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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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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Healthy (5)
Tapas (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on January 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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 30, 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 30, 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 24, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 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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·Dined on December 19, 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 18, 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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·Dined on December 18, 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 18, 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 17, 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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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 17, 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 16, 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 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 9, 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 9, 2017

Lovey. Just a bit loud.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 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 7, 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 2, 2017

Love it. Great place for tapas and drinks

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I have been to Sauce several times and have always had good food and service. The Meatloaf bites are great, and my seared salmon was delicious. My husband's pot roast was also great. I love that they're open late!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Had dinner there with friends before we went to the symphony. Made reservations two hours ahead and had a nice leisurely dinner. Got a variety of shared plates, then everyone had their own soup. Was perfect

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sauce was quite fine for a pre-opera dinner with friends. We liked the food and would characterize it as perhaps comfort food. The service was polite, we could hear each other, the costs are moderate by SF standards----we would return.

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

In a city full of great restaurants, this is not one. The meat portions were pathetically small. The sauces unimaginative. No dinner or green salad option. Generally not worth the time or the money.

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

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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