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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!
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Locust St./Spruce St.
$31 to $50
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The staff is very entertaining as well as very knowledgeable dining consultants!
Please contact the General Manager for a conversation on the details of your unique event.
Very easy to park on the street close to the restaurant most every evening.
MUNI: 1 California, 33 Ashbury, 43 Masonic
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sociale is the perfect place for an intimate, private affair of 55 people or fewer for a full sit-down dinner or 75 for a standing cocktail reception.
Sociale Ratings and Reviews
WE just discovered Sociale, only to learn it's been there for 15 years! It's tucked away in an alley and in a location that used to be the stable for the fire station across the street 100 years ago.
The food was delicious, and the service was, to my taste, superb. Our waiter was completely relaxed and unpretentious, attentive without hovering. He let us take our time ordering and even gleaned from snippets of our converstaion, or perhaps by spotting the cards, that we were celebrating something so he brought us a birthday dessert on the house. Truly outstanding.
Doesn't live up to the hype. I ordered their famous polenta fries as an extra side dish. When I told the waiter that they were flavorless, his response was, "Yeah...a lot of people have been saying that", and then he just walked away. There was no offer to bring a replacement or to remove the fries from our bill. The rest of the meal was mediocre.
Sociale is one of those great neighborhood restaurants where you can actually find parking since it is located in Presideo Heights. The dishes are very creative and feature fresh ingredients of the season. The atmosphere is cozy and not stuffy. The staff is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.
I've walked by this place a million times and never gone in. Just a nice local old-school type of place with great service and very good food. Not a super hot or trendy SF restaurant and no $12 valet line like Spruce across the street. Just feel authentic. If I lived nearby I would be there all the time.
We love Sociale. It's tucked away in Presidio Heights where parking can always be easily found. The welcome is warm and comforting; the food is great (love the polenta fries); the service is good; the price is not outrageous. It has become our go-to spot when we're in the neighborhood .
We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my roommate at her favorite place. Fortunately, it reopened after repairs for water damage just in time. The restaurant is lovely at night with that wonderful ambiance of laid back but sophisticated diners enjoying great conversation and good food. Our service couldn't have been better from the bus boy, to the waiter to the wine steward. They treated us with attention, care and like old friends (in a professional manner). Food was delicious: we had scallops and bone marrow for the first, then the pici and pappardelle pastas, the flounder and two lovely desserts - the chocolate oblivion cake (gratis for the birthday) and a banana concoction that I had doubts about choosing but it was scrumptious. Will return many times.
The wait staff was wonderfully trained...he did not hover but was incredibly attentive. He brought us a taste of wine because we had been asking about it...despite the fact we ordered another wine. The food was beautifully presented as well as delicious. Nothing was rushed. We had a delightful evening with friends.
Had brunch for the first time at Sociale on Saturday. Cozy decor. Nice menu. We had the crab and avocado appetizer with pea shoot ribbons - delicious. I had the chicken salad, which was pretty good. Nothing special and quite small (at $18). My friends both had seafood stew, which was tasty. Wine list is high end, so we went for a carafe of one of the whites - fine for brunch. Overall we found the service a bit lacking, low attention, and we were abut taken aback when they essentially kicked us out to close after lunch, even though there were several customers still eating. Not a good way to end the meal. 😔
Lovely cozy and warm place. Great personal service, friendly and not rushed. Delicious hen with fried kale and Brussels sprouts. Interesting wine list. The wine expert knew his wines.
The cheese plate could have used a little more diverse flavors but textures were varied. I can hardly wait to return.
We were a table of five. Two of us ordered the butternut squash gnocchi and the other three ordered the special pork shoulder, the lamb, the duck pappardelle. The gnocchi was extremely undercooked, heavy, chewy, and very dry, with almost no sauce or flavor. It took some time to attract the waiter, but he did immediately offer to prepare something else. I asked my table if they had a dish to recommend. Not one highly recommended the dish they had; the duck and the lamb were the favorites. They did not charge for the gnocchi. Sociale did everything to correct it but the food needs to be better. We haven't been there for awhile, so maybe it was a bad night.
The service was really great: we got recommended wines based on our preferences and got tastes of a bunch before we made our pick. He spent a lot of time going over each one, and was just very thoughtful and patient. Our waiter was also really nice and attentive, and gave us good recommendations and was always there ready for any questions or comments.
The food was also really delicious. The mushroom risotto was the best, it was the most umami taste I've ever experienced in a meal. Spaghetti was also good, and the appetizers were solid. You can't really go wrong with sea salt chocolate cake, but this one also went really right, and wasn't too sweet, and the texture was just so consistent and smooth.
Everything was great - truly excellent - all the way up to the end of the meal. We had finished our coffees and paid the bill. We wanted to sit and chat some more...the restaurant wasn't crowded, there were a few empty tables and no one was waiting at the door. Two separate times someone came by to ask if we needed anything further. By the second time, we got upset and got up and left. It felt like we were being hurried. It is perfectly fine to say, i'm sorry, there's actually another party coming in and we'll need your table. But this passive-aggressive tactic was unpleasant. We have been customers for years and love it here. Please consider a different tactic next time - thank you.
We dined here during SF Restaurant Week and lunch was outstanding. We chose the seared scallops to start followed by the pork giglia (5 stars) and fish stew (3 stars) and finished with a pear apple pudding (4 stars)...excellent wine list with decent wine pours by the glass. Knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. One of my favorite restaurants.
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