Sociale - San Francisco

4.8
1981 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Sociale (say - "SO-SHEE-AH-LAY!") was born in the bistros of Florence and raised here in Presidio heights. Laughter and Italian music are heard floating up from the star-lit, heated patio greeting you from the discreet garden alley below. Families and friends leaving the frenetic pace of the city behind can experience a lighter and decidedly more Italian mood celebrating in our new private dining room, the traditional room or on the patio as the irresistible scents of warm pastas, herb-infused meats, and the sweet honey and nut coated sfingi with vanilla bean gelato shake permeate the surrounding space. Bewitching and eclectic wines from Italy and California complement the weekly changing menus that Chef Tia Harrison crafts with joy and delight for our neighborhood friends!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipJKayH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner - all 4 of us loved our meals. The wine was good too. Great service and loved the atmosphere.

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Evan
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good portions, great service. I will definitely be coming back.

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Roberto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our hostess and greeter named Stephanie was awesome. Our busser and waiter were friendly, courteous and their timing throughout the night was perfect. We were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary and wanted to spend it in the City. Sociale is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that serves Michellin quality food. My wife loved her Halibut and my Wagyu New York Steak was prepared perfectly. Our sides were scrumptious. The Sommelier recommended a Pinot with our deep fried olives and bread, Wow. Our server suggested a Barbaresco with my steak, spot on. Deserts were Chocolate Oblivion Cake, Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding and espresso for two. Every aspect of service was top notch. When service is amazing and the food matches, it makes for a most memorable, filling evening.

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vipnoname
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in their warm and delightful courtyard.

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vipFrequentdiner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Staff are friendly, personable and always professional. they provide great service. Food is consistently delicious. Both patio and inside dining spaces are wonderful. Great restaurant for any occasion!

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vipNancyS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor setting. Great fresh and well prepared food. Service is excellent.

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aljoe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience—- thank you

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MollyC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really like Sociale. The food is very good, the atmosphere (in-door and outside) is lovely, the service is attentive but non-pretentious and the prices are reasonable. If we lived within walking distance we would eat there once a week (and we are both pretty good cooks). The house-made pastas are all delicious.

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vipRavishasta
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Sociale is amazing
Great food great wine
They make you feel like you are at home while enjoying a terrific meal

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Likesfood
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

They were half an hour late getting our table, after a rather abrupt message that they would only hold our table if we were less than ten minutes late.
They ended up giving us a table that they had been using for supplies. It was a small two-top halfway into their doorway, usually used for waiters and busboys to shortcut between tables. It was both cold and uncomfortable, with my guest being bumped into by every passing waiter.
The was very little variety in their small menu. I had the only fish dish. My guest ordered the waygu beef, at $48, which appeared as a slab of rare (medium rare was requested), fatty, gristly meat; the waiter didn’t even know what kind of meat- that is, what part of the animal did the meat come from. He was so disappointed we had to return it and exchange it for another dish. We finally were able to move out of the doorway. No, the staff didn’t suggest it, but we saw the table open up and just took it. During all this, we had a few unsatisfactory conversations with the manager (we presumed) who was snippy and defensive. We ended up skipping dessert, just to get out of there. Never again!

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StevenH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I grew up with stronger spicing. They rely on natural food flavors, which I actually applaud, and the ingredients they source are splendid, so my "very good" rather than "outstanding" is me nitpicking. But not sure of value. I'm sure like everyone they need to capitalize on the covid reopening but crab appetizer was way too much for too little and bland. But pasta was through the roof (which was open - so romantic), veal and dessert were special, and nice diverse crowd. And nice wine by glass and half bottle list along with prodigious full bottle list.

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patm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still feel comfortable eating outdoors, so, this is the best place--no noise and away from the elements!! Food, service, and atmosphere are great!!

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KaySG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and Wonderful.
Sociale is a long-time favorite of mine but my guest had never been before. On hearing that, the server brought us each a slender flute of sparkling wine to welcome her. And the food was, as ways, amazing. Always an incredible experience.

