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About Sociale

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!

3665 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Locust St./Spruce St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 921-3200

Website:
http://www.caffesociale.com/

Entertainment:
The staff is very entertaining as well as very knowledgeable dining consultants!

Catering:
Please contact the General Manager for a conversation on the details of your unique event.

Parking Details:
Very easy to park on the street close to the restaurant most every evening.

Public Transit:
MUNI: 1 California, 33 Ashbury, 43 Masonic

Executive Chef:
Tia Harrison

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Sociale is pleased to invite you to join us in a New Year's Eve Celebration! We will be serving a four course dinner to bring in the New Year. Chef Tia Harrison has prepared many selections within each course to choose from.
$95 per person $65 wine pairing.
Ala cart will not be available

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Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2010

Had a miserable lunch there. Obnoxious diners at the next table and the wait staff did nothing to correct the situation. It was aweful. I would not go back !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2010

my friends and i met up and had a LOVELY great meal prior to going to see Eat Pray Love. so perfect. can't wait to get back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2010

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2010

Delightful dinner, welcomes chilidren but doesn't force the entire dining room to share in their dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2010

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2010

I am always very happy with Sociale.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2010

Delicious food, intimate setting, super wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2010

Apps and entrees were bland, except for the branzino, which was drowned in a heavy, overly salty "gravy." Food has gone downhill since our last visit a few years ago.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2010

Noise level was the only negative. Food was imaginative and wonderful, as was the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2010

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Great food and service. This is my second time bringing friends to Sociale and we were again delighted with our lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2010

We loved this litle gem and will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2010

Wonderful food, small but interesting menu... the tuna tartare appetizer with figs was outstanding. The wine list is also good, and the explanations of non-California wines the server gave us was spot-on! Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 17, 2010

we had a fabulous meal with greats service! lovely romantic setting , outside on the patio

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2010

It was not fully booked so quieter than usual which made the whole experience a real treat. An intimate, cozy, tucked away spot with great food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Nice menu, great food! Something for everyone to love. We all loved the white bean crostini with arugula salad. Friendly, and efficient service. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 14, 2010

My favorite restaurant in the city. I love their simple menu, good honest food not overly complicated. Great flavors, great wine, great people

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Really, really delightful dinner. I was really pleased that two of us who have special needs could be accommodated so easily. Thank you.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2010

Got very noisy as the restaurant filled up

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2010

stuffed, fried olives were different & great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2010

Sociale was a delight as always. We ordered a bunch of plates to share between the two of us, and our server brought them split onto separate plates. We tried the fish this time and it was delicious; the white bean crostino was as good as ever.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2010

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2010

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2010

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2010

This was our first visit . We will be back. We had a lovely lunch indoors but we would love to come back for outdoor seating area. Wine list is exceptional, as was the service and the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2010

Sociale provides a sophisticated city feel in a comfortable warm setting. The food was delicious and the wait staff was wonderful. Definitely a place to stay where you want to stay and linger.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2010

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.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 12, 2010

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2010

While the food was good, we found it on the pricey side. The service was average. Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked. The restaurant was a hidden gem tucked away in an alley. Glad we tried it but will not return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2010

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2010

Best dinner at Sociale yet. Great flavors, excellent (helpful, not snooty) service, wonderful experience end to end. This is my "go to" spot for reliably good food, innovative wine choices, and tables where you can actually hear each other speak.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2010

Sociale is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco. The food is fabulous, the staff is professional yet friendly. I love how it's tucked away, and walking down the cute little pathway to the cozy patio and restaurant always feels warm and welcoming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2010

Although the food was fresh and well cooked, the noise was so loud in this place I could not hear my dinner companion across the table, I had to ask him to shout above the din.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2010

Really delicious, well priced and simple food. Highly recommended

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2010

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2010

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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