Sabio on Main

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Seasonal California Cuisine crafted with locally sourced, organic and sustainably grown ingredients from Executive Chef Francis X. Hogan. Join us for our amazing BBQ Lunch Monday to Friday!

> Wine Spectator award winning wine list | 2018, 2017, 2016
> Winner Alameda County Fair Craft Cocktail Competition | 2018
> Taste our Terroir Judges Favorite | 2017

In the heart of historic downtown Pleasanton Sabio was designed by acclaimed San Francisco architect Jim Maxwell. The interior reflects a modern European feeling with an expansive wine wall and open kitchen surrounded by warm, Spanish themed tiles.
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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went to Sabio on Main for Brunch on a Sunday. The atmosphere was nice. The food was okay, but not great. Portions were on the small side. Service was just okay. Had to request to have our bottomless mimosas filled and had to ask for the check twice. Overall it was a pleasant brunch but will probably try something else next time.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cauliflower appetizer and hummus too
Our server is very nice and very attentive!

BD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey goodness but not outrageous given the quality of the food, service and environment. Special occasion restaurant that we'll go to again. And if you arent afraid to double the cost of the meal for a great bottle of wine, this is definitely your kind of place.

RY
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet up with friends.
Very good brunch!

AT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have been here before and had many options as a vegan hence I went back. But I didn't find that so anymore. Also there was only a brunch menu in the afternoon! I do still love the ambiance and service. But please have more variations for people who may be vegan or gluten free or both.

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

Wonderful brunch at this Pleasanton gem. Creamiest grits with shrimp followed beignets with a drizzle of chocolate (dessert first!). The eggs benedict on levain toast with Tasso and spinach was decadent. My dad had the banana bread French toast with maple peanut butter syrup. Yikes!

The restaurant has taken a decidedly NoLa turn to go with the Spanish sensibility.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was great but service was awful. Despite being 30 years old, we were treated like kids who had no place in the restaurant. We were there to celebrate my wife’s birthday, and I had included it in the reservation, yet they seem to not acknowledge that.

The restaurant was pretty empty, yet they wanted to place us at a terrible table against a wall between two windows while there were plenty of nicer tables available. After sitting down, it took over 15 minutes for anyone to come see us despite there being barely any other guests and three servers. Appetizers came out super quick, however, our entree took roughly 40 minutes. Again, nobody was in there, so I couldn’t imagine how long this would take on a busy night.

As the meal concluded, they still never acknowledged my wife’s birthday or asked if we were celebrating anything. Too bad the service was so poor because the food was very good.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience! The Chef's 10-course tasting menu was excellent. If you've been there recently, let them know, so they can avoid something you've already had. They are very accommodating. Fantastic wait staff!

AG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again, a terrific dinner. Chef Hogan's local-centric, seasonal cuisine is always creative, interesting, and delicious. Truly a local gem.

w
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I do not understand why this place was so empty... Sunday at 6 pm. Maybe that’s a reason we received such a wonderful, attentive service ... from a beautiful lady! Go! Check it out!

S
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I have been looking for a good 4 course dinner at a local restaurant and this absolutely blew us away! 11/10 would recommend to all my friends and family! Everyone was extremely nice and the service was the best I have ever received at a sit down restaurant. We will be returning for the 10 course in a month or so and look forward to eating at Sabio on Main many time in the future! Compliments to the chef also, the food was cooked perfectly and each dish was so unique and something I have never had before. I can't express how much I enjoyed it!! Thank you so much Sabio!!

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sabio for brunch as superb. Bottomless mimosa, the truffle grilled cheese sandwich, spicy cauliflower, homemade spam, who could ask for anything better. The service was outstanding and worth going for some good eats.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cocktails were dangerously good! Pricey menu, but you knew that going in. Knowledgeable and happy staff.

D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Think this might be our last visit. Last time they had a big party and our food took over an hour. They compensated us so we tried again. This time two more big parties (on a Wednesday night) and my duck dish was raw. Noticed too late, not feeling well the next day. Service was great but food has gone downhill in the past year or so. Too many other good restaurants in the area-its too bad.

L
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved the food.

BH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the small plates (Sunol tomato panzanella burrata, Devil’s Gulch pork belly, and semolina gnocchi) and Cavatelli fairy eggplant entrees that we ordered. The chicken fried flank steak was very tough and the lobster sauce was way too salty. Mentioned it to the staff but sadly they didn’t really seem to care. Sadly that may influence our return to Sabio on Main.

NOTE: Parking near the restaurant is is difficult to find as there is a Starbucks next door and there are so many downtown restaurants in that area without parking lots.

EP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overall... the service was good, but the entree selection on Monday, 26th, was limited. Of the 6 of us, 4 ordered the same item, because the other selections were not that appealing. I had the chicken fried steak and it was as tough/chewy as shoe leather.

