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Sauce: Gough

4.2
2305 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2305 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
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3.8
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great, solid American food done up nicely, in a quiet, pleasant place with attentive (not overbearing) service. My martini was cold (nice presentation), and the mini-meatloaf appetizer was a standout (4 pieces, wrapped in bacon, sitting on a dollop of mashed potatoes). My fish dish was cooked perfectly (with asparagus and mashed potatoes), and the beef stroganoff was appropriately rich and hearty. Only suggestion: I miss the steak for 2 (used to be served sliced thin on a long serving dish)...I don't know why this place isn't packed all the time...

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

6 people different items and we all enjoyed it. Great desserts. It was quiet enough for us to have a conversation but not a quietly, stiff place.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Brought a large group for an early supper. Service was great! Food was DELICIOUS!!! There were 12 of us, and everyone LOVED their entrée! A few tried the Salmon, some the Fish -- I had the Stroganoff (WOW!!!) Try the Mushroom Fries -- such a delicacy! Located just a couple of blocks away from War Memorial. Quaint, charming, and GREAT FOOD!!!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Fantastic! My new 'fav'!
The deep fried lobster wontons were luscious and the Brussels sprouts salad inspired.
BEST chocolate dessert (warm choc brownie) I've had in a long time!
Plus, a great Negroni - I tend to avoid "craft" cocktails. They can be weird.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Overall just a wonderful experience! Food is always superb. Was greeted upon entrance. Waitress was amazing. Had the special which was the ribeye. Just amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food for a reasonable price. Very welcoming. Small plates exceptional for a group. Go to place for late night after a show! Or a date night! Excellent!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

For the price the food was just ok. Service was great. Have had better food there in previous visits. Not sure I would or would not recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

tres classique, rien d'innovant ou remarquable. no overseas wine on the wine list

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It’s unfortunate because I’ve been a Sauce fan for years and have even held by 30th bday here, 7 years ago. Tonight seems really low energy with small turnout. Combine that with many of the favorites missing from the menu, it just hum drum.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I do not have any real fault to find, other than the fact that my overall satisfaction just was not that high.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This restaurant is good but not great. Convenient to the Civic Center/Symphony Hall area and good for pre-concert dinner. The menu is very limited. The chef is trying to be too creative and does not include enough basic items. The food is rather bland, but like a lot of restaurants they are trying to appeal to the lowest level of taste to bring in more diners with "creativity". But the good result is a quiet, sometimes half filled dining room so it's comfortable. The service is very good and attentive, but the place is obviously trying to figure out what it wants to be from a food standpoint rather than just copy everyone else.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We went there before going to SF Jazz. The food was very good, though the selections were few. Our server was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Mediocre food, good service, but rushed even though we were not going to an event. The ant in the drink did not help. Yuk.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Excellent food, but overpriced. Excellent service. Quiet atmosphere. Be prepared for a expensive meal than mayi have been anticipated.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I had the shrimp, kale and grits - all very good. Also, the complimentary bread was especially good.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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!!!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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).

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great time. Thank you

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Small plates interesting and excellent

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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