We like Sauce for it's fresh and interesting menu items, clean environment, and vegetarian options. However, this last time that option was disappointing. We were very interested in experiencing the "impossible" meat alternative which we have read about, but aren't able to purchase in retain stores. Unfortunately, this meat alternative was almost impossible to sample, as it was so incorporated into the tomato sauce and zucchini "pasta." Altogether, it was a tasty enough meal, but certainly nothing worth the price tag, and nothing better than I might have thrown together at home. Sorry that this meat alternative wasn't better highlighted, or recognizable.
This disappointment won't, however, stop up from going back in the future.
Mediocre food, good service, but rushed even though we were not going to an event. The ant in the drink did not help. Yuk.
Have been here at least 1/2 dozen times before a Symphony performance. Did not care for the new menu. Better choices before, e. g. sliders, salmon entre. Had crab cakes starter for $18.99 which were two tiny thin crab cakes no larger than a half dollar coin served with a few greens. Totally overpriced. Probably won't be back.
This is one of my favorite places in SF. The food is great with many bistro/pub style selections, entrees, etc. They have a great bar and the best staff. The atmosphere is friendly and low key. Very convenient location too.
Excellent food, but overpriced. Excellent service. Quiet atmosphere. Be prepared for a expensive meal than mayi have been anticipated.
I had the shrimp, kale and grits - all very good. Also, the complimentary bread was especially good.
The Sauce-Gough team clicks on all cylinders. In all the years of eating here, it has been spot-on perfect, from food to friendliness of the staff. THANKS SAUCE-GOUGH!!!
This is our new go to place for before the symphony. Very nice staff, terrific food, reasonably priced. A gem of a restaurant in a safe nad comfortable neighborhood. Healthy walk to Davies Symphony Hall, but that's perfect for an after-dinner wake up! Loved the wild boar pasta, the brussell sprouts leaf salad, and the chicken cutlet. S'mores are delish for dessert - get two orders!
first time at Sauce:Gough. caught an earlier dinner prior to performance at Orpheum and timing, service made for an easy exit. Expected a little more from the Mac&Cheese, and should have opted for the bacon wrapped mini meatloaf, but thought the Vegetarian Strudel was just fantastic (high praise coming from a carnivore).
Great time. Thank you
Great pre-theater spot. Good food, friendly staff.
It is hard to find good vegetarian alternatives in a lot of restaurants serving the pre concert crowd around Hayes Valley/Civic Center. Sauce has a wonderful vegetables in filo dough menu item, as well as great salad options. Perhaps some other items could be served sans bacon, or the like. Will definitely go back.
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.
First Date somehow lasted 4 hrs and never once did the staff try to rush us out. Made a great first date even better
Good location for theater. Great food and good service with a nice wine list.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Small plates interesting and excellent
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.
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.
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.
Went here for SF restaurant week. Don't pay any mind to the Yelp reviews. People we're just overly critical!
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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!
Happily surprised since we tried it with a gift certificate. Food was delicious and fresh. Nice neighborhood gem. Would recommend for everyone ( foodies included)
Love the food here and the presentation of it! Great cocktails too
Excellent small plates and the shared ribeye dinner was superb! A 5 star experience!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!)
The food was super and the service was attentive. Thanks for an enjoyable meal. We look forward to returning