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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

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (33)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (8)
Romantic (7)
Casual (6)
Quick Bite (6)
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Late-night Find (5)
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Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great pre-theater spot. Good food, friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Definitely not what it used to be. Food was not exciting and bland. For the same price I could have had a far better meal at a number of other restaurants in the vecinity. Just okay overpriced (as opposed to expensive) food with outdated surroundings which feel like a chain hotel diner is not a good dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

First Date somehow lasted 4 hrs and never once did the staff try to rush us out. Made a great first date even better

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Good location for theater. Great food and good service with a nice wine list.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My sister and I have been going to Sauce before symphony concerts once every year or two for quite a few years. It seems to both of us that the menu has become more limited over the years, without much sense of choice available. Our food was good, not great. Noise level was high, and we had trouble hearing each other (keep in mind that neither of us has as acute hearing as we once did). Our server was lovely.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We were going to the Symphony & wanted to try Sauce. Fantastic! They understand people needing to get done in time for the show, the food was hearty & delicious& the waitress couldn’t have been better. We had the broccoli leaves salad, the Cesar, chicken Parmesan & mini meatloaf. Incredible!! And tater tots are divine!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Another pre-performance dinner at Sauce, where the modern takes on American comfort food stand out. The restaurant got very packed but the service never let up; the tater tots, beet salad, salmon and chicken were all wonderful; interesting wine list. Great desserts. Wonderful to have in the neighborhood and great pre-post performance option.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A favorite for late night dining, 10 PM dinner. Cozy neighborhood feel. We splurged on ribeye for two. Extremely tasty, cut in strips, smothered in button mushrooms. Sides also excellent, tender asparagus cooked lightly and cheddar mashed potatoes. Cline wine, a red blend, not my favorite and pricey. I've had much better Cline estate wines, much heavier and richer. Service attentive without being obtrusive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Nice environment for a special night out. The service was good, but know that if you're going to see a nearby show or performance that you should plan for over an hour for meal time. The food was very good quality, but I would say the portions are definitely on the smaller side.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Small plates interesting and excellent

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We arrived for our reservation on time and were showed to the back room, which is dark and gloomy. We've always sat in front, which is light and airy, and I asked to be seated there. I was told, not especially politely, that all the tables were already reserved for parties of four. Having dined there on numerous occasions at a table for two, I think that wasn't true. And on leaving, the front room wasn't full and the table for two where we usually sit was empty. Lastly, if you want salt and/or pepper, you have to ask for it. It seems a bit presumptuous to assume the food is always perfect as served so no salt or pepper is on the table. There are too many other good restaurants in the area now to have to deal with "attitude" even if the food is good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Restaurant week special $40 menu. Pot roast was outstanding; best I ever had in a restaurant. Ceasar salad very good. topped off with brownie and port for dessert. Very good experience.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our waiter was a space cadet. No bread to start. Had to ask. Brought the soup, but no spoon. By the time he got around to bringing the spoon, the soup was cold. He tried to sell us dessert, forgetting that the meal was prix fix and dessert was included. Not a good experience.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went here for SF restaurant week. Don't pay any mind to the Yelp reviews. People we're just overly critical!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I had been wanting to try this restaurant for some time. The food was delicious. I would certainly eat there again. It was cozy and and enjoyable, though the group of 6 next to us was quite loud.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went to Sauce for a work dinner. Twelve people. Perfect service. Very good food. Everybody was happy with their meal. Everybody said they would go back to the restaurant again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We came here for our friends 70th birthday celebration and to see Chris Botti after. The restaurant was convenient to the SF Jazz location so we picked Sauce. I had specifically noted that we were celebrating our friends 70th birthday on the reservation but there nothing was done for him, no acknowledement at all.
The waitress was rushed, not friendly and only did the basics, bringing food out.
We brought our own bottle of wine, which we ended up opening ourselves since the wait was so long, waitress finally brought out wine glasses, but that's it, we poured the wine ourselves.
Salmon was overcooked, but after waiting so lone, we didn't send it back, 3 out of the six of us got the salmon and they were all over cooked. We also specifically asked about the salmon before we ordered it, very disappointing, will not go back

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Sauce was selected for its proximity to the War Memorial Theater but was a real surprise. Everything we had was not only good but was great. I will definately return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Items on the special New Years Eve menu were unsatisfactory in quality! Sand in my partner's cioppino made it barely edible. Fortunately our waiter comped it. The special dessert was almost entirely whipped cream and candy garnish, with less than a teaspoon of the featured chocolate pudding. On the positive side, the vegetarian strudel (a la carte) did live up to its billing. But overall, it was a very disappointing start to our evening...

