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Sorella, San Francisco, CA

Sorella

4.6
4.6
139 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Meet Sorella, a spirited new Italian restaurant from the team behind Acquerello. Grounded in tradition but contemporary in style, Sorella is a convivial restaurant and bar from a group of deeply passionate hospitality professionals that value warmth and gracious hospitality.

With a dynamic kitchen led by Chef Denise St. Onge, overseen by our esteemed Executive Chef Suzette Gresham and an innovative cocktail program highlighting many of the unique spirits of Italy, Sorella is an exciting addition to the Bay Area culinary scene. Located at the crest of Polk, Sorella incorporates the history and legacy of Italy into a vibrant, modern-day bar and restaurant.

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Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 359-1212

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Denise St. Onge

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Should you have trouble finding parking, there is the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street, between Polk St. and Van Ness) located approximately two blocks from the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BR

    BarbaraR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    The food was average, service was slightly indifferent and the price was too high. I would definitely not return nor recommend.

  2. S

    Sharon

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    new favorite. absolutely blown away!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    We were very encouraged with the first course mushroom soup which was absolutely delicious, nicely seasoned and very satisfying. The Budinot was under seasoned and an interesting with unnecessarily crunchy asparagus and under seasoned custard. The artichokes were under seasoned as well without much underlying basic flavor. The ravioli were pasty and completely under seasoned as was The special pasta of the day which had absolutely no perfume of the ocean and sea urchin which we would have expected. The cheesecake and I forgot all contrariwise were both executed quite well.

  4. P

    Presidio

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The restaurant is modern with non-heavy furnishings. Being on a corner wrapped with windows, the atmosphere is light and airy. The food and service were simply outstanding. The menu is creative with several unique and tasty offerings.

  5. m

    minmmk

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastico!!!

  6. CT

    ChefTom

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Over the top service. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. We'll be back and will send our friends.

  7. a

    apayne

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, beautiful space and lovely service. We will definitely go back on our next visit to SF.

  8. M

    Marie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    A bit disappointed but delicious. Sorella is a newer spot, but at this point the kinks should be worked out. We waited about 20 minutes for our second course and another 40 for our mains. The food was great but nothing spectacular. We excitedly ordered the Timballo - the bottom layer was so tough you couldn't cut through it.

  9. M

    Mateo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Super fun ambiance. Really attentive servers! The “not your Nonna’s spritz” is one of the better cocktails I’ve ever had. Killer desserts. However, it was more expensive than comparable restaurants.

  10. ED

    EveningDiner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Very interesting menu and thoughtful wine selections. Reasonably priced. A bit on the "high energy" side which appeals to some.

  11. DB

    DanaB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    Felt very crammed into my small booth for a fairly expensive dinner. Ruined the experience. Food was great, but comfort is important.

  12. L

    Lulusf

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The welcome upon entering was warm and restaurant interior is stylish but not fussy. There is a nice buzz to the place, with some families intermixed with young couples and older guests like us.We had a nice conversation with our wait person and she gave us ample time to choose from the menu, which offered so many delicious sounding items! We started with a cocktail, the Amaro Mule, which was refreshing and not too boozy, just right as an aperitif. Our first course was the big-eye tuna with a Sicilian style sauce with capers, eggplant and raisins. We also opted for the house focaccia. Both were excellent! We followed this with two pastas that we shared, the prime rib agnolotti with morel mushrooms and the squid ink pasta with lobster and yellow tomato confit. Both were very good but of the two the squid ink pasta was spectacular! When served (beautifully plated) the portions looked small but they were really just right and we were very satisfied. We saved just enough room to try dessert and chose the caramel semifreddo which we shared, outstanding! As we paid the bill they brought a tray of house baked cookies as a send off! We were celebrating an anniversary and every staff member, whether removing plates or serving food or wine took a moment to congratulate us! It made for a special evening indeed and we highly recommend Sorella! It is not inexpensive but there is true value in the elevated cooking and warmth of the staff.

  13. z

    zalophus

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fas,t knowledgeable and attentive service, and great food. Bit noisy, but this is San Francisco.

  14. NZ

    NathanielZ

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service from the staff was friendly and attentive. Our food options were great, along with the drink menu.

  15. AL

    AndrewL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Innovative Italian fare, great cocktails and dessert at a lively, boisterous well designed space. Loved the meal and had a lot of fun!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, wine, spirits, and service!

  17. A

    Anmari

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service and enjoyable atmosphere. We will be back!

  18. R

    Ronmsf1000

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful time at Sorella. So many delightful dishes, complex flavors, lovingly crafted. Our server was helpful, relaxed and friendly. The ambience was lively without being noisy. A real gem!

  19. SC

    kcinSC

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The staff could not be more delightful and well trained. The food is innovative and carefully prepared—some dishes more than others. The prices are on the high side, but that’s the new normal. A welcome addition to the dining scene.