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DonC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. We thought the wine prices were high and the night we went had two very noisy tables with women who didn’t realize how loud they were.

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vipCPAFoodie
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is a small group of us from Saint Ignatius parish that are finally willing to venture out for lunch once per month. The outdoor dining space at Sociale is GREAT since it is WAY back from the street so super quiet. They have heat lamps (which we did not need) so outdoor evening dining would be an option. The food was better than I remembered - we all ate EVERYTHING on our plates!

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DavidL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last night before moving out of San Francisco (across the Bay to Oakland!). A really special restaurant with wonderful service, ambience and menu.
Thank you so much. We WILL be back!

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vipERG3
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great protected patio and interesting, diverse menu. Oh and a terrific wine list to boot.

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vipRico
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rarely do we try out a new restaurant and EVERTHING is perfect and delicious. Wow. What a gem! And, Steve our server was wonderful!

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vipLindaB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful outdoor space ... fabulous food with solid service from knowledgeable staff.

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Jacqui
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I dine here often as it is our neighborhood hangout. We brought friends from out of town here for lunch. They just raved about the food and ambience.

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vipNortoon
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor setting. Delicious food. Thoughtful attentive service. A neighborhood gem!!

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CalC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family came here to celebrate two birthdays and we could not have picked a better restaurant for the occasion. Our waiter and wine steward treated our party royally and with great attentiveness. Everything we selected for our meal was outstanding—preparation, presentation, and flavors. We will definitely return and not just for special occasions.

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kens
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a wonderful patio with heaters. Service was excellent.

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Giannetta1
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Because there were 3 of us we had to wait too long. All appropriate size tables were reserved for larger parties regardless of our reservation. The time previously we waited over an hour- again regardless of our reservation. No server nor manager checked on us. The dish I ordered was so spicy hot I could not eat it - but no staff came by to ask “how is your dinner?”
It’s not the Sociale we are accustomed to. Sad about that.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Great wine selection and really interesting by the glass selections. I had the rabbit pappardelle and fried olives for apps. Great experience in a cute courtyard and will come back again.

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Hill
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sociale is one of my favorite SF restaurants! It is a gem of a space that gives me NY vibes on the patio. The food and presentation is always amazing and the wait staff is so friendly and professional! The best place to enjoy a warm SF day and to celebrate with friends/loved ones!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed the food, drinks, service, and ambiance. Would highly recommend for a nice, COVID-safe outdoor dining experience.

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mmmm
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still a delightful restaurant, but the food isn't as exciting as it once was. The pork chop was fatty and a bit tough, the fried brussels sprouts and kale were somewhat greasy, and the profiteroles were dry. Service was excellent, tho. However, I'd planned on bringing wine but the website - which needs updating - said that wasn't allowed. The menu, however, indicated otherwise. I'm sure with time things will improve. It was nonetheless a lovely place for a gathering.

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katier
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sociale is my favorite restaurant in all of SF! My boyfriend and I come here at least once a week. Steve and the rest of the staff provide incredible service and equally delicious food.

Can't say enough good things about them!

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vipjeffreyg
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience and the food. very much. Great little place and would definitely recommend.

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SueT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the vegetarian option and my friend had the burger. Both were excellent.

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vipDonnaColson
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was attentive, safe/clean. Cozy and intimate setting that delivers on a cold SF night. Lovely wine list with a curated offering by the sommelier that was a perfect addition to the meal. Love this intimate, friendly dining establishment. So happy they survived!

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vipLindaB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place to dine. It was perfect in every way—delicious and so pleasant and the service so well done.

JK
vipJoeK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good football

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vipblaineb
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice day to gather outside for lunch. Burgers and Caesar salads were popular. Heat lamps and umbrellas available.

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vipPeterV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining at Sociale was a great way to transition back into dining in SF.

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vipdjsf
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional!

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joannes
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Is a great place to lunch and have a conversation. Food is great

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vipFantastic
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service impeccable and warm. Food outstanding. Thank you

FAQs

Sociale - San Francisco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 921-3200.

Sociale - San Francisco is rated 4.8 stars by 1981 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.