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went to Sauce on a date night before a concert and loved our experience! We sat in a cozy table by the window which was perfect, because we could chat in peace but the ambient noise was just enough. We ordered the vegetarian pot pie, Brussels sprouts salad, mac & cheese, and pb&j cake and it was all spectacular! The flavors really complemented each other (the sauce on the pot pie was to die for) and best described as comfort food with a kick. Here’s to many happy return trips!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Happily surprised since we tried it with a gift certificate. Food was delicious and fresh. Nice neighborhood gem. Would recommend for everyone ( foodies included)

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Love the food here and the presentation of it! Great cocktails too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent small plates and the shared ribeye dinner was superb! A 5 star experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Highly recommended. The majority of our party couldn't make the reservation due to traffic. The two who made it were treated warmly. They were moved to a table of two, had a wonderful meal, and met us at the theatre on time. Can't wait to get back into the city and try again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

From the tomato bisque to the excellent deviled eggs - garnished with a knob of maple bacon - every element of our meal was exceptional. We were a party of 5, including 2 vegetarians, and we were all quite satisfied. Plates were lovely and portions were close to perfect.
We look forward to coming back for the bowl of bacon, to explore the desseet menu, and to be served by a staff that is efficient, joyous and most helpful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have eaten here before and was excited to return to Sauce because of our previous good experience. This time, however, it wasn't. The service was minimal to poor. The waiter was curt and seemed to want to get away from our table as soon as possible, sometimes doing so before we even had a chance to ask him a question. Two of us had the short ribs pot roast. The meat, which should have been able to be cut with a fork in that kind of dish, was extremely tough. I mentioned that to waiter and pointed out the woman at the adjourning table left most of it over because it was tough, but he mumbled a few words and rushed off again. Sorry, but we will never eat here again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food at sauce was excellent. I had forgoten also, how affordable their wine list is which made things even better. The manager of Sauce was very nice and helpful as i went there for a special occasion. Our waiter may have been a little upset as it took us time to order. Also, the manager is very aware of the fact that you could be going to a show nearby and completely interested in accomodating your needs.

The food was excellent, I had the some beef stew we tasted both the chicken and the vegeterian dishes. The devil eggs with bacon were excellent too.

It looked like a good place to go for dinner with your kids before a show, less hype than other restaurand nearby.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I've eaten @ Sauce twice now in 2 weeks so I was able to really examine the offerings. The one thing that I'd suggest could be improved upon was the beet salad. On my first visit I ordered the Brussel sprout salad, which was great. I noticed that the beet salad had a nice slice of Humboldt bay type cheese on it, so on my 2nd visit I ordered the beet salad. But darn, no yummy cheese - only some shredded something on it. The Salmon was consistently great each time as was the Rib-Eye special. Loved the mushroom fries :) Lovely waiters & the corkage is nicely reasonable @ $15 (much appreciated!). No time for dessert (off to the theatre!)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was super and the service was attentive. Thanks for an enjoyable meal. We look forward to returning

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food! Especially the Tater Tots! Portions are smaller but the food is excellent. Quick and friendly service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I arrived a few minutes earlier than my friend. The maitre d' quickly offered me the choice of having a drink at the bar or waiting at the table. Such is not always the case in this town. (Later, hHis "thank you" and "have a good evening" was equally gracious.)

That greeting set the ambiance for an easy dining experience. Service was a little haphazard, eg, someone brought out a salad and an entree at the same time, clearly confused because we had said we'd share dishes pre--theatre. A second round of drinks went unfilled until a glass was held in the air to catch the server's eye. So, the flow of the service didn't match the tasty character of all dishes served: deviled eggs w bacon, Caesar salad, pot roast, and S'more dessert). Still, it wasn't enough to deter me from returning to this well-situated restaurant, for performing arts activities along Van Ness Ave/Civic Center.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were totally delighted. The food was unique and excellent. Service was just right - not too much, not too little. Highly recommend!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were going to the symphony and had dinner before the performance. Everything at Sauce was exceptional. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious. It was a perfect start to our evening.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We had a meal before a concert at the Jazz Center. Very convenient to our show and the food was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have been coming here since it opened. I always have great service. The food is always well prepared. They have an interesting cocktail menu. They have a hotel above them too. Great place for a small or large table. They have a second great location down town as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lovey. Just a bit loud.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

All the food was very good. Salmon was tasty and moist. New England Clam Chowder was smokey and buttery. Salads crisp and refreshing. Chicken Parm - I great update on a classic. Our server disappeared. She wouldn't tell us the specials until the sixth person in our party arrived. She rolled her eyes at us. Despite telling her we have concert tickets, she disappeared resulting in us flagging down another waiter to get our check. She never returned to the table. Awful experience! The food will have me back one more time, but if there is another experience like this - never again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing! Everyone enjoyed their meals and all left with a full stomach!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love it. Great place for tapas and drinks

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

We dine at Sauce frequently, especially before
attending concerts. We like the variety
of plates and portions, the changing salad
offerings, and are invariably satisfied with
our selections. Lately, we were particularly
impressed with the brussels sprouts salad.
And the desserts are always scrumptious.
Sauce is truly a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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