Sociale - San Francisco

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1727 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Light dinner on a hot night on a cool patio after a Warriors win.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sociale is spectacular from start to finish!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A longtime favorite, especially inside where it is quiet. Small, lovely food, good wine.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at this restaurant friendly staff and food is super good, serving is just right.

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OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goon is excellent. Mollie charming and Josh , a great guy.
I’ll always come back.

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed with reasonable prices for great food. Very good service- friendly and attentive. Always a favorite with us. Topped of with pastry/ milkshake as usual.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Sweet neighborhood setting, have been there 3 times over last few yrs and always have a wonderful, enjoyable meal w friends! Excellent wine list

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food amazing. The sommelier fantastic !

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HS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was like Sicily-a welcomed and pleasant surprise in a comfortable, cozy environment of locals, many celebrating special occasions. The wine and food was superb, from beginning to end. I only regret waiting so long to try this restaurant.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came at 5pm when Sociale opened after a theater performance downtown.
Easy to get to, parking a breeze. Very casually paced experience...3 of my
friends had never been and all said they would be back. I’ve been enjoying
their food and ambience since they opened... both are impeccable. Now that I’m
living out of the city, it’s wonderful to bypass all the hype of a newest “hot” spot
that’s impossible to get a reservation for and so loud that you swear never again.
We had the avocado toast and burrata salad for apps and and a couple daily special
salad for starters shared by the table. The citrus, toasted pistachios, goat cheese
and arugula w/ radicchio were awesome. Entrees included their sole w/ a side of
wild mushroom risotto, 2/enormous bone in pork chops, gigli pasta special with
short rib ragu, and a scallop/shrimp w/ lemon and roasted veggies. EVERYONE
was in heaven. Our waiter and sommelier were indispensable, everything carefully
crafted and organic, just can’t say enough. Goat cheese cheesecake with lemon
curd so sublime. Can you tell we liked it A+++++‼️

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LG
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining in the charming patio transports one to a cozy bistro in Italy. Food, service, and ambiance are all wonderful!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super attentive wait staff and extraordinary food. As always. Love this place.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Neighborhood gem!
Good food, interesting wines from California and Italy

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is great the food is incredible and it’s a cozy place to eat. A little noisy at times when it was busy. But nice anyway. Very Pricey but worth it for a special occasion .

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JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The kitchen was very slow, it was almost an hour before we were served our main course. When we asked for additional bread it was almost thrown on the table by the bus person. My serving of roasted hen was miniscule. It was not the best dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious dining experience. Creative yet comforting food, nice wine list, great atmosphere for a date or intimate family dinner with excellent service. Will definitely dine here again.

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SF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It had been a while since we dined at Sociale. So glad that they are as good as ever! The food might even have improved a little, if that is possible. Only downside is that the word is apparently out, because they were very busy, and it was especially noisy as a result.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went for our anniversary. We decided to share several different dishes. For appetizer, we had the Burrata which was mild and delicious. A worthy investment. For pasta, we had the special which was also really good. For main course, we tried the prawns and halibut with fried brussel sprouts and kale on the side. The prawns and halibut was pretty bland and mushy. Not worth it at all. Tho the fried kale and brussel sprouts was really good. Then we had the Sfingi for dessert. Fried dough with honey and a vanilla milkshake. Complete waste of time and money. The corner donut shop has better fried dough and the milkshake tasted like they used supermarket ice cream. To summarize, $50 was well spent, the other $43 was completely wasted. Will not be going back.

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OT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and love the vibe.

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Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Pasta was ok tho under seasoned. Husbands pork chop was tough and flavorless. Soup was bland.

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FB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Intimate setting. Gracious host and personal/attentive staff. Appetizers and entrees as good as I have experienced at comparable restaurants. We will return. Highly recommended.

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LB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sociale is a favorite restaurant and we love to go there Food is delicious and beautifully presented and the staff is so friendly, caring and attentive. We feel “away” and on a holiday when we’re there.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, appreciated being served earlier than our reservation and thrilled that the noise level was low. (Hope i filled that out correctly in my evaluation ...great to be in a restaurant that was more quiet...at least at 6pm.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food

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HD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Looking forward to returning again!

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DL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our local favorite place. Always good. Always take our out-of-town guests there.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Gnocchi were like hockey pucks, way too much flour in the mix or over worked, and main course fish was so over cooked it was unpleasant, duck pasta was very tasty. One out of three isn't'a good experiecnce.

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SF
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of the best plates in town, especially if you lean on the expertise of the sommelier. Sociale has a very interesting wine list, and it's affordable. Dining in the courtyard is most pleasant, and the background noise muted. My guests always rave about the experience.

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OT
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my go-to for good, reliable, quality food & understated charm. I need a Sociale fix every few weeks or so from NorthBay!

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IT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dogs should not be allowed into patio area. Using a service dog for perfectly able person is fraud.

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KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience and service.
But Papardele pasta was overcooked.

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SJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Gnocchi was literally uncooked. For vegetarians point of view food was not upto the standard with no use of greens in the dishes. But thats is only for vegetarians though

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked this place for a special friend’s birthday celebration. My flight into San Francisco was quite delayed, had to cancel our reservation and just wing it. Sociale took us in late and did not disappoint! From the host to the sommelier to the waiter, cuisine and birthday chocolate slice of heaven. It was a perfect evening.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great ambience, amazing wine list.

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R
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with a European feel tucked into a quiet pedestrian feel. The service was impeccable. The food was good but not terrific.

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood place. We will go back for sure. The outside seating is nice but it was cold, need more heating lamps.

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L
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sociale is consistently excellent. The staff are warm and welcoming and perfectly attentive. The pastas are out of this world. The setting is a sanctuary.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, good ambiance. I recommend!

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E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a romantic cozy hidden jewel that I have been enjoying for many many years and it is never a disappointment. Can be noisy though

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