Its a toss up as to whether I would recommend it to someone.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in on Monday for a meeting with some clients. Had the best steak I’ve had in years. The steak was huge I had to share it with my clients. Server recommended an awesome local wine to pair with it. Will be coming in again soon with my wife.

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love the quality of the food!! Very fresh and local ingredients. Our server was fun and informative and recommended a great wine pairing with our duck! Greek red wine who would have thought. Definitely coming back again soon!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

It's our 3rd time to this restaurant. Beautiful interior and great service. But the cauliflowers was too salty. In fact everything was too salty. Good food doesn't have to be that salty.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sabio was great. I went with my family for a birthday. Our server was very attentive. The squash blossoms and cauliflower were outstanding, as was the house made sausage. I had the gnocchi which reminded me of tater tots in meat sauce. I definitely expected it to be different. The menu did not describe it well. Another dish that was just okay was the chicken fried steak. Delicious deserts and cocktails.

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from a warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff. An adventurous menu brilliantly executed in a Charming downtown setting. I highly recommend this spot for Foodies!

HB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sabio's was a really nice experience. The decor is gorgeous and the food and service equally so. This is a higher end restaurant but not stuffy at all, no attitude. The cocktails were great too. I will be going back!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

When booking ask if there is a private function booked as the room the restaurant has devoted for private functions is NOT sound insulated and our dinner ambience was ruined by the excessively loud group in the private room last evening. Bartender/server was excellent but could not makeup for the noise level as well as the excessively salty cauliflower starter and Ropa Vieja. The sausage entree was excellent.

JY
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, exceeded only by the food!!!

AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu is delicious! Enjoyed the panzanella and gnocchi with sausage! Kids loved the flank steak and halibut.

F
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals my wife and I have had in a VERY long time! It was one of those special meals that when the check came out I didnt care at all what the amount was going to be. It was worth it.

R
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was excellent - but the best part was our service. I don't remember the name of the young man who waited on us, or the young lady who brought our food - but they we're OUTSTANDING! Really, really special.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Jim, Sue and Mike

RG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Oysters--- great
Pork pate---average
Cauliflower--- way too salty
Dry-aged Burger--- too big, lacked flavor, definitely "dry."

Love the atmosphere and ambiance. Do not like the tall booths

TH
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The bar and the cocktails are the best part of this place. Carefully thought out, crafted and executed cocktails. Unusual cherrywood smoked (right at the bar) rye cocktail. Many of the menu items are carefully selected and avant-garde – perhaps too avant-garde, e.g., The pork belly came with a green pea and, I think, sprouted wheat concoction which not only did not complement the dish, it also smelled badly. The halibut, though, was perfectly prepared with a crispy skin left on. Nicely done. This restaurant may have some growing pains to go through but has much potential.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding seasonal menu and exemplary service..what more could you ask for?

DP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sabio was excellent. The server was friendly and the background music was excellent. We tried the 4 course meal and it was perfect, we wanted more but that's the way multiple course meals go. I highly recommend this restaurant! I will return!

AG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed an excellent lunch earlier today at Sabio. Every dish was delicious and reflected Chef Hogan’s passion for locally sourced, really high quality ingredients, prepared with skill and imagination. I haven’t been for a while and was reminded what a lovely and friendly place it is!

TV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sabio is truly a wonderful find in the East Bay. Frances does a *great* job at blending interesting and unusual flavors into dishes that delight the palate while preserving the individual components in each dish. The menu changes seasonally, but the entrees we shared (Jaegerwurst Sausage, Cavatelli, and Ropa Vieja) were all just fresh and wonderful. The companion cocktails, appetizers, and desserts were likewise top notch. A great place to relax and enjoy a simple-yet-elegant dining experience.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was absolutely fantastic. Our waiter and the staff were excellent. The problem is with the food and the price. Price is of no object to me, I’ve paid $4000 for dinner on a previous occasion. My issue is with the “Wagyu”, the oysters and the caviar service. The Wagyu was not “melt in your mouth” (when you think of Wagyu), it was semi-tough. Although, the flavors were spot on. It wasn’t an unpleasant bite, but, it wasn’t an authentic one either. The oysters, these were shucked very poorly.

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. The wine was smooth, service was excellent. You’d think the entrees are pricey but I feel they are worth the $$. All food was served elegantly and tasted delicious. I would definitely come back again.

r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and varied food choices. Each dish I tried had very good flavors. Very accommodating with special dietary needs. Great vibe. Will be back !

BS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sabio's is a wonderful restaurant. The menu changes often. The service was perfect. We totally enjoy the experience. Many of our friends now dine there.

MN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to for my birthday and anniversary celebrations. Had some friends visiting from Florida and knew this was the place to go. Always start with the Cauliflower!!!

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