  20. r

    reviewk

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Delightful. Great experience at the bar with recommendation re bubbly to start the evening. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food and wines by the glass. The bottles: it was a high quality, reasonably priced wine list. The egg yolk tonarelli was delicious. The tuna ‘en saor’ was very good…but I have been chasing the memory of an otherworldly fresh sardines en saor from a lunch in Chioggia, Italy, six years ago.

  21. AL

    AntoniaL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the restaurant, it has a great ambiance and the food is exquisite.

  22. DK

    DKfromEastBay

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Seeking a 'newer' place to dine with 2 other couples, I was able to grab a 6ppl rsvp here. We got there at our RSVP time and was immediately seated at our table (even though the place was packed). Cocktails were legitimate - Old fashioned for me, the Italian (57?) for wifey. Since we had a bigger group, we decided to order family style where we'd share everything. The brussel sprouts were my fave of the appy round. Unlike most other places' brussel sprouts, they had some vinegar and some sort of sweetness that gives them a lot of flavor. In the pasta round, spring pea capallacci and fiorentini were tops on my list. The capalacci had this light cream sauce that was so good, I asked our waiter for some house bread so that I could soak up the remaining sauce. The fiorentini had this spiced lamb bolognese that was full of rich flavor. Wine list is all Italian but the somm was very helpful in narrowing it down to one. The bottle that 1st came out had a bad cork and it showed on the tasting, so he quickly brought out a 2nd bottle w/o hesitation. Certainly would go back here to try more of the pasta selection.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very delicious. Beautifully executed, focused menu with fun interesting flavors and ingredients.

  24. DM

    DebbieM

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The pork had a lot of fat and the glasses of wine are small. The timballlo was very good.

  25. VB

    VickiB

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my first visit and we all loved it. It's casual and quiet but the food is outstanding, worthy of a high-end restaurant. In fact, the three of us enjoyed the food so much we decided our next visit to a restaurant will be back to Sorella. You must have the artichoke and stracciatella appetizer if it is still on the menu. I've never had such an interesting and incredibly delicious appetizer. My friends had the parmesan budino appetizer. Each of us had a different pasta, and the list sounds amazing. So just choose what sounds good to you. If you like dark chocolate, then have one of the best desserts on the planet, the dark chocolate budino.

  26. RL

    RingLeader1

    San Francisco

    318 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    318 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Wanted to like this restaurant more, but it’s good. We had the artichoke salad, crab salad, Parmesan budino, short rib agnolotti, dry aged beef timballo, striped bass and the saffron fiorentini. For dessert the Strawberry Cheesecake and the bourbon caramel semifredo. For drinks the Sorella Sour, tasty and $2 of the same go to support the Ukrainian relief effort and Not Your Nonna’s Spritz, also tasty. There are many Amaro on the menu, fun to explore.

  27. RD

    RonD

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Desserts were fantastic!!

  28. M

    Maxi

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cocktails were spectacular. Every dish was terrific as well as the service!

  29. SK

    SylviaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food , creative cocktails and best of all the service was welcoming and helpful.

  30. M

    Mack

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The Spanish Mackeral was not fresh. Warm boudin could be had in any third-class Italian hotel. Osso Bucco was not bad, but not at the level of a would-be top-class restaurant. Everything was over-priced. Bar service was informed and good.

  31. LB

    LindaB

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Fabulous food and service. Unfortunately, tables are too close together for an intimate dinner.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great service.

  33. JM

    JoMama

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was over the top amazing! Cocktails were creative and beautiful. Food by Chef Denise was so delicious that we’re still thinking about it… Servers were perfect - attentive and knowledgeable with helpful suggestions. Cannot wait to go back!

  34. WR

    WillR

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were outstanding. Beautiful restaurant.

  35. CB

    CynthiaB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Menu interesting and good choices. The polenta though was bland.

  36. MD

    MichaeleD

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Delicious food in a casual setting. We found the meal most enjoyable.

  37. J

    John

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Sorella is a great restaurant with great food. What keeps it from 5stars is the inconsistent service. This was the second time here, last time was New Year’s Eve. That time the service was slow and inconsistent. This time it happened again. Both times were very busy, but this should be addressed. I know there is a shortage of workers, but delays in taking orders and bringing out food are an issue. This time the Secondi course came a significantly delayed, the waiter apologized for the delay and said the food would e out shortly. It came, but was barely warm. Clearly the two dishes were sitting out for a while which suggests miscommunication between waiters and cooks. Now each dish was excellent, which made up for the service issues. I especially recommend the Egg Yolk Tonarelli with Fort Bragg sea urchin. Wow, just fantastic. And the waiter had an excellent recommendation on the wine. So, hopefully they will tighten up on the service, otherwise enjoy the food and cocktails!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and food.

  39. p

    pggg

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    A perfect location for a double date with dear friends.

  40. KM

    KenM

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and wonderful food! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Sorella is rated 4.6 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Sorella

1760 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    Russian Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Should you have trouble finding parking, there is the Old First Parking Garage (1725 Sacramento Street, between Polk St. and Van Ness) located approximately two blocks from the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Denise St. Onge

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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