Sociale - San Francisco

4.8
2001 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
What 2001 people are saying
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4.7
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4.8
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4.4
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Noise · Quiet
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RosemaryK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful patio dining with heat lamp, attentive but non-intrusive staff, absolutely delicious food. The scallop appetizer was especially sublime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance

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vipLindaB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I usually enjoy a very hood meal here. Food was not edible … puzzled?!?!

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TF05
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and very charming with the patio entrance and intimate dining areas. Very nice service as well.

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vipplongwalkings
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feels like you are at a European restaurant. Lovely Sat night dinner with friends.

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vipfish
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delightful evening…friendly staff and my scallops were delicious. We will definitely return.

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Latviaprof
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck papardelle was superb. Service was friendly. Romantic hideaway.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and delicious food!

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vipThane
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT SERVICE. VERY KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT WINE. MEAL WAS EXCELLENT.

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vipInveterate
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch. Everything we ordered was great. Our waiter was wonderful - friendly, helpful. He even suggested we could order half orders of pasta when we couldn’t decide which one to get. Very pleasant experience with a delicious birthday treat to top it off. Always will be at the top of my list.

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vipDavidR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious from start to finish. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and recommended an outstanding Italian wine. Each of our party of four had something different and we were all happy with our choices. I highly recommend Sociale, especially for those, like us, who haven't dined there in a while.

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vipMargaretS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!!

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tjt1
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Owner and waiter were very friendly but halfway through our time there we were pretty much abandoned by our waiter. While the restaurant was fairly busy there seemed to be enough staff.
Hard to tell what happened but it affected our dining experience at a restaurant which seems to hold itself to higher standards.

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SteveG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sociale’s patio is fantastic. A lovely time and the scallops and the special orecchiette with pork were fantastic

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Eric
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Stephanie, the maitre d, was exceptional

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DaveC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The salads were great along with the 2 pasta dishes, my game hen was burnt and I probably should have sent back. The deserts were also good. I think I will give them a pass as the kitchen is still probably recovering from Covid. Other all a fun place to dine.

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RichC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was was nice staff pleasant helpful and efficient
Good food
Tasty warm and served in a timely manner
Overall clean and very nice ambience
Prices good
I will come back

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leneh
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday treat. My first time Delicious food.

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GDiP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great SF restaurant, set in the quiet Pacific Heights neighborhood, and I have been there dozens of times in 15 years, for quiet intimate dinners for two, and for weekends and mid-week dinners with family and friends. Great Italian food, done in an authentic manner, daily specials, a very good wine list, and attentive service. There are tables inside in a well appointed quiet dining room, and outdoor tables in a private quiet courtyard. Worth a try for both locals and tourists with an interest in well prepared Italian food in a relaxed setting.

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EddieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Latviaprof
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a wonderful San Francisco hideaway.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful solo dinner while visiting. So nice to enjoy a lively setting while still feeling very safe. Courtyard seating was lovely, and they are serving indoors as well. The halibut was fabulous, as was the Barolo recommended by my server. Highly recommended!

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Kathy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We found the service staff to be "disengaged" - our food was sort of thrown at us by the servers and there was little attempt to be pleasant, except for the sommelier and the hostess.

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Fran
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside lunch was pleasant, noise level reasonable enough for conversation. Seared scallops with green pea puree listed as appetizer but perfect for light lunch capped off with one of the best lattes in town.

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vipJKayH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
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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Roberto
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
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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Evan
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipnoname
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in their warm and delightful courtyard.

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vipFrequentdiner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
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
8 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!

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 2001 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.