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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
Cute location and patio space. Food was unimpressive. Best main dish of the night was the duck papperdelle. The rest (bolognese and short rib) were passable but nothing special. The donut dessert was nice. I saw 2 girls order 3 slices of the chocolate oblivion cake so maybe that's something to try. Service was quite slow.
I had the prixe fixe menu and selected the tuna crudo, porchetta, and maple bacon cake. The tuna crudo was very good...perhaps the accompanying sauce is a bit too flavorful and masks the flavor of the tuna a little bit. My porchetta was on the dry side which is surprising considering there's an inch of fat around the dish. The accompanying puree had a good flavor. The maple bacon cake was perhaps too sweet for my taste, but my girlfriend found it to be quite delicious. The patio seating is wonderful... it's nice to be outside under some heat lamps. The service was prompt and attentive... though we did wait quite some time for the bill. Overall... a good experience. I would probably give it a second shot because I liked the ambiance
Wanted to thank the restaurant for the little touches, personal attention to detail etc... Food was very good, though the pork chop dish wasn't my favorite of the night, and I do love chops. Nevertheless, the staff was superb, attentive, and the atmosphere extremely comfortable and romantic. Great place. My only bit of criticism was the wine steward wasn't particularly friendly with us, and I'm not sure if it was because we were only ordering a half bottle of domestic wine; saw him smiling with a four top so maybe it was me, not sure. Overall a pleasant night out, and was pleased to have eaten there after having read many great reviews and recommendations.
We were looking forward to our dinner last evening at Sociale. What a disappointment. We were seated at a small table for two next to a very loud group and another large table that was not as distracting. The service was very poor. After taking our order the waitress was nowhere in sight most of the evening. The food was ordinary and the wine was overpriced, $13.50 for a six ounce glass of Chardonnay and $6.50 for a three ounce refill. Neither of which measured near six or three ounces. A half bottle of Chardonnay was $29.00. We waited thirty minutes for our dessert to arrive. We weren
t in a rush to leave but were frustrated by not being able to get anyones attention to inquire about the delay. We will not go back.
Walk down a narrow passageway in a quiet neighborhood, emerging into a charming little covered patio and small building that houses Sociale. This quaint spot serves fresh, simple food prepared with care - you know, like fresh fish that you can actually recognize as the cod taste because it isn't so heavily sauced or salted. Our waiter lacked the subtlety of the surroundings.
We love Sociale. On our recent visit to San Francisco we had lunch there twice. I ordered the exact same items on both occasions because it was so good: Duck Ragu Pappardelle and Arugula Salad with White Bean Crostini. They always have a wonderfully prepared fresh fish dish and other pastas and pizza of the day. Delicious! The outdoor dining area is extremely inviting however the in door seating is just as nice and very cozy. Service is always very good.
Our dining experience was great; however, the wine list was limited in terms of wine by the glass. Only one Chardonnay was offered and it cost $13.50. Ow!
Also, upon receiving our menus, we also received a notice that the restaurant has imposed a mandatory $1.50 charge per diner to cover its new health care costs. It soured the evening a bit -- I'd rather pay $1 more per plate and not know it than pay extra for health care costs that are not really my responsibility.
Finally, and this is really nit-picky, I informed the restaurant in the "comments" section that it was my birthday. I guess it was too much to ask for a complimentary dessert or at least acknowledgment of some sort. Other than that, it was a lovely evening!
We chose Sociale to celebrate our anniversary, and upon alerting the staff to this, the staff took great care of us. In fact, they surprised us with complimentary champagne upon being seated.
This set the mood for a wonderful meal, in which they even split the pasta and entre courses into separate plates for us to share.
Along with fantastic food, the service was both attentive and unintrusive.
I would definitely dine there again soon and recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic setting in this quiet neighborhood.
Sociale is a true San Francisco gem. The location is unique in its garden, below street cozy setting--really wonderfully cosmopolitan. The food is always delicious and fresh--and the ambiance paired with excellent service and a superb wine list will make you want to make Sociale one of your regular haunts.
The food and service were fantastic. One comment, though, the waiter constantly poured the wine for us, so we were apt to drink it faster then order another bottle. We should have let him know that we would control the pouring instead. next time, I will know.
Before moving from the Bay Area 5 years ago, Sociale was a favorite restaurant. We recently returned to find the food to be poorly considered, badly executed and heavy handed. The formerly fine sensibility is absent. A strange red pepper sauce drowning the romaine lettuce would be more appropriate on chicken, it is not appealing as salad dressing. Other sauces were too heavily applied, giving a "gloppy" effect. The dessert: strawberry gelato with little flavor between tasteless, oily pistachio shortbread! When the chef cannot execute as well as the patrons at home in their own kitchens, something needs to change. The venue is wonderful and we hope the food may one day again match the spirit and ambiance of the restaurant
This is one of the great restaurants finds of San Francisco. Tucked away in a discreet location, it caters to regulars who just keep going back--the food is exceptional, and the service personal and attentive. You could not do better for a fun, informal evening, especially dining al fresco.
The food was absolutely delicious and featured seasonal ingredients. It was my mother's birthday and they were very accommodating with a candle on dessert for her. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and plan on returning. You do need to specifically reserve outside tables and I didn't know this so I would suggest this in the future.
this is such a romantic little spot. the staffing is tight so the service is not the most attentive.Did arrive early and we were still seated with a smile - despite the fact that they were clearly busy. It was almost a full house with diners inside and out on the very romantic patio and it still manages to feel cozy, intimate and romantic. With just the right amount of noise/quiet ratio.
This is our second visit and the food has never disappointed.
Everything was delicious. Standouts: You must try the polenta fries; the chocolate cake with sea salt is delicious - but did not gain anything form the olive oil.I will have it a la mode without the olive oil next time.
This is one of my favorite little spots in that area of town. Food is delicious and setting is warm and welcoming. It has a european feel to it, tucked down a little alley. It is a hidden treasure!
The halibut is out of this world and the white bean crostini and arugula salad is one of my favorites. Enjoy!
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