease. Friendly staff and delicious food. Able to accommodate food allergies and small children.

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

Sauce was a real disappointment. When we walked in the restaurant, we were immediately confronted with the smell of the deep fryer from the kitchen. The food was indifferent and in some cases unappetizing. I'm sorry we wasted a Saturday night dinner with the family at this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

quite loud in the night.
But overall, good enough for the dinner place with friends.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This is our second visit and once again the food was outstanding. The service was also very good.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We ordered social plates and the special. It was fantastic. Henry was great. Kind and informative.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Pre Symphony, SFJazz, Opera , Sauce is the place for comfort food and cocktails. Service is friendly and they get you out on time. This is a favorite low key place that remains consistent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I have been to Sauce many times pre- SFJAZZ Shows with friends and I always give myself 2 hours of time. Normally the service is very responsive and the kitchen is quick thus usually doing a 2 to 3 course dinner in 90 mins. However, this experience was once of my worst. The service was both slow and inexperienced and the kitchen was very slow. we waited for 45 mins to get our 2nd course thus making us eat in 10 mins to get out in just enough time to get to the show at SFJAZZ.

Too bad, it was a great go to place for good food, fast and together service and a back of the house that moved the process along quickly. Won't be back for awhile

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Had a great meal. I've been to their other location but picked this for a birthday dinner after a show at the Orpheum. The food was as great as I remembered and besides a small snafu with our appetizer which was quickly rectified, our server was fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

My second time at Sauce and it is still a favorite restaurant. The food is so fresh and the menu has just the right amount of selections. I will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We loved our pre-concert dinner and drinks here. Love the ambiance and the food. Highly recommend (especially for meat lovers - although the veggies were good too).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious, but we were seated in the back room which was hot and stuffy. Our waiter was attentive but wasn't very friendly. Not sure I would go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

88th Birthday, great drinks and waiters, accessible through back for wheelchair.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Not too crowded, great service , good desserts !

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very prompt and attentive service from a very helpful gentleman. . We loved the choices on the menu and were tempted, but went with the meal for two: 20 ounces of thinly sliced ribeye accompanied by homemade cheesy mash potatoes . The asparagus spears were cooked perfectly and the potatoes were wonderful with or without the tasty au jus dribbled on top.. The steak was tender and delicious and went well with the side dishes. To complete the meal we started with clever homemade tater tots. Loved them, but forgot we switched to a dinner with potatoes. It was hard to choose from the starter list and we would have loved to try out something else. All the soups on the menu sounded wonderful,--especiallythe clam chowder loaded with more than just clams-- but we couldn't resist sharing the beet salad. The browny sundae was a great addition for dessert, though the ice cream could have been richer. We took leftover everything home to enjoy the next day. Yum!

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

It was just okay

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We will definitely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Enjoyed the meal very much. Loved the coconut shrimp. Very convenient to symphony.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We went to this place for a late night dinner. The place was low lit and very romantic. But the food was the highlight. My husband ordered the steak and I ordered the chicken parm. Every bite was followed by a "mmmmm" So delicious. Great attentive service as well. We loved it here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Sauce is a wonderful addition to the restaurant community of Hayes Valley.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Eat here often, as I attend the SF Symphony, and Ballet, and it is
very consistent!
Have to mention the wait staff is great, especially Lynn, whom we had on Saturday,
and she was fantastic. Knew the Menu, and described it to us in detail.
We thought she was very efficient, and seemed to be able to wait on the entire room with no problems.
We did miss our former Waiter, Dan Rick, sorry we did not get there just before he left, but
did see him in late May.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Typically good food at this fine neighborhood place. But even at just the beginning of the heat wave, back room area was poorly ventilated and stiflingly hot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 9, 2017

It was my friend's and my first experience at Sauce. We LOVED it, and are both sort of snobby re: food and service. Our waitress, Nicole, was ADORABLE, genuine, prompt, and warm. Loved her suggestions and takes on the various offerings. I wish we hadn't been in a hurry to get to the theater. I would've loved to luxuriate in the food more. Can't wait to go back. My ONLY slightly negative comment is we both wished they had classic martini glasses for the VERY good martinis. Serving a martini in a compote type glass just takes away from the whole "martini experience", so much of which is the elegant glass. Hope they can fit a few of those in their bars in the future. I'm definitely GOING BACK!!!!! LOVED the mini chicken pot pies, the carpaccio, the portobello fries and beet salad. Oh, and the homemade bread! Divine! Go!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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